David Mertz

David Mertz "If Earth's species were meant to change over successive generations through physical modifications resulting from the adaptation to environmental challenges, then God would have given them the genetic predisposition to select mates and reproduce based on their favorable heritable traits and their ability to thrive under changing conditions so that these advantageous qualities would be passed down ..."
TOPEKA, KS—Any living being that undergoes genetic modification favoring survival could face jail time under the new law.
July 1, 2011 at 12:45 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/nyregion/strauss-kahn-case-seen-as-in-jeopardy.html
Investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that Dominique Strauss-Kahn attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May.
June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz Interesting. Can't hardly wait to read the next chapter.
June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist A movie is already in production, title "Unmade in Manhattan".
June 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He didn't try!
June 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz
"Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people...
June 29, 2011 at 11:03 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57860.html
Michele Bachmann cites Waterloo native John Wayne as an inspiration -- except it's serial killer John Wayne Gacy who's from the town.
June 28, 2011 at 10:05 am Everyone
Christina Wilson to each her own!
June 28, 2011 at 10:14 am
David Mertz http://tauday.com/
Happy Tau Day!
June 28, 2011 at 9:55 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist When I was a lad, each year my mother would bake me a perfectly round birthday cake, decorated with a large tau on the top.
June 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He always behaved in character in the dreams of others.
June 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm Everyone
Carnot Antonio Romero what a sad, sad line...
June 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist ...but out-of-character in his own.
June 27, 2011 at 1:03 am
David Mertz @Antonio: Actually, I find this fact (it really is basically true, not just a cute saying) to be very reassuring. @Bennelong: Actually, I pretty much act in my dreams just the way I would when awake, albeit sometimes in somewhat fantastic situations.
June 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist In your dreams...
June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann The other night I dreamt David and I were riding bicycles through the hallway of a school. He was in front of me, and in front of him was another man cycling and reading a book. The man dropped the book, and David rode by the book, but shouted back to me, "Pick that up -- I want to read that. It's by Maalouf." Now, this is totally believable. First, that David would expect me to pick up the book after he'd ridden by it. Second, that he would want to read something by Amin Maalouf.
June 29, 2011 at 11:29 am
David Mertz @MTM: I wasn't trying to be rude or bossy, in your dream. It's just that I already passed the book before I saw it was Maalouf, and we DID have to get to the picnic, so I didn't want to circle back.
June 29, 2011 at 11:50 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann We were going to picnic in front of the Fulton County Courthouse?
June 29, 2011 at 11:52 am
Carnot Antonio Romero David, I took it to suggest that he didn't have the agency to have dreams of his own, or to behave according to them.
June 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm
David Mertz @Antonio: Interesting, I actually just hadn't thought of 'dreams' in the sense of 'aspirations'--that makes for a different reading. I am so literal minded as only to think of, y'know, those moving pictures people watch when we're asleep. :-)
June 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist My dreams seem to involve more perspiration than aspiration.
June 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm
David Mertz So proud of the Empire State... but still wish they had gotten to it last week when I was in NYC so I could be present for 3 marriage equality actions.
June 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm Everyone
Anne Boyd It doesn't take effect for 30 days. Schedule your next visit accordingly.
June 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist It would be very easy to rewrite the lyrics of this as a tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apnRojgtmXs
June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm
David Mertz @Anne: I'll be in Portland then, Oregon should get its act together in the next few weeks :-).
June 25, 2011 at 8:39 am
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June 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Your two greatest heroes at the same gig!
June 24, 2011 at 1:16 am
David Mertz @BB: I'm not sure I quite have a ranked top-10, but these are both extremely interesting; too bad I'm on the wrong continent for it. I've met Zizek (very briefly) and heard him speak; I'm sure Assange would be fascinating to hear. Hopefully the whole thing will be available on audio or video after it occurs.
June 24, 2011 at 1:21 am
Kim Kubali Democracy Now has a public channel on Roku and an itunes channel. Although going to London to see it would be way more fun.
June 24, 2011 at 6:24 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @Metamertz: no, no, I meant Zizek and Goodman. I remember her coverage of Timor Leste. Assange is too much of a prat to be anyone's hero, although I agree he is interesting.
June 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm
David Mertz @Kim: your comment was my nudge to order a Roku today, in time for the symposium (and for other reasons).
June 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm
Martin Blais I hope this will be recorded.
June 25, 2011 at 6:07 am
Sly Picaro Army Badman Moderates Conversation Between Lulu and Lulz
June 26, 2011 at 11:16 am
David Mertz www.npr.org
College campuses offer gender-neutral dorms, a fashion model walks both male and female runways, and a Toronto couple refuses to reveal the sex of their baby--all signs that some people may be ready to relax their grip on gender categories.
June 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist At last I can come out and reveal that I am cisgendered!
June 24, 2011 at 12:40 am
Phoebe Churches Me too - despite causing massive gender confusion whereever i go since c. 1970.
June 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: david :: [State]; david = [alive] ++ repeat dead
June 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He was always such a haskell to deal with.
June 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Was this what you were speaking of?
Mike Watt co-founded one of the most beloved So Cal punk bands, the Minutemen. He's also one of the acclaimed bass players in modern rock history and he brin...
June 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/articles/mitt-romney-haunted-by-past-of-trying-to-help-unin,20097/
"Every day I am haunted by the fact that I gave impoverished Massachusetts citizens a chance to receive health care," Romney told reporters Wednesday, adding that he feels ashamed whenever he looks back at how he forged bipartisan support to help uninsured Americans afford medicine to cure their ill...
June 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibal_Holocaust
Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici. Filmed in the Amazon Rainforest and dealing with indigenous tribes, it was cast mostly with United States actors and filmed in English to achieve wider distribution. Francesca Ciardi
June 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist The scenes in which they hack a live turtle and a live Amazonian rat thingy to death, scenes which were not faked, I found more disturbing than the scenes involving humans which were faked (but look very realistic). And the local natives were clearly being exploited both in the film and by the film. Not that I've seen it. I wouldn't watch such stuff.
June 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Yeah, right, BB
June 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Nor have I watched Pasolini's Salo, especially not while eating dinner.
June 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm
David Mertz @BB: Does coprophagia automatically count as anthropophagy? _Cannibal Holocaust_ was very interesting in its cinéma vérité stylings; on the DVD it had "bonus" material like background biographies of the main characters and exegesis of the "missing footage." But the gesture of _Salò_ was perhaps even more extreme in effective coopting or corrupting the position of the viewer.
June 20, 2011 at 12:50 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Dirty boys. Go wash your mouths out.
June 20, 2011 at 12:53 am
David Mertz Oh... and reading the Wikipedia article after seeing the film tonight, it's quite amusing that director Deodato was actually charged with murder under the Italian court's hypothesis that it was an actual snuff film. Deodato had to waive his contract with actors not to appear in public in order to show that they were actually alive (the contract presumably motivated precisely by a wish to maintain the snuff conceit among the general audience, if not the magistrates... creating some sort of post-modern circularity about the whole thing).
June 20, 2011 at 12:53 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Metamertz -- it is interesting how far they took the conceit, given the low stakes of the film.
June 20, 2011 at 12:54 am
David Mertz @MTM: Low stakes?
June 20, 2011 at 12:55 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann as in not likely to reach a mainstream audience
June 20, 2011 at 12:56 am
David Mertz What was the readership of _Negative Dialectics_?
June 20, 2011 at 12:57 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann You asking me?
June 20, 2011 at 12:59 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MTM: no, no, the stake on which the naked young lady was impaled was really quite high. (Or so I am told, not having seen the film myself.)
June 20, 2011 at 1:42 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @DM: I felt very much coopted and corrupted after not watching "Salo". And I've never been able to relate to IKEA meatballs with cream sauce gravy in quite the same way since.
June 20, 2011 at 1:48 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MTM: BTW, do NOT allow Dr Metamertz to con you into watching Cannibal Holocaust. I found it seriously disturbing, and I haven't even seen it. Pasolini's Salo is a different matter, and as Dr Metamertz notes, you end up feeling bad for thinking that fascism might be quite fun if you are the fascist. Not that I've seen it.
June 20, 2011 at 3:48 am
Phoebe Churches gee - and this is the man who sprang from the sensitive little flower who was scared of the cough syrup ad on tele, the glow painted lubra and cat botty-flakes...what happened?
June 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I am a delicate little flower, which is why I have not seen either of the films discussed here.
June 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero so... there's a whole subgenre of this stuff out of Italy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibal_film seriously?
June 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Jack Red Diederich currently streaming on Netflix is the documentary "Snuff" (2008) which mentions this movie several times, and is worth watching.
June 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero A documentary about faux documentaries? how very meta. Is it banned by reference in any country in which the original films are banned?
June 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Jack Red Diederich (documentary SPOILERS - what an odd concept) Well, it starts out as a documentary about the non-existent thing but ultimately finds there is such a thing, sorta. There are some snuff films made by some sick fucks, but they don't do it for money; they do it for vanity because they are sick fucks.
June 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm
Sly Picaro Funny there is so much interest in this. Strangely I just watched (what I could) it a couple of days ago. It is pure crap, clearly fake and boring to the extreme. I suppose in its day the peek at female genitalia was a grabber. ZZZzzzzz
June 21, 2011 at 9:46 am
Sly Picaro Now... ZARDOZ is academy material!
June 21, 2011 at 9:47 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Everything was always exactly what it seemed.
June 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann But I thought the owls are not what they seem. Huh.
June 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I'm trying to decide if the meaning changes if altered to read "...as it seemed".
June 20, 2011 at 12:01 am
David Mertz abcnews.go.com
But there are some things the former New York congressman could have gotten away with, including driving under the influence and crashing into a capital office building barricade in the wee hours of the morning.
June 17, 2011 at 7:10 am Everyone
Pete Hurd Dan Savage was right. He should have said "I'll quit if David Vitter, (and every other sitting sanctimonious hypocrite) quits with me. Otherwise, bite me."
June 17, 2011 at 8:32 am
Michael McIntosh Yes! This! This is precisely why this entire situation pisses me off so badly. The hypocrisy of screaming for his resignation in light of the apparent apathy for towards other lawmakers equally or more morally and legally questionable behaviors. We need to discussing jobs and economy and any number of more important topics. But no, lets focus on this stupidity instead.
June 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Close, but no cigar?
June 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm
Anne Boyd Some cool historic photos of your neighborhood in here...
June 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm
David Mertz Where is this exactly?
June 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm
Anne Boyd http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthay,_Los_Angeles
June 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm
David Mertz http://www.justsaygnome.net/gnome-chomsky-i---additional-views.html
There's just a few of these unique early and limited time editions of Gnome Chomsky left. Their price is currently only as much as the regular fully painted Garden Noam.
June 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann There was a band at Yale when I was there that I really liked called Chomsky Gnomes.
June 14, 2011 at 2:07 am
David Mertz “Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police” -Robert Louis Stevenson
June 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.rawstory.com
WASHINGTON – The creator of the beloved and critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire offered Eric Holder a counter-offer in response to the U.S. Attorney General's casual plea for another season of the show: I'll do it if you end the war on drugs.
June 11, 2011 at 7:16 am Everyone
Scott Singer well met sir!
June 11, 2011 at 10:17 am
Phoebe Churches it's da chain o' command...aight..
June 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He relentlessly plagiarized whatever his brain yammered on about.
June 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm Everyone
David Mertz "I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them." -Alfred Hitchcock
June 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm Everyone
Sean Reifschneider We were watching some old Top Gear episodes and in one of them they were suggesting that they have a different speed limit at night, when nobody is on the roads, and then have police snipers enforce a minimum speed limit. "Have the police work FOR us instead of AGAINST us."
June 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm
David Mertz I call it my congressional staffer.
June 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm Everyone
David Mertz Sorry about that last message, my new kitten hacked into my phone.
June 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Looks dodgy, very fly-by-night.
June 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Showoff.
June 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPWazHqtLrw
June 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm
Scott Singer that's just tacky
June 11, 2011 at 10:18 am
Sly Picaro We have sufficient evidence now that the male homo sapien is largely a preening, self-indulgent, egocentric and irredeemable penis focused dog. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/06/07/will-the-democrats-lose-anthony-weiners-seat/let-us-give-thanks-to-anthony-weiner?permid=47#comment47
June 14, 2011 at 8:58 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He spent most of his life in a Potemkin village suffering from Capgras syndrome.
June 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm Everyone
David Mertz But at least finally he has Cotard delusion.
June 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist That's Hollywood for you.
June 9, 2011 at 2:05 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He jumped the shark.
June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann You do bear a striking resemblance to The Fonz.
June 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was an absence that lacks no longer.
June 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Alas, alack! A lass, a lack!
June 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm
David Mertz "Break me a fucking give" -Anthony Lane on Yoda's speech mannerism (2005 review of _Star Wars_)
June 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm Everyone
David Mertz Moderately cute visualization of your personal info on FB
Create and explore a visual archive of your social life.
June 6, 2011 at 11:31 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist For exhibitionists only.
June 7, 2011 at 1:40 am
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Very bizarre and weird perfomance by Neil Young & Devo doing "My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue And Into The Black) from the movie "Human Highway" Tell me what ...
June 6, 2011 at 10:31 am Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky Ah, the old college party band. Were we not men?
June 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: There is no there there.
June 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist There is no "There, there."
June 5, 2011 at 6:08 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky Aww, there, there.
June 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm
David Mertz The Streisand Effect
A Canadian student has been suspended from school and had the police sicced on him due to satirical animations that he posted to YouTube.
June 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: he hopes to become food for halicephalobus mephisto.
June 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm Everyone
David Mertz I know, unlikely, but topical.
June 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Halicephalobus mephisto? Do you mean to say that Ferengi are real?
June 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Ah, it is a worm. You'll need to be buried in a South African gold mine, it seems.
June 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann David Mertz just told me that his public school was too poor to afford diacritics in Latin class.
June 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm
David Mertz 6 new photos
June 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/06/the_bride_of_the_son_of_the_revenge_of_c.php
I've caught some flak before over things I've written about the almost certainly nonexistent link between cell phones and cancer. Actually, it's not the kind of flak you probably think, unless you've been a long time reader and remember the...
June 1, 2011 at 10:35 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Calm down! IARC also lists coffee as a class 2B carcinogen. And petrol (gasoline). Etc.
June 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm
David Mertz
So my friends will surely know that my abiding personal motto for life is "Kids, get off my lawn!" However, I have started to feel bad about my linguistic limitations here.  I would like to be able to be sufficiently crotchety in all the world's languages....
May 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm Everyone
David Mertz Bash: find my_lawn -name kids\* -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm -rvf
May 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm
David Mertz German: Kinder, Raus aus meinem Rasen!
May 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Mexican Spanish: Pinche niños, fuera mi jardín! (courtesy of Rob, I haven't suddenly found my roots.)
May 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Latin: Puerī linquēte ex hortō meō!
May 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Jack Red Diederich If you want to be a true curmudgeon I find that just shouting "GET OFF MY LAWN" gets the point across to speakers of any language.
May 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Susan Jane Urbanski Huh. I've found "Where are my pants?" to be a handy phrase in any language, e.g. "Donde esta mis pantalones?"
May 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Kim Kubali Did I give you the first one? That is Spanish. And I think Susan has a point. The kids will get off your lawn faster if you run outside asking where your pants are.
May 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm
David Mertz @Kim: oops, yeah, from you. I'm not sure why I thought you were sending me the Portuguese version, but now you really must do so...
May 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm
Kim Kubali The cultural side of this is going to make me nuts. I just think "lawn" and yelling at kids on your "lawn" and such is so... American. Maybe not. Maybe I associate this with lady wearing a housecoat, rollers and a cigarette screaming at kid and I just can't picture you wearing that. Could you send a picture? I can give you NYC: "Kids, off my stoop before I call your *(#)$)# mothers, you $(%*(#)@s" Portuguese MAY be "Crianças, fora do meu jardim"
May 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist More and less idiomatic Tagalog (with more-or-less literal back-translations):

Hoy mga bata, alis kayo dyan! (Hey you kids, get off that!)

Hoy mga bata, huwag ninyo pakialam ang aking damuhan! (Hey kids, please don't be familiar with my lawn! Really literally: Hey kids, my lawn should please not be known by you!)

Hoy, bawal ang mga bata sa hardin ko. (Hey, kids are forbidden in my garden.)

Hoy bawal ang mga bata sa damuhan ko. (Hey, kids are forbidden on my lawn.)

Bawal ang mga bata sa aking damuhan . (Hey, kids are forbidden on my lawn.)
May 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist In Kapampangan:

Eko puede king hardin ko!

Hoy bata, eko puede kening hardin ko!

Bawal la ing bata king dikut ko!
May 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I think the 2nd of the Tagalog versions and the third of the Kapampangan versions are probably the most idiomatic, the fact that there are few private, residential lawns in the Philippines, but lots of private, residential gardens notwithstanding. But there is a proper and specific Tagalog word for "lawn". "damo" means grass, and thus damuhan definitely means lawn (or meadow, probably).
May 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist So where is the Proto-Indo-European translation?
May 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MTM: I like your Latin exhortation (boom boom!).
May 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm
Teresa Stevens Ou sont mes pantalons?
May 30, 2011 at 10:04 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Ay naku! Nasaan ang salawal ko? (Bloody Hell, where are my pants (literally, schoolboy shorts))?
May 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Teresa Stevens wo sind meinen hosen?
May 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Paris Finley I was all set to help you with Yup'ik, having lived among them for six years, but then I remembered, they don't have lawns in the tundra. "Get off my igloo" doesn't really work, but it sounds sufficiently grumpy, so add "Elull'utfaq" to your list. It's sort of "off my snow block". Anyway, it's all in the tone of voice, anyway.
May 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Vasudev Ram In Hindi: bacchon, ghaas pe se hut jao # not idiomatic
May 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Vasudev Ram Since no one else thought of it, in Neanderthal / Cro-Magnon: grof mod brak # or something like that ...
May 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Vasudev Ram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal#Behavior
May 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Vasudev Ram David: GNU parallel may be a substitute for xargs
May 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Marxist-Leninist-Mao-Tsetung-Thought translation: Children who play on lawns are class enemies and need to be re-educated!
May 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Pete Hurd sadomonetarism, the other capital punishment (props to David Mertz)
May 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: just another victim of sadomonetarism.
May 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm Everyone
David Mertz "the other capital punishment"
May 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann That's a terrible, terrible pun which deserves capital punishment.
May 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Martin Blais Marx, Friedman, Rand, Greenspan.
May 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm
David Mertz ... as I pout about having the sniffles a-fucking-gain, just a month since the last time.
May 27, 2011 at 9:57 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I think it's time to invest in a plastic bubble.
May 27, 2011 at 10:23 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Mertzian tete-a-tete: http://goo.gl/avWpR
May 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Pound bang slash bin slash bash return shutdown now.
May 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Sounds like someone's violent, demanding boyfriend abusing diuretics and downers.
May 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm
David Mertz Reading a couple essays from this nice, freely available, book: http://www.aosabook.org/en/index.html. It inspires this little snippet for my programmer friends:

for=`for for in for; do for=for; echo $for; done` echo $for

Without cheating by running it, what does that do?
Architects look at thousands of buildings during their training, and study critiques of those buildings written by masters. In contrast, most software developers only ever get to know a handful of large programs well—usually programs they wrote themselves—and never stu
May 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist It prints "for" to the terminal. And no, I didn't cheat by running it.
May 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I cheated by finding the essay from which you abstracted it...
May 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm
David Mertz Do you think my puzzle would look better as:
for=`for for in for; do for=$for; echo $for; done` echo $for
May 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Look better on a T-shirt? No.
May 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm
David Mertz Hm... T-shirt. That's a good idea. Elaborating further:

for=`for for in for; do for=$for; echo $for; done` echo "$for $for in $for; do echo $for; done" | bash

