Civil War Stories
Ambrose Bierce was a short-story writer, poet, and satarist. He participated in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and disapeared in Mexico in 1914 during the Mexican Civil War. His stories on the Civil War capture the reality of war. It should be required reading in every school. "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" is in this collection. It was made into a short movie that played the art house circut in the early 70s. I put one of the stories on a web page: "The Affair at Coulter's Notch". Read it. The book itself is only $1.35 at Amazon. Buy it.
Way cool manifestations of physics
An old friend, Brian, sent me this link to what happens to a sand pendulum when an earthquake hits. The sand pendulum was in Port Townsend during the recent earth quake.
Wanna see a sonic boom?
"You see this vapor flicker around the plane that gets bigger and bigger. You get this loud boom, and it's instantaneous. The vapor cloud is there, and then it's not there. It's the coolest thing you have ever seen."
via Netsurfer Digest
There was a popular myth current in certain circles last autumn: it didn't make a difference whether George W Bush or Al Gore became president, since both of them were centrist politicians with few important differences. The barrenness of this logic is being exposed on an almost daily basis.
This is a list of the rush to the right, with links, that is happening under george w. bush. This includes an interesting case where a USGS cartographer lost his job for putting up information of Caribou migration in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. The Interior Dept. is removing information that might get in the way of oil exploration. Kiss the Artic Wildlife Refuge goodbye.
Thank you very much Ralph Nader.
via Dave Winer