Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I can’t say that I’m a fan of either Gerald Ford or James Brown, but in the end I don’t think either gentleman got the credit they deserve for their contributions in life.

Gerald Ford will go down in history as the man who pardoned Nixon, but oddly enough I remember him most for his quirky sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself every time he tripped.

James Brown, the godfather of soul, but also a troubled man too involved with drugs, and too little control over his anger.

They both gave it their best shot, and did more than most, and I can’t think of a better epitaph than that.

Legal, Laws, and Regs

Where’s the harm

I was asked in comments associated with the post on Judge Dierker, what’s the harm in someone saying something offensive.

Read the original story in the Riverfront Times about the woman and the case that forms the basis for the first chapter in Judge Dierker’s book.

Then tell me: do you see harm?



Oh. What a surprise. John Edwards is running for President. And he’s grabbing the Kids of the Kluetrain for all our good internet-driven fund raising.

Wow. Couldn’t have seen that one coming.


Jurassic Shrimp, Beaked Squid, Hairy Crabs

While most of us were agog about the recent filming of the giant squid, in Australia on Monday comes announcements of many marine discoveries in the last year. Among them are shrimp similar to ones extinct 50 million years ago, a new beaked squid, and giant lobsters.

I already mentioned my favorite, the Yeti crab.

It’s unfortunate that through habitat destruction and global warming, we’re killing off as many species, as we’re discovering.


Best of astronomy

What a wonderful post: Bad Astronomy comes out with his Top Ten Astronomy images of 2006, complete with stories. I had completely missed the “Painting the Eclipse” photo, and am so glad Phil Plait has not. Wonderful.

We have robots on Mars! Humans are so smart.