Daily Archives: December 14, 2005

Words of Wisdom 6

From Cliff Claven via our friend Jennifer:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this: A herd of buffalo can only move
as fast as the slowest buffalo. And, when the herd is hunted, it is
the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This
natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the
general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the
regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the
human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But
naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.
In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain
cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s
why you always feel smarter after a few beers.

Of course this only works in real life. In politics the weak rise to the top.

Site design

I’ve had a couple of people comment positively on the site design of this blog. I appreciate that and just wanted to let anyone reading this know about a couple of things. First of all if you scroll down the sidebar you may notice the creative commons license and logo. Creative commons is a copyright system developed by Lawrence Lessig of Stanford University. There are a variety of licenses to chose from. Essentially the creative commons license I chose means that Anything I publish here is free for anyone else to use for non-commercial purposes, as long as you provide attribution to the source (in this case, me!) I am a big proponent of creative commons and see it as a good way to undermine the the media conglomerates that increasingly control the culture of our times. I am also a big supporter of open source software. I use wordpress to publish this blog and it is open source. If you like any elements of the site design and want to use them, go right ahead. You can view page source by right clicking on the page. I can also send yo the template php files if you like and you can modify them any way you like for your own use.

Met some new people 7

Jules and I went to a christmas party at the home of Jon and Mary Davis the other night and had a really nice time. There were lots of cool people there including Gerry and Stacey, Cam, Patrick, Annette, Kitty and many others. In particular it was nice to finally meet Eric and chat with him for a bit. One particularly interesting conversation I had was with Robert Citino . Robert is a professor of military history at Eastern Michigan University. He has written several books, most recently Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare which I am going to the store to look for later. There are a lot of interesting, thoughtful and and involved people in this community and it is good to get to know a few of them. It was definitely a pleasure to spend time with all the people at the party and thanks to Mary and Jon for inviting us. Also thanks to Gerry for bringing along his guitar as usual.