Thursday, December 02, 2004
- Today is a day of solemn note here at the University of Chicago: it's the anniversary of the first controlled self-sustaining atomic reaction that took place at 3:42pm on this date in 1942, courtesy of Dr. Fermi, et al, at our old Stagg Field. From then on, it's been ker-blooie ever after. Thanks to Tim Sandefur, for the reminder!
- Alas, A Blog's Amp has posted a fine compendium of 16 mini-posts [with links] on same-sex marriage
- Thoughts on Raich v. Ashcroft, the current medical-marijuana case up before the Supreme Court [Drug War Rant] P.S. You'll love the title of the post, and I love this Brandeis quote Pete has on the Drug WarRant sidebar:
"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." - Justice Brandeis
- Celebrity staplers for charity? Ooo-kay. So, whose punch-puppies currently have the highest bids? Jennifer Love Hewitt ($1205), Paris Hilton ($1015), Ringo Starr ($805) and Bill Gates ($801). I'd watch out for that Paris Hilton stapler - who knows where it's been? I'm not so sure about ol' Ringo's, either. [via Kottke]
- The Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs [via Dong Resin's Joint] Okay, it's a week later - but hell, shouldn't the Thanksgiving spirit last all year?
- Philips announces the MiraVision Mirror TV:
Think a television set is ugly when it's turned off? So did the folks at Philips, who created the first flat-screen TV that becomes a mirror when not in use. Henderson applauds the "break away from the cold 'consumer electronics' aesthetic."Sure. But televisions are mirrors even when they're on, if you really think about it. ;)
Designer: Philips Electronics. Price: $4,200