…has made Iowahawk gay. I hate when that happens.
I just got an interesting email:
A fully-operational communications satellite is available for purchase for only a short time (days). If you know an organization that might be interested, please have them contact Richard Van Allen of Microcosm at 310-219-2700 ASAP.
The F2 satellite has been in orbit for about 11 years, during which time it used about 6 kg of propellant. It cost in the multi-hundreds of millions of dollars, and the launch cost was $105M in 1994 dollars. All systems on board the spacecraft are functioning normally, and it has both S-Band and C-Band communications capabilities. Also important, there is a current RF license in place to use the frequencies allocated to it. The current owner has decided it does not want to continue paying about $133K/month to keep it functioning and has been intentionally burning propellant over the last several weeks to deplete the remaining propellant. Currently there is about 30 kg remaining, more than enough for the satellite to last for many years. However, by the end of this week, the remaining propellant will have been used up, and the satellite will be dead.
Info on the satellite can be found here.
And now for something completely different. Dealing with tons of the stuff. They’d never be able to do this today.
Is this really a sufficiently huge problem as to justify all the spam I get about it? #FirstWorldProblems
…is an idiot:
“The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets,” he said in a brief telephone call from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, where he underwent the ceremony.
Sean Stone’s famous father is Jewish, while his mother is Christian.
The 27-year-old filmmaker did not say why he converted.
According to Iran’s Fars news agency, Sean Stone had become a Shiite and had chosen to be known by the Muslim first name Ali.
Like father, like son.
This raises so many questions. What is he “converting” from? You can be Christian, or Jewish, but not both, and it’s not clear that he’s ever been either (his mother wasn’t Jewish, so he isn’t Jewish by birth). Does he really believe that the Mullahs will be just fine with his “not abandoning” those other religions (to the degree that he was ever an adherent to them)? Does he know the penalty for apostasy in his new religion?
What is clear from his brief message is that he is as ignorant of Islam as he is of the other two religions.
…is great art made:
It is with the velocity of a giant squid and the sprawl of its erogenous arms that with water-wheels the leverage in any musculoskeletal appendage can move into positions within the time it would take the engine of filaments to accelerate the psychic mass of bodily understanding and construction for such a displacement to continue in different venues and as multiple in purpose as the simple machine of our vessel will allow toward the disappearance of a nexus like in infinite mirror games but with the ability to count each movement of the progression as it acts in mechanical, yet organic, jerking behind the dreamlike animals with their pink illusions that roll their wet bodies into our delicate systems
Yes, those college degrees were totally worth the money. Though I suspect that pharmaceuticals may have played a role.
She does, actually, with her willful refusal to pee in a litter box, but it may be literally true as well:
It’s almost impossible to hear about Flegr’s research without wondering whether you’re infected—especially if, like me, you’re a cat owner, favor very rare meat, and identify even a little bit with your Toxo sex stereotype. So before coming to Prague, I’d gotten tested for the parasite, but I didn’t yet know the results. It seemed a good time to see what his intuition would tell me. “Can you guess from observing someone whether they have the parasite—myself, for example?,” I ask.
“No,” he says, “the parasite’s effects on personality are very subtle.” If, as a woman, you were introverted before being infected, he says, the parasite won’t turn you into a raving extrovert. It might just make you a little less introverted. “I’m very typical of Toxoplasma males,” he continues. “But I don’t know whether my personality traits have anything to do with the infection. It’s impossible to say for any one individual. You usually need about 50 people who are infected and 50 who are not, in order to see a statistically significant difference. The vast majority of people will have no idea they’re infected.”
A long, but fascinating article.
I just got this one: “I am Special Agent,Fred Jones and am in Nigeria as an FBI delegate that has been delegated to investigate this fraudsters who are in the business of swindling Foreigners that came for transaction in Nigeria . Please be informed that during my investigation I got to find out that there is a huge sum that has been assigned in your name.Regard FRED JONES”
This one is real for sure.
I’ve been having this bizarre email exchange with someone who will remain nameless to protect the guilty, as a result of this much-commented post:
Him: I read your article about “Getting Religion out of Science Classrooms” after following the link from Instapundit.com and would like to have an intelligent discussion with you about this. I find your views on what constitutes “scientific” vs. “religious” to be inconsistent. Hopefully we could both benefit from an exchange of emails – but I won’t bother if you would just consider me an know-nothing. Maybe both of us will learn something. If I am wrong in my beliefs, I would like to find out by intelligent correspondence. Something with a little more light, less heat, than occurs on the blogosphere.
Me: I certainly have no reason to think you a know nothing, but I don’t really want to waste my time on a private discussion. I’d be happy to have a public one.
