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May 182005

Anna and I are taking a long weekend and going to head up the coast in a convertible to SLO. The coast is fun by itself, but we will also be going to check out the Pasa Robles Wine Fest. We went in 2003 and enjoyed it a lot.

PayPal is pushing further into the banking/credit arena. The potential was there years ago, I wonder why they are just starting this now? I’m all about big bank competition, but PP will have to get a lot better at customer service for me to trust them further than simple transactions.

Showing the US how it is done – Brazil pushing ethanol and biodiesel

Interesting stuff: Qatar is using cobalt to turn natural gas into a powerful, clean-burning diesel fuel. While this is going to be great as an additive, I don’t think it is going to be a full replacement for fuels. Last time I checked we didn’t have a lot of extra natural gas to cover that.

Would you believe me without a link? A handful of clay, yesterday?s coffee grounds and some cow manure: the ingredients that could bring clean, safe drinking water to much of the third world.

Banksy strikes again, this time on his side of the pond: The British Museum gains “Early Man Goes to Market

And in Banksy style, the secret wall. Synopsis – Rent a hotel room. Remove art or mirror. Slap down some art. Replace art or mirror.

This is an interesting photo project from the La Guardia and Wagner Archives: Public Housing – New York Transformed 1939-1967. It is amazing to go through the photos of old neighborhoods and buildings.

Oct 272004

Wow, this is pretty amazing stuff: Scientists have discovered a new and tiny species of human that lived in Indonesia at the same time our own ancestors were colonising the world… The 18,000-year-old specimen, known as Liang Bua 1 or LB1, has been assigned to a new species called Homo floresiensis. It was about one metre tall with long arms and a skull the size of a large grapefruit.

Jul 092004

Great, I am getting Iraqi reconstruction spam. Hurray for war profiteering. ‘War profiteering’, isn’t that redundant?

Oh how nice! Pentagon: Bush Military Records Destroyed

Bush has declined invitations in each year of his presidency — becoming the first president since Herbert Hoover not to attend an NAACP convention.

The amendment appeared on its way to victory as the roll call’s normal 15-minute time limit expired, but GOP leaders kept the vote open for about 20 more minutes as they persuaded about 10 Republicans who initially supported the provision to change their votes. Patriot Act Wins House Vote

Remember how Florida won’t recount electronic voting machines? Well, it looks like the machines have some major problems.

GOP helping out Nader again.

Interesting read at Slate: The real reason to oppose the minimum wage.

The World Court said Israel’s barrier in the West Bank should be torn down and called on the United Nations Friday to stop a project it said had illegally imposed hardship on thousands of Palestinians. “tantamount to annexation” Guess who Israel is going to ask to veto all of this stuff? And people wonder why they think of the US and Isreal as the same thing.

CNBC looks at the next wave of airline bankruptcies

Why your electricity bills are soaring – You are using more, and it is deregulated. Thank god the free market fixes everything, haha. We need to look into efficient electronics before we start to think of using solar.

Should science tell the truth? You’d think that question would need no answer. But in the vortex known as Washington, DC, the obvious too often gets bent.

Wired takes a look at Alberta’s oil sands.

Harlem of the West: Historic Downtown San Diego Community