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EMBED-Chubby Kid Bodyslams Bully - Watch more free videos Was going to post about Libya, but in the process of researching I somehow ran into this. The video above was taken at a school in Australia. From what I've been able to discern from various news stories, the chubby kid, Casey Haynes, has been a victim of bullying in his school. On this day he finally had enough and body-slammed his tormentor. The subject of bullying keeps popping up with the usual bullshit "answers" from school authorities and psychologists implying that all fighting is wrong, "encouraging" the victims to report... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Sherman's Cowlick
With the rise of Rand Paul, the subject of the gold standard also rises. When choosing a standard of any kind, one must ask what makes that standard special. Gold has value beyond paper money because gold has held its appeal across civilizations across centuries and thus has a track record that transcends politics or any other human-conceived entity. Gold is also a nearly finite resource and thus its tradition as a hedge against inflation, but could conceivably be influenced if someone were to hit the Mother of All Mother Loads (see more below). Thus the desire for a gold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Sherman's Cowlick
No one was hurt, nobody died. Life went on. Though one wonders if the drug abuse problem was greater before or after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
This is interesting...well I can't embed the video for some reason, so here's the link Not much outrage in the US mainstream media. Not any mention that I could find, anyway. Have to look pretty far down the Google News list to find anything at all, and that being from the UK. Looks like fascism. Smells like fascism. Ahh, but there’s an apology. Well, that makes everything alright. You can all go back to your lives, nothing to be seen here. On another note, found on Michael Eriksson's Blog discussion of GPA’s vs. SAT’s (or more generally described as CT’s)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
So my mother-in-law (you know this isn't going to turn out well) has some recipe or other that she tells the wife we simply must try. One of the ingredients is supposedly "tandoori spice". Being moderately familiar with Indian food, we have both had Tandoori Chicken, and while not my favorite Indian dish, I have a pretty good understanding, by taste, as to what this refers. It's obviously that stuff that was used in the 1996 movie "Mars Attacks" to turn Americans into tasty treats. Whilst mother-in-law claimed to have found such spice at her Publix grocery in Atlanta, apparently... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
On May 10, 1933, thousands of books were burned and tens of thousands of people gathered around Germany to hear speeches by the likes of Joseph Goebbels and other Nazi leaders. Many, if not most, of the books were pillaged from libraries. The stated purpose was to rid the German state of un-German books and un-German thought. The threat made by pastor Terry Jones this weekend to burn copies of the Koran has of course been compared to this event. Notably (well, to me) different is that the pastor's plans were to burn copies of the Koran that he acquired... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
The Blago trial (round 1 I assume) finally wrapped up this week with some attention being paid to jury selection. Based on what has leaked out, it seems verdicts on many of the counts were hung on the vote of just one juror. From what little has come out so far, it seems critical thinking was not one of this person's strong points. Having recently been called for jury duty myself, I have a new found distrust of the jury selection process. Here is my experience... Upon receiving notice, I informed my software engineering co-workers of my "calling" to which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Today's Wall Street Journal had a couple of interesting articles about Jane Goodall's study of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park. She was originally sent there when working as an assistant to anthropologist Louis Leakey. He was excavating hominid fossils in Kenya and was seeking a better understanding of the way early human species behaved. Goodall's lack of formal training and/or a doctorate degree seems to have helped her to make discoveries that were overlooked by those who did have formal training. Obviously she had learned much via her informal training with Dr. Leakey, however I find the following excerpt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Questioning the value of art in our lives is akin to one questioning the divinity of Jesus barely more than a generation ago. As read in most pedestrian discourse on the subject, especially in regard to public funding for such, the prevailing attitude seems to be that art is what makes us human. Or even what raises us above being human, "Art and the humanities". The observation being that the more oppressive the society, the more repression of art. Modern Islamic fundamentalism frowns upon most artistic efforts, even going so far as to oppose, to the point of violence, artistic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
The Weddells are a western Pennsylvania family, a couple of whom fought in the Revolutionary War, hence the restored grave markers. Don't know much more about them, except that our families shared the same small cemetery outside of Pittsburgh. After 200 years of rest, they deserve a little web time. George Washington spent some time in the area during the French & Indian war, which I suppose is the etymology of Mt. Washington overlooking Pittsburgh. As the saying goes, have a fifth on The Fourth...and since Monday is a holiday for most, a quart on the fifth to top it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Yeah...I try to let naps happen kinda spontaneously-like, they're more enjoyable that way. Planning them seems gauche. Ditto sex.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2010 on Chipmunk funk at Sherman's Cowlick
