David Mertz

David Mertz www.bbc.co.uk
A healthy diet and exercise can do more for your appearance than cosmetic surgery or make-up, according to a study.
November 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm Everyone
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George Carlin on "The American Dream". The greatest 3 minutes of his career. The PTB are aggressively trying to keep this video off YouTube and Google, so I thought I'd upload it so it can't get deleted as easily. Everyone needs to watch this!
November 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm Everyone
Simma Park I generally love Carlin’s standup, but I get irked that he was proud of the fact that he didn’t vote. It kind of undermines one’s right to bitch, even if the bitching is brilliant.
November 6, 2010 at 3:42 am
David Mertz @Simma: true enough. I am with you. Dunno if Carlin actually did not vote or if that is just a bit. But his joke is certainly widely quoted deleteriously.
November 6, 2010 at 11:16 am
David Mertz "If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." -Dorothy Parker
November 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm Everyone
David Mertz It seems like the FBI is misclassifying the rather numerous attacks by the fundie right (abortion clinics, murders of doctors, etc) and excluding them here, but the overall point is still worthwhile.
CNN recently published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated; according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.”
November 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm Everyone
Simma Park As I read articles about the mail bombs in Greece, I couldn't help thinking about right-wing outrage over the fact that the Greek Orthodox church near ground zero was being stalled by the hateful liberal establishment (or, you know, unable to come to a financial agreement with Port Authority regarding its government handout--same difference to the "truthy", I guess).

But see--now it turns out that Greeks are terrorists. Therefore, we clearly cannot allow any Greek churches near Ground Zero.
November 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm
David Mertz
OK, I hate the chain letter stuff, but this one seems bearable.  And thanks to Dawn Finley for the infection:   Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. L...
November 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Dawn Finley
Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. ...
November 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm
David Mertz 5 new photos
November 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm Everyone
David Mertz Outside the polling place
November 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm Everyone
Cole Thaler I love the beard. :-)
November 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm
David Mertz @Cole: I voted the Mephistophelean ticket.
November 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist You voted electronically on an open-source system, right?
November 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: Nope, pretty much an old-fashioned paper Australian Ballot. In Los Angeles they use a good system (I'll go find a picture), actually; it's similar to a punch card, but marked with ink rather than punched through. There is a clever guide to show only the holes for the contests on a given page.

After completion of voting, the ballot box has a scanner to verify that there are no voting errors on the card, which is helpful. In fact, Mary Ann today first inadvertently miscast a vote on a proposition, then realized it and marked the opposite as well, thinking that would simply invalidate her vote on that contest. But the scanner was smart enough to recognize the overvote, and declare her ballot invalid (so she needed to do obtain a replacement, which seems like the right thing).

While I doubt that this scanner software at the poll is open source, the paper ballots are retained, and count as the legal ballot. The machine at the polling place does not actually count votes, but only checks for errors.
November 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm
David Mertz It's surprisingly non-obvious to locate a photograph, but this diagram shows the idea: http://www.lavote.net/VOTER/PDFS/ELECTION_RELATED/02052008_PRINT_AD.pdf
November 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Scanning ballot papers for errors before they are placed in the ballot is a good idea, although I can see a few practical problems here in Oz: the first is the (very reasonable) tradition that voting is secret, and thus ballot papers need to be folded so that no-one can see how you have voted prior to the ballot paper being stuffed in the ballot box - so private validation scanners would be needed in each voting booth if that tradition was to be preserved; the second is that the Senate ballot papers are very large - the NSW one was over a metre long (and about 25 cm wide) for the last election, with over 80 candidates (and there have been even larger ones in the past) as well as "above the line" group ticket options - scanning that would be physically difficult. All of these problems fade away with electronic voting (and a whole raft of new problems present themselves).
November 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Featuring your pal, Slavoj!
A gallery of the photographer Steve Pyke’s portraits of philosophers.
November 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm
David Mertz www.youtube.com
October 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm Everyone
Sean Reifschneider It makes a lot of good points, but I don't vote by the team but by the players.
October 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm
David Mertz "In the marketplace, at least, rape is the natural order of things. And remarkably popular, too, on both sides of the exchange. People hand over their money, their lives, to DynaZauber or any other corporation, they know what they're getting. They want to get connected; the customers are always bottoms looking to get topped, the harder and bloodier, the better." -K. W. Jeter
October 31, 2010 at 11:28 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist "...bottoms looking to get topped...". Could that have been intended as "tupped"? Then it would make more sense (to me, at least). Or does "topped" have a sense similar to "covered" as in animal husbandry?
October 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I have an enduring interest in the biomechanics of capitalism, you see.
October 31, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: This may be of use to understand the context here (though I warn you it may not be for those with very delicate sensitivities): http://tinyurl.com/whatistopping
October 31, 2010 at 11:42 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @Madame MT-M: I really thought it was a veterinary allusion, I'll be bound! Poor naive little me!
November 1, 2010 at 12:11 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: My brain hurts a little at the sheer number of classifications of roles described in that article. It's like one of those logic puzzles: "If some tops are dominants, and some dominants are masters, are some tops masters?" The mind boggles, and not in a satisfactory way.
November 1, 2010 at 12:14 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: I'm a complete duffer! I now recall that my sister attempted to explain what a stone butch was to me a while ago, and that the explanation involved topping and bottoming. But clearly my mind also boggled unsatisfactorily.
November 1, 2010 at 12:47 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Despite my close study of Havelock Ellis during a spell as a psychiatry houseman.
November 1, 2010 at 1:48 am
David Mertz www.youtube.com
watch the FUCKING video
October 31, 2010 at 11:27 am Everyone
Sean Reifschneider Out of all of the english words that begin with the letter f, fuck is the only word that is referred to as "the F word".
October 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Was it Germaine Greer (a National Treasure*) who proposed "cuff" as a feminist alternative to or reversal of "fuck"? Was it in "The Female Eunuch"? A pity the suggestion never caught on, despite my enthusiasm for it over the last 35 years.

* Yes, I know, these days she's as mad as a meat axe.
October 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm
Sean Reifschneider The Female Eunuch? I've never seen that movie...
November 1, 2010 at 3:37 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: It's a good thing you weren't in the UK to catch Germaine Greer* on Celebrity Big Brother. It was baffling why she wanted to be on it in the first place.

*Don't know about in Australia, but in Britain her official name is "Germaine Bloody Greer."
November 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: she was on Celebrity Big Brother?!? Oh dear, it's worse than I feared...
November 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: She may have quit after 6 days, but still. http://tinyurl.com/germainebloodygreer
November 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: Germaine is our little revenge on the inhabitants of Blighty for us having to put up with Her Maj as our Head of State.
November 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: Dannii Minogue is another one of your secret Australian operatives, sent to undermine Britain. Fie on you!
November 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: Danii, maybe, but not Kylie! She's lovely, and smart, and a good friend of Nick Cave. I love this little anecdote (from wikipaedia):

Following concert appearances with Cave, Minogue recited the lyrics to "I Should Be So Lucky" as poetry in London's Royal Albert Hall "Poetry Jam", at the suggestion of Cave, and later described it as a "most cathartic moment".

I saw her interviewed about it and she reproduced part of the reading, delivered in a very serious low-register voice, almost sotto voce:

I should be so lucky.
(Very long pause)
Lucky, lucky, (emphasis) LUCKY.
(Very long pause).
I should be *so*.
(Another long pause)
(Extremely long pause, maybe 30 seconds, deadpan expression)
In love (falling cadence).
(Long pause)
November 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm
David Mertz Saw _Hereafter_: Every scene of the film was lushly filmed and well acted, and there wasn't the slightest reason whatsoever to put that collection of scenes into the same movie. No plot or character development one could care about, even slightly. Indulgent and decadent filmmaking that suggests they really ought to pull Eastwood's director's permit.
October 30, 2010 at 11:34 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann So I assume you didn't like it then, Dr Mertz?
October 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Aha. On first reading, I thought you had gone to see the last of the "Saw" series of torture-porn movies, one of Oz's more dubious cultural exports. So I take it that "Hereafter" is no "Babel"? But deary me, where would we be without indulgent and decadent filmmaking? Or rather, where would Freddy Fellini, Werner Herzog, Ken Russell and Peter Greenaway be, to name just a few.
October 31, 2010 at 1:22 am
David Mertz Nah, my two sentence review doesn't get the sin of Eastwood. I like artsy, surrealist, experimental indulgence. Or at least I CAN like it, such as in those directors you mention. But there is something different between pushing edges artistically and just failing in formulaic stories out of self-indulgence.
October 31, 2010 at 1:31 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Peter Greenaway: how artsy, middle-class people can watch soft porn respectably.
October 31, 2010 at 2:01 am
Scott Singer I think Eastwood is way over-rated as a director. Actors like him though.
October 31, 2010 at 9:14 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: In Greenaway's "A Pillow Book" you even get to see Ewan McGregor's willy.
October 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: well, that is one comfort. Quite a big comfort, actually.
October 31, 2010 at 1:46 pm
David Mertz The restaurant I ate at last night had a sharps disposal box mounted in the restroom. It should be noted that this WAS in the Valley. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mgjZK46_uw)
HQ Heroine is so passe
October 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm Everyone
Pete Hurd aren't they for the ever increasing number of diabetics? or am I just naive? The coffee shop on the corner I lived on in Vancouver a few years ago had a blue light in the men's room to make veins unfindable...
October 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Another reason to avoid the Valley.
October 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Sharps disposal facilities are standard in most public toilets and toilets in public buildings here in Oz, but not common in restaurants, although they do have them in most MacDonalds (which aren't restaurants by any reasonable definition). Blue lights now mostly removed because they were counter-productive and inconsistent with harm minimisation principles - better to shoot up in a public toilet at a railway station than in some dark back alley. We do have a medically-supervised and legally-sanctioned injecting room here in Sydney, but only one, despite it being very effective, but they don't serve food, so that doesn't count as a restaurant either. There are needle/syringe exchange programs, however, some mobile operating from vans, as well as in most gaols. But they are very discrete, and don't usually operate in restaurants - you don't hear: "Would Sir like a fresh needle with his chocolate and orange mousse?"
October 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm
David Mertz Curtesy http://graphjam.memebase.com/.
October 29, 2010 at 10:02 am Everyone
Miki Tebeka And if you think otherwise, I have a bridge to sell you ...
October 30, 2010 at 8:07 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Wot, are you saying that a normal email is not completely secure even though I am sending it to just one person via GMail? (Typically incredulous response when one tells someone that emails are less secure than unenveloped postcards.)
October 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm
David Mertz Which reminds me: http://gnosis.cx/davidmertz.pubkey... it's on the keyservers too. Just saying, one *can* write email privately and securely.
October 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm
Sean Reifschneider They do intersect: "That creepy guy". I'm sure we all know one...
October 31, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, the sets of Internet (I) and Privacy (P) are not disjoint. I \ P is the set of people who receive unwanted attention from marketers. I ∩ P is the set of people who receive unwanted attention from three-letter agencies. P \ I just want attention. BB's armchair revolutionary fantasy is that BB ∈ I ∩ P but the reality is more like BB ∈ P \ I
October 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm
David Mertz "No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar." -Donald Foster
October 29, 2010 at 9:30 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist ...as opposed to an academic.
October 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm
Miki Tebeka Including physicians?
October 30, 2010 at 8:00 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann As much as it pains me to say it, you were right about it being Germanic in derivation. I'm going to sit in the corner, hug my knees and cry a little now.
Griselda is a feminine name used in the English, Italian, Spanish, and Germanic languages. According to the 1990 United States Census, the name is 1066th in popularity among females in the United States.
October 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm
David Mertz Friends... if you really are as you claim (or otherwise), see Catfish as soon as possible!
October 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Has someone asked to paint a picture of your haemoglobin tatt?
October 27, 2010 at 5:06 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'll be at the Culver Plaza in an hour to view aforementioned filmstrip.
October 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: were you as beguiled by it as much as Dr Metamertz?
October 28, 2010 at 11:59 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Absolutely. I'm fascinated by the nature of deceit and fraud, so it was particularly interesting to me.
October 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm
David Mertz http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/
BookBook is a one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook Pro. Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, BookBook brings three levels of security to your prized Mac. First, the hardback cover and spine provide solid protection from the rigors of the road. Second, the vinta
October 25, 2010 at 11:11 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Oooh yes! All I need now is a nice new MacBook... A pity that they don't offer a custom version with one's own choice of author and title in gold leaf on the cover and spine. Hmmm, what would one choose if they did?
October 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F691weEVpwc&feature=player_embedded
Extra interview from the Helvetica DVD.
October 19, 2010 at 9:53 am Everyone
David Mertz "All the old fellows stole our best ideas." –Frederic Goudy
October 19, 2010 at 12:48 am Everyone
David Mertz A little cutesy, but actually quite good.
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October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I didn't realise that Americans were so terribly oppressed.
October 20, 2010 at 12:59 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann We are. I mean, we don't even get proper biscuits over here and the tea is TERRIBLE.
October 20, 2010 at 2:27 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Wot, no PG Tips or Yorkshire Tea? No McVitie's Digestives or ginger snaps? Now, THAT is worth whingeing about!
October 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann It's sad. There are specialty shops for obtaining these black market goods, but the thought of forking over $6 for a tiny jar of Marmite makes me want to cry. I would kill for a Chocolate Bourbon or a Mint Viscount. Thankfully, whenever I go back to the bosom of Her Maj I stock up on PG Tips AND Yorkshire tea, so at least I have that covered. Herr Doktor Mertz just DOESN'T understand.
October 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Give Dr Mertz some excellent PG Tips to brew in his V.I. Lenin memorial samovar. One sip and he'll just know that Schumpeter's econometric analysis of the British Empire was correct.
October 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann You're very optimistic. He's terribly stubborn in all things, both caffeine-based and econometric.
October 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm
David Mertz Via Doug Henwood (which surely makes it OK :-))
Allegations of infidelity have dogged Hollywood’s best known cougar/cub couple for months, but insiders say that what’s really pushing Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore apart isn’t love but money. The two are said to have come to blows over the best way to re-start the nation’s sputtering economy.
October 18, 2010 at 12:34 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sign of the Apocalypse No. 32,916: David Mertz comments on the state of Demi and Ashton's marriage.
October 18, 2010 at 12:52 am
David Mertz "I hear a lot of talk from a lot of honkeys , sitting on a lot of money , saying they're the high society." -J.C. Crawford
October 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Why do you hate teh honkeys, ofay?
October 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm
David Mertz Just a Detroit boy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLTFZgy7fbk
October 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Those look like whiteys to me.
October 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm
David Mertz This is where I was in 1967: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12th_Street_riot
October 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Kudos to you for being able to order a beer at a blind pig when you weren't yet 3. You da man.
October 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm
David Mertz Too bad. I really liked his books and his work, and he seemed active and brilliant into recent years.
Dr. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician, developed an innovative theory to study uneven shapes and applied it to physics, biology and many other fields.
October 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist There is a good TED talk by him. He is interesting and charming despite a degree of hubris being apparent, and despite his considerable age. Justifiable hubris, no doubt.
October 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann 102: Berryman. (thanks to David Mertz for the suggestion)
A poem about Dream Song 102: The sunburnt terraces which swans make home: The sunburnt terraces which swans make home with water purling, Macchu Pichu died
October 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Dawn Finley @ the El Rey, with glasses
October 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Ahh, so THESE are the new glasses. Nice.
October 11, 2010 at 3:24 am
David Mertz onion.com
WASHINGTON—A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had "entirely fabricated" ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.
October 8, 2010 at 9:26 am Everyone
Scott Singer They're wrong; we invented Historians. We had to - it was the only thing we could do after having invented God.
October 8, 2010 at 10:33 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Why do I have a hunch the Latinists are behind this?
October 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm
David Mertz "2, 4, 6, 8. Smash the church! Smash the State!"
October 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Here's a ready-made and eminently singable anthem from the 1970s for your new movement - the lyrics need just a little bit of tweaking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tXm7B2bpN8
October 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I love TRB!
October 6, 2010 at 2:31 am
David Mertz www.youtube.com
video killed the radio star
October 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm Everyone
David Mertz "This "c factor" is not strongly correlated with the average or maximum individual intelligence of groupmembers but is correlated with the average social sensitivity of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group."

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October 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
I am voting Republican because...Vote on November 2, 2010
October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am Everyone
Dawn Halloran Charouhas <3 <3 <3
October 4, 2010 at 11:03 am
Leah Rogers Hilarious!
October 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm
David Mertz I guess I'll "go wide" with the offer: One of my LA friends/acquaintances, come join me for Liz Phair this upcoming Friday! I have an extra ticket and have offered it to surprisingly many unavailable candidates :-).
October 4, 2010 at 9:13 am Everyone
Leah Rogers Oh I wish I could go. LOVE Liz.
October 4, 2010 at 9:16 am
David Mertz @Leah: Jump on a plane to LA. I'd love to see you :-).
October 4, 2010 at 9:21 am
Dawn Finley Really? Sounds great!
October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Finally something I want to go to with you, and I'm in San Francisco. Terribly, massively UNFAIR.
October 6, 2010 at 8:35 am
David Mertz www.youtube.com
This is Rep. Alan Grayson explaining the crisis of foreclosure fraud and how it links to the entire securitization chain of Wall Street.
October 3, 2010 at 10:06 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann In light of this, I shall now be telling people we went to go see "As Gay as It Gets" last night.
"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.
October 2, 2010 at 6:45 pm
David Mertz The re-titling of _1984_ is the best, by far.
October 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm
David Mertz I bought from Amazon MP3 last evening the album _Trio_ and John Cage's _Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano_. Of the two, I think Trio more convincingly pushes the minimalism of the high-concept art (I did also watch on Youtube a full orchestral arrangement of 4:33, which was quite good in it's own way).

However, I always must note the delightful comment by a contemporary acquaintance of mine, a German exchange high-school student to Boulder Colorado: "Trio is music for people who are too stupid to listen to real music." What was her name, anyway, perhaps my friends from those ancient days can jog my memory.

I don't really want to choose between these apparently contradictory analyses of Trio. I'd like to take both "stupid" and "high-modernist sophistication" together as a characterization.
Trio was a German band. It formed in the small German town of Großenkneten in 1980. By far, the band is most noted for the song "Da da da, ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha" (usually simply "Da Da Da") which was a hit in 30 countries worldwide.[citation needed] However, to underst...
October 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Highly recommended, and takes up less space than even an emulation of a prepared piano: http://www.polyvalens.com/vl1/index.html
October 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong. Wow! That's a special variety of crazy to have programmed that. It had to be done though.
October 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Though I still have a physical Casio VL-1, which still works. Its rudimentary chicklet piano keyboard was a perfect match for my keyboard skills. It was processed through a Digisound 80 modular synth (see http://www.digisound80.co.uk/digisound/history/history.htm ) - sounded great. I still have the Digisound too, and it still works too, but all the potentiometers have corroded, and it would be a big task to de-solder and replace them. Maybe one day, and then, finally, my career as a star in a synth-pop band will finally take off...
October 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm
David Mertz Maybe Lords of the New Church will go in a new direction now that they've reunited.
October 3, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmm, more likely synth (guitars? pah!) covers of The Church songs (such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-mQyRuHIuA ) - will need to audition for a bagpiper, though.
October 4, 2010 at 12:17 am
David Mertz The Mertz Principle: "There are two principle virtues in which a sentence might engage: seduction and alliteration. Ancillary virtues include truthfulness, effectivity, and artfulness."
September 28, 2010 at 11:25 am Everyone
Danny Yee effectivity?
September 28, 2010 at 11:45 am
David Mertz @Danny: Think J.L. Austin, roughly... or perhaps Niccolò Machiavelli. :-)
September 28, 2010 at 11:50 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann The Thompson-Mann Principle: double-check your drafting when homophones are involved.
September 28, 2010 at 11:59 am
Dawn Halloran Charouhas would that be a life sentence or one that includes the possibility of parole ;) ?
September 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: 2. a fundamental source or basis of something : the first principle of all things was water.
• a fundamental quality or attribute determining the nature of something; an essence : the combination of male and female principles.
• [with adj. ] Chemistry an active or characteristic constituent of a substance, obtained by simple analysis or separation : the active principle in the medulla is epinephrine.

OK, it's true that us Americans are pretty willy-nilly in adjectivizing our nouns.
September 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Nice try, Mertz. Admit you're wrong. It won't hurt too much (this time).

Furthermore, I'm not sure adjectivising nouns isn't just as morally objectionable as verbs backformed from nouns (as is my wont). Consider this one a truce, but you really should do something about that pesky homophone.
September 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: principle and principal MEAN something subtly different here. It's not the firstness but the essentiality I mean. I guess I could use 'fundamental' instead though. There would be a lot of old records to redact if I changed it though.
September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I do understand that, Dr Mertz. I think is an instance where I feel your prose would benefit from more orthodox adjective choice, much like we once tussled over adverb placement. Chacun à son goût and all that.
September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: Actually, I think I'd be happy with 'essential' in place of your disputed adjective. As long as readers promise to read it in an Aristotelian sense rather than as a dumb-ass generic intensifier, that's probably even better. I'll change my .signature.
September 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I think that's a fairly good compromise, if you're willing to overlook the demonstrative adjective I neglected to type.
September 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist When it comes to seduction, I've always found truthiness (as in plausible lies) and artiness (as in affectation) more successful than truthfulness and artfulness, but then, I am not a sentence.
September 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Um, shouldn't sentences engage *with* virtues, not engage *in* virtues? I thought that accepted usage was to engage in an activity, but engage with a thing or person.
September 28, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Alas, alack it evinces but little alliteration and several winces. (I would suggest that internal rhymes, even strained ones, are even better than alliteration.)
September 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Kenan Ercel What about "humour" as a virtue or is that subsumed under "seduction"?
September 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I think virtue *is* an activity. Sort of like Cricket, germ warfare, or writing. One engages IN those things, right?
September 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz @Kenan: I think I endorse your proposed subsumption.
September 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm
David Mertz @Dawn: Parole (french): “voice”, “spoken word.” I think one can speak about sentences. :-)
September 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann @Bennelong: truthiness and artiness -- now available in Sentence Scent AND Fragmentary Flavour.
September 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Only in the USA does one *do* virtue, or not do virtue, so yes, I suppose virtue is an activity where you live. Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, one has a virtue, or one is virtuous (or not, as the case may be), or one does a virtuous act, but no-one ever does or doesn't do virtue.
September 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: It's not so much a matter of being American, I think in my odd preposition, but rather being Spinozistic.
September 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm
David Mertz http://www.kentucky.com/2010/09/28/1453777/atheists-agnostics-most-knowledgeable.html
If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.
September 28, 2010 at 2:22 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm more concerned that you were reading kentucky.com.
September 28, 2010 at 7:25 am
David Mertz wheels.blogs.nytimes.com
James W, Heselden, 62, took over control of Segway earlier this year. According to reports, he steered a Segway off a cliff.
September 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Presciently, my 8 yr old and I made this last weekend (ok, we just followed instructions at nxtprograms.com but we did tweak the control programme...) - fast forward to near the end to see the pre-enactment of his demise (would have been more realistic if we'd tested it on the dining room table): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QShZi5iR1E
September 28, 2010 at 2:05 am
Phoebe Churches my favourite bit is where you start prodding it with your finger...
September 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Yeah, that was part of the pre-enactment: Heselden was riding his Segway, minding his own business (pun intended), when a giant Monty Pythonesque finger descended from the heavens and started to prod him in the back...
September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm
David Mertz "So fuck the FCC / Fuck the FBI / Fuck the CIA / Livin’ in the motherfuckin’ USA" -Steve Earle
September 26, 2010 at 1:43 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I look forward to the updated version of this song by The Day-care Devil Worshippers (that's Dr Mertz' band, right?) which substitutes suitable three letter NYSE symbols for government agency acronyms.
September 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz i sang the backwater blues, rhythm and blues, gospel blues, saint louis blues, crosstown blues, chicago blues, mississippi GODDAMN blues, the watts blues, the harlem,hoe blues, gut-bucket blues, funky chunky blues, i sang the up north cigarette corp blues, the down south sprung out the side of my mouth blues, i sang the blues black, i sang the blues blacker, i sang the blues blackest.
September 21, 2010 at 12:41 am Everyone
David Mertz
September 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist bestows belated wishes for a Happy Birthday on Dr Mertz, whose birthday is a bit too close to the date of Dr Bicyclist's for complete psychological comfort.
September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Martin Blais Prrrrfrffrfrfrffrfrffrrfrfrttttttt. How *dare* you try to hijack my girlfriend's birthday.
September 13, 2010 at 5:40 am
Dawn Finley Hope you had a happy birthday, m'dear, in spite of yourself. xx
September 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm
Carrie Ashendel HBD.
September 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Pete Hurd Hey! Congratulations on making another lap around the star. Best wishes for the next one!
September 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Amela Gunther my best wishes for your birthday david! :)
September 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Leah Rogers Happy birthday!! :)
September 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Cherie DePalma Happy Birthday!!!
September 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Toshi Ozaki Happy Birthday, David!!
September 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Happy birthday! I'll present you with your regulation bottle of Geritol and a boxed set of "Matlock" (on VHS) later this week.
September 12, 2010 at 11:17 am
Susan Jane Urbanski Happy Birthday mon ami!
September 12, 2010 at 10:05 am
Jessica Staheli Many happy returns! :)
September 12, 2010 at 9:57 am
Julie Steele Happy birthday David! Wishing you a great day. :-)
September 12, 2010 at 8:25 am
Jenny Hok Happy birthday, David!!!!!!!!
September 12, 2010 at 7:25 am
Christina Wilson Warm wishes for a happy birthday and a great year ahead, David. xx
September 12, 2010 at 7:12 am
Aisha River Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day:)
September 12, 2010 at 6:14 am
Celeste Thompson Happy Birthday!
September 12, 2010 at 5:12 am
Mike Urbanski Hope you have a Happy Birthday, and a happy every other day as well.
September 12, 2010 at 4:33 am
Scott Singer Happy Birthday!
September 12, 2010 at 2:37 am
David Mertz newsfeed.time.com
For your gift giving consideration: Dub the severely depressed turtle? German toymaker Paraplush has designed a controversial new line of toys with an assortment of psychiatric disorders.
September 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I enjoyed their game at http://www.parapluesch.de/
September 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist But these are cuddlier: http://www.giantmicrobes.com/
September 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm
David Mertz "Nihilism is best done by professionals." -Iggy Pop
September 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I didn't wake up one day and think, "Today I'm going to lead a nihilistic lifestyle." --Nick Cave
September 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Dawn Finley "Walter: No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of." Joel & Ethan Coen, The Big Lebowski
September 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm
David Mertz "Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering." -R. Buckminster Fuller
September 10, 2010 at 12:38 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Surely, we are not alone, but rather each of us, except those at the very edges of society, are connected to six others in a triangular lattice, itself arranged in great circles on the societal dome?
September 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm
David Mertz "Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle." -Heinrich Heine
September 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF1jGcQWic4
September 3, 2010 at 4:14 am
Amela Gunther outstanding! i hope you will not mind if i share it on my status. i cannot resist to this one. hope all is well with you. have been forewer since we talked. stay well. :)
September 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm
David Mertz "I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on
frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond
words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and
respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint" -Hesiod (8th century BCE)
September 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann A classic. Just as good as when I heard it first in the 8th century BCE.
September 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Christina Wilson "get off my lawn!" :)
September 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67U43Z20100831
September 3, 2010 at 4:47 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: "Older people enjoy reading negative stories about young" - Yep, I had seen that lovely research.
September 3, 2010 at 9:33 am
David Mertz Sickening and horrible... and Federal.
Hundreds of passengers are taken into detention each year from domestic trains and buses along the nation’s northern border.
August 30, 2010 at 11:05 am Everyone
Scott Singer maybe not so much "federal" as xenophobic, which is an affliction shared by many with varying stances on decentralization.
August 30, 2010 at 11:43 am
David Mertz @Scott: I mean that strictly in a jurisdictional. The Federal challenge to the xenophobic AZ law was that it violated the supremacy clause (it's worth reading). However, this is the Feds doing the same thing as AZ wanted to, if not worse. No similar challenge and injunction can apply, unfortunately (not to say there are not 4th or 15th Amendment challenges possible, of course).
August 30, 2010 at 11:57 am
Scott Singer Ahhh. Sorry - I'm turning into a reactionary anti-reactionary because of the constant onslaught of reactionary response.
August 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Simma Park @David: No doubt those 4th Amendment challenges will be on the way.
August 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Gee, they never check trains and buses for illegal immigrants here in Oz, even ones that operate close to the border.
August 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: Don't you Ozzies worry about the influx of Kiwis who swim ashore? Dangerous foreign elements!
August 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm
David Mertz @David: Hmm... as much as I meant to make a silly joke about swimming distances, the distance proves to be even quite a bit farther than I had thought. Over 2k km at the closest points, it seems!
August 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist No, the national obsession is with preventing a handful of refugees, mostly from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan or Iraq, from reaching our hallowed shores in leaky boats, despite our UN refugee convention obligations (and the fact that 95% of refugees arrive by aeroplane).
August 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist We gave up trying to hold back the tide of Kiwis long ago, despite the wide and often treacherous waters of the Tasman Sea. They are mostly harmless, though.
August 30, 2010 at 9:23 pm
David Mertz "When liberals purchase tickets to movies made outside of the U.S., they directly fund terrorism."
Democrats hate America. To express their deep-rooted hatred for our country, they pursue any opportunity to buy foreign goods and support evil societies. A key example of this is their admiration for foreign films. Watching films from other countries allows liberals to feel like expatriates for a ...
August 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Jesus wants you to attend film festivals like this: http://www.landoverbaptist.net/showthread.php?p=586656
August 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Martin Blais Jeeeesis!
August 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm
David Mertz http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2009/10/04/129-banksy
Keeping up with art is hard; trips to galleries, enormous books, and costly bi-annual magazines are just a few of the many expenses you will incur during the process of attempting to stay current with art. While the challenge and difficult of this proposition would seem to actually attract more whi...
August 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/23/technology/sal_khan_academy.fortune/
The homemade tutorials of the one-man Khan Academy are sparking a revolution - and Bill Gates and John Doerr are paying close attention.
August 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
The only source of information more reliable than a pack of singing woodland creatures is Glenn Beck.
August 26, 2010 at 9:43 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Glenn Beck? Surely you mean Glen Belt?
August 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm
David Mertz Great lecture!

Excerpt: "The human race has susceptibility to harm but Mr. Zuckerberg has attained an unenviable record: he has done more harm to the human race than anybody else his age."

The Software Freedom Law Center provides legal representation and other law related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software.
August 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz Also discusses why YOU SHOULD RUN an open wireless router. See the part 2 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpHWnHxmnXg
August 23, 2010 at 12:04 am
David Mertz Also more great stuff in the Q&A in the second part of the video (unfortunately not covered in the transcript): ISP lockups; the history of PGP; why the FSF will solve Big Brother on your behalf; etc.
August 23, 2010 at 12:12 am
Bennelong Bicyclist It is amazing what people will happy contribute to the success of Mr Zuckerman's IPO. I've even seen a whole photo essay on someone's tatts, although I can't recall who.
August 23, 2010 at 6:41 am
Martin Blais That was indeed an amazing presentation!
August 23, 2010 at 9:02 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Surely you don't mean me! I only give away all of my privacy and creative spirit to Messrs. Page and Brin. :-)
August 23, 2010 at 9:33 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Having taken your advice to run an open wireless router, the other person who occasionally comes to my house and uses my internet it has expressed his doubts that it will not affect my download speeds (and some disgust that he had to log into the network again). Any useful ripostes?
August 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: I remember when I first read that anti-freedom claptrap, back when it was called the Statute of Merton. Kids these days have no sense of history! (I blame it on the poor schooling U.Cambridge provides)
August 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Yes, I have to give the edge to Oxford these days in the Oxbridge stakes, though I still take umbrage at the OUP's barbaric insistence on the American form of spelling.
August 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm
David Mertz "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -Cardinal Richelieu
August 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz Some while ago there was a FB chain-letter going around about listing musicians seen (that was "list 50"; the attached is more, to be expanded as my mind stumbles on memories). Publishing in the walled-garden of FB seems silly, but somehow I got on the kick of trying to remember some.

I'm sure I have missed a great number of musicians that I have seen in this first brush. Perhaps some friends with whom I went to some of them will embarrass me pleasantly by commenting "how could you have forgotten that great band [whatever] that we saw together?!"
August 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Epiphanic, indeed.
August 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm
David Mertz “The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class” -Jack London
August 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Throw them to the wolves! (Boom boom)
August 23, 2010 at 6:50 am
David Mertz www.telegraph.co.uk
An English professor claims she was thrown out of Starbucks after refusing to use the chain’s corporate language, in a dispute that will strike a chord with anyone who has balked at ordering a “grande” or “venti” coffee.
August 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Deity-du-jour bless her! This must happen a lot. The one time I ventured into a Starbucks here in Sydney, I got into a spat with the very bolshy salesperson because I asked for a "medium soy latte please". Her response was "We don't have medium, just grande, do ya want that?" "No, just a medium-sized latte please." "You have to say Grande". "OK, a GRAN-DAY please, with one Equal." "No, you have to add the sweetener yourself." "But can't you put it in the cup when you add the milk?" "I thought you said you wanted soy." "Yes, soy milk." "No, you can have soy OR milk." She finally managed to enter my order into the computer, despite her 10 centimetre fingernail extensions, so that the dyslexic barista standing right next to her could then proceed to make me a flat white...

And the coffee was truly appalling.
August 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm
Scott Singer I always order a small - this confuses them because it's a short and it's not on their menu, but they have it. It's fun because they'll insist a tall is a small; it's also fun because sometimes I'm bored and petty.
August 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @Singer: Only sometimes?
August 18, 2010 at 12:01 am
Scott Singer only sometimes bored
August 18, 2010 at 12:06 am
Paris Finley Officious twit in charge, I'm guessing. I order "small" and the clerks at our Hadley Barnes & Noble Starbucks never lecture or correct me.
August 18, 2010 at 5:25 am
David Mertz Please don't let my lovely back-formation be hapax legomena: use the neologism 'p-book' widely (and ideally, with credit to me). Do it for the children; don't let the terrorists win!
August 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky P-books are so last week. I want my Kindle.
August 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm
David Mertz By the way, I certainly don't want any of you too-smart-for-your-own-good friends to claim my retronym is someone else's coinage. The mere fact that Tara McKelvey, may have used it in _USA Today_ on August 30, 2000 should surely not diminish my mimetic royalty payments.
August 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Wouldn't "p-book" be better termed an anachronologism, rather than a neologistic back-formation? Or perhaps the "p" is not short for "paper", but rather "photonic"? Or am I being obtuse, and it really stands for "picture"? I am quite fond of those.
August 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmm, maybe "p" stands for "python".... hey, I once read a really fabulous λbook but I just can't recall its title...

And if you've always wanted to read "À la recherche du temps perdu" but can't spare the time, then try it in Σbook format...

August 17, 2010 at 12:11 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Ok, I give up, why lambda and sigma?
August 17, 2010 at 12:28 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Just my random and rather lame thought-association processes:

p-book->python-book->lambda functions->lambda-book->anonymous.

Capital sigma-book -> mathematical symbol for sum -> summary version of a very long novel.

August 17, 2010 at 4:23 am
Bennelong Bicyclist δbook: different on every reading
August 17, 2010 at 4:33 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Well, I thought you probably meant that lambda (although the connection is still vague in my mind), and even refreshed my memory about the Y-combinator following down that winding path. I think there might be a joke near there about Borges' Library of Babel holding a collection of Y-books.
August 17, 2010 at 10:30 am
David Mertz Mostly I figure my friends can browse HuffPo themselves. But this one seems particularly right:

'The whole Iran nuclear issue is about Israel retaining exclusive control of that tool. Regional hegemony. Nothing more. Nothing less.'
The reason Israel is so vehement about the possibility of an Iranian bomb is not because Iran would use it but because, just like Israel, it would then have the ultimate "don't f--k with us" tool.
August 16, 2010 at 10:15 am Everyone
David Mertz "These kids are getting sick at school but not at home," he said."I'm
not saying it's because of the Wi-Fi because we don't know yet, but I've
pretty much eliminated every other possible source."


A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children's schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.
August 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz Because, y'know, in Barre no one has WiFi in their homes, malls, restaurants, cafes, libraries, etc... just at school.
August 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist And no-one, especially not their kids, uses a cell phone, because cell phones emit radio frequency radiation with a field strength in your brain about a million times higher than a WiFi access point.
August 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I put it down to the RFID chips that the socialist government there has been implanting in forearms overnight. They've rolled out the programme beginning with the children of Barrie; the chips are then activated upon entering the school gates in an attempt at mind control (brains flooded with images of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, which in turn causes, understandably, the symptoms of which the children complain). Upon leaving the school, the chips are deactivated and the illness subsides.

It's a cautionary tale from our friends (friends? HA!) from the North. And for this, know that it is our moral imperative to RESIST SOCIALISM in its manifold and nefarious forms. God Bless America!
August 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Stephen Harper and his Canadian Conservative Party are actually socialists?!? Those Reds are more clever than anyone suspected!
August 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Of course they're socialists! Everyone down here knows everyone up there is, simply by dint of birth. It's not like they even have a choice in the matter, which is very sad. :( That's why the dissidents come down south on the Capitalist Underground Railroad where they can express their love of the markets unfettered, and without the intrusion of the nanny state and those death panels.
August 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: Oh, I'm sure that the parents have precisely determined that a microwatt of 2.4 GHz has terrible effects that a milliwatt of 1.8 GHz or 2.1 GHz doesn't.
August 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm
David Mertz There was also a case I read about in Britain somewhere of a number of townies deciding they had "radio frequency sensitivity" and protested to the town council about how the new municipal wifi was causing them weird health problems. It came out during the hearings that the ISP contracts had not actually turned on the relay stations yet, the plans had just been discussed in the local media... that's how RF sensitive they are: the future radio waves are giving them these terrible symptoms.
August 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann The British are always 20 minutes into the future, everyone knows that.
August 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @Mertz Yes, a sort of Hawthorne effect, where the mere possibility of being WiFi-ed has an (adverse) effect.
August 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero @mertz: It's not the wi-fi, it's the use of tachyon emissions to boost wi-fi range (a practice introduced back in 2016) that's causing the british problem.
August 16, 2010 at 12:48 am
Jeffrey Adler Unfortunately, tinfoil hats don't block the radiation, but amplify it.
August 16, 2010 at 5:06 am
Sean Reifschneider Thinking back to when I was in school, I also got headaches and other symptoms mentioned in this instance, and WiFi wasn't even close to existing back then. But nobody took me seriously that I was alergic to school.
August 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Jack Red Diederich It reminds me of the guy who proved - statistically! and with numbers! - that living downwind of a nuclear plant cooling stack was correlated with higher cancer rates. Unfortunately he didn't take into account that wind is reported in the direction it blows from, and not the direction it blows towards.
August 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @Red-under-bed: reminds me of a perhaps apocryphal story I heard about an environmental health research unit in the UK, which in the 1980s fed detailed data about cancer cases in Blighty into a supercomputer (a ferociously idiosyncratic vacuum-tube-powered 10-bit Ferranti or ICL machine, no doubt) in an attempt to discover clusters of cancer around Windscale and other decrepit British nuclear facilities. After several months of intensive computation, it spat out a whole lot of potential clusters. These were eagerly plotted on a large map by the excited research staff, until it dawned on them that the computer had successfully identified the location of every major town in the country - they had forgotten to include data on background population density, and not surprisingly, the computationally-expensive clustering algorithm had determined that cancer cases occurred more often where people live, as opposed to where they don't live.
August 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Carl Trachte Yeah, Jack, you probably don't believe that space aliens are trying to abduct us then kill us either. Sheesh, everyone knows that every conspiracy theory is true . . .
August 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm
David Mertz My new favorite song :-):
I hate the radio...
August 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm Everyone
David Mertz And also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijr4rwb2WbE
August 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Philological parody pop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBKCym-ERyY
August 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm
David Mertz At 81 yo, Taylor continues to be incredible and original on his "88 tuned drums."
Cecil Taylor @ North Sea Jazz Fest, Rotterdam, 10-07-09. You can hear the clicks of idiot so called 'professional' photographers going off throughout this - it seems the qualifications for being an official photographer at jazz fests is to be an inconsiderate arse with no respect for audience of ...
August 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm Everyone

Good article that I a couple years ago. Excerpt: "Paraphrasing J. Robert Oppenheimer’s haunting words upon the first successful test of the atomic bomb, my friend Daniel Rosenthal quipped: “John is become tattoo, infringer of works.”

August 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools." -August Bebel
August 13, 2010 at 10:27 am Everyone
David Mertz I'm looking at you, Target boycotters.
August 13, 2010 at 10:28 am
Scott Singer sorry, I'm at work, therefor my intellect is impaired, and I need more explanation
August 13, 2010 at 11:02 am
David Mertz @Scott: Sometimes a good and properly radical impulse can be perverted by an unsubtle appreciation of social realities.
August 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm
David Mertz 'In Merrill’s case, although the letter’s gag order “was totally clear that they were saying that I couldn’t speak to a lawyer” about it ...'
The owner of an internet service provider who mounted a high-profile court challenge to a secret FBI records demand has finally been partially released from
August 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm Everyone
David Mertz And: "The Obama administration has been seeking to expand the FBI’s power to demand internet activity records of customers without court approval or suspicion of wrongdoing. If granted, the data sought without a court order could expand to include web browser and search history, and Facebook friend requests."

August 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm
David Mertz Fabulous concert. Surprise special guests included Peter Case, Lucinda Williams, Doug Pettibone, Ryan Bingham, and Sheila E. (also lots of Escoveda family members).
Photos by David Mertz, Aug 12, 2010
August 12, 2010 at 10:18 am Everyone
David Mertz Also opener and on-stage guest Amy Wood; and opener TD Lind. And Miss Melvis ripped guitar, but I'm having trouble finding good bio of her.
August 12, 2010 at 10:21 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky I think it was Amy Cook, not Amy Wood. Great show.
August 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm
David Mertz blog.okcupid.com
If you're anything like me, you usually think of your pics in terms of content: Here's me smiling. Here's me looking tough. Here's me in Hawaii with that wacky turtle. And so on. Today, however, we'll analyze photography from a numerical angle—we'll discuss flash, focus, and aperture instead. We fee...
August 11, 2010 at 10:53 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Good to know that point about iPhone users.
August 11, 2010 at 10:56 am
David Mertz iPhone owners are sluts! Helpful to know.
August 11, 2010 at 10:58 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Hmmmmph. We're not slutty, just friendly. Android users are apparently prudes, on the other hand.
August 11, 2010 at 11:01 am
Pete Hurd ummmm, is there an app that will show me who the iphone users are in a crowd? Just asking...
August 11, 2010 at 11:50 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann If there's a Simulated EMF Reader app already, I'm sure there's an iSlut app at least in the works.
August 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Jennifer Wilkinson "Interesting point regarding the amount of sex users have, related to the type of smartphone they use. However, I do not think that sex with themselves should count, in which case, I am sure the iPhone user average would plummet."
August 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hitherto, never have so many small objects been so delicately and lovingly tapped and stroked so often by so many fingertips.
August 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXfXuk6aWJc&feature=player_embedded
Like all television and movies the illuminati have an obligation to worn the ignorant public of there activities. If you are already conditioned to view this as entertainment or enter-tam-Mind then you will miss the message. Only those who are aware of the tools being used to implement Martial Law...
August 10, 2010 at 11:08 am Everyone
David Mertz Looking for a link to this song: http://www.feederz.com/MP3/Jesus.mp3
August 10, 2010 at 10:51 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc&feature=related
music video TV-rip
August 10, 2010 at 10:26 am Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.
August 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm Everyone
David Mertz "A word carries far, very far, deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space." -Joseph Conrad
August 8, 2010 at 12:54 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Calumny causes continuing calamity?
August 8, 2010 at 1:11 am
David Mertz www.huffingtonpost.com
Newsweek writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has returned an award he received in 2005 from the Anti-Defamation League over the Jewish group's stance on the Ground Zero mosque. Zakaria said that he was "delighted" to receive the ADL Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize in 2005, but that ...
August 7, 2010 at 11:47 am Everyone
Toshi Ozaki David, did you see this?
August 7, 2010 at 11:51 am
Pete Hurd Toshi... wow... irony fail.

FWIW just finished reading this, it felt relevant, and entertainingly learningy too http://gotmedieval.blogspot.com/2010/08/professor-newts-distorted-history.html
August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm
David Mertz "Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks." -Just sayin'
August 6, 2010 at 12:20 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Yum, labour. I try to suck a little of its blood as frequently as possible.
August 6, 2010 at 1:32 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Where's Buffy when you need her?
August 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann In the hell mouth, protecting anarcho-syndicalists from the likes of capitalist vampires like me.
August 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Anarcho-syndicalists only need protection from themselves...
August 8, 2010 at 12:29 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sez you. Us horrible crypto-capitalists have our ways of breaking them down ante-bite
August 8, 2010 at 4:27 am
David Mertz nymag.com
A source who has seen the decision tells us that
August 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm Everyone
David Mertz Unfortunately, I think Walker overreaches on factual finding. The Ninth Circuit seems likely to apply a "rational basis" test rather than "strict scrutiny" which makes Walker's facts non-relevant. A good analysis is at: http://volokh.com/2010/08/05/more-on-whether-the-facts-matter-in-perry-v-schwarzenegger/
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August 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm
David Mertz Republicans against the 14th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment is fast becoming the latest front in America’s bitter immigration debate. Key GOP senators, led by South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, have suggested repealing a clause that gives automatic citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil. Instead, they propose denying citizenship to the chil...
August 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm Friends and Networks
Simma Park I saw this earlier today and was all WTF.
August 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Janell Rothenberg funny coverage on daily show about this last night
August 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann One would think, given the demographics of the last election, they would be more inclined to push for the repeal of the 26th Amendment.
August 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: Demographically speakin, the Republicans aren't really that fond of the 19th Amendment either.
August 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm
David Mertz On the other hand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Latimer_Felton
August 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Yes, I've found that to be (unsurprisingly) true, especially for us uppity left-leaning poppets.
August 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I said LEFT-LEANING. Goodness, that woman was an abomination, despite her push for universal suffrage.
August 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: There is SO MUCH allegorical–and historical–significance to the fact that Felton was the first woman in the US Senate. The dark underside of 1st wave feminism and all that. One might think of Carrie Nation and the WCTU here similarly. It's not so surprising the Tea Baggers have so many prominent women in their ranks.
August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann A very interesting point about First Wave feminism, and one that is often overlooked. I recall that there was resistance amongst some of the leaders of the Women's Suffrage movement to allow their African-American sisters to take part as full participants in rallies and marches, and that the movement was less radical than its successor in the 60s and 70s.

Care to expand on your thoughts on female Tea Baggers?
August 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Paris Finley If the left were seeking to change the Constitution (they are--popular vote election of the president), the right would accuse them of "being know-it-alls who think they are superior to the Founding Fathers." But if the right seeks to change the Constitution, they are "dealing with a problem not foreseen by the writers of the Constitution."
August 5, 2010 at 9:04 am
David Mertz techdirt.com
proxy318 points us to a recent post at mthruf.com, which shows the letter the Campbell Soup Company sent Andy Warhol concerning his famous paintings of their soup cans in 1964:
August 4, 2010 at 12:32 am Everyone
David Mertz "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." -Oscar Wilde
August 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson wotta wag.
August 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm
David Mertz I like this as well: "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." (and much else of Wilde's quips).
August 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Obligatory Python reference: http://www.phespirit.info/montypython/oscar_wilde.htm
August 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Very often, I don't understand what you're saying!
August 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm
David Mertz Is that you, J.Edgar, back from the grave?

A row has broken out between Wikipedia and the FBI over the use of the agency logo.
August 3, 2010 at 9:17 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist J. Edgar who? Voracious litigants!
August 4, 2010 at 2:19 am
David Mertz "Its called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." -George Carlin
August 1, 2010 at 10:46 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Saw a film about dreams last night starring Michael Caine and some Leonardo chap.
August 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm
David Mertz OK, it's going around, and this blurb/summary isn't too terrible. Obviously, Engels still got it right--and more right than this--in the 1880s with _The Origin of Family, Private Property and the State_. But this isn't terribly wrong, and is only minorly reductionist in that usual "evolutionary psychology" (sociobiology) way.
Seismic cultural shifts about 10,000 years ago rendered the true story of human sexuality so subversive and threatening that for centuries, it has been silenced by religious authorities, pathologized by physicians, studiously ignored by scientists and covered up by moralizing therapists.
July 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann It's been a topic of much argument on one of the boards I'm on. I've argued in favour of something closer to serial monogamy, punctuated by periods of heterogamy. Given the nature of the board, where most people are married, there has been a lot of resistance to the idea that we may (and almost certainly aren't) built for one person forever and ever amen. But there are more than a few voices that have said as well that what we choose for ourselves may be against our real nature.
August 1, 2010 at 12:33 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sorry, I meant may NOT be built. Stupid iPhone.
August 1, 2010 at 12:34 am
Bennelong Bicyclist I think that the standard "just-so story" criticism of evolutionary sociobiology applies here, regardless of whether it is arguments for polygamy, monogamy or mahogany* which are being advanced.

* Amateur carpentry as alternative pastime to actual or merely theatrical gamete combinatorics.
August 2, 2010 at 1:13 am
David Mertz "God is always on the side of the big battalions." -Voltaire
July 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Baudelaire's corollary: "Military commanders should take care not to be out-flanked by a deity."
July 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann God might be on the side of the big battalions, but evil is often on the side of the cute.

Unless we're talking about Steve Jobs, who has evil on his side without being demonstrably cute.
August 1, 2010 at 12:38 am
David Mertz "Secretary Gates could have used his time, as other nations have done, to announce a broad inquiry into these killings," the statement said. "He could have announced specific criminal investigations into the deaths we have exposed. He could have announced a panel to hear the heartfelt dissent of U.S. soldiers, who know this war from the ground. He could have apologized to the Afghani people."

"But he did none of these things. He decided to treat these issues and the countries affected by them with contempt. Instead of explaining how he would address these issues, he decided to announce how he would suppress them."
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday that he was disappointed by criticism from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates over the release of about 76,000 pages of U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan.
July 30, 2010 at 10:02 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist People who have had dealings with Assange in the past have described him as a rather precious (in the pejorative sense), pedantic, proselytising prat, an impression not entirely dispelled by this interview with him on TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_assange_why_the_world_needs_wikileaks.html

But pejoratively precious, pedantic, proselytising prats do have their purposes, if you'll pardon the alliteration.
July 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Naturally I can't reveal the sources of those assessments of Assange's character.

Of course, those assessments are retrospective, and thus they may constitute an instance of meta-tall-poppy syndrome (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tall_poppy_syndrome for a helpful cultural note).
July 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Ahhh, the tall poppy syndrome. Well known to those of us who have done our time in the trenches of Britain. Should we be happy the colonials know not of this?
August 1, 2010 at 12:44 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Tall poppies are regularly pruned with great relish and popular acclaim in this particular British colony.
August 1, 2010 at 1:04 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Having escaped from the smothering bosom of Her Maj only a scant three years ago, I relish the opportunities now to raise my poppy head high without fear of reprisal. Even when the bloom is plumped up with egotism, semi-ignorance and bluster, as it seems this is the way amongst these heathens.
August 1, 2010 at 1:12 am
Bennelong Bicyclist A rather good story on Assange and WikiLeaks filmed during the lead up to the Afghan release screened on Australian TV tonight - it can be viewed in full at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/600647/n/Inside-WikiLeaks
August 1, 2010 at 6:18 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: re "precious, pedantic, proselytising"... um, didn't we already know he was Aussie from his accent? :-)
August 1, 2010 at 9:45 am
Bennelong Bicyclist What accent? I didn't notice any accent. That's exactly how I speak, and I would take great offence at any suggestion that I am precious (pejorative sense), or the least bit pedantic.
August 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I hear that the Australian Defence Department have just placed an urgent order fo multiple copies of TPiP: http://www.smh.com.au/world/australian-weapons-found-in-hands-of-taliban-wikileaks-reveals-20100801-111lj.html
August 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky @Bennelong: re"precious, pedantic, proselytising" ... I found Assange very attractive in the TED interview, but when you pointed out that he was "precious, pedantic and proselytising" I figured I've already got one of those at home (minus the accent, of course).
August 2, 2010 at 11:31 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MaryAnn: LOL!

And yes, I could well have added "possessingly pulchritudinous" to my list of Assange attributes Definitely a studmuffin of steganography.

August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist This is better than any airport bookshop/Hollywood political thriller:



And @MaryAnn, yup, the more they go after Assange, the more gorgeous he seems. I'm going to the hairdresser this afternoon to get my hair cut just like his (it is almost the right shade, au naturel, and easily long enough). And I must practice speaking sotto voce in my best baritone (I already have the accent down pat without even having to try...). That merely leaves the issue of losing a few kilograms in order to emulate his ectomorphism. Um, quite a few kilograms.

August 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Jane Salmon One simply has to find some sad comms officer willing to dump the night's Pine Gap traffic onto a mini drive.
August 3, 2010 at 6:33 am
David Mertz Well written indeed. A bit long for folks who didn't read Hitchens throughout the 1980s perhaps, but a sad retrospective, largely told in the words of the fallen traitor himself.
Permit me, as the English say, to declare an interest. I was first told the story of the death of Yvonne Hitchens by her oldest son on the weekend of April 8, 1989. Christopher and his wife, Eleni, put us up at their house in Washington on our way to an abortion rights march. Abortion was a touchy s...
July 30, 2010 at 12:59 am Everyone
David Mertz Dean has proved a really good thinker and attorney since that bit of nastiness he was involved in in the early 1970s. :-)
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July 30, 2010 at 12:13 am Everyone
Kenan Ercel Dean doesn't make a convincing case against suing FOX. All he says is that it might get ugly and that there are no significant damages to claim thanks to NAACP backtracking quickly. Yet he says he would have taken legal action himself and would have enjoyed it very much with the caveat that he has legal experience/training--as if Sherrod would go it alone without any legal assistance, were she to sue FOX. Why doesn't Dean represent Sherrod if he really believes that "the reward would be holding them accountable for even nominal damages and making their lives miserable"?
July 30, 2010 at 10:32 am
David Mertz @Kenan: I don't think Dean is so unequivocal as saying Sherrod "should not" sue. He just raises some reasonable likely difficulties in such a suit. It would indeed be pretty fabulous if Dean offered to act as counsel, though I suspect a number of other prominent lawyers would also be willing to pro bono.
July 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Kenan Ercel "Overall, Shirley Sherrod Would Be Wise Not to Sue Anyone Over The Incident " If that is not saying "shouldn't", then it is pretty close. What I found a little strange is that Dean unequivocally says he would have pursued legal action had he been the target of this slander (and with much joy), but then turns around and says Sherrod would be wise not to because it might get rough. It is this "I would have but she better not" part that sounds incongruous to me.
July 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I think Dean's argument here is that he would be able to draw upon his own vast experience, knowledge and advocacy skills to do this for himself. Given that bringing such an action would bring upon the plaintiff considerable drains on resources (time, money, reputation), one who could do that for himself without compromising his own position would be best placed to pursue a case in these circumstances. Dean can; Sherrod cannot.
July 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Kenan Ercel If "Dean can, Sherrod cannot", then maybe Dean should. Otherwise Dean is just saying "life is unfair," which I don't think Sherrod needs to be reminded of. If I were Sherrod, I would find this a bit annoying: "I could have taught those scoundrels a good lesson, but you better not try--or try at your own peril".
July 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm
David Mertz
Th "Target is anti-gay" story amounts to less than the buzz seems to be making it out as. I don't think Target did well in its donation, but here's the actual story, which involves a lot of guilt-by-association rather than direct politics of the corporation...
July 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Surely no self-respecting person of a homosexual persuasion would be seen dead wearing anything from Target?
July 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Phoebe Churches ahem - their boys wear is very lesbian friendly
July 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I'm a lumberjack and that's OK? Gotta love their check flannel shirts and desert boots...
July 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann You're overlooking their Mizrahi diffusion line, a common enough mistake.
July 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm
David Mertz A Tory telling the truth! I fleetingly like him... we'll see.
Prime minister intervenes in Middle East dispute and hopes Turkey can stop Iran's nuclear weapons programme
July 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Cameron's all right, as Tories go, and he's spot on in his analysis here. It's some of the older guard at the fringes of power within his government that trouble me -- and I hope that the presence of Clegg and the other Lib Dems in the Cabinet will go some way towards neutralising that influence.
July 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist "... Promise was that I /
Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver; /
Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him /
Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves ..."
--Milton, _Samson Agonistes_

July 28, 2010 at 2:28 am
Bennelong Bicyclist "Corporal Clegg umbrella in the rain /
He's never been the same /
No one is to blame /
Corporal Clegg received his medal in a dream /
From Her Majesty the queen /
His boots were very clean."
--Pink Floyd, _Corporal Clegg_, on "A Saucerful of Secrets".
July 28, 2010 at 2:37 am
David Mertz He seems even more cool than I knew from his work:
Produced by Mooncusser Films and directed by Christopher Seufert. See project updates at http://www.EdwardGorey.net
July 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm Everyone
David Mertz Says Wikipedia: "Although Gorey's books were popular with children, he did not associate with children much and had no particular fondness for them. Gorey never married, professed to have little interest in romance, and never discussed any specific romantic relationships in interviews. In the book The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, published after Gorey's death, his friend Alexander Theroux reported that when Gorey was pressed on the matter of his sexual orientation, he said that even he was not sure whether he was gay or straight."
July 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm
David Mertz loves Wikileaks more every day than the last.

And if anyone else is fond of freedom, run a Freenet node! (http://freenetproject.org)
The Free Network Project : A Distributed Anonymous Information Storage and Retrieval System
July 26, 2010 at 10:11 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Heard on the radio last night while I was driving home about the Afghan war documents being leaked through Wikileaks and immediately thought, David would approve.
July 26, 2010 at 10:25 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Assange is reputed to sleep with a copy of TPiP under his pillow...
July 27, 2010 at 4:19 am
David Mertz How on earth did the Obama campaign miss the opportunity to use Fear's song
"Let's Have a War" in its ads (surely Lee Ving didn't refuse to license it)?!

Let's have a war!
Sell the rights to the networks!
Let's have a war!
General Motors get fat like last time!
Let's have a war!
Give guns to the queers!
Let's have a war!
The enemy's within!
July 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm Everyone
David Mertz I heard this on the radio, which is a very clever cover. As much as I found the Blu Cantrell original rather reprehensible in lyrical worldview, I always found it confessedly catchy. I like this Americana Roots cover even better.
Carolina Chocolate Drops performing "Hit' Em Up Style" at WDVX's Blue Plate Special. For more information on Carolina Chocolate Drops please visit www.carolinachocolatedrops.com. For more information on WDVX's Blue Plate Special please visit www.wdvx.com.For more Blue Plate Special videos please vis...
July 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz I really like this band! I hadn't heard of them an hour ago, but have been spending the last while perusing the videos of them performing on Youtube. Check them out.
July 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Heard an interview with them on NPR about 4 months back -- I hadn't realised that African-American fiddle music was once common in bluegrass.
July 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm
David Mertz "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine
/ Meltin' in a pot of thieves / Wild card up my sleeve / Thick
heart of stone / My sins my own / They belong to me, me" -Patti
July 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann As I already stated earlier tonight, Superman died for MY sins. I'm pretty cool with that. I always preferred Lex Luthor anyway.
July 23, 2010 at 1:22 am
David Mertz I saw that, that's what got Patti Smith in my mind.
July 23, 2010 at 1:25 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm pretty sure Patti Smith also has superpowers.
July 23, 2010 at 1:29 am
Susan Jane Urbanski This song still gives me goosebumps.
July 23, 2010 at 6:22 am
Cheryl Ann Fillekes G-L-O-R-I-AAAAy-AAY-AYY-AYA

July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am
Sean Reifschneider Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong / There were protest singers there singing a protest song. -- Dire Straits
July 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Martin Blais Who's that Jeesis guy again?
July 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm
David Mertz http://www.humanistsofutah.org/2002/WhyCantIOwnACanadian_10-02.html
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open lett...
July 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm Everyone
Pete Hurd There's some awesome stuff in here too... http://people.virginia.edu/~jmk9t/DrLaura/
July 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm
David Mertz Yeah, I was going to add that link. But the source I found for the old schtick didn't mention Kauffman as the alleged source (just a semi-anonymous "Jim") so I didn't figure a disclaimer on misattribution was needed. I did see the link on your page first, Pete, but decided to find an external source rather than the FB Notes copy of it that a friend of yours had put up. Not to say the web source is the origin, of course, but it feels a bit more "documentary" of the "meme" (gosh I hate that word--damn you Dawkins--but it seems to work here).
July 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm
Pete Hurd ahhh, I ought to have checked the attribution on the version you posted!

The Kaufman thing, I read the intro, and thought, "yeah yeah... hand wringing about people using my name", then thought I'd read the first page of "Chapter 4 people" and after reading the first couple of pages... ok, ouf...
July 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm
Christina Wilson this is great _Jeopardy_ trivia. "I'll take barbaric laws of the Hebrew Bible for $1200, Alex." also, laura schlessinger is a scourge upon humanity.
July 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm
David Mertz gawker.com
Independent candidates for Wisconsin's state assembly are allotted five words on the ballot to explain themselves. Milwaukee's Ieshuh Griffin went with the classic, "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch.'" (They're so focus-grouped, these days.) Why would the state election board reject this?
July 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz This RSAnimate series as a whole seems to do amazing graphic accompaniments to already brilliant intellectual's talks.
In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane? This is based on a lecture at the RSA (www.theRSA.org).
July 22, 2010 at 11:27 am Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.
July 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm Everyone
John Benediktsson This is a fantastic presentation!
July 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann For a change, 10 minutes of my life not wasted on YouTube.
July 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm
David Mertz abcnews.go.com
Edwin Kagan is one of atheism's premiere provocateurs, and he's willing to go to great lengths to make his point. That point is not necessarily to prove there is no God but rather that no matter what your religion, or lack thereof, each person has the right to say or do what he or she wants, provide...
July 21, 2010 at 10:01 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann It really wasn't that uncomfortable when I had it done, but it did leave a few scorch marks. They were easily covered up with a decent foundation, though. I recommended he go easier on the heat in the future, hence the presence of a diffuser on that dryer in the pic.
July 21, 2010 at 11:37 am
David Mertz "No one can earn a million dollars honestly." -William Jennings Bryan
July 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmm, perhaps the degree of honesty associated with earning one million dollars is inversely proportional to the time it takes to earn it?
July 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm
David Mertz Bryan was American though, so really it's just that it's not possible to earn AU$1.138.950 honestly.

