February, 2006


21
Feb 06

A new blog in our midst

My favorite CD store, Decatur CD has joined the blogosphere. They’ve always had the best email newsletter of any I’ve signed up for and now they reveal that they have the new Neko Case album in, though not for sale. It comes out March 7th evidently. Oh well.


20
Feb 06

Now this is interesting

Apple adopting Windows?

I will laugh and laugh and laugh if true.


20
Feb 06

Referrals

Oddly enough, this InstaChuckNorris from Parrotline is the largest referrer to Jargondatabase.com this month but a wide margin.


16
Feb 06

Thursday rapid fire


16
Feb 06

Conspiracy thoughts

If I were partial to the intentional fallacy, I would think this:

  1. Dick Cheney does his interview with the MSM/Fox the same day that more Abu Ghraib photos come out. The photos don’t actually add anything to the case mind you, but they are more fuel on the fire. The Cheney story seems to have trumped the photo story.
  2. The whole cartoon controversy is ginned up by the establishment regimes in the middle east as a way to shut out Western influence. By making a mountain out of a molehill via artful use of rent-a-mobs they can freak out the West by seeming totally crazy by Western standards and only a little crazy by Middle Eastern standards. This puts pressure on economic and cultural ties between the two regions, and will do a lot to pressure European governments to limit immigration from the Muslim countries. This keeps Western thought out and lets the weird combination of monarchies and theocracies in power.

14
Feb 06

Not in the Valentines spirit

Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists burn Valentine’s Day cards in Kashmir
Nearly two dozen black-veiled Muslim women stormed gift and stationery shops Friday in Kashmir, burning Valentine’s Day cards and posters to protest a holiday they say imposes Western values on Muslim youth.


14
Feb 06

Nomenclature

Over the past week the term “Prophet Mohammed” has come into existence. Weird. It used to just be Mohammed, with no title.

In related news, here is a fine editorial by Andrew Sullivan on the topic, and here is a post about the media as “a proper Victorian gentleman” which is well worth reading Also marginally related, Fareed Zakaria on the decline of Europe.


14
Feb 06

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while

But I haven’t had the time. Here is a very good article on alternative liquid fuels. Not wholly convincing, but interesting nonetheless.


12
Feb 06

Thoughts on Flickr?

Does anyone have an opinion? I’m running a bit low on space here on moodyloner.net, and I’d like to outsource the photo hosting. Has anyone had any experience with them?


12
Feb 06

Quick round up

  • An excellent article on Muslim immigrants in Sweden. Maybe we didn’t win the cold war. Combine cultural separation with the welfare state and you get some ghastly results. It would be interesting for someone to do an article comparing American Muslims with Europe’s. Everything I’ve seen states rather convincingly that American Muslims are slightly better on all of the social metrics (income, higher education, etc) than native born Americans, whereas Europe’s trend very poorly.
  • Senator Reid (D-Nevada) linked to Abramoff. We all knew that was coming I suppose. What is it going to take for term limits to make their come back? Maybe after more gains by the Republicans in November (my current prediction). If not, nothing will.
  • I am reflexively against anyone who declares that politician x is “playing the —– card”.
  • Quote of the moment – Mickey Kaus with “McCain is to pundit shows what lesbians are to Howard Stern.”