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Actually I'm so relieved that the election is over. Now I can read about news - about anything - without immediately wondering how it will affect the election. And I know whatever it is will be reported without [as much] bias, since the spin is not as important. I read somewhere that the period after an election is "the most honest period in American politics", and I think that's right.
What do we make of this? A listing of states, IQs, and how they voted. Looks like I'll have to move to Mississippi :)
Claudia Rosett considers Osama bin Losin'. "If the medium is the message, let's take a broader look at what's really going on... First, bin Laden is afraid... Second, bin Laden's pals are also running scared." Too bad he is merely scared, and not arrested or dead.
Did you know those two little rovers are still tooling around on Mars? "Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity are going strong 10 months after they began their geological study of the red planet, mission scientists said Thursday." Spirit is currently climbing high into the Columbia Hills, which rise above Gusev crater where the spacecraft landed. The crater floor is made of relatively new volcanic rock, formed by lava flows that would have covered any evidence of ancient bodies of water. Opportunity is exploring in an area called Meridiani Planum on the other side of planet. The rover hit pay dirt early, landing inside a shallow crater ringed in layered rock outcroppings. This is awesome - more evidence, if any were needed, that robots are the best way to explore space.
What would happen if we discovered a new species of Human? Desmond Morris considers Eton or the Zoo? "Suppose for a moment that a living tribe of these beings is discovered, how should they be treated? Are they merely advanced apes, or are they miniature humans?" He goes on to consider the religious implications, "In theory, the existence of Mini-Man should destroy religion, but I can already hear the fanatics claiming that he has been put on earth by the Devil simply to test our faith." I love it.
Are you writing a marketing plan? Creating a website? Posting on a blog? Then you may find this useful: the Web Economy BS Generator. Some quick samples:
Are you a Star Wars junkie? You know you are. Here's a wonderful comparison between the recent DVD release of Return of the Jedi to the original release, and the Special Edition film version.
I just ran across this again: 20 reasons why you shouldn't post your picture on the Internet. Man is that funny, some great Photoshopmanship.