1. Visit Glacier NP Remotely

    brian on 2006.04.28
    at 11:22 pm

    With birds singing, water gently lapping on the shore, a slight breeze, and temperatures in the high 60s, it was a glorious spring day at the foot of Lake McDonald. - photo courtesy David Restivo, for the NPS - used without permission,I don’t live anywhere near Glacier National Park in Montana. Anyone who knows me and my interest in wide-open spaces knows I wish I did. That’s why I’m thankful I found eHikes, an outstanding piece of “multimedia” (an overused buzz word that was sent out to pasture, but is actually the most descriptive in this instance, since the presentation made use of QuickTime video and VR, still photography and with Flash for interactivity) of a couple hikes within the park.

    Go now. Less talk, more clicking.

    PS – they also have ‘eTours,’ Podcasts (audio, video), and more still and moving imagery.

    Posted in: Nature · Science · Web

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  2. Careful what you blog

    brian on 2006.04.28
    at 09:47 pm

    Lance Dutson was just doing what bloggers do: reporting when they see something stupid. In this case, he thought his home state of Maine was flushing his tax money down the drain with a poor PR campaign for the state’s tourism. Tourism is the number one money maker for the state.

    But apparently that’s not OK with Warren Kremer Paino Advertising , a New York-based ad agency who the State was hired to draft the campaign.

    When Dutson reposted images that were currently viewable for public inspection on the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development website, and critiqued them… that was the final straw, and he was sued by Warren Kremer Paino Advertising claiming defamation, libel, and copyright infringement. To the tune of more than a million dollars.

    Lance is a man who is a web designer and who has a family, and is a self-described “middle of the road” Maine citizen. But if he’s looses, they’ll be in the poor house.

    All because Warren Kremer Paino Advertising is miffed that Lance didn’t like their work.

    I’m going out on a limb here… I don’t like it either .

    Posted in: Politics

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  3. Unbelievable - Bush strikes again

    brian on 2006.04.26
    at 12:29 am

    I am besides myself… Bush strikes again! This time, in order to lower gasoline prices… instead of taking to task oil companies… he’s doing them a favor: he’s allowing them to break the law by not adding ethanol to the gas which reduces emissions.

    Do we really think they’ll pass that savings on at the pump? I wouldn’t put my money on it. Why do we have an EPA, when if the President doesn’t like their “science” he can simply repeal it?

    Once more he proves that any situation he can get this country into… he can make worse.

    Posted in: Politics · Science

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  4. Historians: Bush Worst Ever

    brian on 2006.04.24
    at 09:47 pm

    The Worst President in History? One of America’s leading historians assesses George W. Bush

    “George W. Bush’s presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.”

    Posted in: Politics

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  5. An Inconvenient Truth: Climate Crisis

    brian on 2006.04.24
    at 02:10 am

    An Inconvenient Truth

    Hopefully this will be this year’s most important movie.

    Our planet depends on it.

    Posted in: Science

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  6. Save the Internet - Save Network Neutrality!

    brian on 2006.04.24
    at 01:42 am

    Save The Internet

    I hope to bring your attention to something that’s kind of important, but is gliding under the radar right now. It’s called Network Neutrality, and it’s essentially the first amendment of the Internet…

    Congress is pushing through a law that would permit large telephone and cable companies, like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, to control what you do, where you go and what you watch online.

    Right now, these companies who are net work operators and internet service providers (they hook you to the net) want to give priority to certain packets of data from certain interests. What’s that mean to you? Barnes and Noble can pay AT&T to make sure their site loads faster than your local library’s site, or your favorite web bookseller’s… that’s under handed, but we’ve come to expect that from certain companies.

    But how about if you bought Internet Protocol phone service from Vonage for use over your broadband internet connection? Works now, because network neutrality exists. However, if this bill passes, you can guarantee that Verizon’s IP phone service will be the clearest on their wires… Comcast’ll have the best IP phone on theirs…. and Vonage’s will suck everywhere.

    So without network neutrality, your ISP will decide who you get to associate with on their wires. They don’t like AOL? Say good bye to your buddy list. Google doesn’t pay their tax? Bye bye useful and fast search and GMail…

    Get the point? Great, now go complain to your appointed congressional representative. I suggest visiting… for info on how, and a nice form that’ll allow you to write your rep with little or no effort. They’ll link you to this form here:

    If you support Network Neutrality, you’ll continue to reap the amazing benefits of innovation that has been fostered on an open internet. If you sit on your hands… then the net will become TV with a keyboard… you pay for it but what’s on it is their choice, not yours.

