Here’s a better article on the new Anasazi finds from the Christain Science Monitor.
Newly discovered ruins near my former home of Socorro, New Mexico, are shedding new light on the fate of the Anasazi people. The Anasazi are best known to the average person for their cliff dwellings found in the Four Corners region. I’m trying to find more information on these sites — they are in an area that I spent a good deal of time in.
The world changed today. We now live in a different age. If things go as planned, future generations will remember today as the day mankind joined together and permanently estalished residence off the surface of this planet. First earth orbit, then the planets, and then the stars!
I just passed through a website that tried pushing its chat room by inserting the last few lines typed there. This isn’t such a good idea, as the following snippit shows:
You’re missing out on some hot wonderful conversation, Eric! Take a peek at the last few lines of conversation from our Chat room.
<grace> waves to everyone!
<grace> well so long losers
<rocky> anyone there?
<rocky> hello is anyone there?
<rocky> blinks in disbelief
<rocky> hello is anyone avaible?
<rocky> laughs out loud
More on games: Avalon Hill is also re-releasing Stratego, of all things. And they’ve revamped it, making it a collectible trading game. And capable of playing with up to 8 players. Bizarre. “My miner attacks this piece.” “You lose. That was a dragon.“
The History Channel premeirs a new miniseries tonight: The History of Britain. (Surprisingly, the page at the other end of the link is just a brief description. You’d think that they’d have done something more fancy for such a “landmark documentary.”) The show begins at about 5000 B.C. and will move through the Elizabethan era. I’ve always been fond of BRitish history, so I’ll try to catch all three parts. Avalon Hill used to sell a game called Britannia, now out of print, that allowed 3-5 players to play the various groups that inhabited Great Britain from the coming of the Romans to the Norman Conquest (one of my favorite historical events — I’m such a history geek (no, scratch that. I’m just a geek, period) that I’ve named my sourdough starter after one of the key players in the event). It appears you can’t buy the game anymore, but there’s a handful of pages on the game out there, including this detailed summary of a play-by-mail game and this collection of computer code and playing aids. It really is a fine game. I wish I knew people who’d play it with me.
A Kestrel’s Nest repeat, from September 9, 1999:
I’ve never really been interested in abolishing the electoral college, that quirky part of our presidential elections created by those men in powdered wigs. Now, more than ever, after reading this article, I’m a firm supporter of the system. Of course, as the election draws near, this’ll be a hot topic in the media. And now I’ll be ready.
The original article has been AWOL for the better part of this year, but Jorn at Robot Wisdom found it again. It really is the most eloquent argument for the electoral college that I’ve seen.
It’s late October, and that means soup season. I kicked it off with my own recipe for a nice potato chowder, embellished with fresh garden parsnips. I’d be happy to give you the recipe if you want it, but you can do much better by visiting Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup, a Web page devoted to all things soup.
Perhaps you are familiar with Sister Wendy and her Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting. She’s the British nun who has her own TV show where she raoms the halls of art museums, giving us a detailed survey of the history of western art. Even if you’re not, you may still appreciate BBC America’s irreverent answer, Sister Randy, the chain smoking, shave needing, art critic nun. (Requires a plugin, but the automatic download is painless.) For example, here’s what she has to say about modern art:
<A piece of modern ar hangs on the wall. It looks like colored blurs. Sister Randy walks on, sporting her usual “Flying Nun” attire.> “Art of the twentieth century raised many bold and daring questions.” <She gestures at the painting.> “Is this painting upside down, sideways, or right side up? Was this painting done by a monkey? Exactly what the hell is this painting? Was this painting done by a colorblind monkey, or is this painting done?” <She gets more and more frantic.> “Is it done? What the hell is it? Good lord in heaven, is it done? Is it too late to kill this colorblind schizophrenic monkey before he paints again?” <She’s on her knees now.> “Oh God and Jesus in heaven, please don’t let this monkey paint again!” <She takes a long, slow drag on her cigarette, and then walks off.>
If you are offended by potty humor, you really don’t want to see her lecture on impressionism.
BBC America has recently begun showing an odd game show called Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. Strangely appealing, this show features two contestants, brought on by a friend because of their utter lack of cooking ability. The host, a wildly popular British chef, walks them through the creation of a gourmet dish. His walkthrough is quick — no time for lollygagging — and he criticizes the inevitable mistakes (burnings, spills, and the like) with an over the top faux anger. He also sings to the food and dances little dances, and makes the contestants do the same. At the end, the friends are blindfolded and taste the two dishes. The one that tastes best (the chef votes in the case of a tie) wins. Usually a food processor, though I did see one fellow win a toaster. The loser gets a bottle of champagne (to wash the taste out) and a meal out. It’s no Iron Chef, but it’s amusing nonetheless. The good folks at BBC America have collected the recipes on-line so you can follow along.
October suprise? The military may be getting ready to unveil Aurora, possibly before election day. Aurora is the long-rumored secret aircraft that has been supossedly undergoing test flights for years.
At a pro-environmental rally here in Athens yesterday, R.E.M. made a surprise appearance, performing on the courthouse steps. I missed the show, but thanks to a handheld digital video camera and my local newspaper, I could watch in Quicktime or RealVideo.
Mister Pants finds the best stuff ever. After the revolution comes, he’ll be the only one weblogging, and the rest of us will be bowing before the master. Case in point: Rabbi Phunkiewsky’s school of new communication. Requires flash, and is wickedly funny. Oh, and if you aren’t subscribing to Mister Pant’s pantsmail, you’ve really missed the boat. It’s too late to learn about his experience eating a soggy sandwich really fast over the sink, but it’s not too late to become a subscriber.
The User Meeting’s over. I’m resting now. It has been a very long week.
This week, the company I work for is hosting our annual users’ meeting. This is a tradition in our industry — software development, or, specifically, software development for electric utilities. Our customers from around the country are in Athens for the next four days. As Customer Support manager, I’m giving the “keynote address” Wednesday afternoon. This means that this weblog likely won’t see much in the way of updates until later in the week. I’ll leave you with this (and expand upon it later): TiVO rocks.
Everything I ever learned about quantum physics may be wrong. On second though, considering the grades I earned in my quantum physocs classes, that’s not saying much. Better to say “Everything anyone ever learned about quantum physics may be wrong.”
You’ve heard a lot that man hunted big game, such as the mammoth, to extinction. Or that a sudden catastrophic event killed them off. Maybe it was niether. Perhaps man or the scavengers that followed introduced viruses that did the job.