Monthly Archives: January 2007

McCain Gets the YouTube Treatment

I've predicted before that John McCain will be undone by YouTube. And now it begins:

Can we call it the Double Talk Express now?

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Emergent (and Non-Emergent) Behavior in the Comments

Once a great while, a comment thread on this blog takes on a life of its own. That seems to have happened to the thread at Type 1 Diabetes Cure.

I marvel at the emergent properties of this medium sometimes. And am not always sure whether to be pleased or terrified.

(Generally speaking, my readers don't seem to be a loquacious bunch; the hits-to-comments ratio here is quite high. Not that I'm complaining — be yourselves by all means. I just wonder What It All Means: Do I have shy readers? Agreement? Disgust? People with better things to do?)

And given a choice between lots of comments seasoned with trolls and the present light but generally well-mannered discussions, there's no question I'll take what I've got. And thank you for your attention.

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Meaningless Personality Quiz (pt. 12)

I am:
William Gibson

The chief instigator of the “cyberpunk” wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I suppose if the guys I most enjoy reading run politically from Larry Niven to Ken MacLeod…

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China Matters

If you are looking for an interesting blog on an important topic, you might want to look at ChinaRedux, a blog about “China’s Ascent In The Age Of American Hegemony.”

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Andrew Cohen, at Bench Conference notes, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales “has achieved in just a few years what many legal scholars and court watchers had presumed impossible: he has made his predecessor, John Ashcroft, seem studious, grave and competent.”

To which I would add, Gonzales makes Aschcroft look non-political too. (I'm thinking of this abusive purge of key US Attorneys — replaced with loyal partisans.)

Worst AG of the past 100 years? It's a fierce competition. Consider John Mitchell and Ed Meese for starters. But there are also a number of great ones on the list.

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I Didn’t Know That SATA II is a Myth

The Inq can be educational: There is no such thing as “SATA II drives”, stupid. Once in a while.

P.S. As far as I know UK tech webjournal “The Inquirer” has no relation to the US tabloid journal of that name — other than a bad attitude.

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Please Help Me Debunk Superbowl Tailgate Rumor

There’s this rumor going around that I refuse to believe. Please help me debunk it.

The story — related to me at dinner in all seriousness by a serious person who convinced me that he believed it– is that Homeland Security have banned tailgate parties at the Super Bowl, which you may have heard is being held in Miami this year.

I’ve been somewhat distressed to see how meekly Americans put up with ‘security theater’ requirements that restrict their freedoms while adding at best minuscule amounts to actual security. But if the day comes when football fans will give up their tailgate parties due to some diktat from Homeland Security, well, that’s the day that I’ll have to admit beyond peradventure that the people who hate our freedoms have won.

I did a little google search and can’t find anything which suggests such a limit might be in force, which strengthens my belief that this is an urban legend. (I did find some fun debunking of other Super Bowl related urban legends.)

I did find this long list of security restrictions on what you can bring into Dolphin Stadium but I don’t read this as applying to the parking areas where the tailgate parties happen.

Full text of the somewhat Draconian security rules for entrance into the stadium reproduced below. I wonder if the rumor is based on these?

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