Monday, October 10, 2005

Dickie's Quickies

The Firemonger project is a CD (lite version is 20MB, full version just 40MB) that contains the latest official releases of Firefox and Thunderbird along with themes, extensions, plug-ins, and a get started guide. You can download it, burn it and share it with those you care about. It's a good idea. Don't wait until the new versions of these products are released in another month. It's worth taking the time now to ween your loved ones off of IE.

Speaking friends, with friends like these does Miers need enemies? From the NY Times:

"If great intellectual powerhouse is a qualification to be a member of the court and represent the American people and the wishes of the American people and to interpret the Constitution, then I think we have a court so skewed on the intellectual side that we may not be getting representation of America as a whole," Mr. Coats said in a CNN interview.

Mr. Specter, asked about that remark, laughed and wondered if it was "another Hruska quote" - a reference to an oft-quoted comment by the late Roman Hruska, a Republican senator from Nebraska, who defended G. Harrold Carswell, a Supreme Court nominee who was rejected by the Senate. "Even if he is mediocre," Mr. Hruska said, "there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance?"

That would be former Senator Dan Coats, who is shepherding Miers nomination through the confirmation process for the White House.

Yahoo has begun a podcasting site complete with search. It's pretty slick. I must say, I've been finding Yahoo's search engine results more relevant lately. I still go to Google, but if I cannot find what I'm looking for quickly, I've been clicking over to Yahoo and finding th results sometimes faster with it. MSN's search engine is still the worst of those three.

And, finally, in what is sure to become an urban legend, reports from England of possibly crack addicted squirrels. I'm sure the squirrels started with softer drugs like pot and alcohol and worked their way up to crack. Anyone got a picture of a squirrel crack whore? What's next? crystal addicted squirrels? Squirrels shooting heroin?

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