September 16th, 2003


On a nation without priciples.

Very important Salon article about how the Justice Department and Federal Prosecutors are using the Patriot Act to subvert the legal process for non-terrorist acts. Wiretaps of common citizens without court orders. Suspension of due process. The treatment of suspected criminals as if they were potential terrorists. Very grave and disconcerting.

The greatest, most noble moments in United States history have been based on the granting the rights of dignity, justice, honor, and mercy on others -- the same rights that we hold so dear for ourselves.

Perhaps such ideals are too democratic, too idealistic, or too fundamentally Christian in nature for our country's leaders, however. Their worldview is that everyone should be treated as a potential threat. As such, rather than treating others the way we would treat ourselves, we treat others with suspicion and brutal expediency -- without dignity, without justice, without honor, and without mercy.

Our downfall as a nation will come when we become so cowed, so afraid, and so removed from the ideals of our country's founders that we silently assent to treating ourselves with the same brutal expediency with which we treat others.

Futuristic display projects images in thin air.

In the past week or so, the website of IO2 Technology has been overrun by over 150,000 visitors, anxious to see pictures and videos of their groundbreaking new display technology.

Here's a screenshot I took of a person sticking their hand inside a live projection of a globe. No effects, no manipulations. This is the real thing.

The response has been so overwhelming that IO2 has had to remove links to the videos due to massive interest. I, however, will gladly link you directly to the video files in question. Download and enjoy.

Interactive DNA display
rotating human skeleton
rotating earth

The Bush Administration's latest attempt to pick a fight...

Boo hoo... Syria lets militants cross into Iraq. Wouldn't the militants have some say in this? If they knew they could be stopped at the border post, do you think they'd go offroading?

My answer? Last time I heard, there were two sides to every border. Guard yours. Maybe if you weren't so good at invading Syrian territory, shooting up their border guards, and then not returning them for weeks, they'd have an easier time helping you out.