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Daylight Savings Question

Why is it that Daylight Savings starts when the days get longer?  Wouldn’t it be during winter that we need to conserve daylight?  Or is it “savings” in the sense that we have so much extra daylight that we can put some away for later?  In which case I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong.

March 9th, 2014 at 12:25pm Posted by Eli

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Question For The Day

How come no one ever complains that letting anyone own a gun undermines the institution of gun ownership?

July 25th, 2012 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

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The Solution Is Obvious

New York needs 911 operators who speak Butt.

May 10th, 2012 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

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Could’ve Happened To Anybody

Sure, this seems plausible:

The boss of a truck driver caught with 268,000 rounds of ammunition in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, said Thursday that his employee took a wrong turn on his way to deliver what he insists was legal cargo bound for an Arizona dealer.

Dennis Mekenye, operations manager at Demco freight company in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, said Jabin Bogan, 27, made “a very honest mistake” when he took a wrong turn that eventually led him to Mexico on Tuesday.

(…)

The federal prosecutor’s office in northern Chihuahua state said Bogan is being held pending investigation on illegal weapons charges. Spokesman Angel Torres said the driver claimed he had no goods to declare. Torres said a gamma-ray inspection of the truck’s cargo compartment revealed the presence of metal canisters holding the ammunition. He says the bullets were hidden under pallets in the truck’s floor.

I guess the driver must have thought the border checkpoint was just some kind of fancy tollbooth.  And he wasn’t trying to hide the ammo, he was just making more efficient use of the available storage space.

April 20th, 2012 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

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Missed PAnniversary

I completely forgot, sometime early last week (Tuesday, I believe) marked my 20th year in Pittsburgh.  At some point this year I will have been a Pittsburgher longer than I’ve been a New Yorker (there were a couple of years in between when I was a Californian, kind of like a demilitarized buffer zone).  Crazy.

4 comments September 22nd, 2011 at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

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Happy Birthday To Me

The bad news is that I am once again no longer in my prime.

The good news is that I am now the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything…

June 7th, 2011 at 07:53am Posted by Eli

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LIES

I am quite certain that I have never looked like this.

Young Me 2

3 comments February 21st, 2011 at 02:07pm Posted by Eli

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Programming Note

I’m on vacation for the next week or so, so posting will probably be light.  But I’ve started processing photos again, so there will be some photoblogging.  Whoo!

August 17th, 2010 at 01:15pm Posted by Eli

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Labor Is The New Gay

It’s not just gays and Florida businesses that get to enjoy the fruits of Obama’s Fierce Advocacy…

Dem leaders have no plans to create a new carve-out that would exempt labor organizations from a sweeping campaign finance disclosure bill, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen told Hotline OnCall in an interview Tuesday evening.

Labor groups have voiced concerns over the DISCLOSE Act, a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision earlier this year that dramatically loosened campaign finance laws. The legislation would require corporations and labor groups that run political advertisements to disclose far more about their donors than they must currently.

One carve-out, announced on Monday after marathon negotiations between Van Hollen and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and the National Rifle Association, exempted a small number of large organizations from disclosure requirements. That deal has mollified the NRA, removing what would have been a significant roadblock to the legislation’s success, but it irritated progressive Dems in the House, which oppose the NRA.

Campaign finance advocates are not happy about the deal, but they still support the legislation. Labor leaders, which will not get a similar compromise, have yet to endorse the bill.

“We will be continuing to meet with our members,” Van Hollen said Tuesday. “We’re working to address everyone’s reasonable concerns, and I think we’re making progress.”

But, he said, other groups aren’t likely to get the same deal that the NRA — along with the Humane Society and the AARP — won.

“Looking at it, it would be a mistake to eliminate all [501(c)(4)] organizations from the conversation,” Van Hollen said. “That’s why we settled on a provision that said, for well-established C4 organizations that have dues-paying members that aren’t trying to hide from anybody — that would be the test.”

Asked directly whether that meant labor groups would not receive a carve-out compromise, Van Hollen said: “That is correct.”

