Tuesday, March 24

Who are the essential patriots?

Reading McCullough's 'John Adams' right now (waaaaaay too long, but good). Seems to me we wouldn't have gained independence without Adams. Who else can we add to that list? Franklin. Washington. Nathanel Greene?

But I'm no historian. What do you think?

Loose End Links

Some links I've been saving to post.

+ Matt Haughey links two of the recent required reads re: the future of news, especially concerning all of the failing newspapers:
My short response is like Macon's that he put on Facebook the other day: I don't really care. The next version will rise up and, in most cases, leap-frog the legacy models that are too hide-bound (almost literally) to change. The State (our local newspaper) shouldn't be paying anyone to write any straight news about the nation or world that we can all get online for free. Simple, right?

+ Old news now, but GWB showed some real class in this regard: Bush says it's 'essential' to help Obama

+ How to Make Your Small Business Look Big

I've thought a lot about doing what Gina recommends here with Google Apps, but I don't think it's going to be worth it in the end. In fact, I have seanmeade.net set up with Google Apps right now, but it's not worth it to me to switch out of my normal Gmail account which has so much of my data and preferences.

+ My GrandCentral account got switched over to Google Voice. I upgraded and now need to start experimenting with it (having people that number instead). I'm excited about the possibilities. If you don't already have an account, it's not open yet, but you can sign up for when it is. And if you're interested, here are two posts about it:

Friday, March 13

Happy Botai

+ Brad lists the top 10 'Happiest States' to line in. I have never lived in any of them:

10. Arizona
09. California
08. Massachusetts
07. Washington State
06. Maryland
05. Minnesota
04. Colorado
03. Wyoming
02. Hawaii
01. Utah

Utah: score one for clean livin' ;-)

If you click through to the article, you see I have lived in one of the bottom 10: Oklahoma (although Tulsa was plenty nice).

Iowa and SC are middle 20%. NC is in the 30 to 40 range. Interesting.

+ Horses first domesticated 5,000 years ago

This article, of course, made me think that maybe the Botai are the ProtoIndoEuropeans.

Saturday, March 7

What's your favorite Looney Tunes episode?

I was a little concerned that the twins weren't getting this classic input. So we got the 1st set of 4 DVDs from Netflix, Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. They liked them pretty well, especially Wil.

Unfortunately, you can't just get the best ever; they mix them up with some that are less classic (so they can also sell Vol. 2, Vol. 3, etc).

Some episodes are on YouTube, though I guess they get taken down pretty fast.

One of my favorites from Vol. 1 is Bully for Bugs, where Bugs' wrong turn at Albuquerque leaves him fighting a bull.

Another classic is 'Rabbit Seasoning', where Daffy's trying to get Elmer to hunt Bugs.

Of course, one of the classics is 'What's Opera, Doc?', the adaptation of Wagner, probably best known for Elmer's line: 'Kill the wabbit!'

It's hard to decide which Pepe Le Pew episode to include. The one on Vol. 1 is For Scent-imental Reasons.
In the same way, it's hard to pick one Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner episode. They're all funny and essentially the same.

Other classics:

"Robin Hood Daffy"

'One froggy evening'

Ok, I'm running out of steam here. With a lot of these characters it's hard to pick one. They're funny characters, but what stands out? Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzalez, Sylvester and Tweety, etc.

One Sylvester cartoon I've always liked is 'A Mouse Divided': 'I've become the father of a breakfast.'

I also like the ones where he gets beat up by the Baby Kangaroo (Giant Mouse) and Sylvester Jr is ashamed. 'Who's Kitten Who?' would be a good example, but I can't find the video.

Not sure there are any I really like with Porky Pig.

No mention of Looney Tunes would be complete without the incomparable Mel Blanc. Here's an appearance he did on David Letterman many years ago:

If you need some more lists, check these out:

+ Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2
+ Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3
+ Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4
+ Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5
+ Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5

Wednesday, March 4

The Imp of the Perverse

Interesting story by Poe. Mostly I'm posting because I want to leave a marker for myself that this is a good website to fill in some I haven't read yet: Classic Short Stories.