29 April 2009

Pizza, Trader Joe's, Fat Cat, less than profound questions (and variable answers)

Greener pizza boxes:

Though it's greener to make your own pie from local ingredients. Personally recommend the garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joe's ... speaking of which:

Great video ... round of applause:

Leadership on the end of the drug war coming from Mexico: Mexico Senate OKs bill to legalize drug possession
decriminalizing possession of small amounts of narcotics for personal use, in order to free resources to fight violent drug cartels.
Amazingly fat cat ---->

How did Ferris Bueller break the law? Let Metafilter count the ways.

What are good summer drinks that are a) uncomplicated and b) not too high in calories?

Teacher's tips and advice.

Good chai tea at home.

Have you been wondering why you're not so much in love with the internet as you once were? Find that spark again.

28 April 2009

Arizona Public Defender Blasts Militarization of Immigration Enforcement, Criminalization of Undocumented Workers

Amy Goodman interviews Isabel Garciaabout the militarization of the Southwestern border, discrimination and human rights abuses affecting US and non-US citizens alike. She is also the legal defender of Pima County, Arizona, and won the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award in 2008 and the 2006 National Human Rights Award from Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights.

20 April 2009

"The Drink Wheel" - This is a test, this is only a test. And it's not mine.

No, this is not something to use to find out if you're good to drive or anything like that - but it's fun to see the results!

On-Line BrAC Calculator

I have had
over a period of hour(s)2.

I am Male Female (Explanation of gender differences in Blood Alcohol Concentration)

and I weigh Pounds Kilograms

and I live in

(so that the result is displayed in the appropriate units).

About the Drink Wheel

The Intoximeters Inc. "Drink Wheel"1 is a form that you can fill out. Upon completion we will instantly compute your estimated blood/breath alcohol concentration ("BAC") based on the information that you have provided and return that estimate to you. It is presented as a public service to Intoximeters web site visitors. Its primary purpose is to provide useful information about the responsible use of alcohol.

Why is it called a "Drink Wheel"?

We call it the "Drink Wheel" because it is based on various paper and cardboard BAC calculators that are given out in alcohol awareness programs, some of which are in the form of a wheel that you can spin around to calculate your estimated BAC based on what and how much you have had to drink.


It would be extremely foolish for us to pretend that our "Drink Wheel" can tell you what your BAC actually is, first because it would open us up to an incredible amount of potential liability and second if it really did work accurately there would be no need for anyone to buy the instruments that we make and sell.

A person's actual BAC is dependent on many complex factors, including their physical condition (body composition, health etc...) and what they have recently ingested (including food, water, medications and other drugs). This site includes a more detailed discussion of the Pharmacology and Disposition of alcohol in humans.

The results that are generated are rough estimates of an average healthy person's BAC assuming typical beverage sizes, recipes and alcohol content. The BAC estimates generated by the Drink Wheel should not be used to infer anyone's fitness to work, drive or perform any other task or duty.

19 April 2009

Don't let me eat that - you know I'm trying to lose weight! Seriously, stop allowing me to eat so much carp.

Brian (the dog) sings for decriminalization ... followed by recriminalization ... followed by an ad by "above the influence" which was not unlike the ad Family Guy had just mocked:

Hairless chimp as seen on boingboing.

John Madden retires, or, as Kottke put it "I'm glad Madden's not dead but I'm sad that he's retiring from calling football games." My mom once tried to dance with Madden at a bat mitzvah for my cousin Lexi ... good times.

Obama reads 10 letters from voters everyday. NYTimes article about how they're picked.

Strip search a 13 y/o girl if you think she has Advil? Bad idea.

Waterboarding used 226 times on 2 people ... which the Wall St. Journal says proves we didn't torture. Sure it does fellas, the twisted logic (even calling it that is a stretch) shows they didn't call it torture ... so ... um ... it wasn't. Right.

16 April 2009

Stop thinking, start linking

Blog on Jury deliberations - great coverage of the "tweeting" / iphone juror issue.

Bill O'Reilly discovers Super Mario ()

"paleo-reportage about the miraculous virtual worlds available to young people who avail themselves of the NES and Super Mario -- anchored by an agog Bill O'Reilly who can only shake his head and marvel at kids today and the crazy stuff they get up to"

Texas headed out? Remember what happened last time.

The Wire Bible - why haven't you watched The Wire yet? Nothing else matters. Don't watch any other TV show or movie until you've seen every season of The Wire. (via kottke.org)

Also Twitter - I'm now among the "I was too cool but then I joined to see what all the fuss was about" crowd. Keep expectations low (like I need to tell you o_O)

According to
Keith Starky's blog:
The central conceit of the "tweet" in this case is the idea that Ninjas, which are black-clad martial artists who employ tactics of stealth to both defeat their opponents and avoid waking people up at night when they go to the bathroom, could partake in some of the worldy pleasures of the non-Ninja world (e.g., crunchy snacks) if that non-Ninja world consisted entirely of people wearing noise-canceling headphones. Henceforth we refer to this world as Headphone-World.

And McSweeney's explains Twitter:
Twitter seems to be, first and foremost, an online haven where teenagers making drugs can telegraph secret code words to arrange gang fights and orgies. It also functions as a vehicle for teasing peers until they commit suicide.

If you saw what Hubble sees, it'd look like this: