Archive for the ‘Interesting Links’ Category

If Only It Were That Easy

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Satirized Tom Burka (via Linkmeister):

George W. Bush retracted the Iraq war today, saying that it had been based on information from an unreliable source and that the original premises for the war were wrong.

I only wish it were that easy. We’ve done more damage than Newsweek did with their ill-fated story.

A Radical Movement in My Own Backyard

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Kailua is not known for being a very hip place. It’s all-American suburbia, out in the middle of the Pacific. Sure, there are windsurfers at Kailua Beach and festivals every so often, but first and foremost, it’s a bedroom community for Honolulu.

Moreover, it’s a district that is one of the few places in Hawaii that sends Republican legislators to the Democrat-dominated Legislature. (Which makes it an interesting predicament for me…being a blue person in a red area of a blue state in a red country. But I digress.)

This is hardly an area where you’d expect radicalism. Nevertheless, there is a subversive movement happening, right in my backyard. There are no violent protests or anything, but it centers over otherwise innocuous papaya and lilikoi plants.

We All Need Vitamin C

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

…but I warn you that this blog may trigger an overdose.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to the fridge to get a glass of orange juice myself. Mmmm…

P.S. OK…apparently we’re out of orange juice…so I’m eating some pineapple chunks. Double mmmm…

The 2600 Calorie Pyramid

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Recently the USDA has decided to topple the one-size-fits-all Food Guide Pyramid and create what would be a more personalized means to balance one’s diet. The result is MyPyramid, which takes your age and weight and activity level and brings up what it thinks you should eat each day.

So I tried it. What it recommends for a 32-year-old male, who exercises for 30-60 minutes most days of the week, is the following 2600 calorie diet:

Something to Think About the Next Time You Order Pizza

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Since September 11, 2001, our government has been stepping up its efforts to try to fight terrorism. While it’s worth fighting, it must be done in a way that protects individual rights to privacy. Unfortunately, if the U.S. government has its way…well…let’s just say you wanted to order a pizza

(Thanks to kimo55 and Ryan Ozawa from for the link.)

Another Encyclopedia That Anyone Can Edit…Sort Of

Monday, April 18th, 2005

OK, I admit it. I love Wikipedia. I’ve got an account there and I enjoy my role as a volunteer editor. I guess it just appeals to two aspects of my personality…my insistence on perfect accuracy and truth (at least the way I see it), and my tendency to nitpick. I see a typo…boom…gone.

Over 500,000 articles are in Wikipedia on every conceivable topic. Since it was started in 2001 by James Wales, it has become nothing short of a phenomenon, a social experiment in creating a central repository of the world’s knowledge, that has spawned several sister projects and a non-profit foundation.

Such success could not have gone unnoticed by Bill Gates.

Kevin Crush

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Ran across this link while surfing the Web, called Geoff’s Gender Guesser. It’s run by a student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Among other things, it analyzes your first and last name and gives you an “alter ego” which is roughly similar based on Google popularity statistics. Tried it with mine and it came out as Kevin Crush. So if I ever have to use a pseudonym, you know where to look.