Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Mind-boggling" Idol

Yes, it certainly does boggle the mind.

When I saw the title of the graphic "Who's Watching American Idol?", I was really hoping I would just see the word "morons" when I clicked the link.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

We are solar!

Last month we had solar panels installed on our roof. So far, the system has generated 1.21 gigawatts! Just kidding. It's 245 kilowatt hours(kWh). Put one way, that's enough electricity to power 10 100-watt lightbulbs for 245 hours. Put another, our house typically uses 900 kWh per month.

Of course, the system will generate much more electricity during the long, cloudless days of summer.

We got our system from REgrid Power, btw.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

My favorite show is ending...

But one of my old favorites is coming back!

It makes sense for the West Wing to bow out now. No one was really interested in seeing another president and his staff move in. To me, at least, the characters are the strongest aspect of the show.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Carpool lane (il)logic

A driver of a Prius, which gets about 50 mpg on the freeway, is allowed to drive in the carpool lane by him or herself. A driver of a regular car, which gets, say, 25 mpg, has to have at least one other person in the car besides the driver to get in the high-occupancy vehicle lane. So, wouldn't it stand to reason that a person driving a vehicle that gets, say, 13 mpg have to have at least four people total to drive in the HOV lane?

What a baby!

You'd think he'd have better things to do.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

More whining about the "liberal media"

I haven't heard the Righties make suggestions about what the news orgs do about the "bias." As far as I know, editors aren't asking would-be reporters where they stand on gays, guns and abortion; I'm sure we'd be hearing about lawsuits if they were. I have heard it suggested that most reporters are Dems because Repubs generally are interested in more lucrative fields. Perhaps Carlson and other complainers would favor a conscription program forcing Young Republicans to apply for jobs at their local papers that pay $25,000 a year.

Courtesy Romenesko:

Claim: Everyone in journalism is pro-choice, favors gay vows

Daily Nexus

Tucker Carlson and Eric Alterman at a UC-Santa Barbara debate:

CARLSON: "Everybody in journalism is pro-choice, pro-gun control and for
gay marriage. When you only have people [in the media] that all think the
same, you do not have good coverage. You can’t cover America until you
have a newsroom that looks like America … who thinks like America."

ALTERMAN: "If we had a liberal media, then 44 percent of Americans would
not have believed the Sept. 11 bombers were Iraqis. We get an extremely
biased version of the news."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Isn't it ironic

The other day I saw a "W '04" sticker on a Prius.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Campaign volunteers get cushy city jobs? In Chicago? Noooo.....