Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for June, 2005

June 30, 2005

The Tour!

The Tour de France starts Saturday! This is a highlight of my year. I think that the major cycling tours are the most interesting sporting events on the planet. Part of it is length. Three weeks is a long time. Strategy and tactics are cumulative. You can’t go all out on day 10 unless you […]

June 29, 2005

Miller and Cooper, but not Novak?

Kevin Drum is in favor of a national shield law for reporters. This law would protect the ability of reporters to conceal their sources in federal courts. Similar protections for reporters exist in some states – California is one, and would be similar to the protections given to priests, lawyers and physicians, among others. As […]

June 29, 2005

Fish or Sea Creature?

Since I added geocodes to the blog I have been tracking a Blogdigger feed of blog postings near me. This is an interesting way to read. I come across many things that I wouldn’t otherwise. For instance, Rick at News You Can Bruise has recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He posts his annoyance over […]

June 28, 2005

Wake Me When Vacation Is Over

Arrrgh! Dave Eggers and friends weigh in on teacher compensation. They make many good points. Teachers don’t make much for their education and experience. They work under the supervision of politicians and are forced to teach to examinations that have little bearing on education. Why don’t they address the elephant in the room of teacher’s […]

June 27, 2005

Rick Santorum – Half Right Again

The blogsphere is like a nuclear reactor. Every so often some topic will launch a chain reaction, this reaction will achieve criticality and the whole thing will go nuclear. The latest victim is Rick Santorum, a perennial favorite, who I have defended before. Last Friday in the Philadelphia Daily News John Baer referred to a […]

June 27, 2005

Converting Race Results into Excel Format

From a question in Does anyone know how to easily convert web-based race results into an Excel spreadsheet readable format or import it into Excel? Excel (2000 on Windows at least) has this wired. It will pull down and convert data from the web automatically. On a new spreadsheet do: Data -> Get External […]

June 25, 2005

Anecdotal Information

Surprisingly regularly in conversation with a doctor, they will mention that they know someone — cousin’s seem to be prevalent — who had or almost had a bad outcome because they didn’t do what the doctor is arguing for right now. This someone didn’t go to the hospital, didn’t follow the advice you are being […]

June 24, 2005


I just heard a review on Fresh Air of a movie called You, Me and Everyone We Know. I would watch this movie based on the review. The trouble is, I don’t watch movies in the theater, I watch them on DVD, and this movie won’t come out on DVD for some time. Here’s an […]

June 24, 2005

Yahoo TV Listings

Yahoo has a nice feature. They allow me to create my own grid of TV listings. I enter my service (Comcast Cable) and they let me select up to 60 channels to display in a grid. Since I only care about many less than 60 channels, this is a nice feature and I go to […]

June 23, 2005

Rumsfeldian Logic

Donald Rumsfeld spoke to congressional committees today. In his prepared statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee he said, Timing in war is never predictable — there are no guarantees. We can and will prevail, but only if we persevere. Rumsfeld has this habit of making statements that are simply internally contradictory. If there are […]