Socrates

From [Socrates](http://www.quotationspage.com/mqotd.html:) “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

Ignorance has its privileges

From [38 Pitches](http://38pitches.com/2007/04/27/ignorance-has-its-privileges/:)

So for one of the first times this blog serves one of the purposes I’d hoped it would if the need arose. The media hacked and spewed their way to a day or two of stories that had zero basis in truth. A story fabricated by the media, for the media. The best part was that instead of having to sit through a litany of interviews to ‘defend’ myself, or my teammates, I got to do that here. As I said earlier, believe what you need to, whatever makes you sleep better at night is probably your best bet…. Someone gave me a great idea to end this once and for all. No one will ever need to bring it up again. I’ll wager 1 million dollars to the charity of anyones choice, versus the same amount to ALS. If the blood on the sock is fake, I’ll donate a million dollars to that persons charity, if not they donate that amount to ALS.

That’s telling them Curt. It’s unbelievable to me that someone out there doubts what Curt did that day.

Hey Curt… if anyone takes you up on that bet, can I get in on the action! I could use the money [[:-)]]

New Features

There’s a couple of new website features and a couple of bug fixes on the site now.

First, the bug fix. The calendar at the right mostly works (the month selections don’t really work yet).

Now the features. The new search box at the left is interactive. As you type in a search term, the highest ranked results show up in the column underneath. For the full list of results, you can still hit a carriage return and get to the search page.

Second, each document on the site has a star-rating system open to all visitors. When visiting a document (i.e. the url to the document looks something like: http://www.carneyweb.com/document/show/30), at the bottom of the document there’s a set of 5 stars. Please click on the number of stars that you think the document deserves. This is intended to be a community rating system.

Coming soon, a tag cloud

‘Kryptonite’ Discovered in Serbian Mine

How cool is this!

From [Slashdot](http://slashdot.org/:)

Rubinstien writes “A mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum was contracted to help identify an unknown mineral found in a Serbian mine. While he initially thought the miners had discovered a unique compound, after its crystal structure was analyzed and identified the researcher was shocked to find the material already referenced in literature. Fictional literature. Dr. Chris Stanley, from the BBC article: ‘Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns … I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either — although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.'”

Life imitating art? Comic book art?

I Say It’s My Birthday

From Wikipedia

Births

  • 1533 – William I of Orange (d. 1584). Yuck…. the beginning of the troubles
  • 1937 – Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer/actress
  • 1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1982 – Kelly Clarkson, American singer

Deaths

  • 1656 – Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • 1974 – Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)

Events

  • 1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
  • 1184 BC – Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).
  • 1558 – Mary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1704 – The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
  • 1917 – The US declares war on Germany and they enter World War One.
  • 1953 – Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
  • 1961 – Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.” It was his recording debut.
  • 1979 – “Georgia on My Mind” is adopted as the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia, a month after it is performed before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly by Ray Charles.
  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Back-to-back-to-back-to-back Jacks!

What an explosion! I’ve never seen anything like this at a baseball game before, and I’ll probably never see its like again. Four home runs in a row off the same pitcher that in a span of just minutes moved the [[Red Sox]] from being three runs down to one run up. Unbelievable. Thankfully the [[Red Sox]] were able to hold on and give [[Daisuke]] his second victory of the year.

Natural Born Killer

The recent, horrific events at [[Virginia Tech]] have given me pause. Not for the insanity of the violence or the stupidity of it all, but rather for how we as a society have reacted to it.

I remember when the [[Oliver Stone]] movie [[Natural Born Killers]] came out. The thought police came out saying that it glorified violence and that it would spawn a bunch of copycat killers looking for some attention.

Here’s a hint, it wasn’t about the violence but about how our society reacts to the violence and how our media glorifies it. It was intentionally over the top in how it depicted that macabre fascination, at least it was until this week. It turns out that Stone’s movie wasn’t so much a commentary about society at the time, but rather a prediction of what things would become.

How long with Cho be the center of attention in the news cycle? How much of the lurid, insane details of his life will be broadcast on the news every night? How much of it will be broadcast by the news, and how much by [[Entertainment Tonight]], or [[The Insider]]? You’ll know that the disgusting vision of our society potrayed in [[Natural Born Killers]] has come to pass when you hear [[Mary Hart]] ask [[Cojo]] about how Cho was dressed for the event. Are we really that far removed from that happening?

Jackie Robinson: Hero

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball..

In celebration of [[Jackie Robinson]] day I watched the episode from the [[Ken Burns]] documentary [[Baseball]] devoted almost entirely to him. It was amazing, and sad, and embarassing. Amazing for what he accomplished, sad for what he had to go through, and embarassing for what we, as a nation, put him through.

As former New York governor Mario Cuomo said, “why did it have to take so long? Didn’t we settle all of this with the Civil War?”

Did he hit it?

He hit a home run. With taunts of racism, threats of lynching, and violence from players hurled at him constatntly, he managed to hold his temper, and in doing so, transform the national game into something that was truly The National Game.

Yes! But that ain’t all

George Will commented that (paraphrased):

The most important African-American in the history of the country is inarguably Martin Luther King. A very close second is Jackie Robinson. He came before King, and made King possible. For him to excel at a game that requires such equipoise while undergoing the most base forms of racial hatred is not only one of the great accomplishments in sports, it is one of the great accomplishments of the human race from any time or any place.

Exactly. As another commentator said (I’m sorry, I can’t remember his name), “you can divide 20th century American almost in half: before Jackie Robinson, and after Jackie Robinson.” Before Robinson, it was basically accepted by the country that blacks were inferior, and after, he showed everyone that that was patently a false assumption.

He was the beginning of making this, for the first time, a United States. Are we there yet? I don’t think so, but we’re infinitely farther along that we were before Jackie.

Thank you Jackie. You’re a hero in every sense of the word.

It was 30 years ago today

From [MacCentral](http://www.macworld.com/:)

Thirty years ago, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire.

That’s when it all really started. Oh sure, there were hobbyists that had built computers out of spare parts found at swap meets, but there wasn’t a viable computer for the home until this happened. Happy Birthday Apple ][!

Apo A-I Milano

From [Medical News Today](http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/:)

we are using not the protein, but the gene itself. We are putting the gene inside an innocuous virus and injecting the virus so that the body can produce its own supply of apo A-I Milano. One single injection of the gene, carried by the virus, markedly reduces plaque buildup in mice. Advantages of this approach are that we would not need to produce the protein in the laboratory and there would be no need for repeated injections, as there is with the protein. With the animal studies confirming the effectiveness of the gene therapy approach, it may be possible that human trials could begin within several years.

This article is a bit old, but it’s very exciting. Having heart disease in my family, I’ve always been concerned about my long term prognosis. But this stuff looks like it might actually be a **cure** for heart disease with something as simple as a shot in the arm. Yahoo! Bring it on. Where do *I* sign up for the study!!!!