URLs du Jour


  • On this Day of the Beast, assuming you've dodged the raining fire and brimstone, etc., you'll want to check out The Straight Dope for all your 666 facts, including a canonical list of beastisms, e.g.:
    $665.95 = Retail price of the Beast
    $656.66 = Walmart price of the Beast
    And those with a mathematical bent should look at Mike Keith's page full of 666 numerology. Example:
    The sum of the first 144 (= (6+6)(6+6)) digits of pi is 666.
    Ooh! Those without a mathematical bent should check out the page too, if only to marvel at what one can accomplish over years of dateless weekends. (Both links via the invaluable GeekPress.)

  • Totally unrelated to the previous topic, at least I hope so: You can read Chapter One of Ann Coulter's new book Godless at Town Hall. It's more incendiary than enlightening, and not likely to convince the unconvinced, but fun reading. According to Mickey, the book "contains a multi-chapter attack on Darwin's theory of the evolution of species" which makes it pretty easy to dismiss. Do you have to be a liberal to think evolution is an actual science? Hope not.

  • The Club for Growth is on a Death Tax roll these days. If you're interested, click over and look around.

  • And although I said some less than complimentary things about the Green Mountain State yesterday, it turns out that they have some pretty smart drivers. GMAC gave their National Driving Test around the country, and Vermont drivers' average was good enough to place it in the number three spot, behind only Oregon and Washington. New Hampshire was all the way down in 26th place. Maine was #32. And (surprising nobody, really) Massachusetts was in 48th place (tied with New Jersey), and Rhode Island was 51st, after D. C.

    I got 90%, and the test was pretty easy. (However, if you're a pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk when it starts to rain after a dry spell, I'd advise ducking for cover if you see me coming.)