Thanks... we'll be here through Saturday.
May 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm
David Mertz Nah, final T-shirt version:

for=`for for in for; do echo for; done` echo "$for $for in $for; do echo $for; done" | sh
May 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm
David Mertz www.scoop.co.nz
Israel’s Likudnik Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached into his bag of Zionist tricks and pulled out a brand-new demand that had never surfaced before in the history of the Middle East Peace Process going all the way back to their beginning with the ...
May 25, 2011 at 9:47 am Everyone
Jack Red Diederich A very nuanced article. Thanks for the link.
May 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm
David Mertz @Jack: As much as I'm fond of Francis Boyle, I wouldn't exactly call him nuanced :-) (but I would often call him correct).
May 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Jack Red Diederich I was kidding. The article was so over-the-top it would make Seymour Hersh blush.
May 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm
David Mertz www.upi.com
British royalty ate human flesh as a medical treatment up until the end of the 18th century, says a book on medicinal cannibalism.
May 25, 2011 at 9:42 am Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He abhorred artificial monopolies, © 2011-eternity
May 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://i6.aijaa.com/b/00097/8091042.png
May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Contrary to the sentiment of Jos. Conrad, he died as he lived, wishing the kids would get off his lawn.
May 23, 2011 at 12:27 am Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: They saw through his ruse.
May 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist They bisect his blind. They divide his device.
May 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm being nicer to you than you were to me.
May 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm
David Mertz I saw Rammstein last night (not my picture, and not the LA show, but same set and effects). A delightful show, not normally exactly my kind of music, but I was so glad a friend took me. Huge balls and jets of fire, lasers, moving platforms, a giant phallus spewing confetti, firework explosions (indoors) synchronized with the beat, etc. By far the most elaborate stage show I've seen, and musically quite good also.
May 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Did they have a replica of Stonehenge?
May 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm
David Mertz From my friend Toshi. Mostly I repost to share this comment in her comment thread characterizing SF politics as "Cut pensions, not foreskins!"
There's only one ballot measure San Franciscans are sure to be voting on this November: a ban on circumcision . Department of Elections officials today certified that the fellows who call...
May 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: It got loud.
May 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.dailymail.co.uk
A study from Kansas University discovered that non-believers are more willing to discuss sexual fantasies are more satisfied with their experiences.
May 20, 2011 at 11:43 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I KNEW IT!!!
May 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Oh ___! Oh ___! Oh ___, yes, YES!
May 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: While never achieving 'persona non grata', and least now he has managed 'non persona'.
May 20, 2011 at 9:21 am Everyone
Christina Wilson all you have to do is incorporate.
May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am
David Mertz @Christina: and what I shall do is disincorporate.
May 20, 2011 at 9:46 am
Christina Wilson post-human bandwagon, eh?
May 20, 2011 at 9:47 am
David Mertz @Xtina: http://bit.ly/iUVVUa
May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am
Christina Wilson i <3 bruno latour.
May 20, 2011 at 10:53 am
David Mertz "Believe me, it is not necessary to a man's respectability that he should commit a murder. Many a man has passed through life most respectably, without attempting any species of homicide—good, bad, or indifferent." -Thomas de Quincey (there are so many delightful little quips in these essays)
May 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm Everyone
David Mertz
Can anyone explain to me the silly "Judgement Day" meme that seems to be going around on FB...
May 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm Everyone
Anne Boyd You are suggesting that all mockery should pass a significance test?
May 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Dawn Halloran Charouhas if you have something more worthy of mockery, please, bring it
May 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm
David Mertz @Dawn: Well, see the RIAA bill below. Although I guess that's more "terror and revulsion" than "mockery" material. :-(
May 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Anne Boyd Memes is memes, baby. The *only* proper test of a joke is whether it's funny. And the rapture-promoters make it just too easy. (the billboards have been very prominent in other cities, so the rapturers are up there asking for it about as loudly as possible.)
May 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Dawn Halloran Charouhas ah, precisely the point david. there's no humor left in the ridiculous political arenas, all that used to be worthy of mockery is actually happening.
May 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyRaCwgRKXk
May 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm
David Mertz @BorowitzReport: AT&T says that if the world ends Saturday, customers will still be responsible for the years left on their contracts.
May 20, 2011 at 10:54 am
Anne Boyd Q: What if my instructor is raptured?
A: None of our instructors bear much chance of being judged worthy. However, on the off chance your instructor is chosen, an army of unemployed secular Marxists is waiting to take his/her place.
May 20, 2011 at 10:59 am
Simma Park I was forced to listen to Family Radio a lot when I was growing up. So I feel I have earned the right to make fun of Camping and his crazy followers.

As for everyone else... well, belief in the Rapture is inherently bratty and obnoxious. It's basically a bunch of loons taking great pleasure in what they believe will be the ultimate "told you so". So I can understand why people who believe in the Rapture are especially satisfying targets for snark.
May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero Even worse than them realizing the Rapture didn't come would be them realizing that it did... and they're still here.
May 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Robert Ash True. And that will happen to a good number of such, especially people making false predictions. The rapture is real, has nothing to do with "I told you so's" and will happen, but not on Harold Camping's or anyone else's down here's time line.
May 24, 2011 at 12:22 am
Bennelong Bicyclist O-oh!
May 24, 2011 at 12:23 am
Simma Park Yeah, I don't personally consider it a big stretch to believe the Rapture is going to happen vs. believing you know when it's going to happen. Even if one is a Biblical scholar, there's a lot of leeway to interpret what is supposed to happen at/during the Second Coming. Personally, I think the "Rapture" idea is among the silliest interpretations.
May 24, 2011 at 2:42 am
David Mertz http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/riaa-backed-warrantless-search-bill-advances-in-california.ars
It's already illegal to produce counterfeit movie or music discs in California, but a bill that has been working its way through the state senate would make it possible for law enforcement to conduct warrantless searches of disc replication plants.
May 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz Martin and Julie spoke highly of this (http://www.cinefamily.org/calendar/events.html#redchapel)
The Red Chapel is perhaps the most dangerous and compelling cinema prank ever committed, and puts all other piddly culture-jammers to shame. In the tradition of Michael Moore, Sacha Baron Cohen and The Yes Men, a trio of Danes -- muckracking journalist/TV personality Mads Brügger, comedic straight m...
May 18, 2011 at 11:01 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, it screened here on our SBS multicultural TV channel a few weeks ago - it was fab (but then I do have quite a few volumes of the collected works of Kim Il-Sung on my shelf - the Nth Korea embassy started sending them to me for free after a wrote them a letter in the early 80s about visiting their country - they said no BTW). I found it rather sad - the troupe's ingenuous minder starts to cry at the end, and my heart bled for her and her people. It's nothing like Baron Cohen - these Danes are a lot more sensitive to the plight of the people, while still enjoying the joke on the Nth Korean govt. I hope it screens again soon.
May 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He lived continuously, thought continually, then died contiguously.
May 17, 2011 at 8:05 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist And continently, one hopes.
May 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm
David Mertz My Angeleno friends: It's a bit silly that the city is spending millions of $$ for a single CC Board seat, but since it is happening, please vote in this one. (http://lezgetreal.com/2011/05/eqca-urges-members-to-vote-in-los-angeles-community-college-board-election/)
Svonkin is a strong ally and champion for the LGBT community. Gutierrez is an ardent supporter of Prop 8, and last year she worked to defeat the Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth bill (SB 543)
May 16, 2011 at 11:30 am Everyone
David Mertz The solution to the absurd excess of special elections in LA should largely be a ranked-preference system to eliminate most of these special runoffs (plus its other advantages in fairness). But reforming the runoff system procedurally is orthogonal to the relevance of this particular election (yes it's just one seat of seven, but one candidate is clearly better).
May 16, 2011 at 11:32 am
Anne Boyd Those of us in CD 36 are actually voting on a new Congresscritter, though, not just a CC board seat.
May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am
David Mertz @Anne: True, that's an important one. It seems like Winograd is the *best* choice, but the actual winner seems more likely to be Hahn or Bowen. None of them are terrible, but I think Bowen is still better than Hahn. So you 36ers have a tough choice about *strategic voting* before you.
May 16, 2011 at 11:37 am
David Mertz @36ers: At least we've been able to sing "Ding, dong, the witch is dead" to ourselves since the vile Harman decided to leave... sadly, of course, to be a high-paid lobbyist rather than the sweet (to us) release of death.
May 16, 2011 at 11:40 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Thanks for the artcle DM -- I had seen no real coverage of who the candidates were or what they stood for. For some reason, I had heard Guitierrez was the more experienced candidate and was poised to vote for her. I would have been mortified to find out I had supported someone with her track record. Reposting.
May 16, 2011 at 11:53 am
David Mertz @Meagan: You are in CD 36 also, aren't you? So definitely make it to the polls for both elections.
May 16, 2011 at 11:56 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Nope, not in CD36, though Rob wishes we were so he could have the joy of replacing Harman.
May 16, 2011 at 11:57 am
David Mertz "[T]ruths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins." -Nietzsche (On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense)
May 16, 2011 at 1:01 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann animal.discovery.com
Follow Jackson Galaxy on My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet as he brings his unique understanding of spastic cats to desperate families.
May 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: The very greatness of his imperfection became a perfection.
May 15, 2011 at 10:00 am Everyone
David Mertz [I]f a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him; and against Locke's philosophy in particular, I think it an unanswerable objection (if we needed any), that, although he carried his throat about with him in this world for seventy-two years, no man ever condescended to cut it. -Thomas de Quincey (On Murder, Considered as one of the Fine Arts)
May 15, 2011 at 9:55 am Everyone
David Mertz www.borowitzreport.com
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – A new survey of likely voters indicates that in a hypothetical match-up between former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and billionaire Donald Trump, a majority would choose suicide over either candidate.
May 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm Everyone
Emily Moon we have a handsome president....
May 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He counted; not to say he mattered, just that his grasp of natural numbers was solid.
May 14, 2011 at 8:29 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10708/pg10708.html
I am for morality, and always shall be, and for virtue and all that; and I do affirm, and always shall, (let what will come of it,) that murder is an improper line of conduct, highly improper; and I do not stick to assert, that any man who deals in murder, must have very incorrect ways of thinking, ...
May 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Thanks for this.
May 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Jack Red Diederich It mentions "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" which I haven't read, though I do have "The Hasheesh Eater" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow (he wrote many of my college fraternity's songs)
May 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He hated America
May 10, 2011 at 1:47 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He was not alone.
May 10, 2011 at 2:09 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Vive la Belgique!
May 10, 2011 at 2:27 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Yup, I'll take drizzling rain, beer, waffles and those stupid snail chocolates any day!
May 10, 2011 at 2:37 am
Phoebe Churches And chips in a cone with strange toppings...
May 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann There's nothing wrong with mayonnaise.
May 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Oh yes, hot chips in a cone with mayonnaise are a highlight of Brussels (and Amsterdam and similar flat bits). Had really smashing chips and mayo in Waterlooplein in Amsterdam last year.
May 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Phoebe Churches I had some next to tje sejx museum in Amsterdam
May 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Or inside it, more likely.
May 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Phoebe Churches have you been there - not an aphrodysiac...
May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I did not go inside.
May 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Phoebe Churches *aphrodisiac - not even for a dry hump
May 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I think you'll agree with this statement contained within: "'Given the disproportionate advantages having [Yale] on your degree bestows on alumni I think fifty asshole points is a pretty small price to pay, which they can well afford,' he said. 'However, mentioning that you went to Yale, in any context at all, adds another hundred.'”
May 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm
David Mertz I think putting a "Yale" bumpersticker on a broken-down clunker is probably worth about 250 points; I'm not really sure if it is more or fewer points than that to affix the same to (a) a BMW; (b) a monster SUV.
May 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann (a) It is not a broken-down clunker; and (b) that is not a bumpersticker but a vinyl self-adhesive and removable strip that happens to say "Yale University" on it.
May 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm
David Mertz How many points for trying to create a bright line between a "bumper sticker" and a "vinyl self-adhesive removable strip"? Of course, law school makes such more-or-less automatic, but I'm not sure if that adds or subtracts to the point total. :-)
May 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm
David Mertz "The Court in addition was asked how many additional points a Yale degree adds to the baseline asshole score of any human being."

"The general consensus was, not many. The surprisingly forgiving Magary said a Yale degree added no points at all, explaining that: “An Ivy League diploma only gets you a head start on douchebag points, and that's a whole other category of human being.”"

"My take on this was that it depended on the offender: a Yale degree is completely inoffensive on your average cancer researcher, but it adds 600 to Fareed Zakaria."
May 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I strive to be precise in my nomenclature. A "bumper sticker" implies that (1) it is to be stuck on one's bumper and (2) that the sticker is more or less fixed on said bumper, as opposed to being easily removed and repositioned. I would refer you to the Wikipedia article on bumper stickers, which states "Due to the movement of the vehicle and changing weather conditions, the sticker needs to adhere well to the bumper surface." The related article on stickers states, "The term 'window sticker' is generally used for vinyl labels which are stuck to the inside of a vehicle's window, as opposed to water-resistant stickers that are stuck to the outside of a vehicle but can be affixed to anything." I believe you are referring to my window sticker. If you choose to insult my window sticker, go for it, but do be precise.
May 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Phoebe Churches yes - legal rigour - no matter how petty or trite, it's essential to be correct in fact and law!
May 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
David Mertz If the facts are on your side, bang on the facts. If the law is on your side, bang on the law. If neither the facts nor the law is on your side, bang on the table.
May 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I always thought that people with degrees from Yale were locksmiths.
May 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Phoebe Churches they joinr the golden key society...
May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann If there's no law, no facts, nor a table, just bang, I say.
May 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Phoebe Churches loike a dunny door!
May 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Exackermerly.
May 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @PC QC: sorry, who bangs like a dunny door?
May 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Mertz floats off as glacier tongue breaks free
May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky It was your time to be left out on the ice.
May 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm
David Mertz http://newstechnica.com/2008/09/19/apple-declares-ok-were-evil/
CUPERTINO, Transylvania, Friday — After bricking unlocked iPhones, kicking applications off the iPhone store that might even slightly compete with iTunes
May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am Everyone
David Mertz www.abc.net.au
A huge chunk of ice, measuring roughly 80km by 40km has broken off the Mertz Glacier in Antarctica and may contain the body of explorer Xavier Mertz. The tongue of the Mertz Glacier in Antarctica calved in February 2010. An iceberg pushed up against the tongue and knocked it off. The dislodged chu
May 9, 2011 at 9:41 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann It just doesn't seem like you to break away and drift off like that.
May 9, 2011 at 9:52 am
Bennelong Bicyclist The transcript reveals that it is a case of anthropophagy denied.
May 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm
David Mertz www.dailymail.co.uk
Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper Der Zeitung printed a story this week with a subtly manipulated version of the historic image - all the men in the photograph remain untouched but the two women in the picture have been Photoshopped out.
May 9, 2011 at 12:34 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Unclean
May 9, 2011 at 2:16 am
David Mertz
May 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz Idea for a new reality show: Real Housewives of Abbottabad.
May 8, 2011 at 1:11 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Big Brotherhood
May 8, 2011 at 4:33 am
Paris Finley I struggle with the whole concept of anything digital being real.
May 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Buy low, sell high
May 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He bought the farm.
May 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Anne Boyd Where men are many, acres few,
The dead must be cultivated too,
Like seeds in any farmer's field
Are planted for the bones they yield.
May 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Sly Picaro Swing Low, Sweet Chariot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyZ128zVEr4
May 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm
David Mertz www.slate.com
The American commando team that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, reportedly included a dog, sparking furious speculation about the dog's identity and discussion of the role of canines in war. Less publicized—and far more essential to top-secret U.S. military operations—are cats.
May 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky Srsly? Oh noes!
May 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist They're only good for 9 missions.
May 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm
David Mertz Disappointing. Maybe especially because there was apparently widespread failure to understand AV among voters--as simple as the concept is. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/06/av-referendum-deals-liberal-democrats-blow)
• Only seven areas out of 379 back electoral reform • Turnout highest in Scotland • Mandelson says poll centred on Clegg • AV results map
May 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Significant elements of the Labour Party, as well as the Tories, actively campaigned against AV. So it was Clegg and the Lib Dems, and the Greens and other minor parties, against the two big parties. But yes, disappointing. Very.
May 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm
Anne Boyd Amazing method to address the inevitable political wrangling about how to place names on memorials...
On that terrible morning, when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Victor Wald, 50, was working in his 84th floor office at the small brokerage firm, Avalon Partners. Like his colleagues, he raced for the exits, and scrambled down the stairs. But, having suffer
May 6, 2011 at 9:33 am
David Mertz A day (or a few years) of mourning for the True North. I know that FPTP created something of an anomaly, but there is still something deeply disturbing that 40% would vote for such evil. But at least a glimmer of good about the NDP and in Quebec.
May 4, 2011 at 11:27 am Everyone
Pete Hurd About 2/3 of eligible voters cast ballots, 39% voted for Fuckwad... and now he's going to rule like GW Bush, as if he had won by a landslide... :(

The future looks bleak for healthcare, womens' and other social justice issues that were held in check by the opposition's meager responsiveness to popular opinion. But, for many issues, such as science policy and the like, he's been running effectively unopposed for the last two term already, so things probably won't get much worse then they have been so far. Small consolation...
May 4, 2011 at 11:52 am
Bennelong Bicyclist It is an excellent example of why preferential or optional preferential voting (or Alternative Voting or AV as the Brits have strangely called it) is so much better than FPTP - the disparity between votes for each party and seats won is startling in the case of the recent Canadian election. The Pommies are holding a referendum on "AV" today, aren't they? They should of course be making voting compulsory as well.
May 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Pete Hurd amusing FPTP vs AV propaganda film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiHuiDD_oTk
May 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm
David Mertz www.washingtonpost.com
Anti-atheist discrimination is stunning.
May 4, 2011 at 10:48 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Because we hate America, DUH.
May 4, 2011 at 11:09 am
David Mertz And sadly, I'm not even too fond of Canada today either. :-(
May 4, 2011 at 11:16 am
Damn Outrage because, just like those fine makers of tube steak (Hebrew National) we want our politicians to 'answer to a higher authority'.
May 4, 2011 at 11:29 am
Bennelong Bicyclist 'Ere in Oz, our relentlessly popularist Proiminsta (trans. Prime Minister) is a publicly avowed atheist who doesn't believe in marriage (didn't stop her attending the Royal Wedding, and she professes to be in favour of a republic too) and who lives in sin with her lackluster hairdresser boyfriend (where's the "B" Ark?). And she has red hair and is a women, both of which are signs of the Devil, according to the fundamentalist Christians. Despite all this, she is no more unpopular than the Leader of the Opposition, who is more Catholic (and more conservative) than the Pope.
May 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Phoebe Churches i thought the abbott IS the pope
May 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @PC QC: no, he is merely a mad monk. Actually a mad, failed monk, having dropped out of the seminary.
May 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I meant "lacklustre". Damn the spelling corrector on this iPhone, it can't spell.
May 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hah, found how to set the language to British English. Only took two years of ownership.
May 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Damn Outrage As a closet atheist I still have to point out that their are a number of other factors present in Danish and Japanese society that could be used to explain the lower levels of incarceration and violence. How about the fact that their populations are markedly less heterogeneous for one.
lets watch that Hebrew National commercial again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvsthRP1pjs
May 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann You're not a closet atheist, Damon. Wherever did you get that idea?
May 5, 2011 at 10:59 am
Damn Outrage When asked I only ever admit to being Agnostic. I am shocked you did not know this. Picked it up from the Jeremy Irons character in 'Brideshead Revisited' when I was 9 I think. I am also somewhat concerned by the fact that most physicists that concern themselves with those first few seconds at the beginning of things are usually religious adherents. I have heartburn.
May 5, 2011 at 11:55 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Take a Zantac. I've just applied to six jobs this morning and I've got some too now.
May 5, 2011 at 11:58 am
David Mertz http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2011/05/03/five-reasons-why-torture-did-not-help-us-forces-find-bin-laden/
May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I gather that they subjected bin Laden to post-mortem waterboarding, but it too was of little utility.
May 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm
David Mertz www.cracktwo.com
Amaaazing!I love these retro-futuristical concrete sculptures, the soviet artists where very inovative! Speccial attention to the half-cut ellipse with broken edges. Expression and solemnity perfectly combinated. You really got me, astonished.BLOG(in Spanish)http://barriendogarabatos.blogspot.com/
May 3, 2011 at 9:27 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Oooooh, lovely! I'm a fan of brutalist architecture (done well), but these brutalist monuments are just sublime. Must visit then some time before they decay completely (I am likely to decay completely before they do).
May 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Anne Boyd It takes more than scale and concrete to make Brutalism. I think most of these fall into organic modernism or expressionistic modernism. Make #2 in wood and you've got an Alvar Aato.
May 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBO5dh9qrIQ
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. Hi...
May 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm Everyone
Carnot Antonio Romero I'm wondering how long before someone posts "hitler reacts to the killing of Osama bin Laden"...
May 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm
David Mertz @Antonio: Surely you knew it had happened before you could write the question :-). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8A2unABbtA
May 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero there seem to be a lot of them...
May 3, 2011 at 10:39 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Like Goldilocks before him, he was a moderately noetitropic obligate mesophile.
May 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist "Moderately noetitropic"? Um, does that mean that you were somewhat attracted to Uri Geller? I am told that one can all sorts of things with bent spoons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noetic_theory