Actually, I thought about what the change in value was since he said the quote, probably around the 1920s. If we can trust http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_dollar#Value, then it looks like it's more like US$10M that is automatically ill-acquired.
July 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist $10M sounds about right. The US doesn't have a monopoly on dishonest capitalism, although I concede it may be a world leader in that respect.
July 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm
David Mertz It actually does sound about right. I think "honest" but well-compensated professionals (doctors, lawyers, fancy tech consultants like me) might earn an annual amount in the $100k-$200k range. Which puts $10M out of reach for lifetime earning... and everyone past that definitely strikes me as suspiciously nefarious.
July 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero David, never underestimate the power of compound interest. :)
July 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm
Sean Reifschneider Anything that 100 businessmen agree on is not illegal.
July 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Martin Blais Zzzzzzzzzzz '...llion' HUH, hmm, ... huh, what? Did I hear "million"? Where's the money?
July 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm
Miki Tebeka I can, I just chose not to :)
July 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm
David Mertz www.youtube.com
July 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm Everyone
David Mertz Right now we're at war with the Taliban and the Muslims and our boys are over there fighting and dying for our freedom. What would it be likeif they come home and found out we just let them in the front door?" -- Karen Fesini, resident of the Temecula Valley.
The religious center is embraced by the area's interfaith council but opposed by a group calling itself Concerned Community Citizens
July 18, 2010 at 10:30 am Everyone
David Mertz So sad.
July 18, 2010 at 10:34 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Concerned Community Citizens might wish to gleen some very creative arguments from this site, which helpfully makes its contents under a Creative Commons licence: http://camden-islamic-school-protest.wikispaces.com/
July 19, 2010 at 5:03 am
Jane Salmon Yep.
July 19, 2010 at 5:35 am
David Mertz www.stumbleupon.com
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.guardian.co.uk
Women's groups describe Vatican's decision on female ordination as 'appalling'
July 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson the folks at _the onion_ couldn't have written a better decree satirizing the RCC. nice one, vatican!
July 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Surely the Wiccan faith is a better choice for ladies who wish to practice witchcraft?
July 16, 2010 at 4:35 am
Susan Jane Urbanski You gotta love that Raztenberger. He's the Major of Doucheldorf.
July 16, 2010 at 5:11 am
David Mertz Global distribution of military expenditures in 2009
July 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson USA! USA! USA! oh, wait....
July 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Self-defence-in-depth?
July 16, 2010 at 4:19 am
David Mertz "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before... He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way." - Kurt Vonnegut
July 14, 2010 at 9:00 am Everyone
Christina Wilson Oh, Uncle Kurt. So wise.
July 14, 2010 at 10:05 am
David Mertz I can't really endorse this, since this horrible site accused one of my old blog posts of resembling Dan Brown. However, in its defense, it claimed two others were like H.P. Lovecraft, which I reckon I will take.
Check what famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of the famous writers.
July 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson my first sample got me H.P. Lovecraft. my next one, vladimir nabokov (!). i stopped there. too much pressure. (i put in a sample of DFW's work; it said he writes like stephen king. ha!)
July 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Anne Boyd In case you thought Dan Brown was the most shameful possible result - I've heard that one of the authorial styles in the database is "Anonymous Wikipedia Editor."
July 14, 2010 at 11:51 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Do you mean that I followed the trail of clues encoded into TPiP all the way to the Louvre for nothing?
July 16, 2010 at 4:26 am
David Mertz “Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.” -Walter Benjamin
July 13, 2010 at 1:20 am Everyone
David Mertz A bit more Benjamin, just for fun: “Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.”
July 13, 2010 at 1:20 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky Yummy!

July 13, 2010 at 11:15 am
Bennelong Bicyclist For the sale of future generations of Angeles, I hope you don't host too many dinner parties.
July 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: There's a nice park a couple blocks from me--La Cienega Park, in Beverly Hills--that comes not only with built in grills, but also with a fresh selection of both tasty pigeons and plump little children. All one really needs for a good outing is some charcoal and BBQ sauce.
July 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Mention of gourmand cannibals has left me wracking my brains for the name of a French or Belgium film about a young male European journalist or photographer or anthropologist who lives with (or is captured by) a tribe of Amazonian cannibals and falls for a beautiful young girl, who agrees to become his lover but warns that at the end of the wet season she and her tribe will eat him (after she conceives his child?). She appears to show real affection for him, but in the final scene, as he is snoozing on a rock by a river in a state of post-coital bliss, she picks up a large rock and clonks him on the head until he is dead, with obvious intent. It screened late at night and I was more than half asleep, thus this précis is probably wildly inaccurate and incomplete. But what is the name of the film? And no, it is not Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust", about which I have heard a lot but not seen (nor Pasolini's "Salo").
July 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I don't know the film you are thinking, but thanks for the reminders of two others to add to my Netflix queue. I've never seen Salò, which is a terrible omission.
July 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist My children visited LA, and probably Beverley Hills, with their mother a few months ago - but they all came back, uneaten, thank goodness.
July 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Sorry we missed them.
July 14, 2010 at 11:11 am
David Mertz Me with Fempire Strikes Back dancer Scarlett O'Gasm.
July 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Dr Mertz could play the role of Hand Solo, onanist pilot of the smuggling starship Millennium Bug.
July 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Miki Tebeka Does she use Vi or Emacs? ;)
July 13, 2010 at 7:26 am
David Mertz @Miki: When she comes, she comes correct! (i.e. vim).
July 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm
David Mertz An amusing show I saw:
On Saturday night, the Fempire struck back. Courtney Cruz, the burlesque queen made legendary for her Star Wars show and the tattoo she inspired, too
July 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2pgbjPzF2k
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July 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz ¡Viva España!
July 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist ¡No Pasarán! The forces of smug, bourgeois Dutch reaction and their ridiculous monarchy have been defeated by los pueblos unidos, Castillian, Catalan, Basque all united in an Iberian republic. Oh, wait...
July 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm
David Mertz http://dinaomar.com/2010/07/poem-about-police-violence/
Tell me something what you think would happen if everytime they kill a black boy then we kill a cop everytime they kill a black man then we kill a cop
July 11, 2010 at 1:20 am Everyone
David Mertz
July 11, 2010 at 1:10 am
David Mertz "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." -George Carlin
July 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist More stupid, perhaps? And average as in median, not average as in mean - there is a lot of evidence that the upper tail of intelligence distribution is heavier than Normal, even after allowing for failure to recalibrate for the Flynn effect. And assuming that non-stupidity equates to IQ, a very dubious assumption, and observing that the frequency density of other metrics of stupidity are likely to be be less symmetrical than IQ. And that pedantry is next to stupidity.
July 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm
David Mertz Silly ad series, but nicely done transitions.
http://www.facebook.com/OldSpice - Join us on Facebook. Should your man smell like an Old Spice man?
July 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist All done in one take, apparently, without any CGI except for the bit where the bottle materialises out of his hand. At least that's what the advertising types said on "The Gruen Transfer" ( http://www.abc.net.au/tv/gruentransfer/ ) last night.
July 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Yup, all in one take, although not quite in the same league as "Russian Ark": http://g4tv.com/videos/47171/Isaiah-Mustafa-Reveals-Secrets-Behind-Old-Spice-Commercial/
July 8, 2010 at 12:47 am
David Mertz http://kottke.org/10/07/parents-are-less-happy-than-non-parents
...is a weblog about the liberal arts 2.0 edited by Jason Kottke since March 1998 (archives). You can read about me and kottke.org here. If you've got questions, concerns, or interesting links, send them along.
July 7, 2010 at 10:01 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, if one values Epicurean happiness (in both the philosophical and gastronomic senses), then one should not have children. But having had them, one cannot conceive of any shade or hue of happiness without them.
July 7, 2010 at 11:29 am
Pete Hurd Hey David, do you know the Weakerthans? I can't stop listening t this album, I figured you'd like the track "Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961)" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6wihE4Txro&feature=fvsr
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July 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm
David Mertz I don't know them, but this song is cool. I'll check them out.
July 5, 2010 at 12:20 am
David Mertz "Adultery is the application of democracy to love." -H. L. Mencken
July 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Democracies with proportional representation systems, which tend towards multiple-party coalitions, perhaps, rather than traditional Westminister systems which tend towards a bipartisan arrangement? Except that the original Westminister system is itself now a ménage a trois...
July 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm
David Mertz "An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one." -George Mikes.
July 1, 2010 at 11:39 am Everyone
Kenan Ercel whereas a Turkishman, even if he is alone, forms a disorderly queue of many.
July 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Mary Paniscus i love this quote.
July 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
David Mertz @Kenan: I'm not sure 'disorderly queue' makes sense. Perhaps simply saying a "mob of one" works better. :-)
July 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Juxtaposition of that quote with one of his other famous quips, "Continental people have a sex life; the English have hot-water bottles.", leads to some curious lines of thought.
July 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm
David Mertz Holographic Hollywood
Venice, Italy is adequately rendered by the area not too far from Venice, California. Holland, incredibly, is located a bit more to LA’s south, while the Channel Islands have stood in the South Sea Islands’ stead. Further south are Long Island Sound, the Malay Coast and, just north of San Diego, aga...
July 1, 2010 at 11:37 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Not sure about the Palos Verdes peninsular being used as Wales, but I do know that the Get Smart episode "How Green was my Valet" was shot in an LA hotel (forget which).
July 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc8tPTVBRSc&feature=player_embedded
Mike Polk brings an honest take on R&B seduction. Want to bump this in your ride? Download "Ooh Girl" for free at: http://www.runawaybox.com/songs/HonestR&B.mp3
June 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/science-tattoo-emporium/?pid=263
David writes, “My tattoos each mark–although in rather oblique and coded ways–life events, or at least transitions that are important to me (several are a rebus for my 1999 dissertation in post-structuralist political philosophy). This 10th tattoo, of Hemoglobin A, perhaps requires less decoding tha...
June 28, 2010 at 11:40 am Everyone
Dawn Finley Fannnn-cy!
June 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Jessica Staheli Very nice!
June 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero You managed to squeeze your dissertation into a rebus?
June 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm
David Mertz I tried a few iterations: http://picasaweb.google.com/david.mertz/TattoosOld#5459345131204731330
June 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm
David Mertz But this is more subtle: http://picasaweb.google.com/david.mertz/TattoosOld#5459345109685654002
June 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Taenia saginata?
June 29, 2010 at 12:54 am
David Mertz Are you saying I'm fat? (http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.asp)
June 29, 2010 at 10:19 am
Bennelong Bicyclist No, no, that would be the pot[-bellied] calling the kettle black. Merely asking if the scientific tattoo referred to above was from the field of parasitology: : http://picasaweb.google.com/david.mertz/TattoosOld#5459345109685654002
June 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I do like the haemoglobin A tat, though, despite it depicting conformation.
June 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm
David Mertz I wasn't really sure of the best symbolism about portraying the oxygenated or deoxygenated conformation of the structure. I figured that the current choice shows readiness for transport to my lungs.
June 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm
David Mertz "The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living." -Karl Marx
June 28, 2010 at 10:17 am Everyone
David Mertz "Life is a zoo in a jungle." -Peter De Vries
June 27, 2010 at 12:59 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Peter Greenaway made a wonderful film about it.
June 27, 2010 at 3:32 am
David Mertz Love Ubuntu, but hoping that a fresh install of Lucid Lynx will behave slightly better in some device support (suspend/hybernate, and a few other things) than does the automatic upgrade from Karmic Koala.
June 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I've not had any problems with two Dell laptops running upgrades to 32-bit Ubuntu 10.04, and 64-bit 10.04 on a quad-core Dell desktop with 8GB has also been perfect, including suspend mode on weekends to save power - haven't rebooted since April. There were suspend problems on the laptops 9.04 and 9.10, sometimes. However 10.04 is unusable on an MSI netbook due to problems with X and no sound - reverted to 9.10 on it.
June 26, 2010 at 7:40 am
David Mertz Unfortunately, neither Suspend nor Hibernate work on my Dell Studio 15 with either my prior upgrade, nor my new fresh install, of 10.04 (not that they did on 9.10 either). Either one just puts the computer into some non-responsive, but not actually powered down, state, where the only way to bring it back to life is a hard power-cycle.

Sadly, this makes this machine largely a desktop computer. On the plus side, it's a rather fast one, with a nifty i7 quad-core CPU. I've just set the "lid-close on battery" setting to "Shut Down." It's not perfect, but the boot time is pretty short compared to other computers I've had, so it's sort of bearable that way. And with the Gnome option about restoring desktop, most things know how to get back to where they were (and most apps nowadays are smart enough to open the same files they left off with, and so on).

There might well be a solution to this deficiency, either in some subtle settings or config file, or in finding some improved driver. But I haven't located it yet.
June 26, 2010 at 10:58 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmmm, OK, useful to know, because I was about to order a new Dell laptop at work and had my eye on a quad-core Dell (there is a has to be a Dell policy) Studio whatever laptop, running Ubuntu. Mind you, it will mostly just sit on the dining table at home - I've also requested a Dell Mini 10 netbook for taking on the road. We're a bit underspent on some budget line so was told to buy some stuff....
June 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist If you have a quad-core machine with a reasonable amount of memory, check out the multiprocessing module in Python 2.6 - nothing startling, but a much nicer set of wrappers around forking etc - makes parallel processing using forked processes on an SMP machine very neat and tidy.
June 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Danny Yee This reminds me that I have some machines I could upgrade to Fedora 13... One day I should try Ubuntu, but I'm just too lazy.
June 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Martin Blais 10.04 rocks on my Macbook 4,1, everything works, with the irqpoll option. If it don't work, compile your own kernel (pay in time).
June 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm
David Mertz Martin: I saw that mentioned in some help forum. How do I use that 'irqpoll' option though?
June 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Scott Singer Wasn't Karmic Koala a Culture Club song?
June 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon... (it would take a very talented chameleon to resemble a koala): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw
June 27, 2010 at 1:42 am
Bennelong Bicyclist However, it is slightly disappointing to learn that Dr Mertz is not still using OS/2.
June 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I miss my OS/2. I still have an old box that I've been meaning to get back hooked up. Unfortunately, device support on anything vaguely recent is probably really poor, and WPS and all the other virtues of that OS are relegated to fond memories these last few years.
June 29, 2010 at 12:33 am
David Mertz Mary Ann uses tools like her cousins the crows
June 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm Everyone
Jessica Staheli So, once all was attached...how did she get out of that corner?!
June 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm
David Mertz I bring her food every once in a while; and plenty of water.
June 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist She holds them in her beak?

Ah, glass and steel...
June 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm
David Mertz Thinking of Wittgenstein (Rabbit-Duck)
June 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist You may have been thinking of Wittgenstein, but I suspect that Ludwig was more likely to have been thinking of of well muscled ballet dancer (AOT ballerina) in leootards.
June 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm
David Mertz www.theonion.com
The Minnesota law would nullify the marriages of an estimated 2.4 million couples currently living in silent resentment or seething hatred.
June 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/video/denmark-introduces-harrowing-new-tourism-ads-direc,14403/
Tourism officials hope the acclaimed Danish director's bleak vision of unsettling sexuality and brutal violence will attract more visitors to their country.
June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Nicely done satire. But seriously, gotta love the Danes, and the Dutch. So sensible but so kooky at the same time. Spent a fab week on Holland this April, going back for a conference in Amsterdam in late November, and must visit Copenhagen as a side trip and ride bicycles in the snow. OK, I admit that I am currently reading Peter Hoeg's _Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow_, having not read it nor seen the film a decade or so ago, and am really enjoying it, despite it being a crime thriller. I also admit to having to cover my eyes in some of the scenes in _Antichrist_.
June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/articles/obamas-weekly-video-addresses-becoming-increasingl,17649/
WASHINGTON—Obama, made his first foray into the avant-garde last March, when he posted a video titled "Red, White, and Doom" to the White House website. In it, the president, seated in the Oval Office with a skull-and-crossbones banner where the American flag would normally be, star...
June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm Everyone
David Mertz
June 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm Everyone
David Mertz
June 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm Everyone
David Mertz bullybloggers.wordpress.com
Ironically, the very reasons I gave Berlin Pride a pass this year — rampant commercialism, body fascism, and apolitical torpor — are the reasons I wish I had now been there to see Judith Butler turn down the organizer’s Prize for Civil Courage. Delivered in German to a surprised but delighted crowd,...
June 22, 2010 at 11:45 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist "...ceding the platform granted you by the celebrity system and professorial authority in an act of humility and solidarity with those whose work is ignored and scapegoated rather than rewarded and encouraged. In a sense, declining an award for civil courage was the only way of possibly displaying such courage under these circumstances."

More celebrities like her in the pages of the supermarket checkout queue magazines please.
June 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm
David Mertz http://twitter.com/shitmydadsays/status/9297999355
"There's a word for people like that...No, I'm saying, there's a word and I don't know what it is. I'm not being fucking poetic."
June 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist No, he is not not being fucking poetic, he is not being fucking paraleiptic.
June 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm
David Mertz My favorite example of paraleipsis is this wonderful passage from Dostoyevsky's "The Double" in which he spends five pages describing all the wonders and delights of a particular social event that the narrator is spying on from outside, and which "words cannot possibly describe." I forget details since it's been 25 years since I read it, but it still sticks in mind... I wonder if there is a separate word in rhetoric for "prolonged paraleipsis" versus the simple one sentence feign at non-mention.
June 20, 2010 at 12:23 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Circumlocution? Pussyfooting? Must listen to "(no pussyfooting)" again, if I can find it. Fripp and Eno, two geniuses.
June 20, 2010 at 3:00 am
David Mertz Hmm... on digital version I seem to have only _The Essential Fripp & Eno_, but that seems to include both "The Heavenly Music Corporation" and "Swastica Girls" which is the whole original vinyl (just not the remastered reversed and/or half-speed versions). Listening now in your honor.
June 20, 2010 at 10:44 am
David Mertz In a different style of experimental instrumental music, one can now obtain _Metal Machine Music_ in digital form, which I think I like more, whatever the lore surrounding its creation and release.
June 20, 2010 at 10:46 am
Simma Park If you're interested in MMM, http://www.loureed.com/metalmachinetrio/

My friend Sarth is in the trio. http://www.facebook.com/#!/noisegroove?ref=ts
June 20, 2010 at 10:56 am
David Mertz @Simma: Cool. I knew of this group, but that's so great that you know one of the musicians personally.
June 20, 2010 at 11:13 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmm, I missed MMM when I was young(er), and I missed this recently, but then I don't own a pooch: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/aussie-dogs-go-barking-mad-for-a-little-mutt-music-20100605-xlng.html
June 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm
David Mertz Love the Google: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/06/introducing-google-command-line-tool.html
News about Google"s Open Source projects and programs
June 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm Everyone
Carnot Antonio Romero less cool than I hoped-- didn't do the things I wanted from it.
June 19, 2010 at 12:50 am
Bennelong Bicyclist It shows how nice the Python API is for the various Google services - must try to use them more now that I have paid Google $20 for 80 GB of extra storage for a year - more expensive than Amazon S3 but much easier to use from anywhere on any computer.
June 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm
David Mertz Apple has apparently revised it's corporate slogan of late--"Be Evil!"--to the friendlier "Be Evil... until bad press makes 'semi-evil' more profitable."
June 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm Everyone
David Mertz Client: I talked to God for a couple
hours last night, and he agreed that I shouldn’t have to pay you.

