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Three Roads Blog http://threeroadsblog.com Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:58:30 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7 en hourly 1 Three Roads: 2007-2008 http://threeroadsblog.com/three-roads-2007-2008/ http://threeroadsblog.com/three-roads-2007-2008/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:58:30 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=450 This blog is deceased. It is no more. It is an ex-blog.

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Carbon copies http://threeroadsblog.com/carbon-copies/ http://threeroadsblog.com/carbon-copies/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:09:45 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=419 A box of pencils. The carbon in each is from the cremated remains of a person—whose name is inscribed on the pencil. The pencil sharpener is in the box, which accumulates the shavings (cremains). I think it’s pretty neat.

From designer/artist Nadine Jarvis

Via Signal vs. Noise

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“Racial conservatism” http://threeroadsblog.com/racial-conservatism/ http://threeroadsblog.com/racial-conservatism/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2008 22:35:01 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=413 From the NY Times:

In Arkansas, which had among the nation’s largest concentration of counties increasing their support for the Republican candidate over the 2004 vote, “there’s a clear indication that racial conservatism was a component of that shift away from the Democrat,” said Jay Barth, a political scientist in the state. [Emphasis added]

“Racial conservatism” is a new one. How about just racism? Pretty ridiculous. George Orwell is rolling in his grave.

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It’s the cool nonchalance http://threeroadsblog.com/its-the-cool-nonchalance/ http://threeroadsblog.com/its-the-cool-nonchalance/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2008 21:50:10 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=410 And the sweet soundtrack. Unbelievable Can Throwing Skills.

My favorite comes at 0:59.

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Awesome http://threeroadsblog.com/awesome/ http://threeroadsblog.com/awesome/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2008 22:06:17 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=401 The New Yorker celebrates two remarkable politicians from Illinois:

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Confession http://threeroadsblog.com/confession/ http://threeroadsblog.com/confession/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2008 22:13:53 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=384 It pains me to say it, but until I Googled ‘Canada’ this morning, I had no idea who the leader of that country was.

That’s messed up. For a well-educated white person who often makes idle threats to move there, it’s pretty sad that I don’t know who leads the country to our north. I feel even worse when I consider the fact that the entire world knows our president’s name and followed the election of Barack Obama with perhaps more fervency than the average American.

So Canada. Do you know?

Well, it’s Stephen Harper, and he’s been prime minister since 2006. Before Harper was a guy named Paul Martin. Before that, someone I actually remember—Jean Chretien. (Who was famously dubbed Jean “Poutine” by our president, who may know even less about Canada than I. Poutine, by the way, is Canada’s gift to the culinary arts: french fries with cheese curds and gravy. Mmmm.)

Anyway, the experience of not knowing Canada’s prime minister prompted me to compile a list of Countries Whose Leaders’ Names We Americans Really Ought to Know.

Mind you, many of these names I already knew—I’m not a complete ignoramus. But I thought I’d compile a handy cheat sheet for those who may blank on a name as I did.

Countries Whose Leaders’ Names We Americans Really Ought to Know
(As of November 2008)

IMPORTANT STRATEGIC ALLIES

Pakistan
- President Asif Ali Zardari*
- Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani

Israel
- President Shimon Peres
- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert*

Germany
- Chancellor Angela Merkel

France
- President Nicolas Sarkozy

United Kingdom
- Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Japan
- Prime Minister Taro Aso

India
- President Pratibha Patil
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

COUNTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE
(How’s that for a euphemism?)

Iraq
- President Jalal Talabani
- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki*

Afghanistan
- President Hamid Karzai

NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES

Mexico
- President Felipe Calderón

Canada
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper

COMPETITORS FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOMINANCE

China
- President Hu Jintao*
- Premier Wen Jiabao

COUNTRIES THAT DON’T LIKE US SO MUCH

Venezuela
- President Hugo Chávez Frías

Iran
- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei*
- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Cuba
- President Raúl Castro

North Korea
- Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il

Russia
- President Dmitry Medvedev
- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin*

COUNTRIES WHOSE GENERAL POPULATION HATES THE U.S.
DESPITE THE FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND OURS

Saudi Arabia
- King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz
- Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz

Pakistan
Iraq

COUNTRIES WHOSE GENERAL POPULATION MIGHT LIKE US
IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEIR ANTI-U.S. LEADERSHIP

Cuba
Venezuela
Iran
North Korea

* Wields most power

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Silk boxer shorts, spray tanners and 13 suitcases http://threeroadsblog.com/silk-boxer-shorts-spray-tanners-and-13-suitcases/ http://threeroadsblog.com/silk-boxer-shorts-spray-tanners-and-13-suitcases/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2008 20:56:49 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=392 I realize it’s time to just let Sarah and Joe (the Plummer) fade into trivia questions, but this is pretty incredible. I don’t know how Palin comes back in 2012.

$40,000 for Todd Palin. That’s in addition to the 150k already reported.

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Blogging ’bout the weather http://threeroadsblog.com/blogging-bout-the-weather/ http://threeroadsblog.com/blogging-bout-the-weather/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2008 20:32:02 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=389

B/c I don’t have much else to say.

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Concentration http://threeroadsblog.com/concentration/ http://threeroadsblog.com/concentration/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2008 21:36:24 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=374

Jason Kottke makes an apt comparison: the laser-like concentration of Barack Obama and that of Roger Federer. Both are sort of inscrutable too. And awesome.

]]> http://threeroadsblog.com/concentration/feed/ No thanks but good luck with that http://threeroadsblog.com/no-thanks-but-good-luck-with-that/ http://threeroadsblog.com/no-thanks-but-good-luck-with-that/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2008 16:33:40 +0000 Jeb http://threeroadsblog.com/?p=372 Here are two words that come together in an unpleasant way to describe a food that I want nothing to do with:

Butter braid

Anyone else experience queasiness at this phrase? What about it is so awful? I mean, I like pastries as much as the next blogger, but for some reason, butter braid threatens to let loose the contents of my stomach.

While I really hope your child raises enough money to go on his soccer trip, I will not be buying anything called a “butter braid.”

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