October 22nd, 2006


Maybe it's a gene thing?

Apparently a research team has come up with a link between genetic damage and autism. This might explain why autistic kids are more common in some marriages than others, and why autistic behavior is linked to allergic reactions (there are some folks who think that autism is in fact an allergic reaction to various triggers) and digestive disorders. It would be interesting to see if they can find a link between Asperger's syndrome and an increased frequency of things like celiac, lactose intolerance, etc. (Kate)

No struggle, no progress

I guess this gets filed under "Cats and dogs lying down peacefully together": there's going to be a joint missile defense exercise involving NATO and Russian forces going on right now, ending on the 25th. It's theater defense stuff, not the strategic defense stuff I studied back in college, which means everybody's thinking about the mullahs and the Norks and their homemade IRBMs. (Austin Bay)

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Kinda looks like our dawgs want the SM-3.
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wombat_socho's Halloween party:

433 gets drunk, strips naked, and somehow emerges dressed as a 1980's yuppie child.
acdragonmaster dressed as a devil.
animeamiee dressed as a second baseman for the Dodgers.
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"...I will never give your blubbery ass a 99 in anything."

Juan Turlington of the Phat Phree brings the smackdown on behalf of maligned Redskins lineman Ethan Albright.
You know, I don't give a flying fart about football games, much less the ones played on computers or consoles, but this sustained beatdown of EA's player ratings in Madden 2007 is one for the books. Funniest thing I've seen on the net in two days. Via Colby Cosh, who cares about football so I don't have to.

Time to pry myself away from the kibo and go do laundry...

21 books, part III: Three books about Vietnam

These three books all came out during or shortly after the Vietnam War. They were all written by veterans, one Marine and two Army. Two of them are fiction, one of them is not. I read quite a few books about the Vietnam War in my teenage years, but these (and one other, which I'll get to later) were the ones that stood out. I think you'll see why as we go through them.

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