June 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm Everyone
Paris Finley Yeah, well I talked to God 5 minutes ago, and he told me he was just kidding you.
June 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm
David Mertz During the interview she makes it clear that she supports gay marriage
and – in some circumstances – a woman's right to choose abortion. All of which puts her slightly
to the left of the current occupant of the White House
If you'd harboured doubts that Laura Bush wasn't the red-blooded conservative type – in the mould of Dick Cheney's wife Lynne, who is possibly even more awe-inspiring than the former vice president – then you were right.
June 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz "It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head" -Sally Kempton
June 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Disappointingly, she does not appear to have killed her spouse, although she may well have wished to kill her Guru after the allegations of sexual abuse of acolytes surfaced.
June 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Martin Blais Don't take any money with you, nor a traveler's bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don't stop to greet anyone on the road. Do not pass go, do not collect 200$.
June 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm
David Mertz Could be worse (maybe)
June 13, 2010 at 10:31 am Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
What Carly Fiorina really did as Hewlett-Packard CEO.
June 12, 2010 at 9:24 am Everyone
David Mertz "Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence." -Louis Althusser
June 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm Everyone
David Mertz wonkette.com
An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face...
June 7, 2010 at 10:38 am Everyone
David Mertz "Obsessional does not necessarily mean sexual obsession, not even obsession for this, or for that in particular; to be an obsessional means to find oneself caught in a mechanism, in a trap increasingly demanding and endless." -Jacques Lacan
June 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary." -William S. Burroughs
June 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Arbitrary as in Joan Vollmer?
June 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz
Just a glorified bookmark here. Videos of PyCon 2010, including my talk on "Maximize your program's laziness", are available online. Mine is: http://pycon.blip.tv/file/3259746/
June 1, 2010 at 10:40 am
David Mertz "The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." -Russell Baker
May 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist If the construction of that sentence is typical of his work, then his fitness for any type of work at all may be in doubt.
May 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Except that now my exocortex has informed my neocortex of whom he is, his fitness for a life of writing cannot be doubted, although give me Alistair Cooke as a presenter any day.
May 31, 2010 at 11:13 pm
David Mertz It's actually rather a sweet story overall.
abc Primetime - How Muslims Are Treated In USA
May 31, 2010 at 9:04 am Everyone
David Mertz "Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel." -Oscar Levant
May 28, 2010 at 11:51 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I saw an animated remake of Disney's "Pocohontas" on the aeroplane back from London. Actually I thought it was a cartoon version of "Dancing with Wolves" at first, in which the artists had been given far too many blue pens. Apparently it was the most expensive and therefore the best movie ever made by Hollywood.
May 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm
David Mertz Christian ethics
May 28, 2010 at 11:37 am Everyone
David Mertz www.nytimes.com
Next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will unveil a resized, recolored and simplified edition of the well-known map, its first overhaul in more than a decade.
May 28, 2010 at 8:07 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist http://bit.ly/aEZKnm
June 12, 2010 at 3:27 am
Bennelong Bicyclist http://bit.ly/YjOsh
June 12, 2010 at 3:30 am
David Mertz It's the 1970s again... environmental disasters.
May 27, 2010 at 10:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz Wow! Thanks to Julie, these really are such cool transformations.
One of my favorite hacks at last weekend’s Music Hack Day is Tristan’s Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. ...
May 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Oooh yes! I can't wait to try this out on "Autobahn" by Kraftwerk. In fact, on my entire collection of mid-70s post-Can krautrock.
May 24, 2010 at 1:35 am
David Mertz I just tried it on Autobahn (the full 22 minute original, not the 4 minutes American remix). Sadly, the results are disappointing. It sounds *different*, but it really doesn't get the swing feel of some other samples. Neither did M's "Pop Muzik". On the other hand, I liked the effect on Butthole Surfers' "I saw an X-ray of a girl passing gas".
May 24, 2010 at 9:16 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Alas, helping the 14 yr old with maths revision intervened, but he is enthusiastic to try out the whole Echo Next API on the weekend, as am I, and at last a good reason for him to learn a bit of Python. Hmmm, mental note to self: uptight Germanic crypto-fascist electropop can't be made to swing, even when electrodes and a high voltage are applied. But all those polynomials and the whiff of a freshly showered and deodorised son put me in mind of Poly Styrene of X-ray Spex singing "Germ-free Adolescence" - shall try the swing script on that. Its success with Cream and Daft Punk suggests that it might work well with their roots, Severed Heads, perhaps "Dead Eyes Opened". Anyway, very cool. Further note to self: do not install this at work, you have other things which must be done.

May 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm
David Mertz Vignettes,
in graphic design, are decorative designs usually in books, used both to separate sections or chapters and to decorate borders. (many thanks to my mysterious friend Bennelong Bicyclist)
May 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist If your next book contains sections divided by typographic vignettes which are compilable and executable brainfuck program code, I'll actually buy a copy (at least, as soon as it progresses to the remainders discount table).
May 25, 2010 at 12:22 am
David Mertz Something for the privacy advocates to worry about.
We present a new class of statistical de-anonymization attacks against high-dimensional micro-data, such as individual preferences, recommendations, transaction records and so on. Our techniques are robust to perturbation in the data and tolerate some mistakes in the adversary's background knowledge...
May 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." -Carl Jung
May 20, 2010 at 1:33 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Well it worked for Prince Charles.
May 23, 2010 at 3:17 am
David Mertz "We must escape and help others to escape the two readymade formulas of the pure sexual encounter and the lovers' fusion of identities."
-Michel Foucault
May 18, 2010 at 8:20 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist sic ego nec sine te nec tecum uiuere possum
--- Ovid, Amores 3.11b, 1. 39
May 26, 2010 at 3:21 am
David Mertz Open beats closed! Hurray!
Smartphones based on Google's Android mobile operating system have outsold Apple's iPhone in the U.S. during the first quarter of ...
May 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm Everyone
David Mertz I am desperately seeking a word I used to know. It's a typographic or graphic design thing: A horizontal graphical element, approximately the height of one text line, that divides sections of text smaller than require named subheadings. Sometimes a few centered and repeated dingbats are used, other times a single graphic, often in a fleur-de-lis or ornate style for older books. Please help my old brain!
May 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm Everyone
David Mertz Johnathan Richman rules! Just saying.
Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
May 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/
However, Facebook hasn't always managed its users' data well. In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user's personal information to just their friends and their "network" (college or school). ...
May 9, 2010 at 8:29 am Everyone
David Mertz "I write it to get it out of me. I don't write it to remember it." -Kathy Acker
May 8, 2010 at 9:45 am Everyone
Susan Becker Yep, this is right on.
May 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm
David Mertz OK... I *have to* go see this. Is it in LA yet? Who want to go?!
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May 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm Everyone
David Mertz "One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
April 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc
An law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police. 031408_DontTalktoPolice.wmv
April 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm Everyone
David Mertz Best of genre!
Constantin Film AG is having YouTube remove re-subtitled clips of Hitler's outburst scene in their film Downfall, even though they have no right to do so. Hitler reacts to the news. Downfall is Copyright © 2004 Constantin Film AG, portions used under Fair Use
April 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm Everyone
David Mertz Uncle Karl and Uncle Friedrich
April 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm Everyone
Jessica Staheli Given your penchant for light cinema, I thought you might enjoy this....
German director of Bad Lieutenant, Grizzly Man, and Rescue Dawn reads and interprets the children's classic Curious George. EDIT: lots of people posting this video are claiming it's really Werner Herzog. It's not. I never thought anyone would think it was. Sorry for the mixup!
April 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm
David Mertz Not bad, but the voice isn't quite right. I like this one better: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/be11417a8e/cooking-with-werner-herzog-and-special-guest-jim-jarmusch
April 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Jessica Staheli Ha! That one is good.
April 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm
David Mertz Relatedly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWh6PMi9Ek
April 27, 2010 at 11:43 am
David Mertz http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100426/butler/print
As the UC Berkeley Student Senate votes to divest from two companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestine, the noted philosopher reminds us of what's at stake.
April 14, 2010 at 11:17 am Everyone
David Mertz "In the fight between you and the world, back the world." -Frank Zappa
April 13, 2010 at 10:37 am Everyone
Vasudev Ram If you can't fight 'em, join 'em?
April 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm
David Mertz Please everyone, try to be like Al.
Weird Al Is A Grammar Troll: Weird Al Yancovic makes one more supermarket a safer place for grammar nerds...
April 13, 2010 at 9:35 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.thingamababy.com/baby/2010/01/surgicaldoll.html
Behold Erwin the little patient from Sigikid. He’s a plush doll with a crooked smile and take-out organs. Measuring in at 16-inch (41cm) and machine washable, Erwin hides his special nature under a hospital patient gown. Lift up the gown to see Erwin’s nippleless rectangular torso.
April 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm Everyone
David Mertz "I found my voice was a reaction to all that voice stuff." -Kathy Acker
April 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz Hemoglobin A (2W6V)
April 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz [Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." -Pat Robertson
March 31, 2010 at 6:13 pm Everyone
David Mertz gawker.com
On Larry King Live last night, professional overzealous defender of the Catholic Church Bill Donohue explained to Sinead O'Connor that it's not pedophilia if the victim is 12 or 13.
March 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane." -Philip K. Dick
March 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm Everyone
Dawn Finley Duhhhhhh.
March 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Martin Blais Happiness is the chemical imbalance-- sometimes I think we should let out the insane and intern the politicians.
March 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm
David Mertz Republicans in Congress have not been THIS vociferously opposed to any legislation since the Congress enfranchised African Americans to vote in 1965!
March 24, 2010 at 10:48 am Everyone
David Mertz In the civilized world, if someone tells you a friend of theirs has an illness, it seems natural to ask about the diagnosis and prognosis. In the USA, the first question anyone asks is about the quality of the afflicted's insurance.
March 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm Everyone
Susan Jane Urbanski So true!
March 23, 2010 at 5:53 am
Mike Urbanski Perhaps those days are over now?
March 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm
David Mertz
March 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm Everyone
Vasudev Ram I liked your de Quincey quote in your Info tab. Real or did you make it up?
March 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz As far as I know it is de Quincy.
March 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm
David Mertz "It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought." -John Kenneth Galbraith
March 19, 2010 at 10:41 am Everyone
David Mertz New. Bowling ball.
March 16, 2010 at 10:53 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Take Fountain"-- Bette Davis responding to an aspiring actress who asked her the best way to "get into Hollywood."
March 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm Everyone
David Mertz it always comes back to dick size...
March 10, 2010 at 11:49 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100226112732.htm
ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2010) A joint Australian-French study has discovered the calving of a large iceberg from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The iceberg -- 78 kilometres long ...
March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz Happy Darwin Day!!
March 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.sfgate.com
People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again!
March 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
SsoFast Eva Green Supermix For More Information, go to: http://bio-rad.cnpg.com/Video/flatFiles/799/
March 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1152017.html
"It is this unspoken and violent background of "ordinary" cultural life that needs to become the explicit object of cultural and political production and criticism. Historically, I see no other choice, since affirming the status quo means affirming the occupation. One cannot "set aside" the radical impoverishment, the malnutrition, the limits on mobility, the intimidation and harassment at the borders, and the exercise of state violence in both Gaza and the West Bank and talk about other matters in public?" -Judith Butler
Judith Butler: As a Jew, I was taught it was ethically imperative to speak up-News and commentary relating to events in Israel, the occupied territories, and the world, along with an archive of past issues
February 26, 2010 at 1:23 am Everyone
David Mertz A longer version of quote:
"It is no longer possible for me to come to Tel Aviv and talk about gender, Jewish philosophy, or Foucault, as interesting as that might be for me; it is certainly not possible to take money from an organization or university or a cultural organization that is not explicitly and actively anti-occupation, acting as if the cultural event within Israeli borders was not happening against the background of occupation? Against the background of the assault on, and continuing siege of, Gaza? It is this unspoken and violent background of "ordinary" cultural life that needs to become the explicit object of cultural and political production and criticism. Historically, I see no other choice, since affirming the status quo means affirming the occupation. One cannot "set aside" the radical impoverishment, the malnutrition, the limits on mobility, the intimidation and harassment at the borders, and the exercise of state violence in both Gaza and the West Bank and talk about other matters in public?" -Judith Butler
February 26, 2010 at 1:24 am
David Mertz "Saying there is too much greed on Wall Street is like saying there is too much sex in a brothel."
February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm Everyone
Cherie DePalma Or too much space in a terabyte
February 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Sean Reifschneider Or that there is too much bullshit in washington DC.
February 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm
David Mertz My PyCon talk is now up on video.
Video file posted to blip.tv by pycon.
February 24, 2010 at 10:29 am Everyone
Lisa Perez David, you have the wrong boy tagged as you in our childhood photo in the waterfall....
February 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm
David Mertz You think?

February 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm
David Mertz Clip from 2/8/10 Rachel Maddow Show where
Rachel highlights racist Republican Tom Tancredo's call for
civics-literacy tests for Obama voters. Rachel does an excellent job of
tracing the history of ...
February 12, 2010 at 11:26 am Everyone
David Mertz http://rawstory.com/2010/02/south-carolinas-subversive-activities-registration-act-force/
Terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina's Secretary of State and declare their intentions -- or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.
February 11, 2010 at 2:07 am Everyone
David Mertz "However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police." -Quentin Crisp
February 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz "When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?" -Quentin Crisp
February 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz theraceandlawreport.solopracticeuniversity.com
Are You Carrying a Wallet, Notebook or Cell Phone (and/or) Wearing Some Combination of Black or Brown Skin? The NYPD May Need to Stop and Frisk You.
February 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.salem-news.com/gphotos/1265788323.gif
February 10, 2010 at 2:29 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.salem-news.com/gphotos/1265788300.gif
February 10, 2010 at 2:29 am Everyone
David Mertz mobile.boston.com
Imagine that your stockbroker - or the friend who’s always giving you stock tips - called and told you he had come up with a new investment strategy. Price-to-earnings ratios, debt levels, management, ...
February 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz If only the *real* economist was featured too :-).
Produkcja: http://www.econstories.tv Tłumaczenie: Instytut Misesa (Witold Falkowski, Mateusz Machaj) http://www.mises.pl Synchronizacja: Łukasz Buczek TEKST: http://mises.pl/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Fear-the-boom-and-bust-tekst-PL.pdf ...
February 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful." -Box and Draper (Empirical Model-Building)
February 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm Everyone
David Mertz "All models are wrong. Some models are useful." -George Box
February 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246886/Pictured-Three-cheetahs-spare-tiny-antelopes-life--play-instead.html
Lucky for the young impala, three deadly cheetahs who came across him Kenya's Masai Mara weren't hungry and instead licked and pawed him.
February 1, 2010 at 3:14 am Everyone
David Mertz R.I.P.
We pay tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn, who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of eighty-seven. Howard Zinn's classic work _A People’s History of the United States_ changed the way we look at history in America. ...
January 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm Everyone
David Mertz "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." -Thomas Jefferson
January 26, 2010 at 12:48 am Everyone
Pete Hurd I'm going to borrow that for a bit...
January 26, 2010 at 1:21 am
David Mertz It's all yours :-)
January 26, 2010 at 3:01 am
David Mertz "There are two things that are important in politics. The first thing is money, and I can't remember what the second one is" -Mark Hanna
January 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm Everyone
Sean Reifschneider Money is the root of all evil. Man needs roots.
January 25, 2010 at 1:17 am
Vasudev Ram That quote is frequently misquoted. Correct version: "The love of money is the root of all evil." Man needs love.
February 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm
David Mertz www.youtube.com
"Healthcare was supposed to be done by August, now it drags on forever, like Stalingrad! To think I actually donated to Obama's campaign."
January 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm Everyone
David Mertz 7 new photos
January 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm
David Mertz
January 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz This is so NOT an attrative picture, but archivalist instincts bid completeness.
January 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm Everyone
David Mertz The one youthful ID proved popular, so more here and to follow.
January 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky You were a very cute kid indeed.
January 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm
Gary M. Gray Quid!
January 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm
David Mertz A youthful identification
January 23, 2010 at 3:21 am Everyone
David Mertz "I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am." -Samuel Johnson
January 23, 2010 at 3:07 am Everyone
David Mertz The Powers of 10 (1977)
January 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz Source unknown. Something accumulated in my grad school files... I wish I had done it myself.
January 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm Everyone
David Mertz "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." -Anatole France
January 19, 2010 at 11:42 am Everyone
David Mertz My other thought of 1978's "Better Decide Which Side Your On" got me looking at TR's website. He really is so damn cool... including really getting it on freedom of information. Go download some of the 125 songs he makes freely available; or even do like me, and voluntarily donate a few pounds to him at the link.

Free Downloads: iTunes downloads cost 79p per track. Writer/publisher get 6p, Performer 6-8p, Visa/Mastercard 7p, Apple 12p, and Record Company almost 50p. Sod that. Help yourself to my songs & share them with your friends: right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) on titles to download. ...
January 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm Everyone
David Mertz I must confess, however, that it was really just those first few albums that were really great... later he seems to suffer the sad fate of so many British rockers who perversely discover Rodgers & Hammerstein (or maybe Leonard Bernstein) when they turn 45.
January 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm
David Mertz "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in
it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without
protesting against it is really cooperating with it." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Something topical for the day. Or paraphrased:
Tom Robinson Band 1978 USA re-release (1993) Razor & Tie: RE 2018 1) Up Against The Wall 2) Grey Cortina 3) Too Good To Be True 4) Ain't Gonna Take It 5) Long Hot Summer 6) The Winter Of '79 7) Man ...
January 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm Everyone
David Mertz To my friends back in Massachusetts: Get out and vote for Coakley this Tuesday! Don't let my long-time (but former) home state desecrate the memory of Ted Kennedy.
January 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults." -Thomas Szasz
January 16, 2010 at 11:25 am Everyone
David Mertz www.npr.org
You know the $47 billion in bonuses that Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have been sitting on? Commentator Juan Cole suggests passing some of it along to people who might need it a little more - the people devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.
January 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXqc8TQ15w&feature=related
See the great German filmaker get shot in the gut while giving an interview to the BBC - a couple of months later he pulled Jaquin Phoenix from a car wreck in LA. That's nothing, you should see his films! ...
January 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ymyiRXCszc
Clips from Les Blank's classic 1980 short, "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe." (visit lesblank.com to obtain the whole film). The film documents Herzog fulfilling a bet he made with Errol Morris: if Morris would finish his brilliant first feature "Gates of Heaven," Herzog said he would eat his shoe. ...
January 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm Everyone
David Mertz Exporting hate... or at least exacerbating it.
Human rights advocates say that three U.S. evangelicals helped set the stage for a bill to execute homosexuals.
January 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.coloribus.com
Coloribus is a Creative Advertising Archive with more than 2,000,000 Print, DM, Ambient, Outdoor Ads
January 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.downtownindependent.com
Two for the price of one! MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? Produced by David Lynch Starring Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny and Michael Shannon 2009, color, 35mm, 93 min & BAD LIEUTENANT: Port of Call New Orleans Starring Nicholas Cage, Val Kilmer and Eva Mendes 2009, color, 35mm, 122 min Jan. ...
January 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/05/100-extraordinary-examples-of-paper-art/
Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago. From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding
January 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.npr.org
In the past decade, recorded music has gotten louder — and has deteriorated from a sound-quality standpoint. A recording engineer discusses "the loudness wars," and a psychology professor explains why the ubiquity of MP3s has changed what we hear.
January 1, 2010 at 3:18 am Everyone
David Mertz I think the absolute worst case of this I have encountered is with the horrible CD version of The Stooges "Search and Destroy". The vinyl had this amazing dialectical recontextualization in the first few bars. Scotty Ashton's rhythm guitar part is already this crazy, wild line that makes you think it's going to be a hard driven song. But then a few bars in James Williamson's lead guitar comes in over it, ahead of the beat and distorted, but most notably at a whole new volume level that pushes the rhythm part to the background.

It's so brilliant the way dynamics is used in this song--thanks to Bowie's mix of the original vinyl. And that is almost completely lost on the CD. Sure, it's still a good song, but it lacks that whole "conceptual vertigo" the original mix conveys. And sadly, Iggy is to blame for this, since he did the 1997 mix (admittedly as a correction for the even worse 1989 Columbia travesty).
January 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm
David Mertz A nice retrospective that mentions my work, and that of some fine fellow authors at developerWorks.
All of dW-----------------AIX and UNIXInformation MgmtLotusRationalTivoliWebSphere-----------------Java technologyLinuxOpen sourceSOA/Web servicesWeb ...
January 1, 2010 at 3:16 am Everyone
Anita Ghazarian Wishing you and your family all the very best...
December 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm
David Mertz nextyearcountrynews.blogspot.com
- In Copenhagen, the world’s richest leaders continued their fiery fossil fuel party last Friday night, December 18, ignoring requests of global village ne...
December 28, 2009 at 3:17 am Everyone
David Mertz "I have given two cousins to war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother." -Artemus Ward
December 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm Everyone
David Mertz Floating rocks.
This is the lighter than air solid developed in the 1980s, based on agar, a derivative of seaweed. During manufacture, the internal foam space can be filled with a variety of gasses, including helium or hydrogen and the material is then shrink wrapped to prevent leakage. ...
December 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52OU76opj8c&feature=player_embedded
Saturn's moons give Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, "The Nutcracker," a graceful new spin in this video compiled from some 61 images taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
December 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm Everyone
David Mertz Crazy stuff from 1944 (thanks to RSR's page):
This 1944 performance by the Ross Sisters...more: http://www.sonnyradio.com/rosssisters.html
December 23, 2009 at 1:43 am Everyone
David Mertz "To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!" -H. L. Mencken"
December 22, 2009 at 2:30 am Everyone
David Mertz "The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution." -Hannah Arendt
December 22, 2009 at 2:24 am Everyone
Scott Singer or sometime in their 30's when they feel ashamed of their 20's and need to act all grown up.
December 22, 2009 at 2:43 am
Cheryl Ann Fillekes "Oh, comes a revolution, we'll ALL be eating peaches and cream." -- John Fillekes Sr.

