The Shallows

Book Review - The Shallows:
Socrates started what may have been the first technology scare. In the “Phaedrus,” he lamented the invention of books, which “create forgetfulness” in the soul. Instead of remembering for themselves, Socrates warned, new readers were blindly trusting in “external written characters.” The library was ruining the mind.

Beet fries in Austin

Beet fries from a trailer in Austin

Time Lapse to Albuquerque

Time lapse of my drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, made with iTimeLapse:

Good conservative commentary on health care

This very sensible article from David Frum has a couple of points worth repeating:
But we do know that the gap between this plan and traditional Republican ideas is not very big. The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.
It's scary that what was palatable to the right in 1994 is "socialism" 16 years later. Also this:
There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? [...] So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished.

The first female ruler of Otuam, Ghana

From the Washington Post:
Tsiami was wounded. “Why are you doing this?” he said petulantly. “You are trying to scrutinize our asses.”
Bartels turned on him with fire in her eyes and said, “That’s right! Big, small, medium-sized, short and tall asses, I will scrutinize them all! I will stick my head up there with a flashlight! Be prepared!”

Hamas killing

Creepy footage of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assembled from various surveillance cameras: