Not that there's been a flood of blogging around here this week, but my family and I will be traveling to New Orleans this week for the Thanksgiving holiday (now you see why I've been scrambling and buying the girls new toys). Blogging will be nonexistent through Wednesday while we're on the road, and I don't expect to be online Thanksgiving, but I hope to check in Friday. I'll also be checking email. Everyone have a happy Turkey Day, and we'll return next week at the latest!
Be sure to check out The Rittenhouse Review's lengthy essay drawing parallels between the media and a recent study of girls' high-school cliques. It's honest, intelligent, and a much more apt description of what's happening in a media dominated by "the nastiest, most vicious, and most self-absorbed coterie of scoundrels the American media has ever seen" than bogus and agenda-driven about "that straw man to end all straw men, the 'liberal media.'”
Speaking of visiting, I haven't left a comment on Dodd's blog in far too long, but I felt compelled to respond to this post, in which Dodd blames the lack of progress in space exploration on the government's "near-stranglehold," which prevents free enterprise from tasking "the lead in the exploration and exploitation of space."
I dispute Dodd's contention in the comments. Go and read; I have a lot to say, and in my opinion, anyway, my arguments prevail.
Update, sorta, via WarLiberal: A massive (6 meters tall, 5.25 metric tons) European communications satellite has been stranded in a useless orbit by the malfunction of the Russian Proton-K rocket carrying it aloft. Read the story and look at the names of the private firms involved: the launching agency, International Launch Services (part owned by two Russian companies, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia, and the US company Lockheed Martin), and the satellite builder, Alcatel Space. And the article notes a similar situation was rectified in 1992 by...yes!...a NASA astronaut spacewalking from the good ol' Space shuttle. (As Mac said, "You want your satellite launched, go to the best.")
It came from the star of an soybean. He is the messenger of justice. Food will become very delicious if soy sauce is poured instantly. Fly in dining out! It is mortal work Kikko-panch! "fried egg ... soy sauce is best." Show me Show you Kikkoman...
It came from the star of an soybean. Funky that guy is Kikkoman. Soy sauce is good for the body. There is also a sterilization action. It does not become a comparison in sauce and catsup. It is mortal work Kikko beam! "Therefore, it must also have been told to egg baking that soy sauce was the best!" Show me Show you Kikkoman...
This nifty gadget suggests blogs that you might enjoy based on the link list of your own blog or Web site. If the results are already part of your regular reading list, you can remove them and get fresh suggestions. I've found it extremely good at listing blogs that are in my bookmarks but not yet on my blogroll--a condition I hope to rectify soon--and this morning led me to this excellent Lileks comment on the superb Monsters, Inc. c00L!