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May 25, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* There's more good health news for tea drinkers.

* Prairie Mary has been mulling over Donald's recent posting (and the contributions made to the commentsfest) about sermons and poverty.

* Thomas Sowell takes apart the claim that high levels of unskilled immigration are economically necessary. Great passage:

"What can we do with the 12 million people already here illegally?" is the question asked by amnesty supporters. We can stop them from becoming 40 million or 50 million, the way 3 million illegals became 12 million after the previous amnesty.

* Martin Hutchinson thinks that the proposed Bush-Kennedy immigration bill will have the effect of turning the U.S. into something like Brazil. Think "elites hidden behind walls" and "a teeming servant and under-class."

* Today's Arab youth want music they can relate to -- which seems to mean pop music, Arab-style.

* For research chemist Derek Lowe, Steely Dan is right near the top. Derek's always-worth-checking-out blog is here.

* Fred Himebaugh -- who has had the inspired idea of creating a sci-fi opera -- is using Google Notebook as a way to organize his hunches and ideas.

* I don't have any trouble with the idea of shutting down the World Bank, do you? Neither does Marginal Revolution guest-blogger Kevin Grier.

* The Fat Guy links to some pick-me-up music vids. Great Scott line: "Maybe I'll buy a Telecaster and whip everyone's ass with my horrid playing. I'm old enough, and I sure don't care."

* Quiet Bubble bravely takes in a hard-to-watch but rewarding Stan Brakhage movie.

* Chris Dillow wonders why politicians and economists so often arrive at different solutions to the same problems.

* Bluewyvern links to a lot of beautiful photography, and supplies a lot of apt language describing the work as well.

* ReelPop turns up a perfectly amazing dice-art video. What I want to know is: Who are the maniacs who make these things, anyway?

* Dr. Deleto describes how he started to lose his passion for modernist art.

* Alan Kellogg has been thinking about homo floresiensis.

* "I never knew a guitar could do that," writes Stuart Buck, linking to some YouTube videos of guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at May 25, 2007




Comments

Mike, the name is Homo floresiensis. Flores Island Man in other words.

For those thinking for reading the post, it is sketchy and for the most part my thinking on what the animal means in the field of human evolution. Nothing rigorously scientific, use the link provided for an introduction, a bibliography of scientific articles, and web sites and web pages on Homo floresiensis.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg on May 25, 2007 6:49 AM



Tks, Alan, corrected.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 25, 2007 12:20 PM



Michael,

Yamashita is an amazing guitarist (I got to see him and shake his hand in Japan a decade ago); check out his guitar version of "Pictures of an Exhibition"; some of the technique Yamishita invented and basically only he can execute it...just astonishing.

Also, there is a great literary essay over at Prospect by a man after your own heart; I'll try to:
link to it here.

Posted by: Doug Anderson on May 27, 2007 7:23 PM



M
re: Julian Gough
Oops, I should have read your May 21 entry - should have known you'd be on top of this! Cheers...

Posted by: Doug Anderson on May 27, 2007 7:36 PM






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