Archive for July, 2006

Required Viewing on Jihad

July 31, 2006

Via Pixy, check out Obsession: What the War on Terror is Really About, an amazing one-hour-and-seventeen-minute video that puts together many pieces of the puzzle regarding the clash between Islamic fascism and the western world. Even if you think you’ve heard all this before or think your opinion can’t be swayed, you need to watch this.
And for some background reading, I would heartily recommend Stephen Green’s The Arm of Decision and Game Plan, together with Bill Whittle’s Confidence.

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Some Gothic Music

July 25, 2006

Go check out the unplugged video version of Peter Murphy’s A Strange Kind of Love, as performed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), Jeordie White (of Marilyn Manson and A Perfect Circle), and Murphy himself (Bauhaus and solo).
Via Bill INDC Ardolino.
I had to google Jeordie White to find out he is the bass player for A Perfect Circle. But before Jeordie, APC had quite a striking bassist: Paz Lenchantin. Great player, but check out her especially unique move from around 1:50 to 2:05 in Judith:

Haiku For Goldstein

July 24, 2006

Other blogs cover
Politics so boring. But–
Roseanne? Iran? Heh.

Killer App for Space Tourism

July 24, 2006

I wonder if private space travel will follow in the steps of the Internet, where sex was one of the earliest successful commercial ventures.
While joining the 250-mile-high-club would certainly be uniquely stimulating, it won’t necessarily be easy, was the message of a panel of experts at the recently-concluded Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2006 conference in Las Vegas.
NASA (not speaking for the agency, of course) doctor Jim Logan had the money quote:

“It’s a pretty messy environment, when you think about it….And for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However … I can well imagine how compelling, inspiring, and quite frankly stimulating choreographed sex in zero-G might be in the hands of a skilled and talented cinematographer with appropriate lighting and music….I’m not kidding: Sex in zero-G is going to have to be more or less choreographed. Otherwise it’s just going to be a wild flail.”

Alan Boyle and Rand Simberg have much more on this, er, titillating topic.

Remembering 9-11

July 24, 2006

Fred Kiesche at The Eternal Golden Braid is a blogger I read regularly (usually daily). But I didn’t learn until recently that he was in New York City on 9-11 and in a subway train under the South Tower when it came down.
His account of the day is simply gripping.
I hope he someday has peaceful dreams again during thunderstorms.

Online Video Debut

July 19, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a short nature documentary produced, directed, filmed, and edited by yours truly, via the magic of YouTube. Enjoy:

Wizard of Floyd

July 14, 2006

INDCent Bill found a clip on YouTube illustrating the famous synchronicity between the Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz.
I particularly love how the spinning Leslie in “The Great Gig in the Sky” mirrors the spinning tornado in Oz.
I guess this is as good a place as any to note the recent passing of Floyd founder Syd Barrett, who gave Pink Floyd their name and whose LSD-and-fame-fueled descent into insanity colored all of the band’s subsequent output.

It’s Not the Quantity, It’s The Quality

July 5, 2006

The first rule of blogging is to update your blog regularly. But a funny thing happened when I stopped following that rule. My daily traffic doubled and has remained in the supra-500 hits-per-day range for the last 7 months or so of reduced posting. While many of my visitors come looking for airplane or science fiction babe pictures, they usually stick around for a few minutes at a time, which indicates to me that they like what they see.
My strategy may not be so flawed, based upon this article from Marketing Profs: Why Blog Post Frequency Does Not Matter Anymore.
Thanks to Agent Bedhead (new resident on my blogroll) for finding this nice rationalization for laziness around here.

Happy Birthday, America

July 4, 2006

I hope all of you had a safe and happy 4th of July.
Below the fold, one of the great documents to emerge from the Enlightenment:

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Heinlein Quote of the Month (July 2006)

July 1, 2006

As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.

– Colonel Dubois in Starship Troopers.