Friday, January 22, 2010

Chevy Volt Dance

Holy smokes, I can't believe anyone ever thought this was a good idea.

I hope the dance is not indicative of the engineering, for GM's sake.

Very Good News

Feeling depressed about the state of the world?
Disappointed that Obama is not magic?
Outraged at Republicans/Democrats?
Wondering where we are going and why we are in this hand-basket?

Let's keep some perspective, people.

World poverty is falling. Between 1970 and 2006, the global poverty rate has been cut by nearly three quarters. The percentage of the world population living on less than $1 a day (in PPP-adjusted 2000 dollars) went from 26.8% in 1970 to 5.4% in 2006.

Worldwide, poverty rates are falling quickly and income inequality is also decreasing.

More details here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A celebration of all things Lincoln

Congrats to the Lorimers for bringing another Lincoln into the world.

Let's review some other notable Lincolns:

The best president ever. (Seriously. Have you read the Second Inaugural Address?)

A luxury brand of the Ford Motor Company. Not much to be proud of here, really.

The capital of Nebraska, Home of the Cornhuskers. Their colors are not red and white, by the way. They are scarlet and cream. Sure they are.

The county town of Lincolnshire, England.

An album by They Might Be Giants.

Any of three Royal Navy warships.

An alleged ghost town in Utah.

The first road across the USA--that's pretty cool.

A type of sheep.

A number of colleges and universities.

And, of course, the Lincoln penny.

Also, the Lincoln memorial is cool, although I think it makes him look more like "the great emperor" than "the great emancipator", but whatever.