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Monday, September 30, 2002
 
Smooth move there, dipshit Mr. Toricelli is nowhere near my good book. This schmuck has all but ruined the democrats chances of maintaining their Senate majority. Now assuming the Democrats can't get him replaced on the ballot because of state laws, we might end up with some screwed up situation wherein voters who want to elect the Democratic replacement candidate, for instance Bill Bradley might be one, would have to vote for Toricelli so that he could step down when elected and have the governor appoint another candidate to serve for a year before another election. No matter the outcome, it'll be messy. I can't believe we went from Bill Bradley to this corrupt idiot. I mean, it's New Jersey. This should be an easy victory for the democrats.
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I yearn for the sweet embrace of death AUTHOR'S NOTE: During the following message, every instance of a * will denote where I felt sick *Well, *I feel really under * the weather. My day started out fine. I had virtu-*-ally no sleep because I was studying v*e*ry* hard for a math exam, but that exam * turned out * to be really * ea-*-sy. My nose * had been running during the * course of the week, but I * felt * fine ***. During the course * of the day, my nose became less * and less my olfactory center, and more and more an elaborate sewage system designed to dump pounds of mucus onto my face ** [pauses to wipe some spit from a sneeze off the screen]. I have no idea how the body gets all this mucus. Because not only is it shooting out my nose and down my throat, it's numerous * enough to clog up my head, muffling every noise and thus causing me to shout everything. So though * I started out feeling fine, my body vehemently disagreed with this and dragged me down until finally, at the end ** of the day, I was clearly sick. So I spent half my day wandering around *with stacks of soiled tissues in my hands, mumbling very very loudly about tiny things, hiccuping, then * trying to beat my hiccups by holding my * breath only to find that my sniffles prevented such an act, and then finally making a weak and pathetic cough that made me sound like someone had just kicked me in the stomach. *******
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Uncharted Waters Well this is officially my first news post made from school. Sure, I could be studying and learning, but this is easier. The West Coast ports were again shut down by a disagreement between dock workers and operators. The whole thing feels like it belongs more in the 1950's than in modern labor relations, right down to the threatened use of the Taft-Hartley act. The operators claim the union guys were not calling a strike but were instead just slowing down dock work to put pressure on them. The President of the local union, Ponce De Leon, said (subscription required) that "There is no slowdown." I tend to believe him because he did sail the ocean blue with Columbus in 1493 and discover Puerto Rico in 1506.
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They do it better I watched Comedy Central's European import show, Trigger Happy TV. It's a hidden camera show. Now before you all make a collective groan, please realize that this isn't an American hidden camera show. Apparently, hidden camera shows can actually be okay when not made by American producers. Most American hidden camera shows go like this: Hired Actor: Hey, would you like to try some of this delicious coffee? Guy on the street: Okay, what flavor is it? Hired Actor: It's vanilla crisp! *Guy on street drinks the coffee and spits it out because it tastes horrible Hired Actor: HA HA HA HA HA! YOU'RE ON HIDDEN CAMERA SHOW #28492384! Guy on Street: REALLY!?! Oh wow! HI MOM! HEY!! HA HA HA *Guy on street and actor put arms on each other's shoulder's and point at camera laughing. Stupid announcer: Boy, I guess he got a little more than he was asking for with that cup of coffee! *audience laughs. But this show, while not brilliant or great, does a much better job. Instead of just picking a spot and forcing people into something, the guys who do this show are much more willing to just wait. For instance, at one point in the episode tonight, a guy just walks up to a pond where people are throwing bread and he starts throwing banannas. He doesn't seek them out in conversation or try to create some great piece of dialogue, he just lets the people around him react. Not hilarious, but better than the forced stuff I'm used to. One of the funnier things I saw was an escalator prank, wherein two men in very large fat suits got on at the same time and just stood on the same step. So the camera had a shot of this empty escalator and then you see the two guys descending into view as the escalator slowly moves. And behind them there are about 40 people jam-packed onto the escalator. In front of them is nothing but open stairs. And they just stood there. Okay, so this stuff doesn't sound funny written out, but it's a breath of fresh air compared to most hidden camera shows. Another segment was very Letterman-esque. A messenger walked into a store with another man who was in a bad chimp suit. He said I have a chimpogram for you, please sign for it. He walked out, said the chimp will leave in two days, and you don't need to feed it. And the guy in the chimp suit just stood there standing by the window ... for hours. The show is nothing I'll set my tivo for, but atleast it's good at filling a half-hour.
