A book in honor of banned books

In honor of Banned Books Week (thanks pb!) I'm going to create a book page of my all-time favorite books. This weekend. Er, soon. In the meantime, I'm recommending Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, a tonic for the soul.

I had no idea

The average person uses the Web once every 13 days and stays there for an hour. Wow, that doesn't seem like much at all. I figured it was higher than that by now.

Goodbye Mr. Scott

Actor George C. Scott dead. If you haven't seen Patton, I highly recommend it.

Oh sadness

Mars orbiter presumed lost- bummer. I love any and all things related to space travel, especially Mars! I'd love to be on the first (wo)manned mission to Mars.

Something is amiss

I'm really hating things right now.

Supreme trouble

The Golden Rule didn't go over so well for Diana Ross in the UK.

Quaking in our seats

We're feeling ripples of earthquakes here in the office today, so pb just carried water to each of our desks, so that when we throw ourselves underneath them for safety, we won't succumb to dehydration when we're trapped under the rubble for days. Thanks pb!

On freedom

"[F]reedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order." - Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

When will megnut be number 1?

Britney Spears is the fifth most popular search term on the Web, according to Egads.

How to keep strong while driving a bus

Funny site this morning: As I walked from my car to the office, I passed a MUNI pulled over alongside the curb, no passengers aboard, doors closed, and the driver doing incline push-ups against the seats.

Missing toenail update

In case you were wondering what's happened since I accidentally "removed" my toenail, good news! A little one has grown back, it's very small and cute. So I'm not scarred for life, if scarred's the verb you'd use for something like this. (I have a feeling it isn't.)

Sometimes compromising is no good

National Heritage policy is to treat both evolution and the Biblical creation story as theories - this is one of the scariest articles I've read in a long long time. [wsj: subscription required]

No title necessary

Argh, today is just one of those days...

Dr. King on salvation

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Martin Luther King, Jr. [from terrie strike via metascene]

The power of white men in the United States

Although white males are only 39.2% of the U.S. population, these are the percentages of white males in positions of institutional authority: 92% of state governors 90% of daily newspaper editors 82.5% of Forbes 400 (>$265 million) 77% of U.S. Congress 77% of TV news directors 70% of tenured college faculty source: MC Kirk, University of Washington, Bothell

The trouble with incompetence

Boycott Incompetence! [the true story of my friend's encounter with a useless customer "service" rep]

Sometimes a lot of TV is a good thing

Thoughts and reflections after over five hours of tv watching last night: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the best movies of all time. It was on TBS, and I was lucky enough to catch it from the very beginning. It makes me cry every time.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

The second half of Come Back Jack was fantastic. It's the true story of an autistic boy, and his family's struggle to rescue him from the disease. I wish I'd seen the whole thing.

A nice quote

pb and I talked about this last year sometime, and tonight I'm reminded to try it:

She sat just like the others at the table she would be beyond all walking, and would fly.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, "Going Blind"

A misleading title

I thought this was going to be about high school, or preparatory, or grade 13, or whatever they call it over there, proms in the UK.

A day of thinking

Today seems like a thinking kind of day, like just a day to float around in thoughts. Part of my horoscope today says, "relax -- and believe." Of course, part of it also alludes to romance, so it's all bunkum [probably]. (Like bunkum? Me too, turns out that's what bunk is short for.)

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