Month: May 2007

Even Cacti Make Flowers

Even Cacti Make Flowers

Pasadena, California. The Huntington Desert Garden (informally known as the "cactus garden") is one of the largest and oldest collections of cacti and succulents in the world. This place is the garden equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. This particular plant was plentiful and almost every outcropping of it had these small yellow "golf tee-like" flowers popping out of the edges.

Andrew Sullivan on “Verschärfte Vernehmung” (enhanced interrogation)

Andrew Sullivan on “Verschärfte Vernehmung” (enhanced interrogation):

Critics will no doubt say I am accusing the Bush administration of being Hitler. I’m not. There is no comparison between the political system in Germany in 1937 and the U.S. in 2007. What I am reporting is a simple empirical fact: the interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn’t-somehow-torture – ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.

(Source kottke.org.)

Cactus Silos

Cactus Silos

Pasadena, California. The Huntington Desert Garden (informally known as the "cactus garden") is one of the largest and oldest collections of cacti and succulents in the world. This place is the garden equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. These prickly cacti were growing out of an outcropping of volcanic rock, undoubtedly brought in from Oregon for the right backdrop for this amazing collection.

Every Good Domain Is Taken. Here’s Why.

Every Good Domain Is Taken. Here’s Why. Niall Kennedy on the apparently lucrative business of domain name squatting.

A simple site targeting wedding shoes earns Han’s business about $9,100 a year. Not bad for a $8 domain purchase and what he reports and about $7 in maintenance costs per year.

This is absolutely amazing. I urge anyone building web sites to read this article. This is not why we put Adsense on this and other sites although it sure has me drooling. Still, it’s a fascinating tale of what a bit of knowledge can do for you.

The question is, how does one feel about putting content-less sites up just to serve up ads for clicking? Or, put another way, how does one feel about putting sites up where the ads are the content?

(Source Daring Fireball Linked List.)