Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
"Girl: Shopping with you is like shopping with an old man.
Guy: Shopping with you is like shopping with a bitch.
--Modern Foods, The Bronx"
Thursday, November 12, 2009
"Professor: How does a microwave work?
Student: Electromagnetic waves.
Professor: Oh, 'electromagnetic waves'! That's a fancy way of saying 'magic.'
University of Delaware
Overheard by: Magician"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"....reading the transcript of the oral arguments in Pottawattamie v. Maghee, heard last Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court... The case turns on whether prosecutors who knowingly fabricate evidence to convict an innocent person should be susceptible to lawsuits, or if prosecutors should always have absolute immunity from such suits, no matter how bad their behavior.
During the hearing, Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal argued that "if prosecutors have to worry at trial that every act they undertake will somehow open up the door to liability, then they will flinch in the performance of their duties and not introduce that evidence." Katyal made similar statements throughout the hearing: "When someone is introducing evidence at trial, you don't want to chill them in the performance of their duties in any way," and "the overriding interest is protecting the judicial process and not letting information be chilled and not come in." Chief Justice John Roberts underlined that formulation, twice inquiring as to the "chilling" effect of stripping immunity for prosecutors.
It took new Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to make the obvious point: We want prosecutors to "flinch" before introducing evidence they suspect might not be true. In fact, we want them to not introduce that evidence at all. And there should be a chilling effect on misconduct as egregious as coaching witnesses to lie. If Brett Grayson had known he could be held liable for his parade of lying jailhouse snitches, perhaps he'd have vetted their stories a bit more carefully, or been more vigilant about ensuring that portions of his case file didn't somehow get passed around the prison system..."
Good to know when I say "I'm addicted to the Internet" it's actually more figuratively than literally.
"Internet addiction? Aren't we all Internet addicts to some extent? And then I talked to Coleen Moore of the Illinois Institute of Addiction Recovery, who told me that 20% of all addicts who check into the rehab center are there for Internet addiction. Some of them use drugs along with the Internet so they can stay awake and online longer, and others get urinary tract infections or wet themselves because they don't want to take bathroom breaks. Carpal tunnel and eye strain are only the tip of the iceberg. For some, Internet addiction is a very real psychological issue that calls for medical help."
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
"I met a bear in the zoo. A bear is very strong; very hard for a human to kill a bear with simple methods.” - Fedor Emelianenko...
Via Has Fedor's breakthrough finally arrived? - UFC - Yahoo! Sports
But the highlight of the week was his Glenn Beck takedown. TDS continues to be one of the only sources that rightfully puts the inanity of modern news in its place [though The Onion is fairly deft as well, at times...]
Brutal takedown/parody/satire of the ridiculous talking heads that populate the media.
"Now obviously I'm not saying this is a plot by Hitler to steal Glenn Beck from us, internal organ by internal organ..."
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|The 11/3 Project|
Colbert Report, Modern Family, The Mentalist, The Office, Community, 30 Rock, FlashForward, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Smallville
NCIS - I enjoyed seeing their not so subtle critique this week of paramilitary operations like KBR and Blackwater. I know a lot of former military folks staff these operations, but they're creepy at best, evil at worst. How mercenaries ever became a part of our defense strategy is beyond me.
Star Trek Voyager Season 5 - in for the long haul, since I started watching the series before summer vacation. Overall, it's not a great show, and probably the worst of the Star Trek series, imho, but it does have occasion flashes of brilliance.
V - the new series, remake of the 80s show. First ep was deftly done. I dug it. Plus two Joss Whedon Firefly/Serenity alums - Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin, almost makes it must watch TV. Can't wait for the rat swallowing scene. Still remember the original from when I was a kid.