Interesting that Iowa was the last state decided in the Presidential race. Kerry lost there, too, by a narrow margin. It was Iowa where Kerry defeated Dean, putting him on the road to the Democratic nomination. That one small state in the heart of America chose the candidate to carry the banner for the liberals of the Northeast - and Southwest. Perhaps the primary process needs to be fixed, eh? Glenn Reynolds has further thoughts...
I've stayed silent on the Theo Van Gogh murder. It seems horrible but all too inevitable. ParaPundit has a great analysis with which I concur. "The [liberal press] are more worried about the safety of Muslims in the Netherlands than the safety and liberty of the Dutch." This isn't going to get better - the idea that all cultures are equally worthy is as preposterous as the idea that all people have equal abilities.
Did you see today's conjunction? "A planetary conjunction occurs when two or more planets appear to be very close together in the night sky as seen from Earth. Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are fairly common, occurring as often as three times a year. But on the morning of November 5th, just before dawn, Venus and Jupiter will be less than one degree apart in the sky in the constellation of Virgo the Maiden." I missed it...
This sounds like a joke: Big bottoms crushing airlines' bottom lines. "American's growing waistlines are hurting the bottom lines of airlines as extra pounds on passengers cause a drag on planes. Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel."
Fascinating article in Scientific American: Music and the Brain. "Music surrounds us–and we wouldn't have it any other way. An exhilarating orchestral crescendo can bring tears to our eyes and send shivers down our spines... Therein lies an intriguing biological mystery: Why is music--universally beloved and uniquely powerful in its ability to wring emotions--so pervasive and important to us?" [ via Adam Curry ] I think it is related to our why we perceive beauty. But you read, you decide.
Interesting Slashdot thread: Could nuclear power wean the U.S. from oil? You know my answer; Yes.
This is cool: Duke robot climbs to victory in Madrid. "Our robot Walter was the only one that could start flat on the floor and climb the wall on its own, go over a barrier across the wall or stop itself after crossing the finish line." Excellent.
The Hidden Door Company. You know you want one of these.
Sign of the times... Near my house there is a store called "Kiss it Goodbye". They sell your old stuff on eBay for you. In exchange for a percentage, they photograph the item, list it, and pack and ship it. What a great idea!
Finally, do you have a cat? Does s/he like to walk over your keyboard? Yeah, mine does too. So here's the answer: PawSense. "PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard." I am not making this up.