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Saturday, March 08, 2003

Incurious George And The 'No-News Is Good-News' Conference Plastic::FilmTV::Politics:Dubya: US President George W Bush gives a primetime press conference more scripted than the Friends episode he pre-empted.

Sleep is for the unmedicated A fascinating diary of one writer's trial of the narcolepsy drug modafinil (creepily marketed as Provigil), a drug that slows the release of GABA, a sleep promoter in the brain.
The seduction of modafinil is that you can feel as peppy after six hours sleep as you would after nine. (It may also have a more drastic effect.) Doctors see modafinil as an occasional pick-me-up. They doubt you could take the drug everyday without consequences: Most sleep researchers agree that the longer sleep is necessary for hormonal regulation, among other essential bodily functions. (Drugs aren't the only way we may steal less sleep. Click here to read about how we may enlist gene therapy to help us stay awake.)

Tired of merely writing about enhancement (and tired, period), I decided to conduct my own unscientific trial of modafinil. As the father of a 2-year-old, I live in a constant haze of sleep deprivation. I vowed to take modafinil for a week and see what happened. Could it transform a lazy, exhausted hack into a brilliant Jeffrey Goldberg? Or recast a grouchy father into Superdad? I persuaded my doctor?and no, you can't have his number?to prescribe me a week's supply of Provigil, seven 200-milligram pills.

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U.S. Plans Mental Ward for Detainees The U.S. plans to establish a mental ward for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, as a result of the numerous sucicide...

Friday, March 07, 2003

Crash Course I'm getting a good deal of mail from ABA Journal readers who would like to learn more about starting a weblog and what on earth they might do with it. If you are such a person, here are some worthwhile resources:

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Bush's "Pay-As-You-Go" War Jack Balkin at Balkinization reports on Bush's "Pay-As-You-Go War": The Bush Administration has been refusing to answer questions about...
Guns in US school violence often come from home 

Nine Years Later, Assault Becomes Manslaughter Plastic::Etcetera::Crime: Desmon Venn threw a punch that killed a fellow student nine years later. Now the authorities want to try him as a killer.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Tips for to avoid being spat upon when visiting Europe USA Today has a list of tips for American tourists who don't want to get hassled by Europeans disgusted with the Bush administrations push for war.
Avoid American fast-food restaurants and chains.

Keep discussions of politics to private places, not rowdy bars.

Take a rain check on wearing clothes featuring American flags or sports team logos.

Keep your passport out of sight.

Keep cameras, video equipment and maps tucked away.

Soften your speech; Americans typically overshadow their hosts in the volume department.

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French Don't Dislike Americans, Just Bush Two of TalkLeft's pals just returned from a two week stay in Spain and Paris. We had dinner with them...

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Wear a peace T-shirt, go to jail Reuters: "A lawyer was arrested late Monday and charged with trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York after refusing to take off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just purchased at the mall." Link Discuss (Thanks, Thomas!)

Thick Ice Death and such

'First They Came For The Websites, And I Said Nothing...' Plastic::Etcetera::Internet: Not content with asset forfeiture of cars and houses, the DEA has gone virtual. Is it cybersquatting when the government does it?

From the ashes came the re-born, born dying I have to return to Baldur's posting, Death of the Blogger, and his discussions about the dangers of memes, those Thought-viruses, which have undermined the craft of academia (referencing, research, analysis and debate) and doomed most of academic practice into irrelevance. The same memes that Baldur sees threatening weblogging...

Monday, March 03, 2003

Soon, I will be posting interesting newsfeed stuff on this page. And, with that, I just may conquer the world!