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[funny] And the dogs did howl…

I can’t figure out if this is funny or frightening, but walking in from the Genre car just now, I was whistling the string arrangement of “Dark Spanish Symphony”, off the Wild at Heart Soundtrack, which hits and holds some pretty high notes, and I set a dog in the neighboring yard to howling along with me.

The awesomeness is no charge.

[links] Link salad for a Sunday

Undersea webcams — Some cool stuff. (Thanks to lt260.)

Team records ‘music’ from stars — More on COROT and the observation of stellar interiors, this one with a slightly whimiscal bent.

ACLU: 2/3 of US population lives in “Constitution-free” zone — An article about the Border Patrol and Fourth Amendment rights. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says — How about that rigorous vetting process, Mr. Straight Talk? (Special bonus, Language Log comments on the usage of the term “going rogue”.)

Dark Night of the SoulBarack Obama is noted for his powerful intellect, but I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for the mental dexterity it takes to be simultaneously an Islamic theocrat, atheistic communist and national socialist while posing as a center left candidate. Hahahahahaha. Being a Republican these days is like being OJ’s defense lawyer back in the day. You throw everything you have against the wall regardless of logic or evidence and hope some of it sticks. Unfortunately for the reality-based community, some of that stuff does stick. OJ was acquitted, after all.

ericjamesstone on Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan — I disagree with his argument on a number of levels, but he’s a thoughtful guy with whom I disagree with on a lot of things. In short, the high level argument about Obama makes some assumptions which strike me as facile, while the subordinate argument on both Iraq and Afghanistan seems to hing on logic which says “we in too deep to stop now.” Even if you take the Bush Administration’s stated war aims at face value, we’ve long since passed the point of removing Saddam from power, destroying Iraqi state sponsorship of terrorism and eliminating the threat of Iraqi WMDs. Under Eric’s argument, there seems to be no point where changing policy conditions and changing goals ever enter into the question. “Never stop fighting until we win” is not a strategy, it’s a hope.

Body movement: 2 hour, 35 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 227.6
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth

[funny] A steampunk abecedary

From an email exchange this morning:

A is for airship which flies in the sky.
B is for bat which the evening brings by.

Let’s play a bloggy game. Per the above, put your suggestions for a steampunk abecedary in comments — next week I’ll distill them out, and we’ll have a poll for the coolest/funniest, with hardback copies of Escapement Powell’s | Amazon ] as prizes. Then we’ll have a steampunk abecedary.

Bonus points for rhyming couplets or more complex formalisms.

Big bonus points for posting art to go with your letter(s).