April 14, 2004

News roundup

Well, since I'll be on vacation and away from my PC until Monday, I thought that I'd finish my blogging week off with a roundup of items. Here goes:

Unbelievable. It's amazing that this little girl survived.

This isn't good news. As my son would say, "Owie!".

And I thought I liked to ski fast. Not compared to this guy.

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Wanniski but I have only one reply to this article: bullshit. Excerpt:

The only way to get the burden off the USA is to shift it to the United Nations in general and the UN Security Council in particular.

Yeah, let's get give the responsibility to a group that could stomp at the ground and miss.

Does anyone else want to TP Bill Gates' house? After reading this, you will. One brief observation about Windows: each release since(and including 95) has contained some sort of security flaw, albeit for different reasons each time. Is there some reason why people are stupid enough to keep buying the next version as soon as it's released? Good grief.

Does this make me look fat?
Trident of devotion : An Indian female Tamil devotee (L) who has her tongue pierced with a metal trident is watched by another devotee as she begs in front of the Murugan Temple in Madras on the occasion of Varuda Pirappu (Tamil New Year). (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

The officers must have been distracted by a donut sale. Or maybe this article.

Mel wants to push the envelope in primetime.

Here's a message to some people: grow up.

Steroids: the other white meat.

I've mentioned it before, but this time, I mean it. This is really, really cool.

Wanna see something really scary? Excerpt:

Being somewhat of a voyeur when it comes to natural catastrophe, I couldn't resist running some scenarios through the new catastrophe calculator.

If you read on, please keep in mind that the odds of a serious impact occurring in any year are extremely low. A civilization-ending impact, while possible, almost surely won't happen within our lifetimes (90 percent of all asteroids big enough and close enough to do the job will be found by 200 and is extremely unlikely even over the next millennium.

But hurling big virtual rocks at the planet is admittedly kind of fun. And in this case it's at least more scientifically meaningful than the average video game. I started by dropping a 9.3-mile-wide (15-kilometer) asteroid -- the estimated size of the suspected dinosaur killer -- on San Francisco.

The Bay Area doesn't do so well.

The resulting crater, at 113 miles (181 kilometers) wide, pretty much tells the story. The entire metropolis vanishes faster than you can say where you left your heart. What isn't consumed is knocked over in an earthquake of magnitude 10.2, bigger than any in recorded history. Heat from a scorching fireball would turn much of the state, and parts of others, into toast.
Be sure to read Lucifer's Hammer as well.

Headline: Search To Find Dangerous Asteroids Nearly Complete. Big whoop. What can they do when they see one? Go around screaming like a chimp that stuck a fork into an electrical socket? Or sit there and smoke a pipe leisurely while stating, "Yep, we're all gonna die."

Cool article here. Wait. What was that about?

Take me to your leader.
Birth control is a subject the main Philippine presidential contenders have chosen to quietly ignore. Here 'Mr. Condoman' in Manila(AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)

Where can I get one of these things?

Um, WTF?

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