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Archive for November, 2010

The end of a school day is the perfect time to finally learn something!  The subject of this week’s random Wikipedia article is:

Connecticut Huskies Women’s Ice Hockey

I’d say I’m a fan, but I’m afraid I’d be guilty of jumping on the bandwagon after their 1-0 thumping of New Hampshire.  But I hear that Christin Allen can swing a mean stick, or glide a mean skate, or smack a mean puck, or whatever it is hockey-people say.

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Wikileaks makes me a little nervous.  On the one hand, I’m all for transparency in our government.  Somebody that can hold the government accountable needs to know what it is they are doing all of the time, and in our system that somebody is supposed to be us.  On the other hand, I see the need for the government to keep a little quiet on some of their plans.  Diplomacy, by necessity, involves some bluff and bluster, and that only works if the other players can’t see your cards.

When I read things like this, then, it makes me wonder what the future of international relations is going to look like.

I sure hope we never have a need for another large scale, secret military invasion like D-Day.

I mean, I hope that for a lot of other reasons to, but this adds one more.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone out there has a wonderful time with friends and family today.   Enjoy some turkey and some company.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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If anyone out there is still trying to figure out what to get me for Christmas and they have a spare $300,000 or so lying around, consider this officially added to my wishlist.

LONDON – For sale: A chance to embrace the dark side.

Christie’s auction house is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

The outfit — a jet-black helmet, mask and armor — is expected to sell Thursday for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 to $365,000).

Christie’s says the costume is thought to have been made for “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second film in George Lucas’s sci-fi series, released in 1980.

The auction house’s head of popular culture, Neil Roberts, says the costume is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema.

Christie’s did not name the seller, identified only as an American private collector.

If I owned that, I’d wear it to teach in and discipline would be a thing of the past.

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Today was my last day of work for the week due to Thanksgiving break.  I’d like to say that I’m frustrated about losing this time with my classes, but really I can’t wait for three days off.  Not that I’m bragging or anything.

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Way back in September, I wrote this post about a large piece of artillery in a field near my home.  Recently, that gun has received some upgrades.

I speculated at the time that the owner might be building some sort of patriotic memorial, but now I don’t have a clue what’s going on.  The Arkansas flag I get, but the VW bus in the background?  Maybe instead of a patriotic memorial the new arrangement represents the unity of all mankind.  Maybe by fusing the instrument of death with the universally recognized symbol of peace and love, the creator is making a statement about how really the soldier and the hippy aren’t so different after all.  We’re all the common man, united by our shared state and country.

Or maybe, since the gun is rusty, it’s an anti-war sentiment.  May our guns rust in the fields, and our VW vans drive on.

I can dig it.

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I was reading this article today, and I was struck again by how much I dislike politicians.  In three years the percentage of Republicans who believed in global warming dropped from 62% to 53%.  Since the majority of scientists agree that the evidence points to man-made global warming, I’m forced to conclude that the main reason these guys have started to deny global warming is to appeal to an increasingly polar conservative base.   I don’t buy the fact that the leaked emails that allegedly showed data-fixing in climate change experiments did the damage.  Those scientists were cleared of that, which means if these politicians did change their mind because of alleged data manipulation they are still ignoring the evidence in favor of believing what they want.

What that tells me is that a significant number of GOP members are willing to risk the future of the planet to appeal to their base and win an election.

That’s just sick.  Climate change is something potentially very, very dangerous, not only for the future of the United States, but for the entire world.  And these people are willing to ignore that?

Sorry Earth, better luck next time…

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