May 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Just another aerobic eukaryote.
May 2, 2011 at 9:30 am Everyone
Christina Wilson i just flashed back to AP Biology.
May 2, 2011 at 10:03 am
Bennelong Bicyclist After you are dead and buried you become an obligate anaerobe.
May 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Anne Boyd Not completely.
May 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm
David Mertz http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkjt35Jxak1qcv0ibo1_500.jpg
May 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Fox gets it right again!
May 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Dawn Halloran Charouhas geez
May 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero Can we confirm that that's not a fake?
May 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist So your Prez is a Muslim after all!
May 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm
David Mertz @Antonio: Well, I DID see it on your wall first :-). But looking around I see a number of different screen captures at different URLs, so I think the scroll really ran on that station.
May 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Phoebe Churches when i said that no one laughed...
May 2, 2011 at 1:54 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky OMG! A Freudian slip.
May 2, 2011 at 11:13 am
David Mertz cakewrecks.blogspot.com
Mimetic pedoanthropophagy is even better when it involved bacon (thanks to BB) [http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2010/10/well-thats-horrifying.html]
April 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm Everyone
Phoebe Churches 0_o
April 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @PC QC: they eat children, you see. No, really, they do, over there in California.
May 1, 2011 at 12:11 am
Phoebe Churches I like kids, but I couldn't eat a whole one...
May 1, 2011 at 12:33 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @PC QC: Yes, everyone says that the serving sizes are much too large in America.
May 1, 2011 at 12:36 am
Phoebe Churches Super size me!
May 1, 2011 at 2:17 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann My friend Victor made a fetus meatloaf, complete with an umbilical cord made out of bacon.
May 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Phoebe Churches He's not called Mr Yuk fer nuthin I guess
May 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hey, that's what I was going to say! But isn't he Mr YukYuk? Doubly appropriate.
May 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I thought he was singularly Yuk, but I may be wrong.
May 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Rachel McLaughlin Aaaaaah!
May 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Wash it down with a pint of infanto cider.
May 2, 2011 at 4:18 am
Phoebe Churches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m71U2jJp09w
May 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Nooooooo!
May 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm
David Mertz https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/04/open-wireless-movement
If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're getting harder to find.Stories like the one over the weekend about a bunch of polic...
April 28, 2011 at 10:37 am Everyone
David Mertz My new watch
April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I actually used to have one of these, and may in fact STILL have one, sans strap.
April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Where is the C4?
April 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm
Sly Picaro That's my old watch ain't it? Did I give it to you or did you steal it? As I recall it was my great great granddad's.
May 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Grandfather's watch was LED, not LCD.
May 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm
David Mertz An excellent data visualization change by BB. And this one with modular code to allow drawing comparison graphs if desired (which is certainly an advantage over my hand-drawn version).
In response to Dr Metamertz' visualisation challenge, a small change to the way the data are presented makes the relationships between parental income and children's incomes much clearer:     And the R code (written for ease of comprehension, not for concision):   library(lattice)   pq <- factor(c(1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,5,5,5,5,5),c(1,2,3,4,5),c('Parent income quintile 1','Parent income quintile 2','Parent income quintile 3','Parent income quintile 4','Parent income quintile 5'))   cq <- factor(c(1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5))   pc <- c(42,23,19,11,6,25,23,24,18,10,17,24,23,17,19,8,15,19,32,26,9,15,14,23,39)   x <- data.frame(pq=pq,cq=cq,pc=pc)   barchart(pc ~ cq | pq, data=x, horizontal=FALSE,layout=c(1,5),xlab="Children's income quintile",ylab="Per cent of children",main="Inheritance of status")     However, all that empty space in the bars will worry some people. To appease them, here is another version, done with the Ggplot library instead of the Lattice library:     And here is the R code:   library(ggplot2)   pq <- factor(c(1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,5,5,5,5,5),levels=c(5,4,3,2,1))   cq <- factor(c(1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5))   pc <- c(42,23,19,11,6,25,23,24,18,10,17,24,23,17,19,8,15,19,32,26,9,15,14,23,39)   x <- data.frame(ParentalQuintile=pq,cq=cq,pc=pc)   qplot(cq, pc, data=x,geom="bar",stat="identity",main="Inheritance of Status",xlab="Children's income quintile",ylab="Per cent of children") + facet_grid(facets=ParentalQuintile ~ ., labeller= label_both) + geom_bar(fill='white') + geom_text(aes(x=cq,y=pc/2,label=pc))
April 27, 2011 at 9:26 am Everyone
David Mertz
I read Doug Henwood's wonderful newsletter, Left Business Observer, and have for a number of years (decades, actually).  He frequently presents graphically data about economics and economic trends.  In the most recent issue, LBO 132, he has a pull-out about "The inheritance of status" that, u...
April 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Improved version posted, with R code.
April 27, 2011 at 2:06 am
Mike Urbanski Wait, what?
April 27, 2011 at 9:25 am
Vasudev Ram The original chart seems to be a stacked bar chart. I've always thought that type of chart is not too good for representing information, particularly when you want to compare different data items or sets. The reason, to me, anyway, is that the bases of the sections (*) you want to compare, don't start from the same vertical position. So it's not easy to see, just by looking at their relative heights, whether a particular section is bigger or smaller than another section, both for the case of two sections from the same bar and for the case of corresponding sections (quintiles, in this case) from different bars, or any other variation, for that matter.

(*) By "sections", I mean (referring to the original chart), each of the differently colored pieces of the various bars.

My solution for this is to break up the single stacked bar chart into multiple regular (non-stacked) bar charts, one for each "dimension". In this case that would mean creating a separate bar chart from each of the individual bars in the original stacked bar chart. Take the first bar (from the left) as an example (which represents the "poorest" parents' quintile), convert that bar into a new bar chart, with each of the sections labeled 42, 23, 19, 11 and 6, becoming a separate bar in the new chart, with all of them having their bases touching the x-axis. This way, it is easy to see which bar is higher or lower than any other bar.

So the first new bar chart would represent only one parents' quintile - poorest, and for that quintile, it would have a separate bar for each of the child quintiles.

Similarly there would be other bar charts for each of the other parents' quintiles, with the child quintiles in them again represented as separate bars.


1. I've not evalated whether is a generic solution or only applies to this specific case of data.

2. This does mean that you cannot easily compare data across charts. For that, you can do the same thing, but flipping things, so to speak; i.e., create a new set of bar charts, where each chart is made up of bars that are the same-colored sections in the original chart. The first such new chart is already visible as a part of the original chart, if you look at the grey-colored sections, i.e. the poorest childrens' quintile - 42, 25, 17, 8, 9. We can already compare them easily because their bases start from the same vertical position, i.e. the x-axis. So that becomes the first new bar chart - the grey sections. The red sections would become bars in the next new bar chart - 2nd poorest childrens' quintile. And so on.

The whole process can be conceptually reduced to one word: simplify . (I may not have applied that concept that enough to this comment itself, though I did try - I claim Pascal's amendment for that :)
April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Vasudev Ram Nice ideas and implementations ...Another thing I noticed that in the multiple bar charts he's drawn, he has aligned them so that you can compare things across charts. I had an idea on roughly similar lines - as far as the goal of that goes, not the implementation - which was to create the individual charts as draggable widgets - hadn't given it much thought, which is why I didn't mention it, also forgot, but it could probably be done in some technology, whether desktop or web, by embedding each chart in some parent control which is draggable - HTML5 canvas may work for that, I'm doing some research on it and may check that out - and the idea being to then allow the user to drag those widgets around dynamically at run time and place them wherever they wish, in relation to each other, to be able to compare them.
April 28, 2011 at 11:34 am
Vasudev Ram Oops, by "he" I meant "BB". Was originally writing the comment as an email to David, hence the "he", then remembered David had asked me to put the comments on this post, so pasted it here, but hiit Enter before changing "he" to "you" (i.e. BB) and FB posted it. Must remember that for next time - could be embarassing ... Which makes me think, FB should have undo options, like Gmail does. After all, Paul Buccheit works there now, and he wrote that blog post about all software should have undo options.
April 28, 2011 at 11:39 am
Vasudev Ram Here is that Paul Buccheit post: http://paulbuchheit.blogspot.com/2007/06/quick-all-actions-should-have-undo.html
April 28, 2011 at 11:58 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @VR: BB is not offended by the use of the third person.
April 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Vasudev Ram I didn't think you would be offended, my comment was just to clarify things and out of courtesy.
April 29, 2011 at 11:28 am
Vasudev Ram Because since we have already chatted with each other on FB a bit, it would look odd to start referring to you in the third person, in a thread you were a part of.
April 29, 2011 at 11:29 am
David Mertz Just ordered mine! I'll post pictures when it arrives. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-files-casio-wristwatch-alqaida)
Casio F-91W, a cheap digital watch sold around the world, was taken as evidence of detainees having bomb-making training
April 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist How about one of these? They can be sewn into clothing, like a jacket, that is sure to get everyone's attention. http://web.media.mit.edu/~leah/LilyPad/
April 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I have a birthday in June. I'm just saying.
April 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm
David Mertz I had previously overlooked this important feature of Python3:

% python3.2
Python 3.2rc1 (r32rc1:88040, Jan 15 2011, 13:31:22)
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5664)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> from __future__ import barry_as_FLUFL
>>> 1 <> 2

That finally eliminates the usability issues in the 2-to-3 transition.
April 25, 2011 at 11:14 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Surely you require case-insensitivity too?
April 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm
David Mertz @BB: I better write a PEP for that!
April 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm
David Mertz http://wwzjd.org/
Copyright© 2011 What Would Zombie Jesus Do | Entries RSS | Brought To You By Christian Blog themes | Powered By Wordpress
April 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm Everyone
Simma Park I'm facebooking from the train so haven't read the article, but isn't Jesus already a zombie, technically?
April 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero Fortunately there is no article, just the picture...
April 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero and jesus is alive, not undead.
April 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Simma Park Good point, Antonio.
April 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero he ain't a haint!
April 25, 2011 at 1:16 am
Robert Ash Thanks, folks :) Happy Easter (and beyond) to you both :)
April 25, 2011 at 1:29 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was murdered by rhinos.
April 24, 2011 at 10:30 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann * sniff sniff *
April 24, 2011 at 11:28 am
Bennelong Bicyclist More likely to be murdered by day-care devil worshippers, I'd wager.
April 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Or cannibalistic cyborgs.
April 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm
David Mertz @BB: Reaching well into the back catalog, huh?
April 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann He's your biggest fan.
April 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I'm his only fan. Of his writing. And that's only because I skipped the bit between the first and last paragraphs.
April 25, 2011 at 4:21 am
Bennelong Bicyclist No, seriously, the collected works of Dr Metamertz at gnosis.cx is a fab source for those little quotes that are de rigueur these days for each and every Powerpoint presentation.
April 25, 2011 at 4:38 am
David Mertz http://www.thinq.co.uk/2011/4/22/amazon-denies-skynet-involvement-cloud-outage/
Amazon has officially denied claims that Cyberdyne Systems' lethal AI Skynet was responsible for the AWS outage yesterday.
April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Skynet vs the Mechanical Turk?
April 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Kathleen Leon it's the end of the world!
April 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero we will need a governator to return from the future to save the cloud...
April 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Tim Young You find the funniest stuff on the web, which means you have way too much time on your hands.
April 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Après moi le fromage!
April 22, 2011 at 11:31 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Le Grand Fromage est mort.
April 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Susan Jane Urbanski After I the cheese?
April 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @SJU: He is indulging his anthropophagic fantasies again. At least I hope they are fantasies.
April 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm
David Mertz @BB: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladyfinger_(biscuit)
April 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @DM: You are making tiramisu? Yum yum!
April 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Video in omaggio al grande Lenin!! foto e immagini montate sull'inno sovietico!!! W LENIN W IL COMUNISMO ragazzi è nato il mio Blog: http://ben-semirilassoco...
April 22, 2011 at 11:22 am Everyone
Susan Jane Urbanski The resemblance between Lenin and your profile pic is uncanny.
April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist МEPTЗ
April 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm
David Mertz @BB: 'коммерция' in name origin, apparently.
April 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Mike Urbanski I liked his work with the Beatles but Yoko ruined him.
April 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm
David Mertz "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." -Kung Fu Monkey
April 19, 2011 at 10:27 am Everyone
Dawn Halloran Charouhas stealing
April 19, 2011 at 10:28 am
David Mertz @Dawn: I just stole it myself. Well, it's not stealing if it contains attribution...
April 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Have you seen the Atlas Shrugged/Lord of the Rings mash-up on YouTube? It's pretty spectacular. John Galt in the Aragorn role. A must-see!
April 19, 2011 at 10:33 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky Those books changed my life!
April 19, 2011 at 10:54 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, props to K.F. Monkey for that one, and yes, the legions of Ayn Randies seem to be growing daily (or maybe just coming out of the closet). Nevertheless, no good lefty can mention LOTR without muttering darkly about how reactionary Tolkien was and how friendly he was with C.S. Lewis and so on - China Meiville sums it up well: http://goo.gl/A2tyz
April 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist It goes without saying that good lefties are also pedantic wowsers.
April 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann My former grandfather-in-law, AF Thompson, was a friend to both Lewis and Tolkien. He was both an atheist and a stalwart Labour man of the old school, having had AJP Taylor as one of his tutors at Oxford, and went on to write a history of trades unions in the UK. Still, he kept friends of all political, religious and other persuasions, often pitting opposites against each other at dinners at his house. I was lucky to be able to sit in on a few of these dinners, when rising young historians on either side of a debate were subtly goaded by the great man to thrash out an argument between servings of roast lamb and lashings of red wine.
April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: an excellent vignette, although I would be even more impressed should you also prove to be related to EP Thompson.
April 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Sean Reifschneider Yeah, I saw where that was going right from the top, but I still smiled.
April 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He belonged to the _____ generation.
April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am Everyone
Dawn Halloran Charouhas <sound of voidoids in my head>
April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am
Bennelong Bicyclist last incompletely self-absorbed
April 19, 2011 at 2:03 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: http://donatedbodyprogram.ucla.edu/
The UCLA Donated Body Program gives you the opportunity to give the gift of knowledge for research & medical education.
April 17, 2011 at 11:51 am Everyone
David Mertz www.dangerousminds.net
This is perplexing. And annoying. And infuriating. I woke up this morning to an email from Facebook with the subject “Facebook Warning”: “Hello, Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity
April 17, 2011 at 11:47 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Ollie and Alan: http://goo.gl/b6aTv
April 18, 2011 at 3:33 am
David Mertz What is the special importance of the linked image? Is this a reference I should be embarrassed not to know?
April 18, 2011 at 10:48 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Oliver Reed and Alan Bates in a bit of man-on-man action in Ken Russell's film version of DH Lawrence's "Women in Love". Was in cinemas everywhere in the 70s and has been re-run on TV many times since. Meets community standards.
April 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm
David Mertz @BB: I like many of Ken Russell's films, but have not seen that one. Actually, it was largely his _Salome's Last Dance_ that inspired my tattoo of Beardsley's artwork, from Wilde's _Salome_, of the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist All of Russell's films are terribly flawed, but wonderful nevertheless.
April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm
David Mertz You know who you are :-)...
A study on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong
April 17, 2011 at 10:09 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I don't know what you're talking about. And anyway, I'm only giving the people what they want.
April 17, 2011 at 10:27 am
Scott Singer Vanity, thy name is Social Networking
April 17, 2011 at 10:37 am
Bennelong Bicyclist They need to study blokes who post lots of epitaphs for themselves.
April 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann BB, I think I concur.
April 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Mark Wendell Reminds me of how Lieutenant Troi was used in Star Trek to often state the painfully obvious, using her Beta-Zed 'powers' of intuition. "Captain, he's hiding something." "Well no shit, lieutenant."
April 18, 2011 at 4:21 am
Bennelong Bicyclist James Tiberius Kirk never needed ESP to tell him what to do.
April 18, 2011 at 5:32 am
David Mertz “The lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.” -Theodor W. Adorno
April 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm Everyone
Scott Singer Oh my - a new favorite Adorno quote - thanks David :)
April 16, 2011 at 8:26 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was a liar who spoke only truths.
April 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm Everyone
David Mertz "“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you” -Friedrich Nietzsche
April 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm Everyone
David Mertz ... and per last comment after character limit: And listened to Henry Cow and Carmaig DeForest.
April 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Promise me it wasn't the Carmaig DeForest song that makes me want to go hide under the bed.
April 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Henry Cow's "Western Culture" is the greatest music ever produced in... the 1970s. "Leg End" is fab too. And "Unrest".
April 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm
David Mertz Notes of a self-consciously culturally elitist traveler: On flight from LAX to JFK I read Tim Berners-Lee, David Foster Wallace, and Perry Anderson.
April 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm Everyone
Susan Jane Urbanski Show off.
April 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero Snobbist...
April 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Scott Singer who?
April 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist On flight from SYD to MEL I watched a Wallace and Gromit video on my iPhone, and considered whether one of the hostesses looked a bit like Pamela Anderson.
April 14, 2011 at 1:56 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Actually, I usually read a New Scientist on short-haul domestic flights, and an LRB on longer flights. But I always read the Personals at the back first.
April 14, 2011 at 2:00 am
David Mertz www.lrb.co.uk
Contrary to a well-known English dictum, stoical if self-exonerating, all political lives do not end in failure. In postwar Europe, it is enough to think of Adenauer or De Gasperi, or perhaps even more impressively, Franco. But it is true that, in democratic conditions, to be more popular . . .
April 13, 2011 at 9:30 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist You'd better point the book review by Andrew Cockburn in the same issue @MAS.
April 14, 2011 at 2:19 am
David Mertz www.colbertnation.com
There's no need for Planned Parenthood when women can get a Pap smear and breast exam at Walgreens.
April 13, 2011 at 9:19 am Everyone
Simma Park I love how he has to break character for the sheer ridiculousness of it all.
April 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was no Richard Strauss.
April 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nz9jR_AuLM
Come on baby, don't you be late I want your head, I want it tonight Cut your head of at half past eight I'll have it on my wall about a half past ten
April 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.theonion.com
Today Now! dating expert Rebeccah Rachel shares tips for getting the attention of that cute guy who's thrusting his erection inside of you.
April 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist The ubiquity of fondleslabs complicates things further. Is there a role for FaceTime or Skype in such circumstances, I wonder?
April 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Phoebe Churches how about SitonmyfaceTime (TM)?
April 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Rachel McLaughlin "How to hook that cute guy with your vagina." Fantastic.
April 13, 2011 at 2:31 am
Bennelong Bicyclist For me, it's line and sinker I'm afraid.
April 13, 2011 at 4:05 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was no Kathy Acker.
April 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He was no Pierre Menard.
April 11, 2011 at 12:01 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I didn't think you looked like a Lt Gov of Illinois.
April 11, 2011 at 12:09 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: No, I think he means that he isn't (or wasn't) a figment of the imagination of a Latin American fascist. And/or that he didn't write Don Quixote.
April 11, 2011 at 1:26 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoy and admire Borges' writing and imagination. Just not his politics.
April 11, 2011 at 1:27 am
David Mertz online.wsj.com
Georgia has arrested a 75-year-old woman who, with her shovel, left all of Armenia without access to the Internet for half a day, according to Georgian police.
April 10, 2011 at 9:32 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Given it was Georgia, the key question is what would Stalin have done? Had her shot, or given her a medal and a pension?
April 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Scott Singer @Bennelong: yes, but not in that order
April 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @SS: Quite so.
April 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm
David Mertz www.preventcancer.com
The American Cancer Society is fixated on damage control— diagnosis and treatment— and basic molecular biology, with indifference or even hostility to cancer prevention. This myopic mindset is compounded by
April 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist The real test is how actively they engage in anti-smoking activities, ranging from funding of cessation programmes to actively lobbying for tighter controls on tobaccco sales and advertising and higher taxes on ciggies (smoking rates are price-sensitive) and tighter controls on where people can smoke (it really does help them reduce consumption). The fight against smoking is still, by a huge margin, the best place to engage in the "war on cancer".
April 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Here in Oz there isn't one dominant cancer charity, and the half-dozen major ones have been very active in engaging the tobacco industry head-on, and have never flinched. Looks like we are set to be the first country to mandate plain packaging for tobacco products - no more seductive branding on the packets. All forms of tobacco advertising were banned nearly two decades ago, tobacco products aren't allowed to be displayed in shops ( and can't be sold to minors), and there are continuous very confronting stop-smoking campaigns on TV, and there are free cessation clinics and cessation medication is heavily subsidised. Oh, and a standard pack of fags costs north of $16, due to ever-increasing taxes on them. Smoking banned in all indoor and covered public spaces, and in cars with children. Still a way to go to get it banned in all public spaces. But overall, pretty good, and it works: adult smoking rates are hovering around 15% and still falling - under 10% seems achievable.
April 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Phoebe Churches yep - hard to enjoy rich smoking pleasure while watching people coughing up lungs and growing tumourous growths in ads directed by Sam Peckinpah or Tarantino, or based on some HR Giger painting...etc...
April 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm
David Mertz When _Fortune_ magazine complains about fraud by mortgage lenders, you know it is prevalent (http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/04/07/foreclosure-fraud-the-homeowner-nightmares-continue/?section=magazines_fortune)
"Salvageable mortgages are being foreclosed because the banks, wearing their "mortgage servicer" hats, find it more profitable to foreclose than modify loans. And even when the banks sincerely try to modify loans, they often seem incompetent."
April 9, 2011 at 11:26 am Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: With death, he makes a great leap forward.
April 9, 2011 at 11:07 am Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: May a thousand flowers bloom.
April 9, 2011 at 12:28 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Does a fertile imagination good fertiliser make?
April 9, 2011 at 1:12 am
Susan Jane Urbanski Oooh, that sounds like a lovely blessing!
April 9, 2011 at 10:58 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: The intellectual elite belong either in or under the rice fields.
April 9, 2011 at 11:04 am
Kenan Ercel "This world may lack style, I know/Each bud must blossom and grow" Morrissey
April 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Could someone direct me to Vanguard please?
April 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Phoebe Churches there's some lovely filth over here, Dennis...
April 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm
David Mertz With acknowledgement to PC QC, s48(3)(b): "risks that are not insignificant are all risks other than insignificant risks and include, but are not limited to, significant risks." (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/wa1958111)/s48.html
April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist S48(3)(a) insignificant risks include, but are not limited to, risks that are far-fetched or fanciful;

