Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Like the post label says, voter fraud is a myth. Voter suppression is the reality.
An email just in from the NAACP:
... should only appear once per actual visit to this blog. I'll be removing it in a few hours or days. Let me know if it's so annoying that you'd like me to get rid of it sooner.
Update 2011-12-02: Now disabled. Thanks to all who participated.
JWZ has not, in fact, vanished since that post near the end of the penultimate bubble. I've just (*stuffs a history of the 'noughties under the carpet*) been paying attention to other people while he's been doing other stuff besides writing all those great old things.
This new gruntle, though, is timeless:
I did make a bunch of money by winning the Netscape Startup Lottery, it's true. So did most of the early engineers. But the people who made 100x as much as the engineers did? I can tell you for a fact that none of them slept under their desk.
(h/t: David Conrad, RTing)
I just was outside, enjoying a cigarette.
At a quarter to two in the am.
On the 30th of November.
In NY, USA. In bare feet and shorts.
Enjoying, I say. Enjoying.
So, Sen. Inhofe ... WHERE IS MY TESTIMONIAL IGLOO?
(pic. source: GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOD)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Twitter bio line, actually:
When you go from Eisenhower to Nixon to Reagan to W. to Palin to Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Newt, it must be difficult to believe in evolution.
-- Pete Nicely/@LOLGOP
Great avatar, too.
(h/t: Digby, RTing)
Monday, November 28, 2011
My question WAS going to be: How many more stories like this have to be told until we have a proper investigation?
An investigation by people with subpoena power, I mean. There are some good journalists doing some digging. Props also to the determined watchdogs and, of course, to the ex-Scientologists who have found the courage to speak up.
(Thanks for the hint, Michael Shermer)
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I feel like the governments don't represent the enlightened, simple people who want peace.
In further developments, Aliaa Elmahdy is now calling upon Egyptian men to wear the hijab.
And then there's this, which I swiped from Aliaa's site, just because I like it:
Friday, November 25, 2011
I did not know that the which direction the water goes down the drain depends on which side of the equator you're on thing was once a Controversy, much less that it is settled. Thanks, Conor Myhrvold!
Doesn't mean I won't still be amused by the jokes I make in this realm, however. Oceans love that sort of thing.
(h/t: Thomas Levenson)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Present company excluded, of course.
From MoveOn.org's "Top 5 FOX Myths To Debunk This Thanksgiving."
Looks like that Amish splinter group is about ready to join up with the Scientologists, perhaps as their Grand Inquisitors.
Federal officials have arrested seven Amish men in Ohio and charged them with violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in connection with a string of beard-cutting incidents.
Mullet, who formed the breakaway Bergholz Clan in 1995, has been accused of running the clan like a cult. Mullet, according to an FBI affidavit, “has forced extreme punishments on and physical injury to those in the community who defy him, including forcing members to sleep for days at a time in a chicken coop on his property and allowing members of the Bergholz clan to beat other members who appear to disobey” him.
The affidavit also alleges that Mullet has been “been ‘counseling’ the married women in the Bergholz clan and taking them into his home so that he may cleanse them of the devil with acts of sexual intimacy.”
(h/t: @Mike_Forester, for the RT)
Do not fail to click over to see from where Animal drew inspiration. Just when you thought Fox News couldn't get any more offensively stupid …
(h/t: @Mike_Forester, for the RT)
[Added] Megyn Kelly Essentially.
So, following up from yesterday's gripe about product "upgrade" people and their presentation tics, I happened upon an aggravated instance, and to demonstrate how out of hand this decline of the discourse has gotten, I was going to use the indisputable technique of waving around the large number of Google hits returned for super-exciting, but then one of the top hits led me to Hirlpoo West, which led me to Dare Obasanjo, and while I am happy to report that both of these people share my irritation, all I can say is I hope the latter was being intentionally ironic when he said, "The reason I can't stand this phrase is that it is an obvious overexaggeration …"
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I thought this diavlog between David Roberts and Julian Sanchez touched on a lot of the thoughts I've had floating around in my mind the past month or two. More precisely, David and Julian, in their disagreements, seem to speak to the contradicting reactions I have been having.
