Archive for June, 2005

Property News

June 30, 2005

Well, today we closed on the sale of our current house and the purchase of our new house. We get to rent our just-sold house for 6 days, but expect to be completely moved out on July 5. (We’re using professional movers, as our “stuff” has grown quite a bit over the last 10 years, so the only real grief will be the packing and unpacking).
Don’t expect much content around here until the end of next week or so. Assuming Comcast gets us hooked up on time, there should only be a two-day Internet blackout (on the 4th and 5th).


Helicopter Cheesecake

June 29, 2005

Wow. Jeff at Gravity Lens found a really cool helicopter: the CarterCopter.
So far, it’s just a prototype technology demonstrator, but it has already achieved a milestone for rotary-wing craft: a mu of 1 for the first time in history (achieved on June 17, 2005).
Yeah, I didn’t have the faintest clue what that meant, either, but read more about it here and keep your eyes peeled for these very attractive rotorcraft.

Carnivals to the Left of Me, Carnivals to the Right…

June 29, 2005
Left behind the bars, rows of Bishops’ heads in jars
and a bomb inside a car
Spectacular! Spectacular!

– From “Karn Evil 9, First Impression Part One,” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

First up – Carnival of Music #5 will be taking place at And What Next on July 4th (or 5th).
—> Send your musical submissions to our new gmail dropbox:
(Thanks, Ted, for the gmail invite!) Remember also to check out Carnival of Music #4 at Owlish’s place (you might need to scroll down, since his permalinks are bloggered up right now), and review the paleo-proto-musico-carnivals at the archive page.
Next, the first Carnival of Liberty will be taking place at The Unrepentant Individual on or around July 4. This is like the debutante ball for the newest unruly group I’ve joined: Life, Liberty, and Property. So send your liberty-themed submissions to

Music Meme From Gunner

June 29, 2005

Gunner tagged me with a music meme last week. Things have been a bit crazy here, so I’m just now getting around to answering it.

Here’s the game: What are your top three songs to listen to whilst running? And if you have the server space, will you post one or all of them for the rest of us to download? (If running is not your preferred method of exercise – which more or less guarantees your intelligence – well, songs that you would listen to are just fine.)

I usually don’t listen to music while doing my nightly walk/run with the dog. I like to talk to him, and my suburban neighborhood straddles a creek and is covered with trees, so the nighttime chorus of toads and crickets makes a great soundtrack.
I do frequently listen to music while (whilst?) mowing the lawn, and my current favorites are:

I have to say, though, that I have several mix CDs I listen to during yardwork, so this list would definitely change from week to week.

Marketplace of Ideas

June 28, 2005

Looking at my Google AdSense ads, I marvel at the diversity of opinions seeking to be heard.
They represent, quite literally, a marketplace of ideas. People are spending money to get these small commercial blurbs read by web surfers (please click on them to support this site, btw).
Looking at them today got me to thinking about the figurative marketplace of ideas. Consider this quote, from the originator of the phrase, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:

“Persecution for the expression of opinions seems to me perfectly logical. If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition. To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care whole-heartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premises. But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment. Every year if not every day we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge. While that experiment is part of our system I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.”

Whenever some leftist gets the vapors over some alleged suppression of dissent, read the facts in the case that led to the above dissent and ask whether we are more or less free today. Are we hauling Michael Moore into court under some sedition act? Are we shutting down or the Democratic Underground under the Espionage Acts?
Call me Pollyanna, but I think we have it pretty good.

Take the Survey Already

June 27, 2005

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Carnival of Music #4

June 27, 2005

Owlish has posted the fourth installment of the Carnival of Music.
A nice eclectic mix of stuff there, so go check it out.

Sunday Aircraft Cheesecake (Ki-61 Tony)

June 26, 2005

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony:
(Image from Stof’s “Virtual Flying” Page).
If you read the linked pages above, you’ll see why it’s no accident that this plane resembles the German Me-109.

Venus Calling Mars…

June 26, 2005

Here’s a funny comment at Slashdot characterizing (stereotyping?) female and male communications styles. My wife appreciated it, so I think it’s OK to post.
(Via Utterly Boring).

Yet Another Theology Quiz

June 22, 2005

Rob keeps retaking tests and getting the same result.
Here’s a slightly more sophisticated one, the Belief-O-Matic, as it tests you on 20 questions ranked by importance.
I took this quiz a couple of years ago and it told me I was a Reform Jew. I definitely like the Reform Jew congregation members I have met, I just don’t think I could ever adjust culturally to the different mode of communal worship. As long as there is a semi-traditional Methodist church around, that’s where I’ll be when I go to church.
In any case, my beliefs must have changed a small amount over the last few years, as I am now more Unitarian (100%) than Reform Jew (94%). I am also – disturbingly – barely more liberal Christian than Islamic.
I would be interested in seeing your top 5 results in comments (or post them at your blog and trackback here).
Here are my full results:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Reform Judaism (94%)
3. Liberal Quakers (90%)
4. Secular Humanism (84%)
5. Neo-Pagan (83%)
6. Sikhism (78%)
7. Bahá’í Faith (77%)
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (71%)
9. Islam (70%)
10. Orthodox Judaism (70%)
11. New Age (66%)
12. Nontheist (65%)
13. Jainism (62%)
14. Mahayana Buddhism (62%)
15. Scientology (59%)
16. Theravada Buddhism (59%)
17. New Thought (57%)
18. Taoism (53%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (47%)
20. Hinduism (47%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (44%)
22. Orthodox Quaker (44%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (32%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (22%)
25. Jehovah’s Witness (22%)
26. Roman Catholic (22%)
27. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)