my apartment building

What’s that to the right? My apartment building, as seen in the database of GPS images at GlobeXplorer. (I’m slightly suspicious, though, since the picture shows a clot of taxis at the corner outside my building, yet there is never one there when I want one.) The scariest thing, though, is that there are higher-resolution versions of these photos; I wonder if that’s me lying up on the roof…

Wow. An FBI agent who was accused of killing two men while driving drunk got the court’s OK to recreate the “metabolic experience” he had the night of the incident — he drank two 60-ounce pitchers and a pint of beer, two Diet Cokes, 10 chicken wings, a hamburger, a baked potato, and some fried jalapeno poppers, and had a doctor and nurse measuring blood alcohol levels throughout the whole thing.

Thanks, Zannah, for passing on the link to Lost in Translation.

Congrats Steve and Lyn! Not knowing that the two of you were even involved, it’s sheer coincidence that the links to y’all’s weblogs are even near each other in my bookmark list; maybe sharing a line would be more appropriate. Or maybe I should wait for the wedding…

It’s official — Mattel can’t stop any of us from posing Barbie dolls in pornographic positions and taking pictures of them for art’s sake.

Last night, I stumbled upon Joe Conason’s review of the pardons that Dubya’s dad granted at the end of his Presidency, and realized just how myopic and narrowminded the press can be when it wants to. I also realized how obvious it now is that the general press doesn’t have a liberal bias, a conservative bias, or any bias other than that which makes it sensationalize for the sake of capturing eyeballs.

Luckily for all of us, Dahlia Lithwick was present and accounted for in the D.C. Court of Appeals over the past two days, while U.S. vs. Microsoft was being argued. Her dispatch from yesterday stresses the many ironies (both real and imagined) in the appeal; today’s dispatch gives a great recap of the Appeals Court’s raw disgust of Judge Jackson’s behavior in the case.

Neato — someone’s released a Windows 2000 driver for the CueCat barcode reader. It sits on top of your keyboard’s stack and captures scans made by the device, and instead of sending the data to Digital Convergence, it just acts like you typed in the barcode. Useful.