As much as I hate to admit it, he was right. I didn’t like it much once it was up, and I grew increasingly ill-content with the whole thing. Just awful. I may not be finished with the new one and may try to play with the wording a bit, but I think I’m headed in a better direction. Of course, another alternative is to go with just the title, and put that tag line stuff over at the top of the left or right column, maybe even in conjunction with that “Philosophy of Freedom” presentation. Now there’s an idea. Well, John, what do you think now? Update: Well, that…er, this, rather… …didn’t last long. Once I got to thinking about that tagline stuff going in the sidebar and a few other design changes, I got to work. Not done yet, but on the way. Update II: And now this is gone too, replaced with what you see at top (as of mid-Dec 2006) with some other font/color changes as well: And now I’m satisfied.
Entries from December 2006
December 14th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
December 17th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
Up at the cabin with my side of the family: parents, and the families of two of my three brothers. Dad & mom are headed down to Houston later this week to spend real Christmas with my other brother and his two sons, so we all decided to do an Almost Christmas a week early. It’s almost white, too. Temp dropped yesterday into the 20s and we got some light presip, so the ground is faintly dusted with a white substance at the moment. That’s good, because the last two years we’ve had rain from warm storms coming through. One of the gifts I got was the DVD of V for Vendetta. I blogged of it, here, and of which, the comments are the meat of that entry. We watched it yesterday afternoon in the new “media room” addition, cranked the volume way up, and disturbed no one else in the house. I really liked that film, again. It’s so packed with Uncommon dialog that you can probably watch it several times. It’s very interesting how various aspects of justice, fear, symbolism, civil disobedience, destruction, revolution and art are all woven together. Then came dinner, which was quite different. My…
December 17th, 2006 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture
Balko points out that it’s the 215th birthday of the Bill of Rights, a set of ten original amendments to the original U.S. Constitution. “Celebrate its birth, or weep for its death.” How about neither? How on Earth could I, and why would anyone celebrate an act of such presumption as to wrest authority in an area where no human being or institution comprised of them can morally have any such authority? It’s a very simple principle, folks: to grant implies ownership or authority, which necessarily comes with the authority to take away or withhold. Assuming the authority to create a Constitution and grant certain “enumerated rights” means they can be taken away, so no one really has any cause to complain, on that score alone. It’s the wrong argument. It’s all baked in the cake. No one is alive today to accept responsibility for such a travesty, but the least one can do is to recognize that the new government of America had no more authority to establish a constitution and set of rights than it had, concurrently, to enslave Africans as a matter of law and later set them free as a matter of law. It is principally…
December 17th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Politics & Culture
Back in April, 2004, over 2 1/2 years ago, I posted that you could Rest Easier. You can rest easy now. Richard Paey, 45-year-old father of three, wheelchair bound and disabled from a car accident in 1985, suffering also from multiple sclerosis, is safely locked away for the next 25 years because he purchased pharmaceutical-grade medication to ease his suffering. This is the original Hit & Run article from Jacob Sullum I linked to. It’s taken this much time for his appeal to reach the appropriate District Court. Denied. There’s a lot of information out there, so I really don’t need to rehash it. Balko Sullum’s Hit & Run follow up Warren Meyer Balko roundup of other insanities Well… I don’t know what else I can say. Depressing? Disgusting? Embarrassing? Yes, especially embarrassing. To think that I could identify myself with a perceptual tag — American — in a place where others who identify themselves identically, not only actively support such a thing, but perform and carry it out, institutionally, as a matter of “justice.” My conscience reels in the shame, even though I’m quite clear that I have nothing to do with this, am not responsible for the actions…
December 18th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
At least until such point that I’m not, anymore. But I think that’ll do it. I promise to stop torturing my kind readers with endless design changes. Perhaps you’ll agree, though. If you begin with where I started, and then look at the various changes, and what I’ve finally and delightedly settled on, you can perhaps understand why I just kept at it. Delighted, I am. And I even hope it’s pleasing to your eye as well.
December 18th, 2006 · 15 Comments · Politics & Culture
I’ve had something on my mind for a few days since catching an entry from Billy before heading off for the weekend. He refers to an Andrew Sullivan entry displaying this YouTube video of an 8-yr-old girl with, shall we say, “certain views” about religion and a few other things. It’s also partly an attack on Bill O’Reilly, whose response I will get to in a bit. I suppose the common reaction to such a thing is that it’s a bit of an assault on the senses and sensibilities — impudent, perhaps. Sullivan thinks it’s the equivalent of the very devoutly religious using their kids to proselytize — in which he is correct, as I’ve witnessed it first hand. Beck’s is a wider integration. It’s not his view of how 8-yr-old girls or their parents conduct themselves in a rational, enlightened society. And he’s probably right. Kyle thinks it’s essentially in-your-face leftism, and he’s probably right too. So why is it bugging me? I suppose part of it is that a lot of what the girl says is simply true; but then again, all truths don’t have to be uttered all the time, they don’t have to always be in-your-face,…
December 18th, 2006 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture