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Even a blogger needs to eat. This blog is primarily Charles' hobby. But if he is intent on continuing to woo the Hooter's waitresses in Chatanooga he needs something that pays.... wings don't come free you know. Here's a link to his day job where he works the education beat and, assuming he can't annoy enough people that way, is sometimes allowed to write opinion pieces.

Need perspective? Watson offers readers all they could possibly eat. For a unique view on current events, namely how they look from orbit, here's Chuck's Real-Time(ish) Satellite Imagery of Areas of Interest. Whenever it strikes his fancy, and there's good telemetry, Chuck will process and post near real-time images of locations in the news. Eminently engrossing.

Wanna get into the head of a Japanese salaryman? Why, for Chis'sakes?! Well, assumin' you do, feel welcome to check out the on-line journal of Campbell's English class. Everyday, a group of disaffected salarymen are required to spill out their inner-most thoughts about life, the universe and everything in broken English. Amazingly prosaic.

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Sunday, November 30, 2003
White Christmas? I don't know if this article is accurate, but it claims that the number of snow days during the Christmas season are on the decline in much of the United States.

posted by Charles at 1:26 PM

Friday, November 28, 2003
Our Food Doesn't Suck Anymore. Can anyone explain those Hardees "Our burgers aren't crappy anymore, honest" ads? What genius thought it would be a good idea to have a bunch of "real people" talking about how Hardees food was lousy and they never ate there until one day their car broke down or they were kidnapped and left for dead and the only fast food joint around was Hardees, so they broke down, and what do you know those new brugers are pretty good, not like the old burgers they used to serve.

Those, apparently few, people who actually liked Hardees are just slapped in the face by the ads. Suckers. You thought that crap was good. And the people who don't like Hardees? I'm not sure that telling them they were right and that the food was crap is going yo entice them to eat at Hardees.

posted by Charles at 10:02 PM

Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Joel Siegel liked it. Here's a round up of critical reaction to "The Cat and the Hat" via Gawker.Com. I've heard that one local theater was swamped with people demanding their money back on opening weekend.

"Like being run over by a garbage truck that backs up and dumps its load on top of you." -- David Edelstein, SLATE

"If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more." -- Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE

"Crass and vulgar almost beyond belief." -- Charles Taylor, SALON.COM

"A vulgar, uninspired lump of poisoned eye candy." -- A. O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

"Comes scarily close to being the most unendurable Hollywood creation of the last dozen years." -- Michael Atkinson, VILLAGE VOICE

"Makes the Matrix sequels look like works of genius." -- Michael Sragow, BALTIMORE SUN

"They may as well have skipped the hassle of securing licensing rights and simply called this mess Mike Myers: Asshole in Fur." -- Gregory Weinkauf, DALLAS OBSERVER

posted by Charles at 9:51 PM

Saturday, November 22, 2003
Traditional Marriage. I've just started reading William Manchester's "A World Lit Only By Fire."

In one passage, he writes about how the institution of arranged marriages began to break down in the 1500s across most of Europe, and how social conservatives were dismayed. Even Rabelais was shocked that young people might choose their own mates.

Martin Luther was outraged when the son of friend decided to get married without even seeking his parents' approval of his bride:

The next Sunday I preached a strong sermon, telling men to follow the common road and manner which has been since the beginning of the world...namely, that parents should give their children to each other with prudence and good will, without their own preliminary arrangement.

posted by Charles at 7:58 PM

Friday, November 21, 2003
For Whatever It's Worth. The folks over at NRO's The Corner are arguing about what F.A. Hayek would say about gay marriage.

Personally, I've always felt the only way to answer such a question is to ask the person himself. Impossible since Hayek has been dead for sveral years.

I'm more of a Misesian myself, but I wouldn't dare to speak for the man. But this passage from "Socialism" is interesting:

Thus marriage, as we know it, has come into existence entirely as a result of the contractual idea penetrating into this sphere of life. All our cherished ideals of marriage have grown out of this idea. That marriage unites one man and one woman, that it can be entered into only with the free will of both parties, that it imposes a duty of mutual fidelity, that a man's violations of the marriage vows are to be judged no differently from a woman's, that the rights of husband and wife are essentially the same—these principles develop from the contractual attitude to the problem of marital life. No people can boast that their ancestors thought of marriage as we think of it today. Science cannot judge whether morals were once more severe than they are now. We can establish only that our views of what marriage should be are different from the views of past generations and that their ideal of marriage seems immoral in our eyes.

When panegyrists of the good old morality execrate the institution of divorce and separation they are probably right in asserting that no such things existed formerly. The right to cast off his wife which man once possessed in no way resembles the modern law of divorce. Nothing illustrates more clearly the great change of attitude than the contrast between these two institutions. And when the Church takes the lead in the struggle against divorce, it is well to remember that the existence of the modern marriage ideal of monogamy—of husband and wife with equal rights—in the defence of which the Church wishes to intervene, is the result of capitalist, and not ecclesiastical, development.

posted by Charles at 10:38 AM

Monday, November 17, 2003
I'm So Relieved. At Ron's suggestion, I installed AdAware on my computer. A scan found that the only spyware on my computer comes from Mircosoft.

posted by Charles at 9:45 PM

Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Also Austrian. There's some interesting discussion of the Austrian test at Reason's Hit & Run, at Catallarchy and at No Treason.

posted by Charles at 11:43 PM

Saturday, November 08, 2003
An Old Favorite. I'm surprised no one else used this line, but Ron pointed out to me that David Letterman's 9 lb. 11 oz. baby could aptly be described as the zise of a canned ham.

Speaking of Ron, he tells me he has juts finished building a local access network within his apartment, so his laptop can now talk to his PC, which is probably no more than 20 feet away.

posted by Charles at 2:08 PM

Friday, November 07, 2003
This Guy Scares Me. Apart from every other creepy thing about this man, anyone who had anything to do with the Waco fiasco should be denied any position of authority forever.

posted by Charles at 11:16 PM

How Austrian Are You? I'm 88% Austrian, with 19 Austrian answers and 6 Chicago answers on this quiz.

Actually, it should be how Rothbardian are you? Mises, Hayek, Kirzner and many other Austrians would have failed to get 100% if they took this quiz.

posted by Charles at 7:26 PM

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
No Cheers For Irving. My low opinion of the Kristol family just fell.

posted by Charles at 11:21 PM

More CMTs. By my clock, they actually ended four minutes early. Let's get Vince Gill to host every awards show.

I am embarrassed to say I'm so alienated from mainstream Country that I've never even heard of buddy Jewell before. I wasn't impressed by either his talent or the song he sang. But if Richard Boone and Hank Thompson could have had a son, he would look just like Buddy.

Thank God for Hank Williams Jr. His irreverance was the only thing that saved that "tribute" to Johnny Cash, though I must admit that Kris Kristofferson sounded better than I've heard him in a long time, though he still sounded like Kris Kristofferson.

posted by Charles at 11:09 PM

A Real Ving Rhames Moment. Rascal Flatts just won some award on the Country Music Awards, and they dragged a very embarrassed looking Randy Owen and what appeared to be Tony Geary (but must be another memeber of Alabama) up on stage with them because Alabama were such an influence on them.

posted by Charles at 10:27 PM

Saturday, November 01, 2003
The Globe. Well, the name and face of Kobe Bryant's accuser have finally left the Internet and been printed in something approaching the mainstream media. The Globe has an unflattering (in several senses) photo of her on its cover.

When I first heard her name several weeks ago, I assumed it was a joke because it, or more correctly her nickname, sounds a lot like an old carny term. But it turns out it apparently is her real name.

posted by Charles at 8:16 PM

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