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Man overboard!

I’ve packed my bags and moved everything here to my new blog on Tumblr: http://jruck.us.

I’ll post more on the logistics of moving an 8-year-old blog and all its content and comments from WordPress to Tumblr soon, which is actually a little harder than it sounds given Tumblr’s API limitations.

But in the meantime, help me in bidding farewell to the sometimes-buggy-but-usually-loveable WordPress site that first introduced me to the joys of blogging and building websites: Centripetal Notion.

Anyway enough of that, subscribe to my new feed already, or just follow me on Tumblr if that’s your thing.

Catch you on the flip side.

Prop. 8 – The Musical

I can’t stop watching this. Gotta love Jack Black as the most candid Jesus I’ve ever seen. And Neil Patrick Harris can effing sing.

Ron Paul on Meet the Press

Tim Russert is breaking Ron Paul’s balls the whole time yet Ron does a pretty good job of keeping his cool. I’d like to see an interview like this conducted over correspondence where each side has more time to consider and prepare their responses. Backing someone into a corner with an entire staff’s worth of research and misquoted soundbytes doesn’t do much good for anyone.

At one point Tim criticizes Ron for not refusing federal money from bills that he voted against on principle, yet passed regardless. That would be like me refusing A’s in college classes just because I think the American university system is broken. You either play the game or you don’t, and if you play you follow the rules, trying best you can to change them along the way. Washing your hands of a mess only makes for clean hands, and there is a surplus of clean hands in this country.

Too Darn Hot

image source: Weather Underground

No, it’s not your imagination, or latent global warming anxiety/guilt. OK maybe a little of the latter, but it is damn hot outside — at least here in the Southeastern US. With heat indexes in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit it’s important to keep cool.

Saundra Young, CNN’s senior medical news producer, advises the following:

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing
  • don’t consume too much alcohol or sugar (both dehydrate your body)
  • avoid very cold drinks (can cause stomach cramps)
  • limit outdoor activity to morning/evening hours and stay inside when possible

Related: researchers predict global warming will level off in the next couple years, then resume rising into the early 2010s producing record highs.

Predictions from 1900

image: Grand Central Station, September 8, 1908, credit: Shorpy

From the December, 1900 issue of The Ladies Home Journal, an article by John Elfreth Watkins Jr. reads:

These prophecies will seem strange, almost impossible. Yet, they have come from the most learned and conservative minds in America. To the wisest and most careful men in our greatest institutions of science and learning I have gone, asking each in his turn to forecast for me what, in his opinion, will have been wrought in his own field of investigation before the dawn of 2001 – a century from now. These opinions I have carefully transcribed.

Predictions include:

There will probably be from 350,000,000 to 500,000,000 people in America and its possessions by the lapse of another century. Nicaragua will ask for admission to our Union after the completion of the great canal. Mexico will be next. Europe, seeking more territory to the south of us, will cause many of the South and Central American republics to be voted into the Union by their own people.

The American will be taller by from one to two inches. His increase of stature will result from better health, due to vast reforms in medicine, sanitation, food and athletics. He will live fifty years instead of thirty-five as at present – for he will reside in the suburbs. The city house will practically be no more. Building in blocks will be illegal. The trip from suburban home to office will require a few minutes only. A penny will pay the fare.

Strawberries as Large as Apples will be eaten by our great-great-grandchildren for their Christmas dinners a hundred years hence. Raspberries and blackberries will be as large. One will suffice for the fruit course of each person.

Grand Opera will be telephoned to private homes, and will sound as harmonious as though enjoyed from a theatre box. Automatic instruments reproducing original airs exactly will bring the best music to the families of the untalented. Great musicians gathered in one enclosure in New York will, by manipulating electric keys, produce at the same time music from instruments arranged in theatres or halls in San Francisco or New Orleans, for instance.

Way too much to keep quoting …

Singled Out

A National Geographic study reveals the distribution of single men and women around the country. Blue and orange represent an excess of single men and women respectively. It’s middle school all over again — the boys grouping up on one side of the continent and the girls on the other. Those Mormans in Salt Lake City are totally making out.