Nope, not back in CA (just making use of my pagerank)

October 27, 2006 at 11:39 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nope, not back in CA (just making use of my pagerank)

Joe Lieberman – “Seasonal Memory Lapses” by Paul Bass (Hartford Courant)
Joe Lieberman – “Truth About Joe”
Joe Lieberman – “Lieberman Wins Republican Friends, Democratic Enemies… (WaPo)
Joe Lieberman – “Joe Lieberman is a Big Oil Republican” (LamontBlog)
Joe Lieberman – “Kerry Calls Lieberman the New Cheney” (ABC)
Joe Lieberman – “Joe Lieberman Doesn’t Care About Handicapped People” (Wonkette)
Joe Lieberman – “Joe Lieberman is Running With a Bad Crowd” (Firedoglake)
Joe Lieberman – “116 Reasons Not to Vote for Joe Lieberman”
Joe Lieberman – “How Joe Lieberman Tried to Kill Rock ‘N Roll (Huffington Post)”
Ned Lamont – Official Campaign Website
Ned Lamont – Ned Lamont, the Political Entrepreneur
Ned Lamont – “Democrats Back Lamont; Lieberman Files Independent Run” (F0x)
Ned Lamont – Unofficial Ned Lamont Resource
Ned Lamont – Unofficial Lamont Blog
Ned Lamont – “The Democrats Mean Business” (WSJ)
Ned Lamont – “Ned Lamont vs. Joe Lieberman” (The Nation)
Ned Lamont – “Lieberman Loses Debate With Challenger Ned Lamont”
Ned Lamont – “Lamont: Lieberman Sounded Like Cheney”
Ned Lamont – “Lamont Fires Up Naples” (New Haven Independent)

(Back home again in) Illinois

August 14, 2006 at 11:24 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on (Back home again in) Illinois

I’m tired of people not getting my references. Okay, not really, but I think the title is cute, so go find out why.

This blog has been basically defunct for weeks, but now that I’m home and in the midst of a Joomla=>Drupal migration I think it’ll stay that way for the time being. Head on over to Dem Apples if you’re looking for me in the future. And drop me an e-mail at flaxter (at) gmail (dot) com otherwise.

(Comments have been disabled henceforth since they were all spam anyway.)

Giving this a try

August 12, 2006 at 8:39 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving this a try

Jul 8, 2006 – 5 Photos

Reloading obsessively…

August 8, 2006 at 6:13 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reloading obsessively…

For posterity:

Lieberman Website Troubles…

August 8, 2006 at 12:24 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lieberman Website Troubles…

First this screenshot is from Tim Tagaris:

Then I took this one later that night: joe002.png

And even later: joe003.png

Unfortunately I neglected to take a screenshot even later (1:30 AM Pacific, I think) when it was back up because I figured it would be back up for good. But believe me, their website was completely online late last night.

A weird collection of books

August 3, 2006 at 9:11 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on A weird collection of books

My blogging seems to have faltered. Alas…

Amazon has some funny recommendations for me:

* Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
* A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry, Volume 1, 3rd
* The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace
* ML for the Working Programmer
* Purely Functional Data Structures
* How We Know What Isn’t So
* Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
* A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict

The first and second to last are psychology books (although I’d love to read a computer science book with the title, “Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases”), the second is a math book, it’s obvious what the third and last are about, and the fourth, fifth, and seventh are computer science books. Nice…


July 18, 2006 at 12:03 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tragic

I don’t know what to say, other than that the loss of life is always, unconditionally, a tragedy.

Also, this:

The fate of Haifa’s dogs also tells us something about their owners and the situation in which they have found themselves. As we were walking around our neighborhood, after a few hours of quiet, we noticed a number of ownerless dogs looking for their homes.”

And I just heard this on Pandora:

Go Down, Moses Pete Seeger
Voice From The Mountain Nick Drake

Read this: Why international law matters from Jonathan Edelstein (via Dove’s Eye View):

But there is an even more fundamental reason why international law matters. It is very rare for a military victory, no matter how decisive, to end the underlying conflict, and when the war is over, the issues will still have to be resolved and the conflicting parties rebuilt. Any measure that conserves human life and civilian infrastructure during the war will make those tasks that much easier, while scorched-earth warfare might win an immediate victory at the cost of making the underlying conflict more intractable. Israel, for instance, has won all its wars, some more decisively than others, but even its most spectacular military victories have failed to resolve the political conflicts that lie at their root. The ultimate solution has to be political, and in those cases where wars must be fought, it’s important to fight them in a way that doesn’t make reconstruction and mediation more difficult. That means doing everything possible to protect civilian life on the other side, and not damaging infrastructure in a way that might threaten the postwar stability of the opposing state.

Israel clearly has the right to defend itself against Hizbullah’s attacks, and it can be frustrating to follow the rules when the enemy doesn’t acknowledge them. It can be difficult to hold back and be discriminating in the choice of targets when the enemy claims the right to attack civilian targets or even denies that there is such a thing as an Israeli civilian. Nevertheless, even aside from the fact that conserving human life is a moral good, following international humanitarian law and limiting the scope of warfare is critical if there is to be a hope of multilateral resolution and a postwar political settlement. The law is not meaningless either to the short-term realities of war or the politics of the underlying conflict, and the long-term dividends of conserving civilian life are much greater than the immediate costs.

Blog back?

July 16, 2006 at 11:49 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Blog back?

The last two weeks saw a notable lack of blogging on my part. Meanwhile news in the real world went from gee-that’s-bad to oh, my, goodness. More on that later. In the meantime:

The appeal of the title does not derive from its simplicity or its specificity but rather from the existential truth of it. It’s as if the author read the screenplay aloud to his two sons and asked them what the film should be called. The first son might reply, “Death Flight! Wait, wait, no! Poisonous Air!” The second son, if he were autistic, would reply, “Snakes on a Plane.” The second son would be right.

San Francisco was fun. I’ll post pictures tomorrow.

Oh, blog…

July 2, 2006 at 9:19 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Oh, blog…

How I have neglected thee.

New theme?

June 24, 2006 at 11:40 am | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on New theme?

What do you think of the new theme?

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