Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Leprechauns, Bitches!

The New New Gore:
If he runs, he's my man. Oh, and for all you fools who made fun of him for saying he "invented the internet" which he never said, read the second paragraph below very carefully. If Gore wasn't around back in the day you probably wouldn't be reading this blog today.
"Since his loss, Gore has undergone a resurrection of sorts, shrugging off the consultants and the caution that hampered him during the campaign and -- aided by new distribution technologies -- evolving into perhaps the most articulate, animated, and forceful critic of the Bush administration. And now, with Democrats taking a fresh look at a man they thought they knew and speculation mounting around his ambitions in 2008, it seems that the man much mocked for inventing the Internet is in fact using the direct communication it enables to reinvent himself."
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But it wasn’t. In fact, little could’ve been more natural for Gore, one of Congress’ earliest and most committed computer nerds. Though his misreported comments on the Internet’s lineage were unfortunate for his campaign, Gore, in fact, was a prime mover in its early days -- if not its father, then definitely the rich uncle who sent it to college, using his seat on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to ensure the fledgling technology had the financial wherewithal to make something of itself. Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn, the two men most often given credit for birthing the Web (due to their development of the crucial TCP/IP protocols), were so appalled by the media’s distortion of Gore’s comments that they jointly penned a defense, writing that “no other elected official … has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time” than Gore.
Old Forecasts Come Back to Haunt Bush:
You reap what you sow.
"Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush's efforts to restore public faith in the military operation and his presidency, according to pollsters and Republican lawmakers and strategists."
Carlos Santana speaks out against Bush:
Bush can kiss that duet and subsequent Grammy goodbye.
"'I have wisdom. I feel love. I live in the present and I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing,' the 58-year-old rock icon said. 'My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush.'"
To head off allergies, expose your kids to pets and dirt early.
I've, personally, lived with this thinking for years. We've become too clean. Too much anti-bacteria soap, lotion, gel. Look, I WANT bacteria. I WANT to get really sick occassionly. Its like a work out for your immune system. When it comes down to it I want it to be me and the cockroaches that are left.
"Here's the conventional wisdom: Pets promote allergy, kids shouldn't eat peanuts until they're at least 3, and intestinal worms are nothing more than an icky reminder of life before flush toilets.

Here's the new wisdom: Early exposure to pets, peanuts and intestinal worms might actually be good for you, because they program the developing immune system to know the difference between real threats, such as germs, and Aunt Millie's cat. "
Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists:
Pretty cool article. She's trippy. Reminds me of the Bene Gesserit in Dune.
"Give her any date, she said, and she could recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date.

Like any good scientist, McGaugh was initially skeptical. But not anymore.

'This is real,' he says."
And finally, prepare to wet yourselves. Best viewed in IE.

Leprechauns, Bitches!

2 comments:

musafir said...

Good posts. Greetings from a Gore supporter in the Silicon Valley.

JPW said...

Thanks, Musafir! You're right down the road from me. Re-elect Gore!