Awesome.  How’s that hold-your-fire-on-the-healthcare-bill-in-exchange-for-EFCA strategy been working out for you guys?  It appears that our two-party system now offers us a choice between The Anti-Labor Party and… The Other Anti-Labor Party.

June 16th, 2010 at 11:42am Posted by Eli

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Milestones

Apparently 41 is the age at which you officially become eligible to receive junk mail from cemeteries asking you to think about where you want to be buried.  (Is 40 too obvious?)

Go me!!!

June 15th, 2010 at 06:03pm Posted by Eli

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Program Note

I will be on vacation for the next week, so posting may be sparse until next Tuesday.

May 31st, 2010 at 10:58am Posted by Eli

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Programming Note

I will be traveling most of this week, so posting may be light-to-nonexistent.

May 2nd, 2010 at 10:47am Posted by Eli

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Holy Crap!

Phrases I never thought I would write:

I have now been blogging for FIVE YEARS. Crikey.

Over that time, I have written 5538 posts, gotten 10,311 non-spam comments (and over 400,000 spam ones), and had close to 300,000 hits (yes, I have more spam comments than hits).  Go me.

2 comments February 18th, 2010 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

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Program Note

Girlfriend is in town, so light posting for a while.

Perhaps there will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Media Blogging…

1 comment December 13th, 2009 at 02:08pm Posted by Eli

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Yahhhrrr!!!

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Avast, me hearties!  It be Talk Like A Pirate Day again!

And it be me little sister’s wedding day!  Yo ho ho and a bottle of punch!

1 comment September 19th, 2009 at 08:26am Posted by Eli

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Light Posting

Sorry I haven’t been around much the last few days.  Still getting acclimated to my spiffy new phone… which I’ve already managed to brick once.  For a phone this cool, it really is amazing how many little annoyances there are, and stuff that almost works but not quite (it’d be nice if the browser would let me open more than 2 tabs at once, especially since I changed the maximum tabs setting), and menu options that should be there but aren’t (how about an option to specify a media library location in the TouchFlo MP3 player?).  Oh, and the virtual keyboard has no Ctrl key for cutting & pasting, and the stylus is at the bottom instead of the top.  WTF?

On the plus side, the display and the YouTube application are really, really nice.  And the sound’s pretty good too.

Hopefully I’ll be done messing around with it tomorrow, but then I’ll be traveling for my little sister’s wedding this weekend.  So posting will probably continue to be light until next week.

1 comment September 16th, 2009 at 11:14pm Posted by Eli

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Programming NNote

Probably light posting for the next few days, as I will be at Netroots Nation.  Will try to post pictures on a close to real-time basis, but I make no promises…

August 13th, 2009 at 12:24pm Posted by Eli

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Word Of The Day

Treage, n. The process of selecting which e-mails to open and which e-mails to delete from a Palm mobile device.

More recent variants: Preage, Centroage.

July 21st, 2009 at 03:27pm Posted by Eli

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Vacation

Light blogging for the next week or so, as I will be in Southern California for a family get-together, complete with talent show (I might sing some Tom Lehrer).

But hey, AirTran supposedly has wifi now, so maybe I’ll blog something from the plane!

3 comments July 14th, 2009 at 01:10pm Posted by Eli

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Happy Fourth Of July!

Enjoy your teabagging!

tea-party-sign-maker

(From Superpoop)

July 4th, 2009 at 02:58pm Posted by Eli

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I Am Now The New 30

funny pictures of cats with captions

Happy birthday to me.

(h/t WT)

5 comments June 7th, 2009 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

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A Narrow Escape

american-jobs-at-risk

(From Superpoop)

May 26th, 2009 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

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Welcome To The Internets!

penises-little-dog-mmmm-food

And, y’know, some blogs.  (I prefer to believe that this refers to the internets as a whole, rather than contemplate the possible existence of lolpenises)

(From Superpoop)

May 3rd, 2009 at 12:04pm Posted by Eli

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Maybe It’s Because I’m A New-Yorker-In-Exile…

…But this just inexplicably cracked me right up.

Where Is Train?

Poor train.

