My comments on other blogs, blogged.

(ie, the poor man's trackback)

Kip Fulbeck came to Michigan this month and gave about art and hapa identity. At one point, he asked if people drove rice rockets at UMich.


The room went dead silent.

Welcome to Michigan.

Funny how it all comes around to where you started. I accidentally uninstalled my fav Mozilla sidebar, so I've been searching desperately for the past 20 minutes to find a way to reinstall it, and finally your page pops up in the Google listings. Thanks again, Simon.

OK, so when I first heard that ms hirosue had married, I naturally felt a bit jealous of whoever the guy was. just now, though, I looked up his picture, and I'm a bit jealous of her :) Oh, and what is she, 23? does anybody else get the feeling that she has spent 2/3 of her life in front of a camera?


But... the word "I" is very post-modern. No two people can have the same experience because we all bring different personalities to bear our daily discourse with our environments. So how can we claim to write definitive, factual sentences about anything? All we can do is write about our personal experience, and that entails a generous helping of word "I".

Haha, ignore the above; I totally agree with you. The world would be a better place if we all forgot about our own needs and started looking out for others.

no ski poles essentially neutralizes the Norwegian terrorists

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7b)

The principle you quote is based on this verse. How can I know anybody else's intentions? I am forgiven but I am still a sinner, so how I judge other sinners? And what responsibility do I have to ensure the correct behavior of my fellow man? None, because I do not know his heart. In the end, the only person I am responsible for is myself.

Under this principle, George Bush would have no right to judge Sadam Husain's heart and intentions because God reserves that right for himself. Furthermore, applying the first principle means that soldiers in general are barred from killing, which is directly related to the war.

General principles are important for me, because they enforce consistency across different areas of my life.

Let me give you an example of principles that would cause one to oppose (the) war, then:

1) the right to give and take away human life is God's alone, and
2) the only moral uprightness a person is qualified to judge is their own.

Regarding appeals to the "natural formatting" of X/HTML tags:

Every browser (even lynx) has an internal default stylesheet, usually modeled on the W3C recommendation. This means that even "unstyled" X/HTML is pre-formatted according to a certain set of style rules that are, according to the W3C standards, "informative, not normative". I interpret the W3C's position to be that the basis for decisions about markup should be solely semantic value, insofar as CSS is able to generate the desired look (a nod to the oft' abused and overused pragmatic perspective). As an extreme example, a browser could theoretically render CSS-less X/HTML as 1em mono text, with no margins, padding or line breaks, and it would still be 100% standards-compliant and semantically correct.

m-flo has rocked since the beginning, no doubt, it's fun to hear them bouncing from one fab female vocalist to another. Too bad there's not much promotional material for them out here in Michigan :)

I found this message on the front page when I logged into Blogger today:

> SPECIAL NOTICE > As an active Blogger user, we would like to invite
> you to be one of the first to try out Google's new
> email service, Gmail.
> Would you like to give it a whirl? YES / NO

This may be part of a slow-rollout plan.

It warms my heart to see so many people choosing the markup-heavy Steve/Nick solution. To a high degree I'm OK with the header-paragraph answer, but the relation between the title and text is nailed unambiguously by the definition list.

If this was a vote, though, and I realize it's not, mine would go to zinckiwi because it's the only entry that left me in stitches. Hey, it looks good to me.

Those three expressions are priceless.

Not a sham, but perhaps... overrated?

So you mean, not escaping certain characters or including every required element. That's cool, I was just curious.

Invalid feeds? Whatever for?

It even made the front page of the Chinese Embassy website, which I happened to be browsing today.

Just for kicks, I plotted the GDP per capita of all the countries that voted on this issue, color-coded by their vote. The y-axis is the GDP/capita, and the countries are ordered by how they voted, and alphabetically within those groups (as above). Check it out:

So earlier today I tried accessing your website because you showed up on arborblogs as having a new entry -- but your site was down. It made me think, though, when I logged into bloglines and I was able to read your posts, that we could just do away with weblogs and have Google host all of our RSS feeds. Make weblogging a desktop app, and simply upload your updated syndication file to the Google server, and have it served from a Google URL. Google (who else) could have a searchable page for each user so that people would be able to find your feed, maybe with your blogroll on it, and some personal information.

This is tongue-in-cheeck theorizing, don't take me too seriously.

I would disagree with George, I think the labels on cigarette packs have been a part of the stigmatization of smoking, and part of the necessary compaign of education about the deadly and costly habit.

Agreed, though, that the idea of labelling food would never work, simply because restaurants would never go along with it. It took some very bad press for McDonalds to finally withdraw their super-size option. Unless someone is able to make a *very* good case for why selling healthy should not just be an "extra feature" but central to running a profitable business, and in the process disprove decades of marketting research about the public craving for high-calorie foods, I'm afraid we'll continue to see no cooperation from the food industry.

