Two Quick Ones

Some relatively recent stuff from around th’ big blue orb: 1. North Korea agrees to shut down its nuclear weaponry program in 6-nation talks in exchange for aid, release of seized assets and other considerations….

RIP: Anna Nicole Smith

Not yet 40, Anna Nicole Smith died today. There are few facts currently known about the cause of death, but People has plenty of reading for you, if you’re interested . . .

Speak Directly into the Loonie, Sir

In what may well be the dumbest thing I’ve heard since “the Internets,” the CIA yesterday warned American defense workers that Canadian coinage had been compromised with transmitters. ‘Course, all our shoes have telephones in…

We all Phone for iPhone

Apple Computer had a few surprises of late, from dropping the ‘Computer’ from its name (Apple Computer, Inc. is now Apple, Inc.) to dropping this bombshell upon our furry — or otherwise — heads: Coming…

Meanwhile, In Semi-real Life

Army of the Dead?In a December mass mailing to officers no longer enlisted, the United States Army encouraged some 5,100 to return to active duty.  Of these, 75 had been killed in action. No word…

2006: “That’s a Wrap”

As the brave year of 2006 closes with Saddam’s execution, Michael Boldin points out that almost 3,000 US troops (and an enormous number of Iraqi citizens) are dead for no good reason in Saddam was…

Runs at the Border

Travellers returning from China always mention the unique cuisine — wholly different from what North Americans call ‘Chinese food.’ In Zhejiang province, a gentleman managed to manufacture lard (ordinarily animal fat) out of “swill, sewage…

Peace Out

In the early ’70s, I wore a peace shirt. That is, it had a peace sign on it. For some reason, this caused little consternation . . . and I lived in an army town….

Meanwhile . . .

The new iPod Shuffle is in stores, and is ridiculously cute (albeit it has no discernable cuddly factor). 1 gigabyte, US$79. Also from Apple, the PRODUCT (RED) iPod Nano (Apple donates $10 of the purchase…

YAS (Yet Another Scandal)

Pastor Ted Haggard, An evangelical minister strongly opposed to gay marriage (and, presumably, drugs) resigned among allegations that he’d been having a three-year affair with a male prostitute who supplied him with methamphetamine. Initially denying…