Thursday, September 22, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
That said, I'm not at all convinced.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
4. Down Under, Men At Work
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
18. Let's Dance, David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone, Golden Earring
32. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
35. The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
36. Mickey, Toni Basil
42. Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
43. Allentown, Billy Joel
53. Our House, Madness
54. Overkill, Men At Work
62. China Girl, David Bowie
76. It's A Mistake, Men At Work
82. Steppin' Out, Joe Jackson
84. (She's) Sexy + 17, Stray Cats
97. You Got Lucky, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
99. Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
Oh, it pains me to realize that I remember all of those songs. I'm surprised I didn't hate more of them, actually.
I'm sure this says something about me, but damn me if I know what that might be.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
The United States is awash in human rights groups, feminist organizations, ecological foundations, and committees for the rights of minorities. How come there is not a huge voluntary effort to help and to publicize the efforts to find the hundreds of thousands of "missing" Iraqis, to support Iraqi women's battle against fundamentalists, to assist in the recuperation of the marsh Arab wetlands, and to underwrite the struggle of the Kurds, the largest stateless people in the Middle East? Is Abu Ghraib really the only subject that interests our humanitarians?
Monday, August 08, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
why programmers aren't interchangable, and why real talent is worth more than you're paying for it. He does find a new line of attack, or at least it's new to me, so there's that.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
In the meanwhile, Kathy and I took the opportunity to go see some films: "Batman Begins" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith". We saw "Batman" on Saturday after dropping the girls off, and "Star Wars Ep.3" on Sunday before picking them up.
First up: "Batman Begins". This was a fabulous film. People were fighting, ninjas were jumping down from the rafters, things blowed up real good like ... what's not to love? I understood why everybody did what they did. I liked watching them do it. Then more things blew up. Yay! Go see this one. I'll also be buying the DVD when it comes out.
Second up: "Star Wars: Ep.3". We walked out of the theater a bit let-down. It was visually striking, sure, but just walking out were were a bit ho-hum about it. And as time has passed, I am more and more disappointed by the film. Wasn't Padme once the Queen of Naboo? Wasn't she a Senator? When did she stop being a person who did things and instead turned herself into a weepy chyk who haunts her own living room crying? At what point did Mace Windu stop being concerned for the Jedi Way and turn into "The Punisher"? What the hell kind of narrative device was flying around mind-controlling those people without ever once being spotted?
And another thing: for most of the film, I actually felt bad for Skywalker. He was young, but because he was powerful an incredible amount of pressure was placed on him. People were lying to him (or telling him the truth, which might be worse) and using him for their own purposes, and I really felt bad for his situation. Then he went into the Jedi Temple, and I didn't care anymore. I completely disconnected, and that was that for emotional attachment. Obi-Wan should have taken his head. More to the story, though, what was his motivation for that? Even if he did all of everything he did out of loyalty to the Republic and/or to save Padme's life, when did he quit caring about that and decide that what he really wanted was to rule the Empire? The grue must have gotten to him as well.
Things sure did blow up good, though. I'm going to go out on a limb and opine that George Lucas should let other people write his scripts and he should stick to visual design.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Luckily I never claimed any such thing. In fact, I claimed just the opposite. I feel so ... vindicated.
Friday, June 10, 2005
|1-2-8||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones|
|2 Turntables And a Crate of Skint||The Bassbin Twins|
|3 A.M. Eternal||The KLF|
|911 Is a Joke||Public Enemy|
|A Better Man||Clint Black|
|C'mon N' Ride It||Quad City DJ's|
|Daffodil Lament||The Cranberries|
|Earn Enough For Us||XTC|
|Fade Into You||Mazzy Star|
|Galvanize||The Chemical Brothers|
|Half Day Closing||Portishead|
|I'll Be Gone||Clint Black|
|Kalandero||Cirque du Soleil|
|Naked Eye||Luscious Jackson|
|O Death||Ralph Stanley|
|Pacific Coast Party||Smash Mouth|
|Que Me Quedes Tu||Shakira|
|Rage Against the Coke Machine||OPM|
|S'Wonderful||BBC Big Band Orchestra|
|Take It From Here||Justin Timberlake|
|U Can't Stop Me||Basement Jaxx|
|Val Vedral||Cirque du Soleil|
|X-Files Theme||DJ Dado|
|Yeat's Grave||The Cranberries|
I have no idea what (if anything) that says about me.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Anyway, go read it.
ScrappleFace: Dean: Dem Poll Workers Can't Tell GOP Voters Apart
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
| a Pirate |
You scored 4 Honor, 5 Justice, 3 Adventure, and 11 Individuality!
Arr matey. You may belive in honor, and justice, and you certainly have a sense of adventure. But mostly, you play by your own rules. Your code is your own and you are flexible in most situations.
Dress flamboyant and look into a parrot. I think you'll do fine.
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test written by fluffy71 on Ok Cupid|
Monday, June 06, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
Monday, May 23, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Furthermore, anybody who disagrees is a moron. There is no God, and even if there was, he isn't going to award you extra points for style because you did something the old/stupid/hard way.
Discuss amongst yourselves.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
As long as Rob and Amber didn't win, then I'm okay with it, but I find my enthusiasm for the game to be significantly reduced now that the production crew isn't even pretending it isn't rigged anymore.
Monday, May 09, 2005
P.S. Who cares if other people disagree with you? You should always consider that other people might be right, and a large volume of disagreement might very well be a sign that you've made an unwarranted assumption, but it might also be that people are just like they were in high school: a few brilliant people, plus a huge mass of average schlubs who care more for their cars/clothes/weed than anything else including actually thinking about anything.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
My wife TiVos up "Dr.Phil" every day. Yesterday she was watching some of the backlog while I was at home. The guests were a 13 year old girl and her mother; the reason they were there was the girl claims she's more than ready to be sexually active up to and including having a child. Yes, I boggled at that as well.
