Archive for September 28th, 2007

Getty Villa Non-Creepy Statueblogging

Some more… conventional sculptures from Getty Villa.

Hope you like armpits!

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September 28th, 2007 at 05:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Eureka!

I just read a very cool article in the Stanford alumni magazine about a long-lost Archimedes manuscript. There’s too much good stuff to even attempt to excerpt, but it’s fascinating both in terms of the history of the document, its restoration, and perhaps most of all, its contents. Also a lot of Archimedes tidbits I didn’t know about – that guy had skills.

September 28th, 2007 at 11:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

Friday Quote & Otter Blogging

This week’s quote is from Insignificance, a bizarre little Nicholas Roeg film starring Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe, Gary Busey(!) as Joe DiMaggio, Tony Curtis(!) as Joe McCarthy, and, um, Henry Jaglom’s brother as Albert Einstein:

Did you know that according to the laws of probability, you drink a little piece of Napoleon’s crap? Maybe Mussolini’s. But more likely Napoleon because he’s been dead longer.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s otters…

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I like otters.

September 28th, 2007 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Photoblogging,Washington DC

We Finally Win One

Yes, the hate crimes and SCHIP bills passed, but they’ll be vetoed and probably not overridden, so they’re moral victories at best. This is an actual final victory, and it’s HUGE:

Plagued by a lack of money, supporters of a statewide initiative drive to change the way California’s 55 electoral votes are apportioned, first revealed here by Top of the Ticket in July, are pulling the plug on that effort.

In an exclusive report to appear on this website late tonight and in Friday’s print editions, The Times’ Dan Morain reports that the proposal to change the winner-take-all electoral vote allocation to one by congressional district is virtually dead with the resignation of key supporters, internal disputes and a lack of funds.

The reality is hundreds of thousands of signatures must be gathered by the end of November to get the measure on the June 2008 ballot.

Awesome. This really is a huge win. LAT credits Chris Lehane, but Rick Jacobs and The Courage Campaign deserve huge props for all their great work on this.

September 28th, 2007 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans


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