Links You May Have Missed, But Probably Would Like To See, If Only You Knew About Them

These are for me as much as you. I’ll thank me later. Mostly from Twitter.

Via Freeman Hunt : The blog of Milton Friedman’s “Free To Choose” PBS series. Funny that for all the PBS crap I got shown in school, this wasn’t among the viewing options.

Via Andy Levy via Allahpundit: Face transplant story with pictures. Amazing.

More on the voucher situation from the WSJ: “If, however, you are a pol who piously tells inner-city families that public schools are the answer – and you do this while safely ensconcing your own kids in some private haven – the press corps mostly winks.”

Also, today is not the day where I wish I sent my kids to public school.

27% of all marketers suck? Sounds a little low to me.

Funny and short: Why copywriters should be native speakers.

Cringely talks about the future of television on the Internet. It’s interesting.

Hot: Bill Whittle schools John Stewart on the history behind Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The beauty of being a useful idiot is that you never have to research and you never have to say you’re sorry. Because, damn the facts, you’re right, and Harry Truman was a war criminal.

Lastly, Tabitha Hale aka Pink Elephant Pundit has started doing a radio show/podcast/audio blog/whatever the hell the kids these days are calling it. Episode One is here. I was going to listen to it, but there’s, like, the entirety of “Walk This Way” at the front and that used up any time I had, plus confused me.

Inappropriate But Funny, Vol 1

I don’t actually approve of abusing the poor user–think of me as the Strunk & White of developers–but I do find the following site’s suggested responses to IE6 users funny.

Content Warning: Adult Language and Adult Themes


It’s not really fair to blame the users; MS saw a market that threatened it and did whatever it could to undermine it.

I try not to see the parallels in other facets of life.

Simply Skimming Reinvention

reader_iam has turned her blog into more a “catch” for stories of the day, peppered with some short quips and observations. (She doesn’t call it a blog, but she’s actually just gone from a not-quite Althouse-style “essay blog”, like this one, to an aggregate style, like Instapundit.)

Check it out. She’s got that marvellous ability to say something…piquant in a sentence or two. (Still don’t like the commenting software, tho’.)

Random Linkage

I haven’t watched this comedy clip yet. I hear it’s funny.

On an Althouse thread about Obama’s fondness for the heavy-handed Dylan song Maggie’s Farm, there’s some discussion about whether the narrator is supposed to be viewed as heroic or noble. My feeling is that one analyzes Dylan lyrics at one’s own peril.

This led Theo Boehm (indirectly) to post some stuff from a blog called Maggie’s Farm about the clavichord and piano. Theo and Palladian’s taste in (and attitudes toward) music is frighteningly similar to my own. (I say “frightening” because I went through college without finding anyone who shared my more peculiar tastes.)

I’ve been reading
through Anne G’s 2.5 part abortion essay on Ambivablog. I’m thinking, after three years, she’s never going to finish part III, but what’s there is a lot. She actually does what I suggest: tries to change people’s minds. (Normally, that’s something a Church would do.) But she can offer insight that I can’t, having gone from what might be called the accepted liberal view on abortion to a firm believer in its wrongness, by virtue of having had one.

This is not a little bit gutsy, I think, to take the position that something you, yourself, have done is terribly wrong. The reflexive left might call it hypocrisy, but I think it’s experience. Pastor Jeff linked to study on repeat abortions, but I think it’s telling that 50% of the women who have an abortion don’t have another one. I doubt these women are going to be wearing tees.

And the ones who repeat tend to be minorities. Which is why I always get that Sanger-esque eugenics/genocide vibe off pro-choice organizations.

And again, I remind you, I am pro-choice.

New Link: Retromedia Forum

The Retromedia Forum is place where real filmmakers hang-out and discuss the craft and the business. Yeah, real low-budget filmmakers, but don’t be such a snob. These guys make more movies and do more business in a year than your average big-budget guy has done his entire life.

Seriously, Fred Olen Ray, who hosts the joint, is filming something like four films back-to-back, which I think is only going to last him till Thanksgiving.

New Link & Etc.

Re “& Etc.”, I love bi-lingual stuttering like “The La Brea Tar Pits” and “The Hoi Polloi”.

Added a link to “Loaded Questions”, which features Kelly Hewitt’s marvelous interviews with various authors. Kelly and I have run the Loaded Shelf and Kingdom RPG together for over three years.

I’m fooling with blogger’s templates and so far, I’m not terribly impressed. It seems eager to discard changes you make. (I realize the technical difficulties of changing from one template to another, mind you. But it all makes me want to develop my own software….)