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...a Freedomfries er fyrir langalngu flutt yfir Eyjuna. En ar sem margir moggablogginu krefjast ess a maur urfi a vera skrur notandi og skrifi komment "undir nafni" birtast vi og vi komment fr mr undir essu nafni, og ar sem flk smellir oft tengilinn sem fylgir kommentum, finnst mr rtt a benda eim sem lenda einhverra vegna essari su a nverandi bloggheimili mitt er:

Og efni bloggsins hi sama og ur: Ekkert nema bandarsk stjrnml!

Barack Obama involveraur vndisskandlum repblkana...?

Minni a Freedomfries er flutt Eyjuna - annig a ef lesendur eru enn a villast hinga inn leit a vangaveltum um siferisbresti og bjnaskap (svo er essi lka frbr)bandariskra pltkusa vil g enn og aftur minna a etta er alltasama hr! ...semsagt, me v a smella "hr" opnast nr gluggi me njum heimkynnum Freedomfries. Eins og galdrar ekki satt?! Svona er n veraldarvefstknin ll mgnu ;)

Af nlegum frslum mnum ar m nefna "hookergate" sem hefur snara David Vitter, ldungadeildaringmann repblkana fr Louisiana, og orrma um a Vitter s haldinn bleyjufetisma - smuleiis undarlegar getgtur (aallega mnar...) um a Barack Obama s bendlaur vi sama skandal.(Hooker-gate, .e., ekki Diaper-gate...)

Reyndar skrifa g lka stundum um alvarlegri ml... en ar sem g afmli dag finnst mr a g eigi ekki a urfa a vera a brjta heilann um leiinlega hluti eins og rak, fjrlg ea eitthva aan af urrara.

Freedomfries flytur...

Hi endanlega kattablogg er bi a leggja undir sig ll helvtis veraldarrrin!Glggir lesendur hafa byggilega teki eftir v a g er binn a flytja mig um set yfir A vsu hef g enn um sinn tvpsta flestum, ekki alveg llum, frslum sem g skrifa. g er ekki alveg binn a kvea hva g geri vi etta blogg hr. Kannski g breyti v klassskt kattablogg? A vsu g enga ketti, svo kattablogg eftir mig yri sennilega frekar spennadi.En g tla ekki a drepa etta blogg br.Flestar eldri frslur mnar eru enn hrna, veinhverra hluta vegna fluttistekki nema rtt rijungurinn af eim me mr yfir Eyjuna. Svo veit g ekki alveg hvort allir lesendur mnir hafi flust me - svo mr fannst g urfa a setja mia hurina hr: "Fluttur"

g hvet alla lesendur freedomfries til a halda fram a lesa mig nu heimkynnunum. a eru lka arir bloggarar ar sem eru ess viri a lesa. g mli srstaklega me nlegri frslu Andrsar Magnssonar um hryjuverkagnina og vangaveltum ssurar um olu og ofstjrn. Svo skrifar Ptur Gunnarsson brgar frttir aalsunni! Mogginn og moggabloggi eru lka gt, og eru ekki a fara neitt, en vi hfum ll gott af sm tilbreytingu og fjlbreytileika!

Bestu kvejur! Magns


Carl Linnaeus 300 ra

Linnaeus sem ungur maur dag eru 300 r san Carl Linnaeus fddist Svj. a ekki kannski ekki allir til Linnaeus finnst mr samt vi hfi a minnast hans, v Linnaeus fann upp a flokkunarkerfi sem vi notum enn ann dag dag til ess a flokka allar lfverur. Kerfi setti Linnaeus fyrst fram smriti, 14 blasna lngu, sem bar titilinn Systema Naturae. Hann var aeins 28 ra a aldri.

Afrek Linnaeus er ekki lti, v hann bj til lgskt kerfi til ess a flokka alla nttruna samrmdan og kerfisbundinn mta. egar allt kemur til alls er etta nefnilega grundvallarhugmynd alls vsinda og frastarfs: A skilja verldina kringum okkur, gefa hlutum nfn og skilgreina samband eirra vi hvorn annan. Og fyrsta skrefi ekkingarleit er alltaf flokkun: Hva er eins og hva anna? Og hvaa einkenni rttlta a flokka fyrirbri saman? Gildir einu hvort a eru skordr ea skjl.