(From Superpoop)

April 26th, 2009 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

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Multi Medium Milestone

It’s kind of pitiful compared to, well, pretty much every other blog out there, but at 5:34:17 PM, Multi Medium received its 200,000th visitor.  It was someone in El Cajon, CA, who got here by way of this Stumbleupon link which has been giving me mad crazy traffic for the last two weeks.

So, go me, and thanks, Stumbleupon!

4 comments April 3rd, 2009 at 05:41pm Posted by Eli

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Program Note

I will be in Philly for the next three days on a really weird schedule, so posting may be erratic.

Fog Week will continue, however.

March 31st, 2009 at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

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…And There Was Much Rejoicing.

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The dream may soon become a reality: Odor-free underwear.

You heard me.

2 comments March 25th, 2009 at 08:15pm Posted by Eli

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Merry St. Patrick’s Day!

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*sniff* Gets me every time.

March 17th, 2009 at 08:08am Posted by Eli

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Why Manners Matter

Interesting piece in today’s NYT Science Times about the importance of manners as part of the overall maturation/socialization process:

It’s always popular — and easy — to bewail the deterioration of manners…. Sure, certain social rubrics have broken down or blurred, and sure, electronic communication seems to have given adults as well as children new ways to be rude. But the age-old parental job remains.

And that job is to start with a being who has no thought for the feelings of others, no code of behavior beyond its own needs and comforts — and, guided by love and duty, to do your best to transform that being into what your grandmother… might call a mensch. To use a term that has fallen out of favor, your assignment is to “civilize” the object of your affections.

My favorite child-rearing book is “Miss Manners’ Guide to Rearing Perfect Children,” by Judith Martin, who takes the view that manners are at the heart of the whole parental enterprise. I called her to ask why.

“Every infant is born adorable but selfish and the center of the universe,” she replied. It’s a parent’s job to teach that “there are other people, and other people have feelings.”

(…)

[O]ne of the long-term consequences of being a rude child is being a rude adult…. There are bullies on the playground and bullies in the workplace; it can be quite disconcerting to encounter a mature adult with 20 or so years of education under his belt who still sees the world only in terms of his own wants, needs and emotions: I want that so give it to me; I am angry so I need to hit; I am wounded so I must howl.

I like Miss Manners’ approach because it lets a parent respect a child’s intellectual and emotional privacy: I’m not telling you to like your teacher; I’m telling you to treat her with courtesy. I’m not telling you that you can’t hate Tommy; I’m telling you that you can’t hit Tommy. Your feelings are your own private business; your behavior is public.

But that first big counterintuitive lesson — that there are other people out there whose feelings must be considered — affects a child’s most basic moral development. For a child, as for an adult, manners represent a strategy for getting along in life, but also a successful intellectual engagement with the business of being human.

In other words, the acquisition of manners is a proxy for empathy, for the recognition that we are not the center of the universe and that other people actually do matter.  Or, in Freudian terms, it’s like the development of the superego to rein in the id’s base and selfish impulses.  What’s truly frightening is to read that description of unmannered adult bullies and to see how well it fits the people who are running the country right now – the Bush administration and the Republican party literally care nothing for consequences or the well-being of the country, only their own desires and grudges.

For all his disappointing kiss-right-kick-left tendencies, at least Obama has some manners, which will be a welcome and refreshing change.

January 13th, 2009 at 07:14am Posted by Eli

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Bog Person, Iceman, Mummy, Or Fossil?

Museum Tarp 2

If you had the option of becoming a bog person, an iceman, a mummy, or a fossil after your death, which would you choose?

Sure, bog people, icemen and mummies are all much cooler and better-preserved than fossils, but I don’t think they have the same eternal staying power.

Which is why, if given the choice, I would choose fossilization. Millions of years from now, the sentient cockroaches that rule the earth might someday unearth my bones and arrange them in a threatening pose in one of their museums, possibly holding a shoe and bearing a label like “Fearsome 21st-Century Predator” or “Ruthless Mass Murderer.”

Generally speaking, I don’t much care what happens to my body after I’m done with it, but the idea that it might someday scare the children of a distant and unimaginable future kinda tickles me.

5 comments December 31st, 2008 at 08:29pm Posted by Eli

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