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Don't get it I still don't get how anyone could walk away from something successful and of such quality that also happens to make them millions of dollars a year. Every big star seems to do it nowadays, and I guess I can't psychoanalyze them without having walked a mile in their shoes, but it just seems crazy to me. "Things are going great for me. I'm at the top of my game ... so this is when I'm most marketable so I better leave my hit show and spark out on a new career before I'm yesterday's news." That's not what's happening in this case, but things often feel that way.
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Boom An update to my TV musings. I watched the Series Premiere of Boomtown tonight. The start was strong, the middle was weak, and the ending was utterly fantastic. I have a feeling that the show will degrade over time because it's gimmick, namely that it jumps between different viewpoints of the same crime, will wear thin. Still, the very start of the episode tied with the end in an extremely satisfying way, and the viewpoint of one of the suspects, Catrell, was so incredibly well done that it guaranteed that I'm gonna watch this show again next week. I used to watch the Practice in this timeslot, but the last season of that show was so unspeakably horrible that I refuse to look at the show anymore. David E. Kelly should take Ally McBeal's cancellation as a hint and regroup on Boston Public and whatever his new lawyer show is. He had too many balls up in the air at once and the quality of all his shows suffered for it. One other thing about Boomtown. It's set in LA. I like that. Call me overly provinicial or whatever the hell term applies, but I like my city getting more TV shows set in it. I mean, they already film almost every TV show here, so why not atleast set one or two in the area? The opening credits of the show, which do sort of confuse the premise, play up the LA angle a lot.
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Sunday, September 29, 2002
 
The Obvious Movies shown on network TV suck. Fox is showing the Matrix right now. I'm sick of the film but am watching it anyway since nothing else of any value is on. But just like every other time I'm stupid enough to watch a movie on network TV, I've become enraged. Fox hasn't just done the usual editing for content, they've sliced the living fuck out of the film for time constraints too. I mean, I'll be watching and suddenly a five minute scene will be missing, or half a conversation will be gone, all so fox could squeeze in some more commercials. It's really very infuriating. Amazingly, they even cut out the whole There is no spoon thing.
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Confession by Web Forum Here is a thread on a webforum. In case the thread is deleted or changed, here's the gist: A mechanic took a mustang out for a joyride, then posted about the experience in bold all-caps type on a webforum. But there's a twist to this story .... the car owner read his post. The car owner solicited responses here on a separate web forum. Very amusing. I just love the throught process here. Yeah, the chances of his post being read by the car owner were minimal, but not that small when you consider that he posted it in a forum dedicated to Mustangs. Not only that, but the son of a bitch didn't just type up details about who had given the car, he POSTED THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER. Why, oh why, would this idiot post the license plate number of the car he had temporarily stolen. Of course, I don't think a print out of a webforum could be used as evidence in court, but it could certainly be used as evidence to get this schmuck fired.
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BLINKING LIGHTS!!!! Look, it's the McDonalds of the future! It has blinking lights! edit: Damn ye free image linking services all to hell! See, you can tell it's from the future because of the blinking lights and the use of plasma screen TV's as menus: edit: Damn ye free image linking services all to hell! See, those 13-grand-a-set plasma screen TVs must be saving them a fortune! When they change their menu, now they don't need to print new 50 cent sheets to stick above the cashiers!
