Monday, November 27, 2006


Quotes o' the Day

unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters.
Excerpt from a National Science Teachers Association letter rejecting a donation of 50,000 copies of An Inconvenient Truth due to the displeasure acceptance of the gift would cause donors to the organization, such as Exxon Mobil, according to the Washington Post.

I've spent a week setting this thing up and using it, and the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.
From a review of Microsoft's Zune by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has done well.
To commemorate his recently passed father, Milton, David Friedman, a blogger and also a libertarian economist, quoted the Hávamál.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


A Geek's Delight

I'm not so good at the word puzzles featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday's Sunday Puzzle segment. I think I've determined the answer about 4 times, including this week's puzzle.
Name a well-known American city, with 12 letters in its name, containing the letters of THANKS in left to right order, not necessarily consecutively. A hint: This is a city of more than 100,000 people.
This challenge was great for a geek.
  1. Find a list of US cities with at least 100,000 residents
  2. Paste that list into vi
  3. Search for the regular expression /t.*h.*a.*n.*k.*s/
  4. Submit answer
Yes, I still feel good about solving the puzzle even if I cheated. In case you'd like a bigger hint, the answer is a city in California with a name composed of two words.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Quote o' the Day

I'm a moderate, and there is no room left in the Republican Party for moderates. I'm not leaving the Republican Party; it has basically left me.
State Sen. Sam Kitzenberg R-Glasgow, soon to be D-Glasgow, who was decided to switch parties, giving Democrats a 26-24 majority in what had been a evenly divided Montana State Senate. His move is laced with intrigue, as Kitzenberg was given an unadvertised job by the Democratic governor's administration. Kitzenberg has said changing parties had nothing to do with his employment.

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