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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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