July 4th, 2008


On dancing and optimism

Despite being full of the sarcasm and otherwise a general space jerk, I am not-so-sekritly an optimist about a lot of things in general, and despite appearances otherwise, generally a happy person.

This carries over into my obsessive news reading. A lot of the news is, in fact, pretty terrible stuff. Lots of intractable problems, no easy solutions, a lot of the world is basically a bucket of suck. However. I will run across things from time to tie that restore my faith in the whole big ball of wax. Usually, it tends to be little stories about how people are all the same, around the world, despite distance, time, and culture.

And sometimes, it's just a couple of videos of some guy dancing like a goofball in various places around the world, and people around the world dancing like a goofball with him. (wiki wiki wiki.)

Seriously, people. It's things like this that really make me love this whole place.


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"Is it unusual that somebody in the State Department wouldn't have told someone in the White House that this was going on, since this ran contrary to administration policy?"

Good July 4th read: examining our paradoxical attitudes towards privacy.

"I like the idea that investigating military suppliers is somehow 'touchy,' when by all rights those are the guys we should be holding to the highest standards."

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Holy cats, Mercury is shrinking!

Just when you think Fox News couldn't sink any lower. (Courtesy Scylla.)