January 13th, 2005


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Something cool:
Joel Achenbach on a newly discovered ancient mammal fossil - a mammal which had eaten dinosaurs.

Something uncool:
"I fully understand that the job of the president is and must always be protecting the great right of people to worship or not worship as they see fit," Bush said. "That's what distinguishes us from the Taliban. The greatest freedom we have or one of the greatest freedoms is the right to worship the way you see fit. On the other hand, I don't see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord." (From Dan Froomkin.)

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Violations of human rights by the US are undermining international law and eroding its role on the world stage.
Speaking of which, more sightings of the torture jet (courtesy Iceman.) And evidence shows the administration opposed restrictions on their use of torture.

Iran orders Nobel Peace prize laureate activist to Revolutionary Court.

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More on the HFS format switch, including how it wasn't entirely a surprise. "The station ranked 20th overall in the most recent Arbitron audience survey, and ninth among its key target audience -- listeners 18 to 34."

Whoo! Deep Impact probe launched and en route to comet-smashing glory.

Today's totally straightforward headline:
Australian MPs asked to boost dwindling sperm supplies

Happy 400th birthday to the novel Don Quixote.

Review of the new Lego Star Wars video game.

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My sleep schedule this week has been pretty close to terrible. I actually got a little loopy at work today, which was a pain because work was, well, a pain. The pills knock me out for too long, but I might resort to one over the weekend if things haven't improved, since at that point I might start hallucinating.

Busy, busy, busy. I should be getting dressed for karaoke as we speak (but *some* people decided to have a positively chatty afternoon on the interweb.) Behind on almost everything, up to and including missing a Quote-o-rama update so far this week. Murr.

Tuesday got a chance to hang out with the inimitable Velvet. s00shi and Nick Cave videoes were had, in addition to the more valuable conversations. Also, her and another have (more or less) convinced me it's finally time to get the tattoo.

And let me note, they still haven't decided the schedule nonsense at work.


Actual scene from work today.
[Boss comes back from Yet Another Meeting.]
Boss: How are things?
Me: We have some servers down.
Boss Which ones?
Me: All of them, I think.

The funny part was, it was more or less true. But not our fault.