Dr Matthew Cobb skrifar skemmtilega grein um Linnaeus LA Times morgun:

Linnaeus proposed a hierarchical scheme in which each organism could be described in terms of its kingdom, class, order, genus and species — from the broadest category to the narrowest. By using Latin — the common scientific language of the time — Linnaeus was able to bypass the myriad folk names for animals and plants that made comparison of information from one country to another so difficult. He also integrated the growing conviction that like bred like, putting species at the heart of the natural world.

Above all, Linnaeus argued that organisms should be classified on the basis of a small number of physical characteristics rather than, say, their habits (this animal flies, that one swims) or their use (these plants can be eaten, those are good for medicine). In the case of plants, Linnaeus used their sexual organs to distinguish one species from another. This not only led to a more effective classification, it also inadvertently provided 18th and 19th century ladies with a discreet way of initiating themselves in the facts of life. ...

Curiously, the content of the book was as dry as this description suggests — there were no glorious prints identifying wild and wonderful creatures; it was simply a list of names.

But its simplicity was what made it so successful. "Systema Naturae" was effectively an index to all those books that did have marvelous pictures of animals and plants. Linnaeus provided natural historians with a way to compare and integrate all previous knowledge and to build on that knowledge when new, bizarre animals, such as the duckbilled platypus, were discovered.

Linnaeus' objective was to reveal the order in God's creation. Contemporary scientists use Linnaeus' system to understand something that would have been deeply shocking to the young Swede: how species have evolved. ...

Humans have an obsession with classification and connections — hence the perpetual reorganizing of Linnaeus' system that has gone on over the last 270 years. But the only groupings that have any biological meaning are species and individuals. Kingdoms, phyla, genera and all the other categories beloved by Linnaeus' descendants are merely a description of the pattern we think evolution followed, rather than something linking organisms in today's world. The only thing that links lions and humans as mammals is that we have a common ancestor somewhere deep in the evolutionary past.

The magic of evolution is that the massive differences that exist between the organisms we can now see on the planet — between bacteria and humans, between dogs and snakes — all began with tiny changes, as one individual showed a slight advantage over another. Over the immense expanse of geological time, amplified by the power of natural selection, these tiny differences gradually led to the myriad varied life-forms we see today.

Where Linnaeus saw order and logic, we now see a dynamic endless process, and certainly no insight into the mind of God. That is the fate of many influential discoveries — they become important not for what their discoverer intended but for what we can do with them. On his 300th birthday, Linnaeus would no doubt be surprised, but proud, of the use we make of his system of classification.


Fjldamorin Virginu sanna a G hef rttu a standa!

framhaldi af skrifum mnum gr og fyrradag um tilraunir sumra frttaskrenda til ess a kenna fjlmenningarlegu samflagi Bandarkjanna og umburarlyndi um a hafa valdi fjldamorunum Virginu fannst mr vi hfi a endurbirta essa grein sem g fann Boing Boing. Greinin var skrifu tilefni hryjuverkarsanna 2001, en jafn vel vi nna, maur arf bara a skipta t bombing fyrir shooting og World Trade Center fyrir Virginia Tech.

Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics

Of course the World Trade Center bombings are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. However, we must also consider if this is not also a lesson to us all; a lesson that my political views are correct. Although what is done can never be undone, the fact remains that if the world were organised according to my political views, this tragedy would never have happened.

Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.

Not only are my political views vindicated by this terrible tragedy, but also the status of my profession. Furthermore, it is only in the context of a national and international tragedy like this that we are reminded of the very special status of my hobby, and its particular claim to legislative protection. My religious and spiritual views also have much to teach us about the appropriate reaction to these truly terrible events.

Countries which I like seem to never suffer such tragedies, while countries which, for one reason or another, I dislike, suffer them all the time. The one common factor which seems to explain this has to do with my political views, and it suggests that my political views should be implemented as a matter of urgency, even though they are, as a matter of fact, not implemented in the countries which I like.

Of course the World Trade Center attacks are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. But we must also not lose sight of the fact that I am right on every significant moral and political issue, and everybody ought to agree with me. Please, I ask you as fellow human beings, vote for the political party which I support, and ask your legislators to support policies endorsed by me, as a matter of urgency.

