Monday, November 21, 2011

pepper spray

Just in case you are one of the few people who haven't seen the nonviolent protesters at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed without cause, you can watch it here. Non-Californians might assume that all of these university campuses are alike and for Davis, read Berkeley, but Davis is an ag school, and in some ways, pretty conservative. They were showing support for other university students at Berkeley. This is what solidarity got them.

I really don't get what the agenda was here. In the days of Bull Connor, it was the press that caught the image of people being bowled over with the intense stream from fire hoses. Today, we don't need the press to capture such moments. Everybody,and I do mean everybody, has a camera. Don't these people know that?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Near Miss

First shot of the asteroid that didn't it us just now...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Free Rice

This one is almost too virtuous to be called a time waster, even if it's a great way to squander time. It's called Free Rice, and you just take a lot of multiple choice questions on vocabulary words, and each one you get right donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food program. Sure, there are probably easier ways to donate money, but none are going to improve your vocabulary as much. It starts out easy but the better you are at it, the harder the words get. Let's just say I have a ways to go before I'd be anything like cheating.

And if you're really good at English, you can always do it in another language...