Saturday, May 21, 2005

Senator Santorum Compares Democrats to Hitler

Crazy Rick Santorum compares the Democrats' use of the filibuster to Hitler's occupation of Paris. Pretty funny. Of course he gets the facts wrong, too. We didn't bomb Paris. In fact, we went out of our way not to bomb Paris in 1942.

The Senate rules ought to be more like internet message board rules, where the first person to compare his opponent to Hitler or the Nazis automatically loses the argument.

Friday, May 20, 2005

So my parents just bought a new car. They picked up a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid on Monday. the Hybrid tops the Accord line, and has more power than the standard V-6 model that used to cap the range.

The car looks like a regular Accord V-6, which may explain why it doesn't have the noteriety of the Toyota Prius.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

On Blind Faith

Blind Faith
in your leaders

or in anything
will get you killed.

--- Bruce Springsteen, 1985.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Gator on the Loose

Richmond Channel 8 reports that there is an alligator loose in a nearby reservoir. Beyond the bewilderment at just what an alligator is doing in central Virginia, the article's writing style struck me as just plain odd. Example:

Officials say the gator should not harm you, unless you go up to it and try and catch it yourself. .... Officials are asking that you not come out here to try and see the gator or to provoke him, but if you do spot him, call Police at 748-1251.

I guess the highly conversational style and reference to the reader in the second person caught me off guard. Is there a journalistic convention being violated here or am I just not seeing this type of writing in newspapers and magazines?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Microsoft Developing XBox 360 Titles on Macs

The PowerMac G5 and Microsoft's forthcoming XBox 360 share the IBM-sourced PowerPC CPU. Because of this, Microsoft has been using modified PowerMac G5 computers as development boxes for its next-generation gaming platform, according to ZDNet. Strange bedfellows, I guess.