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Bowling - The new way


So what do you get when you take a bunch of bowling balls, a length of steel sewer pipe, and add a few ounces of Pyrodex(tm) powder? Artillery of some sort, and it sure looks fun.

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Public service announcement


The season premiere of Alias starts in five minutes.

Catallarchy College Football Top 25 - 9/27/03

Catallarchy College Football Top 25 - 9/27/03
For all games played up to 9/27/03, the new rankings:
(Methodology -- Week 1 -- Week 2 -- Week 3 - Week 4)

Rank - Team - Previous
1 -- Ohio State (2)
2 -- Oklahoma (1)
3 -- Miami (5)
4 -- Virginia Tech (7)
5 -- Florida State (8) Read more »

Patriot Act moves beyond its scope

You knew it was going to happen. Libertarians across the net have been warning about the potential since it was first enacted.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 ? The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.

Commercial quantum cryptography

In light of recent discussions about the future of cryptography, and speculations about the book Cryptonomicon, this recent article from The Economist speaks on the first commercial system for quantum cryptography. An excerpt: Read more »

Quote of the Day

Candy bars and movie tickets

Arnold Kling has posted an entry on the topic of stock options. His entry gives much food for thought, and I will post a thorough reply in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, a question about an underlying issue : Are there any exchanges/giveaways in which the value of one party's gain is radically different the value of the other party's loss, even though the object transferred is the same? A couple of examples that may be analagous to a limited degree: Read more »

Response from reader about global warming

Back in August, I wrote down some thoughts on a letter to the editor from Caleb McClennen published in the Boston Globe regarding global warming. Caleb wrote a response on the blog entry and in an email to me. Here is what he had to say, with my own response underneath.


Am I a reactionary?

I've never understood the term "reactionary" as it is used by self-described "progressives" to label those with whom they disagree. Is any response to an argument necessarily reactionary? Are only those responses which intend to maintain the status quo reactionary? Are only those responses which intend to revert to a previous state of being reactionary? Or does the term mean something entirely different? Read more »

Wesley Clark was right?

Rand Simberg makes the case by providing damning quotes from the Founding Fathers that seem to prove, without a doubt, Wesley Clark's assertion that the US was founded on a principle of progressive taxation. Mea culpa.