If you're thoroughly fired up by the Occupy movement, this conversation probably won't appeal to you. If you're sympathetic to the emotion but hesitant or skeptical about other aspects, it may. They do not really come to any conclusion, but I think they do a good job of articulating a number of important points.
When police tell people to turn off their video cameras, that’s exactly when they need to turn their video cameras on.
-- Amy Goodman, as quoted by Erich Vieth
(h/t: Several tweeps, on this list somewhere down a few screens)
Speaking of scams, the latest article in Joe Childs and Tom Tobin's new investigative series, "The Money Machine," is now available. This is, of course, another long hard look at the "Chu®ch of" Scientology.
In addition to reading the article, I urge you to watch some of the videos that you'll see at the top of that article and on the series index page. They're pretty compelling, in a weird sort of way. They are interviews of people who have left the cult after spending astounding lengths of time doing mind-boggling things.
Photo credit: Robin Donina Serne for the St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com (1998)
I think this is the first time I've had my content misappropriated for commercial use in that way.
Clicking the dlvr.it link in the quoted tweet takes you to a page on some site called adf.ly (http://adf.ly/50856/bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2011/11/oh-hey-turns-out-fat-drunk-and-stupid.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter, in this case).
This site, AdFly, is apparently a link-shortening service whose shortened links first bring people to a page displaying ads. After five seconds, a "Skip Ad" button appears. Clicking that button then takes you to onto the desired destination, presumably the link supplied to adf.ly to begin with.
I should say that a quick look around indicates that AdFly itself appears to be on the up-and-up; e.g., clear domain ownership, a good review (as far as these sorts of things go, at least), and they even have their own Twitter feed. AdFly is not hiding what they're about. However, it seems to me that eventually, more and more people will come to know what clicking on one of their link entails and they'll start avoiding them. And in any case, even AdFly's sales pitch ("Earn more than $4.00 / 1000 visitors to your links") hardly makes the whole thing seem worthwhile. Except, of course, to people like "Cecilia Hackworth" who will automate the process of gathering links based on keywords and use them to spam social media sites.
I suppose I don't think using AdFly-shortened links should be out and out banned by Twitter* and other social media sites. However, I do think Twitter and the others should not allow AdFly links that are masked by being sent through a second URL-shortening service. And, I guess, I'm not particularly thrilled by having a link to my site appear to be associated with this service.
* Twitter, as you probably know, will show the expanded URL if you hover your mouse over a shortened URL, at least for the more well-known shortening services, so in this case, hovering over the dlvr.it link shows that you're going to be directed to an AdFly page. And there's always LongURL.
Pic via Ken Layne, who also has video posted. Along with some righteous words.
[Added] A partial screengrab from James Fallows's post, which is also well worth reading in its entirety:
More from Fallows:
This Occupy moment is not going to end any time soon. That is not just because of the underlying 99%-1% tensions but also because of police response of this sort -- and because there have been so many similar videos coming from cities across the country.
As a wise friend of mine predicted about a week ago.
The above is not a one-off. See, for example, Joshua Holland's report, "Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters."
[Added2] In summary.
Received the following after directing a petition towards her on American Censorship Day.
Thank you for writing to me regarding S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act of 2011. I understand your concerns.
I am a cosponsor of this legislation because I believe that we must protect American intellectual property against foreign websites that infringe upon our rights. By empowering the Attorney General of the United States to go after foreign infringing websites, this legislation becomes a necessary tool to ensure that U.S. companies remain competitive in the world marketplace. I recognize that there are technical concerns with the enforcement of this bill that need to be addressed. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the United States Senate to ensure that this legislation protects the Constitutional rights of Americans and does not stifle lawful free speech or innovation on the internet.
[...] [more boilerplate] [...]
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senator
Ah, well. At least she's honest about who has bought and paid for her. And I'll acknowledge that she's been good on other issues.
