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    Archive for August, 2005

    Cathedral of Salisbury, England

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Gorgeous: Salisbury is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. It is the mother church of the Salisbury Diocese, an area which covers most of the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. Started in 1220 it was completed by 1258, with the Spire, the tallest in England (123m/404ft) added a generation later. Built to reflect [...]

    Odd Consumer News

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    To persuade hipster fools to spend $200 on a pair of jeans, Levi’s has enlisted the help of Andy Warhol, the granddaddy of all things hip. Called “Warhol Factory X Levi’s,” the jeans are priced between $150 and $250 and will be available next Spring. Link.

    The Simple Life

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Don’t throw out those dusty 5″ floppy discs with your beta tapes and eight-tracks just when they’ve acquired real collector clout. Instead, follow Anthony Georgis’s example and use the sturdy black covers to protect updated technology. Slice the edge off with a paper cutter, and slip in your hot-off-the-burner CD. Link.

    Science at the Polls

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Americans are divided over whether humans and other living things evolved over time or have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, according to a new poll. People on both sides of that argument think students should hear about various theories, however. Nearly two-thirds of those in a Pew Research Center poll, [...]

    Hawaii

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    An economist takes a detailed look at Hawaii’s gasoline price-fixing plan. Link. Excerpt: Like the federal government’s disastrous central planning of 30 years ago, the Hawaiian government has attempted to build in some alleged market mechanisms into its scheme. As noted earlier, wholesalers will be permitted to charge administered “prices” based upon average prices elsewhere. [...]

    Orbison Crooning on the Volga

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Russian women have long been known for their beauty. Edvard Radzinsky at the Wall Street Journal talks about the new wave of pretties that are coming out of Rus. Interesting stuff. And it makes Eric look forward to seeing his parents’ vacation pictures. As he types this, they are cruising the Volga. Link. Excerpts: All [...]

    Far Out! We’ll Never Have to Bowl . . .

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    . . . join a club, have spousal relations, or talk to anyone again! The multiple-channel screen, known in the television industry as a “mosaic,” is about to show up on millions of TVs throughout the country. It’s another sign that satellite and cable systems are beginning to embrace interactive television after years of hype [...]

    NCAA Redux

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Eric Scheske used his Wednesday column at Catholic Exchange to poke jabs at the NCAA’s Indian name policy. Link. Excerpt: It’s also worth noting that the NCAA’s actions aren’t charitable in any way. Charity must be voluntary and self-giving. If it lacks either of those components, it’s not charity. If it’s self-giving on your part [...]

    The Nigeria Problem

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    It reads a little bit like one of those e-mails from Nigeria that offer reverse-investment opportunities (“Let my put $100,000,000 in your checking account, and you see get $1,000,000, for done nothing”), but it’s a decent update on the RCC trials there: The [Roman Catholic Church] which was established by Apostle Peter, between 30 and [...]

    New Orleans’ Finest?

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    At the Times-Picayune web site, Mike Perlstein and Brian Thevenot wrote that at a Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, mass looting broke out after a giveaway of supplies was announced at that location. While some did indeed carry away food and essentials, others “cleared out jewelry racks and carted out computers, TVs and appliances on handtrucks. [...]

    Scoffing at Scientism

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true. Link.

    Weekly Features Post

    Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

    This WFP is delayed due to Charter Internet hook-up problems. We’d say more, but we should hold off in Christian charity . . . at least until we see what Charter does today to remedy our problem. Stoic’s Porch “Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do [...]

     


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