Rand Simberg makes an excellent point: it’s hard to stamp “Tax Cheat” on every dollar bill with Geithner’s signature on it that you’ll see in the future if you don’t actually use dollar bills in the first place.
I mean, soda machines and strip clubs are pretty much everything that you need dollars for these days; and I don’t use either. Not that I’m especially virtuous; I’m just kind of a cheapskate.
Man, the future just sneaks up on a person, sometimes.
The Democrats are trying to pass a public lands bill here. Besides, fossil enthusiasts are too small a group to be worth any consideration past the minimum. From CQ (no link, sorry):
A public lands bill on its way to the House floor is meeting resistance from an unlikely constituency: amateur fossil hunters.
The bill (S 22), which encompasses dozens of measures to expand national park and wilderness areas, includes language that would impose criminal and civil penalties on people who take fossils from federal lands. But Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, opposes the provision so much that he is rallying opposition to the bill.
“I’m only asking that this section be stripped out,” said Culberson, who is concerned about its impact on casual collectors. Culberson himself is an amateur fossil hound who once discovered a wolf jaw from the Ice Age. “They’re going to destroy the hobby of fossil collecting,” he said.
Marvel at the day: here is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) beating President Barack Obama (D) with a club that I didn’t even know he had any more. As Allahpundit notes, there’s something weird about seeing Graham and Michelle Malkin using the same language. And me, come to think of it: the President is fear-mongering. I wonder why?
“If this is bipartisanship, count me out.” No, you haven’t entered into another dimension where Bobby Jindal has a beard: he really said that. Strange days, huh?
Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.
“Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference — a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.
“I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.”
First reported on social networking site Twitter, Facebook’s Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin blogged, “Bill Gates just released mosquitos into the audience at TED.”
I’m including that last sentence because the more I look at it, the more volumes it says about Twitter.
Anyway, no actual malaria in the mosquitoes, so I guess that Bill Gates is merely teasing us with his Mad Scientism. Or he hasn’t leveled up yet.
Tracking down the work by this one may take some doing; this particular author’s not exactly obscure as much as his popularity is cyclic. Wellman is probably best known for his John stories, which are essentially some of the best Appalachian-themed horror/fantasy short stories that you’re ever going to read. Wellman more or less breathed that region’s folklore, especially musical folklore, and it shows in his work: you can find the collection of it in John the Balladeer* ; or you can start going through the hardcover collection of his books one by one. Heck, if you’ve got the bread, pick up the whole thing; that collection’s on my list, just as soon as I get an email reply back from the Nigerian Minister of Finance.
I should also note that Wellman wrote a variety of pulp material, including quite a bit of science fiction – but, honestly? It’s the John stories that are going to be his legacy.
And there’s nothing at all wrong with that.
*The cover doesn’t do the stories justice, by the way. We’re talking magic as the people stuck in the middle of stories think of it, not magic as the people reading the stories sometimes wish it was like.