Tell her what you think about your Internet being handed over to people who have anything but freedom of expression at heart. Phone number at the bottom of the page, if you'd rather yell than type.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Who the fuck is Taylor Swift, who the hell cares who she is, and more to the point …
... is it even possible to have a "nude" "scandal" in these United States anymore? I mean, Jesus Christ, we went from Paris Hilton to Carrie Prejean in 0.5 of a decade, people. Come on.
[Added] Oh, it gets lamer. Guess where those ad-click-whores got their picture from. Uh-huh.
[Afterthought] Not sure why I'm wasting time making jokes about this when I should be bowing down to Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, who's got the balls to create a real scandal.
(Summary story here, just in case. I apologize for linking to something so uptight, but it was conveniently in my browser history, and I'm sure 99% of you have already heard about this.)
Here's a half-hour conversation that will make you go hmmm …
Unless, I suppose you've already got all the self-control you need. But for me, I was intrigued by the findings that Roy Baumeister described in this interview by Joshua Knobe. Give it a shot -- this is not some vapid New Agey thing. It's a summary of a career's worth of experimental results.
[Added] Strengthening this point, here's what miceelf said in the discussion forum for this diavlog:
I haven't yet watched this but looking forward to it. Baumeister wrote the definitive takedown of the self-esteem movement.
If I find out where that lives, I'll add it here.
[Added2] Elsewhere in the same thread, once again from miceelf:
This is the usual reference. It's pretty accessible for lay people as well [...]
Here's his bio, which sums it up a little:
Two things to note. First, the titles below the video pane above are links to segments of the diavlog. The times in parentheses are the lengths of the segments. Use them to sample, if you're pressed for time or find something at the start less than riveting.
Second, if you've never listened to Josh before and you find yourself a bit put off by his manner of speaking, I'd say hang in there. That was my first reaction to him, too, long ago, but I easily got past it when I realized how many really smart questions he always puts forth.
Oh, and here's a link to Roy's new book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.
Friday, November 18, 2011
It never fails. Just when I'm reading some stuff about Scientologists and trying to keep open in my mind the thought that their critics aren't automatically unimpeachable, I happen upon yet another video in which Scientologists slam that door themselves. Here's an example, shot by Mark Bunker of XenuTV.com, described as follows.
7/2/99 - Three Scientologists surround me as [I] try to videotape an event on L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angles. This is a great example of what they call "Bullbaiting" as they try to provoke me and create an incident to get me arrested.
The first two minutes are boring -- just some cops trying to get Mark to leave. But then the going gets weird, and you know what that means.
Did you ever meet anyone you'd like to have a beer with less than those three guys? They're like eight-year-olds who watched a video titled "How To Be Boss of the Playground," and this was their virgin flight. (Of course, being Scientologists, they would have had to pay a lot of money for that video, but that's another story.)
I learned from Tony Ortega that Mark is currently at work on a new documentary about Scientology, called "Knowledge Report." There are a bunch of clips from the footage he's already shot up on his Vimeo channel.
This Is Not Your Fucking Movement; This Is Our Fucking Movement:
Let's be honest here: the march this morning to shut down Wall Street was useless if its goal was to, well, shut down Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange is, more or less, a show. Multi-million dollar financial transactions are not done by crazy, sweaty guys on a loud, chaotic floor. They're done digitally. So whether or not the secretaries and junior fuckbag executives and janitors got into work didn't stop a single transfer of funds from one rich asshole to another. It pissed off some people and got the cops more overtime.
But, as ever, as ever, since it's started, everyone, from The Daily Show to Diane Rehm, right, left, and middle, has insisted that Occupy Wall Street conform to some readily defined paradigm of what a protest movement needs to be. Essentially, they are echoing something that Karl Rove drooled out the other day when he asked protesters at a speech he giving at Johns Hopkins University, "Who gave you the right to occupy America?" The real question is "Who took that right away?"
-- The Rude Pundit
You know how Google likes to say their mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible?"
Consider this: you have a Google+ account, you merrily go along posting your thoughts and pix and vids, marking some of them "Public," some just for "Friends" or "Family," and maybe some exclusively for a very narrow custom Circle you've defined, say, "Drinking Buddies." You do this for a year or three.
