Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Guesswork Theory

I can't remember how I found this blogger, but his posts about religion and Christianity are always very insightful.  I like this one, in particular and Giving Up What God Didn't Promise.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quite Different

The links today are pretty far about apart, but I liked them both enough to want to share.

First of all, the ridiculousness that is buying women's clothes. Then, the ridiculousness that is the nanny state.
(I knew they had something in common.)

Yep, me, too.

Tell your reps and senators to say NO to SOPA and PIPA!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Great Line Today

... The practical side of parenting is all about engineering your obsolescence, and I’m sure that works really well for robots. The rest of us don’t mind a modicum of indispensability.

from Lileks' Bleat

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I love the myth-busting Cracked posts, and this one even includes an Atlanta/Alton Brown reference, not to mention lots of good cooking info.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

and a little from the left

Well, these posts are aren't really from the "left" in my view, but I would say that Slate and Salon do typically lean that way.  Both links came from Radley Balko at The Agitator, as usual.

This isn't political at all - just totally map-geek fantastic.  This is the story about an award-winning map of the US, and it's quite interesting.

And, this one is an interesting look at how bureaucrats, unquestioning reporters, and columnists use the terms "moderates" and "centrists" to frame discussion and con us into believing what is an acceptable opinion.  This piece is about the drug war, but it could really be about anything political.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Touching obituary for Siobhan Reynolds, champion of pain patients and fighter of asinine drug policy, in a mainstream publication, no less.
Why, she asked, when opioids can help treat chronic pain, are they frequently only available to the dying—but not if your agony will last years?  Why, when addiction to opioids is actually rare, do we treat them as though everyone who takes these drugs is likely to get instantly hooked?  And why do we seem to see addiction—even in the dying— as a worse side effect than agony or even death?
There should be more coverage of the travesty of thedrug war and its affects on people who need drugs. Denying people something they want is more important to our government than taking care of those who need it.

Another great one from Rules for My Unborn Son: 
529. The best way to ruin an apology is with an explanation.

Love The Sartorialist, and love this look.

Monday, January 02, 2012

2011 Entertainment in Review

Here's my 2011 Books, Movies, Events, and Travel list:

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
American on Purpose - Craig Ferguson
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The Holy Bible (New American Standard)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

Reckless Kelly with Mickey and the Motorcars - The Pour House, James Island, SC
Dwight Yoakam - Wild Bill's, Duluth, GA
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Christmas with the ASO - Symphony Hall, Atlanta

Hilton Head Island, SC
Daufuskie Island, SC
Charleston, SC
Orange Beach, AL

Movies (** in theater):
The Lives of Others (highly recommended)
How to Train Your Dragon
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Julie & Julia
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The King's Speech
The Expendables
Toy Story 2
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hool
Wild Target
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Dispicable Me
Easy A
Toy Story 3
Get Low
Green Hornet
Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
**X-Men: First Class
It Might Get Loud
**Super 8
Broadcast News
The Social Network
Dinner with Schmucks
17 Again
Shaolin Soccer
Date Night
True Grit (2010)
The Young Victoria
**Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Eiger Sanction
The Tourist
Red Riding Hood
Cannibal: The Musical
The Switch
**Cowboys & Aliens
Knight & Day
Hot Tub Time Machine
The Mechanic
**The Help
The Lincoln Lawyer
John Adams (miniseries)
Season of the Witch
Marley and Me
Battle of Los Angeles
Road to Perdition
The Conspirator
**The Muppets
The Adjustment Bureau
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Fright Night (2010)
Horrible Bosses
**Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil