Saturday, November 19, 2005
[Doctorow] When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth podcast concludes
Bush ethics class, (via Doonsbury)
Friday, November 18, 2005
ChildsPlay Charity Has It's Own Website
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Rupert Grint, left, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe at Hogwarts.
via New York Times (registration required)
The Young Wizard Puts Away Childish ThingsBy MANOHLA DARGIS
Published: November 17, 2005
Childhood ends for Harry Potter, the young wizard with the zigzag scar and phantasmagorical world of troubles, not long after the dragons have roared and the merpeople have screeched their empty threats through broken teeth. And, as in the book 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' on which this latest and happily satisfying film adaptation is based, childhood ends with screams and a final shudder in a graveyard crowded with tombstones and evil. In a scene of startling intensity, one boy dies while another is delivered from the malevolent force that has steadily wended its way through J. K. Rowling's series toward its prey.
This is the second time that Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), now 14, has experienced childhood's end, of course, as Ms. Rowling and the directors of all four films have reminded us. Orphaned at 1 by the malevolent wizard Lord Voldemort, Harry has developed over the years, books and films from a sentimental Dickensian figure into a prickly adolescent for whom girls now present almost as serious a problem as the Dark Lord. As those who have cracked the spines of the books know, their genius rests as much in Harry's dual identity as in Ms. Rowling's grasp on the fantastic: at once susceptibly human and wholly alien, a geeky outsider and an awesomely cool kid, Harry holds up a mirror to those who curl up with books and congregate in theaters, taking flight in their imaginations. posted by Gary Williams at 11:04 PM | link |
Now, TFS Has A Wiki!http://tfsreluctant.jot.com
I was watching Call For Help on TV today and they talked a lot about a free wiki site, jot.com. So, naturally, I signed TFS up for a free wiki. You can try it out (but only 5 users for free...)
(After some fiddle I made it viewable by everybody, so if you're recognized as Guest, you can look, but not edit the pages...) posted by Gary Williams at 12:37 PM | link |
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 via www.informationclearinghouse.info
This isn't the real AmericaBy Jimmy Carter
11/14/05 'Los Angeles Times' -- -- IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.
These include the rudimentary American commitment to peace, economic and social justice, civil liberties, our environment and human rights.
Also endangered are our historic commitments to providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal responsibility. posted by Gary Williams at 1:15 PM | link |
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 via New York Times (registration required)
Seeing Mountains in Starry Clouds of CreationBy DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: November 15, 2005
In 1995, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope produced 'The Pillars of Creation,' an image of stars emerging from biblical-looking clouds of dust that has become an icon of the space age.
Now astronomers operating NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have made their own version. The new image, appropriately called 'Mountains of Creation,' shows star-forming pillars in a region known as W5 in the constellation Cassiopeia. These pillars, at heights up to 40 light-years, are 10 times as large as those in the famous Hubble image.
The astronomers, led by Lori E. Allen of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, say the towering mountains of the new image probably represent the densest, most fecund remnants of a larger, cloud. It is being eroded by radiation and winds of particles from a ferociously bright star just out of the top of the picture.
Nestled within the dusty pillars are hundreds of embryonic stars. But Spitzer's detectors are designed to see infrared, or 'heat,' radiation right through the dust, allowing astronomers to study the cloaked stars, which Dr. Allen described as 'offspring' of the big star.
'The Sun could have formed in such a cluster, since many stars form in clusters,' Dr. Allen said in an e-mail message, explaining that pressure created by the star could compress gas in the cloud, bringing about the formation of new stars. posted by Gary Williams at 9:42 AM | link |
Monday, November 14, 2005 via SPACE.com
Japanese Asteroid Probe Apparently Lost in Space
By The Associated Press
posted: 13 November 2005
09:21 am ET
TOKYO (AP) _ Japan's space agency suffered another glitch in its mission to collect surface samples from an asteroid and return to Earth when a can-sized robot lander apparently became lost in space while attempting a practice touch down.
The rehearsal landing followed an earlier attempt that was aborted due to mechanical trouble, but the space agency said it is still targeting actual landings on the potato-shaped asteroid Itokawa on Nov. 19 and Nov. 25.
The Hayabusa probe successfully released the Minerva surface-exploring robot on Saturday, but Minerva appeared to start drifting away from the asteroid's surface, according to a release from JAXA, Japan's space agency. Minerva was expected to land and hop around on the asteroid's surface collecting data with three small color cameras.
'Unfortunately, it appears Minerva did not recognize the surface,'' JAXA said.
Minerva was still in radio contact with Hayabusa late Saturday, and mission controllers were trying to find out more about its condition and location, JAXA said. Officials, however, expected the transmissions to give out soon, Kyodo News agency reported.
'It is very disappointing that it did not work out nicely,'' JAXA official Junichiro Kawaguchi was quoted as saying by Kyodo. 'We found out various things about the asteroid, so we will study the data and hope it will lead to the successful landing of Hayabusa.''
Another procedure Saturday to collect surface data with laser altimeter was largely successful, the agency said.
[Doctorow] Themepunks concludes on Salon
Sunday, November 13, 2005 via Observations
Thoughts and Good AdviceRemember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements. posted by Gary Williams at 11:39 PM | link |
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Thread Counts, YoWhen quality of life is measured in thread counts and half-baths, when the only thing that's really distressed in a person's life is his vintage clothing or antique bric-a-brac, New Yorkers are ultimately not so much tough as they are al dente. If New York ever had a slum that could be called Mobsters' Row, it would only be a matter of time before we'd all be raving about the cheap lofts available in MoRo.