Hasn't Google just collected a pretty good baseline of the things you might be embarrassed about?
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Check out the language of victimhood in this lede:
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops opened a new front in their fight against abortion and same-sex marriage on Monday, recasting their opposition as a struggle for “religious liberty” against a government and a culture that are infringing on the church’s rights.
Same as the fundies. It only appeals to stupid people …
… and those who prey upon them.
No one is forcing the Catholic Church to perform same-sex marriages or counsel parishioners to get abortions. Do they have to adhere to some fair labor and health care standards if they want to provide public services, using government (i.e., public) money? Yes. That doesn't seem like too much to ask, because they aren't being forced to take government (i.e., our) money, either.
Meanwhile, they get a free ride on all taxes, despite their increasing political activism. And when they encounter resistance in seeking their reactionary goals in secular matters, they howl about persecution.
There are lots of good Catholics out there, in every sense of the word. It's long past time for them to get rid of their medieval leadership.
Here is a fascinating talk @Google given by Daniel Kahneman in which he outlines the ideas in his new book. (This is quite similar to the Edge video I recommended to the secret cabal, but I found it well worth watching. Maybe once for system one, once for system two?)
If my opening adjective did not immediately persuade you to kick back and click Play, there's a book description below the fold, which pretty well introduces the talk. Otherwise, let's roll. It's about forty-five minutes long, with a 15-minute Q&A at the end.
This week, the House of Representatives took time out of its busy schedule of going home for vacation to remind us, once again, why it has the strong support of about as many people who believe Rick Perry should be the next president of the United States. It approved a bill requiring states with strict gun regulations to honor concealed weapon carry permits issued in states where the gun rules are slightly more lax than the restrictions on who can dispense ice cream cones from a truck.
“This bill is about freedom,” said Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican from upstate New York. In this Congress, it’s hard to find anything that isn’t. Cutting Social Security is about freedom. Killing funds for Planned Parenthood is about freedom. Once again, we are reminded that, as Janis Joplin used to sing, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.
-- Gail Collins
Swiped from Betty Cracker, who observed:
Funny, that’s exactly how I feel about the Miami Police Department building too.
Email from MK:
Good morning. A challenge is thrown down in this article. Anybody have an answer besides Dick Francis?
Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov. Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Okay, to be fair about it, I haven't actually read all of Asimov's books. But I have read all of Miller's!
PS And also, of course, John McPhee.
How about you?
Ah, well. First day of the new music store. I'm sure they'll get it sorted out eventually.
And I have to say, the part about letting artists upload directly sounds pretty nice.
Actually, that's the NYT's teaser for an article that's pretty interesting, particularly if in your formative years, you saw that Chas Addams cartoon with a store clerk saying, "Hey boss? All these people want flesh-colored Band-Aids."
But if you'd just be going to look at the pictures, allow me to save you a trip. (Yes, yes. This is for you, not me!)
Hurrah for cheekbones, I say.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Today is a good day to visit my blog directly. Thanks.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
... this line by Paul Boutin made me laugh:
... mankind's definitive collection of Foghat trivia.
I don't want to link to the post directly, since I have no idea about the validity of the accusations therein, but you can get to it by following a link from this one.
Or maybe it's just me. But when I look at the bottom of the Firefox Bookmarks Library window (launched by Bookmarks → Show All Bookmarks) …
… the arrows seem to be pointing in the wrong directions.
Doesn't look so wrong when you zoom in on just that part, but given that this is at the very bottom of the window (first screenshot above), it just feels wrong.
This has been your nanocomplaint of the day. You are now free to move about the cabin.
Copy it and paste it into the box at LongURL.org.
The link will expand to the original URL, even if the shortened URL has been sent through multiple shortening services, and if the result looks okay, you can click it from there. Very handy.
(h/t: old Brian Krebs post, via the Google)
Monday, November 14, 2011
Mobile browsers have grown to be incredibly savvy in recent years, a far cry from the dumbed-down WAP views we previously had to deal with.
