Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

trains everywhere

Posted on | March 19, 2010 | No Comments

There’s plenty in the way of this happening, but at least they’re thinking big. The United States used to not be afraid of grand national projects. Let’s hope we rediscover our courage to try.

London to Beijing in two days on new high-speed rail network
Passengers will be able to travel by train from King’s Cross to Beijing in just two days on trains that travel almost as fast as aeroplanes under ambitious new plans from the Chinese. The network would eventually carry passengers from London to Beijing and then to Singapore. It would also run to India and Pakistan, according to Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a senior consultant on China’s domestic high-speed rail project.

There goes the neighborhood!

Posted on | March 18, 2010 | No Comments

Scientists supersize quantum mechanics : Nature News
A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving.

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XVII

Posted on | March 16, 2010 | No Comments

judge v. mob

Posted on | March 9, 2010 | No Comments

This is why electing judges is a terrible idea. I don’t know the details about this case, but I’m absolutely sure that justice is not well served by a 200 word blog post rousing a bunch of people with similar lack of knowledge to make angry phone calls.

bureaucracy has ruined revolution

Posted on | March 3, 2010 | No Comments

Fee to Overthrow the Government: Five Dollars
South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Overthrow 1951 Law Requiring “Subversive Agents” to Register With Government

Download the form here.

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XVI

Posted on | March 2, 2010 | No Comments

how to grow a beard at Brigham Young University (if approved)

Posted on | February 26, 2010 | No Comments

A student who wishes to obtain a beard exception must visit a BYU Student Health Center doctor by appointment (422.5156). The doctor will fax his recommendation. The student then needs to come to the Honor Code Office to fill out some paperwork and receive the letter allowing the growth of the beard. …

Read this.

Posted on | February 24, 2010 | No Comments

It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television’s most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.

We should stop making pennies and while we’re at it stop making dollars so people will actually use dollar coins. Also bring back the Sacagaweas, those were the best ones.

Posted on | February 20, 2010 | No Comments

Pennies, now with Captain America shields for some reason, still totally useless.

Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose.

Posted on | February 20, 2010 | No Comments

are these things related?

Posted on | February 16, 2010 | No Comments

latest in human/computer collaborations

Posted on | February 12, 2010 | No Comments

Some of these are pretty good. I especially like “Whatever This Is” and “International Synergy.”

I think I’ve noticed something about these Google Voice transcriptions:  I see an authorial sensibility taking form, like a face emerging from a cloud bank. These transcriptions can be read as poetry.

great moments in civic responsibility

Posted on | February 11, 2010 | No Comments

11 voters pass Crutcho’s $1M school bond | NewsOK.com
CRUTCHO — With less than a dozen votes, the Crutcho School District has passed a $1 million bond issue. On Tuesday, 11 people voted yes on a proposal that school officials said will pay for new rest-rooms, updated plumbing and roof repairs. Three people voted against the proposal.

not a boogeyman

Posted on | February 11, 2010 | No Comments

We like to imagine “sex offenders” as irredeemable monsters, but situations like this are far more common than what you see on Law & Order: SVU.

As a teenager, Ricky Blackman carried an Oklahoma driver’s license with the words “sex offender” stamped in red below his picture. His crime? Having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 16. The offense occurred when he lived in Iowa, and the label followed him to Oklahoma.

the man who never was

Posted on | February 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

Early morning on the 1st of May 1943, a Spanish fisherman discovered a corpse clothed in British military attire which had washed ashore. Apparently a casualty of an airplane accident at sea, he had a briefcase chained to him. …

Will this be Oklahoma soon?

Posted on | February 5, 2010 | No Comments

The end result of anti-government, anti-tax mania:

This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet … The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks … The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

the marriage cure

Posted on | February 2, 2010 | No Comments

The article is from 2003, but I would bet not much has changed. The stories of discrimination by OKC bus drivers are especially disturbing.

The Marriage Cure | NewAmerica.net

One July morning last year in Oklahoma City, in a public-housing project named Sooner Haven, twenty-two-year-old Kim Henderson pulled a pair of low-rider jeans over a high-rising gold lamé thong and declared herself ready for church. …

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XV

Posted on | February 1, 2010 | No Comments

failure and success, empathy and imagination

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

policy ideas for the tea party crowd

Posted on | January 28, 2010 | No Comments

Considering that I’d support almost all of these ideas (not so sure about the education stuff), it seems unlikely that tea partiers would buy them. But it would be nice to have some populist fervor in support of actually reforming the system, instead of just pissing off liberals and discriminating against Hispanics.

The “tea party” crowd can be a force in Oklahoma politics. To do so, they need to do more than protest the status quo, which inexplicably emerged before their eyes this past May after eight years in the driver’s seat of the Bush administration. …

the chess master and the computer

Posted on | January 27, 2010 | No Comments

Really interesting article that goes beyond the familiar storyline of man vs. machine. We can build computers with ever greater processing power, but we are just scratching the surface at understanding how humans and computers can collaborate using different but complementary ways of thinking.

An article by Garry Kasparov from The New York Review of Books, February 11, 2010
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