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w June 30, 2009

So...Let Me Get This Straight

Before he spoke out, it was okay for him to get shot at. Afterward, it's not.

I can't tell if this is the same old bullshit, or some weird positive. I mean, think about it. The lunatics don't want gays in the military, or around at all. And yet...they want them essentially out of harm's way. There may be something to this...*

Lt. Dan Choi

*Obviously I am being somewhat facetious, but seriously. Think about it.

by Heather Hoffman at 8:24 PM

w June 20, 2009

It's All About The Story

Came across this article this morning:

How Neanderthals met a grisly fate

It's a short but interesting article, though I wonder if anyone else had the same thought I did within the first paragraph or two, namely, isn't extrapolating extermination of a large group based on one jawbone a wee bit...well...bad science? What struck me was that, yes, this point of view was indeed expressed down at the end of the article, but it also got me thinking about the paradox of news reporting. On the one hand, it's supposed to be 'just the facts, ma'am', right? But, on the other...you want people to read YOUR story, not another one. Thus, you need a great hook at the beginning. Fair enough. But then I wonder - how many times does a reader just skim the start of the article and think "ZOMG! CANNIBALS!", and never get to the end of things and be reminded that this is just a *theory*, and a controversial one at that.

Too much pondering on one cup of coffee.

by Heather Hoffman at 10:26 AM

w June 02, 2009

Huge Tracts of Land

Points to those who get the reference, but seriously - you have got to take a look at this aircraft:

Airbus380 Dubai-Toronto (Emirates)

It doesn't look as massive during landing...and then it turns into the gate area, and your jaw drops. My two favorite parts are a) the plane getting sprayed with ... well, I guess it's not really champagne, although I'd like to think it is, because that would just be so un-Canadian and wasteful and b) the pilot, who is quintessentially Canadian (of a calm, pilotish nature, of course).

I hate flying, but I am always deeply impressed by the design of these things, and love to watch them at the airport.

**In passing - this is is no way meant as a foil, comment, or any other complement to the Air France 447 tragedy that recently occurred**

by Heather Hoffman at 8:30 AM