In re last Saturday night:
The sheer ignorance, callowness, narrowness of mind and shallowness of thought was greater than any debate I recall on this subject ever.
-- Andrew Sullivan
Say what you will about him, when he's on, Andrew Sullivan can deliver a righteous rant with the best of them. Worth reading the whole thing.
Actually, it's the last sentence that's the most troubling.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Swiped from Photobombing.net, which you shouldn't visit if you've told yourself you're just about to get off the computer.
I am (BARELY) old enough to remember when a caption like this would have been unthinkable.
Despite our nature, and even despite, it sometimes seems, our best efforts, we make progress.
I had to stop reading Kevin Drum's "Tonight's Debate Highlights" when I came across this:
Rick Perry echoes Sarah Palin's explanation of her military experience:
Republican candidates were less terrifying when they were only saying "oops."
[Added] Also, from Herself with the crazy eyes:
"The table is being set for a worldwide nuclear war with Israel."
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Looks like the next phase of soaking the True Believers has hit a wall, reports Jack, in the Comments under the post on altruism.
And they could have made such sweet coin together.
I was bemoaning the lack of color in this year's autumn leaves, so Ocean sent along a snapshot taken out her window.
Hard to say whether she was being sympathetic or triumphant, but far be it from me to question motive.
Title, of course:
[UPDATE] While I was outside raking my brown and yellow leaves, I received word that the above is a mere cell phone snap, and then … whoa … I received another shot, taken with a camera that is for some reason incapable of making a simple phone call.
... a couple of days ago, but thank
JoePA the FSM I didn't. Because Massimo Pigliucci has pointed out someone who said it far better than I could have.
(After the preroll ad, I mean.)
Not that Willard "Mitt" Romney has any room to drop in my book, but he probably ought to be careful about becoming associated with the term barbecue. And appearing to be nuzzled by a pig will probably cause our friend Bill Scher to have another forehead-to-the-desk moment.
Tannoy, as a verb; e.g.:
When she didn't report for work at 9am, the crew Tannoyed her.
And here's another example, a whole post in the Guardian.
According to Wikipedia, "Tannoy Ltd is a Scottish-based manufacturer of loudspeakers and public-address (PA) systems," the name itself comes from "a syllabic abbreviation of tantalum alloy" and it was trademarked as a brand name "by 10 March 1932, on which date the Tulsemere Manufacturing Company was formally registered as Guy R. Fountain Limited." It is also claimed that the term became …
... a household name as a result of supplying PA systems to the armed forces during World War II, and to Butlins and Pontins holiday camps after the war.
The Wikipedians, like you, have become suspicious by this point that this entry has been written by, or lifted from, materials published by the company. In any case:
The term 'tannoy' is often used generically in colloquial English throughout the British Commonwealth to mean any public-address system, particularly those used for announcements in public places; although the word is a registered trademark, it has become a genericised trademark. The company's intellectual property department keeps a close eye on the media and will often write to publications who use its trade name without a capital letter or as a generic term for PA systems, in order to preserve its trademark.
(We shall resist the temptation to chortle, "Tannoy is the New Coke!")
Note that the two links up top are to a British news outfit and both use the capitalized form (or capitalised form, as you like), although they do appear to be using the term more or less generically. Here are some more examples from the Guardian and the BBC, in which I see both upper- and lowercase. In any … um … case, I don't get a whole lot of meaningful hits when I GENERICISED TRADEMARK ALERT Google the term. Also, trying to go to google.co.uk just gets me redirected. So, English-speaking readers living outside the US, please advise: Is this a term you're familiar with, as a now-generic verb like xerox? Is this only the case in England, or is the same usage familiar in, say, Australia and/or Canada?
 Which reminds me. How long has the NYT been writing Champagne, instead of champagne, as any normal human being would? (When using the term colloquially, I mean, as opposed to occasions of mentioning the specific fussbudget region.) Make them stop.
I can say with confidence that they didn't always do this, although I am not going to look for the precise date when the style book got updated, because searching for something like that would be obsessive which I am not at all practically ever.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Damn that LIBERALLY BIASED!!!1! ...
... Park Service?
