Monthly Archives: May 2009

“But if you love him you’ll forgive him, even though he’s hard to understand”

As usual, Washington is working overtime to protect the sponsors of 9/11: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is supporting efforts by the Saudi royal family to defeat a long-running lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for the Sept. 11, 2001, … Continue reading

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Stonehenge, NYC

Stonehenge in Manhattan is getting more popular every year. Via Boing-Boing: NYC turns into Stonehenge – [On May 28], Manhattan floods dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the centerline of every street. Usually, the tall buildings … Continue reading

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The Dollhouse effect

If you’d like to reproduce the fake model effect you see in the Dollhouse intro in photographs, Christopher Phin* tells you how to do it. It’s best to start with a photograph of a scene that’s viewed from a distance, … Continue reading

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The Big Fat Spiders of Political Paranoia

Nick Cohen on our Golden age of Paranoid Politics*: I assume that readers do not believe that the CIA, the Mafia, the military-industrial complex or some other manifestation of the System ordered the murder of JFK. Conspiracy theories about the … Continue reading

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The Jones Beach Airshow

Newsday has an excellent video, shot by Keith Johnson, of the Memorial day weekend airshow at Jones Beach. Some of my photos of the airshow are going up on Flickr, more to be added soon.. Thunderbirds in close formation: Dave … Continue reading

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I’m not a real fan of weather that’s so bitter-cold it’ll freeze your eyeballs, so I’ve never seen these in real life: On the evening of March 31st, 2009, Tim Tevebaugh was driving home from work east of Craigmont in … Continue reading

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Real estate might not be the best investment…

Via the Wall Street Journal: Critics may point out that the analysis is unfair — after all, it starts counting near the peak of the 1980s housing boom. Fair enough. Look at the performance since, say, early 1994, when home … Continue reading

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