The Longest Now


Problems with getting too high
Friday April 30th 2004, 7:44 pm
Filed under: indescribable

The Sword of Omens stops obeying youThundercats Hi!  if you want to hear a whole lot of us hitting just the right high notes, though, save next Saturday afternoon from 4:30-5:15 pm in Memorial Chapel

Problems with getting too high …



Breedster — a new outlet for channel-junkies
Thursday April 29th 2004, 3:46 am
Filed under: indescribable

jump your friend’s kid egg’s STD-infected bug, grow your breeding network! and check your poop color, honey. breedsterwhere it’s at.



Just because you’re paranoid…
Thursday April 29th 2004, 3:33 am
Filed under: indescribable

…doesn’t mean they’re not coming to get you.

Once the rib cage was dry, I placed all the organs except the liver in the appropriate places inside it (again using Gray’s Anatomy as a guide. This is, by the way, the only use that Gray’s Anatomy ever sees in our household.)

Ahh, pumpkinfest. How we miss you.

Just because you’re paranoid… …



So much to talk about…
Wednesday April 28th 2004, 3:39 am
Filed under: indescribable

yet all I can think of right now is death, st. pete, elder protocols, deep thought, puzzling, rubber bands statically snapping, and the qualia of insights experienced while playing basketball or pacing. what does this mean? so I haven’t written in a while.



The lizard!
Wednesday April 14th 2004, 12:08 am
Filed under: indescribable

The third form of happiness, which is meaning, is again knowing what your highest strengths are and deploying those in the service of something you believe is larger than you are. There’s no shortcut to that. That’s what life is about. There will likely be a pharmacology of pleasure, and there may be a pharmacology of positive emotion generally, but it’s unlikely there’ll be an interesting pharmacology of flow. And it’s impossible that there’ll be a pharmacology of meaning.

The lizard! …



On the quantification and types of Information
Thursday April 08th 2004, 10:39 pm
Filed under: metrics

This is what I’m talking about.



Brother Blue!
Thursday April 08th 2004, 7:25 pm
Filed under: poetic justice

I love Brother Blue and was sorry to miss this event.  If you hear about other events of his around town, especially ones including his wife, please let me know.

Brother Blue! …



The Sphinx is a Mac fan. Duh.
Thursday April 08th 2004, 6:41 pm
Filed under: fly-by-wire

…you know it, baby.  iPods are eternal.

The Sphinx is a Mac fan. Duh. …



NSA Style Guide
Thursday April 08th 2004, 4:28 pm
Filed under: popular demand

NSA Rice’s recent public statement to the 9/11 commission offers some information on updates to national style guides as regards terrorism and security.


1. Embargo, embargoes, “embargoed“: appropriate for documents



EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL DELIVERY
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2004


2. Titles:  “NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORappropriate for formal public use.


3.  When referring to people and groups who attack civilized nations, “freedomhating” may be used in blanket statements to clarify “terrorist”.



Long before that day, radical, freedomhating terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world.


4. Recently, we have joined war with terrorists, indefinitely.  This particular war, unlike terrorism as a whole, has been going on for 20-30 years...



The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them. For more than 20 years, the terrorist threat gathered…  And under President Bush’s leadership, we will remain at war until the terrorist threat to our Nation is ended.


5. …and is most closely related to the previous World Wars:



Despite the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 and continued German harassment of American shipping, the United States did not enter the First World War until two years later. Despite Nazi Germany’s repeated violations of the Versailles Treaty and its string of provocations throughout the mid-1930s, the Western democracies did not take action until 1939. The U.S. Government did not act against the growing threat from Imperial Japan until the threat became all too evident at Pearl Harbor. And, tragically, for all the language of war spoken before September 11th, this country simply was not on a war footing.


6. There is no “e” in “al-Qaida“, a term which may be retroactively applied to all Saudi and Afghani terrorist groups discussed by the Administration (“At the beginning of the Administration…“) in the two years immediately preceding 9/11.



We wanted to ensure there was no respite in the fight against al-Qaida…  It was the very first major national security policy directive of the Bush Administration -– … the elimination of al-Qaida.


7. When discussing people and groups that have taken the fall to save institutional face, take care to remain excessively polite.  “Mismanaged by” –> “chaired by”, “weakest link” –> “nerve center”, etc.



For the essential crisis management task, we depended on the Counterterrorism Security Group chaired by Dick Clarke to be the interagency nerve center.


8. When discussing our fair Nation, capitalization is appropriate.  When assessing its future, a horizon of a few decades suffices for even the grandest visions.



In the aftermath of September 11th, those were the right choices for America to make — the only choices that can ensure the safety of our Nation in the decades to come.


Thank you for attending to this update.



Freenode is…
Sunday April 04th 2004, 10:17 pm
Filed under: %a la mod

quite something, as ‘entertainment portals‘ go.  Understated, efficient, and used by tends of thousands of people a day… I started noticing recently that all the projects that I would ever drop into an IRC channel to check out were hosted there. I once made a long-term project (thanks, pg) out of finding every online community with more than ten thousand members… this qualifies as another one.

Freenode is… …



of Blogs and Wikis
Friday April 02nd 2004, 2:43 pm
Filed under: indescribable

Well, blogging about the R-meeting last night, casually, while watching conversation roll off of tongues and patter through #channels, made me think about the speed with which interactive xsation takes place in different media, its staying power there, and its capacity for catalysing ideas, rather than retarding them into a vague medium of shared language.

of Blogs and Wikis …



Feeling Lucky, Jew? Bumping a spite-site from the G-spot
Thursday April 01st 2004, 5:54 pm
Filed under: popular demand

So, here’s the situation.


Noticing that the G-spot for “Jew” is an anti-semitic site,
Informed by the G-Man that they’re not arbiters of propriety,
Someone decides to make a more suitable site the top hit.


Asking his friends to rally round,
Choosing the Wikipedia article [[Jew]] for its fine qualities,
(“…most inclusive, non-denominational, and democratic source…”)
He initiates a G-juicing campaign.     


In a week, the article’s ranking rises to the first page of results, but
not yet to the hotseat.  I love the idea and I love Wikipedia —
why is this the first positive googlebomb I’ve heard of?   — S.



Hot smoking guns, Frodo!
Thursday April 01st 2004, 5:47 pm
Filed under: %a la mod

I get to blog tonight’s non-webcast blogger meeting… how exciting.  (sorry that J won’t be there, though!) and there’s a big oddball party at my place tomorrow… and an amazing story about WP, the Jerusalem Post, and antisemitic sites with high page rank.  Next, on Sjeraldo…




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