This is a chipmunk: This is Florida Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum: or better yet, when I first encountered him: Don't let the suit, tie, and glasses deceive you. It's those beady eyes that give the species away. God, am I shallow...but bear with me here... Posted this as a comment at Protein Wisdom, which I've been reading incorrectly as Protean Wisdom, which I think sounds cooler if not more um, "liberal". But Florida we have a new guy, idunno something Scott, running for governor vs. the GOP MOR chipmunk lookalike Bill McCullom (McCollum/McWhatever). Scott ran all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Carrying over from Moral Darwinism...I often question the existence of God, yet I rarely doubt the existence of Satan. According to most religious and/or moral rationalizations of the fundamental nature of the universe is that the universe is good and man is bad. The religions I am most familiar with imply a benevolent, or at worst, indifferent Creator/Tender versus an in-Adam's-fall-we-sinned-all-lower-case-m man. But what if that is the big fraud? What if the universe itself is a manifestation of evil? Consider the reality that in respect to all we can possibly know, every living thing that has ever existed has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Discussion currently going on at The Philosophy Magazine, supposedly asking the question: Do the actions of the Israeli navy blockade of Gaza constitute piracy. Of course it did not take long for the discussion to descend into a fit of Israel bashing. Some called it an illegal act of war instead of an act of piracy. The usual Israeli bashing from the usual quarters with little-to-zip interest in using reason or logic to make one's case. In the process of trying to get the subject back on track, one commenter raised the subject of moral philosophy vis-a-vis The Golden Rule.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Above poem, as... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
NBC's Dateline this Sunday related the tale of the MTS Oceanos' final voyage. Full video available at NBC's site here. In August of 1991, after taking on water in 30-foot seas the ship's generators were shut down to prevent them from shorting and starting a fire. Without power, the ship was left at the mercy of a significant storm in shark-infested waters. Over 500 passengers were then abandoned by most of the crew, leaving the guitar player from the band and the cruise director effectively in charge. The cruise director related the story of her first meeting the captain before... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Interesting (well, to me anyway) Wiki war going on in regard to the following XKCD comic: It appears this word/concept was never real until the publication of this cartoon. I think it just it may be remembered as a "genius" invention that anticipated the need for a placeholder name to describe the absurdities of a society that is simultaneously drowning in rules and yet rejecting playing by them. Perhaps to illustrate the point, perhaps for the shear fun of it, either fans of XKCD or perhaps even its creator himself created a real Wikipedia entry for this word. The ensuing... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Why is it so easy for me to get British humor and yet damn near impossible to understand British politics? So-called "Conservative" Tories form a government with the center-left LDP social-welfare party. Well the Tories did give them Neville Chamberlain, so go figure. Then there's the Old Parliament/New Parliament thing that the Wall Street Journal was referencing all last week. Surely someone understands these things... Gerald Seib in today's WSJ writes about the political trends crossing the Atlantic betwixt US and the UK. Generally, I'm not a big fan of the traveling-trend meme. In the column, I found interesting the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
Not counting this, of course. New car was big time-sink. Props to Acura of Orange Park (Jacksonville, FL) for being honest business people. Good folks there. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
H.L. Mencken once said, "How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh." Putting aside that last bit in the interest of world peace, I would agree. Yet I sense the feeling is not exactly wide spread. Much noise is raised in the media and amongst the general public when things go awry. Coal mines collapse, oil rigs explode, Sarah Palin speaks. Some things in life are difficult to finesse without taking considerable risk. While the world rants and raves about these failures, as an engineer I understand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick
My cable provider, Brighthouse Networks has been down most of the day (I hold my breath in anticipation of a refund for this lack of service), so much of this is just off the top of my head with no ability to verify some recollections or fact check as I would like... When he ran for guv'nor, rumors swirled that Charlie Crist was gay. I didn't care. If anything, the vitriol launched his way caused me to view any other criticism of him as highly suspect. I don't recall who the republican running to his right was who was "benefiting"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at Sherman's Cowlick