    Posted in: Web

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  7. Apple Offers Free Computer Take-Back Program

    brian on 2006.04.21
    at 03:19 pm

    Apple Offers Free Computer Take-Back Program

    Apple® today announced an expansion of its successful recycling program, offering free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Macintosh® system beginning in June. US customers who buy a new Mac® through the Apple Store® ( or Apple’s retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer as part of the Apple Recycling program.

    Posted in: Apple · Science

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  8. Petition: Don't nuke Iran

    brian on 2006.04.12
    at 10:38 pm

    Don’t Nuke Iran

    The irony of nuking a country because they may eventually make nuclear weapons and then threaten to use them… is too much for my mind to process.

    Sign the petition.

    Posted in: Politics

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  9. Bush has Nuclear Weapons on the table in Iran

    brian on 2006.04.10
    at 12:54 am

    Who’s more dangerous? The leader of Iran, who thinks “Israel should be wiped off the map,” but lacks the firepower to do it (and would have a hell of a fight on its hands if it attempted, seeing that Israel is one of the most militarily advanced countries on the planet and is armed to the teeth). Or the leader of the United States, who is considering a nuclear attack on Iran… ironically to… wait for it… stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons…

    Seymour Hersh, citing sources deep with in the administration’s war planning, reports for the New Yorker:

    One of the military’s initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites.

    Mr. Hersh also broke the story on Abu Ghraib.

    Is anyone else absolutely scared shitless over what this president will do next? What does he need to do to be impeached?

    Am I being alarmist? I supported the president’s threat of war in the current Iraq debacle, citing its use in prompting a stand down by Hussein’s regime. But then he just blew down the doors anyway, and later we learned he had planned to go in all a long, and long before any of the reasons he cited were actually dreamed up, and long after their rebuke.

    Yes, Iran clearly needs attention. More than Iraq ever needed. And the world has it under a microscope. Countries that are much closer to the ramifications of an aggressive Iran are being much less confrontational, doesn’t that tell us something? Would we be threatening nukes if a strong wind could blow fallout over our borders? Not a chance. And don’t believe for a moment that bunker busters that dig deep into the ground release any less radiation into the environment.

    A nuclear weapon against a nearly unstoppable aggressive empire that had attacked half a continent was an experiment in decisive military action that may have in the end saved more lives than it cost. But, the creators of the bomb itself questioned its use. The ethics of that is still being debated to this day, and beyond, more than 60 years later. What does that tell us?

    “What will 1.2 billion Muslims think the day we attack Iran?”

    We need to stop Bush, and now.

    Posted in: Politics

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  10. Doctors repair damaged bladders

    jake on 2006.04.04
    at 04:28 pm

    In a first step toward replacing organs a group of children between the ages of 4-19 had their bladders repaired. Cells were gathered from the patient and cultivated. It also showcased a girl from the town nextdoor.

    Yet maybe the worst part, for a teenager, was simply being different. “I didn’t fit in with the kids,” she said. “Sometimes the kids made fun of me.”

    Posted in: Science

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  11. Kevin Smith talks back

    jake on 2006.04.03
    at 11:50 pm

    Kevin Smith came under fire for a speech he gave at the University of Pennsylvania. He recounted the story of his buddy Jason Mewes battle with addiction. The problem is that everyone is jumping on the few sentences that include Jay sleeping with Nicole Richie. Which I have to imagine only happened because of her being in the spotlight. I won’t debate her worthiness of such attention but I’d like to point out Kevin’s attempt to get the whole story out.

    Since the gossip sites have seen fit to print only the portion of the Jason Mewes story I told at UPenn (that portion being what said sites seem to feel is the only interesting aspect of Mewes’ life), I figured why not put the whole tale of Jason’s battle with drug addiction into print here, where folks can get a better idea of who Jason truly is and maybe why he fell victim to heroin abuse in the first place.

    The story is a good example of what drug addiction can do to you and the people around you.

    Update: Added more parts.
    Update 2: And another part…
    Update 3: man, how many parts are there gonna be?
    Update 4: Finally, the conclusion.

    Posted in: Movies · Recent Events

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