Sorry for the lack of blogging. As if you care. But I took a slug
of my free time over the past few days to extricate myself from the soon to be
defunct Google Reader.
Instead of relying on third-party solutions—because if you can't trust Google, why should you trust anybody?—I decided to roll my own RSS feed fetcher/parser via the usual everything-looks-like-a-nail hammer of Perl, mostly via the modules
URI::Fetch. Add a datastore design that would make purists scream in horror: a config file written in Perl; plus a Berkeley database; plus a Linux file system directory tree. And cron everything.
So we'll see how that works out.
If you missed it, James Taranto was on fire yesterday
with not one but two worthwhile essays in his Best of the Web
The first covers some all-too-rare good news: the exclusion of the
so-called "Assault Weapons Ban" from legislation
under consideration by the U.S. Senate. The joy is threefold:
The legislation's demise is, of course, a good thing on its own.
But it was also a defeat for what Taranto accurately calls the
"demagogy" of its supporters:
They cynically sought to exploit a horrific crime in order to promote dubious policies that they had long wished to impose but had refrained from pushing for fear of the political consequences.
The good news: it didn't work. And it wasn't even close to working.
And, as a final bonus, lefties are just apoplectic about this
ignominious loss. We have to take our schadenfreudian joys
where we can find them.
- The legislation's demise is, of course, a good thing on its own.
But JT was also good on exposing the economic illiteracy of
new Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently wondered why
the minimum wage shouldn't be raised to $22/hr, based on
productivity gains since 1960. Taranto wonders about the 1960 date:
Heck, why not go back to the Pliocene? We'll bet that'd get you to 100 bucks an hour.
But there are more substantive criticisms too.
Meanwhile, Reason notes that Senator Fauxcahontas is (at least)
consistent in her anti-freedom sentiments. Taking aim at one of the
to replace John Kerry in the Senate:
Addressing the crowd, Senator Warren said, "I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow's platform. He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he's for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned."
Elizabeth, on the other hand, wants us poor and unfree.
Thanks to McSweeneys, you might want to
learn some Politically
Correct Terms for Politically Incorrect Terms.
Lore Sjöberg also performs a public service: Rating the
Greatest Martians. Example:
Marvin the Martian
I once loved Marvin, but in recent decades he's been overexposed and overused to the point where -- oh, who am I kidding? I still love this guy. Why wouldn't I? He wears sneakers, a green tutu and a Roman centurion's helmet with a little broom on top. And he has a dog that wears the same outfit! In a better world, those things would also be true of me. He was also kind of a thinking man's cartoon bad guy. For instance, you know that helmet? It's Roman. Like Mars. The Roman god. See? Brainy! B+
Missing: Dejah Thoris. But given the suckiness of the recent movie, my guess is that Lore is just being charitable.