And yeah, I wimped out and installed Windows on it, too.
Pictures and stories forthcoming, I'm sure.
The moon illusion, as it's known, is a trick in our minds that makes the moon seem bigger when it's near the horizon. The effect is most pronounced at full moon. Many people swear it's real, suggesting that perhaps Earth's atmosphere magnifies the moon.It's going to happen tomorrow, Wednesday, June 18th.
PRESIDENT BUSH: We're withdrawing troops. We anticipate the 30,000 surge troops will be coming home by July -- more or less, 30,000. And so the plan is, bring them home based upon success. That's what we expect the British Prime Minister to do. That's what I'm doing -- that as the Iraqis are trained up, as they're taking more responsibility, as the security situations decline, as the economy is improved, as political reconciliation is taking place, we can bring more troops home. That's the whole purpose of the strategy. And so, give the Iraqis more responsibility. Let them take more -- be in more charge of their own security and their own government, and that's what's happening.Hat tip: Gateway Pundit and Ace of Spades HQ
For most folks, a nice hug and some sympathy can help a bit after we get pushed around. Turns out, chimpanzees use hugs and kisses the same way. And it works. Researchers studying people's closest genetic relatives found that stress was reduced in chimps that were victims of aggression if a third chimp stepped in to offer consolation.Bonus points! It's an AP story. You perhaps had not heard that the AP wanted to unilaterally repeal the Fair Use section of copyright law, saying "you can't quote us! At all!"
That attitude - of homage and parody - lasted for two books, and then the parodies became novels. Starting with Equal Rites, the story of the first female wizard, Terry was writing actual Discworld novels. Over the next few years (with occasional lapses back into madcap romp) he became our foremost comic novelist and then a genuine satirist, willing to tackle real issues - war and prejudice and what it means to be human. The stories, meanwhile, were all set on the Discworld: a flat earth on the backs of four elephants, themselves riding on the back of an enormous turtle.A quarter of a century after his first book was released, Terry has become a much-loved and bestselling author of fantasy fiction for adults. He wrote a book with me (called Good Omens, a funny novel about the end of the world and how we're all going to die), won the Carnegie medal for his children's book, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, and has been awarded an OBE. He has also been chairman of the Society of Authors and has a box-load of honorary doctorates. Yet when we spoke last week, he seemed proudest of a most unlikely award.
Former Vice President Al appeared in Detroit tonight for his debut campaign appearance with Senator Barack Obama, extending an endorsement and urging all Democrats to rally behind the party’s fall ticket."Climate Change" is a partisan issue, and it is the Al Gores of the world who made it so. Like everything else, it is about power--power to dictate how other people run their lives. Al Gore wants it, and he thinks Obama is the best way to get it.
Barely a year after Sacramento, California-based McClatchy paid $4.6 billion for Knight-Ridder Inc. and sold the parts it didn't want, the publisher of the Sacramento Bee and Kansas City Star now has a stock price that's 31 percent lower than it was the day the acquisition closed. While the market has rendered an early verdict on the Knight-Ridder deal, McClatchy's financial statements don't reflect it.Perhaps if they didn't go out of their way to editorialize in their "news" articles, they might not be falling quite so fast. There is a place for muckracking. Perhaps that place is in news stories, but not until the "profession" of journalism owns up to their biases and drop the sham of "objectivity" that fewer and fewer people take seriously any more.
The relentlessly negative impressions of American life presented by the media, including the entertainment media, explain something otherwise puzzling that shows up in psychological data. When asked about the country's economy, schools, health care or community spirit, Americans tell pollsters the situation is dreadful. But when asked about their own jobs, schools, doctors and communities, people tell pollsters the situation is good.Yes, there are people struggling out there. But you know, there are ALWAYS people struggling out there. If it wasn't gas prices, it would be the mortgage. If it wasn't the mortgage, it would be that unexpected illness. If it's not that, then it's politics at work. If it's not that, it's something else.