Posts from ‘October, 2008’

How long can one shift the blame?

Yet another melamine story. Poison food ingredients have been coming out of China for so long now, and it has been so well documented, that at some point we have to lay as much blame on the people who buy this crap as we do on the people who sell it. And in this case, […]

Take 3 pictures, get 300NT

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Granted, when I see a motorcycle spewing the crud of 10 vehicles into the air, I wish somebody would do something, but I’m not sure I want to see everybody given the role of law enforcer. […]

Language mysteries and

I was listening to an interview with Roy Blount regarding his new book, Alphabet Juice, and his interest in and knowledge of etymology. If you ever listen to the NPR program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, you’ll recognize Blount’s voice. In spite of the serious sounding nature of the word etymology, Blount makes it fun, […]

What, you’re just finding out how heavy handed Microsoft can be?

This article is loaded with potential. Personally, I have no sympathy for any of the negatively affected stakeholders in this story. I gave up on Microsoft years ago when they forced me to pay for an international phone call to activate legal software that I had paid handsomely for (Taiwan had no toll free Microsoft […]

Safety net?

Somehow the plan to build a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge does not make sense to me. Granted, suicide is tragic from any angle. But lots of things in life are tragic, and it appears that “The California panel that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge”, whoever they are, have decided that it is […]

New standards?

The following article seems to say that the new Chinese standard for melamine allows for 2.5 ppm in liquid milk. In other words, they’re saying it’s OK for producers to add melamine to milk, as long as they keep the volume within 2.5 ppm. An English usage question is, assuming we knew what the old […]