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Saturday, September 28, 2002
 
That's just dandy Thank god Tom Scocca was here to tell us what we all were dying to ... oh wait, that's right, no one gives a shits about the topic he decided to expound about as the front-page story of today's slate. He covers "The Rise of the Asian Superjocks." Most of the piece is about how wrong some other guy was when he said that people of African descent will always dominate every sport. The rest is some sort of confusingly pointless list of really good asian athletes. The important question raised by this article isn't if the future of sports lies in Asia, it's WHY THE FUCK SHOULD I CARE!!!! Is this something I have to do something about? Donate money to an organization for? Is this something that's going to affect anything at all in any important way? No. I can't believe this was a front page article on a major opinion site. What's even more frustrating is that this point that none of us care about but that he's trying desperately to make, namely that Asian athletes are now on top in nearly every sport, isn't even made well. You can read his examples, and some of them make no sense, but for the most part, you're just gripped by a total lack of caring. How does listing a few great athletes make some grand all-encompassing point about Asian talent? I've got a big book downstairs full of great Jewish athletes, but just because I list some of them to you doesn't mean I've proven anything about the general abilities of all jews in sports. Chances are he was trying to make an overall point that athletics can't just be looked at as an issue of race, but by latching onto descendants of Asia to make his point he just seems to be contradicting himself. Perhaps in the future this reporter can invest his time in a topic that someone, somewhere might actually gives two fucks about. Author's Note: One "shit" is roughly equal to "two fucks"
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Maybe Scrubs should change its name Perhaps the NBC show Scrubs will have to change its name because that little piece of metonymy is about to disappear. According to this nice CNN article, many hospitals plan to switch to quick-drying alcohol gels as the primary method of cleaning hands in a hospital environment. Now if I follow my etymology properly, surgeon's clothes are called scrubs because surgeons scrub their hands for several minutes before surgery, so the title of the show Scrubs would no longer make sense. Now, I could be wrong about that, since scrub can also mean a non-varsity athlete or a weak animal, so the term scrubs in the show Scrubs could just be because they are the lowly interns. Somehow I suspect NBC will not see things my way.
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EHEHEHE! ZZZZ! EHEHE! ZZZZZ! My net connection was down, so I was off the net for several hours. A harrowing experience. Anyway, I can't stand the Scifi Wire news service anymore. They have a new dhtml pop-up flash ad that has the loudest and most annoying sound you can imagine. I keep my sound levels relatively low, but if I visit that page, I feel like I'm gonna blow out my fucking speakers with this shit. And the sounds don't even make sense for what they're advertising. It's like all those ads for Signs that had that big ending sound effect, and then when Scott went to go see the movie, he said it wasn't even in the film. Oh, and on an issue only mildly related by the topic of advertising: I love that new ikea commercial with the old busted lamp sitting on the side of the street in the rain.
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TV Round-up I had a bunch of tiny musings that weren't good enough for separate articles, so I collected them here. Firefly: Fox wouldn't air the two-hour pilot episode, so they started with episode 2 as the series opener. I think this has seriously injured the show. There are aspects to the plot that are just plain confusing without that pilot episode. I mean, the whole dynamic of the crew is established and two characters are set as new outsiders. But because we didn't see the pilot episode introducing those two new crewmates, everyone feels like a new character and this concept of outsiders doesn't work right. Still, I'll keep watching for two reasons: 1. Everyone loves Josh Whedon and this is the first show of his that doesn't center around teenagers, which is a topic I don't want to go into. 2. There was something that happened at the end of the first episode fox aired. The episode is called The Train Job. I won't give it away, but you'll know the moment when it happens because it's absolutely fantastic. CSI: Miami: I was a late-comer to regular CSI, which is quite good. CSI: Miami is a lot like it, and thus pretty good, though it falls short of the original in one key area. The characters just