April 8, 2011 at 2:05 am
David Mertz My question from a few months ago about "the oldest thing you own" seems to have prompted, in my parents, an urge to send me old things. It looks like I've now set the bar at about 1200 BP with these Anasazi pottery pieces.
April 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm Everyone
Dawn Halloran Charouhas 1200 BP? is that time according to British Petroleum?
April 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm
David Mertz @Dawn: "Before present" :-)
April 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Simma Park I'm pretty sure you win.
April 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I'll have to take my bucket and spade out to Lake Mungo. (No, not really.)
April 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Paris Finley I have a nice chunk of petrified wood. Estimated in the range of 35 to 65 million years, according to the geology of the region. I also have a fossil from Morocco that dates to around the same period.
April 7, 2011 at 4:17 am
Simma Park Should natural objects count, especially geological? I could probably find some pretty old rocks in Central Park and put them on my shelf.
April 7, 2011 at 7:30 am
David Mertz @Paris & Simma: As when this came up before, I think of "oldest thing" in terms of the time since the raw materials underwent purposive human modification. Minerals themselves (or, say, the gas in my car; or the atoms in everything) are much older. Fossils, including petrified wood, are interesting in that they were once living things; but that still feels like a different category.
April 7, 2011 at 9:01 am
Kenan Ercel i was just listening to a Radiolab podcast where they tell the story about this scientist who was researching climate change by examining the circles inside the trees. he comes across this very old looking tree and using special drilling equipment tries to extract a cross-section of it, but then the tip of the drill gets stuck inside the tree and in order to save this precious piece of equipment they cut down the tree--only to find out that the tree is 4800 years old, not only the oldest tree on record but the oldest living creature! the title of the show is "oops".
April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I have a late Roman coin (about 300AD I think) that I bought in Bloomsbury last year. But I cannot produce photographic evidence of it because I gave it to my (then) 8 year old who thought it was a great jape to put it in a large moneybox, along with about 3000 other copper coins (1 and 2 cent pieces have been phased out here in Oz, and he has been collecting them with a view to cashing them in, or perhaps cornering some future numismatic market). Or I have been collecting them on his behalf.
April 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: All his life he was a solipsist, now finally in death he can feast on the brains of others.
April 6, 2011 at 1:03 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann If you're not part of the zombie hunter solution, you're part of the zombie problem.
April 6, 2011 at 2:08 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky I'm so glad you finally learned to fully appreciate other people.
April 6, 2011 at 11:05 am
Bennelong Bicyclist A defining characteristic of life in the second decade of the 21st century is that one can cite a URL for a YouTube vid or music track which is appropriate for any and every occasion or context. And thus in response to this epitaph about previously solipsic zombies, I give you this track, aptly titled "Zombod" by the equally aptly-named early-80s Sydney industrial band "SoliPsiK", also known as "Sozialistisches PatientenKollektiv" or "System Programming Korporation" or just SPK - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPK_(band) ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_2IzdrKhc
April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm
David Mertz http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/03/big_content_is_strangling_amer.html
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
April 4, 2011 at 11:27 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I didn't know that American films and music had any content - I thought they were just the packaging.
April 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm
David Mertz FWIW, this article isn't especially brilliant, and mostly repeats information I have seen written about more comprehensively and compellingly in various FLOSS-oriented sources. But I found it interesting that it was coming out of Harvard Business Review.
April 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: The burden of epitaph writing was simply too much for him; as sweet release, here he now lies.
April 4, 2011 at 10:56 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sent to me this evening by my dear friend David Mertz. I'm not sure what he's getting at.
April 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYiahoYfPGk
*Lyrics* Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain. You are yo
April 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: It's about darn time!
April 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist As they say, a stitch in time...
April 3, 2011 at 3:26 am
David Mertz Gosh, this is sad news. (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/manning-marable-african-american-studies-scholar-has-died-at-60/?partner=rss&emc=rss)
Mr. Marable was the author of a long-awaited new biography of Malcolm X to be published Monday and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.
April 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He said this would happen, and was consistently correct.
April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist His friends called him "p(X)=1", but never to his face.
April 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm
David Mertz http://gmail.com/motion
Now you can control Gmail with your body. Gmail Motion uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands.
April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Can it adequately convey the emotion behind one of your dismissive shrugs?
April 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Fucked if I know.
April 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: Oh, sorry about that! I was just trying it out and I read your question, above, and shrugged in response.
April 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann It works!
April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm
David Mertz Not every speech act represents a proposition
April 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Nor does every proposition involve a speech act.
April 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm
David Mertz @Meagan, how did you manage to gesture THAT?!
April 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I find usually pulling the other party towards you in an embrace and pointing at your bits can convey the meaning adequately.
April 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann That was both edifying AND charming.
April 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann "By definition, a proposition is a statement that functions as a truth-claim." Well, I suppose it's true that you're saying "I want you" when you point at your bits.
April 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm
David Mertz www.universalrejection.org
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:
April 1, 2011 at 9:49 am Friends and Networks
Carnot Antonio Romero Vor dem Gesetz steht ein Türhüter...
April 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Insufferable!
March 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann 30 years on.
Crucificks hinckley had a vision
March 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Living and dying are both like shooting fish in a barrel.
March 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz
A few of my thoughts on the Libya intervention. I’m by no means unconflicted or certain of my opinion.   I start with the conviction that President Obama and many others who favor the intervention in Libya are sincerely motivated foremost by humanitarian concerns. That said, in war, purity of motive alone is inadequate to ensure desirable results. Any such acts should be taken with great care, only after exhausting all means before the dangerously unpredictable “dogs of war” are unleashed.   The case for the intervention begins with this: The Libyan dictator posed an immediate threat of mass slaughter against his own people, and they had to be protected.   Perhaps this is so, and a noble purpose. But contrary to the blurred suggestions of many advocates of intervention, these aren’t simply protesters but armed rebels. The US and others involved in this intervention have previously conferred on Khadafy their acceptance of his legitimacy, many times, by treating with his government on a number of issues and welcoming him as an official State visitor.  President Bush had glowing things to say about him. Whatever we may think of his actual legitimacy, and however much we might support efforts to bring representative government and basic liberties to the Libyan people, it sets a dangerous precedent to withdraw previously granted recognition of legitimacy without some clearly established international standard.   Because what we are really doing here is setting a new precedent under which some nations may intervene to support armed rebellion within others, not simply acting to prevent slaughter. Historically, such intervention has a decidedly mixed record, very seldom one marked by any purity of motives or by benign results. 1953, 1973, ad infinitum. Regardless of whether one supports this particular intervention or not, it is important to establish precise parameters under which recognition of legitimacy may be withdrawn from a government and under which armed rebellion may be supported with force of arms by other governments. It should be pretty clear from the past that this is an important consideration.   And in this case, we know that many advocates of intervention are not driven by the humanitarian concerns they proclaim- neo-cons whose disdain for Muslims is well-established and who’ve shown little if any concern for the lives and liberty of Muslims elsewhere. We should know what it is they seek and why, as it may color our perspective differently.   Further, I’m not at all convinced by arguments of an imminent mass slaughter or “mass graves”.  Much of what I’ve heard has sounded suspiciously like the typical war propaganda. Certainly in a civil war, opposing sides will target one another and innocents will die, but that’s not what’s been presented as the reason for intervention. Nor could it be, since it hasn’t been used elsewhere to assert the same need. My skepticism is increased by floating quotes claiming that Khadafy has said he will go house-to-house to kill the people of Benghazi. This quote changes from time to time, to seem less egregious or more, but what’s never presented is the entire quote in context. Likewise, Judith Miller, whose veracity on WMDs is nil, insisted that Khadafy also said he planned to use poison gas on the Libyan people.  If there’s an actual case for an imminent mass slaughter, it would seem to me that it could be made plainly, without resort to such unsubstantiated claims, often from people we have no good reason to believe on anything.   There also remain questions about just who these rebels are, now being helped militarily. Juan Cole is quite right that we can’t smear the many by reference to the few. He grants that there may be jihadist extremists among them, but thinks them to be few. Yet this remains an important question, in light of the Afghan experience. There, while the US supported jihadist rebels against the Soviet invaders and the government they had installed, Reagan called them the “moral equivalent of America’s founding fathers”. Not so much. In practice, they were brutal and repressive, and a direct line can be drawn to those who later attacked the US.   Likewise, to undermine the secular Arab socialist organizations- allied with the Soviets- which opposed US policy in the Middle East, particularly the PLO, the US and its allies helped to strengthen Hamas and other religiously-based organizations (see Robert Dreyfus, “Devil’s Game”), which violently opposed the Soviets and groups like those comprising the PLO. The short term effect was to undermine existing opponents. Long term effect? So intransigent did Hamas become that when Hamas won a free, democratic election in Palestine, the US withheld recognition and chose to work with the PLO (supporting the PLO’s armed rebellion against the democratically elected, but unsavory, government).   In Iraq we learned the hazards of toppling even a repressive State without providing for an effective substitute, and we also learned that it is difficult to impose our chosen leaders on a nation, whether Chalabi or Allawi (as the Soviets also learned in Afghanistan, to the misfortune of Najibullah). Knowing who these rebels are, what divisions exist, who has power and based on what- crucial questions, all. The answers will determine whether the effect of this intervention on their behalf will ultimately be humanitarian.   So, how are the rebels behaving in the regions where they hold power? Not a lot is known, and yet we do already know of vicious attacks on innocent sub-Saharan Africans in Libya, including rape and summary executions, by these very rebels. It doesn’t seem to bode well at all.   I won’t dwell at length on it, since so many others have, but will briefly note that military intervention seldom follows best-case scenarios.  To imagine otherwise is wishful thinking and no more. You do it if you must, and get out when you can. The more mission creep, the greater the ramping up of violence and retaliation, the less likely it is to retain this early feel-good quality and the more likely to carry many regrets.  A week ago, NATO said the UN resolution gave them no authority to provide arms to the rebels. Today, there is talk of providing arms to the rebels. Yesterday, the President said there would be no ground forces. Today, a NATO spokesman spoke of planning for ground forces. If the no-fly zone and air attacks on Libyan forces do not have the desired result, mission creep will continue.   Other concerns include the cost of the operations. The middle class is already under attack by Republican politicians who spent a trillion in Iraq and gave tax cuts and bailouts to the wealthy, but say we can’t afford decent wages for America’s workers or to finance public education properly. If this escalates into a ground war- and the air war may not be adequate to topple Khadafy- there will be other costs that we as a nation will be asked to pay. Consider them now.   Republican critics have been hypocritical, largely urging an immediate attack and then later crying for a need to consult Congress first. But it’s a valid point. We have a process designed to slow any rush to war, a process that insists on deliberation and consultation.  I’m suspicious of any action which bypasses this wise design.   I’m no doomsayer. This may go very well, wrap up quickly with a minimum of collateral damage. (Though in the meantime, I could use a bit less sunshine and rainbows blowing from the administration and advocates). But the potential in any resort to arms is exponential escalation, so we should be wise in its application. Little things triggered many a great war.   I simply don’t personally see the necessary justification to support the rebels in Libya with US & NATO military force. I hope it works out well, and as closely to the President’s vision as possible. But even should it go well, I wonder how it will be used as a precedent, for what new intervention and where- unless we firmly delineate the standards for such actions.
March 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He lived as an animal and died as a machine.
March 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Then your cyborg dreams will be complete.
March 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm
David Mertz "While rich voters trend Republican, Gelman and his colleagues found, rich states trend Democratic."
How religion, income, diversity, and other factors matter in the red United States
March 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Chardonnay Socialists!
March 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He came, he saw, he got an inscription.
March 28, 2011 at 12:12 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He came, he saw, he got a tatt.
March 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
David Mertz Please, my Canadian friends, put in someone decent, and remove the horrible blemish Harper has cast on the True North. Good start though; one made largely by the blatant corruption of the Conservatives themselves. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/03/26/f-coalition-government-canada.html)
Coalition government has a long history in parliamentary systems based on the Westminster system. But there are no written rules on how to go about creating a coalition.
March 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily OCD: Please take gratis a bit of old hardware from me. I cannot quite bring myself to throw in the trash a perfectly working, sleek-sized, 250 GB Firewire 400 HDD (powered over 6-ping cable for data+power). But I also really have no USE for it either, now having a far clunkier but 2TB drive.
March 26, 2011 at 11:38 am Everyone
David Mertz FWIW: The same applies to probably half of all my material possessions (which ARE, however, far fewer in number and volume since I moved 3000 miles 4 years ago). Sometimes one just yearns for a good burglary.
March 26, 2011 at 11:40 am
Cole Thaler Have you tried Freecycle? http://groups.freecycle.org/lafreecycle/posts/offer
March 26, 2011 at 11:43 am
Mike Urbanski Freecycle is a good idea.
March 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm
David Mertz @Cole & Mike: Indeed, it seems to be. I just got a response (in what seems to be lolcat-speak) by email, and spoke to an earnest young man who is stopping by in an hour. So good karma and a few ounces less in a landfill. And along the karma angle, I plan to offer him his choice of cable lengths, since 6-pin firewire cables are among the material things I have more of than I honestly need (more, in this case, being three, where I probably need zero).
March 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann DAMN! I was going to text you an hour ago to say to give it to me since I had arranged a swap for a USB hard drive. Harrumph.
March 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Was going to raise my hand until I realised that I can buy a new USB drive of four times the capacity for about the same as the postage cost from the US (not accounting for the hassle of Dr Metamertz having to pack and post it). Why is postage from the US so deucedly expensive, compared to postage from the UK or Europe?
March 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm
David Mertz FW is a bit nicer than USB is, and avoiding the need for a separate power cable is very much nicer also. But yep, shipping would definitely kill any value in such a thing, and I'm happy that I found a taker in LA, just for the karma of it (on Freecycle, as recommended above).
March 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist The little 2.5 inch USB drives don't need an external power supply - powered via the USB cable. FW definitely faster through, but for back-up multiple little cheap USB drives seems good. I've seen them for as little as $50 each for 500GB drives, which is absurdly cheap.
March 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Many of his material THINGS survived him.
March 26, 2011 at 11:33 am Everyone
David Mertz Really interesting and articulate post on a current attack on academic freedom by the Wisconsin Republican Party (http://scholarcitizen.williamcronon.net/2011/03/24/open-records-attack-on-academic-freedom/)
Here’s the headline: the Wisconsin Republican Party has issued an Open Records Law request for access to my emails since January 1 in response to a blog entry I posted on March 15 concerning the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in influencing recent legislation in this state
March 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm Everyone
David Mertz 13 new photos
March 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm Everyone
Jack Red Diederich when A. Jesus gives you a parking ticket it is time for reflection. Or a sign that you should smash the system (my local Office of Traffic and Parking and I do not get along, Jesus or not).
March 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Jack Red Diederich NB: I live in a city where the three branches of government are the Mayor, the Aldermen, and Pat's Towing.
March 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: In life he was a phlebotomist of great thinkers, but now he has been exsanguinated.
March 23, 2011 at 12:20 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Is not phlebotomy merely a more respectable form of the vampire-like sucking so strongly disavowed in yesterday's daily epitaph?
March 23, 2011 at 12:41 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann As long as your phlebotomistic pursuits were more successful than those of the woman drawing my blood yesterday who hit one of my nerves, causing me to shriek in agony, "GET IT OUT OF ME!" and scaring everyone in the office.
March 23, 2011 at 12:44 am
Bennelong Bicyclist I was once a very good phlebotomist indeed, able to get blood out of a stone. And with junkies who had destroyed all their veins, I was a dab hand at taking samples via a 25 gauge needle from their radial artery before they even realised what I was doing. (A stealthy raid on their femoral arteries was a it more difficult, though.). And from scalp veins with a butterfly needle in babies.
March 23, 2011 at 12:52 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann That just made all my veins hurt to read.
March 23, 2011 at 12:53 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: On phlebotomy skills I might recommend as musical accompaniment Butthole Surfers' "I Saw an X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvoVoo9d_30

As to the distinction between epitaphs, I might simply coyly note that I die differently on different days.

However, in a more serious *vein*, I might either--in a hoity toity mood--mention Alfred Sohn-Retel's _Intellectual and Manual Labor: A Critique of Epistemology_. Or in a more plain spoken and American light, I might quote Thomas Jefferson: "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea… He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine... That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature…"
March 23, 2011 at 9:42 am
David Mertz
March 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes indeed, as my mother once told me: "Can't be too proud, Hon!"
March 23, 2011 at 4:30 am
David Mertz
March 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz Norway sure must be cool: "During recent years Hurra Torpedo have had annual split- and reunion tours"
Where is my mind by the Pixies performed live by Hurra Torpedo
March 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz "In the clip, the band, dressed in ill-fitting jogging suits, play on a stage surrounded by various kitchen appliances. Frontman Hegerberg plays guitar and sings in a deliberately off-key monotone and with a strong Norwegian accent, Schau "drums" by hitting a stove with a stick and slamming the door of a chest-freezer, while Guttormsgaard adds backing vocals, and at the climax smashes the top of an electrical stove with a large piece of metal more or less on the beat of the song." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurra_Torpedo)
March 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Pete Hurd Maxence Cyrin has met his match!
March 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
http://www.hurratorpedo.org/ Hurra Torpedo is the world's leading kitchen appliance rock group. Since 1993 they have played for full houses all over their native Norway with their eclectic mixture of cover tunes and original material. Now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, their heartbreaking
March 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz "In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular." -Laurence J. Peter
March 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm Everyone
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
iPad 2 review - Hands on - Very thorough and high quality review. ipad 2 review hands on critic apple imac iphone ipod high quality hd eskild e. fors anders øvergaard exkild andyax funny parody lol humor iparody ipun apps angry birds
March 22, 2011 at 11:51 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I want one. I find that my iPhone is a bit too small to comfortably read ebooks in bed, due to my advancing presbyopia complicating long-standing myopia.
March 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Kenan Ercel 10 days too early for release.
March 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He abstained, throughout his life, from any vampire-like sucking of the living labor of others, nor did he benefit from that dead, and profited only from his own labor.
March 22, 2011 at 10:14 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist But now he is a spectre haunting Europe.
March 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky So it was to Europe that the previously invoked, after-death randomizing function sent him?
March 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist So he can hang out with Karl and Friedrich.
March 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm
David Mertz % head -c16 /dev/random | hexdump -C
00000000 73 70 65 63 74 72 65 20 6f 66 20 63 6f 6d 6d 75 |spectre of commu|
March 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm
David Mertz Poor Lux, RIP
March 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm Everyone
Sly Picaro ...smells like Roquefort. (p19)
March 21, 2011 at 10:02 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: And the Admin in the sky spake "ps -U dmertz | cut -c-5 | xargs kill -9"
March 20, 2011 at 12:10 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I think killing xargs is a good idea. Killing 9 of them is even better.
March 20, 2011 at 2:30 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Just as well kill -6 was not issued before the dmertz process was spawned. Or kill -2 at some point before that. Or kill -1 even before that.
March 20, 2011 at 3:56 am
David Mertz blogs.reuters.com
Individuals are doing it, banks are doing it -- faced with the horrific news and pictures from Japan, everybody wants to do something, and the obvious thing to do is to donate money to some relief fund or other. Please don't.
March 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm Everyone
Susan Jane Urbanski I donated to Doctor's Without Borders, asking them to put it wherever it was most needed in the world.
March 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm
David Mertz @Susan: Yeah, likewise. I tend to give my money to MSF. And it might even be true that particular world events help urge me towards a donation schedule; but I never try to earmark funds for a particular place, since I think that organization (or other similarly good ones) have more expertise than I do in that regard.
March 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist MSF have, very sensibly, restricted their intervention in Japan to distributing essential pharmaceutical supplies to refugees until local supply chains are re-established. The longer-term impact is likely to be a sharp reduction in overseas aid given by Japan to poorer countries. Admittedly Japanese aid is often poorly-directed bilateral aid, but nonetheless they are a very generous donor to less wealthy countries - um, especially those in the region which suffered during WW2. And Japan contributes 12% of the UN budget, despite a decade of recession.
March 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I don't recall a single instance of an MSF intervention in which I thought "that's not what I would have done". They seem to make very careful, well thought-out decisions about where to invest their resources, even in crisis situations. And their organisational overheads are among the lowest of any aid agency. Wholly admirable, and a good choice for a regular monthly donation from your credit card (takes 2 minutes to set up on their web site).
March 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm
David Mertz My entry into the Bloomberg building
March 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm Everyone
Carnot Antonio Romero You should go for a more pointed beard... you'd look positively evil :)
March 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Did security nab you on the way in, or the way out?
March 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm
David Mertz Oh... I'll never leave.
March 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm
Jack Red Diederich Great photo. Creepy and yet sinister at the same time.
March 19, 2011 at 7:07 am
David Mertz I like this Veblen fellow
the men, who constitute the inchoate leisure class in these cases, must be habituated to the infliction of injury by force and stratagem;
March 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: His most notable trait was a certain amiable inefficiency when confronted with force or fraud.
March 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.youtube.com
Grover talks about the word "on."Visit Grover on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/GroverMonsterIf you&#39re watching videos with your preschooler and would l...
March 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm Friends and Networks
Simma Park Is this part of the epitaph series?
March 17, 2011 at 2:33 am
Bennelong Bicyclist No, it is a tutorial on category errors.
March 17, 2011 at 3:24 am
David Mertz Just in case anyone in far off lands doesn't know the reference of the Sesame Street segment, this commercial was a bit of a sensation and internet meme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE
March 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Here in the Antipodes, Old Spice graced every dressing table of my grandfather's generation, and could be found in the many of the bathroom cabinets of my father's generation. However for people of my generation, it tends to be lumped with 4711 eau de cologne as that naff stuff that old people douse themselves with before going to church on Sundays.
March 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I'm not opining on the perfume itself, just mentioning the popular commercial for it (if I were to opine, I'd agree it seems rather old-timey; though I guess the new commercials hope to change that reputation).
March 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I prefer a small dab of asafoetida behind the ears.
March 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: David shot a man in Reno to steal this epitaph.
March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann But was the epitaph worth the manslaughter?
March 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist In Reno Cemetery, there is a tombstone which bears the epitaph: ""
March 17, 2011 at 2:44 am
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Ts4M3irWM
March 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm
David Mertz teleogistic.net
Lately I have been feeling increasingly uneasy about the state of my digital affairs. I am a leader on a number of open source software projects that pride themselves on, among other things, their ability to enable users to “own their own data”. Moreover, I am trained as a philosopher, and have spen
March 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm Friends and Networks
Meagan Thompson-Mann In the 8 months you've known me, you've managed to convert me completely to this line of thinking. I still have a long way to go but I'm now on the path of truth and righteousness, at least digitally if not in other ways.
March 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist You are all kulaks and mandatory collectivisation is what you deserve.
March 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I swear, between you and Dr Mertz, I'm expecting to be lined up against the wall and shot soon. Either that or banished to the rice paddies for re-education. I slightly prefer that one, since he promised me I could be released to watch Werner Herzog films on occasion.
March 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: Don't worry, there are others whose backs will be against the wall before yours.
March 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Oh super! I have a microdermabrasion appointment that I can't miss later this month, so it's good to know my demise isn't ultra-imminent. In the meantime I intend to continue to do good works and spread the open source gospel in aid of mitigating my case. :-(
March 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: noted, but a class enemy is a class enemy, although it is important to look good for one's execution.
March 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Noted, and thank you. I intend not to wear my pearls and velvets, but rather sackcloth and a bit of bright red yarn in my hair. I think it's important not to encourager les autres in the path that I once took.
March 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm
David Mertz I have thought much of what Boone does for many years, and my digital actions reflect this goal of personal digital control. For example, I use Gmail, but make sure I also download all messages to local storage (and back them up). FB has partially removed its walled garden, and I publish snapshots of all my FB content to my personal website. I have no desire to use Twitter or Dropbox, and I think of Picasa strictly in terms of publication of local photos, not as sole repository.
March 16, 2011 at 8:25 am
David Mertz One thing bothers me on this line: I use Gchat, and find it well implemeted and very much value its permanent archives of chats. However, I have found no straightforward way to save all threads to local storage. Ideal would be forwarding vi...a SMTP, but I would settle for, e.g. backups to text files.

