Friday, December 31, 2010

quote for the day

"2010 was like one big, endless blooper...

Look - America keeps getting hit in the groin!"

Lalo Alcaraz

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Kodachrome is dead.

Seriously, this is a tragedy. Ordinary color film is not the same.

end of year linkage

All of today's linkage comes via Hedgehogs.

- art deco computer mod.

- LOTR barware!

- One of the best looking clocks I've seen in a while.

- The problem with satire is that sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between it and reality.

- Oh, no, mankind's burning of fossil fuels isnt contributing to global warming - that's merely a coincidence.

- Rate your beard!

- Warning, this is just wrong.

- This one is badly written (ESL?), but interesting anyway.

- An eastern European burger that sounds really, really good.

- The early 1900s, in color, works by Albert Kahn.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

bear in mind...

Why cuts are the wrong cure from False Economy on Vimeo.

...that very soon, Republicans will be taking over the House, and Democrats were unable to withstand them even when they had a majority everywhere. If you want to see the future of America, watch Great Britain.

Monday, December 27, 2010

bye bye miss American pie...

"If America's decline is in fact on a 22-year trajectory from 2003 to 2025, then we have already frittered away most of the first decade of that decline with wars that distracted us from long-term problems and, like water tossed onto desert sands, wasted trillions of desperately needed dollars."

A prediction for the End of Empire.

props to Cookie Jill

Saturday, December 25, 2010

christmas cartoon


Weird day so far; got presents wrapped by nine last night (rather than after midnight out in the cold garage), kids went to sleep before I did, kids got up after I did, and I actually succeeded in getting my wife presents she really liked!

Merry Christmas to Everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holster's Four Christmas Curmugeons

This is great. Made by Shawn Holster, of the now defunct Monkey's Eggs blog, so unfortunately no links for you.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

further proof

Man, one thought that occurred to me a long time ago was that one way to cut the cost of education but to avoid actually defunding it was to make sports programs, all sports programs, self supporting. Let's face it, right now parents get together to hold bake sales and such to buy playground equipment and do capital improvements to schools, think how motivated they'd be if those things were funded and they had to hold bake sales and seek business sponsorships for the football team, or girls basketball.

Here's an article that backs up my idea.

Friday, December 17, 2010

another straw on the camel's back

Reason number 3 why I will not buy a Kindle, or any other electronic book anytime soon.

Two words: "marketing" and "privacy".

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

well... shit

Sad news in the Blogosphere today: Kel, of the excellent Osterly Times, died suddenly on October 28, 2010. The Osterly Times has been my primary morning read ever since I started getting up in the morning*, and has been sorely missed these last two months. I'm not sure how I'll replace his insight, wisdom, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Kel.

wednesday video

Monday, December 13, 2010

class warfare

15 mind-blowing facts about wealth inequality in America. Here's one chart, there are more if you follow the link.

Have I posted this article before? Dont care.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

quote for the day

"When a liberal activist judge over-reaches, a disenfranchised group of Americans have their constitutional rights restored. When a conservative activist judge over-reaches, the country’s elections get handed to corporations on a silver platter."

Helen Philpot, at Margaret and Helen

In the past, I've not been convinced that this was an actual 80-something year-old woman writing this. But it just occurred to me that a very liberal history professor that I had in college when I went to UT was named Philpot, and he was about the right age for this woman to be his mother. If she raised him, then I could easily see her saying such things, so now I think maybe she is real.

Really, though, it doesnt matter if she is or isnt, since the words are what matters here, regardless of who says them and how old. Go read the rest of the post.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Dave's Blogtroll no. 9

Well, it's about that time: After months of looking at various things online, and surfing, and following links and whathaveyou, here is my latest collection of blogs and such that I'll try out and see if they keep my attention enough to make the dubious "honor" of going on my Blogroll

Art of the Criminal Mastermind: an art blog
FMyLife: Sad stories, text message sized
Yellow has an odd fascination with Jesus
Corrupting Conservatives, a liberal blog
Kind Girls. NSFW.
Anouk Morgan, photographer
photographs collected at Fantomatik.
A Hundred Dance Moves Per Minute, the blog of Bad Machinery's John Allison.
See the future via the past at Paleo-Future.
Presurfer has lots of good stuff.
Ethan Persoff; artist, musician.
Cooley - an artist and funny fellow
Miss Peelpants; mostly about vintage fashion
In My Humble Opinion; a mostly political blog
Subnormality: Comix with too many words.
James McMurtry's blog.
Hyperbole and a Half a blog, with drawings!
Louchelab; an art site
The doghouse Diaries, a webcomic
Left Handed Cartoons
Kindergoth; another webcomic, how'd you guess?
Oglaf; a (very) NSFW webcomic
The Lounge, another, occassionally NSFW webcomic
Five Thirty-Eight: politics
Cakes: Learning Technology Blog
Springfield Punx: pop culture Simpsonized.
Mighty God-King: comic talk, etc
All New Issues, a webcomic, yes
Gin and Tacos; left wing politics blog
Michael Berube; liberal blogger
Balloon Juice.
Hedgehogs, on Tumblr
Paul Krugman's blog
Accidental Mysteries, a website of "found" photographic art
Whatever, author John Scalzi's blog
Merceneiress; a web (action) comic
Glenn Greenwald
Stuff In; just what it says (NSFW)*
The Swash Zone: bunch'a libruls.
Greg Sargent's The Plum Line
Hoping for the future at One World House

This being a Daveawayfromhome tradition, there have been preceding blogtrolls. Sample them here: no. 8, no. 7, no. 6, no. 5, no. 4, no. 3, and another one (I'm not sure of its number - there may actually be only 6 of blogtrolls, but it's too late to change now).

* In case you're wondering why such a site is in my blogtroll, it's not because I'm a red-blooded American male (though I am), but because it still astonishes me what people not only create websites about, but how many people actually read them. I suspect that if I created a blog documenting my daily bowel movements**, that blog would get more readership than this rather ordinary blog does here.

** Dont think I'm not tempted to do so, soley on an experimental basis. The main reason I dont is because I am afraid that I would be more right than even my wildest cynical pessimism imagines.