aren't as good. The show is in serious need of some quirkiness or even comic-relief characters. Yes, they're dealing with murders, but the lead characters are so dour and humorless. In regular CSI, they do a better job of keeping the characters interesting because the cast has quirkier people who are able to keep things reasonably light. John Doe: I didn't watch the series premiere, but I didn't exactly feel lost starting from the second episode. I liked what I saw. The plot isn't believable at all, and one or two characters suck, but on the whole I think it's got enough going for it to keep me watching. They've got the big plot arc that centers the show, interesting investigations to fill up each episode, and interesting quirks like the fact that the lead character is completely color-blind. I'm gonna keep watching and see if it lives up to its potential. Robbery Homicide Division: I had heard good things about this show, but I couldn't even watch all of the series premiere tonight. The show felt like it was edgy for the sake of being edgy. There were weird camera angles and cuts but they felt more like someone pretending to be artistic and weren't actually useful to the show. Also, while I did somewhat enjoy the weird color-scheme where everything just looks really odd and gray, by the time I stopped watching I was annoyed with it. I mean, it's been awhile since there was a show set in LA like this, but the color scheme they've used makes everything unrecognizable and gives LA a somewhat New York-esque look (the show made LA much more city-like as opposed to the long open skyline that makes up the real LA). Those are the only new ones I watched. I did catch a few minutes of Paradise Hills or whatever that new NBC comedy is called. It didn't really hold my interest, but I didn't see enough to judge. As should be obvious to any one looking at the new TV lineup, the networks are big on crime dramas this year. I think that, while many of them could be bad, for some reason this deluge of crime dramas holds a lot more potential greatness than past TV trends. I mean, we've got two good CSI shows, three good Law & Order shows, and one or two other potential good shows, which is a lot more hours of good television than the reality tv craze or the gameshow craze produced. And finally, my Friday's are gonna be terrible come January. I will probably be watching the following shows regularly, all of which air on Friday: Firefly, Farscape, Stargate SG-1, Monk, John Doe, and Jeremiah. That's 6 hours of TV in the space of 3 hours. The load will be lightened when Farscape, which was brutally cancelled, and Stargate SG-1, which is going off the air by choice, end their runs next year.
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Friday, September 27, 2002
 
Site Updates I did some slight redesigning of the left-pane. I'm not happy with the way the spacing turned out, and I've noticed that on monitors with small resolutions my layout looks crappy, so I'm gonna hopefully work on it some more. I reduced the number of days included on the main page to 5. If anyone doesn't like that, just tell me and I'll switch it back to 6. I just didn't think it was a good idea to have such a big main page. I felt bad about getting 100% of all my visitors from Scott and Asparagirl's blogs without ever linking to them, so I added a link box. You'll notice that unlike my brother, I don't list other family member's websites BELOW Sesame Street Disco.
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U.N. Oppression Deepens Once again the iron grip of the U.N. and its evil authoritarian "human rights" rules have harmed the citizens of Europe. In what can only be described as an act that will set back the cause of Human Rights in the world by 400 years and return Europe to a freedomless vassal-based form of governance, the U.N. human rights court has upheld a ban on dwarf-tossing. When will Europe finally learn that it's the sacred god-given right of every man or butch-woman on this earth to go to a bar, get drunk, and pay money to throw a small man against a wall.
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Dictionary Rejoice, ye Scifi fans, for you can now use terms like "Klingon," "warp drive," and "Jedi" without violating yourself and the english language like so many sailors after a long squall. I don't quite understand how Jedi and Klingon could be used in a sentence that didn't involve Star Wars or Star Trek without being hamfisted similes, but alas, the good folks over in Oxford seem to think they know better. So now I'm going to warp my way to the end of this post like a Klingon in heat being chased by a Jedi. edit: Don't bother clicking the link, there's this fucking flash ad there that is so loud and horrible that the page is worthless. The Gist of the article: The OED is adding those three terms I mentioned above.
