Mike Beversluis

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For your next flame on the Internet

How to disagree

Monday, April 28, 2008


Cigarettea seems, um, gross


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Whether Weather?

How Valid or T.V. Weather Forecasts?

Apparently not very. But you knew that, right? That said, I'm back out on the Olympic Peninsula, and I very much believe the 10 day forecast of rain/rain/rain/rain/rain/rain/rain/rain/rain...


Friday, April 25, 2008


International Marriage Symbol


De restoratione italiana in Rochester

A few days ago I had dinner, together with two friends, at a renowned italian restaurant in Rochester.
The restaurant owners declare to be offering something as close to southern Italian cuisine as you can get. Still, I have a fair amount of criticism.

I got a pasta dish. There are a few things which make it un-italian. First of all the pasta was a bit over-cooked. Second, it was missing salt. Third, the amount of sauce was disproportionately large with respect to the amount of pasta; it was still less with respect to one other place I have been at (I don't go much around to restaurants, this is why I recall pretty well what I eat when I go there): in that other place you had to sift the sauce in order to find the pasta, here at least I was able to easily find the pasta pieces in the sauce.

I think the explanation for this phenomenon - that italian restaurants in Rochester swamp their dishes into sauce - is that if they put a reasonable amount of sauce, then their customers would not like it as much. Because it is quite unlikely that *all* restaurant owners that come from an italian family does not know how an italian dish looks like.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Out in the sticks

Sorry for going dark, but I've been out in the sticks for work, getting my Patrick McManus on, near Lake Ozette. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it. April is not the kindest season to visit a place where 100 inches of rain per year is called a drought. And coincidentally, we got the first April snow in 30 years while we were there. Fortunately, my soggy youth in the explorer scouts had left me with the necessary accoutrement.

I recommend visiting the Pacific Coast beaches, but doing so in September would be best, as you'll miss the hoards, but still have nice weather.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In which I'm a jerk

I filed my taxes three months ago.

Instant karma's gonna get you Update: I wandered into the post-office to buy some stamps and wondered what the hell is going on. It's like a freaking My Name is Earl episode.


Sunday, April 13, 2008


For Laura, How to get rid of ants (without calling the exterminator). Rusty Shackleford could not be reached for comment.


Death comes in on little cat's feet

Andrew WK's McLaughlin Groove.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Captain Pedantry

Not really Ironic, but still funny: Oh the irony: New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” License Plates Made By Prisoners

Which made me briefly look through the list of US State Mottos in an attempt to come up with something truly ironic, and all I got was that a lot of them are strange; Or they are dumb, or they are strange and dumb:
  • Puerto Rico: "Juan es su nombre" ("John is his name")
  • Maryland: Fatti maschi, parole femmine (Manly deeds, womanly words)
  • Maine: Dirigo (Latin, I direct)

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Darwin Award Candidate

Man fatally shot when he tried to hold-up an off-duty - but still uniformed - police officer at a NE DC gas station.

DC's gun bans should, and probably will, go away.

Update: Obviously, we need a price-gun ban.

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Monday, April 07, 2008


In A Truly Absolut World There Would Be No Borders...

I like Ketel One anyway.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

[Snippets] In Bruges

In Bruges, by Martin McDonagh (UK/ Belgium 2008)

Just a small note on this movie that I didn't find, overall, exceptional and tells the story of a couple of professional killers that after making a grave mistake during one of their hits must spend some time in hiding and they do so in the tranquil city of Bruges.

I spare you a detailed description of the movie, I am interested in telling about just a detail: during the movie there is a sequence that is really beautiful cinema. The two protagonists are visiting a museum and the camera dwells on two of the paintings, slowly revealing some of the details. Thanks to Google I was able to identify one of the paintings - it is the Last Judgment Triptych by Hyeronimus Bosch (I took as a reference this painting database that seems official enough) - I don't know about the other painting. But they are both beautiful and, above all, quite terrifying.

One shows a man being flayed alive, the other (the one that I know is by Bosch) the torments of the Last Judgment seen in a sort of nightmarish way. As the camera advances and goes slowly over various details the two protagonists can read into the paintings the dark side of their life and their profession; and together with them the viewers can get some feeling about the killer's job, that is the violence, the terror, the nightmares.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

An equation for political advertising

I found on an Italian newsgroup an interesting post on electoral advertising (it is election time in Italy as well). It may not be original, but I found it interesting anyway. Here you are the translation.

[Elections] Solve them with an equation, by Maicol Gorn

Today, while I was walking around the local market looking for red cabbage, I noticed the thousand tons of paper wasted for these elections (translator's note: the upcoming Italian parliament elections). And it struck me:
Electoral expense E by each party is:
- inversely proportional to the quality Q of good ideas by the party
- inversely proportional to the opinion O that the party has about its voters (if the party could communicate its "good" ideas to an audience able to understand them, it would not have to strain everyone's patience with ads)
- directly proportional to party funds F
- directly proportional to the expectations of victory V by the party

In opportune units

E =(F*V)/ (Q*O)
It can be solved for Q as: Q = (F*V)/(E*O)
Just find the maximum for Q and you will find the best party.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

When the moon hits your eye

How powerful a laser would it take to produce a visible spot on the moon? (Answer: close to 1.21 GW. CW!) (nb, The Tick could not be reached for comment)

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