Saturday, October 1


+ Got a new-to-us van last night from carmax. Great experience. White 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan for those of you keeping score at home.

+ Won our third soccer game today 3-1 (not counting the other team's own goal). We're 3-0. First game: 5-0. Second game: 2-0. My boys are aggressive. Sort of a bummer that we got scored on, though ;-) Best thing that happened today: I told a player to pass it and he did!

Wil's doing pretty well. He gets after the ball on offense and kicks it toward the other goal. Had a shot today. Not sure if it was intentional or not, but we'll take it.

+ Jaq posted about my post on a new kind of screw. Short version: he uses the Tapcon masonry screw with special drill bit and it works really well for him. (And you had a nice title, Jaq, but I'm OK with the one I used ;-)

+ The defective yeti Bad Review revues are always great, but this one features an amazing concept:

The Man: "Plays like a sequel to some terrible movie that was mercifully destroyed before it was ever released. " -- Kevin Crust, LOS ANGELES TIMES

+ Matthew's also got an interesting, if cynical, take on the now ubiquitous 'care bands'. Hey, if you're in it for the cause, more power to 'ya. If you're in it for the fashion, that train left the station some time ago. Cynicism aside, I like his self-made bands. Some real potential there. What's your message?

+ kottke comment:

From a recent study : "In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies". This seems like a potential chicken/egg religion the cause of all this or do unhealty societies cause people to find religion?

The 'correlation' here seems fairly obvious to me: Democracies with more 'belief in God' tend to be 'less sophisticated' from a liberal/European point of view, even 'less humane'. I'm sure the problems listed do correlate. What are the correlated problems with more 'liberal' democracies? What about morality? Is the morality OK? Does it matter? France and Germany, to pick two, have some real problems with nationalist racism that don't jibe well with their 'educated values'. What do you think?

At any rate, I obviously don't think either one of kottke's answers is the right one. I think there's a correlated additional factor, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

+ Mark's got a really interesting post about writers who have inveighed against totalitarianism (like Orwell, Dostoevsky, and Solzhenitsyn) and will we see such writing v. Islamism.

+ Tom stuff
  • Annotated transcript of his interview with Rumsfeld that later became his Esquire article Rumsfeld. Big takeaway: the most important component of Tom's story on Rummy was Tom's perspective. Postmodernism 101.
  • Poignant quote from this post:
    • Meanwhile, Bush demonstrates his continued willingness to bite off more than the GOP is comfortable chewing. He is definitely moving into LBJ range. In the end, he will outdo Reagan in his massive expansion of the federal government.
  • And this one:
    • What he says is that the Kurds and the Shiites have basically chosen what kind of Iraq they want (loose fed), and have indicated they're willing to share oil revenues with the Sunnis who will otherwise enjoy little. Now, as Friedman writes, the Sunnis need to decide what kind of minority they want to be. But there is no question: they will never rule Iraq again.
+ That's it for today. Score: Bloglines: 2, Gmail 19. I rule!
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