Sidebars Suck

Yeah, you read the title. I’ve been saying it for months, so I finally got rid of mine. What a waste of space. I think sidebars are ignored at best, distracting at worst. I’ll try to integrate everything into this nice, spacious canvas. That, and make the site more mobile friendly.

I should also say that you can email me. I welcome communication. Also, while you’re at it, why not friendster my book of faeces, Dot Com?

So now, onto the stuff:

I hope this is a sign of things to come.

Sweet story about a Japanese retiree who lives a simple, naked life on an obscure island. Quote:

I don’t do what society tells me, but I do follow the rules of the natural world. You can’t beat nature so you just have to obey it completely.

It is obvious that a drug policy change is imminent. Even the WSJ is calling for it. And scientists continue to prove that natural medicines are highly beneficial.

Another example of our government’s ineptitude: How US Senators Disclose their Campaign Contributions:

You’d pull up your campaign records on your computer, and then you would print them. Next, you would grab the FEC report form and have an administrative assistant fill it out, with a typewriter. You’d then gather up the pages, usually numbering in the hundreds or thousands, and walk them down to the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. The secretary of the Senate would scan these pages into computers and then email them to the FEC.

At this point, it would be possible for a reporter to sit at a terminal in an office in a Senate building and look over your forms, but since they’d be scanned in, the data wouldn’t be searchable — not terribly useful.

When the FEC got the scan of your documents, it would print them, box them up and ship them to a government contractor in Fredericksburg, Va.

There, workers would manually key in the data from your forms into spreadsheets — like the ones the data originally came from — and then those would be emailed back to the FEC, which would then post them on its website.

Can we try something radical, but effective? Place random people into office. Really, could it get any worse? Okay, okay… well, May 1st is right around the corner.

I would’ve posted this 4 days ago, but, you know.

Beautiful, natural artwork by Olga Ziemska:


Well, if you’re just counting bodies


Some great shots from the NYC of yesteryear:


Swedish High Jumper Gunhild Larking:


Twitter account of the day: @spookypedia. Tweets links to spooky Wikipedia articles.

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