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Day July 21, 2010

Anybody Need a Haircut?

(via Dangerous Minds)

Summer Reading

Currently reading Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley Pentalogy (or the Ripliad) and loving them to pieces. I don’t have The Boy Who Followed Ripley in my possession at the moment but I don’t think the order matters all too much.

Quote of the Day

By Über-tool, Ben Stein:

The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job. Again, there are powerful exceptions and I know some, but when employers are looking to lay off, they lay off the least productive or the most negative. To assure that a worker is not one of them, he should learn how to work and how to get along — not always easy.

Van Halen – Eruption

Amish Teen Led Cops on Horse and Buggy Chase

Um, what?

LEON, N.Y. (CBS/AP) Levi Detweiler, a 17-year-old Amish youth, allegedly led sheriff’s deputies on a mile-long, presumably low-speed chase, after running a stop sign in his horse and buggy and refusing to pull over.

Do they train for this at the police academy?

Deputies said they spotted Detweiler ignoring the stop sign last week. According to police, the teen then led them on a chase that ended when he lost control on a sharp turn into a driveway and overturned the buggy into a ditch. He then fled on foot.

Arab guilty of rape after consensual sex with Jew

From The Guardian:

A Palestinian man has been convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a woman who had believed him to be a fellow Jew.

Sabbar Kashur, 30, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Monday after the court ruled that he was guilty of rape by deception. According to the complaint filed by the woman with the Jerusalem district court, the two met in downtown Jerusalem in September 2008 where Kashur, an Arab from East Jerusalem, introduced himself as a Jewish bachelor seeking a serious relationship. The two then had consensual sex in a nearby building before Kashur left.

When she later found out that he was not Jewish but an Arab, she filed a criminal complaint for rape and indecent assault.

Although Kashur was initially charged with rape and indecent assault, this was changed to a charge of rape by deception as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

Handing down the verdict, Tzvi Segal, one of three judges on the case, acknowledged that sex had been consensual but said that although not “a classical rape by force,” the woman would not have consented if she had not believed Kashur was Jewish.

(via Slog)

An Ant Drinking From a Raindrop

(via Arbroath)

Question of the Day

E-books or paper books?

The only e-book reader I really use is Stanza on my iPhone. And before that I was adamant of paper books being vastly superior to their digital counterparts. And, I still prefer paper books. There’s something about actually holding a book in your hands and seeing the progress you are making as you turn page after page which has unconsciously, to me, become part of the overall experience of reading that e-books seem to lack. Also, I love to lend my favorite books to friends which cannot be done as easily thanks to the wonders of DRM. And of course, with paper books, you don’t have to worry about battery life.

But E-books have their own advantages that I’ve come to enjoy and rely upon. My Stanza library currently contains 97 books (and I’ve been picky on adding any new ones to it for the moment) which means I’m carrying a library on me which comes in handy when I’m stuck in an airport or on a train. Impulse reads are available to me at all hours of the day or night and I can download and begin reading something within seconds. And searching through a book is a HUGE advantage with an e-reader.

So, I’m torn. I guess I like having both as an option. What say you Cynics?


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