Suppose Gore had shot someone?

I don’t know all the details about Cheney’s hunting incident.  I’ve known enough hunters to know that accidents happen – sometimes with disasterous results.  Because of that, I don’t see what the big deal is about this particular incident.  But Dan Gillmor has an interesting view on how this might have played out had it happened to someone on the other end of the political spectrum.

Suppose Al Gore, back in 1998, had shot someone in the face and chest in a Tennessee hunting accident. Suppose, further, that he had…

[tags]Gore, Cheney, Hunting incident[/tags]

Skier safety

Technology keeps making athletes better able to compete. (via DQ)

The resulting material exhibits a material property called “strain rate sensitivity”. Under normal conditions the molecules within the material are weakly bound and can move past each with ease, making the material flexible. But the shock of sudden deformation causes the chemical bonds to strengthen and the moving molecules to lock, turning the material into a more solid, protective shield.

[tags]Olympics, Skiing, Cool Tech[/tags]