What really got me going, though, was the mother's observation that when she talked to her OWN FREAKING DAUGHTER that it didn't seem to do any good, so she just gave up because she was tired and worked hard at her job and boo hoo hoo. From her daughter's reaction (eyerolling and all that), it was clear that the mother gave up on raising her own child several years back. The father was, of course, nowhere to be found.
If that's you, what the f&@#^%k is wrong with you? You had an opportunity to be a slacker before giving birth. Once you have a child, you have a responsibility to that child that far supercedes any desires you might have along the lines of "I just wanna sit down" or "I just want some peace and quiet" or "I just wanna watch teevee." You know what? you're the parent ... STFU and be the parent. You can sit down and watch teevee once your children have grown up and moved out, or at least have gone to bed.
I don't want to sound like I don't understand how hard it is to be a single parent. I get it. Hell, it's hard to be half of the parent team. Your responsibility to your child, though, carries a huge amount of weight. You shouldn't stay in a relationship where your spouse beats you. You probably should give some serious thought, though, to staying in a relationship when your only real complaint is your spouse just won't pick up the wet towel off the bathroom floor. If you decide to go it alone anyway, you really ought to line up some assistance because children shouldn't be at home by themselves. Period. Your children need parenting (and their need is rather more absolute than your "need" for overtime to pay for that big-screen television), which means they need your time and attention and you have to provide it. There is absolutely no substitute for being there, talking to them, setting boundaries, and enforcing the rules. You don't get to not be the parent. You don't get to hand your responsibility off to other people.
Damn, but this just validates my hatred of huge swathsof the population. It's just as well I wasn't on the stage because I'd have throttled the woman while foaming at the mouth, and then my wife and children would have to find some way to fend without me and they don't need the hardship. See? That's what I'm talking about; forgoing the momentary pleasure, strangling a deserving oxygen thief in this case, in order to avoid the larger harm to many people of much more importance.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Her reasoning is that their product is being used in to commit crimes, and therefore they must necessarily "do something" to stop them. From this I can only conclude that she believes that Sony, Canon, and Nikon must also take increased corporate responsiblity for doing something about the criminals using their camera to take illegal pictures; that Swith&Wesson, Colt, and Beretta must take increased corporate responsibility for people shooting convenience store clerks with their guns; that Ford, GM, and Toyota must take increased responsibility for people driving their cars into pedestrians; etc etc ad nauseum.
I actually empathize with her revulsion: child pornography is an unmitigated abomination and its practitioners outght to be found and killed to remove their pernicious influence from our society and gene pool. It isn't Grokster's problem to solve, though, nor is P2P necessarily an especially good prism through which to view the problem. There are a number of technologies involved in producing and disseminating that excrement, so I don't see how you can justify singling out one of many possible last steps in the dissemination process as somehow culpable for the whole mess.
On a side note, Photoshop won't let you dork with pictures of money. Why isn't she demanding that the USG nationalize that technology and mandate its usage in all cameras, scanners, and image display devices so that child porn can't be photographed, manipulated, scanned, or displayed?
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
This also reminds me that I really do hate everybody, and attempting to pour oil on the troubled waters just isn't my thing unless it involves adding fire to the accelerant afterwards. Thank you, sir.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Sucks, too, because up until recently (last season, when they pretty clearly gamed the system to prevent one team from getting well ahead of the pack) I really enjoyed watching the show.
Talk amongst yourselves.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Before proceeding, please read Abstract Appeal -- by Matt Conigliaro. Thanks.
Mr. Conigliaro is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. He is not involved in this case professionally for either side, but has been writing down major milestones concerning Mrs. Schiavo for quite a long time. He very thoughtfully attached links from his page to the actual court opinions so you can go and read what they wrote for yourself.
I'll go ahead and throw my hat into the ring. Dog knows I love winding people up, so why should I pass this opportunity by?
Terri's parents have been set upon by charlatans and vampires who feed upon the suffering of the vulnerable.
Suppose these medical personnel came out and said "We're taking Terri to our experimental clinic in Mexico and we're going to give her coffee enemas 15 times a day until her brain reflexively regenerates a cortex," would you still go along with it? Terri's brain has died, and her parents are consumed by inconsolable grief. There are people who see nothing here but an opportunity to make political points, reputation, or money. Every one of you who encourages her parents to continue pretending that their beloved daughter is still trapped in that husk are de facto helping the vampires. Stop helping the vampires.
Stop thinking that everybody is out to commit evil.
It's much easier to think that Michael Schiavo and his lawyers and the judges and the doctors and the nurses and the hospices and EVERYBODY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM are involved in a conspiracy to kill Terri because they're full of hate and evil. They're not. Everybody in this situation is holding the shitty end of the stick.
Where is your normal skepticism, people?
If Saddam Hussein (or George W. Bush ... pick the one you hate more) released a video of his subjects singing and dancing about how wonderful he was, would you swallow it as uncritically as you did the video of Terri's envelope apparently watching a balloon? Seriously?
Do you really live in a world where Michael Schiavo sets out to commit heinous evil, and he manages to find an attorney to help him, and they together find a judge plus an appeals judge plus a state Supreme Court to go along with it? For funsies? Really? Man, I don't want to live in your world; it sucks.
How 'bout this: you try imagining that everybody (except the grifters working the con on the parents) here are really truly honest-to-Jah trying to do the right thing. You might still wind up at the same spot, but maybe you can let the demonization go.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I'm looking to Ed Felten to talk about this some more, since he's not nearly as stupid as I am.