[links] Link salad, “Happy Double Ten” edition

Paper airplanes from orbit — Now this is just flipping cool. Of course, I used to throw frisbees off a the rim of a mesa in central Nigeria, so what else would I think? (Hat tip to Gizmodo.)

Mail Goggles — A Google premail filter. I can’t figure out if this is real or not, because it’s so absurd it feels like a joke. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Rat brained robots — Wow. Just wow. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Don’t mess with scientists — McCain and the “overhead projector.” Republicans really do have no shame, apparently. Not that this is news. The GOP has made an anti-science agenda a cornerstone of their base-rallying for years. McCain’s now trying to extend it to the general voting population. (Thanks to ericreynolds.)

Palin’s Kind of Patriotism — An NYT op-ed on patriotism, taxes and Sarah Palin. I’ve never understood the conservative mantra that taxes are evil. I like having police, fire departments, schools, all the things which taxes fund. The article quotes Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.” All of which reminds me of an argument I got into with a Libertarian once, who told me he didn’t need the government because he loaded his own ammunition and hunted his own food. I asked if he had a lead mine on his property for the slugs, and where the gunpowder came from for his loads, or perhaps did he in fact need public roads so that a uniformed Federal employee could reach his front door to deliver his hand-load supplies? He was Not Amused.


10/10/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 231.8
Currently reading: Back issues of Fortean Times