Saturday, December 12, 2009

Worst Border Crossing Ever

From Peter Watts
If you buy into the Many Worlds Intepretation of quantum physics, there must be a parallel universe in which I crossed the US/Canada border without incident last Tuesday. In some other dimension, I was not waved over by a cluster of border guards who swarmed my car like army ants for no apparent reason; or perhaps they did, and I simply kept my eyes downcast and refrained from asking questions.

It gets worse, go read.

via Digby

Monday, December 7, 2009

CNN being stupid

Speaking of VirginGalactic's new toy CNN says the following
The cabin, which seats six paying passengers, is 90 inches -- nearly 9 feet -- in diameter, which provides "lots of room for zero-G fun," Branson's Web site said.
Call me old-fashioned but isnt that damn near exactly 7 1/2 feet?

The helpful explanation "-- nearly 9 feet --" is not on virgin galactic's site, only on CNN's. How fucking stupid do you have to be to think that 90" is nearly 9 feet? I can see "over 7 feet" or "nearly 8 feet" but come on.

Shaking my head.