Him: The problem I have with a public discussion is that rarely is something learned. I think you’re sharp enough that I can learn something from you.
Me: I don’t understand why a public discussion will not instruct, but a private one will.
Him: I think I have some really good arguments for intelligent design. I think I have convincing arguments that there must be a God. Such arguments can’t really make it in a public forum because they get too interrupted by chaff. Arguments get better only when tried before true devil’s advocates. I see by your regular contributions that Glenn flags that you have not fallen for the delusion of liberalism.
Me: I don’t know what you mean by “liberalism.” I am a classical liberal (that is, I am not a leftist).
Him: Yet you have a very simplistic, childish view of ID.
Me: Was this supposed to persuade me that I should waste my time engaging in an intelligent private discussion with you? If so, it failed. Completely.
Him: Rand, sorry I offended you. I did learn something.
Me: And if I had told you that your views about evolution were “childish,” you wouldn’t have been offended? Perhaps you need to learn something about yourself.
Him: I don’t know. I have always been one who is so confident about my views that I like debate. I consider when someone calls my views “childish” to be an invitation to debate, not an offense. Sorry, just the way I am. I think in general people who feel they have the minority viewpoint that has not been given a fair shake take any attention, even negative comments, as a positive thing.
Me: If you think that calling someone’s views “childish” is debating at all, let alone doing so “intelligently,” then I have to say that you’re overconfident in your debating ability.
I think now I understand why he prefers to debate privately, though.
[Update mid afternoon]
For those in comments worried that I’m beating up on a kid, if I am, he’s impersonating a professor of physics.
Does he not see himself as others see him? I noticed that myself when watching the show.
My guess. If he’s like me, his facial hair went gray first, so he started dying it. Then the rest of his hair started to go gray, but he decided that it was too much work, or cost, or something to dye it, but he kept doing the stache out of habit. Or something.
I don’t golf, but is it really equivalent to s3x in terms of strenuousness?
“Being lesbian doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy s3x with men.”
Ummmmm…actually, it pretty much does.
It is sort of metaphorical that he’s shutting down Main Street USA for his speech.
[Update a few minutes later]
Heh: “Embargoed excerpt of President Obama’s remarks at Disney World, FL, today: ‘It is a small world, after all. It is a small, small, world.’”
[Early afternoon update]
Here are the actual photos. As noted over there, this is surefire campaign-ad material.
[Update a couple minutes later]
After sixty years of searching, researchers still can’t find it.
I say it’s too early to give up. I will steadfastly continue the search, on my own, if need be. Volunteer searchees can contact me via email, or in chat rooms.
A surreal conversation. As someone over on Twitter noted, Italian ship captaining has gone downhill since that guy from Genoa half a millennium ago.
Just when you think it can’t get more absurd: DC exterminators aren’t allowed to break up rat families:
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel.
Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.
Cuccinelli said D.C.’s new rat law–the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) –is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these animals may need to be transferred to a “wildlife rehabilitator” as part of their relocation process.
The law does not allow pest control professionals “to kill the dang rats,” Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com. “They have to capture them–then capture them in families. [Not sure] how you’re going to figure that out with rats. And then you have to relocate them. That brings us to Virginia. Now, if you don’t relocate them about 25 miles away, according to experts, rodents will find their way back. Well, an easy way to solve that problem is to cross a river, and what’s on the other side of the river? Virginia.”
“So we have real concerns about this ridiculous–ridiculous!–law and we’ve been pretty genial about dealing with D.C. on it,” said Cuccinelli. “But when you see an article like the ‘Rats Occupy Occupy DC,’ it points up the problem that we’re going to have in Virginia because of that–and because D.C’s really outrageous–outrageous!–treatment of these varmints who, for those who don’t remember their history, carried things like bubonic plague. I mean, these are true vermin.”
The easiest thing to do would be to leave the rats and move out the occupiers. It would improve sanitation, too.
…of an Alaskan brown bear. It’s not as exciting as you might imagine.
…and all terror.
Well, not really. It is weird, though.
…are quite attractive. I have to say, though, that my faves are Israeli, Peruvian and Russian.
Comments would indicate the age-old aphorism that there’s no accounting for taste.
How trade policy caused them to lose it.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse: Anthony Weiner wanted to do a threesome — with another guy.
[Update a few minutes later]
More thoughts from Ace. All I can say is eeeeeeeuuuuuuuwwwww. And TMI.
You know what, though? After watching the slime for years, none of this really surprises me.
Now here’s a headline you don’t see every day. You don’t normally see oniony porcine flatulence stories this early in the week.
Did you know that Jennifer Granholm is “an expert on economic recovery“? I guess those who can’t do, teach.
This shall not stand.
1985 called. They want their Superbowl half-time performer back.