log (2009/04/24 to 2009/04/30)

Today we have various Found Texts (for a change heh heh).

Enough is Enough: A Thinking Ape's Critique of Trans-Simianism
Klomp predicts that through a technology called "hygiene" we could extend the simian lifespan well into the late 20s or possibly 30s. What exactly will the post-simian do with all that time? Do we really want to live in a society populated by geriatric 27-year-olds? In living so long and spending so much time "thinking," do we not also run the risk of becoming a cold, passionless race incapable of experiencing our two emotions (fear and not fear)? How much of our simianity are we willing to sacrifice for this notion of progress?

From an old input box:

sorry, thought that was a search bar.

And in the even more venerable Third Anniversary Poll:

What do you like best about this site?
What do you like least?

More recently, What's up? (or perhaps, What was up in January?).

Will you ever post again? Will any of us?

lovers embracing by a fountain OF BLOOD

Turns out that I will! And we will! Not sure about that blood, though; haven't played Doom for some time.

What's behind you? Well,

the couch

of course!

We have consensus on World Record for:


And presumably an Omegle:

Stranger: hi

You: hi

Stranger: asl?

You: no idea what that means

Stranger: age sex location

You: if you're asking me that, then we can't have anything to talk about. Take it easy.

You have disconnected.

I had one of those. Being in a similar mood I was ruder and just said "haha!" before disconnecting. *8)

Found elsewhere:

Now, I have put an end to the interrogation techniques described in those OLC memos, and I want to be very clear and very blunt. I've done so for a simple reason: because I believe that our nation is stronger and more secure when we deploy the full measure of both our power and the power of our values -- including the rule of law. I know I can count on you to do exactly that.

There have been some conversations that I've had with senior folks here at Langley in which I think people have expressed understandable anxiety and concern. So I want to make a point that I just made in the smaller group. I understand that it's hard when you are asked to protect the American people against people who have no scruples and would willingly and gladly kill innocents. Al Qaeda is not constrained by a constitution. Many of our adversaries are not constrained by a belief in freedom of speech, or representation in court, or rule of law. I'm sure that sometimes it seems as if that means we're operating with one hand tied behind our back, or that those who would argue for a higher standard are naïve. I understand that. You know, I watch the cable shows once in a while. (Laughter.)

What makes the United States special, and what makes you special, is precisely the fact that we are willing to uphold our values and our ideals even when it's hard, not just when it's easy; even when we are afraid and under threat, not just when it's expedient to do so. That's what makes us different.

So, yes, you've got a harder job. And so do I. And that's okay, because that's why we can take such extraordinary pride in being Americans. And over the long term, that is why I believe we will defeat our enemies, because we're on the better side of history.

So don't be discouraged by what's happened in the last few weeks. Don't be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we've made some mistakes. That's how we learn. But the fact that we are willing to acknowledge them and then move forward, that is precisely why I am proud to be President of the United States, and that's why you should be proud to be members of the CIA. (Applause.)

The vast majority of the family's 2008 income is the proceeds from the sale of the President's books. The Obamas paid $855,323 in federal income tax.

From politics in/of Academia:

The Human Rights Campaign discovered, and subsequently announced on its website, that NOM's "ordinary people" were in fact actors, who auditioned for the roles of concerned professionals terrified of the impending apocalyptic storm. The Anscombe Society's members -- or, indeed, the staff of the Tory, or the members of the College Republicans or Princeton Pro-Life, because there is considerable overlap between the organizations -- are most certainly real people, but their status as grassroots is called into question by Professor George's involvement in their lives and their organizations as well as in political affairs that at least lie north of the campus border.

And from the iPod, Matmos "Spondee":

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