I'm surprised by the number of novels. I expected more technical books.

My entry.

"200 baby chickens"

Only 200? When I was a kid, we used to see these all the time at the street market in southern Spain. They even do this in China nowadays, and there's pictures to prove it.

From the horse's mouth, U.S. Dangerous Attempt to Launch Nuclear War Denounced:

"The "proliferation security initiative" touted by the Bush group only brings to light the arbitrary motive of the nuclear warmongers to deter other countries from having military deterrents for self-defence and dominate the world with nukes as they please. The U.S. is putting military pressure upon the DPRK and amassing armed forces for war in and around south Korea under the pretext of the "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK, escalating the tensions on the Korean peninsula. This is aimed at igniting a nuclear war on the peninsula."

What I want to know is where they get the writers for this stuff. You'd think they would practice their English by reading the Economist or something, and would eventually develop a more natural style. But instead, they probably spend all day with their nose in Marx's "Wage, Labor & Capital", and that is why their articles are full of phrases like "brigandish logic" and "Kim Jong Il... as the lodestar of national reunification."

Should this entry be titled "Regret" ? Very nice write-up.

She looks like she got food poisoning.

This really rings a bell with me. I spent a whole day with my language exchange partners practicing words that change stress when they change form or part of speech. For example, "ecoNOmics" has a different stress than "eCOnomist", and "DEfault" has a different meaning from "deFAULT".

I won't argue semantics, thanks for the reply though.

I did, I was both tracing the path of your tour through Tianjin in my mind, and feasting my eyes on all the wonderful food pictures. Yum!

Now that's what I call using science for evil.

I misread Erik's post; I thought he was asking us to state once and for all what Bush had done wrong.

Go back and read your recent post on lynch mobs; it suggests that there is no black and white in calling people terrorists or non-terrorists, so I think Kerry's instinct is fundamentally correct: Hamas and Hizballah may be using terrorists tactics, but they are motivated by legitimate grievances and enjoy the support of many (a majority?) of the Palestinian people. Do you think if the Palestinians were enfranchised and those groups put forward candidates, that they would not be elected to the Israeli parliament? I hope that, like the lynch mobs of old, they will be convinced join the democratic mainstream -- with Israeli cooperation -- where they will either die out, or become moderate voices in a system that listens and responds to the needs of their people.

Shopping seems to work for the women-folk. A new wardrobe will help you forget allll your worries.

Is Wisconsin close to Ann Arbor? come visit!

I think brushing teeth in the shower is ok...

Um, WMD's? And not acknowleding the mistake, when by now the probability that they every existed is quickly approaching zero? And if we're jumping on people's words here, I don't even need to mention the countless other fumbles that Bush has made with words -- admit it, he's not the most eloquent speaker. At least Kerry's instinct is to think over what he just said and correct himself. And also, the fact that Bush needs Cheney at his elbow to testify before the 9/11 comission is pretty laughable.

I think it's the lack of meat. It's slowly driving you batty.

zhwj, that's a great story. I like the picture of the kid on the billboard at Yahoo... "If you don't give me the car, I won't come down!" Hehe, good luck kid. Seriously though, if the lottery ticket was genuine then hopefully the little guy will win out in the end.

To break the three way tie, I'll toss my vote in with radiac: if it's a server, it's gotta be Debian. Apt-get is so darn convenient. I think the reason RedHat/Fedora and Mandrake are popular is because they are good choices for desktop set-ups, mainly for their well-developed graphical configuration tools.

(posted from a RH 9 box)

Interesting book review: Edge Cities.

This Slashdot post quotes a Cringly column that talks about Googles attitude towards faulty hardware.

Google's GFS expects the failure of most components, including CPUs, memorys, disks, systems, etc—and in google's case nothing has to be replaced.

Extremely cool way of thinking.

I guess something was lost in the shortness of the post. Yes, it was a compliment. I've been trying to find a way to organize the rules in CSS files lately, and

/* ******* NEXT SECTION HERE ***** */

just wasn't doing it for me. Indentation is a great idea.

Nooo, I refuse to listen. I have purposefully blocked out the rumors of high-rent microscopic apartments, bad neighborhoods, dirty money, mindless commercialism and lonely people. Eric is in New York now? He must be enjoying law school. Lots of nerdy law goodness.

So much for "I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it", eh?

The CSS-discuss wiki has a lot of good info, links to templates, etc. I'm pretty sure you could find a decent footer there.

1. Increase budget here...
2. Increase budget there...
3. Don't cut funding here or there...
4. Reverse cuts here...
5. Reverse cuts there... get the idea. Is it any surprise Mary Sue is frustrated with SVA? I agree with students getting involved and getting experience in social activism, but this wasn't very well thought out.

The whole series of Acme modules is a hoot. Worth checking out.