Mayday! Mayday!

Tomorrow is May 1st, otherwise known as May Day.  The good news about this day is that I don’t have Constitutional Economics tomorrow, which means I have nothing formally planned.  The bad news is that I might not be able to play badminton tomorrow, given that the university sport facility will probably be closed.

At any rate, I’m just going to listen to Kol Yisrael for a while (thanks to my shortwave radio, I can now pick up lots of stations) and then do some programming tomorrow.  Right now, I’m too tired to do any work…  But still check out Kaleidic.  It’s always awesome.

Ohhhh yeah… sweet draft action.

I am absolutely pumped the Browns got two great players in the first round. I was happy when we got Joe Thomas (OT, Wisconsin), but when I saw Brady Quinn (QB, Notre Dame) fell to 22, when even the Browns had to trade up to get him, I was giddy. We got a really nice CB in Eric Wright, even though he has a lot of baggage. I hope that means he has a big posse.  The draft was rounded out by a another DB and a couple of defensive ends. I don’t like losing our 1st round pick next year,  but we needed a new QB and there isn’t anybody in the draft next year that I really like so far. On the other hand, there are lots of quality running backs to be had. There’s a lot riding on Quinn and Thomas; if one is a bust, the draft is a bust. Football Outsiders called Quinn the best QB in the draft. For the first time in a long time, I’m really excited about the Browns’ drafting in the first round; it’s gravy that it’s two players instead of one.

An Analysis Of Failure

This paper by Efraim Inbar is a breakdown of the Lebanon war last year, showing exactly how Israel messed it up.

The money quote?  Olmert, in 2005:  “We are tired of fighting; we are tired of being courageous; we are tired of winning; we are tired of defeating our enemies.”  When you get tired of winning, you start losing.  Sadly, Olmert had to learn that the deadly way.

Even More Kaleidic

Head on over to the Kaleidic page.  That’s where I’ve been today…  I’ve gotten the group blog to work reasonably well and have done some tweaks.  In addition, I’m ready to roll out two things tomorrow, which you’ll be able to see in the news over there.  Suffice it to say that, although some of the work has been pretty awkward and the project has taken up a _lot_ of my free time over the last three or four weeks, I am quite pleased with both it and Django.  It’s easy to pick up on, and as long as you don’t have a lot of mathematical calculations or table joins going on, it should work fine.