It would be a fitting memorial.

g veit ekki alveg hversu oft g hef lesi variasjnir essa grein gegn um tina, tilefni mismunandi voaverka, en etta virist vera frummynd eirra allra. Svo las g nlega nskylda grein, skrifaa tilefni daua einhvers rithfundar, nema inntak hennar var a deila me umheiminum, af essu tilefni, hversu vel lesinn og svalur greinarhfundur vri. etta er alveg srstk tegund blogg og blaaskrifa: "N skrifa g grein um eitthva merkilegt listaverk/bk/kvikmynd, en bara til a minna alla hversu klkur g s." Inntaki er alltaf a sama: g g g.Jja, a er lka kominn tmi til a fara a tala aftur um Alberto Gonzales. a er ekki me nokkru mti hgt a hlusta essar ingyfirheyrslur, svo g lt mr ngja a lesa um aalatriin einhverntmann kvld - vegna ess a svona yfirheyrslur taka allan helvtis daginn ogGonzales fer undan llum spurningum vesldarlegum flmingi.

Og svo er ftt leiinlegra en a hlusta senatora "spyrja spurninga" vi svona uppkomur. Inntak flestra spurninga er "g, g, g - n er g a tala..."


Update: Fyrir sem hafa huga yfirgengilegum pltskum bloggnrdisma og geta ekki bei eftir alvru frttum af v hvaa afsakanir Gonzales reynir a selja ingmnnum er bent aThe Blue State er a "liveblogga" Gonzalesyfirheyrsluna - og fyrir sem vilja lesa aeins vandaari blogg er bent TPM sem er lka a liveblogga Gonzales, me vdeupptkum og alles!

Komin til baka r slinni Mexico snjinn Minnesota

Solla og Magga eftir a hafa gengi bi upp, og niur, ll 113 repin, sem allar guidebooks segja a su a vsu 120... Okkur tkst samt ekki a telja fleiri en 113. Kannski eru mismrg rep eftir v hver telur?Eftir nrri tveggja vikna feralag komum vi aftur til Minnesota. Eftir sumar og sl Yucatanskaga bei okkar snjkoma og kuldi Minnesota. Og svo hafi ryggi fari af eldhsinu, svo sskpurinn ni a mygla. Hlfgerur antklmax.

Seinustu dgunum eyddum vi Cancun, einhverskonar"all included resort". Eftir a hafa veri Playa del Carmen og sumarhsi fjarri tristavitfirringunni get g ekkimlt meCancun vi nokkurn mann - nema bara til a keyra gegn um "Zona Hoteleria" sem er um a bil 17 klmetra langur vegur eftir einhverskonar mjrri eyju, ea eyi, sem er ttseti risavxnum htelbyggingum, verslunarmistvum og Amerskum kejuveitingahsum. Brnin skemmtu sr a vsu vel - sonur minn skemmti sr konunglega ldunum strndinni mean dttir mn svamlai htelsundlaugunum. Seinasta kvldi var g svo a keyra me dttur minni, en gleymdi a kveikja ljsunum og var stoppaur af lgreglumanni sem talai enga ensku, en geri mr ljst a g vri mjg alvarlegum mlum - hefi broti allskonar umferarlg, og gti gleymt v a fljga heim daginn eftir ef g borgai sr ekki 350 pesos, "sekt" stanum. Sem hann svo breytti 200 eftir a hann var binn a sj a g var ekki me meira veskinu... Mr fannst a vel sloppi.

Konan mn fkk lka einhverja matarskingu htelinu - eftir a hafa bora allskonar lkal veitingastum suur eftir strndinni, sem sannar a maur bara "eat what the locals eat - not what they feed the turists" regluna. Sem betur fer vorum vi bin a gera flest allt sem vi tluum okkur a gera: Meal annars a klfa hsta Mayapramda Mexico, Nohoch Mul, sem ist vst sem "stri hllinn" ea eitthva lka.

a sem mr fannst merkilegast vi Coba, ar sem essi pramdi er, og reyndar alla stai sem vi komum ara en Cancun, var hversu lti "tristavddir" eir voru - Cancun s engan veginn frbrugin tristastum Amerku, t.d. sundlaugagaraborginni Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin (sem vi hfum heimstt risvar me krakkana), er afgangurinn af Yucatan frekar lti snortinn af llum bandarsku feramnnunum. Sem betur fer.



