Depressing Observation

Since January 16, 2006, over 2,000 attempts to post comment spam to this site have been logged. That’s more than twice the number of legitimate comments posted to this site since June, 2001 (not all comments have been preserved in the various incarnations of this site since then, so the actual number of legitimate comments is actually higher).

Fortunately, the Akismet plugin, which is included included in WordPress 2.0 has block all but 2 attempts to post comment spam to this site. Still, it’s depressing to consider the slime out there who think nothing about defacing other peoples web sites with their garbage.

Disappearance of the Rock Drum Solo

(via Glorfindel of Gondolin)

Check out this piece about the disappearance of the rock drum solo.

I really don’t think the rock drum solo has so much disappeared, but has become harder to find. Here’s the top grossing tours of (from E! Online):

  1. The Rolling Stones
  2. U2
  3. Celine Dion
  4. Paul McCartney
  5. Eagles
  6. Elton John
  7. Kenny Chesney
  8. Dave Matthews Band
  9. Neil Diamond
  10. Jimmy Buffett

From this list, I would only expect a drum solo from Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band, and I’m not even sure that’s a standard part of their act.

I bet one can still catch a drum solo from groups like Dream Theater and Rush, or if you’re really into drum solos, you can check out Terry Bozzio.

Bush administration pro-science? I don’t think so…

(via Bad Astronomy Blog)

From the February 4, 2004 issue of the New York Times:

In October, for example, George Deutsch, a presidential appointee in NASA headquarters, told a Web designer working for the agency to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang, according to an e-mail message from Mr. Deutsch that another NASA employee forwarded to The Times.

The Big Bang memo came from Mr. Deutsch, a 24-year-old presidential appointee in the press office at NASA headquarters whose résumé says he was an intern in the “war room” of the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. A 2003 journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he was also the public-affairs officer who sought more control over Dr. Hansen’s public statements.

In October 2005, Mr. Deutsch sent an e-mail message to Flint Wild, a NASA contractor working on a set of Web presentations about Einstein for middle-school students. The message said the word “theory” needed to be added after every mention of the Big Bang.

The Big Bang is “not proven fact; it is opinion,” Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, “It is not NASA’s place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator.”

It continued: “This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most.”

The memo also noted that The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual specified the phrasing “Big Bang theory.” Mr. Acosta, Mr. Deutsch’s boss, said in an interview yesterday that for that reason, it should be used in all NASA documents.

The Deutsch memo was provided by an official at NASA headquarters who said he was upset with the effort to justify changes to descriptions of science by referring to politically charged issues like intelligent design. Senior NASA officials did not dispute the message’s authenticity.

We’re supposed to believe the Bush administration is supposed to be pro-science? Also, how many more unqualified Bush political appointees are out there?

Friday Random Ten: 2006-02-03

1. The Gates Of Delirium (Studio Run-Through)YesRelayerRock
2. Main TitleAlex NorthAlex North’s 2001Soundtrack
3. Symphony #4 In G – 3. RuhevollChristoph von Dohnányi; Cleveland OrchestraGustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4Classical
4. Walking BackThe CranberriesEverybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?Alternative & Punk
5. Mexican RadioWall of VoodooCall of the WestAlternative & Punk
6. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)YesFragileRock
7. Space TalkAlex NorthAlex North’s 2001Soundtrack
8. DreamscapeAlan ParsonsTry Anything OnceRock
9. Hollow YearsDream TheaterLive At Budokan [Disc 1]Metal
10. Ya Gotta TryMarvin ‘Smitty’ SmithBurning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy RichJazz

This Really Sucks

Looks like Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants want to seriously ruin the internet by “developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency.” And if that wasn’t bad enough:

Under the plans they are considering, all of us–from content providers to individual users–would pay more to surf online, stream videos or even send e-mail. Industry planners are mulling new subscription plans that would further limit the online experience, establishing “platinum,” “gold” and “silver” levels of Internet access that would set limits on the number of downloads, media streams or even e-mail messages that could be sent or received.

Check out: The End of the Internet?


The Assault on Network Neutrality