A reviewer for the official National Park Service bookstore at Ford’s Theatre has recommended that Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling new book about the Lincoln assassination not be sold at the historic site “because of the lack of documentation and the factual errors within the publication.”
This is Sigur Rós doing "Svefn g englar." (Which the Web's preeminent authority says is an Icelandic pun). Uploader JRandall says it was recorded in Philadelphia on September 22nd, 2001. Also, it's about eleven minutes long. These things may or may not have anything to do with anything.
If the recent asteroid and the water bears have filled you up with enough space for a while, probably best to save this one for later.
(h/t: Reihan Salam, in a tangential way)
... but on this, I'd say reasonable people can reasonably disagree.
Bonus points if you can come up with a better replacement for "crap" than just "strange attractor." Parametric equations would definitely be FTW.
(h/t: KK, via email | pic. source)
It may say something about getting too big, or that communication lines need to be flushed out, or something, but in any case, when Gmail (a Google property) sends a piece of email from blogger.com (a Google property), whose receipt came about due to signing up via Feedburner (a Google property), to the Spam folder, something needs a bit of attention, I'd say.
But, I gotta say, despite the characteristic skeptical take, the Rationally Speaking podcast on intelligent alien life is still quite interesting, and deserves a listen by all self-respecting nerds and nerdgassers.
One issue that struck me as rather conspicuously absent from the discussion, especially given that both Massimo and Julia acknowledged that one has to be very careful of anthropomorphic biases in any SETI speculation: it seemed to me that the assumptions underlying most of M&J's thinking would imply a rather narrow definition of life (and, by extension, intelligent life). To her credit, Julia brought up extremophiles as one broadening of these assumptions; I think nonetheless that we should be careful in crediting ourselves for knowing completely what it means for something to be alive (even here on Earth), much less in believing that, say, life must be carbon-based, must require liquid water, and so on.
[Added] See APOD for 2013-03-06. (h/t: TC)
A lament that anyone who even occasionally tries to write seriously will appreciate, with wider applications, as well:
We are cursed to be plagued by our juvenalia and ephemera, while our substance yellows in clip folders.
-- Heidi N. Moore
And you thought Twitter was just people telling you what they had for lunch.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.
-- Jamie Raskin (attributed)
[Added] If you forgot where you're supposed to go, check Vote411.org's Polling Place Finder.
Monday, November 07, 2011
This is the "philosopher-politician" demonstrating his "mastery of policy matters." I'm sorry, would you like to super-size your colonoscopy? Some day, volumes will be written about how Gingrich managed to get everyone in the Washington smart set to believe he is a public intellectual with actual ideas, and not just the guy at the club whose life gets changed for him every time he reads a new book.
My god, Caligula died centuries too soon. Today, if he'd brought his horse into the Senate, some careerist Beltway journo would find that the horse had whinnied some "interesting new approaches" to our "entitlement crisis." The horse would be on Meet the Press the following Sunday with David Gregory, who would ignore the fact that there is a fking horse sitting across the table from him and concentrate instead on something the horse had whinnied five years ago that seems to have been contradicted by something the horse whinnied the day before. And then Tom Brokaw would come on to mumble something about how horses were more politically savvy back in his day.
-- Charles P. Pierce, "The 2012 Election Field …"
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Cropped and 'shopped from some version of that Corona commercial?
If you zoom in -- for forensic purposes only, of course -- you can see the hat is not actually being held unless she's got superglue on her fingers.
But good for the model if she actually got more work.
(Source: some sidebar Web ad leading to this.)
Friday, November 04, 2011
Not the best opening paragraph:
For most Americans, daylight saving time 2011 ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2011, when most states spring forward an hour. Time will spring forward to daylight saving time again on Sunday, March 11, 2012, when daylight saving time ends.
When I got the link, it took me a few re-reads to see it, admittedly. Probably because my new thing to be unbearably pedantic about is the proper spelling. (Which it is, above.) In my own defense, I'm barely through my first cup of coffee.
(h/t: The sharp-eyed KK, via email. Added: who just admitted that it was the comments over there that tipped him off.)