Please help me, someone! Point me to some tool that means I don't need to write and debug my own web scraping system to liberate this information.
March 16, 2011 at 8:27 am
David Mertz In a certain irony (maybe not really so, but counter-intuitive), SMS is in much better shape. I have an Android app that forwards all my SMS messages to GMail, and those in turn are downloaded over POP3 to local storage on my computer (and backups, etc). GChat, which is integrated in GMail fails to make similar conversations accessible to me for storage, archiving, analysis, reminiscence.
March 16, 2011 at 8:27 am
David Mertz There seem to be two slightly different concerns at work in this post.

(1) Websites (or in general, 3rd party networked services) are given “private” information which they may or may not use in manners I personally approve of. Moreover, terms-of-service for use and distribution of this information often changes without user consent, and in ways that serve the site rather than the user.

(2) Information provided to sites gets locked into a “walled garden” and becomes difficult for users to reuse to their own ends, even when it is created by that user. Information so walled up may become inaccessible if the site closes, changes terms, becomes locked behind a pay-wall, fails because of bugs, etc.

I understand both concerns, but (2) is actually of greater personal concern to me. As a personal choice, I generally freely publish all information I create (including, e.g. mirroring snapshots of my Facebook page to my own website, now that they’ve partially broken their walled garden). My life is “world-readable”. But that is my choice, and people SHOULD retain the right to keep private what they want private (which probably means not revealing information in the first place on such a voluntary basis, out of minor convenience). Btw. See Eben Moglen’s wonderful talk about a year ago at NYU on “Freedom in the Cloud” which touches on many of these issues.

Mostly I’ve led my digital life according to the principles Boone advocates. I have no interest in Twitter. My GMail is all downloaded via POP3 to a local machine, and backed up to servers I control from there. I use Picasa, but simply as a publication mechanism for pictures that I keep on local harddisk. My FB pages are snapshotted and published on my personal domain. My SMS messages on my Android phone are all forwarded to GMail by a neat app, and from there obviously subject to the same local copies and backup as other emails.

One BIG problem I still have is with GChat, which is convenient, but is not provided via POP3, despite the general integration into GMail. This upsets me, since there is no easy way I know of to save local copies of those chat transcripts. I would HUGELY appreciate it if someone could point me to a tool to archive those chat sessions… and save me the need to write a screen-scraping utility that manually extracted such things (I could write it, but getting it working and debugged would be decidedly non-trivial effort). Google SHOULD simply provide some simple checkbox for “download chats” or “forward chats as email”… which they DO for GDocs (though that reminds me that I haven’t exported everything there either, at least not for a long time… making that more automatic would be nice too, like on a cron script).
March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am
David Mertz pycon.blip.tv
Collected episodes for a blip.tv show by pycon.
March 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm Friends and Networks
Bennelong Bicyclist I found this one very instructive: http://pycon.blip.tv/file/3450534/
March 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Looks quite different without the beard.
March 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm
David Mertz Turns out that 'source-highlight' is hard to install on systems if one is not a sudoer, and the 'vim -u' approach has unsavory edge-case behaviors. 'lesspipe' provides a good compromise, and adds some other stuff like viewing archives and textual formatting of HTML, OpenOffice.org, and even MS nonsense (if you install antiword and similar tools): http://www-zeuthen.desy.de/~friebel/unix/lesspipe.html
lesspipe, an addon for the browser less
March 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm Everyone
David Mertz Another, perhaps simpler approach to paging with syntax highlights:

alias view='vim -u /usr/share/vim/vim70/macros/less.vim'

(adjust as needed for path on your system)
March 15, 2011 at 9:14 am Everyone
David Mertz http://betterthangrep.com/
ack is a tool like grep, designed for programmers with large trees of heterogeneous source code.
March 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist ack is better than grep but less good than sex
March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm
Miki Tebeka I use it all the time, including the fun ack.vim
March 15, 2011 at 6:29 am
David Mertz @Miki: installed ack.vim. Looks useful.
March 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm
David Mertz What I learned today:

sudo apt-get install source-highlight
export LESSOPEN="| /usr/share/source-highlight/src-hilite-lesspipe.sh %s"
export LESS=' -R '
March 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Just tell me how to ping an email address to find out if it's valid and I will think your status update is awesome. And I will bring you some chocolate.
March 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MT-M: are you only interested in some-definition-of the validity of an email address, or are you actually interested in an assurance of the delivery of an email message to a particular recipient?
March 14, 2011 at 12:32 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Of course, the answer to both of these questions is the same.
March 14, 2011 at 12:33 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann The validity of an email address. I received an email that if it is true is a little surprising (and flattering, considering where it's from) but I want to be circumspect. I haven't replied yet lest I look like a fool.
March 14, 2011 at 12:37 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Ah, you want to check whether the message was actually from whom it purports to be from? The quick answer is that unless the message was cryptography signed by the sender and you either already have or are able to reliably obtain his/her public key (and can be sure it really is their public key), you can't.
March 14, 2011 at 12:45 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Basically, what I want to know is whether there is a (for example) john.smith who has an email address at impressivecompany.com. Not that the person is who they say they are, just that address exists. An opportunity has been thrown my way that if real would be rather outstanding, but if not could potentially be rather embarrassing.
March 14, 2011 at 12:47 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmm, what would George Smiley do?
March 14, 2011 at 2:07 am
David Mertz @Meagan: There is no way to establish the identity of an email address and content, unless--as Bennelong points out--there is a cryptographic signature attached to it. You can be reasonably assured that if you send an email to <john.smith@impressivecompany.com> that servers at or leased by ImpressiveCompany will route the email, but that doesn't tell you whether John Smith actually exists. You *may* get a bounce if he doesn't, but that is not guaranteed by any means (many servers are configured to silently ignore invalid addresses within the domain, so as not to provide confirmation to spammers about which addresses are active).

If ImpressiveCompany has some sort of internal personnel directory at www.impessivecompany.com, and that lists John Smith as working there, it's fairly likely the address is real. However, it is very easy for someone outside ImpressiveCompany to send an email that pretends to be from John Smith. The forger won't receive the return message, but that doesn't guarantee that John Smith was inviting the response either.

Sometimes if you inspect the full headers of an incoming email it will show a set of SMTP servers that relayed the message. Most of the time, if it is real, there will be an initial hop or too within impressivecompany.com, but they won't necessarily name their mail servers the same as the domain for other services. If you see a lot of suspicious hops along the way, that's a sign of likely scam. If the hops have a lot of .ru or .cn domains, I'd be wary (unless it's ImpressiveRussianCompany you want to deal with).

I think the best thing--as much as I can guess about the mystery anyway--is to write to John Smith with a somewhat noncommittal note saying, "I think you sent me this, but I'm concerned about a false message; can I call you to talk about this matter?" Don't sent the $2500 needed to secure your $43M inheritance right off the bat. :-)
March 14, 2011 at 11:10 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Thanks, David. There's a little spelunking I'm doing -- I don't have the luxury of having received the email address via an email so I can't look at headers, so I'm contacting the company directly to determine whether John Smith is actually just the office boy at Impressive Company.
March 14, 2011 at 11:15 am
David Mertz Uggh: s/too/two/; s/sent/send/
March 14, 2011 at 11:18 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann I didn't want to say anything.
March 14, 2011 at 11:20 am
David Mertz It's for the best, what with me so helpful...
March 14, 2011 at 11:21 am
David Mertz Although actually, noting such things as I did is quite polite... something about 'sed' syntax makes all geeks feel warm inside, even when being corrected.
March 14, 2011 at 11:22 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Exactly. One should not look a gift horse in the mouth.
March 14, 2011 at 11:22 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Write a Python programme to process the mistakes in his text and he'll be your slave forever.
March 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm
David Mertz Nah, use sed:


Oh, and especially

March 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm
David Mertz ... don't worry, Julia Gillard will fix all this as part of the US's needed "political influence" the Pacific.
March 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm much better at identifying and conjugating deponent Latin verbs.
March 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @DM: I apologise, but I've never heard of Noah Webster.
March 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm
David Mertz www.vanityfair.com
“The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that.”
March 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky And we can be grateful for that.
March 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm just trying to figure out what the pseudo-lesbianic Busy Phillips/Michelle Williams kissyface pic illustrating this story has to do with anything.
March 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: His brain filled up with thoughts and then he died.
March 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist (Alas, he regarded trepanation with trepidation.)
March 13, 2011 at 12:52 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Darn, he died too soon for the Rapture.
March 10, 2011 at 10:16 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm sure you would have been left behind anyway.
March 10, 2011 at 10:19 am
Dawn Halloran Charouhas but not for the rapturous. sorry i didn't answer your im yesterday - was totally slammed
March 10, 2011 at 10:30 am
Simma Park Did you avoid the use of "damn" to prevent any confusion?
March 10, 2011 at 10:58 am
Bennelong Bicyclist To any Mormons who happen by: feel free to jot down his details.
March 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm
David Mertz www.theonion.com
WASHINGTON—Intelligence officials said Tuesday that al-Qaeda is recruiting a new generation of suicide bombers with assurances that martyrs will be rewarded in the afterlife with a halfway decent job, benefits, and a 401(k) plan.
March 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm Everyone
Emily Moon just half-way though.
March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist They forgot to mention Richard Branson's generous afterlifetime offer of unlimited free flights on his airline.
March 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Chris Matthews Did they cut back on the virgins too?
March 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Kristofer Passaggio LOL! Nice.
March 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm
David Mertz www.mymodernmet.com
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustrati…
March 9, 2011 at 1:02 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I love pop-up books!
March 9, 2011 at 1:21 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He died too late and was born too soon; brevity is the wit of the soul.
March 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm Everyone
David Mertz "The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason." -John Cage
March 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm Everyone
Sly Picaro JC gives good attitude.
March 21, 2011 at 11:08 am
David Mertz More on forensic de-anonymizing: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/030811-anonymous-email.html
Just because you send an email anonymously doesn’t mean people can’t figure out who you are anymore.
March 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist k-anonymity where k > 1 is elusive with even a very modest number of dimensions when the cardinalities of the domains of those dimensions are high.
March 9, 2011 at 1:30 am
David Mertz "For example, a finding in that study
was that 87% (216 million of 248 million) of the population in the United States
had reported characteristics that likely made them unique based only on {5-digit
ZIP2, gender, date of birth}. Clearly, data released containing such information
about these individuals should not be considered anonymous. Yet, health and
other person-specific data are often publicly available in this form." (http://epic.org/privacy/reidentification/Sweeney_Article.pdf)
March 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm
David Mertz
March 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Compulsory voting (yup, even in local government elections) makes such stickers irrelevant here in Oz. How can one run a democracy with it, I constantly ask myself.
March 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm
David Mertz Yeah, voter turnout in the US is terrible (and not mandatory, obviously). This municipal election is unlikely to get 20%. Some of that pattern is deliberate disenfranchisement by the right. But in general we lack a culture of political participation.
March 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm
David Mertz My informal count after looking at the results and finding a rough guess of registered voters is that we got 6.25% turnout.. or *registered* voters, which is probably 60% of those eligible.
March 9, 2011 at 1:16 am
David Mertz My friend Christina Wilson finds better figures, which aren't THAT much more positive than my estimate: "Only 10.75% (221,487 out of 2,060,913) of registered voters participated in yesterday's election in Los Angeles."
March 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Whereas I was fined (I think it was $120) for failing to vote in a local government election a few years ago. In my defence, it was a ward by-election which received almost no publicity other than a small leaflet in the letterbox which was thrown out along with all the junk mail and advertising crap. And I wasn't feeling very well that day. Nevertheless, I felt ashamed and chastened and paid my fine without complaint.
March 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: Of course, that's the same amount as the parking ticket one gets while voting at the polling place here in LA :-) (... in fairness, apparently there WAS a little-publicized suspension of ticketing within some number of feet of polling places on this particular election day). Another good argument that bicycling should accompany civic duty.
March 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm
David Mertz http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2006/06/05/son-did-you-walk-the-python-did-you-feed-him/
Six-year-old Cambodian boy Oeun Sambat hugs his best friend, a python named Chamreun or Lucky. Sperstitious villagers in the impoverished southeast Asian
March 8, 2011 at 11:35 am Everyone
Sly Picaro 1. All kids need some Python. 2. Sperstitious really should be a word. My suggested meaning is "believing programming expertise can overcome a fear of Armenian snakes."
March 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Sly Picaro I know the above comment is tricky, here's a clue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sper_(Armenia)
March 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm
David Mertz "...after all, it's cheaper to hire end-of-life care than to raise a child. Now comes new research showing that having kids is not only financially foolish but that kids literally make parents delusional."

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/03/04/why-having-kids-is-foolish/print/#ixzz1G22YbQrrhttp://healthland.time.com/2011/03/04/why-having-kids-is-foolish/print/
All parents know that having kids is a blessing — except when it's a nightmare of screaming fits, diapers, runny noses, wars over bedtimes and homework and clothes. To say nothing of bills too numerous to list. Some economists have argued that having kids is an economically silly investment; after a
March 8, 2011 at 10:55 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Not all delusions are bad. But, yes, having kids is not a pastime in which economic rationalists should engage.
March 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm
David Mertz supremecourthaiku.com
The Law of the Land In Seventeen Syllables Supreme Court Haiku
March 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Those are closer to senryū than haiku.
March 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph, with fond regards to that great, late shell programmer, Blind Lemon Jefferson: crontab <(crontab -l; echo "0 * * * * find /tmp/my_grave -name \*~ | xargs rm")
March 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm Everyone
David Mertz And while you are at it: crontab <(crontab -l; echo "0 0 0 * * touch /tmp/my_grave/flowers")
March 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Flowers each Sunday might be a reasonable ask, but asking for the weeds around your grave to be pulled up every minute is a bit excessive (or you must be planning to push up rather fast-growing daisies...). Or are my naff sysadmin skills showing again?
March 7, 2011 at 12:45 am
David Mertz Well, I've only asked for the flowers each month. The weeding request might indeed be a bit overly demanding, but it's hourly not per minute. (http://adminschoice.com/crontab-quick-reference)
March 7, 2011 at 12:53 am
Bennelong Bicyclist OK, OK, I meant weeding every hour, on the hour.
March 7, 2011 at 12:54 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Do you know the frequently covered Jefferson song?
March 7, 2011 at 12:58 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann I do! I do! (So what if you told me, I know it!)
March 7, 2011 at 1:06 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Your grave won't get any flowers because the day-of-month parameter has to be 1 to 31, doesn't it? I don' think zero works in that third position.
March 7, 2011 at 4:01 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, Nick Cave did a cover of it, as well as a song about the tap, tap, tapping of Blind Lemon's cane.
March 7, 2011 at 4:40 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Darn, you're right, I need '0 0 1 * *'!
March 7, 2011 at 10:25 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: find my_grave -name kids\* -print0 | xargs -0 -r rm -rvf
March 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I was pondering whether it was meanness or a desire for accuracy which motivated this wish to forcefully delete any mentions of offspring from your tombstone, should there be any, until I noticed that the aster is escaped, which I think means that it won't glob.
March 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MAS & @MT-M: wagers that he will claim that the backslash was deliberate just to test if anyone was paying attention?
March 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: Sure seems to do the right thing:

% ls test
bar baz blam flim foo
% find test -name b\*

If I hadn't escaped the star, I would see something more like:

% find test -name b*
find: bestsum.py: unknown option

I.e. I need 'find' to do the expansion, not within the bash shell.
March 6, 2011 at 12:20 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @MAS & @MT-M: damn it, he's right. Perhaps my colleagues are right to hestitate when I ask to be added to /etc/sudoers - as a sysadmin, I'm a bit on the crap side.
March 6, 2011 at 1:20 am
David Mertz Daily epitaph: The past is unwritten.
March 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He forgot to call fsync().
March 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm
David Mertz http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/03/hillary-clinton-calls-al-_n_830890.html
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Al Jazeera is gaining more prominence in the U.S. because it offers "real news"âsomething she said American media were falling far short of doing. Clinton was speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and she said the U.S. is los
March 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm Everyone
David Mertz Not to say I much like or trust Clinton, but it's nice she states this obvious truth.
March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
David Mertz By way of an illustration that struck me recently: I saw the story about the vile US veto on the UN Security Council of the anti-"settlement" resolution. I looked through a half dozen US news sources to try to find an answer to the simple question "what was the vote of the other members." Not one source I found admitted that the vote was 14-1, but all only vaguely mentioned the veto of a measure that would otherwise have passed. Wanting actual INFORMATION, obviously I turned to Al Jazeera.
March 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Scott Singer That will make the Right even more sure of their correctness.
March 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm
David Mertz I don't really believe the simplistic claim... but I figure any pro-capsaicin propaganda is worthwhile.
Got heart trouble? Having a heart attack? Try Cayenne pepper. It will stop a heart attack in its tracks. Cayenne pepper is a very powerful vasodilator . It works faster than aspirin and has no side effects. Sprinkle a capsule worth in your Green tea. Use a tea spoon in hot hater and drink it down in
March 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm Everyone
Mike Urbanski You have to snort it though.
March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
David Mertz @Mike: is there another ingestion method?! I gave up mainlining capsaicin because of all the ugly track marks.
March 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist The claim in the article is rubbish - here is the University of Cincinnati PR dept's rather more circumspect take on the research: http://www.healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/9213/ and here is the original paper: http://www.healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/9213/

