A Classically Liberal Neoconservative Tibetan Buddhist from the Midwest
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
HIDE THE DECLINE: British Met Office head defends blown forecast of mild winter.
I was never good at math or science myself, but I just can't help but be über-skeptical of the current state of climate science and this Anthropogenic Global Warming/Climate Changetm that "leading scientists" are pushing.
I'm not in any way a creationist or postmodern deconstructionist- I do "trust" in what I believe to be empiricism and the scientific method. But AGW smacks too much of the anti-genetics Lysenkoism of the old Soviet Union, and the Lyellism that supposedly prevented American scientists from accepting plate tectonic theory some 50 years ago.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
"Too episodic, predictable, and repetitive to recommend"
I realize that in a book series you should start with the first one and work your way through in order. However, I found this on the floor of a public restroom and figured, "Hey, free book!" so I took it home and gave it a glance. Overall, this is a pretty mediocre novel, especially since the title might lead one to think it's some post-modern construction. First of all, the title is misleading. This book does not comprise letters, but a series of first-person narratives where the narrators end up having some kind of sex by the end of each chapter. After the first two chapters, I realized there was a pattern and then easily predicted what would happen at the end of each subsequent chapter. It wasn't a terrible novel, meaning it wasn't boring, but I can't really recommend it, because the characters aren't fully developed and it's way too predictable. The entire book is just about people having sex and describing it graphically. I'm not a prude, mind you, but unlike Henry Miller or John Updike, there seemed to be no political / cultural subtext. It seems like the only real point to the book was to sexually arouse the person reading it.
*sigh* . . .
Sunday, January 03, 2010
A cauctionary tale on national healthcare in Japan
I'd already seen two or three stories of ambulances being turned away by Japanese hospitals (with the result of the patients dying) in the last few years, but this really gives me pause considering my tentative plans to live long-term and possibly retire in Japan...