Since the loop pedal plays such an important part in KT's live performances (like this), I thought I'd have her explain to you how it works.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The US military just destroyed a spy satellite with a missile strike. Let's forget, how unlikely it was that the satellite would have hit near anyone if they had just let it reenter the atmosphere on its own. Let's also forget that this strike was a simple way to make a flawed missile defense system look good (I am sure that the path of the satellite was much more predictable than any real incoming ordinance). Let's also forget about the worry that the strike could contribute to the militarization of space. What I want to concentrate on is the possible effect of all the junk that the explosion produced, and the resulting danger to satellites and astronauts.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This pie chart shows what makes up the Universe. Amazingly, about 96% of all the mass-energy in the Universe is invisible in the form of dark matter or dark energy. I'll do posts on each of them, but briefly, dark matter is related to ordinary matter except it doesn't interact with light, so it is invisible and doesn't clump into planets and stars (unless you count these); dark energy is a mysterious energy which is causing the Universe to expand faster and faster, and may well be the inherent energy of space itself.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
As I write this, VA was just called, and MD, and DC have not been called. [Update: McCain just won MD, which is assumed in the calculation below anyway.] [Update 2/15/08: Romney has endorsed McCain, so assuming his delegates will support McCain it is now extremely difficult to see how Huckabee could win. This does not take away from the point of my post: the press said a Huckabee win was impossible, when it was not.] [Final update: Huckabee has now conceded. Of course the point of this post was never that he would win, but that the press said it was impossible when it was not.]
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
There will be debates for days over who won Super Tuesday. Clinton won a few big states by small margins, Obama won many small states by big margins. Their cumulative vote total was very similar. They picked up nearly the same number of delegates. Clinton won slightly more, but most of her lead is due to (unelected) superdelegates she had before. So the cumulative total of elected delegates, according to CNN on 2/6 at 10 AM, is Obama 707, Clinton 706.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Below is a link to (and embedded lower resolution version of) a beautiful music video montage by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas about Barack Obama's central message of hope. It is political poetry stirringly sung.
Friday, February 1, 2008
In October 2002, the same month that Hillary Clinton voted for the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (that's its actual name), Barack Obama delivered a speech at an anti-war rally in Chicago. This video montage presents an abridged version of the speech, delivered by people from across the country. Below is a full transcript (from Wikisource). Virtually every word Barack said still rings true today. That's what he means by judgement. If you can honestly say that Hillary demonstrated better judgement about this issue-of-the-decade, then by all means vote for her.