This was his blanket reply to all complaints, large and small.
December 22, 2009 at 7:31 am
Steve Holden Read the Declaration of Independence again and there's a case for a revolution! Sadly the populace is far too oppressed by circumstance and distracted by the media to care, This shows the value of bread and circuses to the establishment. Happy Christmas.
December 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm
David Mertz "Business ethics: if it's legal, do it for short-term profit with no regard for side-effects, long-term losses, or harm that it might cause to other people. If it's not legal, grease the right palms until it becomes legal." -causality (Slashdot member #777677)
December 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
A strange relationship between dogs and bears. Taken from the show "Jailed Polar Bear" on FirstScience.tv Download in full from: http://firstscience.tv/polarbear.htm
December 20, 2009 at 3:59 am Everyone
David Mertz Childlike me, and a few other people when they were younger.
December 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson these are great. :)
December 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm
David Mertz Bad design
Neil deGrasse Tyson describes the absuridity of "intelligent design". Sorry folks, the universe was not designed for us. Accept it, we're nothing special.
December 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm Everyone
David Mertz "To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered." -Voltaire
December 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire
December 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm Everyone
David Mertz chmod 666 beast # The apocalypse is an open book, but don't run it
December 13, 2009 at 3:02 am Everyone
Cheryl Ann Fillekes chmod 667 neighbor_of_the_beast # that's the one ya gotta watch out for!
December 13, 2009 at 8:35 am
David Mertz Watch them all....
mp3: http://amiestreet.com/music/auto-tune-the-news/auto-tune-the-news-number-7/?pytr=gregorybrothers ATTN shirts available: http://www.districtlines.com/Auto-Tune-the-News thanks to our friend Aaron for his arresting appearance in this episode! ...
December 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnoD3NUux3M
presidents and prime ministers sing in harmony. Love and happiness abounds. Get the mp3: http://amiestreet.com/music/auto-tune-the-news/auto-tune-the-news-number-9?pytr=gregorybrothers Donations: http://www.thegregorybrothers.com ...
December 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://tv.gawker.com/5412799/roving-gang-of-turkeys-steal-little-boys-bicycle
Parents have enough to worry about these days. Add roving gangs of hostile turkeys stealing children's bicycles to that list.
November 30, 2009 at 9:25 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others." -Edward Abbey
November 30, 2009 at 2:16 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "If I could get my membership fee back, I'd resign from the human race." -Fred Allen
November 27, 2009 at 11:29 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.youtube.com
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen Purchase here: http://tinyurl.com/y87s9tq
November 26, 2009 at 3:40 am Everyone
David Mertz "For every complex problem there is a solution which is straightforward, simple, and wrong." -H. L. Mencken
November 25, 2009 at 2:42 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "You can't mine coal without machine guns." -Richard B. Mellon, Congressional testimony quoted in Time, June 14, 1937
November 25, 2009 at 2:41 am Friends and Networks
Mike Urbanski And the right will tell you organized labor is the problem...
November 25, 2009 at 5:54 am
Robb Ecker Well, yeah. Cause then you have to increase your baseball bat expenditures and then there goes the stock price.
November 25, 2009 at 7:36 am
Scott Singer bullets *are* expensive
November 25, 2009 at 8:25 am
David Mertz
November 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz Even in Canada, insurance companies are evil.
A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer's insurance company cut them, she says, because of photos posted on Facebook.
November 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
November 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.amctv.com/originals/madmen/madmenyourself/
I just created my own swanky 60's Mad Men avatar at http://madmenyourself.com. Go make yours and watch the new season of Mad Men, Premieres August 16, Sundays 10/9c on AMC.
November 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://www.schneierfacts.com/
November 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz autocompleteme.com
November 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Snakefinger joines.
cry for a fire
November 17, 2009 at 2:16 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Pop eats itself.
November 17, 2009 at 2:14 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz The mellow sounds...
Video of the residents and the odd things they do.
November 17, 2009 at 2:12 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://starling.rinet.ru/music/resident.htm
Disclaimer: this page is not written by from the point of view of a Residents fanatic and is not generally intended for narrow-perspective Residents fanatics. If you are deeply offended by criticism, non-worshipping ...
November 17, 2009 at 1:10 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Typographic anachronisms!
I started watching the critically-acclaimed series Mad Men on DVD over the summer, and I am enjoying it a lot. I was a little kid in the early 1960s. Watching it is like stepping back in time. People really did used to smoke and drink like that. ...
November 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.komonews.com
A couple of genetic testing companies are promising to match couples based on the DNA testing, touting the benefits of biological compatibility.
November 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "I love to be in Los Angeles, because I think it is the city with the most substance in the United States." -Werner Herzog
November 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz And more Herzog: "I always had the feeling I'm mainstream... I think everything else next to me is maverick."
November 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Simma Park This is why it's good to distinguish the man from his art.
November 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Paris Finley Define "substance" for us, Mr. Herzog.
November 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm
David Mertz "Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true." -Niels Bohr
November 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm Friends and Networks
Cheryl Ann Fillekes Who knew?
November 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Christina Wilson stop making sense!
November 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm
Paris Finley Crazy is defined by Normal. I look around and I don't see that Normal is doing such a hot job. Maybe we need to let Crazy run things for a while. David Mertz for Congress!
November 14, 2009 at 6:43 am
David Mertz "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." -Niels Bohr
November 12, 2009 at 1:36 am Friends and Networks
Miki Tebeka I thought it was Yogi Berra who said that
November 12, 2009 at 11:26 am
Christina Wilson My hero.
November 12, 2009 at 11:31 am
Vasudev Ram Wow. I could almost have predicted that you would say that. But not quite - because of what Niels Bohr said, you see ...
November 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm
David Mertz How many uninsured die for lack of insurance, per each Republican district.
I intend to vote for the health care bill because that bill saves lives. And I also intend to speak out, as loudly as I can, on behalf of those Americans who cannot speak out, those who have died because they had no health insurance.
November 6, 2009 at 1:41 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.youtube.com
November 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
November 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm
David Mertz The great. R.I.P.
Claude Lévi-Strauss, the social anthropologist, who died on October 31 aged 100, was one of the dominating postwar influences in French intellectual life and the leading exponent of Structuralism ...
November 4, 2009 at 3:18 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be." -Hubert H. Humphrey
November 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm Friends and Networks
Cheryl Ann Fillekes I wish he'd a beat Nixon.
November 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm
Dawn Finley What's with the rash of quoted status updates and comments? Is there a formal structure I'm missing?
November 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm
David Mertz I'm feeling Situ today.
November 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm
David Mertz Down with the abstract, long live the ephemeral.
November 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Art is dead, don’t consume its corpse.
November 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz The most beautiful sculpture is a paving stone thrown at a cop’s head.
November 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Coming soon to this location: charming ruins.
November 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Be realistic, demand the impossible.
November 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm
David Mertz A single nonrevolutionary weekend is infinitely more bloody than a month of total revolution.
November 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm
David Mertz "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Frank Zappa
November 1, 2009 at 2:46 am Friends and Networks
Cheryl Ann Fillekes ...except for the civil rights laws. Those ones are randomly written, and badly enforced.
November 1, 2009 at 9:42 am
David Mertz "The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope." -Karl Marx
November 1, 2009 at 2:37 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." -Groucho Marx
November 1, 2009 at 2:36 am Friends and Networks
Toshi Ozaki Hi David, very nice to meet you! I lived in the Miracle Mile area a few years ago - we must have been neighbors?
October 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm
David Mertz Pretty much. I've lived in Fairfax District since I moved to LA 3 years ago. Most of that time right about San Vicente and Wilshire (SW tip of neighborhood)
October 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm
Toshi Ozaki Where did you move to LA from?
October 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm
David Mertz A village in Western Massachusetts, called Turners Falls... literally a village, BTW: one of five villages that make up the Town of Montague. That was near UMass-Amherst, where I did my doctorate, and the reason I was in that neck of the woods for 18 years.
October 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm
David Mertz ... in my defense, I didn't take *ALL* of those 18 years on the Ph.D. (just far more of them than I should have :-)).
October 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Toshi Ozaki I've never been to Massachusetts (sorry :( ), but don't you miss it there? There are good things about L.A., I admit, but at the same time there are too many annoying things about L.A. I hope you agree with me because you majored in philosophy. :) I think that the people in L.A. (in general) are too materialistic.
October 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm
David Mertz "Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think." -Niels Bohr
October 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm Friends and Networks
Simma Park Too bad most people are terrible judges of their own clarity of thought.
October 30, 2009 at 9:05 am
Alan Dechert Another paradox
October 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm
David Mertz Just to try something out: how about if we put every health insurance executive in the US up against the wall. Maybe it won't help, but it's worth a try at least.
A sexual assault victim talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about her health insurance crisis.
October 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz learn.genetics.utah.edu
Goodsell, David S. (1998). The Machinery of Life. New York: Springer-Verlag.Goodsell, David S (2002, February). Molecular Machinery: A Tour of the Protein Data Bank. Retrieved September 10, 2008, from ...
October 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz I love the smell of virtue in the morning.
ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2009) People are unconsciously fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling environments, according to a soon-to-be published study led by a Brigham Young University professor.
October 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz lives in the Eternal September
October 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz How many times do the players in white shirts pass the ball?

The Visual Cognition Laboratory Home Page at the University of Illinois (Daniel J. Simons). The page contains information about the lab, links to demonstrations, and other resources.
October 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "The future ain't what it used to be." -Yogi Berra
October 24, 2009 at 12:25 am Friends and Networks
Carnot Antonio Romero The future of the future is the future!
October 24, 2009 at 2:08 am
David Mertz Underwater cabinet meeting.
With fish darting amongst them in a blue lagoon, the Maldivian president and his top team have staged an elaborate stunt to publicise climate change.
October 18, 2009 at 10:28 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.odditycentral.com
Liu Bolin, also known as the Invisible Man, is a Chinese artists who manages to blend into any surroundings, like a chameleon
October 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.youtube.com
What if there were no stop signs and a major corporation was charged with inventing one?
October 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute." -Abelson & Sussman
October 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
I have fond memories of the boxy Volvo’s I used to own. And probably less fond ones of seeing the Playboy sticker outlines on truck mudflaps. Somehow I wouldn’t have thought to combine the two. I guess it’s the neighborhood. I am...
October 14, 2009 at 7:54 am
David Mertz www.dailymail.co.uk
In what could have been a scene from the film Independence Day, a luminous ring-shaped cloud could be seen above the Russian capital last week.
October 13, 2009 at 11:35 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Yo Obama, Imma let you finish, but I just wanna say that Martin Luther King Jr. was the best Nobel Prize winner of all time" -Those young folks on Twitter
October 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/samueljohn161407.html
Samuel Johnson Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
October 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Just thinking of Dawkin's concept "meme" :-).
October 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Christina Wilson ahaha. Johnson really was such a wag!
October 9, 2009 at 6:55 pm
David Mertz "Yo Obama, I'm gonna let you finish, but I just wanna say that Marin Luther King Jr. was the best Nobel Prize winner of all time" -Those young folks on Twitter
October 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
October 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Drugs are bad!"
An experiment that observed the wood spider in its natural habitat
October 6, 2009 at 11:30 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them." -Franklin P. Adams
October 6, 2009 at 3:18 am Friends and Networks
Mike Urbanski FPA rocked.
October 10, 2009 at 5:50 am
David Mertz "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world." -George Bernard Shaw
October 3, 2009 at 10:42 am Friends and Networks
Robb Ecker
50 bands I've seen Thursday, October 1, 2009 OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you've seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head...
October 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm
David Mertz This is about the wonderful Anton machine that I get to help with in my very small way.

- Communications Surveillance: Privacy and Security - Making Sense of Revision Control Systems - Privacy, Mobile Phones and Ubiquitous Data Collection
October 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm Friends and Networks
Dawn Finley
You’re already here, we’d just like to see you a little clearer. (please forward widely) The Llano Del Rio working group is creating a map, to be published and made available (free to you and others) of Another LA. We...
October 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm
David Mertz Brilliant summary of Republican's on health care.
A Democratic congressman from Florida is refusing to apologize for saying that Republicans want Americans to ``die quickly'' if they get sick. (Sept. 30)
September 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz : "If we were to release every criminal who happen to have gross prosecutorial misconduct during his trial, our prisons would be empty!"
September 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Hmmm... need to fix the gender imbalance.
My friends on Facebook:  Gender breakdown: 37% female / 63% maleRelationship status: 57% single / 43% takenPolitical breakdown: 100% democrats / 0% republicansGeographic distribution: 5 countries, 13 statesMost common zodiac sign: Libra (9 friends)Favorite music: Bach (5 friends)Favorite TV show: The Daily Show (4 friends)Favorite movie: Amelie (5 friends)Favorite book: Catch-22 (2 friends)Favorite activity: Reading (10 friends)
September 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm
David Mertz How to be a registered sex offender: bathe your children.
Arizona couple A.J. and Lisa Demaree sue Walmart after a photo clerk handed over pictures they called "indecent" to authorities. The family said the photos were innocent bath time images, but the children were taken into protective custody.
September 29, 2009 at 11:16 am Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson moronic.
September 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm
David Mertz Umm... Frankie, I think you might be missing the point here a bit. Presumably even people with digital cameras have points of exposure to puritanical idiocy (maybe the photo is printed at a print shop, framed at a shop, or simply seen, by the hysterical "think of the children" folks).
October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am
David Mertz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caber_toss
The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event practiced at the Scottish Highland Games involving the tossing of a large wooden pole called a caber, similar to a telephone pole or power pole.
September 29, 2009 at 1:15 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped." --Groucho Marx
September 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
September 28, 2009 at 12:21 am
David Mertz Give thanks to Ralph Nader.
This test was for IIHS's 50th year anniversary in the safety research business! Congrats on your 50 years guys! May many more come your way! The dummy in the Malibu suffered only minor leg injuries while ...
September 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, 'It's a girl.'" --Shirley Chisholm
September 27, 2009 at 1:26 am Friends and Networks
Susan Jane Urbanski True, but it happens to the little fellows too...
September 27, 2009 at 8:03 am
David Mertz
Note: It looks like Mrs. Lulu has snuck into the blogosphere again. Once again I find myself in a dispute with LA Fitness’ business office. [EDIT: I am in such strong agreement with Mrs. Lulu's rant here that I'd love to see all our readers share their "my gym screwed me" stories in the comments. ...
September 24, 2009 at 8:01 pm
David Mertz is dressed for the H-Bomb.
September 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm Friends and Networks
Pete Hurd Look at the world through your polaroid glasses
September 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm
David Mertz It was actually inspired by my desire to use the line in this Metblogs post: http://la.metblogs.com/2009/09/24/dressing-for-the-h-bomb/. That one will get mirrored over to my FB Notes too, whenever it is that their blog-mirror decides to run.
September 24, 2009 at 3:48 pm
David Mertz www.google.com
PARIS — La députée UMP Valérie Boyer a déposé à l'Assemblée nationale une proposition de loi visant à faire apposer un avertissement sur les photos publicitaires où l'apparence corporelle a été retouchée par un logiciel de traitement d'image, a-t-on indiqué mardi dans son entourage.
September 22, 2009 at 10:20 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz I don't want apps to read my messages. http://keepmyinboxprivate.com
On August 11th, Facebook started giving whitelisted apps access to inbox messages. User permission is required, but the potential for abuse is enormous - a malicious or hacked app could post private messages on the web for anyone to read. Help stop this by signing our petition.
September 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm
David Mertz www.huffingtonpost.com
Just about ten months after the successful distribution of a lovingly crafted, satirical facsimile of the New York Times, the activist-pranksters known as The Yes Men have distributed a fake edition of the New York Post throughout New York City. ...
September 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz : שלום עכשיו
September 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Best word in article: homophily.
Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad: the online social networks that were exploding into the mainstream. With people signing up in droves to reconnect with classmates and old crushes ...
September 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz skepticalob.blogspot.com
Officials of the American grocery industry have announced that they are preparing a two pronged attack against soup kitchens for the poor. They plan an advertising campaign to alert the public of the dangers of soup kitchens, and a lobbying effort in Congress.A spokesman for the grocery industry, I....
September 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz 's significant other has every attribute except existence.
September 20, 2009 at 11:59 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz The Inland Empire: "I think they should be in English as well as Spanish, because there
are Korean signs down there and I don't understand that gibberish,"
said another Hesperia resident speaking at the city council meeting.
Some Hesperia residents complain a billboard in Spanish is bad for the city's image.
September 19, 2009 at 9:43 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Apart from my other jobs, I moonlight as a wonk. In particular, for the last 6 years or so, I’ve been involved with a group called the Open Voting Consortium, much of that on its board and as its CTO. ...
September 19, 2009 at 2:19 am
David Mertz MARTINSBURG - The popular online social networking site Facebook helped
lead to an alleged burglar's arrest after he stopped check his account
on the victim's computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home
with two diamond rings.
News from The Journal, the best source for local and national news, sports, weather, and features in the Martinsburg and Berkeley County area. The Journal serves the eastern panhandle area of West Virginia.
September 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Spectral shadow
September 17, 2009 at 11:04 am Everyone
David Mertz Spectral shadow
September 17, 2009 at 11:00 am Everyone
David Mertz is imbued with the darkness of reason.
September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm Friends and Networks
Julie Steele Thanks! Great to see you too. I don't get out to L.A. as often as I'd like anymore, but one of these days...
September 14, 2009 at 6:23 am
David Mertz The nature of space
September 13, 2009 at 9:06 am Everyone
David Mertz
Copying from something I put at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Lulu_of_the_Lotus-Eaters/odd_creature long ago. Formatting and links cleaned up slightly, I'd be interested still in insight about this...
September 13, 2009 at 8:52 am
Amela Gunther happy birthday david. hope u had a fantastic one.:)
September 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm
David Mertz thinks that the smallest uninteresting number has a very interesting property.
September 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
September 12, 2009 at 9:27 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Here is a little song celebrating our position at #37 in the world in healthcare.
September 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson Happy birthday, David! Have a good flight. :)
September 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Julie Wyman Happy BDAY, David Mertz!! I hope you are celebrating! xoj
September 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Leah Rogers Happy B-day!!! xo
September 12, 2009 at 7:50 am
Scott Singer Happy Birthday!!!
September 12, 2009 at 7:47 am
Alan Dechert Happy b-day, David. Good lies ahead for you.
September 12, 2009 at 12:25 am
Bob Mehler Happy Birthday Quid!!
September 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm
David Mertz http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/tongue-eating-parasite-discovered.php?dcitc=th_rss
Photo via Clever Cherry There's been a spate of amazing animal discoveries recently--the giant rat-eating plants found in the Philippines, a huge woolly rat discovered in a volcanic crater--and now, yet another creature has emerged that could be right
September 11, 2009 at 7:08 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz love New York.
September 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz strives for truth, beauty and gossip.
September 8, 2009 at 11:29 pm Friends and Networks
Susan Jane Urbanski The new Melrose Place debuted last night, it's got at least two of those!
September 9, 2009 at 5:38 am
David Mertz thinks all the shoe repair shops are fronts for psychic readers.
September 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.wired.com
Read about the latest medical technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech trends including diets, drugs, genetics, stem cells, medicine, health, and cloning from Wired.com.
September 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz suffers from delusions of adequacy.
September 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Amazing pictures of volcanic lightning storm
Chaiten Volcano in Chile continues to erupt, after its recent eruption on May 6th, - its first activity in over 9,000 years. (12 photos total)
September 6, 2009 at 11:13 am Friends and Networks
Ceren Güven World is small eh? :)
September 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm
David Mertz Here it is, Boulder Theater of the Absurd, circa 1985. I remember that Robb and I made these, I think Scott made the copies. We hawked them on the mall on the fourth of July. We touted them as the ultimate American product - completely useless, and overpriced. A passerby pointed out that we were also using false advertising - they were really hexagonal, not octagonal. Just in case anyone wanted to try and snort coke with them, we sealed the ends shut with silicon. These babies served no function!!! I recall we sold two of them, one to a German and one to a lesbian. Go Team America!
September 5, 2009 at 11:25 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love." - Butch Hancock, Musician, the Flatlanders
September 5, 2009 at 11:07 am Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson life is a series of gut-level paradoxes in lubbock, TX it sounds like.
September 5, 2009 at 11:22 am
David Mertz "If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years." -Bertrand Russell
September 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz No one should die, go blind, or be crippled because they can't afford health care. No one should go broke because they get sick. No one should be unable to change jobs because of a "pre-existing condition."
September 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember." --Oscar Levant
September 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Just silly...
N00b Boyfriend - College Humor
September 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.jpl.nasa.gov
A JPL instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this Aug. 30 image of smoke plumes from the Station and other wildfires burning throughout Southern California.
September 2, 2009 at 1:47 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Let's start an "Encourage Secession" movement!
Charles Hartsock Professor of LawUniv. of Cincinnati College of Law• Email• Profile• NewsHerzog Summer Visiting Prof. in Tax'nUniversity of San Diego School of Law• Profile• ...
September 1, 2009 at 10:28 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz The tax thing really is a gross imbalance. The states the complain about taxes uniformly receive HUGE federal subsidies (i.e. they pay far, far less in taxes than they receive in Federal funds). Which by implication also means that the states that complain not-so-much about taxes pay far more federal tax than we receive in direct benefit. If not for, e.g. California's Federal tax subsidy of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, our state budget would not be in deficit (i.e. if all transfers out of CA via the Federal budget covered state programs). And my old state of Massachusetts could pretty nearly pave its streets in gold with the newly acquired surplus.
September 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm
David Mertz The red states that complain bitterly of "government interference", taxes, welfare, federal spending & that usual litany, are precisely the states that receive a large net influx of federal monies.

