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Archive for November, 2007

How to Buy Liquor on a Sunday in Denver

From the Denver Post:

A little-known law allows each grocery chain to apply for a license to sell full-strength beer, wine and hard liquor in just one of its Colorado stores. A handful of chains have gone that route, including Safeway, which recently opened a Littleton store where shoppers can pick up a bottle of vodka with their loaf of bread.

I don’t want to imply that I’m so desperate for the booze that the Colorado blue law baning Sunday liquor sales is a major thorn in my side, but there have certainly been times that it has been a major hassle–hassle enough that I might would have trekked to Littleton to pick up a bottle.

The Post article reports that the legislature is once again going to try to repeal our antiquated blue laws. They didn’t have any luck beating the liquor store lobby in 2005, the last time they attempted to alter the status quo. The article doesn’t mention anything that would suggest the outcome will be any different this time around.

On last check, the online version of the article has 85 comments.

Mitigation vs. adaptation

Responding to climate change involves an iterative risk management process that includes both adaptation and mitigation and takes into account climate change damages, co-benefits, sustainability, equity, and attitudes to risk.

From the November 2007 Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report

To offer a pretty huge simplification, the popular argument about climate change has been, until recently, about whether anthropogenic climate change is truth or fiction.

Now that we’ve all (the mainstream, at least) come around to the inconvenient truth of the matter and the skeptics have scurried for cover (I realize it could be a tactical retreat), there’s a polarization vacuum. I don’t expect there to be a vacuum for long. People need to take sides. Since the denial iceberg has melted, I suspect people are looking for another floe to jump on.

I predict the new debate will pit those who would seek primarily to mitigate the effects of climate change against those who would seek primarily to adapt to the effects of climate change. While both will no doubt be necessary, as the latest and final installment of the IPCC’s report makes clear, I suspect that there will be partisans for one approach over the other. And look for the people who once denied climate change to make the leap to the Let’s Just Adapt argument.

To simplify even further and venture another guess, I bet that wealthier countries will prefer the adaptation model to the mitigation one, because while mitigation involves putting the breaks on certain behavior (never popular in a capitalist society), adaptation trends toward growth and new development (always popular).

Enough!

Here ends Three Roads theme tinkering! (For now.)

Combine a million Wordpress template options, a slight knowledge of Photoshop and a willingness to tinker with stylesheets, and you’ve got ripe conditions for never-ending modifications. But at some point you just have to settle for a design and let it be.

I think–I hope–I’ve found one that I can live with. (K2 theme with a custom header image, if you care–which is unlikely.)

Anyway, if you found visiting Three Roads a jarring, discordant experience, I’m sorry. Things should be pretty stable from here on out.

Spiders on drugs

Check out this fascinating study on the effects of certain drugs on spiders.

Slow Man

On the nightstand: Slow Man, by J.M Coetzee. 2005.

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Chuck Norris Approved

A new (and quite funny) ad for GOP primary candidate Mike Huckabee features none other than Chuck Norris. (Huckabee: “When Chuck Norris does a push up, he’s not lifting himself up—he’s pushing the earth down.”)

The spot leads me to wonder: Is this the start of a new era of action-figure endorsements? If so, I predict the following declarations of support:

Keanu Reeves avows that John Edwards is “The One.”
Tom Cruise jumps around violently for Mitt Romney.
Toby Maguire (Spiderman) senses Dennis Kucinich’s potential.
Steven Seagal says Rudy Giuliani will issue a series of quick jabs and chops, leaving the competition in a heap.
Linda Hamilton (Terminator I) says Hillary is made of liquid metal and cannot be defeated.
Clint Eastwood sees a little Dirty Harry in John McCain.
Mel Gibson says he’s casting Tom Tancredo for his next movie, “The Passion of the Xenophobe.”

‘Tis the Season for Manhattans!

If you have not had the pleasure of drinking a Manahattan, now, as cold weather sets in, is the time to indulge. This whiskey drink will warm your core.Manahattan photo from Flickr

Here are the ingredients:

2 shots bourbon
1 shot sweet vermouth
1 dash of Angostora bitters
1 marachino cherry

Mix with ice, strain into glass.

And feel free to deviate from the proportions listed here. Provided it tastes good to you and includes all of the above ingredients, there’s no wrong way to mix a Manhattan.

Caution: this drink is quite strong. Unless you imbibe frequently and/or have a hefty avoirdupois, limit to two if you plan on operating heavy machinery (a car, for example) afterward.

And be sure to ask for it “up” when ordering at a bar.

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