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Tuesday, February 12, 2002


Well, it finally happened. One of Adam and Drew's rants actually prompted me into turning off the radio in disgust during Loveline.

No, it wasn't one of Adam's eugenics tirades. Yes, stupid people are having more babies and ruining society, but you can't legislate it away, you have to deal with the underlying social issues of poverty and alienation.

Nor was it an uninformed denial of the equality of gender, or race. Yes, men and women are very biologically different, but the mind is a blank slate, therefore stereotypically gendered traits must be socially constructed. Only a bigot would argue that race affects inate behavior. Separate the variables and you find that it's culture that causes people to seem to fulfill stereotypes.

Oh nevermind, now I'm so pissed off than I don't even remember why I turned off the radio in the first place. Oh wait, now I remember, it was Drew saying: "[Paranoid liberals] are the same people who want random searches in airports." As opposed to racially profiled searches, he means. Even if it were true that all terrorists were Arab men, which it clearly is not, you're underestimating the insidiousness of terrorists. If anything, or anyone, boards an airplane without being checked, the terrorists will find a way to use it. Close a door and Allah opens a window. The real problem is that airlines will cut corners if there's a good enough profit-to-risk ratio.

Nevertheless, Loveline continues to be one of the most important, insightful, and generally unjudgemental sex education avenues in popular culture. I just wish Adam and Drew would lay off the political claptrap.

posted by Mark Wilson 11:39 PM

Monday, February 11, 2002

Could someone please explain to me how artificial scarcity improves the economy, when the whole point of the economy is to improve the net quality of human life?

posted by Mark Wilson 11:40 PM

Sunday, February 10, 2002

Also coming down the tech conveyor belt are several Brave New World enabling technologies.

posted by Mark Wilson 9:47 PM

Stumbled on another googlewhack: hermaphrodite self-pregnancy. Strangely enough, I was actually doing a serious search. The question "Is it possible for a true hermaphrodite to impregnate themselves?" has nagged me ever since we studied hermaphrodism in my Sexual Diversity class. Incidentally, transexual pregnancy is in the works.

posted by Mark Wilson 9:47 PM

Oh man. Mozilla 1.0 is going to rock, judging from Mozilla 0.9.8. It's got everything I've missed since the Zero-Knowledge Freedom service went members-only. Plus, Mozilla is finally fast and stable. Huzzah! Top it off with a personal firewall, and you're all set. Right now, the only problem I have with Mozilla 0.9.8, is that installing plug-ins is a pain because nobody wants to support it while it's in beta. Oh yeah, and if you bookmark my site in Mozilla and hit: manage bookmarks -> right click on the bookmark -> properties -> schedule, you can have Mozilla alert you when I get around to updating. (Hint, hint.)

posted by Mark Wilson 9:28 AM

If you've ever lost something weird, maybe you can find it here.

posted by Mark Wilson 8:58 AM

Saturday, February 9, 2002

An evil woman has been slowly tampering with your life since you were four years old. Now you're dying and your only time machine is lacking the necesary vortex generator. Without the generator, it is completely useless. Where do you go for help?

posted by Mark Wilson 11:59 PM

Thursday, February 7, 2002

Sure, 56 is a small sample size, but wouldn't it be nice to believe that conservatives are tormented by their subconscious?

posted by Mark Wilson 8:41 PM

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Note to self: When you return to having a fast internet connection, check out The Sync again.

posted by Mark Wilson 4:37 AM

Sunday, February 3, 2002

This is why I'm psyched for Super Bowl Sunday.

posted by Mark Wilson 1:28 AM

Saturday, February 2, 2002

For your interactive pleasure, I've added a guestbook. Actually, I'm sitting on all kinds of ideas for interactive web logging, but IU doesn't support server-side scripts (probably for good reason). So, I guess anything fun will have to wait until VC funding starts flowing again like a rush week keg.

posted by Mark Wilson 5:48 AM

Friday, February 1, 2002

The world's oil producers 0wNz j00.

posted by Mark Wilson 10:38 PM

You know, I was seriously considering doing some hardcore volunteering, like AmeriCorp, and then Bush told me I had to. Now I'm conflicted and considering becoming a Randian.

posted by Mark Wilson 3:13 PM

I found my first googlewhack: schizo establishmentarianism.

posted by Mark Wilson 5:07 AM

Happy Groundhog Day Eve.

posted by Mark Wilson 4:56 AM

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