Archives September 2008

Motzei shabbat time-delayed debate blogging

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Let me just post my quick reactions before I find out what everyone else in the world has been saying about this debate for the past 27 hours.

I think for both Obama and McCain, the debates are their best opportunity to refute the negative images that their opponents have attached to them over the ...

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Standing on principle

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Even as Congress mulls over a titanic debt-fueled corporate bailout, it’s good to know that some legislators know where to draw the line and demand fidelity to old-fashioned principles of capitalism:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reiterated Tuesday afternoon the importance of giving bankruptcy judges greater flexibility [to adjust mortgage rates of bankrupt homeowners ...

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The secret history of the Betamax

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Sony v. Universal, also known as the “Betamax case”, is a bit of legal history so beloved of geeks, passed on from grizzled hacker to Slashdot newbie, that it deserves the title of “myth”.

The story goes like this: Once upon a time, an innovative consumer-electronics company called Sony invented a wonderful machine called the ...

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Being and nobodyness

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Talmud records the following deep philosophical debate:

For two and a half years, Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel had an argument. These said: It would have been better if man had not been created. These said: It is better that man has been created. They put it to a vote and decided: It would ...

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A drash in honor of our 10th anniversary

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

כִּֽי־יִקַּ֥ח אִ֛ישׁ אִשָּׁ֖ה וּבְעָלָ֑הּ וְהָיָ֞ה אִם־לֹ֧א תִמְצָא־חֵ֣ן בְּעֵינָ֗יו כִּי־מָ֤צָא בָהּ֙ עֶרְוַ֣ת דָּבָ֔ר וְכָ֨תַב לָ֜הּ סֵ֤פ ...

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Is this a good sign or a bad sign?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I spent last night in my local hospital for a sleep study. The guy who called to pre-register me sounded like he had been up for 48 consecutive hours.

They’ll have the results back to my doctor in two or three weeks. Take your time, guys! Don’t stay up late on my account!

Not that I’m an expert in the genre, but...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

So the Bursteins were kind enough to loan us the DVDs of the first Torchwood season, and we’re about halfway through them, and I have to ask:

What is the point of writing Jack/Ianto fanfic? It seems somehow…unsporting.

The POW-In-Chief

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I guess I have to say something about McCain’s speech now, too.

  • In the biopic preceding the speech, the narrator told the story of a massive and deadly fire aboard the USS Forrestal caused by an accidental missile launch. Somehow, the narrator declared, McCain survived. Perhaps, the narrator declared, it was because he had more ...

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Disorganized thoughts on last night's speeches

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

There’s a long and linky post about Governor Palin that I’ve been wanting to compose, but last night, instead of writing that, I watched the Giuliani and Palin speeches. I know I’m not the intended audience for these things, but here are my reactions:

  • Do we now have a bipartisan consensus that it’s shameful to ...

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