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Saturday, January 29, 2005
Ray Harryhausen in Marin! Tonight I head over to the
Rafael Theater to see Ray HarryHausen. He did the cool special effects animation before they had them there cool computers to do the heavy lifting. I remember sitting through all the tedious "plot" of the Sinbad movies when I was a kid.... to get to the grand payoff... the giant monsters and cool, sword-wielding skeletons!

posted by DRH 1/29/2005 02:28:00 PM

Sponge Bob and all that
It's always fun to watch the media at work... if the first guy to report something gives it a certain spin, the rest of the herd pretty much picks it up; if it's particularly catchy, the spin lives on even if it has little to do with the basic facts. Take the
Sponge Bob is Gay storyline... somehow the claim "lots of cartoon characters are being used in a video to push an agenda on kids" was transmogrified into, well, "Sponge Bob is gay".

posted by DRH 1/29/2005 08:14:00 AM

Friday, January 28, 2005
Walk for Life on EWTN
An episode of
Life on the Rock covering it is currently available on their website. Thrill to the Friar Cam!

posted by DRH 1/28/2005 08:41:00 PM

Dirty Computer Screen?
Here is a
great service that will clean it for free!

posted by DRH 1/28/2005 12:02:00 AM

Thursday, January 27, 2005
Quote of the Day
"Science is tasty." -- Alton Brown

posted by DRH 1/27/2005 04:55:00 PM

Monday, January 24, 2005
Weirdness in News Coverage

Very few of the accounts mention that that people that were arrested were on the pro-abortion side. Huh.

I've also seen a few news articles where they say that the pro-Life folks were chanting things like "Women deserve better" ... but I never once heard any such thing. Occasionally some would pray the Hail Mary or some would sing a Marian hymn or "Amazing Grace", but no chanting slogans. The signs carried by a majority of us did say "Women deserve better than abortion". (Some of the "creative" pro-abortion folks took up the chant "Women deserve better. Women deserve choice". Which is weird, since by choice they mean, well, abortion... so it pretty much collapses to "women don't deserve better, given abortions" sigh.)

posted by DRH 1/24/2005 01:37:00 AM

Sunday, January 23, 2005
In the Belly of the Beast : notes on the
West Coast Walk for Life

Yesterday, I went on the Walk for Life in San Francisco, from Justin Herman Plaza to the Marina green. Here are some impressions and random interesting bits.

First, the turnout was amazing. They were saying that 7,000 people showed up. One thing that really stands out is that this is San Francisco -- the bluest part of one of the bluest states. Despite this and a proclamation from Mayor Newsom that yesterday was "Defend Choice Day" (or some equivalent euphemism), there were several times more people that showed on the side of Life.

Second, the pro-abortion folks seemed angry not just passionate, angry.

Third, what a beatiful day! Nice and sunny, mild temperature.

Fourth, some of the counter-demonstrators seemed to be all over the map; some brought up the war in Iraq. Some brought up gay issues. Most assumed that everyone on the pro-Life side were in lock step in every way with the Bush administration. Whenever someone replied that, say, they didn't support the war... the counter demonstrators just looked stunned and confused for a minute... then just haragued the next set of walkers.

Fifth, for some reason, lots of the pro-abortion folks assumed that all the Walk for Life people were from out of town ("Go back to the Central Valley" and "go back to Fresno" seemed to be common taunts.) As above, when someone replied that they were from San Francisco, they just looked puzzled for a minute... then continued the same harague on the next set of walkers. Weird.

More later....

posted by DRH 1/23/2005 02:57:00 PM

Saturday, January 22, 2005
Cool Office Toys!
You can build your own
tiny cube farm and place it within the larger cube farm in which you work. The only way this could be better is if one of the accessories are an even tinier cubical set that you could put on one of the tinier desks. Man, I love recursion!

posted by DRH 1/22/2005 01:44:00 AM

Sunday, January 09, 2005
Habanero Burgers!
After literally years of waiting, I finally made the trip to the Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo for their killer habanero-based death burgers.

The inspiration fo going was reading
this tale log ago... it's a fun read. Anyhoo, the place is a dinky little hole-in-the-wall with suprisingly good food. The guy sitting next to me at the bar had some spare "honey BBQ" wings and they were excellent.

posted by DRH 1/09/2005 03:21:00 PM

Saturday, January 01, 2005
More Whining

Holy Crap! This year will be 20 years since graduating college!

posted by DRH 1/01/2005 03:16:00 AM

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