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Agenda Bender
Saturday, May 07, 2005  

The Dollar Stores of Titan

From a NYT's article on the rather conflicting reports of the apparent end of the trend towards worldwide dimming of the earth's surface :

..."We see the dimming is no longer there," said Dr. Martin Wild, a climatologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the lead author of one of three papers analyzing sunlight that appear in today's issue of the journal Science. "If anything, there is a brightening."

...Dr. Robert J. Charlson, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and an author of a commentary that accompanied the three papers, said, "This set of papers, taken together, calls attention for more emphasis on research in these topics."

But he added, "Unfortunately, impediments have come up." Four years' worth of data from the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite is unanalyzed, he said, because there is no money for scientists to work with it.

You can keep your telstars, hubbles, and landsats, Agenda Bender's eyes will now search the skies for the blue-light twinkle of the E.R.B.S. Its orbit is discounted too--40% off the elliptical. But you have to mention you read it here.

5:00 AM

Friday, May 06, 2005

Why They Are

I should be the last person to hold a writer up to ridicule for falling in love with some paltry scrap of word-play and refusing to let it go it no matter the cost to his point and his reputation. I should be a lot of things I'm not:

Feds Bring Rare Vermont Death Penalty Case

By WILSON RING, Associated Press Writer

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont, a famously liberal New England state that abolished capital punishment decades ago, is about to see its first death penalty trial in more than 40 years — a case brought not by Vermont authorities but by federal prosecutors.

Some are wondering why the U.S. Justice Department is making a federal case out of the whole thing.

Jury selection got under way this week in Burlington for the trial of Donald Fell, 24. He is charged with carjacking 53-year-old Teresca King in Vermont in 2000 and beating her to death nearly 200 miles away in New York as she prayed by the side of the road...

...Prosecutors say that before the carjacking, Fell and his alleged accomplice, Robert Lee, also stabbed to death Fell's mother and a friend of hers in Vermont. But those slayings are not part of the federal case. Lee hanged himself in prison in 2001.

10:10 PM


Someday He Will Hang in the National Portrait Gallery

Bryan Ferry's son/cross-to-bear is speaking youth to power again. He confronted the newly re-elected PM of Avalon yesterday. I'm predicting that Otis Ferry will eventually do, uh, something that gets him a day on the calender right next to Guy Fawkes. Or Jesus Christ:

(BBC News)... Meanwhile, pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry, the son of rock star Bryan Ferry, was arrested as he tried to get to Mr Blair as the prime minister and his wife arrived at a post election party.

Mr Ferry lunged over a barrier at the rear entrance to the National Portrait Gallery in London and shouted in Mr Blair's face before a plain clothes police officer stepped in.

8:26 PM

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I Keep Hearing Footsteps, Baby

I don't remember hearing Luther Vandross's version of Stevie Wonder's Creepin' before tonight, but as soon as I did I knew it had earned a spot on my very slowly accruing list of the greatest records/songs. From the same, and unfortunately not very large, genre of ghostly soul I must also add The Isley Brothers' Footsteps in the Dark.

4:10 AM

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Victorian Vandalism

What steam-punks all hepped up on absinthe and coal fumes used to do.

(Link via Jonah G.)

5:00 AM

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Umbert Umbert

I don't know if there is a collection of Umberto Eco's essays and occasional pieces, but if there isn't I would like to suggest a title for one. And if there is one already, please pulp it, esteemed reponsibles, and republish it with my title:

Seeming Ideas: The Not Particularly Interesting Collected Non-fiction of Umberto Eco

4:17 AM