Monday, October 27, 2008

message from another time

After being thought lost in WWII, an archive of wax cylinder recordings from the 1890's of Russian classical musicians has been found. They don't sound great, but how would you sound at 110?

Hear some excerpts at The NY Times.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

and another thing...

I know The New York Times is trying to save money, but I don't think the strategy of loading an entire encyclopedia article into one sentence is going to work.

With shrill blasts from its three Tyfon whistles and a 39-foot-long paying-off pennant streaming from the mast — a foot for each year at sea — that traditionally marks the end of a ship’s commission, the Queen Elizabeth 2 (only the actual monarchs warrant Roman numerals, not the ships named for royalty) split the predawn darkness to begin a day of festivities and souvenir photos by the Statue of Liberty and berthed at Pier 90 at 53d Street on the Hudson River, where the ship tied up around 6 a.m.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

there is no overhead projector

I was disappointed last night that Obama offered no defense of the "$3 million overhead projector" McCain said he made an earmark for.

I'm even more disappointed to find out Obama passed up the chance to call McCain for lying about it.

The director of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (btw, the first I ever went to) has released this statement

...the Adler has never received an earmark as a result of Senator Obama's efforts. This is clearly evidenced by recent transparency laws implemented by the Congress, which have resulted in the names of all requesting Members being listed next to every earmark in the reports that accompany appropriations bills.

what the project really was:

To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support – which was not funded – to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere. The Adler’s Zeiss Mark VI projector – not an overhead projector – is the instrument that re-creates the night sky in a dome theater, the quintessential planetarium experience. The Adler’s projector is nearly 40 years old and is no longer supported with parts or service by the manufacturer. It is only the second planetarium projector in the Adler’s 78 years of operation.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

the real americans

Many non-Americans may get the impression from the Sarah Palin interviews that we're just a bunch of babbling sloganeers who can barely put two talking-points together in a sentence.

Here are the real americans, the ones who vote republican, not for the tax breaks but for the principles involved and who can speak at length about it without coaching...

I'm thoroughly impressed that they managed to get a man, a woman, another man, and a dog all on the same motorcycle.