Friday, March 31, 2006

Cirque Du Soleil in Town

Got tickets for the show today. The reviews are great, and the Oregonian says it's the best of the Cirque Du Soleil shows to come to Portland. Plus they sent me a cool CD with free screen savers on it! Wow, I am easily impressed. And it's probably some sort of virus-ware that will brainwash me and make me run away and join the circus. Anyway, it looks like you have to come to the West Coast or Australia to catch the show this year.

Asteroids

This looks kinda scary...

I reminds me of that 80s video game Asteroids.

 

24 - When Will the Killing Start

Alright fellow 24-ophiles. So who's the real mole? And more importantly, when will all the killing start? The dearth of righteous bloodshed delivered upon the evil-doers by Jack Bauer is starting to make me wonder if the show is going soft. Rumors and theories abound at the Carnival of Bauer. Check it out.

 

A Line in the Sand

On Iran:

"It is not just that its President says crazy things about the Holocaust. It is that he is a fervent believer in the imminent reappearance of the 12th Imam, Shi'ism's version of the Messiah. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been reported as saying in official meetings that the end of history is only two or three years away."

It's not just a U.S. problem, it's a world problem. Read it. It's a persuasive rundown of the reasons why the world needs to present a unified front against the Iranians and their nuclear program.

Eminent Domain Gone Berserk

Last year's Supreme Court decision in Kelo surprised many people. Seizing private property and giving it to private developers for "economic development" is the start of a slippery slope and it seems the Village of North Hills on Long Island is planning to go even further. It wants to take a private golf club and turn it into a "public" golf club with membership dues of roughly $18,000 per year. Everyone can afford that, right? Clearly this is taking from one private entity to benefit a select group of the "public." It's wrong and unconstitutional.

 

Let Him Hang

My views on the death penalty have changed a bit over the years. I used to be steadfastly pro, but my faith in the system's ability convict the proper individual responsible for a death-penalty worthy crime has diminished over the years. Too many death row inmates have been exonerated by DNA testing. And gung-ho prosecutors looking to put notches on the resume sometimes get overly enthusiastic about convicting someone, anyone, for a high profile crime.

However, in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, this guy is just asking for it. He is obviously a really bad man who would like to kill lots of Americans. He's the atypical evil terrorist person we are at war with and so, in war, we kill the enemy or force him to surrender. Moussaoui wants to fight on... so let him hang.

 

Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, there will be a total solar eclipse but we won't be able to see it here in North America.... unless, you are watching via the NASA web site. Check it out.

Silicon Brain Chips

Maybe Scalzi's Brain Pal isn't that far off.

Chock One Up for Free Speech

Excellent. It's about the RIGHT of free speech, not the WHAT of free speech. If you don't like it, don't look.

 

Listening To - Museum After Hours

A neat little compilation album called The Best of Museum After Hours. This is a collection from the Portland Art Museum's After Hours series of performances by local, regional and national acts. The album includes The Woody Hite Big Band doing Leap Frog and the incomparable local favorite Pink Martini with a wonderful rendition of No Hay Problema. I'm not sure where you can find this little gem, but I got mine here.