Sunday, February 28, 2010

Car Insurance Inanity

Judging by this video, President Obama clearly has no idea how auto insurance works. He's trying to draw a comparison to health insurance, but it's just making him look like a doofus:

The legally required auto insurance is liability insurance; you are required to buy insurance that will pay costs that you may end up imposing on others (e.g. the medical bills of the pedestrian you ran over). If you want collision insurance, you better buy a collision policy. It would be one thing if the insurance company were trying to screw somebody by writing a deceptive policy, but you can't blame the company if you were too dumb to even check what class of insurance you were buying (much less - heaven forfend - read the actual policy you bought).

And this guy's a law professor?


Friday, February 26, 2010

Vikings! (Not the Football Kind)

So I’m sitting here, looking out my window at the 3-foot snow and the 5-foot icicles, reverting to ancestral type. Thinking:

“F*** this. Let’s go sack Miklagard.”
On a related note, I highly recommend the historical novel Byzantium, by Stephen R. Lawhead. Possibly the best book I've ever purchased without knowing anything at all about it, or its author, before grabbing it off the shelf at B&N. And yes, the main character falls in with probably the most famous batch of vikings who go to sack the aforementioned (spoilers at link) Miklagard.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Your Daily WTF for 2/25/10

C-SPAN meets monster truck rally? This is odd:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Your Daily WTF for 2/24/10

Somehow, this headline is not from The Onion:
William Shatner in Shit My Dad Says: Twitter sensation turned into TV pilot for CBS
FYI, Shit My Dad Says is possibly the funniest twitter feed out there.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Your Daily WTF

A double dose:

1) Who thought basing the architecture of a house on a Klein Bottle was a good idea?
Architecture + non-orientable topology = WTF

2) Add this to the list of reasons I don't understand Japanese culture.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sweet Photos

My brother-in-law discovered a sweet set of photos. They don't look that unusual, until you realize that it's all insanely detailed and realistic miniatures. The volcano is the most realistic, though I'm a fan of this tornado:

Check it out!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Why You Want To Be An Engineer

So true. Sort of.


Double-Take of the Day

I randomly decided to re-watch an episode of Milton Friedman's Free to Choose this afternoon (you can watch online via Google Videos). One of the things I like about the series is that each episode spends about 25 minutes on a film of Friedman explaining and illustrating his views on a particular aspect of economic liberty, which is immediately followed by a civilized debate of the ideas involving him and a few (or several) others.

While watching episode 2 of the 1980 series (see here) the film part was followed by a group discussion. Who do I see at the 29:20 mark? One of the members of the panel was Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, apparently that Donald Rumsfeld, during his days as President of G.D. Searle and Co. Totally bizarre.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

About that Book of Concord e-book...

So, I told y'all about how I created an e-book from a public domain version of The Book of Concord. Well, it's now officially for sale through Amazon here, for the minimum allowed price of $0.99. Any money I make off of it will be plowed back into Lutheran ministry in some form (my home congregation, the Lutheran Deaconess Association, Valparaiso University chapel, missionaries, etc). Amazon, clearly, does whatever they want with their cut; I'm just trying to make sure that the text is available to as many people as possible, and since Amazon dominates the e-reader market, it makes sense to put it up on their site - that's where people will look for it.

If you want a copy of the publication version of the e-book, leave a comment requesting it and I'll send you one. It's got cleaner formatting and a better table of contents than the last version I put up. (I'm pretty sure the terms of the contract with Amazon preclude me from actually hosting this online somewhere for free, but they can't stop me from giving away my e-books as "gifts" to specific people.)

UPDATE: As a clarification, since this is published to the internet at large, the offer of the free e-book version is only open to people I actually know. I say this only to protect myself from an unlikely, but possible, deluge of free-stuff-seeking visitors clogging things up.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Vikings Fandom

Yep. This pretty much sums it up.