X-treme Sports

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

I've always wondered what makes a sport "extreme". Here's a guy doing "Extreme Kite Snowboarding" As far as I can tell, this "extreme sport" involves having a kite lift you up into the air, and then slamming you into the side of the mountain.  The snowboard attached to your feet, apparently, is what makes it "snowboarding", although as far as I … Read More

Vatican Forgives John Lennon

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

Nice, if not a little late. But more importantly, I don't think he said anything which requires forgiving.  When Lennon said that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, Lennon wasn't, as the Vatican claimed this weekend, "boasting".  He was just stating a "fact" — perhaps an arguable one at the time — but certainly a supportable fact, to wit, the Beatles were … Read More

Princeton Prop 8

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values3 Comments

Sometimes satire does a better job than anything else. There is a growing movement at Princeton University by a number of students who wish to preserve the traditional definition of "sidewalk". The Princeton Proposition 8 campaign aims to secure the definition of Princeton University sidewalks as a means of pedestrian transit for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and other … Read More

You Remember How They Used To Say That Things Would Go On Your “Permanent Record”?

Ken AshfordCrime, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

In one case, it's frighteningly true. Georgia law tries to keep sexual offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a child-care facility. Noble idea. The problem is what Georgia deems a "sex offender". Wendy Whitaker was 17, a sophomore in high school.  And one day, she performed consensual oral sex on another sophomore.  The other student was 16, five months shy of turning … Read More

Oxford Word Of The Year: “Hypermiling”

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Popular Culture3 Comments

Annoucement here, from the New Oxford American Dictionary. I actually know this word, because I actually do this. "Hypermiling" is defined as "an attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques." I do this all the time, and I expect most hybrid drivers do.  When you get below a certain mph, the gas … Read More

Time For A Civics Test

Ken AshfordPopular Culture8 Comments

You can take it here.  33 questions. The average American scored 49%. My score was 87.88%, but I'm kind of a civics geek. According to this article, U.S. elected officials scored lower than the average American; they scored 44%.  We'll call that "the Palin effect".  Don't read the article if you're going to take the test — it gives away … Read More

Project Palentir

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The video below is a demonstration of a geographical representation program, showing Facebook activities worldwide in real-time. Yeah, that last sentence was geeky.  So is the video.  But it is pretty awesome, too.

Obama Skips Church

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Obama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That's the headline at Politco. Look, can you blame him?  The president-elect had to leave his former church because some people didn't like that his pastor was an angry black man.  I'm sure it was in the news. Besides, I'm sure he's busy with his Muslim socialist cabal.

It’s Gonna Be A Barnburner At The Ginginch Home This Thanksgiving

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Not really.  They probably don't have Thanksgiving together. But Candice Gingrich (Newt Gingrich's sister), an openly gay woman, has sent an open letter to her brother: Dear Newt,  I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protestors of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build … Read More

It’s A Control Thing

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Orin Kerr asks "Why Do Conservatives Care So Much About The Courts?".  He notes that a public survey shows that: When it comes to how they will vote in November, Republican voters say that the type of Supreme Court Justices a candidate would appoint is more important than the War in Iraq. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found … Read More

Copernucus Found

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

This is a story that appeals to me and maybe three other people: Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and … Read More

Palin Blabs On As Turkey Gets Murdered

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

She went there to pardon a turkey, and we can assume that one getting slaughtered behind wasn't supposed to be the one intended to be pardoned. Nevertheless, it's pretty grizzly (and consider that a warning) I don't think there's any thing meta-analysis-wise to be said, save for the fact that she does seem to "invite criticism" everytime she steps in front … Read More

“The Most Horrible Day Of My Life”

Ken AshfordYoutube1 Comment

It was a pajama party for the girls, and they were going to watch the finals of American Idol. The two singers in the final were David Cooker and David Archuleta. The girls were all fans of David Archuleta. David A. didn’t win. Le plus horrible jour de ma vie – Videos buzz   To whoever dubbed this “the most … Read More