Afsaki blogglesi undanfarna daga! g eyddi deginum gr a byggja sandkastala og sigla mebrnunum kajak. Mig hefur alltaf dreymt um a byggja sandkastala r alvru skeljasandi vi Karbahafi. Vi byggum nokkur risavaxin Maya musteri, virkisveggi og turna. Netsambandi virist hins vegar bara virka kvldin - ekki daginn, sem er auvita allt lagi, v g hef anna a gera mean slin skn!

Sem betur fer virist stjrnmlaverldin Washington hafa fari sumarfr sama tma og g, v a virist ekkert mjg marktkt hafa gerst undanfarna daga.

Alberto Gonzales er enn dmsmlarherra - fleiri ingmenn repblkana hafi lst v yfir a hann veri a segja af sr (Terry Lee, ingmaur repblkana fr Omaha sagi reyndar a Bush tti a reka Gonzales)

McCain haldi fram a hafa sig a ffli og mla sjlfan sig sem marklaust og ellirt gamalmenni, (McCain hlt v fram a a vru "neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today" - og til a sanna ml sitt fr karlinn hemskn til Bagdad og labbai, heilan klukkutma, fylgd: 100 vopnara hermanna r landher bandarkjanna, remur fullbnum Black Hawk yrlum hersins og tveimur Apache rsaryrlum... og til ess a tryggja a essi gngutr vri ngu "safe" kva McCain a vera skotheldu vesti... g veit ekki me ykkur, en g myndi ekki treysta mr til a labba um barhverfi ar sem g yrfti slkum vibnai a halda til a geta talist ruggur.


Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya

Helgason family spring break get-away!a er eitthva mjg fullngjandi vi a sj Mexkana gera anna en a skra glf ea vinna garvinnu. a er lka eitthva mjg fullngjandi vi a vera sloppinn r yfirsimenningu Minnesota - hr rkir mtulegt anark umferarmenningunni, a m ganga me bjr ti gangsttt, flk leyfir sr a reykja veitingastumog a eru ekki allir komnir httinn klukkan tta...Playa del Carmen ar sem vi eyddum fystu tveimur nttunum er strkostlegur br - ar sitja hli vi hli fancy htel og kofahreysi r grjti og brujrnspltum. Vi hliina htelinu sem vi gistum (Casa de la Flores - sem g mli eindregi me, nttin kostai 65$ fyrir rmgott herbergi) var ein slk kofabygg - brnin hldu v fram a a vri "orp" - barnir hldu allanvegana heilmiki af drum. vi vknuum bar nturnar vi hanagal klukkan 3:00.

San keyrum vi til Tulum, og tlum a eya nstu viku strandhsi me vinaflki okkar - g sit akkrat nna me bltt karbahafi fyrir framan mig og drekk "greyhound", sem er vodka me greipsafa.Eftir a hafa flett gegn um kapalsjnvarpi sem var bi a lofa mr komst g a v a a var allt spnsku, svo g ver a lta mr ngja a fylgjast me heimssfrttunum netinu. ljsi ess a g hef ekki heimstt eina einustu bloggsu, opna dagbla ea horft sjnvarp undanfarna rj daga er g samt sannfrur um a a s ekkert markvert bi a gerast!


Sviss gerir vart innrs Liechtenstein

Hans-Adam II, furstinn af Liechtenstein og frStundum geta frttir af vanhugsuum innrsum og herjum sem gera innrsir vitlaus lnd veri strskemmtilegar. Samkvmt New York Times morgun uru bar Liechtenstein varir vi a Svissneski herinn vri binn a gera innrs - ar sem bi Sviss og Liechtenstein eru EFTA me okkur slendingum finnst mr a utanrkisrherra bjist til a hafa milligngu um a leysa essa deilu. etta eru utanrkisml sem hfa diplmatskum hfileikum utanrkisruneytisins!

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.

''We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem,'' Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.

Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.

Af Liectenstein er hinsvegar a a frtta a furstinn, sem er milljaramringur, eins og allir almennilegir aalsmenn, hefur hta a "selja" furstadmi - ea fara sjlfskipaa tleg, ef ing landsins ltur ekki a vilja hans. Prinsinn er hins vegar lka gur vi aluna, v llum bum landsins, 32.000 a tlu, er boi heimskn hllina einusinni ri, jhtardegi Liectenstein.


