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  • Oh, now this is truly horrible
    06/29/2005 1:38PM
    As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

    there is a shortage of single-malt scotch

    That's almost like saying that coffee is going extinct ....
  • MOBIE installed.
    06/28/2005 6:16PM
    I've packaged up and installed the latest release of MOBIE on YML.COM. For more information see the MOBIE website.

    The "Remember my Login" checkbox should now work. Please let me know if you notice any problems on the site.
  • Why isn't this being done in the USA?
    06/28/2005 1:44PM
    According to allheadlinenews.com:

    France Wins Bid to Build Test Nuclear Fusion Plant

    June 28, 2005 12:46 p.m. EST

    Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Contributor

    Moscow, Russia (AHN) - France will get to host the construction of an international project to build a $12 billion nuclear fusion reactor.

    You can read the full article here.

  • Why you always do a sniff test
    06/23/2005 2:18PM
    On a gasoline powered boat, when fueling you must ALWAYS check the bilge for the smell of gasoline before starting your boat. If you encounter a strong smell of gasoline DO NOT START IT. Find the source of the gas smell and take care of it.
    This is why.
    I've had it happen once on a newly purchased used boat that had a loose fuel level sender ... gasoline started spilling out of the top and a large quantity got down into the bilge. It took over an hour to clean up and air out before we felt comfortable enough to fire up the blowers let alone the engines.

  • Property Seizure in America
    06/23/2005 12:21PM
    From the "this is America??!" department:

    "A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights."

    Full article can be read at the Washington Post.

    It's not clear from the ruling how one would determine if an area is "depressed". Would College Park be able to say my neighborhood is "depressed" because house values are only around $300K (well under most Washington DC neighborhoods)? Could they say a neighborhood of $750K houses constitutes a public good?

    Another version is available from Reuters.