How I was keeping my mind clean this week:
Things I disagree with:
Things I agree with:
- Don't kill fans with too much information.
- Atheists: "Don't be a dick."
- It should be enough to do a good job.
- The internet as a centrifuge where discussions spin out of control and opinions become extreme.
- A Jew rebels against against Jewish racism in wine selection.
How I was keeping my mind fit this week:
- "Jesus was HIV positive."
- This breakdown of the mathematical quandry at the center of Futurama. Or of the initial velocity of one of Verona Flowers' exes?
- Wired's headline is right on key: "String Theory Does Something Useful." Although as always with String Theory, that's debatable.
- Muslims working in casinos in Las Vegas live in a world of sin so that their children won't have to.
- There's an Office of Catechesis through Art in the Vatican.
- Yiddish isn't dead, the n-word isn't new, language doesn't necessarily create thought.
- General Eric Schinseki, Secretary for Veterans Affairs, is putting into place rules that will allow claims for health problems related to Agent Orange to go forward, after 40 years of wait. Shinseki is someone I enormously respect, who demonstrates Colin Powell's failure.
- Here's an economic indicator: we're experiencing a bubble. Of indicators.
- Sesame street producers made Mr. Snuffaluffagus real because they were worried children wouldn't inform adults about rape; and other facts. (h/t Don Hall)
- Ways to get high you've never heard of.
Things to watch in the future:
- Urban Art Foundation, a legal defense organization for graf artists.
- Obama Administrator wants letter grades for vehicle efficiency.
- My favorite wonk, former CBO/OMB head Peter Orszag will now write for the New York Times op-ed pages.
- There may be no paper dictionary next time around.