Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth


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* Ireland wants a rematch against France, but FIFA says it won’t happen. More here.

* Kurt Vonnegut’s letter home as a POW, 1944.

* The headline reads, “IBM makes supercomputer significantly smarter than cat.”

* Eric Barker calls this New York Times article on DNA testing and parental rights “thought-provoking”, and I suppose it is—but mostly I was completely aghast at the idea that a father would desert his child after a decade just because the child turned out to be “not really his,” “someone else’s kid.” Speaking off the cuff, it seems to me the best solution here would probably just be to change the law to allow children to have more than two legal parents—but regardless of the legal question there’s a clear ethical imperative to remain a parent the child you have raised and claim to love, whatever the mother might have done or said in the past. In some sense this actually seems to me to be beyond ethics, or rather before; it seems to me you’d want to stay the child’s father, that you’d be desperate to, in whatever way you could.

* Autocomplete Me is a blog devoted to revealing the weirdest gems in Google’s autocomplete feature. (Hat tip: Neil.)

* The Board of Regents for the University of California system has voted to raise tuition 32% over 2008. How the University Works declares California is burning.

* Troubled times in Casino City. Via Atrios.

* Stopping ACTA. Via Boing Boing.

* Dump Geithner: A growing consensus?

* Good and bad polling news: Even Fox News viewers overwhelmingly think the bow was appropriate (good news), but 52% of Republicans think ACORN stole 9.5 million votes in the 2008 election to put Obama in the White House (bad news). Naturally, ACORN stole NY-23 as well.

* Meanwhile, 52% of Americans are shockingly misinformed about whether an army of gorillas could beat an army of bears.

* And the news story that launched a thousand 2010 puns: there could be fishlike life on Europa. All these puns are yours, except Europa. Attempt no punning there.

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  1. All these puns are yours, except Europa. Attempt no punning there.

    I can think of no more clear, concise and eloquent example of why I read your blog daily.

    Also, I miss Haloscan.

    Bill Simmon

    November 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

  2. I refuse believe that and army of bears would not utterly destroy an army of gorillas. Assuming no tool usage. Assuming not in the jungle. Assuming a single battle.


    November 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

  3. Underestimate the gorilla’s shrewd, tactical mind at your peril.


    November 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  4. And Bill, you’re not alone in missing Haloscan, crappy as it was and is. At least now I have all my controls in one place; for instance, it’s just one click to ban td if he persists in this madness regarding bears.


    November 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

  5. A gorilla’s shrewdness will not save him when confronted by the awesome power of the bear. Gorilla strategy and group tactical maneuvering assumes a super-gorilla general with super-gorilla intelligence. It also assumes super-gorilla intelligence on the part of the gorilla troops to adhere to a gorilla game plan. This seems to be outside the bounds of assumption.

    Also: can a gorilla tear apart your car just to get peanut butter? A bear can.



    November 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

  6. Unfortunately, this is the best evidence I can find on the matter. It’s, regrettably, inconclusive:


    November 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

  7. i don’t really care about soccer and i still think that france win was bullshit


    November 21, 2009 at 1:17 am

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