Month: January 2005

  • Social Democracy with a human face

    Now this story is something to keep in mind the next time someone tells you about the advantages of the European-style social democracies… A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing “sexual services” at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year. (Kudus to Pejman.) UPDATE: […]

  • Garage Band

    I’m building a case for us to buy a Mac Mini so I can fool around with Garage Band. I was talking to someone here who (unlike me) actually has a clue about music about Garage Band. He’s enthusiastic, of couse, but since I’m clueless he wondered what I would do with it. That led […]

  • How Nerdy Am I?

    Not even two standard deviations! Woo-HOOO! (Kudus to Bates Line) Update: it occurs to me that 50% might not be the mean, nor that the percentage distribution tracks a normal curve. D’oh!

  • video mini-review: X-Men 2 United.

    I do 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer every night, watching something or other I got from the library. The past couple of days it has been X-Men 2. Now, I was never a fan of the X-Men, or for that matter, Marvel comics. I was always a DC-type of guy and Batman was my […]

  • growing up Catholic

    I grew up as a Roman Catholic. I started out going to Immaculate Conception church, but for whatever reason (I wasn’t consulted) my mother switched us to St. Jude’s Mission. The priest at St. Jude’s was Father Diamond, but he was assisted by Father Holley, who I remember today only as a producer of apalling […]

  • Bitter America

    I saw a flyer for Church Folks for a Better America at school today. The web site doesn’t say how many people belong to the organization. From its name to the omni-present plural in its statements, it suggests but never says that there are more than just its leader. I have some familiarity with him […]

  • Virtues

    The word virtue comes from the same Latin root as virile; virtues are properties of men (as opposed to beasts, rather than women, presumably). A list of the classical virtues is available from these people, whose stated desire to restore the classical religion of Rome is difficult to take seriously.

  • Good for unprofessionalism

    This guy deserves a pat on the back for his astonishing lack of professionalism. (Via Instapundit.)

  • Michael Servetus

    I had no idea that Michael Servetus had such a big footprint. You learn new things every day.

  • Fibonacci series

    How cool is this? I always figured that fibonacci numbers were only good for demonstrating how to use recursion.