Of course, you are not the only pro-capsaicin pro-propagandist - its widespread use is enthusiastically promoted by the forces of reaction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper_spray
March 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Mike Urbanski Shoot! I was hoping for a "Get Out of Heart Attack Free" card.
March 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero I thought it was interesting that a nick on the abdomen had a similar effect...
March 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
Slovenian-born Slavoj Zizek, a postmodern philosopher and cultural critic, addresses perception, identity, and the "other" in an engaging lecture titled Fear Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Antinomies of Tolerant Reason. The lecture takes the audience on an enlightening journey through the perceptions of i
March 4, 2011 at 1:57 am Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: the futures he bought in the past are presently worthless.
March 3, 2011 at 1:23 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist They went pork belly-up.
March 3, 2011 at 2:11 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky That's a precept of Heideggerian finance theory, which I thought you had repudiated! Finally, seeing the Truth, huh? (Or should I say 'the ground of the possibility of the essence of truth' or some such construct?)
March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm
David Mertz @Mary Ann: One attaches epitaphs to folks put in that ground whence they find their veridical essence.
March 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky I knew you were an old style Sartrean existentialist!
March 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MAS: If so, I won't mention SdB.
March 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Bennelong, oh go ahead!
March 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Your mention of J-P brought to mind fellow Aussie Hazel Rowley's book on J-PS and SdB (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/jan/14/highereducation.biography ) which I really enjoyed. But now she's dead: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/hazel-rowley-59-dies-in-us/story-e6frg8n6-1226014964633
March 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Bennelong, I read and loved that book! Didn't know she was an Aussie.
March 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky A new epitaph, echoing Bennelong's, for David: He snubbed his nose at Being-toward-Death but now he's Being-Dead.
March 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist @MAS: Yes. J-PS was a complete shit, SdB was a slightly naughty saint, but I still shed a tear when he kicked the bucket.
March 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I mean, I shed a tear when I reached the part of the book in which he kicked the bucket. But I am old enough to remember when he died - it was reported in all the papers.
March 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm
David Mertz @Bennelong: I remember with some sadness when JP died also... but meanwhile, MAS has confessed she was confused about which book was Rowley's, having confused her with another Hazel, my old professor at U.Colorado, Dr. Barnes
March 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm
David Mertz readersupportednews.org
'Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canadian regulators today announced they would reject efforts by Canada's right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.' Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported News
March 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm Everyone
David Mertz As Antonio comments: It's quite remarkable all those palm trees at the "Wisconsin" rallies where Fox claims protestors are violent.
Fox News, you've got some explaining to do. Monday's O'Reilly Factor used footage from a protest in Sacramento to seemingly exaggerate the violence of unio
March 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm Everyone
David Mertz Daily epitaph: He rests now with basement cat. Srsly. Kthxbai.
March 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm Everyone
David Mertz "It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality" -Gilles Deleuze
March 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm Everyone
David Mertz
Self portrait
March 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: Interred herein a thing.
February 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky Indeed, he was.
February 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Interred here a thing; may an ontology take root.
February 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm
David Mertz Daily epitaph: A man, whose identity was illusory, deceives still only through words and artifacts.
February 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist That's a Lulu of an epitaph!
February 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sorry you're dying of whooping cough. Leave me something nice in your will.
February 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm
David Mertz Personal epitaph of the day: Only disconnect!
February 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I'm not getting rid of the iPhone. Sorry.
February 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm
David Mertz If you keep the iPhone, Steve Jobs and AT&T assure disconnection on your behalf.
February 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Good one, Herr Doktor.
February 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Live in fragments ever after?

(Presumably the reference is to Howard's End?)
February 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm
David Mertz Personal epitaph of the day: He was good for what he did, and magnificent in his omissions.
February 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Accurate, pithy.
February 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist A version suitable for me: "He was Curate's eggish at what he did, and magnificent in his emissions."
February 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm
David Mertz David led a life filled with delusions of adequacy and steals, in death, from Walter Kerr.
February 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist An appropriate postscript to such a tombstone inscription might be "Please don't eat the daisies.".
February 25, 2011 at 12:35 am
David Mertz "An epitaph a day is like an apple a day, but the opposite, actually, because an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an epitaph is ready if you happen to die that day" -Andrei Codrescu
February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm Everyone
David Mertz I saw Codrescu speak at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, last night, and he read this bit from the beginning of his new book _The Poetry Lesson_. I think I will take it to heart herewith.
February 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann At your advanced age, it's good to have an epitaph ready.
February 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Paris Finley Better get a tattoo. You'll be in no shape to make speeches, you know.
February 25, 2011 at 11:25 am
David Mertz @Paris: Well, I DO have this tattoo: https://picasaweb.google.com/david.mertz/IAmNot#5215982191881908498. It seems like that will cover the epitaph question pretty well.
February 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I was just discussing your tattoo last night with someone else who very nearly got a PIE phrase tattooed on his forearm.
February 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Paris Finley eɠoʜ nĕ ésmi

Figures. Can I get the subtitled version of your tombstone?
February 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
David Mertz @Paris: You did catch, right, the name of the album of images of me getting that tattoo? It proto-indoeuropean, PIE (in internatioal phonetic alphabet, IPA), for "I am not" ...

Which actually isn't hard to recognize. 'eɠoʜ' is close to Latin 'ego' or German 'Ich', for example. 'nĕ' is similar to the negation morphemes in most PIE languages. And 'ésmi' is a lot like is/esse/ist/etc.
February 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Say it with a Scottish burr and it means "I am not egotistical".
February 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Paris Finley I did figure "I am not", yes, after looking up "ésmi" and guessing on the other two but it didn't make any sense except as a koan, which should have tipped me off that I had it right.
February 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Paris Finley Actually, what would be hilarious would be if you got "me neither" on the other arm.
February 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm
David Mertz www.urnext.com
February 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://vihart.com/doodling/ (via Paul Barchilon, but share link is breaky)
Wikipedia links: graph theory, ouroboros, Borromean rings, knot theory, topology, Parseltongue, Python, The Little Prince.
February 22, 2011 at 9:53 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Wow! I have to show these to Jacinto. And then point out the photos and videos of the hot and whippet-thin Ms Vi, her hot, and suggest that at some stage he find, fall in love and hook-up with someone just like her, to the delight of his lecherous old dad...

And one of the snakes speaks Python: open()

February 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I quite liked her burning paper musical instruments, and it has made me want to build a propane-powered harmonium. Has it been done before, I wonder?
February 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Phoebe Churches i have a methane powered trumpet...
February 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm
David Mertz techcrunch.com
February 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Noted.
February 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm
Leah Rogers But what to do with an "it's complicated"?
February 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Wait your turn.
February 22, 2011 at 1:53 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky Excellent. Do you need to take a number?
February 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FikZwgj89HI
The wonderful Iris Dement
February 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm Everyone
Leah Rogers Love her.
February 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
http://www.dolobeats.com/ The Hottest Beats For Artists & Best Sounds For Producers
February 20, 2011 at 1:52 am Everyone
David Mertz
[Please share!] Favorite photos from the protests for workers' rights in Wisconsin.
February 20, 2011 at 1:43 am Everyone
David Mertz http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/youtube-musician-evan-emory-faces-20-years-in-prison-for-clever-editing/
Evan Emory, a musician on YouTube, recently posted a video that might earn him 20 years in prison. Yes, you read that correctly. One totally harmless video. Twenty years in prison.
February 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.alternet.org/rights/149951/hillary_clinton_talks_freedom_as_protester_ray_mcgovern_is_bloodied
Clinton's talk, which emphasized the need to protect basic freedoms, included her observation that
February 19, 2011 at 10:56 am Everyone
David Mertz http://donyougorouninrountorero.com/
February 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Sorry if you have problems understanding this; I certainly don't.
February 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Wo' sor' uh tossa ca' unnerstan tha'?
February 15, 2011 at 3:24 am
David Mertz
"Task and achievement verbs differ in their "logical force" (p. 150). Unlike task verbs, achievement verbs imply abilities which are not identified by indicating specific events or processes...
February 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist This is germane, because I have just spent several hours arguing that how various user-stories (in an agile project) are implemented matters, not just whether they are implemented. However, the examples are problematic. It says "One can ride a bicycle correctly or incorrectly, but one cannot win a race correctly, or see the color red correctly." I suffer from tritanomoly and things that I am sure are blue others tell me are green, and v-v. Clearly I am not seeing the colours blue, or green, correctly. Similarly, I may cross the finish line in a bike race ahead of all other competitors. But what if I have taken large doses of anabolic steroids or synthetic erythropoietin, which are banned in competitive cycling? I have won the race, but incorrectly. Thus seeing a colour, or winning a bike race are arguably task verbs. Are there really any pure achievement verbs?
February 14, 2011 at 12:50 am
David Mertz @Bennelong: Well, funny that the very next paragraph in that blog essay by Jason Streitfeld is:

"So with perception of the color red, what is observed is the act of identification, and--based on its relationship to other observations--this is interpreted as an act of seeing, remembering, recognizing, and/or imagining. One cannot see, imagine, recognize, or remember redness correctly or incorrectly. One can, however, remember orange and mistakenly identify it as red. One can see red and mistakenly identify it as orange. One can correctly or incorrectly identify instances of redness."
February 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm
David Mertz Continuing my channeling of Ryle (or about equally putting on a Grice or Strawson hat): I think those Oxford "ordinary" language folks would say that by cheating you haven't actually "won" the race, merely that you have falsified (or fooled people) as to the result. This would keep "won" in the achievement camp, and probably add "deceive" to it also.
February 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Hmmmm, if identification and categorisation of what is seen are removed from the definition of "seeing", then yes, it is an achievement verb, but only because the sense of "seeing" has been artificially reduces to the set of electrochemical processes of photons falling on a retina etc. Which is far from any usual sense of the verb.
February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm
David Mertz "There is a distinction between thinking and writing" -Every failed writer
February 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm Everyone
Mary Ann Sushinsky I'm not going to respond to that in writing, but, oh boy, if you knew what I was thinking!
February 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist TPiP: what were you thinking?
February 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Paris Finley I prefer to think of writing as the most disciplined form of thinking. Not many can adhere to the discipline necessary (physical or mental), thus the high membership in the Failed Writer's Club. It's physical because the body is involved and it takes time; it's mental because the thinking must be distilled, clarified and finally codified. My thinking is haphazard and sloppy, undisciplined and bears some resemblance to a young kid with an attention deficit problem. The writing process requires the wayward thinking to behave ("Company's coming. Wash your face and hands and comb your hair. Try not to fidget so.")
February 13, 2011 at 7:43 am
Mary Ann Sushinsky Paris, you've captured the experience perfectly. For me, fidgeting, both mental and physical, is my greatest obstacle to writing.
February 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm
Teri Vanaria Donahue Peach Schnapps helps with that, Mary Ann.
February 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann The dread of success is my greatest obstacle, I swear.
February 14, 2011 at 2:23 am
Jana Christine Remy (sigh)
February 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm
David Mertz Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Cars: http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/Gay-Lesbian/gay-guy1.html
Car Talk from NPR. Car advice, tips, troubleshooting, and answers to your car questions. Find a mechanic, hear past shows, play the puzzler, join our discussion boards, and learn safe driving tips.
February 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I'm sure it is culturally specific, but here in Oz, and probably in Blighty too, the greatest gay guys car must surely be the Triumph Stag V8, with at least one Afghan in the back, and a well-muscled mechanic in very tight shorts to attend to it's ever-present mechanical woes (it is a British Leyland car of the 70s, after all). But for those of the Sapphic inclination, the archetypal car must surely be a bike - dykes ride bikes - ideally a classic British twin or single or a Japanese homage thereto. No scooters!
February 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm
David Mertz blog.okcupid.com
First dates are awkward. There is so much you want to know about the person across the table from you, and yet so little you can directly ask.
February 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm Everyone
Simma Park I'm not sure I buy the interpretation of the correlation between religiousness and acceptance of grammatical mistakes.
February 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm
David Mertz @Simma: I think Mr. Rudder was coming up with a more polite way of formulating the fact that religious people aren't all that smart.
February 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Simma Park Yeah, but he looks a bit silly in the process.
February 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm
David Mertz You think? I just found it "wry." (Next to intelligent design, what's a couple typos?)... and perhaps I better indicate in my status that I like the taste of beer.
February 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Simma Park I didn’t pick up on any oblique humor, but I didn’t read it very carefully, so it came off as a silly explanation to appease religious members on first glance.
February 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm
David Mertz Nice comment by my outside committee member.
Richard Wolff: The Federal Reserve chairman offered no policy to address the grotesque juxtaposition of corporate profits and jobless misery
February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
Authorities have made an arrest in a weekend convenience store robbery that a Seattle store owner found remarkable for the robber's politeness. Officers quickly identified a suspect from tips received after this surveillance video "went viral". (Feb. 7)
February 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.dailydawdle.com
Funny photos, videos, awesome art and design. Plus other cool and weird internet humor. Always SFW.
February 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist The old agent in the coffee machine trick!
February 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Off to Kathryn Stull's birthday shindig, with Robert Seeman, Mary Ann Sushinsky and David Mertz, with Richard Graham Chamberlain there of course! I love barbecue in February -- one of the pluses of being in LA.
February 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm
David Mertz "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence." --Louis Brandeis (concurring)

Full Text -- 1927 -- Volume 274 -- WHITNEY V. CALIFORNIA, 274 U. S. 357 -- United States Supreme Court Cases from Justia & Oyez
February 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Glad to have served as your research monkey for this one.
February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm
David Mertz "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." -Mae West
February 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/radiolab/radiolab022908.mp3
February 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm Everyone
David Mertz Deception: Heard start of this in car, listening to rest. Really fascinating.
February 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann You know how I'm fascinated with deception. Thank you.
February 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/articles/al-qaeda-populating-us-with-peaceful-decoy-muslims,18980/
Terrorists are planting normal, hard-working Muslim Americans throughout the nation to get us to lower our guard.
February 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm Everyone
Senad Dizdar Like Fox News...
February 6, 2011 at 12:29 am
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/articles/republicans-vote-to-repeal-obamabacked-bill-that-w,19025/
WASHINGTON—In a strong rebuke of President Obama and his domestic agenda, all 242 House Republicans voted Wednesday to repeal the Asteroid Destruction and American Preservation Act, which was signed into law last year to destroy the immense asteroid currently hurtling toward Earth.
February 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm Everyone
Danny Yee And the asteroid must be a direct consequence of health care reform, anyway.
February 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Scott Singer It's because they found out that Earth wants to have a same sex marriage with Venus and the asteroid is funded by Mormons on Uranus.
February 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Can't have any of this Marxist collectivist bullshit: every person must take personal responsibility for destroying his or her own chunk of the asteroid.
February 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm
David Mertz http://abovethelaw.com/2011/02/ladies-having-a-j-d-will-not-prevent-you-from-fulfilling-your-stripper-dreams/
Well, I think we are officially at the point in the legal economy where servicing law school debts is just like servicing an expensive drug habit. The parallels between the two are too great to ignore: Is it something you started because everybody else was doing it? Is it something you initially tho
February 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist PC QC (who is half way through studying for a JD), please note.
February 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm
David Mertz "Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies." -Edgar Watson Howe
February 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm Everyone
David Mertz I tried about a dozen times uploading this directly to FB too. Facebook really, really sucks!
Feb 3, 2011 - Why I am not a Christian
February 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm Everyone
Anita Ghazarian I see it. Kinda funny...sorry..
February 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm
David Mertz @Anita: Just a software question, you mean you see it when you link to picasa, right? It doesn't actually render within your FB feed, does it?
February 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Pete Hurd no render in FB out here.
February 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Anita Ghazarian No, I do have to click on it to see it. The picture is not on the feed.
February 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm
David Mertz Yeah, strange FB behavior. I tried the regular "Upload" and also tried the "email to FB" function. In the former, it gives a little progress bar then claims to be done, but nothing appears on my wall. I almost wonder if they have some sort of image filter in place to disallow government documents or something like that. Perhaps it's just a more ordinary server fail though.
February 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Could it be because the link is https://?
February 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist The photo upload from the FB app on my fondleslab has never worked, despite saying it is uploading, uploading, uploading...
February 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Anita Ghazarian Hey that reminds of my life: "uploading, uploading, uploading...."
I think it's time FB and internet terms entered not only Webster's but also poetry!
February 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist This is the photo I want to upload,
The image to be plastered on my Wall.
It will confirm my status as a toad,
An empiric's proof of decline and fall.
To my trembling handful of Facebook Friends:
I am sorry, I cannot make amends.
February 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm
David Mertz While I am certainly every bit as much an opponent of any monarchy as the next radical democrat, I was very impressed by the subtleties of the comments of Prince Hassan bin Talal that I heard on PRI today:
Jordan's citizens have responded to events in Tunisia and Egypt with their own protests. King Abdullah is trying to respond to their grievances. On Monday he sacked the government and names a new prime minister. Marco Werman speaks with Jordan's Prince Hassan bin Talal, the uncle of King Abdullah an
February 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm Everyone
David Mertz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Latimer_Felton
Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, teacher, reformer, and briefly a politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, filling an appointment on November 21, 1922, and serving until the next day, the shortest serving Senator
February 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm Everyone
David Mertz rafu.com
In the Rafu: Jake Shimabukuro is Heading Home for the Holidays| ALERT: Andrew Torii missing since Nov. 29. | Events Calendar
January 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz www.boingboing.net
Sean Bonner has been involved with blogs and hackerspaces and art galleries and record labels of the punk rock variety. Now he's on Twitter.
January 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm Everyone
David Mertz A bit more info at http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/01/kill-switch-legislation/
January 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm
David Mertz Did Derrida know that in hangul symbology recapitulates phonology?
January 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I still don't know the answer, but I do know I loves my Korean stories.
January 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Scott Singer Hangul is really interesting; I remember that when I visited Korea I could read signs (phonetically of course) within a few days. And according to legend was invented by Emperor Sejong (or at least in his reign) so that Korea could gain 100% literacy.

though recapitulation implies a certain subordination through repeated victory - hmmmmmmm...... That will need to spend time in my mind's cud.
January 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Hangul--thus I refute Derrida!
January 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Simma Park I'm not sure hangul is that special of a case among phonetic systems. Derrida's views on this are very French.

@Scott: It took me about 4 hours to be able to read Russian phonetically.
January 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Simma Park By "this", I mean phonology.
January 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm
David Mertz @Simma: well, hangul really is different (and better). I.e. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Featural_alphabet. Do you mean that Derrida is French in that French has a random relationship between orthography and phonology... as bad as English? :-)

I will note that you are much cleverer than I am. In my college Russian we took probably the fist two weeks to really learn the alphabet.
January 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm
Scott Singer @Simma - I like the way different sound combination are represented by creating meta-characters of various phonetic shapes. It's like a phonetically diagrammed ideogram - very different than when I was learning Japanese.
January 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Simma Park I'm fast with languages, that's all. Unfortunately, I have a terrible memory--what I pick up, I pick up much more quickly than most, but if I do not use it, I lose it much more quickly than most. Both traits are probably side effects of switching the "language that I think in" at the age that I did.

English orthography can be both nonsensical and random. To me, French is nonsensical but very consistent in upholding those nonsensical pairings.

