April 2009

I spent this morning visiting the Boeing plant in Everett and looking around the Future of Flight center. Herewith a few notes and photos, probably of interest only to hard-core aviation geeks. Click the thumbnails for full-sized images. I got there just after 9, and was scheduled to take the 10:00am plant tour. While waiting,…

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Andrew Sullivan identifies one of the architects of the Bush/Cheney torture policy: Edward Whelan, who – incredibly – heads up the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The presence of devout Catholics authorizing the waterboarding of a human being 183 times in a row really does help put theoconservatism into a new perspective, doesn’t it? Speaking…

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Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the…

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Here’s Jonathan’s allsun@ email announcing the Oracle acquisition of Sun. “To me, this proposed acquisition totally redefines the industry,” wrote Jonathan Schwartz this morning to Sun’s employees in a company-wide email announcing the acquisition of Sun by Oracle. Among other remarks, Schwartz adds: “Let me assure you [Oracle is] single minded in [its] focus on…

Read More The end of an era