Archive for December 2008
The New York Times slideshow is well done.
If there’s any logic behind the embattled Illinois govenor making a pick of US Senator, I think Edward McClellen may have captured it:
You don’t like Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick for the U.S. Senate? What’s the matter with you? Don’t you want to see another black guy in the World’s Most Exclusive Club?
If you’ve not watched this video (in HD) yet, you should. Also interesting: the making of.
You don’t have to agree with everything on Rex’s list to recognize that it’s probably one of the best end-of-year lists you’ll see.
I really like Mike Dresser’s idea.
Catherine Rampell thinks people spend too much time worrying about high administration costs when giving to charity:
While there is something to be said for charities that know how to keep their administrative costs under control, lower costs are not always better. For example, many nonprofits seem to cut corners on backroom tasks like bookkeeping and record-keeping because these expenses aren’t viewed as critical to the “mission.” But spending less money on such administrative costs can actually make a charity less effective because it invites embezzlement, a crime that perpetually afflicts nonprofit organizations.
An old friend’s first venture into “e-junk” taught me a bit of science and history:
These things are some of the biggest planes ever built. The largest, dubbed the Caspian Sea Monster, was longer than a football field, could move over 1000 tonnes of cargo, and crossed the Caspian at speeds over 250mph. The Soviets kept the project secret, so you can imagine the poor fishermen who undoubtedly found themselves in the path of these speeding behemoths. Keep in mind they never flew more than a few meters above the water.
Kottke’s right: this video of one of Jupiter’s moons, as taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, looks like (fairly marginal) CGI.
In a further effort to lessen my — and your — ignorance of current events: The Cliff Notes version of the recent Guinean coup.
If only to establish my present ignorance of current events, I was until today largely unaware of the widening problem of Gaza. One could trace the beginning to the complete Israeli blockade — as Sara Roy does — but the widely reported cause is an Israeli desire to lessen the rocket attacks.