I just mean to say that the experience of people who have Korean as their native language is not all that different from the experiences of any other people who have fairly regular phonetic systems. While it's fun for linguists to think about Hangul's "featurality", that plays no role in how a native Korean speaker would link orthography with phonology during written language acquisition. And, though I think Hangul is a nifty system, Korean pronunciation is not totally regular in real life, as is the case with even the most regular languages.
January 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Simma Park @Scott: Syllables have a more visual component than in other systems, it's true. But the spacing between the syllables doesn't reflect the actual pauses in speech. Which I know because, as a child, I was constantly being corrected on that in my writing.
January 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm
Scott Singer Syllables in Japanese, for the kana syllablaries are very closely mapped, with the main exception being su which is often only a sort of half syllable in speech. McDonald's becomes Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do, my name went from being 1 for Scott to 4 for Su-ko-t-to - the extra "t" is denoted as a small "tsu" syllable and stands for the pause before the sharp "t" sound. There are also small "ii" characters for slightly elongated "eee" sounds. It always reminded me of musical notation with dotted quarter notes and rests. If I had a better memory for vocabulary I might actually be able speak it :)
January 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm
David Mertz Just sayin', I do not REALLY think that featural alphabets affect the thesis of _Of Grammatology_ one way or another. I mean, can't one have passing fancies of Ernst Haeckel in KTown while still retaining tongue in cheek?
January 31, 2011 at 12:02 am
Bennelong Bicyclist The critical question must surely be: is Hangul phallogocentric?
January 31, 2011 at 12:24 am
Bennelong Bicyclist @DM: KTowns everywhere are well known as good places to noodle.
February 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm
David Mertz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMWCAsyHg3s&feature=related
American ukulele singer-songwriter Carmaig de Forest performs "Ballad of the Green Guitar". Featured on Carmaig's newest album "Idiot Strings"!
January 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm Everyone
David Mertz Infinite vanity: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/364777/find-out-who-hates-you-on-facebook-twitter-and-linkedin
Social networking is designed to bring us together. But how can you find out who’s not being so friendly towards you? Simon Brew investigates
January 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm Everyone
David Mertz The LAUSD-PD is vying for the position of corruption and incompetence once held by the Rampart Division.
School and police officials expressed outrage and disappointment on Friday over allegations that Los Angeles School Police Department Officer Jeff Stenroos lied about being shot by an assailant outside El Camino Real High School last week. Los Angeles Unified School...
January 28, 2011 at 10:36 am Everyone
Christina Wilson nah, rampart's still in the lead: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2011/01/19/lapd-gang-officers-quit-over-financial-disclosure-/
January 28, 2011 at 10:48 am
Christina Wilson Check that, Rampart is doing better; North East Division looking sketchy.
January 28, 2011 at 10:50 am
David Mertz Well yeah, the remnant of Rampart is still a whole lot of corruption. But I would add Jeremy Marks as another bit of evidence for the "top thugs" award going to the LAUSD-PD
January 28, 2011 at 11:05 am
Christina Wilson disgraceful; maybe the baton (so to speak) has been passed.
January 28, 2011 at 11:08 am
David Mertz Of course, add rape, sexual harassment, graft, theft, etc. to the LASPD "m.o.", e.g. http://www.laweekly.com/2009-09-03/news/lausd-39-s-finest/2/
January 28, 2011 at 11:24 am
Paris Finley Sigh.
January 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm
David Mertz www.sfgate.com
The Tea Party fave said that "the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States....Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz Still others
10 really cool steampunk keyboard mods Peripherals the Victorians would have been proud of : TechRadar UK
January 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Thanks -- collecting these all and sending on to Bruce.
January 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm
David Mertz @Meagan: Thanks. I figure if he looks at them all, he can decide which is most feasible and/or which he finds most attractive.

I like to trust my workmen for their judgment. :-)
January 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Well, at one point he had VERY good judgement. :-)
January 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm
David Mertz More along a theme.
Steampunk & retrofuturist fabrication, technical & computer art, props, contraptions, gadgets, and all manner of assorted nonsense
January 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm Everyone
David Mertz I want to trick out my Model M.
A steampunk keyboard mod made with brass, old typewriter keys and an IBM enhanced Model M keyboard
January 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Spoke to Bruce. He asked me to send him links; he's pretty sure he can do this. Let's discuss tonight.
January 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm
Carnot Antonio Romero This is oddly gorgeous. And I have a Model M in my home office somewhere... back in a closet I think. Wonderful, wonderful.
January 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm
David Mertz The source I first saw this on went dead, but I think this is a mirror of the same content (in any case, it's the same story).

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January 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm Everyone
David Mertz Some additional coverage (pretty similar, but different author): http://www.bvonmoney.com/2011/01/25/mother-jailed-for-sending-kids-to-the-wrong-school/ (thanks to Simma Park for the link)
January 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Danny Yee Wow, is this 2010 or 1960?
January 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Pete Hurd In other coverage I heard that the judge remorselessly noted that the felony conviction would bar the mother from pursuing her planned career as a teacher...
January 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann David Mertz -- for your information.
60 minutes report about Finns by Morley Safer.
January 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm
David Mertz "[T]he lambs say among themselves: ‘these birds of prey are evil; and whoever is least like a bird of prey, but rather its opposite, a lamb—would he not be good?’ [...] except perhaps that the birds of prey might view it a little ironically and say: ‘we don’t dislike them at all, these good little lambs; we even love them: nothing is more tasty than a tender lamb.’” --Nietzsche
January 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.theonion.com
The court ruled a white teen who stabbed a classmate to death will face the jury as a 300-pound black man.
January 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm Everyone
David Mertz
January 20, 2011 at 10:42 am Everyone
David Mertz Rangda in Bali...

January 20, 2011 at 12:03 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann I like this even less. I'll be sending you my psychotherapy bill for immediate payment.
January 20, 2011 at 12:39 am
David Mertz Rangda in Los Angeles
January 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm Everyone
David Mertz If you don't sin, Jesus died for nothing.
January 19, 2011 at 8:59 am Everyone
David Mertz "It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true." -Oscar Wilde
January 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm Everyone
David Mertz "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." -Mark Twain
January 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.telegraph.co.uk
Survivors of the Holocaust have warned of the first stirrings of neo-fascism in Israel following the emergence of a Right-wing campaign to cleanse Arabs from predominantly Jewish parts of the country.
January 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz agonist.org
Editor-at-Large:Sean Paul KelleyNews Editor: TinaContributing Editor: Quiet BillContributing Editor: Nat Wilson TurnerContributing Editor: Michael Collins Special Contributor: NumerianSpecial Contributor: Don Henry Ford, Jr.Special Contributor: Brian DowningContributing Writer: Cliff Schecter
January 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm Friends and Networks
Dawn Halloran Charouhas fucking assholes
January 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm
David Mertz mashable.com
The Cheezburger Network, an Internet publisher known for popular memes like LOLcats and FAILS, has just scored $30 million in funding.
January 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz kindle.amazon.com
Which is why civility participates in all the paradoxes of the “states-that-are-essentially-by-products”: it cannot be purposefully enacted—if it is, we have the full right to say that it is fake civility, not a true form.
January 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm Everyone
David Mertz kindle.amazon.com
One should be careful not to throw out the baby with the dirty water—although one is tempted to turn this metaphor around, and claim that it is the liberal-democratic critique which wants to do this (say, throwing out the dirty water of terror, while retaining the pure baby of authentic socialist democracy), forgetting thereby that the water was originally pure, that all the dirt in it comes from the baby. What one should do, rather, is to throw out the baby before it...
January 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm Everyone
David Mertz www.juancole.com
Sarah Palin in her response to the controversy over her violent political imagery and that of the US right wing in general in the wake of the Tucson massacre, provoked a new controversy when she said,
January 13, 2011 at 9:06 am Friends and Networks
Bennelong Bicyclist I always hold my 8-year old's hand very tightly when buying bagels.
January 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm
David Mertz You get the delicious "blood bagels" I hope. Pedoanthropophagy just makes everything taste better.
January 14, 2011 at 11:23 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann I have now determined that the first correspondence we had was in regard to my teaching Al Gore about 18th century British tax structures. Nowhere in there was there a single reference to my alma mater.
January 10, 2011 at 1:13 am
Bennelong Bicyclist It is implicit: who else but a Yale graduate would a) know all about C18 British tax structures; and b) have the temerity to lecture Al Gore about them?
January 10, 2011 at 4:08 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann He is a Harvard grad, you know. I had no choice but to school the poor ignorant man. It was done out of mercy.
January 10, 2011 at 4:41 am
David Mertz '"All I can tell you is that this individual may have a mental issue, and that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol," said Dupnik.'
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January 9, 2011 at 12:30 am Everyone
David Mertz mobile.nytimes.com
The state declared the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-American program illegal, even while similar programs for black, Asian and American Indian students were left untouched.
January 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz Palin: "[T]his site should go a long way towards knocking off the politicians [...] Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” Pls see my Facebook page."
U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot and killed* in Tucson: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office confirms.
January 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm Everyone
David Mertz Even more explicit as instigation of this political violence: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs792.ash1/168222_10150119391720708_680880707_8179514_2993681_n.jpg
January 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm
David Mertz Interesting perspective; not sure how much I endorse, but it speaks to the (maybe) emergence of OpenLeaks and frames the structure of Wikileaks' release schedule.
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January 7, 2011 at 10:35 am Everyone
David Mertz Hmm... following some links there, this is interesting too: http://rixstep.com/1/20101001,01.shtml. It alleges, and seems to support rather well, the claim that Anna Ardin made quite an effort to fabricate and/or hide evidence in an effort to seek revenge for non-fidelity by Assange.
January 7, 2011 at 10:50 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Ah, now I understand: everyone is in bed with everyone else, and they're all bad.
January 8, 2011 at 1:12 am
David Mertz Combining the gripping, unpredictable tension of a prime Polanski thriller, the perfectly-executed production design of a Wes Anderson contraption and the dangerous freaky-deakiness of a David Lynch nightmare, Dogtooth is easily one of the most unique filmic creations of the last few years, spinning forth from the dark imagination of new Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos.
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January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am Everyone
David Mertz The above is the blurb at the link; it looks like a perfect date movie (I'm going this Friday).
January 6, 2011 at 10:45 am
Bennelong Bicyclist You can discuss parenting with your date afterwards. I like the Greek title of the film: Kynodontas.
January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann David brings Gio closer to communion with Ceiling Cat.
January 4, 2011 at 2:52 am
David Mertz In a sense, this Eocene fossil "beats" other old things I have, at
something like 50 Ma. But even in terms of human origin, my grandfather
dug it up and labeled the back in the 1920s, making it old-ish on a human timescale.

Obviously, rocks and the like one might own (perhaps as incorporated into other owned objects, such as jewelery) can be very old, but I guess my question in the other thread is about something
January 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm Everyone
David Mertz
January 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm Everyone
David Mertz Question for friends: What is the oldest physical object you own?

Just got to thinking about it because of the gift of an 1893 book I received, and realizing it probably qualifies for me. But then, I'm not really much of a collector/hoarder, at least not of physical objects.
January 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Nothing is so prone to contaminate--under certain circumstances, even to exhaust --the source of all noble and ideal sentiments, which arise of themselves from a normally developing sexual instinct, as the practice of masturbation in early years. It despoils the unfolding bud of perfume and beauty, and leaves behind only the coarse, animal desire for sexual satisfaction" -Krafft-Ebing
January 2, 2011 at 2:35 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Um, does Krafft-Ebbing define "early years"?
January 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Jana Christine Remy Sounds like he needs a graham cracker or two: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_cracker
January 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm
David Mertz Krafft-Ebing: I received this copy of the 1893 first English edition of Psychopathia Sexualis as a gift. Something to strive for in 2011.
January 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I was always fascinated, but often horrified, by Havelock Ellis' texts when I thought I might become a psychiatrist.
January 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I particularly like the chapter on "Acquired Homosexuality."
January 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist It is highly contagious, I'm told. I must be immune.
January 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann For your New Year's resolution, a guide.
December 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm
David Mertz "The American is [...] forever talking of his rights as if he stood ready to defend them with his last drop of blood, and forever yielding them up at the first demand." -H. L. Menken (The American Credo, 1920)
December 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm Everyone
David Mertz "By demanding that police check any suspicious- looking individual's immigration status, Brewer stood up for the kind of racial profiling that other politicians wouldn't, and under any circumstances shouldn't, have the guts to support."
This April, when she signed into law Arizona's tough new anti-immigration policy, Gov. Jan Brewer bravely showed the nation that if the federal government wouldn't take the most draconian measures imaginable to deal with illegal aliens, then she would do it on her own.
December 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz
It was a Kindle Christmas
December 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Vaguely festive greetings to you from Los Angeles.
December 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm
David Mertz Paul txted by ceiling cat Iz not makin dis up. Srsly. No mans telled me. Happy Cat telled me. Srsly. So ai hopez yu new abuot me befoer. Ai wuz a meen kat to Ha
December 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm Everyone
David Mertz Kthxbai
Listen to the sponge, do as he says!!! I do not claim any of the material to be my own.
December 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Both my 8 yr old and I are quite fans of Spongebob, although I identify most with Squidward. Not a patch on the deliciously execrable Ren and Stimpy, though.
December 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist But the main topic of Christmas lunch conversation here in Oz must surely be whether Julian Assange is a jerk* or not.**

* Terms such as prick, dickhead or fuckwit are more likely to be employed, in reality.

** Who will win the cricket*** is actually the most likely topic of paper-hatted debate.

*** About which I give not a flying fuck at the moon.
December 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm
David Mertz "Not only did we make it absolutely clear that these pills had no active ingredient and were made from inert substances, but we actually had 'placebo' printed on the bottle," says Kaptchuk. "We told the patients that they didn't have to even believe in the placebo effect. Just take the pills."
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December 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann David Mertz has filled my head with Carmaig de Forest.
December 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm
David Mertz "The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also—even more, perhaps—the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims." -Slavoj Žižek
December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Cognate to this: http://goo.gl/iGLyu
December 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm
David Mertz "And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union,” he added, “it is not an American concern." -Henry Kissinger
December 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann He puts the "kiss" in "Kissinger," with every single bon mot.
December 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist "Nuclear weapons engender a certain respect for sovereignty, even of the most vile and reprobate kind, and their absence, a cavalier disregard." -- Gough Whitlam (a previously unreported aphorism).
December 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm
David Mertz Notwithstanding that: "...youth-reported use of marijuana declined across the nation — including in the very same states that enacted medical cannabis access."
Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske is once again sounding the alarm. report using marijuana is on the rise and medical marijuana is to blame.
December 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist In the Australian Capital Territory, seat of the national government of Oz, possession of up to 25g of cannabis for personal use was decriminalized in the early 1990s. And look at how great Our Wide (Golden) Brown* Land is today.

* Obligatory Stranglers reference.
December 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist That said, widespread cannabis use has proven to be a real public health problem - there is convincing evidence that it triggers psychotic episodes in susceptible individuals, who comprise a significant proportion of the population, even at low levels of use. Which is a shame. Is it more of a public health problem than alcohol: no. But it is still a problem, despite what the pot-head pixies might wish to believe, and one largely orthogonal to the booze problem.
December 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Mike Urbanski What's the matter with kids today?
December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm
David Mertz "Hegel: 'Spirit is a bone'; Lacan: 'Spirit is a boner'" -Alex Pienkenagura
December 19, 2010 at 1:17 am Everyone
Christina Wilson ha.
December 19, 2010 at 6:22 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Google: The search term "boner" features prominently in the zeitgeist
December 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm
David Mertz Torture but no trial.
The intelligence analyst suspected of leaking US diplomatic cables is being held in solitary confinement
December 18, 2010 at 11:35 am Friends and Networks
Kenan Ercel In the midst of all the frenzy about Assange's arrest, the real (alleged) hero of leaked cables has been forgotten. Solitary confinement, by the way, is such a devious form of torture.
December 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm
Mike Urbanski Idiots. Torture is a sure path to mistrial.
December 19, 2010 at 6:39 am
David Mertz @Mike: I doubt that's true (although it should be). If evidence specifically obtained under torture were submitted, it might be ruled out, but torturing Manning out of sadism and "national security" claims is unlikely to affect any eventual conviction... assuming the prosecutors have actual evidence of his violation of the Espionage Act (I don't want to presume that).

On the other hand, in the USA now, failure to obtain a conviction doesn't result in being freed either, as we've seen in continued detention of "enemy combatants" and "terrorist threats" following acquittals.
December 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm
David Mertz An effective and important visualization of 5 independent dimensions of data. Nicely done.
Statistics come to life when Swedish academic superstar Hans Rosling graphically illustrates global development over the last 200 years.
December 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Rosling's talks on TED, there are several, are worth watching, and of course his software was bought by Google and is available (along with much of the data he presents) somewhere on Google Labs.
December 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist An old friend, KE, who teaches political economy, pointed out to me in the 1980s the trends that Rosling presents in this video - it is not a new discovery, but has never been demonstrated so well. It presents enormous challenges to the neo-Marxist formulation of colonial economic oppression and superprofit extraction. There may well be some rather uncomfortable truth in the old saying: "There's only one thing worse for a poor developing country than being ruthlessly exploited by rapacious Western multi-national corporations, and that's not being ruthlessly exploited by rapacious Western multi-national corporations." Marx, who abhorred the "backward Asiatic nations", might have agreed. Of course, there is more to life than just economics, but only when you are living on rather more than a few bucks a day.
December 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm
David Mertz www.economist.com
ASK people how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier: “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” St iffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world’s careless con
December 16, 2010 at 10:27 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist It's good to know that I've reached my nadir.
December 17, 2010 at 2:36 am
Miki Tebeka What? 10 more years? I think I'll take a shortcut ...
December 17, 2010 at 7:58 am
David Mertz "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone"
-John Maynard Keynes
December 15, 2010 at 12:59 am Everyone
Teri Vanaria Donahue Sounds like a good entry for "The Devil's Dictionary."
December 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Vasudev Ram But do you think that the opposite -ism's are any different? Recent history (last 40-odd years) doesn't seem to indicate so - even though Henry Ford said "History is bunk" ( see the book "Iacocca" :) Also, "most wickedest" is wrong grammar - Keynes, not you, I hope :)
December 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm
David Mertz "“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” -Edsger Dijkstra
December 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm Everyone
David Mertz "Assange is also accused of texting and tweeting in the taxi on the way to one of the women's apartments while on a date, and, disgustingly enough, 'reading stories about himself online' in the cab."

... I feel I may know a few women who may be in trouble if these standards are applied in a gender-neutral fashion. :-)
Dear Interpol: As a longtime feminist activist, I have been overjoyed to discover your new commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.
December 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm Everyone
David Mertz "The move comes amid a growing campaign by leading Western feminists to question the investigation, and renewed confusion as to whether Sweden has actually issued charges against Assange. Naomi Klein, Naomi Wolf, and the European group Women Against Rape, have all made statements questioning the nature and purpose of the prosecution."
'Anna Ardin, one of the two complainants in the rape and sexual assault case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has left Sweden, and may have ceased actively cooperating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer, sources in Sweden told Crikey today.' Guy Rundle, Crikey A
December 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm Everyone
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
http://www.nma.tv/ Julian Assange through his Wikileaks website promises greater government transparency. But his document dumps have angered officials around the world. US Senator Joseph Lieberman has pressured internet companies to withdraw their services from Wikileaks. Rather than protect in
December 10, 2010 at 12:54 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Love the Canadian bazooka (or is it a rocket-propelled grenade launcher?)!

An interesting insight into WikiLeak operations at http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/how-i-met-julian-assange-and-secured-the-american-embassy-cables-20101210-18sxj.html

December 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist Counterpoint on the way WL is run at http://m.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/anger-at-slave-trader-assange-wikileaks-loyalists-decide-to-break-away-20101210-18s0w.html

I don't care how it is run, as long as it keeps publishing. It is the most entertaining and useful material seen for a very long time.
December 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm
David Mertz An appendix to my book _Text Processing in Python_: "A Selective and Impressionistic Short Review of Python" (http://gnosis.cx/TPiP/appendix_a.txt)
December 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Warning: This product may contain traces of foo.
December 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Raymond Hettinger Might make a good tattoo :-)
December 10, 2010 at 12:48 am
Vasudev Ram Another arrow in DM's quiver ... :)
December 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Bad news about the work of your secret girlfriend, Felisa Wolfe-Simon.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, Rosie Redfield sat down to read a new paper called, " A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus." Despite its innocuous title, the paper had great ambitions. Every living thing that scientists have ever studied u
December 9, 2010 at 10:50 am
David Mertz I've seen the Slate article, as as some more serious scientific objections in less tabloid press. I think they are a bit misguided, since they seem to only be a criticism of things that the NASA scientists didn't actually claim (but that the popular press might like to believe). Clearly, further study is needed to understand whether arsenates are actually integrated into nucleotides, but Wolfe-Simon and the other NASA researchers were clear in the press conference that this was still being examined.
December 9, 2010 at 11:47 am
Bennelong Bicyclist She's a wee bit hot, I must say, especially with her interest in exotic biochemistries.
December 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I wonder if she owns any lingerie made from old lace?
December 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm
David Mertz My dissertation prospectus visualized with "Wordle"
December 9, 2010 at 1:16 am Everyone
David Mertz onlinejournalismblog.com
Few things illustrate the challenges facing journalism in the age of 'Big Data' better than Cable Gate - and specifically, how you engage people with stories
December 8, 2010 at 11:13 am Everyone
David Mertz deletia.org
WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historica
December 8, 2010 at 11:09 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/download_911_american_hardcore_tracks_from_1981-1986_/
Steven Blush, author of American Hardcore: A Tribal History, has uploaded 911 hardcore tracks of his favorite bands for free. Some of the artists include: Flipper, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Dicks, Butthole Surfers, Cro-Mags and more! Travel on over to 24 Hours of Hardcore
December 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann Why, Dr Mertz, you look astonishingly unlike yourself today. Was there something in the New York City water that has effected this stunning metamorphosis?
December 7, 2010 at 6:07 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Dr Mertz looks remarkably like a hirsute version of Shirley-bloody-Temple, just now.
December 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann Funny that.
December 8, 2010 at 7:49 am
Christina Wilson are you MrTeacup on theawl.com?
December 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm
David Mertz Hmmm... I've never actually heard of theawl.com nor MrTeacup, so I'm tempted to say 'no'. But that might be over-hasty for an answer... I'm open to changing my mind, with your persuasion and help.
December 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm
David Mertz Cartoon self image week
December 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist From long ago, from Hatfield and the North's "Fitter Stoke has a Bath":

You can imagine my delight \
was like some R. Crumb magazine come to life
December 4, 2010 at 12:31 am
David Mertz fliptomato.wordpress.com
December 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm Friends and Networks
Bennelong Bicyclist Imagine how Leibniz felt..
December 4, 2010 at 12:20 am
David Mertz www.clashmusic.com
Music News: An all star cast are set to cover '4.33' by John Cage as a special Christmas release.
December 3, 2010 at 11:01 am Friends and Networks
Meagan Thompson-Mann It's a big campaign in the UK at the moment.
December 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist I once had a conversation with Stelarc ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelarc ) at an electronic music conference here in Sydney, a long time ago, about 4:33 - he thought it should be performed with both the instruments and the performers close-miked and heavily amplified so that you can hear every little noise they make. But then his performance at the conference consisted of lying down naked with microphones on his abdomen to pick up his borborygmi, and then electronically treating them and amplifying them to deafening levels.
December 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Bennelong Bicyclist It would be great if Saint Sir Bob could organize an all-star Xmas performance of it, including himself of course, but I doubt he could manage to shut up for that long.
December 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm
David Mertz "I don't mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.." -Wolfgang Pauli
November 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann For your anthropophagic pleasure, Herr Doktor.
November 28, 2010 at 2:40 am
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
OK -- in case the latest episode of Harry Potter doesn't do it for you, try this.... Very tense though. Beware the faint of heart.
November 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Everyone
Michael McIntosh As much as I like crows, I was hoping the cats would temporarily set aside their differences and give those feathered punks what for! (poor mixed color kitteh!)
November 27, 2010 at 9:28 am
Bennelong Bicyclist This is the Hollywood version of http://www.lolcatbible.com/ is it?
November 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Phoebe Churches o hai, teh kittehs r faitin lotz srsly! crohs jest leik teh taylz
November 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm
David Mertz www.lolcatbible.com
gewt on yer nees and pray too zee almity ceiling cat up above and remebr cookez and remeber too donate 5o milz so a can buyz me a limo to go crewzin oh ceiling cat bless us woth the gift of cheezeburgerz so we can get iur seks a feast w00t!
November 25, 2010 at 11:11 am Everyone
David Mertz http://gizmodo.com/5690749/these-are-the-first-100-leaked-body-scans?skyline=true&s=i
At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.
November 23, 2010 at 11:05 am Everyone
David Mertz http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/11/tsas-new-book-for-ki.html
"My First Cavity Search: Helping your child understand why he may be a threat to national security." (Thanks, Felipe Li!)
November 23, 2010 at 10:47 am Everyone
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
July 2008
November 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist He was hiding a joint?
November 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Scott Singer It's 'cause he's da bomb!
November 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm
William Opdyke I've got your weapon of mass destruction right here...
November 23, 2010 at 9:23 am
David Mertz Tim Berners-Lee is swell.