If the civilized states could simply say goodbye to these deadweights (basically, all the states that seceded last, or tried, whatever), it would mean huge federal surpluses for the rest of us, and probably an opportunity to provide decent health care and other services.

I'm not being ironic in wanting everything south of the Mason-Dixon line to just get independence now (including, or especially, Texas secessionists). Of course, out of historical connection, we should grant automatic refuge status to anyone wanting to leave that confederation, but other than that just let them be a second Mexico (keep friendly relations, liberalize immigration policy, but let Alabama, Texas, Georgia, etc. fund themselves, and run their own government without foreign aid.
September 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm
David Mertz "The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends." -Friedrich Nietzsche
August 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Taken from Forbidden Zone(1980)
August 29, 2009 at 11:17 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.funnyordie.com
In an effort to fund his award-winning films, warrior/poet Werner Herzog agreed to host an American domestic TV show. It has never aired... until now. Obsessive filmmaker Werner Herzog takes us on a quest to the jungle in search of the perfect ingredient... ...
August 29, 2009 at 10:43 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz mediamatters.org
See, this is what I like about Fox. They let you decide where Egypt is instead of having some fancy pants elitist tell ya!
August 29, 2009 at 10:31 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Brilliant.
what Tarantino thinks about Topgun.
August 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." --Edward M. Kennedy
August 26, 2009 at 11:10 am Friends and Networks
Leah Rogers Beautiful.
August 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm
David Mertz I'm weak, and cannot stop myself from posting this.
An ode to female programmers. Find more great music @ http://dalechase.com http://twitter.com/daleochase Song lyrics here: http://bit.ly/ElczW
August 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz news.stanford.edu
People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found.
August 25, 2009 at 11:33 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz The Way We Live Now: South Philly Couple Wants $400-A-Week BiLingual Super-Intelligent Ombuds-slave With No Self-Esteem Whatsoever And A Fantastic Immune System
Jobs: There is a more than average likelihood that you, or someone you know, is looking for one right now. And while it’s usually our policy to allow people to do what they will on the Craigslist ...
August 25, 2009 at 11:15 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz "He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death." - Saki
August 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2009/08/23/2009-08-23_rapper_schools_record_label_qns_ma_makes_warner_music_foot_bill_for_phd.html
Twenty-five years after the first queen of hip-hop was stiffed on her royalty checks, Dr. Roxanne Shante boasts an Ivy League Ph.D. - financed by a forgotten clause in her first record deal.
August 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.cnn.com
Facebook, for better or worse, is like being at a big party with all your friends, family, acquaintances and co-workers.
August 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Another one of those tagging/list things. I'm not going to do the chain mail part, but for anyone who cares, here's my list. Once you've been tagged... (1) Turn on your MP3 player. (2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode...
August 22, 2009 at 12:46 pm
David Mertz "With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." -Steven Weinberg
August 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
August 22, 2009 at 12:39 am
David Mertz "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." - Emo Phillips
August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.guardian.co.uk
Slavoj Zizek: Condemnation of 'illegal' settlements and violence only blurs the reality of what the Israeli state is sanctioning, day by day
August 20, 2009 at 9:45 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Stay left!
August 21, 2009 at 9:55 am
David Mertz
Geysol Johana Lopez Vazquez Fitness Zone In this post, I feel I must partially recant my complaints about lack of public communal spaces in Los Angeles...
August 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm
David Mertz I'll be there again in August. MAS is coming too, anyone else want to join us?
Mindshare LA is a unique monthly event which draws a brilliant crowd seeking connections, experiences and exposure to new ideas. Over the past three years a zealous following has developed around what...
August 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz likes opium, dislikes religion.
August 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/EP07398441_c.pdf
[P]opulation diversity and immigration correlate weakly with 1st world socioeconomic conditions, and high levels of income disparity, popular religiosity as measured by differing levels of belief and activity, and rejection of evolutionary science correlate strongly negatively with improving conditions.
August 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Uh oh, some couples are taking this Facebook thing a little too far!! Let's find out what happens when Facebook goes wrong...
August 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Contrast the 5% rate of sex-crime recidivism with the general recidivism rate of 68%.
Presents, for the first time, data on the rearrest, reconviction, and reimprisonment of 9,691 male sex offenders, including 4,295 child molesters, who were tracked for 3 years after their release from prisons in 15 States in 1994.
August 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz From a different source: "According to Human Rights Watch, at least five states require registration for people who visit prostitutes, 29 require it for consensual sex between young teenagers and 32 require it for indecent exposure. Some prosecutors are now stretching the definition of 'distributing child pornography' to include teens who text half-naked photos of themselves to their friends."
August 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm
David Mertz "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." --Miss Piggy
August 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.theonion.com
In The Know panelists discuss whether seeing images of dead babies and bludgeoned prostitutes in our sleep is desensitizing Americans to violence.
August 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm Friends and Networks
Scott Singer Looking online for resources on using Python to do some XML database stuff and who do I run across? The "data masseur" himself - you :) This whole inter-web thing is sure super neat.
August 10, 2009 at 11:48 am
David Mertz Cool. Are you a programmer nowadays, then?

I'm pretty well known in Python circles, so if you wander over here, I'm afraid you'll keep seeing my name. :-)
August 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm
Scott Singer Not a programmer per se. I'm a visual effects supervisor/animator and I need to program as part of that. Just moved from PDI/Dreamworks to Tippett Studio and I need to figure out how to use Python and XML+schema to do some lightweight process automation. Luckily for me, my girlfriend is a _real_ programmer :)
August 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm
David Mertz : Call any vegetable, and the chances are good that the vegetable will respond to you
August 10, 2009 at 10:49 am Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson Oh really? Then why oh why am I being ignored by a rutabaga? Friggin' outliers!
August 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm
David Mertz www.theonion.com
Friends and family are hoping for the return of missing woman Rachel Emmich, who they say is strong of body and never lazy or indolent.
August 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson "known for being friendly, difficult to exhaust"
August 10, 2009 at 8:25 pm
David Mertz What if the unthinkable were to happen? ...
August 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm
David Mertz www.youtube.com
From the Home Office in Wahoo, Nebraska...
August 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.huffingtonpost.com
New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn't make it a smart country. Before I go about demonstrating how, sadly, easy it is to prove this, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences.
August 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz thinks syntax recapitulates syntagma. Death to essence! Death to depth!
August 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
It is an old documentary (from 1995), but one I only got around to watching last night. The Celluloid Closet is worth watching, if you can put aside just how seriously it takes itself, and just enjoy the delightful old movie clips it incorporates...
August 5, 2009 at 12:23 am
David Mertz
Worship/Warship You gotta grant Los Angeles its geographic or climatic diversity...
August 4, 2009 at 2:03 am
Christina Wilson It's true, the local parks -- like Runyon Cyn and Will Rogers -- are pretty great. And, of course, there's Griffith Park, which is, I believe, the largest urban park in the U.S. in terms of acreage. As for desert, if you're enamored, try heading east on the 10 for about 2 hours until you get into Joshua Tree and then feast your eyes.
August 4, 2009 at 5:23 am
David Mertz thinks _The Celluloid Closet_ documentary would have been 100 times better if it hadn't suffered from all the Hollywood cliches of editing, soundtrack, general self-congratulation about how much film matters, etc. Y'know, if it was _A Pervert's Guide to
August 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm Friends and Networks
Bob Mehler Dude, I totally agree. However, the Spartacus scenes were still great.
August 4, 2009 at 2:41 am
David Mertz
August 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm Everyone
David Mertz We mean it, man!
August 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Michael McIntosh *chuckle*
August 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm
David Mertz According to http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp I am ENFJ (1/75/12/78). Take it or leave it.
Online test based on Jung - Myers-Briggs personality approach provides your type formula, type description, and career choices
August 1, 2009 at 11:07 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz is on the waiting list onto death.
July 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm Friends and Networks
Christina Wilson
If you've been tagged or you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these non sequitur questions, writing your own response, and tagging whomever you want. If I tagged you, it'd be nice if you tagged me back. But even that is not necessary. None of this is. Low stress. 1...
July 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm
David Mertz 's body is a torn canvas.
July 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Feel free to read too much into the status. However, lacking knowledge of metaphor, I was merely noting my tattoos and cat scratches.
July 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm
David Mertz
Dr. Kenneth Anger Hollywood’s fabulous Cinespia film series has received notice here at Metblogs a number of times in the past. I finally made it to my first screening there, which happened as well to be my first my first viewing of films of Los Angeles’ own Kenneth Anger. D...
July 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Christina Wilson Hope OSCON is treating you right.
July 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm
David Mertz It's quite the whirlwind. In particular, a surprising number of sessions on open government/voting, in which I need to schmooze, exchange cards, make connections, etc. I guess that's the theme of my writeup... since I have those other reasons I need to follow this for my future job (hopefully).
July 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm
David Mertz thinks there is no sleep for the wicked, and not much for him either.
July 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm Friends and Networks
Martin Blais Well, stop servicing so many ships.
July 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm
David Mertz As if!

All by myself, sleepless in the Sea of Los Angeles.
July 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm
David Mertz Most of us know all this, but Nadelmann does a good job of saying it.
Ethan Nadelmann speaks at the annual NAACP Convention. The talk is on a panel called Smarter Strategies toward Safer Communities.
July 21, 2009 at 3:54 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz
July 19, 2009 at 10:31 am
David Mertz
I happen to be reading the Wikipedia article on Horizontal Gene Transfer in the bath last night...
July 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm
Christina Wilson Well, that's because CRD left ample room in his writing for the mystery of the unseen. The proponents of "intelligent design" who rail against him should really try reading "On the Origin of Species" first-hand. Of course, the poet in me is drawn to that compelling tree image (Neruda's _Arbol Adentro_ has a similar effect); it is deeply resonant. But of course it's a Platonic fallacy to assign anything but a purely formally useful truth-value to it. Evolution as "basically reticulate" resonates in a different part of my core as viable and correct.
July 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm
David Mertz
Our estimable friend and blog author, Chal Pivik posted a description of the statement “Prepare to Prevail,” written by three LGBT advocacy groups. These groups urged advocates of marriage equality to wait. Or...
July 18, 2009 at 1:23 am
David Mertz Social experiment: if you read this, even if we don't speak often, post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want, either good or bad. When you're finished, post this paragraph on your own status and you will be surprised with wha
July 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Imposters! The nerve of them (including those born before me).
David just estimated How Many "David Mertz"s Are There are in the United States. There are approximately 8,516 people with the last name Mertz. This Surname ranks the 4,209 most common in the United States. There are an estimated 4,182 Males with the last name "Mertz". It is further estimated that there are about 17 Males with the exact name, David Mertz.
July 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm
David Mertz This estimate is significantly fewer than the number of people with this name on FB (some of those FB's could be duplicate accounts, it is true). I think the algorithm is flawed in not identifying the strong positive correlation between first and last names (that happens for linguistic/nationality reasons). "David Mertz" is pretty much to be expected in that clustering; "Anand Yamamoto" or "Latisha Nguyen" are less likely to occur.... no?
July 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero You assume that the value of the application lies in offering a reasonably accurate guesstimate. The app is a diversion.
July 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm
David Mertz
Exene Cervenka at CAFAM At the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) last Sunday, I had the pleasure of hearing a reading by legendary Los Angeles fixture, Exene Cervenka...
July 16, 2009 at 1:20 am
David Mertz www.neatorama.com
Here’s an excellent example of pwnage: when the white supremacist group VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK tried to host a hate rally in Knoxville, Tennessee, they were foiled by … clowns!
July 16, 2009 at 12:16 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Ex nihilo LA fit Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, and to my dear Fairfax District, I’ve been meaning to eat at the historical Johnie’s Coffee Shop on Wilshire and Fairfax. Of course, as with most things LA, the shop is a familiar combination of wide repute and complete unreality. Du...
July 15, 2009 at 8:33 pm
David Mertz wishes we could replace Thomas, Scalia, and Alito with Justices who cared about jurisprudence.
July 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz OK, it's worked out. I am a roving reporter again this year. Up in sexy San Jose.
We moved this page to http://www.oscon.com/facebook
July 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz wishes to promote the phrase "Whisky Tango Foxtrot", which he steals from the status message of his favorite punk anarcho-Canadian evolutionary psychologist.
July 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm Friends and Networks
Pete Hurd rock on!
July 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm
David Mertz Check out this event!
David registered for an event using Eventbrite! Mindshare / July 2009Hosted by MindshareThursday, July 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM - Friday, July 17, 2009 at 1:00 AM (PT)The Firehouse - Los Angeles, CA
July 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Christina Wilson I've gone to one of these before. I was underwhelmed. This one coming up could tempt me back though. Are you going to be there?
July 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm
David Mertz ain't no fuckin' Cartesian.
July 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Never did; but more relevantly, I don't have any particularly transparent or priviledged access to my own mental states.
July 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm
David Mertz http://www.mindshare.la/events.html
After last month's food truck success we've booked Calbi BBQ for the 16th! "Taste the authentic, perfectly marinated Korean BBQ fused in Mexican wrap. Cooked right on the truck, on the streets of Los Angeles." So skip dinner, they'll be serving all night!
July 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Would someone in the LA area like to go to this event with me?
July 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm
David Mertz is looking forward to 12:34:56 07/08/09
July 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz QOTD: Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.
July 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz is heading to NYC this week.
July 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm Friends and Networks
Celeste Thompson Have a great trip. I'm sad to not be coming home, but you'll just have to visit Rome!
July 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm
David Mertz Microsoft's improving ethical standards.
July 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz WTF?
David completed the quiz "What U.S. state do you belong in?" with the result South Dakota. You prefer pine trees to palm trees, rivers to oceans, and mountains to skyscrapers. You pride yourself on your independence and open-minded attitude. You consider yourself extremely self-sufficient, but you have an extremely close-knit group of friends and family that you would do anything for. Everyone that knows you adores you and you have absolutely no enemies. You don't envy those with money, nice cars, or huge mansions, because you know that "the finer things" in life aren't material. You are extremely well-educated and will most definitely end up in a career that will make a difference in the world. Although you know you don't need to be in a relationship to be happy, you will be completely and entirely lovestruck by someone that is enamored by your inner beauty. .
July 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm
David Mertz Actually, the description is pretty good. Just not the part about mountains over skyscrapers. I like cities, and SD isn't big on those.
July 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Amela Gunther that is funny!.:)
July 3, 2009 at 10:42 pm
David Mertz Thought crimes are the best kind of all!
A Tennessee man is facing charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor for what authorities say are three pictures -- none of them featuring an actual child's body.
July 3, 2009 at 12:42 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz A welcome refusal by a judge against one of the scariest prosecutorial abuses of recent memory!
Lori Drew was accused of breaking federal law last year after helping to orchestrate a MySpace hoax that left a neighbor's child dead. Now, a judge has overturned her convictions, saying that the law in question doesn't apply to mere terms of service violations.
July 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Let's hope for another good judge this week.
The lead attorney for ousted professor Ward Churchill came out swinging during his client’s reinstatement hearing Wednesday, pushing a high-level University of Colorado administrator into admitting under ...
July 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Mindshare LA is a unique monthly event which draws a brilliant crowd seeking connections, experiences and exposure to new ideas. Over the past three years a zealous following has developed around what...
July 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Put an X by the states you have been to. The average is 8; how do you match up? [what average? -dqm] Should you chose to play, here's what you do: Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select "write a new note" in the top right corner. P...
July 1, 2009 at 11:01 am
David Mertz I've planned so well.
ScienceDaily (June 29, 2009) Underweight people and those who are extremely obese die earlier than people of normal weight—but those who are overweight actually live longer than people of normal weight. ...
June 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Bumps versus humps Since I arrived in Los Angeles, and to my lovely Fairfax District, I have noticed a gesture toward block-by-block neighborhood autonomy. It is apparently the perogative of each residential block to decide whether it wishes to be a “bump street” or a “hump stree”. There ...
June 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm
David Mertz For this FB mirror of my LA Metblogs post: The video embedding seems messed up. The relevant video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD_vJRatx-A
June 29, 2009 at 2:11 am
David Mertz www.nytimes.com
The National Archives has rightly released another 154 hours of Richard Nixon’s secret tapes which is 2,371 hours in total and 700 more hours to come.
June 28, 2009 at 10:43 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz They don't make them like Tricky Dick anymore... unless you count Cheney, of course :-(:

