I just packaged a box for mailing without using a single piece of new tape. Or writing an address.
I’m not sure how much of an accomplishment that is, but I’m proud of myself.
I’m getting hammered with comment spam again. A lot of it is caught by the spam word list and Blacklist, but that doesn’t really help, considering I have to go through and delete it anyway. So, I’m now trying this hack, which changes the wp-comments-post.php name. Hopefully that works.
the Evolutionist religionists keep changing the theory as science keeps proving it wrong
No need for comment; just sit back and marvel at its genius.
I’m back, after surviving masses of food and a lack of internet (which was my fault, sadly) over break. The comment spammers seem to have had a lot of fun while I was gone.
I will be driving home for most of the day today, so no posting, and probably very little the rest of the weekend. Maybe during the terrible football games on Thursday.
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell (news – web sites) signaled on Tuesday Washington was open to one day re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran after the countries held their most sustained, high-level contact in years.
Powell, who spoke with his Iranian counterpart on Monday at an international conference dinner, said the United States could “in due course” hold direct talks and review relations if Tehran addressed concerns over its terrorism links and nuclear programs.
The remarks were sure to fuel speculation over the prospects for a thaw in relations as the administration of President Bush (news – web sites) debates whether to engage or confront a country it bracketed in “an axis of evil” with North Korea (news – web sites) and pre-war Iraq (news – web sites).
Says the guy who’s leaving in a couple months. Forgive me if I’m not convinced.
Over at &c. Noam Scheiber is discussing the odd exit polling from the election and disagrees with Mark Blumenthal’s suggestion that Republicans are less likely to talk to exit pollsters because they hate the media more than Democrats:
One problem I see with his theory: As evidence, Blumenthal cites polls showing Republicans more inclined to believe the media is biased against them than Democrats are, and also polls showing more and more people (and therefore more and more Republicans) believing in this kind of media bias as time goes by. That would suggest that exit polls should be getting less accurate over time–since fewer and fewer Republicans would be responding. But, according to Kevin Drum’s chart, the raw numbers have actually been getting more, not less, accurate with each election cycle. (The raw numbers were off by 8.3 percentage points in 1988, 7.2 points in 1992, 6.2 in 1996, 1.8 in 2000.) This makes me skeptical that a loss of faith in the media is behind the screwy exit poll data.
I don’t have the data on hand, but wouldn’t it be fair to say that more and more Democrats have been seeing the media as biased against them? It seems like that position has been increasing, since the Clinton years at least. If that’s so, we could see Democratic responses to exit polling dropping, evening things out. I think if someone wanted to prove Blumenthal wrong on that point, you would need to look at Democratic opinions on media bias and the gap between them and Republicans.
I just burned most of the 9/11 Commission Report audio book onto CD. 14 CDs, due to the fact that iTunes will only burn individual tracks over multiple discs. Leaving me with two CDs with under 5 minutes of content. Lovely. Anyway, that’s my entertainment for the ride home on Wednesday. I’m sure it’ll be thrilling.
I’m also done with my research paper on e-voting. 12.5 pages. I’m glad I’m done.