Friday, May 04, 2007

Pointer

Not sure why this is so amusing. But it amused me.

If you move the mouse around quickly, there is excellent action.

(Props to BS, who is unique. Thanks be to God.)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Simmer....Simmer...Simmer...Down!

Wow. Some of you folks have too much time on your hands.

A YouTube video, on "Mrs. Munger's Class."

Sent to the End by....well, I'll just say it was a grad student who may be in grad school for quite a while.

Good gravy. Let's break for lunch.

UPDATE: Holy cow. There's a whole series. Appalling.

Clip 1
Clip 2
Clip 3
Clip 4

UPDATE II: All right, I take it back. This was a real find, after all. Apparently Disney chose especially funny looking people from yearbooks, and then FAILED TO GET THEIR PERMISSION TO USE THEIR IMAGES. Said funny lookers sued, and Disney bailed.

Surely, there were funny looking people who worked for Disney would have donated their images.

Anyway, the grad student who sent this gets a smiling puppy dog from me. Great stuff. I had never heard of it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I See Dumb People....

The mayor sent me this link.

He got it from my main guy, Russ Roberts. His post was here. The comments....well, some people just believe in magic, and that's all there is to it. Boogabooga. Abracadabra. Clutch hitting. All magic.

As fine a piece of baseball humor writing as I have ever seen.

And, of course, Fire Joe Morgan.

The Big Kite

Parachute "big kite".

Pretty impressive visuals. Looks perfectly real.

For some reason, people think it IS real, when it would be awfully dangerous.

But it can't be.

Right?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tag Clouds

Here is an obvious, but very concise, way of analyzing debates, or almost any political phenomenon: TAG CLOUDS!

What interested me was the focus of Clinton and Edwards. Both had just a few main concepts, and they were VERY different.

















And you can really see the effects of either strategy or personality. Wonkiphonetics don't play very well. Candidates need to be Hemingway, not Faulkner. Look at the word totals for the debate:

1,872 - Senator Obama
1,766 - Senator Clinton
1,518 - Senator Edwards
1,281 - Governor Richardson
1,180 - Representative Kucinich
961 - Senator Biden
912 - Senator Dodd
753 - Senator Gravel

I actually Biden talked more than that, but maybe it's because he is like fingernails on a blackboard to me.

(Nod to TK-S, who knows stuff)