Discussing the Supreme Court’s decriminalizing of abortion, Nixon allows that abortion is necessary “when you have a black and a white” pregnancy. He’s heard urging a party leader to field more female candidates. “Understand, I don’t do it because I’m for women,” he stresses. Nixon, who ran on the theme of “bringing us together,” growls that calls for unity should be flushed “down the goddamn john.” He praises his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, then orders that Mr. Kissinger’s phone logs be surreptitiously reported to the White House. “On his private phone, too,” adds the president.
June 28, 2009 at 10:44 am
David Mertz arstechnica.com
The FBI continues its secrecy binge by filing a classified justification of its use of a gag order on an ISP in the ongoing Doe v. Holder battle.
June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz
It feels like I’m spending my life at the library nowadays. There are surely many far worse fates. The LA Central Library’s ALOUD series of free lectures continues to attract me back, with an ever fascinating array of guests. La...
June 25, 2009 at 7:17 pm
David Mertz
The central library of John Carter's Mars? Update: It appears that Mrs. Lulu has snuck into the blog again. The following contains her observations of a delightful lecture at L.A.’s magnificent Central Library. ...
June 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm
David Mertz
Memento mori In keeping with the fact that this bumper sticker was found on a Prius, we might expect the moral being conveyed is that one brings about death by unsafely talking on a cell phone while driving...
June 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm
David Mertz is an old geek: find my_lawn -name kids\* -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rvf
June 21, 2009 at 11:18 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz is an old geek: find my_lawn -name kids\* -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm -rvf
June 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz find my_lawn -name kids\* -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm -rvf
June 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz I remain more influenced by the gene sequencing evidence than by the morphological argument. But it's interesting that this issue is still open.
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2009) New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. ...
June 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Visualizing information
Ideology numbers are Martin-Quinn scores, developed by political scientists Andrew Martin (Washington University) and Kevin Quinn (Harvard University) to measure "the relative location of each U.S. Supreme Court justice on an ideological continuum."
June 19, 2009 at 2:30 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz Check out this event!
David registered for an event using Eventbrite! Mindshare / June 2009Hosted by MindshareThursday, June 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM - Friday, June 19, 2009 at 1:00 AM (PT)The Firehouse - Los Angeles, CA
June 18, 2009 at 9:24 am
David Mertz
"The first diet cola for men" (3rd St, Near Fairfax)I Your author, Lulu, is a manly man. Brimming with machismo and testosterone...
June 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm
David Mertz A bit of good from this administration.
President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said.
June 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm Friends and Networks
Mike Urbanski A step in the right direction, after a few missteps in the past week or so.
June 17, 2009 at 7:30 am
David Mertz
Long live the wildcat strike Sorry for the absence, readers. Whimsy brings me back though. Somewhere in LA, perhaps everywhere in LA, chaos reigns this week. Or at least such is the hope of some artists from UCLA’s REMAP (Research in Engineering, Media and Performance). ...
June 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Scott Singer Wasn't Malcolm MacLaren a Situationist in the 60's? I think he claimed responsibility for the 68 riots in Paris
June 16, 2009 at 6:47 am
David Mertz thinks that people are nutsy.
June 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm Friends and Networks
Susan Jane Urbanski Hello Pot? It's Kettle calling! You're black!
June 16, 2009 at 6:23 am
David Mertz It's nice to see the Christian Science Monitor taking this position in favor of what is obviously mandates by international law.
International law allows no exceptions.
June 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz is waiting for it all to make sense
June 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm Friends and Networks
Scott Singer okay - I rebooted the whole goddamn thing. It should make sense now.
June 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm
David Mertz waiting for it all to make sense.
June 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm Friends and Networks
Mari-Anne Mahlau you're going to have to wait a very long time I fear my friend. :-)
June 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm
David Mertz Perhaps so. It makes a little bit more sense with the needed verb added to the status message at least. :-)
June 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz Who wants to go to this?
It’s been called everything from "a circus on acid" to "French burlesque meets Sweeney Todd." Cirque Berzerk's unique flavor of adult psychedelic vaudevillian tomfoolery returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Performances run Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, August 9, 2009. From stilt walkers to aerialists to punk rock clowns to pro riggers, we work together as a cohesive unit to produce visions of sexy firey burlesque, dramatic flight and vaudevillian tomfoolery. Cirque Berzerk makes the fantasy come to life. From individual acts & roaming characters to theme specific stage shows we dance on the high wire of sensual wonderment. We are a tight knit crew who finds immense joy in putting on a mind-blowing show; and according to audiences and clients the energy & joy is infectious. We love to take our show on the road…keep your eyes peeled- soon our circus will roll into a town near you! http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/24/entertainment/gd-events24 http://www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/the_sexy_and_the_scary/7316/ http://losangeles.metromix.com/events/article/berserk-for-the-cirque/500066/content
June 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm Friends and Networks
Robb Ecker
Mostly from back in the day in Boulder
June 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Celeste Thompson
Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose...
June 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Travis Koplow
Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose...
June 10, 2009 at 12:18 am
David Mertz
Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose...
June 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm
Dawn Finley
The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me. ...
June 5, 2009 at 10:23 am
David Mertz is woe (but working on it)
June 2, 2009 at 9:58 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz gnosis.cx
The marketplace of ideas is an exciting place to be, but frankly, we have overbought from our supplier. Our loss can be your gain however! Give us your invisible hand with our extra supplies so that we can continue to offer you the finest intellectual merchandise at reasonable rates. ...
May 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm Friends and Networks
Carnot Antonio Romero LOL...
June 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm
David Mertz
As many of you might be aware, Leonard Cohen’s world tour includes a September 24 concert in Tel Aviv that Join the British Committee for Universities for Palestine (BRICUP), the Palestinian campaig...
May 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
a group for fans of not being run down by a train.
May 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
My dearest native informant has insisted since I arrived in the City of Angels that the parking notices are self-evident...
May 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm
David Mertz is in San Francisco
May 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm Friends and Networks
Travis Koplow
May 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm
David Mertz
It is not advisable, nor was it ever, to lead a Dada life. – Andrei Codrescu The Los Angeles Public Library runs a wonderful speaker series called ALOUD (really it is “lectures, readings, performances & discussions” according to its billing) at the Central Library). The...
April 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm
David Mertz
Please pass the saccharine For the third installment of this occasional series, I again fail to stay within the actual borders of Los Angeles proper, straying again into one of those Island municipalities that dot our landscape within LA county...
April 25, 2009 at 2:57 am
David Mertz
Lesbian tires grip well Already two posts into the series, I am compelled to confess I am breaking genre slightly. Not too badly, I believe still within the conceit of the title...
April 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm
David Mertz
I am often intrigued by the art that proprietors decide to hang in their restrooms, particularly in restaurants, though other establishments have their quirks too...
April 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm
David Mertz is an archivist (and proud of it)
April 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm Friends and Networks
Mike Urbanski I thought you were an anarchist?
April 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm
David Mertz An anarchist with good records though
April 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm
David Mertz Here's a technologists pass
April 17, 2009 at 11:17 am
David Mertz
April 17, 2009 at 11:02 am
David Mertz
I was animpostorat the Silent Movie Theater this Tuesday evening. This was the second screening in Writers in Treatment’s Reel Recovery Film Series, Billy Wilder’s amazing 1945 film The Lost Weekend. Ou...
April 15, 2009 at 3:22 am
David Mertz
OK, so Compton isn’t actually Los Angeles, but then neither is Beverly Hills which is widely featured in other songs of this series. Perhaps the series title refers to the county rather than the city. In any case, there is a striking lacuna of songs south of I-10, let alone south of I-105. ...
April 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm
David Mertz
Back on March 10, the National Center on Family Homelessness released a report with the widely reported headline 1in 50 children in America are homeless each year. Its summary continues, “Without a voice, more than 1.5 million of our nation’s children go to sleep without a home each year. ” ...
April 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm
David Mertz is putting out the fire with gasoline
April 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz flies around
April 8, 2009 at 11:12 am Friends and Networks
Dawn Finley When are you flying back?
April 8, 2009 at 11:45 am
David Mertz
Provident Children disposing of their deceased Mother's Effects for the Benefit of the Creditors! I couple weeks ago, the lovely Mrs. Lulu had the chance to find her own little niche in our charming global depression. Below is a guest commentary: Wednesday March 25th, 11 am in LA...
April 7, 2009 at 2:43 am
David Mertz
I am considering a left turn... For naught did I study hermeneutics. Traffic signs are shrouded. On the other hand, the parking signs are still far more opaque to me overall...
April 6, 2009 at 3:29 am
David Mertz
The Flapper I was walking at night, near my home, in what the LA Times apparently calls “Mid-City,” and found myself strangely transported by the spirits of the stucco and Spanish-style 1920s houses on these nice blocks. I...
April 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm
David Mertz
A simulacrum of nothing much One of the many horrors of L.A. architecture is certainly its over-presentation in movies and television...
April 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm
David Mertz tries to put out fires with jet fuel
April 2, 2009 at 1:08 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz took the "What kind of writer are you?" quiz and the result is: Leo Tolstoy
David took What kind of writer are you? quiz and the result is Leo Tolstoy The Russian.
March 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm
Paris Finley It's the beard, David. Without it, you would have been e.e.cummings.
March 20, 2009 at 4:57 am
Bob Mehler He's too anti-intellectual and way too spiritual. I was thinking Sartre, Dostoevsky or Kafka for you Quid.
March 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm
David Mertz is a reliable workhorse
March 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm Friends and Networks
Cheryl Ann Fillekes ...who works smarter!
March 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm
David Mertz took the "WHICH SEXY LADY ARE YOU?" quiz and the result is: GRACE KELLY
March 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm
Bob Mehler Hey man,
Let's all move to Paris!
March 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm
David Mertz My 21st Century
March 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm Everyone
Paris Finley What the--? Mary Ann, don't let him talk you into believing any of that future stuff.
March 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Dawn Finley I just get the feeling the FB wave is cresting. It's a curious phenomenon, the fad. But they had those back in the day too.
March 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz
David took the BrainFall.com quiz "What City Should You Live In?" and got the result "I Should Live in Paris." You should live in Paris. The city of lights will appeal to your appreciation of beauty and romance. You are a lover and a poet by nature, and Paris' sensitive charms will be a perfect match for yours.
March 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm
David Mertz Probably not my favorite music, but maybe moderately OK folk-rock?
February 26, 2009 at 2:02 am Everyone
David Mertz This experiment proved sicker than I could have imagined... and yet, somehow entirely plausible as a sort of album that might exist, but that I would be horrified to listen to.
February 25, 2009 at 2:47 am Everyone
Travis Koplow Was the picture really of a bride and groom on the train tracks? That's just about the best wedding picture ever.
February 25, 2009 at 11:19 am
David Mertz www.nytimes.com
The reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran its sophistication and culture than all the inflammatory rhetoric.
February 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm Friends and Networks
Travis Koplow I'm not sure what Cohen means by "inflammatory rhetoric," but I dispute his premise "It’s important to decide what’s more significant: the annihilationist anti-Israel ranting, the Holocaust denial and other Iranian provocations — or the fact of a Jewish community living, working and worshipping in relative tranquillity." It seems to me that privileging one of these things over the other tells only part of the story. This is why I so rarely voluntarily discuss Israel with people. Death to all fanatics!
February 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm
David Mertz I thought Cohen's article was interesting, but it definitely missed some big points. I think Iran's current regime isn't *worse* for Jews who live there than it is for Muslims, Zoroastrians, or Christians who do. That point is probably an important lesson for many unreflectively anti-Iranian demagogues in the USA (and in Israel and elsewhere). On the other hand, it *is* a pretty awful regime in lots of ways, with a really dreadful record on human rights, women's rights, and electoral freedom.

Mostly, a chalk up the touchy-feely parts of Cohen's article to an excess of cuddliness at the Gray Lady. I still think his piece is worth glancing at overall.
February 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm
David Mertz Use the Google
February 25, 2009 at 1:06 am
David Mertz Gender Euphoria
February 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.trapcall.com
When Trapcall receives the blocked call, our ultra-high tech servers snap their digital fingers and the convenience begins...
February 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz thinks the hoopla over Facebook's change in TOS is misguided alarmism.
February 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm Friends and Networks
Dawn Finley I wondered what you would think.
February 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm
David Mertz Take a look at the CEO's response. It seems basically correct. Take his "trust us, we'd never do anything wrong" with a big grain of salt. The terms themselves amount to the fact that you shouldn't ever have posted something to FB that would deeply embarrass you, and you still shouldn't do so with the revised TOS.

See: http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=68196410434&h=cBtYQ&u=EaN8z

In slightly more technical terms, the TOS extends the duration of a non-exclusive publication permission that you already grant to FB on the materials you create for the site.
February 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm
David Mertz
OK... the tagging and rules are painfully annoying. And I confess that as much as I love my friends, I cannot really manage to read past about 5 of anyone's 25 things without suffering brain-splitting ennui. So mind you, I certainly don't imagine mine will be interesting...
February 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz isn't sure one has to crawl before walk, but knows one has to lie before telling the truth.
February 9, 2009 at 12:48 am Friends and Networks
February 9, 2009 at 8:55 am
David Mertz is just a simple Lacanian
February 6, 2009 at 2:34 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz may be reached at `echo "scale=6131;sqrt(2)"|bc -l|tr 0-9 o.Qx@nscgi|cut -c2-12|tail -1`
January 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
Fractal Sleeve
January 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm
David Mertz Fractal Sleeve
January 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm Everyone
Cheryl Ann Fillekes It's like a Kandinsky...nice!
February 6, 2009 at 7:35 am
Bennelong Bicyclist If you look closely... it looks the same, but if you look really closely... it still looks the same.
May 22, 2010 at 3:32 am
David Mertz is `echo "scale=281;sqrt(2)"|bc|tail -1|cut -c2-|tr 89_23014576 Mr.Dedavitz`
January 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
January 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm
David Mertz is `"scale=281;sqrt(2)"|bc|tail -1|cut -c2-|tr 89_23014576 Mr.Dedavitz`
January 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz is echo "scale=281;sqrt(2)"|bc|tail -1|cut -c2-|tr 89_23014576 Mr.Dedavitz
January 24, 2009 at 12:37 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz dying on the installment plan
January 23, 2009 at 3:03 am Friends and Networks
Dawn Finley Hm. A journey to the end of night, perhaps?
January 23, 2009 at 3:34 am
David Mertz Now with more truthiness
January 19, 2009 at 1:49 am Everyone
David Mertz My LA gay cop hairstyle (2 weeks strong). Wanna read my screenplay?
January 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm Everyone
Dawn Finley Maybe I should try photographing you again . . . you need more shots where you don't look, uhh, a little scary . . . . Headshot anyone?
January 27, 2009 at 12:11 am
David Mertz has many channels and fewer storage bins
January 12, 2009 at 11:47 pm Friends and Networks
Dawn Finley I'm confused about how the channels and storage bins are related.
January 13, 2009 at 12:01 am
David Mertz is demoing software
January 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
December 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm
David Mertz Quiero!
December 26, 2008 at 5:03 pm Everyone
Travis Koplow So I just found out that te quiero means "I love you" too. Probably everyone but me knew that already but I was like "oh!"
January 8, 2009 at 2:17 am
David Mertz is marked
December 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Created with TouchGraph Photos http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=3267890192
December 13, 2008 at 2:11 am Everyone
David Mertz Added Dec 12, 2008; supersedes earlier version (with fewer friends on Facebook at that time)
December 13, 2008 at 2:13 am
David Mertz
Created with TouchGraph Photos http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=3267890192
December 13, 2008 at 2:11 am
Leah Rogers
A FaceBook-facilitated reunion!
December 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm
David Mertz is waiting for the man
December 7, 2008 at 2:11 am Friends and Networks
Travis Koplow He's never early
December 7, 2008 at 2:27 am
Martin Blais Be careful what you wish for!
December 8, 2008 at 12:25 am
David Mertz is not. Soon he'll desire.
November 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz 7 new photos
November 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm Everyone
David Mertz 17 new photos
Mostly in this town, but at least in the last couple year time frame.
November 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm
David Mertz Mostly in this town, but at least in the last couple year time frame.
November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz Mostly in this town, but at least in the last couple year time frame.
November 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm Everyone
David Mertz
Mostly in this town, but at least in the last couple year time frame.
November 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm
David Mertz
November 26, 2008 at 1:44 pm
David Mertz Created with TouchGraph Photos http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=3267890192
November 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz
Created with TouchGraph Photos http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=3267890192
November 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm
David Mertz still thinks everything is always exactly what it seems.
November 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm Friends and Networks
Ivon Katz An awfully confident attitude ;) William James' interpretation (Principles of Psych., p. 635) seems much more likely to me: http://books.google.com/books?id=evyPNZFOIo4C&pg=RA3-PA635&lpg=RA3-PA635&dq=the+world%27s+contents+purposes+and+ends&source=web&ots=Fa3EXdmN2d&sig=5yV4zq0V4p2qTL2qKh--W1Ghc8g&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result
November 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm
David Mertz Seeming is more subtle than it might seem.
November 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm
David Mertz
David played TRUNDLES for 60 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm
David Mertz
David played OREGANOS for 59 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm
David Mertz
David played RETURNEE for 58 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 8, 2008 at 11:39 am
David Mertz
David played INTITLED for 158 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm
David Mertz
David played BORATES for 80 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm
David Mertz
David played RELOCATE for 60 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 7, 2008 at 3:19 am
David Mertz
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November 7, 2008 at 2:34 am
David Mertz
David played DOGVANES for 64 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 7, 2008 at 2:30 am
David Mertz thinks "four years of things not getting worse"!
November 4, 2008 at 10:56 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
David played ALEHOUSE for 65 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 4, 2008 at 8:53 pm
David Mertz
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November 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm
David Mertz
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November 4, 2008 at 10:29 am
David Mertz
David played PONTILS for 72 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 4, 2008 at 3:17 am
David Mertz has donated his status to remind everyone to vote for Barack Obama today.
November 4, 2008 at 3:07 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz
David played MAESTRI for 116 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 4, 2008 at 2:31 am
David Mertz
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November 4, 2008 at 12:43 am
David Mertz
David played ANCONEAL for 89 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
November 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm
David Mertz
David played PAHLAVIS for 126 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
October 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm
David Mertz and his tropes are soon to exhibit a tropism, fondly.
October 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
David played BUTTERS for 67 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
October 26, 2008 at 10:48 am
David Mertz
David played MANDRILS for 64 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
October 26, 2008 at 1:48 am
David Mertz
David played DERIVATE for 67 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
October 22, 2008 at 1:58 am
David Mertz
David played CALDRON for 300 points in Wordscraper! Are you better? Click here to prove it! Try your hand at the most amazing game on Facebook and improve your vocabulary!
October 22, 2008 at 1:41 am
David Mertz just played UNENVIED for 74 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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October 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 211 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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October 6, 2008 at 1:07 am
David Mertz just played TABULIS for 78 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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October 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm
David Mertz is playing at Wordscraper!
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October 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 256 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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October 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm
David Mertz just played TADPOLES for 113 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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October 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm
David Mertz is playing at Wordscraper!
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October 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 325 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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October 2, 2008 at 12:42 am
David Mertz is ... y'know.
October 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz just played LATRINES for 86 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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September 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm
David Mertz is playing at Wordscraper!
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September 29, 2008 at 9:21 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 212 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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September 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 156 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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September 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 56 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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September 28, 2008 at 2:15 pm
David Mertz just played TESTATOR for 72 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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September 27, 2008 at 11:38 am
David Mertz just played OSSICLE for 103 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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September 27, 2008 at 12:20 am
David Mertz just played HERSELF for 65 points in Wordscraper! Are you better?
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September 26, 2008 at 11:34 pm
David Mertz is playing at Wordscraper!
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September 26, 2008 at 11:34 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 314 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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September 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm
David Mertz has WON a game of Wordscraper by 176 points! Do you think you can defeat David?
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September 26, 2008 at 11:56 am
David Mertz is getting older
September 12, 2008 at 9:10 am Friends and Networks
David Mertz obeys all three laws of thermodynamics
September 3, 2008 at 12:53 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz
July 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm
David Mertz will be an intrepid reporter at OSCON 2008
July 19, 2008 at 1:00 am
David Mertz took a movie quiz!
Recognize Any Of These?? (#2) - David answered 8 of 10 questions correctly for a score of 80%. Take the quiz > | Make your own
July 18, 2008 at 1:45 am
David Mertz is hopeful
June 29, 2008 at 1:31 am
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
David Mertz wants to see "Kung Fu Panda" Me too! | View Trailer
June 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm
David Mertz stil ain't
May 25, 2008 at 12:39 pm
David Mertz has just become a millionaire on &quot;Be a Billionaire!&quot;
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May 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm
David Mertz
May 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm Everyone
David Mertz has earned new bling in Smarty Pants
He added bling to a pair of Safari Pants! Play Smarty Pants!
April 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm
David Mertz found someone interesting on Are You Interested?!
April 6, 2008 at 8:34 am
David Mertz is still looking for a proto-indo-european linguist
April 5, 2008 at 10:31 pm
David Mertz voted for friends on Yes or No
April 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm
David Mertz found someone interesting at MeetMe @ HOTorNOT!
April 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm
David Mertz is checking out MeetMe @ HOTorNOT!
April 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm
David Mertz found some 'Matches' on Are You Interested?!
April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm
David Mertz has earned new bling in Smarty Pants
He added bling to a pair of Baggy Pants! Play Smarty Pants!
March 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm
David Mertz nominated friends for Superlatives!
David nominated Mari-Anne Mahlau as Most Likely to Bring Sexy Back. Give David a Superlative!
March 21, 2008 at 9:58 am
David Mertz David Mertz was reviewing friends' friends for dating, using Spark
In his network, people have voted Shiho, Elisa, Amela, and Suzanne as most desired.
March 17, 2008 at 8:33 pm
David Mertz accepted a hatching egg from Jenny Hok. Click here to send a Egg!
Over the next 4 days it will hatch in your profile! Click here to view the egg
March 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm
David Mertz contemplates an amphiboly about amphibians at a CalTech frog pond: "Do not feed or remove animals from pond"
February 20, 2008 at 10:51 am
David Mertz sent friends a cool Valentine's gift with Flirtable!
February 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm
David Mertz is adding books to their profile.
January 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm
David Mertz is slouching towards Bethlehem
January 19, 2008 at 4:30 pm
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Pascal Fuks challenged David to take the "Goldorak" quiz on Flixster. Pascal's score was 100%. Take the quiz >>
January 18, 2008 at 6:52 am
David Mertz has just received a new post.
January 16, 2008 at 10:30 am
David Mertz was added as a friend on Flixster.
Pascal joined Flixster and connected with David. Add Flixster >>
January 2, 2008 at 5:05 am
David Mertz is dying on the installment plan
December 25, 2007 at 11:20 pm
David Mertz has received a new message.
December 23, 2007 at 3:34 pm
David Mertz is slouching towards bethlehem
December 18, 2007 at 11:56 pm
David Mertz has been SuperPokin'!
David has bought a drink for Booger Bob. Buy a drink for, smile at, or buy an AMF for David! ... OR SuperPoke back!
December 18, 2007 at 4:51 pm
David Mertz has received a 'YES'
December 11, 2007 at 9:13 pm
David Mertz received a new movie compatibility match.
Danielle Lamberti took the test and scored 64 (Best friends) with David. Compare your movie taste >
December 11, 2007 at 3:54 pm
David Mertz got another likeness match
December 10, 2007 at 4:55 pm
David Mertz has been SuperPokin'!
David has cuddled Elisa Suetake. Cuddle, bite, or lick David! ... OR SuperPoke back!
December 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm
David Mertz became a WereWolf!
Booger's Werewolf Howler bit you and turned them into a WereWolf!
December 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm
David Mertz 9 new photos
December 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm Everyone
David Mertz has received a 'YES'
December 4, 2007 at 7:32 pm
David Mertz is just plain crazy
December 4, 2007 at 4:41 pm
David Mertz Dawn Finley compared movie taste with David Mertz.
Dawn and David scored 52 (Bad match) on the Movie Compatibility Test. Compare Movie Taste with David >
December 2, 2007 at 9:16 pm
David Mertz just took the likeness quiz Priorities in Life
December 2, 2007 at 2:46 am
David Mertz Is David Mertz going to find a blind date with Facebook User?
You can write your own comments on any of folks available.
December 1, 2007 at 3:51 pm
David Mertz is being viewed on MeetMe @ HOTorNOT!
November 30, 2007 at 11:59 pm
David Mertz just took a new likeness quiz
November 14, 2007 at 3:03 pm
David Mertz added Flixster Movies.
David is now using Flixster to compare movie taste, share recommendations and take movie quiz challenges with friends.
November 13, 2007 at 9:48 am
Christopher Miles Wow 65 on the MCT! I had no idea! :)
November 13, 2007 at 7:19 am
David Mertz added Flixster Movies.
David is now using Flixster to compare movie taste, share recommendations and take movie quiz challenges with friends.
November 10, 2007 at 11:10 am
David Mertz is just plain crazy
November 5, 2007 at 4:04 pm
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