Nothing But ‘Net

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

A terafic milestone, according to Google’s report, [O]ur systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once! How do we find all those pages? We start at a set of well-connected initial pages and follow each of their links to new pages. Then … Read More

The Final Word On The DOJ

Ken AshfordAttorney FiringsLeave a Comment

Remember this scandal?  Verdict (of a sort) is in: Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general’s report released today. Goodling passed over hundreds of qualified applicants and squashed … Read More

Shootings at Unitarian Church In Tennessee

Ken AshfordCrime, Godstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

You know, it’s both laughable and disturbing that pundits like Michelle Malkin can make their daily bread by referring to liberals as the "unhinged left", accompanyed by such adjectives as "deranged" and so on. When was the last time a disgruntled liberal started shooting people he disagreed with politically or socially?  Ever???  It just seems to me that even at … Read More

Vote For McCain — He’ll Help With Your Groceries

Ken AshfordElection 2006Leave a Comment

I can’t believe this is their nominee: By the way, not only will he help you with groceries, but he’ll actually get the mandarin oranges FOR you, as you explain to him (with the patience one would emply for one’s senile grandfather) why bigger jars mean economy-size, and name brands tend to be more expensive than generic brands. And if … Read More

Everything Old Is New Again

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

(1) MTV is going to do a remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".  Possibly with new songs added. (2)  John Waters is doing the treatment for a sequel to "Hairspray", but not his "Hairspray".  Rather, it will be a movie musical sequel to the movie musical version of the Broadway musical adaptation.  Water’s original non-musical movie version.

RIP Randy Pausch

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

Last year, Carnegie Mellon University ran a series of lectures entitled "The Last Lecture", where professors were asked to think about what matters to them most and give a hypothetical final talk to students. One of the professors who spoke was Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist.  Unlike the other lecturers in the series, Randy knew it was … Read More

Shut Up And Drive

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

On July 1, California and Washington joined the list of states (including New York) which ban talking on cell phones while driving. North Carolina, for local readers of this blog, has no such ban in place unless you are a teenagers under the age of 18 or a school bus driver.  But a unviersal ban is probably likely, in every … Read More

The Wall Street Journal Jumped The Shark Today

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Not that I was ever a fan, but at least it was somewhat respectable. Until, of course, today’s op-ed entitled — I’m not making this up — What Bush and Batman Have in Common Apparently, this is what Bush and Batman (at least, the latest incarnation of Batman) have in common: 1)  They are both "vilified and despised for confronting … Read More

Is This The Worst Political Ad Ever?

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

When I first saw this ad, I thought it was a hoax.  I thought it was an ad someone pro-Obama put together, and deceptively issued under the name of an "official" John McCain ad. Let’s watch the ad together (it’s a 3:00 internet ad) and I’ll go through the litany of what is terrible about it as a piece of … Read More


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For those who missed Cloverfield… or those who caught it… See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Nudity And Food

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Yes, they can go together. But I draw the line at "clothing optional" restaurants.  Just not for me: The au naturel look is catching on at city restaurants, a Midtown yoga club and even a stand-up comedy joint. "We’re just more comfortable nude," said John Ordover, who rents city eateries for dinner parties with a strict dress code – no … Read More

When Good Cakes Go Bad

Ken AshfordWeb Recommendations2 Comments

Cake Wrecks: an entire blog devoted to badly decorated cakes. They tend to be either bad in execution, i.e., spelling errors like "Congraniation Nicole and Mark" … or cakes which really just never should have been made in the first place.

The Edwards Affair

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

Coming from the National Enquirer, one might be attempted to dismiss this out-of-hand. But they seem to have detailed facts, all of which boil down to this: JOHN EDWARDS WAS CAUGHT LAST NIGHT MEETING WITH A WOMAN NOT HIS WIFE AND THEIR LOVE CHILD!!! The National Enquirer has pushed this story before, and Edwards has denied it.  The problem with … Read More

McCain Gaffe Watch

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

This is getting to be a daily thing.  And these aren’t silly slip-of-the-tongues.  These are things which should give one serious pause. (1)  LAST NIGHT IN ROCHERSTER NH Listen closely, here’s what McCain says: My friends, we have to drill off shore. We have to do it. It’s out there and we can do it. And we can do that. … Read More