The Longest Now

Best Banner-Ad Ever
Thursday September 11th 2003, 11:56 am
Filed under: chain-gang

From Bartleby.comI love seeing (foreign) book publishers try to push a new book on me with all the marketing techniques usually reserved for lotteries and ponzi schemes…

Read Free Ch & Enter To Win-  Author Blends
Dale Brown With Louis Lamour

Wrestling Mania
Thursday September 11th 2003, 3:23 am
Filed under: international

Have I mentioned recently how goldanged cool some people are?  Not everyone who gets out on the mat does better than Muhammad Ali.

The Canadian [world and olympic champion Daniel Igali] beat Nate Ackerman of England 9-4, and followed up with a 5-1 win over Pakistan’s Muhammad Ali.

The 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships are this weekend, at MSG.

Advanced communications breakdowns
Thursday September 11th 2003, 2:10 am
Filed under: indescribable

Even highly-evolved communications systems like the modern scientific establishment can fail dramatically.  Here’s an article on conflicting 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics, and how different 2nd Laws are rarely spotted in the same room at the same time.

Advanced communications breakdowns …

Color Forth!
Thursday September 11th 2003, 1:51 am
Filed under: poetic justice

For  Uncle Jerry and simple beauty.   Sample program: 6-line IDE driver.

Color Forth! …

tilted heads
Thursday September 11th 2003, 1:42 am
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lovingly scientific.

tilted heads …

Meditation Advice
Tuesday September 09th 2003, 5:25 pm
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…for the chronically lazy and incontinent.  From Ann  Arbor’s Austin.

WINNER: Miss “HIV Stigma Free”
Monday September 08th 2003, 1:27 am
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Bostwana hosts beauty pageant for HIV-positive women in Gaborone.

WINNER: Miss “HIV Stigma Free” …

nostrilicious I
Sunday September 07th 2003, 3:57 am
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Why I love my nostrils, 23 of 81:  in the middle of a stultifying discussion of the dubious high and low points of the J.K.Rowling collection

So here’s my ordering [of the Harry Potter books]: 4 > 3 > 5 > 1 > 2.

While we’re at it, let’s try Beethoven symphonies:
9 > 6 > 5 > 7 > 8 >> 1 > 3 > 4 > 2.      [sjl]

I heart the null set, too.

Garages want to be free
Saturday September 06th 2003, 11:57 pm
Filed under: poetic justice

Homesteaders rejoice!   DMCA can’t yet “lock you in”to your garage door opener.

“The homeowner has a legitimate expectation that he or she will be able to access the garage even if his transmitter is misplaced or malfunctions,” stated the Court.

It can however lock you into your default printer toner cartridges.

Garages want to be free …

Political Spanish
Saturday September 06th 2003, 6:30 pm
Filed under: chain-gang

From a recent Slate article by C.  Suellentrop on Thursday’s prez-primary debates:

The best thing Dean does during the debate is refuse to pander to the Albuquerque audience by spewing tortured Spanish, as Lieberman, Edwards, and especially Kucinich do.

Which is to say, the one time Dean spoke Spanish, it was so unforced that Suellentrop didn’t notice he wasn’t speaking English!  I was pleased that someone spoke Spanish without offending my ears.  Give me a minute and I’ll write up some details on the bilingual aspects of the debate.

PBS/WTF: Obfuscation through Obscurity
Saturday September 06th 2003, 3:30 pm
Filed under: international

PBS co-sponsored the first official debate among Democratic presidential candidates this season, and the first officially bilingual presidential debate[1] in the US, last Thursday in Albuquerque.   But I spent an hour looking for transcripts and audio/video online — checking the Albuquerque public radio station, CNN, NPR’s main site, major candidates’ websites, even asking my big buddy — before I found them!  Even PBS itself (which does indeed have transcripts) relegated the debate to the bottommost link on its front page.  What’s with that?

And as long as we’re talking about reaching out to voters in Spanish — what’s with this site?  (for starters, two of the first three lines on the page are in English…)

[1] not that there was much spanish spoken by the candidates.  But the primary announcer was Maria Salinas, a Univision spokeswoman, and she often made her statements and introductions in Spanish before she made them in English.

PBS/WTF: Obfuscation through Obscurity …

Joe Tabularosso
Saturday September 06th 2003, 1:59 pm
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Overly general statementsOverly specific qualifiers.  Sunshine, bright and streaming.  Green grass.  Teenybopping.   And you’ll experience entirely new dimensions of silence when you mention your slogan “take back our country” to a Native elder.   Rob Reiner.   Robin.  Baghdad meetings.  20 years early.  Holy unionsSpirit and Stardust.  Zealous purging.  Welcome home, traveller.

Joe Tabularosso …

Dean Meetup tonight
Wednesday September 03rd 2003, 4:52 pm
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Come blog live from a meetup(TM) tonight in Cambridge!  Ken Reeves campaign HQ… the spirit of switch2dean … thanks to Bob Doyle and the Huron Ave crew for lending equipment for the night.

I love Ventricles
Tuesday September 02nd 2003, 12:02 am
Filed under: poetic justice

Artistic and otherwise.  Could it be any other way?

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