November 2005

I’ve just started populating my photo gallery on grommit.com. (Thanks, Steve!) I’m beginning with three albums: my Sunday tour of Hyderabad, gliding in Boulder, and stunning pieces from an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The permalink to my gallery can be found on the right, in The Basics section at the top…

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From CNN.com: “A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice President Dick Cheney provided the ‘philosophical guidance’ and ‘flexibility’ that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities.Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff, told CNN that the practice of torture…

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First we have Alec reporting on the Top 20 geek novels from blogs.guardian.co.uk. I hope the fact that Alec hasn’t read Consider Phlebas doesn’t mean that he’s ignorant of Iain M. Banks’ work. Meanwhile, over at Slashdot the usual crowd is debating the merits of Space.com’s best space movies poll. Like many Slashdotters, I find…

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Charles Krauthammer had an excellent piece in the Washington Post, entitled Phony Theory, False Conflict, on the farce of intelligent design. Money quote: “The school board thinks it is indicting evolution by branding it an ‘unguided process’ with no ‘discernible direction or goal.’ This is as ridiculous as indicting Newtonian mechanics for positing an ‘unguided…

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In a recent article in the Sunday Times, Andrew Sullivan contrasts the values of Bush-and-Blair with those of their frequently-cited* hero, Winston Churchill: In a telegram on November 21, 1943, Winston Churchill defined a fundamental difference between the Anglo-American way of war and that of our enemies. Churchill wrote: ‘The power of the Executive to…

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Alec blogged a link to Brent Rasmussen’s DarkSyde’s What It Feels Like to be an Atheist with the comment “One for Geoff”. (Thanks, Alec.) Here’s Brent’s DarkSyde’s intro: “I’m amazed everyday of my life that everyone isn’t an atheist like me. But they’re not, I have no idea why that is, but it is reality.…

Read More Good idea, but the analogy is too concrete