Palpatine hafi nokku til sns mls, Jedi-reglan er strhttuleg!

Jedi CouncilEftir a hafa horft bar Star Warstrlgurnar arflega oft tku Jedi-riddararnir og allt djfuls mnklfi og sjlfumgleirugli eima fara meira og meira taugarnar mr. fyrstu myndunum er ekki a miki af jedi-riddurum a maur geti lti pirra sig,en nju myndunum er Jedi-riddarareglanallan tmann aalhlutverki. Og a er eitthva mjg gilegt vi og allt eirra baktjaldamakk, eins og senator Palpatine bendir rttilega . Ef g vri breyttur borgari Star Wars heiminum fyndist mr mjg gilegt a vita af essari leynilegu og vopnuu munkareglu. Hver veit hva eir vilja? Eru eir byrgir gagnvart einhverjum rum en litlum gmlum frosk nttslopp?!

a eru fleiri sem hafa hyggjur af Jedi-reglunni, v um daginn birti Boing Boing tengil gamla grein af Marginal Revolution,* sem er skrifa af hagfriprfessor vi George Mason University, um Jedi-regluna. etta s gmul frtt og hafi byggilega ur fari nokkrum sinnum um veraldarvefina fannst mr hn a g a g stst ekki freistinguna a endurbirta hana:

The core point is that the Jedi are not to be trusted:

1. The Jedi and Jedi-in-training sell out like crazy. Even the evil Count Dooku was once a Jedi knight.

2. What do the Jedi Council want anyway? The Anakin critique of the Jedi Council rings somewhat true (this is from the new movie, alas I cannot say more, but the argument could be strengthened by citing the relevant detail). Aren't they a kind of out-of-control Supreme Court, not even requiring Senate approval (with or without filibuster), and heavily armed at that? As I understand it, they vote each other into the office, have license to kill, and seek to control galactic affairs. Talk about unaccountable power used toward secret and mysterious ends.

3. Obi-Wan told Luke scores of lies, including the big whopper that his dad was dead.

4. The Jedi can't even keep us safe.

5. The bad guys have sex and do all the procreating. The Jedi are not supposed to marry, or presumably have children. Not ESS, if you ask me. Anakin gets Natalie Portman; Luke spends two episodes with a perverse and distant crush on his sister Leia, leading only to one chaste kiss.

6. The prophecy was that Anakin (Darth) will restore order and balance to the force. How true this turns out to be. But none of the Jedi can begin to understand what this means. Yes, you have to get rid of the bad guys. But you also have to get rid of the Jedi. The Jedi are, after all, the primary supply source and training ground for the bad guys. Anakin/Darth manages to get rid of both, so he really is the hero of the story. (It is also interesting which group of "Jedi" Darth kills first, but that would be telling.)

7. At the happy ending of "Return of the Jedi", the Jedi no longer control the galaxy. The Jedi Council is not reestablished. Luke, the closest thing to a Jedi representative left, never becomes a formal Jedi. He shows no desire to train other Jedi, and probably expects to spend the rest of his life doing voices for children's cartoons.

8. The core message is that power corrupts, but also that good guys have power too. Our possible safety lies in our humanity, not in our desires to transcend it or wield strange forces to our advantage.

What did Padme say?: "So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause."

Addendum: By the way, did I mention that the Jedi are genetically superior supermen with "enhanced blood"? That the rebels' victory party in Episode IV borrows liberally from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will"? And that the much-maligned ewoks make perfect sense as an antidote to Jedi fascism?

Og Palpatine hafi lti ra klnaherinn vafist a ekkert mjg lengi fyrir Jedi-riddururnum a beita honum, enda voru vinirnir skordr, sem ber-mennirnir samt stormsveitum snum gtu trmt a vild. Allt etta reyndar eykur bara gti Star Wars sem fyrsta flokks Sci-Fi.

*BoingBoing og Marginal Revolution eru me bestu bloggsum Bandarkjunum. Boing Boing er lka tnefnt nokkrum flokkum "Annual Weblog Awards, 2007 Bloggies" - meal annars sem besta bloggsa rsins. g mli eindregi me eim bum!

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