What else will the airlines charge for?

airplane cabin pressure


Constitution Out of Stock

Telling sign of the times from our National Archives:


Luckily The Heritage Foundation is giving them away:



An Anna’s Hummingbird built a nest right outside the backdoor.  Using Canon’s Remote Capture I’ve been getting some shots of it.


Full screen slideshow

Vodpod videos no longer available.


Additional Hummingbird Pictures

Nest in February

Hummingbird feeding 1

Hummingbird feeding 2

Nest in May

Governmentium – Described as an Element on Periodic Table

The element, Governmentium (Gv),

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Clinton Tag Team


American Style Democracy

american style democracy

1000 Islands

Beautiful aerial shots of the 1000 Islands (on the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada).  Hard to believe this isn’t Europe…




Above images and more at yousaytoo.com

Some professional images from Ian Coristine

B.S. Detection

Scott Berkun has a great piece on B.S. Detection mirrored here.

For future reference: this handy guide to logical fallacies from Wikipedia.  This should be useful in the runup to Novemeber.

7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing

1.  Find the Face Behind the Result – This is a
neat trick you can use on a Google Image search to filter the search results so that they include only images of people.  How is this useful?  Well, it could come in handy if you are looking for images of the prominent people behind popular products, companies, or geographic locations.  You can perform this search by appending the code &imgtype=face to the end of the URL address after you perform a standard Google Image search.

2.  Google + Social Media Sites = Quality Free Stuff
– If you are on the hunt for free desktop wallpaper, stock images,
WordPress templates or the like, using Google to search your favorite
social media sites is your best bet.  The word “free” in any standard
search query immediately attracts spam.  Why wade through potential
spam in standard search results when numerous social media sites have
an active community of users who have already ranked and reviewed the
specific free items that interest you.  All you have to do is direct
Google to search through each of these individual social media sites,
and bingo… you find quality content ranked by hundreds of other people.

3.  Find Free Anonymous Web Proxies – A free
anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other
third-party websites by channeling the browser’s connection through the
proxy.  The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web
browser and the third-party website you are visiting.  Why would you
want to do this?  There are two common reasons:

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet
    café and you want privacy while you browse the web.  You don’t want the
    admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side
    ban on your IP address.  Content filtering is common practice on
    college campus networks.  This trick will usually bypass those

There are subscription services and applications available such as
TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing.  However, this trick
is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google.  All you have to
do is look through the search results returned by the queries below,
find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want
to browse anonymously.

4.  Google for Music, Videos, and Ebooks – Google
can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including
Mp3s, PDFs, and videos.  Open web directories are one of the easiest
places to quickly find an endless quantity of freely downloadable
files.  This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie!  Why thousands of
webmasters incessantly fail to secure their web severs will continue to
boggle our minds.

5.  Browse Open Webcams Worldwide – Take a
randomized streaming video tour of the world by searching Google for
live open access video webcams.  This may not be the most productive
Google trick ever, but it sure is fun!  (Note: you may be prompted to
install an ActiveX control or the Java runtime environment which allows
your browser to view certain video stream formats.)

6.  Judge a Site by its Image – Find out what a
site is all about by looking at a random selection of the images hosted
on its web pages.  Even if you are somewhat familiar with the target
site’s content, this can be an entertaining little exercise.  You will
almost surely find something you didn’t expect to see.  All you have to
do is use Google’s site: operator to target a domain in an image search.

7.  Results Based on Third-Party Opinion
Sometimes you can get a better idea of the content located within a
website by reading how other websites refer to that site’s content. 
The allinanchor: Google search operator can save you
large quantities of time when a normal textual based search query fails
to fetch the information you desire.  It conducts a search based on
keywords used strictly in the anchor text, or linking text, of third
party sites that link to the web pages returned by the search query. 
In other words, this operator filters your search results in a way such
that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages,
but instead bases the search relevance on the keywords that other sites
use to reference the results.  It can add a whole new dimension of
variety to your search results.

Bonus Material:

Here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses:

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to
    related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the
    same as typing the url into the search box. 
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word 
  • More info.

…from marcandangel

The Pope on Evolution vs. Creationism

Pope Benedict XVI said the debate raging in some countries — particularly the United States and his native Germany — between creationism and evolution was an “absurdity,” saying that evolution can coexist with faith.

The pontiff, speaking as he was concluding his holiday in northern Italy, also said that while there is much scientific proof to support evolution,
the theory could not exclude a role by God.