Kevin's Umteenth Blog

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Spring 2014 on Flickr.

Spring 2014 on Flickr.

Kevin’s Umteenth Blog turned 3 today!

Kevin’s Umteenth Blog turned 3 today!

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Some pics from yesterday

futurejournalismproject:

Giant Dragon Skull on Charmouth Beach, Dorset, UK

As if “Game of Thrones” wasn’t at the top of their game already, the geniuses as blinkbox just installed this massive dragon skull replica in the UK to promote the third season becoming available on their website. According the blinkbox, the project took 2 months to complete, and measures 40 feet long and stands over 9 feet high. 

Images: Top- Imgur, Bottom- blinkbox

Mar 3
motherjones:

MAPS: Did Your Congressmember Vote Against The Violence Against Women Act? (List continues here.) 

motherjones:

MAPS: Did Your Congressmember Vote Against The Violence Against Women Act? (List continues here.) 

My dog's blog

A couple of pictures from Asakusa.  These were taken a couple of years ago.

Jan 5
Stumbled upon this.

Stumbled upon this.

Jan 3

One of the greatest impediments to actually solving the riddle of guns in our society is the pious concern that many people have about the intent of the Second Amendment. It should hardly need to be said that despite its brilliance and utility, the Constitution of the United States was written by men who could not possibly have foreseen every change that would occur in American society in the ensuing centuries. Even if the Second Amendment guaranteed everyone the right to possess whatever weapon he or she desired (it doesn’t), we have since invented weapons that no civilian should be allowed to own. In fact, it can be easily argued that original intent of the Second Amendment had nothing to do with the right of self-defense—which remains the ethical case to be made for owning a firearm. The amendment seems to have been written to allow the states to check the power of the federal government by maintaining their militias. Given the changes that have occurred in our military, and even in our politics, the idea that a few pistols and an AR 15 in every home constitutes a necessary bulwark against totalitarianism is fairly ridiculous. If you believe that the armed forces of the United States might one day come for you—and you think your cache of small arms will suffice to defend you if they do—I’ve got a black helicopter to sell you.

- The Riddle of the Gun : Sam Harris (via apoplecticskeptic)

Happy New Years 2013!

Happy New Year!

I’m sitting on the outskirts of Tokyo on New Years Day. We just ate the traditional Japanese breakfast and have settled into our annual tradition of sitting around watching TV and generally just lounging around. This is because Japanese traditionally don’t like to take chances on anything bad happening on this day. The superstition is that if something unlucky happens on Jan 1 it will be a bad luck year. Most years I can just settling in a corner and read. I get a lot of reading done over here. This year however we introduced my in-laws to the concept of WIFI. A couple of years ago we got them a laptop and connected them to the internet via their cable service. That was good…but now I can keep in pretty good touch with the world, post pictures to Facebook and Tumblr in real time, and generally just goof off like I would at home in the US.
The picture above is the traditional Japanese breakfast I was talking about.
In the meantime I’m just sitting here listening to old Fountains of Wayne and blogging. It’s a new era for sure!