Another Major Drug War “Win”

Check out the following line from an AP article about the drug war in Mexico: Vicente Fox, started out with enthusiastic U.S. applause for his own fight against drug trafficking. U.S. officials called the arrest of drug bosses early in his six-year term unprecedented, while Fox boasted that his administration had destroyed 43,900 acres of…

Techno U

I notice on the Registrar’s site that grades have to be submitted electronically at IU. Yet another example of just how technohip IU is, right?Well, yeah, but then check out this stunning counterexample I encountered today. I went to the Math and Computer Science library to pick up a book on Databases along with another…

TOWM Political Quote of the Day

TOWM’s political quote of the day comes from Stephane Dion who, announcing that former leadership rival Michael Ignatieff will be deputy leader of the Liberal Party, says: We will have a dream team to put in front of a Canadians, and it’s my dream to have Michael Ignatieff as close as possible to me. Your…

Maximal Assumptions, Minimal Output

One of the books I need to read eventually is Noam Chomsky’s The Minimalist Program. I dipped into it a bit today, and it started annoying me already in the introduction.Here’re the lines in question: This work is motivated by two related questions: (1) what are the general conditions that the human language faculty should…

What American TV Needs

Noah posts some interesting comments in the entry on Lost. Basically, the idea is that word on the nets is that I shouldn’t waste my time with Lost because it, like most “plot-arc” series on American TV, ends up suffering from what I like to call X-Files syndrome. What I mean by that: X-Files was…

Caveat Emptor Continues to Rock

One of the cool things about Bloomington is that it has the prototype used bookstore. Anyone who lives here will not need to be told I’m talking about Caveat Emptor.Could there be a bookstore anywhere that fits more stereotypes? Caveat Emptor is on the square in one of those high-ceiling old shops. You know, the…

Dirtywork

I guess I should have known better. A couple of days ago I posted some thoughts to the effect that the professional Pinochet-hating crowd had lost a lot of momentum. But then I stumbled across this AP article by Bill Cormier, and now I know that there are still some of them lurking in the…

Don’t Let the Door Hitcha…

This morning I opened Camino rather than the usual Opera browser (because I wanted to check my grades, and Opera doesn’t work with all the features on Onestart). When I went to check my blog for comments, I typed in about as far as theonlywinningmove and hit enter, because that’s all I need do in…

Back in Action

Knuth’s Masterwork is now officially revived – with more realistic goals this time. Obviously I didn’t meet any of the goals I set myself when I started it a month and a half ago, so I’m giving it a second shot. Nothing of substance posted yet – and probably nothing will be posted tomorrow, either.…