Archives March 2006

Don't try this at home (or in the maternity ward)

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Some artist with his finger on the pulse of American taste has made a sculpture of Britney Spears, nude, giving birth (NVSFW)—a sculpture which “reveals the crowning of baby Sean’s head” and “also acknowledges the pop-diva’s pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back ...

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Three words no sysadmin wants to hear

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’m in the middle of moving ropine.com services from the old G4 in our basement to a virtual server at OpenHosting. (Virtual hosting is cheap enough these days that a cheap virtual server plus a cheap DSL line costs less than the static-IP DSL line that we have now.)

The first thing I moved ...

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In the interest of balance...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Mallard Fillmore, which the Boston Globe runs as part of its sinister plan to make conservatives look silly, devoted today’s and yesterday’s strips to praising “maverick conservative” Tom Coburn, M.D., Republican Senator from Oklahoma. After reading the Senator’s entry on dKosopedia, I have to wonder what this man, out of all the Republicans in ...

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A tale out of school

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In a previous life, I aspired to be a teacher of deaf children. I had to abandon that plan for financial reasons, but not before serving two terms as a student teacher and collecting a master’s degree in the subject. A recent posting by siderea on Avidity, Giftedness, and the Classroom reminded me of the ...

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We're men and friends until the end / and none of us are sissies...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

There’s a certain genre of conservative essay, lamenting how today’s society prevents little boys from growing into real men. I think I’ve finally realized why these essays always set my teeth on edge.

When I was in middle school, I had to endure a lot of malicious teasing from my peers, because I fell way ...

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Homeland meta-security

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last night we saw Red Eye, an entertaining thriller about a hotel manager who becomes entangled in a plot to assassinate a deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, at the real Department of Homeland Security, former security guards report that the DHS headquarters are, well, insecure. The DHS contracts out (of course) its security to ...

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Fight fiercely, Harvard

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Shorter John Silber: Larry Summers was not wrong to pick fights with the Harvard faculty, who only had the power to whine about what he was doing, but he should have done more to ingratiate himself with the Harvard trustees, who actually had the power to fire him.

You won't see this in your Artscroll Chumash

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As every good Orthodox Jew knows, the Documentary Hypothesis, the idea that “R” wrote the Torah by editing and amending previous writings by “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”, is contrary to Jewish doctrine.

(You can find commentaries by famous rabbis that argue against the Documentary Hypothesis at great length. I never quite understood the point ...

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Let us raise our voices in his honor....

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Globe informs me that today is Harry Belafonte’s birthday.

Or perhaps I should say, Harry Belafonte’s birthday-o / Day-o / Daylight come and me wanna go home.

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

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