The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending
November 22, 2010 at 10:10 am Everyone
Meagan Thompson-Mann What a lovely cat this man's girlfriend has.
November 22, 2010 at 2:35 am
Bennelong Bicyclist His girlfriend must have been Mollie Sugden?
November 22, 2010 at 5:36 am
Meagan Thompson-Mann Indeed, Bennelong. Indeed.
November 22, 2010 at 9:27 am
David Mertz Not svelte like my kitties.
November 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist I can haz Buberburger?
November 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Meagan Thompson-Mann I don't know, I think Gio is approximately the same bulk as this kitty.
November 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Mary Ann Sushinsky Gio's not fat; he's just big-boned.
November 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm
David Mertz "I went over the work, and I got that knowing feeling you get when you know something."
November 17, 2010 at 9:35 am Everyone
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This
November 16, 2010 at 11:17 am Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Yes, stunning. Her Majesty's testing at Montebello and Maralinga seems positively restrained compared to the French testing at Mururoa and Fangataufa. I remember the free milk at primary school being stopped from time to time due to concern over radioactive iodine. But it is the testing on the Subcontinent that is most disturbing. But I do pine for those People for Nuclear Disarmament days, and the huge Palm Sunday marches, and the demonstrations outside the US Consulate, and the Roxby Downs protests.
November 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm
David Mertz http://whatinthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/
November 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm Everyone
Bennelong Bicyclist Bring back Ronnie (from the dead)?
November 16, 2010 at 12:02 am
Mike Urbanski Do not like.
November 16, 2010 at 3:32 am
David Mertz "Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment." -John Spenkelink (Executed in Florida, May 25, 1979)
November 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm Everyone
Christina Wilson This reminds me, apparently Cooley holds lead over Harris by the gossamerest of margins, 0.1%. I really hope she can pull up in the count.
November 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm
David Mertz www.buzzbox.com
By 2010-11-12T16:40:12Z LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of annoyed Internet users are tweeting threats to a British airport in support of a man who was arrested and... Quickly understand and learn about Outrage - Twitter from your favorite sources with BuzzBox
November 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm Friends and Networks
David Mertz http://www.theonion.com/video/in-the-know-are-tests-biased-against-students-who,17966/
Panelists discuss the many ways in which our educational system caters to students who try, care, are awake.
November 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm Everyone
David Mertz Otherness reflects and reveals the youness of the non-me. -Buberian fortune cookie
November 10, 2010 at 12:20 am Everyone
David Mertz "This isn't right. This isn't even wrong." -Wolfgang Pauli
November 7, 2010 at 3:36 am Everyone
Carnot Antonio Romero One of my favorite lines...
November 7, 2010 at 4:05 am
Bennelong Bicyclist Don't let the bosons get you down?
November 8, 2010 at 3:16 am
David Mertz On a lark--one awfully slow to develop--I've decided to make my personal/publishing website (http://gnosis.cx/) look a bit less neolithic. When I created the design in 2001 or so, it was already intended as a sort of joke in its retro look. At this point, many elements refer to events in the evolution of the web that may predate the birth of readers.

While I HAVE and CAN write websites, I actually have no desire to do this work myself. I have a vague hope someone I know might find it entertaining to do so. Perhaps even just for a credit on site that still DOES receive pretty substantial traffic; but at most for substantially less money that the job is actually worth. On the other hand, I really do want the site to remain a static collection of fixed URLs, and for all those historical URLs for articles to remain in place. Some new CSS for articles would be nice, as would be any number of new navigation pages needed, but the main content is simply what Berners-Lee imagined: a way of locating and reading completed or draft articles (but not any "rich interaction").

Any takers?
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. If inform
November 7, 2010 at 2:16 am Everyone
David Mertz I take back much of my criticism of Facebook as of this moment. They have removed much of the "walled garden" restriction by enabling users to download most of the information that reasonably belongs to them, in a reasonably accessible and straightforward form. It's not 100% perfect right now, but having a downloaded copy of my own Notes, Messages, Wall Posts, Photos, etc. on my local machine makes me feel SO MUCH better about the site... which I have as of a few minutes ago.
November 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm Everyone
David Mertz I always have, indeed, found Ellison to be something of an asshole. BUT, he's dead right on this, and I appreciate the sentiment as a professional writer (even if mine is some obscure areas with a narrow readership).
A memorable (and timely) rant from the upcoming feature documentary on Harlan Ellison, "DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH". Go to www.dreamswithsharpteeth.com for more excerpts!! See the full trailer here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dmfzKKM49uY
November 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm Everyone
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
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 Everyone
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
James M. Harmon Hmm...(subject to change)

1. James Joyce
2. Franz Kafka
3. William Carlos Williams
4. Mark Twain
5. Herman Mellville
6. Virginia Woolf
7. Gertrude Stein
8. Toni Morrison
9. Heline Cixous
10. Judith Butler
11. Kurt Vonnegut
12. Thomas Pynchon
13. Louise Erdrich
14. Sinclair Lewis
15. Willa Cather
November 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm
David Mertz Karl Marx
Franz Kafka
Victor Nabokov
Slavoj Žižek
Kathy Acker
William S. Burroughs
Gilles Deleuze
Friedrich Nietzsche
Hakim Bey
Donna Haraway
Georges Bataille
Willard Van Orman Quine
Theodor Geisel
Kurt Vonnegut
Jacques Lacan
November 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Josh Brown in no particular order:

1. Iggy Scam aka Erick Lyle
2. Aaron Cometbus
3. Larry Livermore
4. Neal Stephenson
5. Kurt Vonnegut
6. Dr. Seuss
7. William Gibson
8. Rev. Nørb
9. George Orwell
10. Donald J. Sobol
11. John Steinbeck
12. The Crimethinc Ex-Worker's Collective
13. Chris(tine) Boarts
14. Joe Biel
15. Lennard Ziinn
November 4, 2010 at 6:33 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
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 gdata.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
David Mertz gdata.youtube.com
watch the FUCKING video
October 31, 2010 at 11:27 am Everyone
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
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
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
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.
Oct 18 2010
October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am Everyone
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
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 www.theonion.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 gdata.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 gdata.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
David Mertz gdata.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
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
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
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
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
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 gdata.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 "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
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
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 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
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 gdata.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
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
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
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
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
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 Everyone
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
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
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 gdata.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
David Mertz gdata.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 bldgblog.blogspot.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 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
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
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
David Mertz Mary Ann uses tools like her cousins the crows
June 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm Everyone
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
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 Everyone
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
Toshi Ozaki "Take Fountain"-- Bette Davis responding to an aspiring actress who asked her the best way to "get into Hollywood." (Stolen from David Mertz.)
March 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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 Constant 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 13 new photos
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
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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
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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
Marketplace is THE place to buy, sell, and rent almost anything you own!
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
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 Everyone
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
Christina Wilson "'Yo Obama, I'm gonna 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'-- David Mertz
October 9, 2009 at 1:35 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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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!
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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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
David Mertz
Worship/Warship You gotta grant Los Angeles its geographic or climatic diversity...
August 4, 2009 at 2:03 am Everyone
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
Jonathan Freund Kudos!
July 26, 2009 at 4:10 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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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
David Mertz
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
David Mertz is in San Francisco
May 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm Friends and Networks
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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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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
David picked their (5) for "5 famous people i've met". Guido Van Rossum, Tim Berners-Lee, Jimmy Jimbo Wales, Alan Kay and Lawrence Lessig.
April 17, 2009 at 11:17 am
David Mertz
David picked their (5) for "5 famous people i've met". Slavoj Zizek, Stephen Jay Gould, Jesse Jackson, Judith Butler and Jello Biafra.
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 Everyone
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 TolstoyThe 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. However, the formal demand that is never met in any of these somehow drives me. That is, I'd like to select 25 things that are actually random. We need a methodology then. Being who I am, I have every email I've written back to 1994 archived. I figure that every email must have some fact about me; and pretty much every fact that is true of me must have been mentioned in some email. I'm sure the distribution of facts is highly skewed, but so be it. Out of the 57,071 email messages I have archived on a particular machine, enumerated with find ./Mail, I'll select those with offsets selected by 25 repetitions of Python's random.randint(1,57071) (actual offsets omitted). In each message, I'll (somewhat subjectively) identify the first "fact about me" I can see. Many of these messages weren't necessarily written by me, but only received, so I'll just select some fact that closely related to the message content that is still "about me." (1) I am, also, a "ruthless critic of all that exists" (2) I stay up late, and such is noted by an equally sleepless lover. (3) I have subscribed to too many mailing lists over time. (4) I am archivist for the Open Voting Consortium mailing list (5) I am, to a first pass, a Chavezista, as much as such makes sense for a lefty American. (6) I had a dentist appointment on June 16, 2006, and missed an OVC board meeting. (7) I can endorse this comment by someone else: "I don't think any capitalist bloodsucker is going to kill himself and/or his fellow leeches or not depending on whether I say its OK." :-). (8) I didn't have to compromise by voting for Obama, since I lived in California where the electoral votes were not in doubt (don't blame me, I voted Green Party/Cynthia McKinney). (9) I was matched by an internet dating site. (10) I get way too much spam. (11) I sent my nephew something to represent Los Angeles for his school project. (12) I have a drawing of Rosa Luxemburg hanging on my wall, drawn by Ward Churchill. (13) I think Francis Fukuyama was much more interesting when he wrote under the name David Ricardo. (14) I am on the Python Software Foundation Trademark Committee. (15) I think "globalization" is a myth, or at least forgetfulness of the 19th century when things were much more globalized. (16) I find most of my jobs by being solicited by people I did not previously know (my writing career creates nice publicity in programming communities). (17) I still feel a great deal of fondness for the friends and lovers whom I am in only occasional contact with anymore. (18) I created a Paypal account on Dec 05, 2003. (19) I am fascinated by much that an Australian epidemiologist friend tells me about, including his mention of 'a whole area of endeavour known as "statistical disclosure control" or "computational disclosure control" which worries about (re-)identification of individuals from ostensibly de-identified data'. (20) Many of my friends have joined Facebook. (21) I know more than most non-lawyers about the disturbing and expanding domain of copyright since Berne. (22) I find it interesting that political lesbianism came decades before metrosexuals. (23) I volunteered for several years with Habitat for Humanity, and was site supervisor for renovation and construction of several houses. (24) I believe that cryptoanalysis can become obsessed with mathematical threats where social engineering dangers are vastly greater. (25) I really enjoyed my 2007 trip to Portland, Vancouver and Seattle with my cartwheeling friend.
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
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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
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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
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December 13, 2008 at 2:11 am
David Mertz
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 22 new photos
November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm Everyone
David Mertz 9 new photos
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
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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
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November 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm
David Mertz
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November 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm
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November 8, 2008 at 11:39 am
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November 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm
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November 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm
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November 7, 2008 at 3:19 am
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November 7, 2008 at 2:34 am
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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
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November 4, 2008 at 8:53 pm
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November 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm
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November 4, 2008 at 10:29 am
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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
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November 4, 2008 at 2:31 am
David Mertz
David played OUTLINE for 63 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 might be
June 19, 2008 at 7:29 pm
David Mertz took a movie quiz!
Name the Actors (HARD) - David answered 7 of 8 questions correctly for a score of 88%. Take the quiz > | Make your own
June 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
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June 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
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June 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm
David Mertz is wistful
June 11, 2008 at 10:03 pm
David Mertz goes round and round
June 4, 2008 at 9:40 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
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May 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm Everyone
David Mertz marks himself: eǵoH nĕ ésmi
May 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm
David Mertz is forth
May 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm
David Mertz is back to NYC
April 29, 2008 at 7:31 am
David Mertz is not
April 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm
David Mertz found someone interesting on Are You Interested?!
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April 7, 2008 at 8:01 am
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April 7, 2008 at 8:01 am
David Mertz voted for friends on Yes or No
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April 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm
David Mertz found someone interesting on Are You Interested?!
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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
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April 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm
David Mertz posted a photo which just got rated on the HOTorNOT app!
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April 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm
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April 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm
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April 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm
David Mertz found some 'Matches' on Are You Interested?!
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April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm
David Mertz needs some help with proto-indo-european
March 28, 2008 at 1:21 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 is celebrating the fall of man
March 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm
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!
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March 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm
David Mertz is taking three doctorates in the next few weeks
March 13, 2008 at 1:18 pm
David Mertz is not
March 6, 2008 at 1:35 am
David Mertz is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short
February 27, 2008 at 11:19 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!
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February 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm
David Mertz is thinking about his new bi-coastal lifestyle
February 12, 2008 at 12:33 pm
David Mertz finds that when it rains it pours
February 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm
David Mertz added a book to their bookshelf.
David Mertz added Core Python Programming (2nd Edition)... by Wesley Chun -   Organize and show off your reads
February 1, 2008 at 10:30 pm
David Mertz added a book to their bookshelf.
David Mertz added Python Cookbook by Alex Martelli -   Organize and show off your reads
January 31, 2008 at 10:28 pm
David Mertz added a book to their bookshelf.
David Mertz added God and Plastic Surgery: Marx, Nietzs... by Jeremy Barris -   Organize and show off your reads
January 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm
David Mertz added a book to their bookshelf.
David Mertz added Fuck, Yes!: A Guide to the Happy Acce... by Wing F. Fing -   Organize and show off your reads
January 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm
David Mertz added a book to their bookshelf.
David Mertz added Text Processing in Python by David Mertz -   Organize and show off your reads
January 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm
David Mertz hope the revolution starts now
January 28, 2008 at 2:58 am
David Mertz is adding books to their profile.
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January 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Julia Van Vliet challenged David to take the "Two faced actors" quiz on Flixster. Julia's score was 100%. Take the quiz >>
January 20, 2008 at 6:52 pm
David Mertz how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!
January 19, 2008 at 6:54 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.
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January 16, 2008 at 10:30 am
David Mertz has just been sent a new message.
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January 14, 2008 at 11:51 am
David Mertz took a movie quiz!
Do You Know Movies?? - David answered 9 of 13 questions correctly for a score of 69%. Take the quiz > | Make your own
January 14, 2008 at 10:51 am
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Anand B challenged David to take the "Do You Know Movies??" quiz on Flixster. Anand's score was 62%. Take the quiz >>
January 14, 2008 at 6:58 am
David Mertz has just been sent a new message.
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January 13, 2008 at 2:29 pm
David Mertz is putting on airs of fresh breath
January 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Pascal Fuks challenged David to take the "80's Movie Trivia" quiz on Flixster. Pascal's score was 45%. Take the quiz >>
January 9, 2008 at 9:54 am
David Mertz can now watch new Top Videos!
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January 7, 2008 at 10:31 pm
David Mertz received a new movie compatibility match.
Wale Oje took the test and scored 55 (Casual buddies) with David. Compare your movie taste >
January 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm
David Mertz envies chordates
January 4, 2008 at 12:22 pm
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 has received a new message.
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December 29, 2007 at 1:29 am
David Mertz is dying on the installment plan
December 25, 2007 at 11:20 pm
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 24, 2007 at 9:36 am
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December 23, 2007 at 3:34 pm
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 23, 2007 at 9:22 am
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December 23, 2007 at 9:04 am
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 23, 2007 at 8:58 am
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 23, 2007 at 8:42 am
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 23, 2007 at 8:32 am
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December 21, 2007 at 5:23 am
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Deb Sunter challenged David to take the "Who are these actors and actresses?" quiz on Flixster. Deb's score was 90%. Take the quiz >>
December 21, 2007 at 5:19 am
David Mertz received a new movie compatibility match.
Martin Blais took the test and scored 59 (Friends) with David. Compare your movie taste >
December 20, 2007 at 1:28 am
David Mertz has sent a new message.
David sent a new video to 1 person. Click here to see the video that David sent to Dawn.
December 19, 2007 at 6:05 pm
David Mertz is slouching towards Bethlehem
December 18, 2007 at 11:58 pm
David Mertz is slouching towards bethlehem
December 18, 2007 at 11:56 pm
David Mertz took a movie quiz!
Guess the Movie from the DVD cover - David answered 11 of 12 questions correctly for a score of 92%. Take the quiz > | Make your own
December 18, 2007 at 11:22 pm
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Wesley Chun challenged David to take the "Guess the Movie from the DVD cover" quiz on Flixster. Wesley's score was 92%. Take the quiz >>
December 18, 2007 at 6:20 pm
David Mertz Someone clicked Yes on David Mertz
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December 17, 2007 at 4:59 pm
David Mertz has been clicked on
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December 17, 2007 at 10:55 am
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Danielle Lamberti challenged David to take the "The Princess Bride" quiz on Flixster. Danielle's score was 73%. Take the quiz >>
December 16, 2007 at 1:39 pm
David Mertz was challenged to a movie quiz!
Joanne Krajeski challenged David to take the "Princess Bride Challenge" quiz on Flixster. Joanne's score was 71%. Take the quiz >>
December 15, 2007 at 12:57 pm
David Mertz has received a new message.
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December 14, 2007 at 3:44 pm
David Mertz took a movie quiz!
color blindness test ( efra made ) - David answered 10 of 10 questions correctly for a score of 100%. Take the quiz > | Make your own
December 13, 2007 at 1:36 pm
David Mertz has added FunWall.
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December 12, 2007 at 11:38 pm
David Mertz has received a 'YES'
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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 just took a new likeness quiz
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December 11, 2007 at 2:16 pm
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December 10, 2007 at 6:19 pm
David Mertz got another likeness match
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December 10, 2007 at 4:55 pm
David Mertz was added as a friend on Flixster.
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December 10, 2007 at 3:04 pm
David Mertz has been SuperPokin'!
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December 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm
David Mertz is being viewed on Are You Interested?!
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December 9, 2007 at 11:17 pm
David Mertz has received a 'YES'
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December 9, 2007 at 10:49 pm
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December 9, 2007 at 12:18 pm
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
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December 9, 2007 at 2:33 am
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
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December 9, 2007 at 2:33 am
David Mertz wants to see a movie...
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December 9, 2007 at 2:33 am
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December 9, 2007 at 1:57 am
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December 9, 2007 at 12:24 am
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December 8, 2007 at 5:58 pm
David Mertz 9 new photos
December 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm Everyone
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December 6, 2007 at 4:39 pm
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December 6, 2007 at 11:47 am
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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 Uniquely You
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December 2, 2007 at 2:52 am
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December 2, 2007 at 2:51 am
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December 2, 2007 at 2:49 am
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December 2, 2007 at 2:47 am
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December 2, 2007 at 2:46 am
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December 2, 2007 at 2:43 am
David Mertz reviewed a movie...