I don't give a damn what you name your baby, and despite jokes, or cultural confusions, I think you should name your baby whatever you want.
But, bear in mind, for the sake of your child, is there any easy way your child is going to be in for 12 years of annoyance because of their name.
Yes, teasing builds character, I know.
Yes, children can make a rude nickname of ANY name, so it hardly matters.
But certain names yield more obvious nicknames.
And if you name your baby Bronx, you've gone beyond possible nicknames.
Your child is going to go through 12 years of sound effects.
This will not make a difference in how I evaluate the McCain--first ladies make no difference to the campaign.
But between this and Cindy's refusals to reveal personal financial information,
I'm starting to find her a bit irritating.
One other note: For all I know, The Other McCain may be the sort of sibling one REALLY wishes to forget with good reason. There may be some very good reason her family was left without an active credit card. And that's going to get ugly for her if she expects no one to dig up any material.
But I'm suprised Cindy McCain has not learned the political lesson of the last few years:
nothing and no one stays hidden when you are running for Very Public office.
Did she think unhappy people were going to stay quiet?
Everybody's got to learn. Jenna Bush. Roger Clinton. Maureeen Reagan. Billy Carter. Oy vey, Billy Carter.
I know I sneer, or rather, have given up enthusiasm
I know is the sport nobody else cares about.
We swept the women's sabre. Gold, Silver, Bronze
OK, three women from the United States did all the work.
FUCKING WHOOOTY HOOOOOOO!!!!!
Been waiting over 20 years to hear news like this!
New York Times
OK, I know most of you have heard about this---I'm slow on the news this month. Metal and Punk fans in Queretaro, Mexico took out their rage, indignation and spite on the emo kids who hang out at Plaza de Armas. (Other attacks have taken place in Mexico City).
Part of it is the aggression of some of the metal and punk fans, especially toward emos whom they see, I suppose, as weaker and deserving of violence.
The other part is that emo is seen as part of gay culture. Not so good down in Mexico.
The article explains it better.
The video is astounding--but I know I'm more easily shocked than most. I think I need to grow up and get used to the world as it runs.
I don't mean just accept this without protest. But accept the fact that most human beings have an urge to be assholes.
The Army Surgeon General Eric Shoemaker responds.
On the lighter side, an update on known dinosaurs:
4 short web pages, with some nice pen/ink illos.
A short armed Kryptops palaios (to quote Spielberg's Dinosaurs "How come I never make the bowling team?")
and a big boy, Eocarcharia dinops, with a nasty jaw/tooth arrangement.
Both with huge brow bones---interesting shapes.
Methinks I need to set up a photo vault for dino art. My pages need more frilled scaly critters.
Old news by now, but here's a link to NY Times article (if you can't link to this, let me know)
So much can be said here. State that gave us No Child Left Not Run Over. I'll leave the commentary to those of you who are teachers.
If I may borrow a page from Urgent Action, here is contact information if some of you are so inclined:
Texas Education Agency
Attn.: Debbie Ratcliffe, spokesman
1701 N. Congress Ave., Room 2-180
Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Texas State Board of Education
mailing address and phone contact information is:
Texas Education Agency - 1701 North Congress Avenue - Austin, Texas, 78701 - (512) 463-9734
No direct contact information on Don McLeroy (chairman of the panel, and a real work of goods),
or Lizzette Reynolds (deputy commisionor for statewide policy, who supposedly filed the complaint),
or Tom Shindell (director for organizatonal devleopment, who requested Ms. Comer's resignation, per Ms. Comer).
Andbarnabas_truman, this is the link to UCB's Dept of Paleontology's articles on teaching evolution that I mentioned:
and their FAQ on dealing with controversies:
and btw, these are text/visual files, not NPR sound files...ya big chickens.
NY Times: --NJ either put in billions or nothing into teacher's pension fund
sub teacher, 82: When your history teacher has actually lived through enough history, it's kinda cool.
and more teachers...
interview w/Zimbardo, of the
Stanford Prison Experiment---and how he views his experiment, and his own limit lines. Interesting read, far too short.
grandchildren of WWII internees speak up against Judge Gleeson's decision on Turkmen Vs Ashcroft.
DNA lets amatuer geneologists get creepier, ruder. And I didn't think that was possible.
Cooking for your pet (no recipes):
And will they remember and care that you slaved over a stove?
Episodic memory in the animal mind:
When hospitals call 911---cherry picking by physcian owned hospitals
Further loss to honesty in modern civilization, further dilution of our tiny pools of intelligence and wit.
Update: Obit...no, eulogy....from the SF Chron
Learn to speak up. Even before that, learn to notice when the world is spinning wrong. Molly, and others of her ilk, are canaries in the coal mine. Long before mainstream media finally figured out we were getting screwed (or before they decided liberal politics were 'chic')...
....long before the country finally woke up, Molly, Hightower, and older-than-God Turkel telling us, in everyday language, from everyman experience, that we needed to pay attention.
To the leaders we elected. To the media we choose to absorb. To our own decisions and actions.
And she did it with a laugh---not just to entertain us, and sweeten the bitterness of news. But because thats how she viewed the world: she laughed at it, and loved it.
She could bitch about Bush, but still recognize foibles she claimed she shared, as a Texan and a human. She never demonized.
Miss you much Molly. Your writing helped clarify the world when everything broke apart from national to local community. And you helped us put some of the pieces back together, in a new way.
Revenge of the Ika Sashimi
Too f***ing awesome. I'm so looking forward to seeing video clips in the next few days. Spousal Unit got the measuring tape and laid out 26 feet down our hallway, so I could get a mental fix on this idea.
We might have to open up the closet, but it could fit.
I love stuff like this. Seriously, I was squeeing about the discovery.
I've just finished watch 4 hours of Buffy on DVD, but now all I can think about is proof real life giant squid.
Better than any hellmouth.
Oh, More links.
Chicago Sun Times
Slightly different photo shop--beautiful and elegant.
That's it. Beautiful and elegant.