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Idiot, Genius, or Neither? Every one seems to have weighed in on Al Gore's speech, so I felt that I needed to follow the bandwagon. I wasn't very interested in it. A lot of analysts talked about how he was moronic and bitter and not very logical. I'm not really gonna discuss quite what he said, but more about a possible why. On CNBC, one pundit offered a good explanation, which was later echoed as MSNBC's Political Play of the Week: Basically the claim is that Gore is trying to get the support of the liberal base of the Democratic party. I don't know whether that'd really work, but I think it's true that there's a sizable portion of the Democratic party that is more than just distrustful of Bush's war plan. They want to either actively oppose it or slide the task over to the UN for a year, but because the Democratic Leadership is so frightened of the party being labeled as unamerican or liberal, this side of the Democratic party isn't really represented loudly in government. From a strategic point of view, acquiescence by the Democrats is good strategy, but it's probably also gonna put a division between part of the base and all those Democrat presidential hopefuls.
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THIS JUST IN! Comedienne In a shocking update, I've learned from this CNN Article that there's a different spelling for the term comedian when referring to females of that profession. We'll keep on this story as long as it takes. Please remain calm.
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This is why you should never let your pet monkey go to raves Those of you who have been poor role models for your pet monkeys and have taken them to raves should sit down before reading this next story. It seems that by allowing your pet monkeys to take Ecstacy, you've damaged their brain cells and increased their chances of getting a parkinson-like disease. Now I'm sure that somewhere out there the powerful pro-monkey-drug-taking lobby is saying that this is a biased study and that Ecstacy isn't dangerous. But I say this: How many more monkeys have to suffer neurological trauma before we finally admit that mind-altering drugs are bad for monkeys! So the next time you go to a rave, either leave your monkey at home or make sure it's closely supervised and doesn't get its DAMNED DIRTY APE PAWS on some ecstasy.
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A uniter, not a divider Here's a site that both Microsoft haters and Microsoft supporters will love. It's called WatchingMicrosoftLikeAHawk.com. Pretty much any news story on the internet involving Microsoft can be found there. The site is updated very, very frequently. Enjoy!
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Get your stinking paws off my school system, you damned dirty Evolutionist! Well, some folks in Georgia are going to start teaching Creationism in school. That seems like a pretty clear-cut violation of church and state to me. Yeah, they say they're going to be presenting other views like Evolution as well, but this just seems wrong to me. How can it not be seen as a government endorsement of Christian beliefs if you're telling children in a federally funded school about Adam & Eve as a factual view of humanity's origin? Now, I don't particularly have a big problem with someone who is very religious and says, "I don't believe this theory because it contradicts the bible." But what I can't stand are these people who try to mix up the kids by pretending they've got science to back them up. They constantly say that scientists are disproving Darwinism or that there is no real proof to begin with. Nevermind all those bones we keep finding of early human ancestors. In fact, nevermind radio-carbon-dating (a prime claim by these scientific Creationists is that the great flood from the Bible created all the fossils we keep finding, which could be true ... if the flood lasted a billion years). They can have their beliefs, but they shouldn't be allowed to push their religion and a bunch of phony science on kids using government money.
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Thursday, September 26, 2002
 
Stream of consciousness after watching ER Season Premiere HOLY FUCKING SHIT! THEY CUT HIS ARM OFF! His arm ... off! Crap! Crap! Christ on a cracker! His arm, they cut his fucking arm off! Holy goddamned mother fucking son of a network holy shit cracker monkey spit!!! His arm, helicopter blade, no more arm!!! AHHH!!! In Conclusion: There used to be a time when you wouldn't see a man get his arm cut off by a helicopter blade on network TV. I've watched plenty of movies with much more visible gore, but that scene was so surprising and fast, and so unusual for TV, that it literally made me sick.
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Quiet Debate I don't like the way the debate on Iraq is going; there doesn't actually seem to be any debate to speak of. Everywhere it's being said that the issue shouldn't be politicized and that the issue should be openly discussed. But the issue isn't being truely debated. All that's really happening is that the Senate is making some quiet compromises about the bill, but any actual philosophical differences aren't discussed. It's just assumed that Bush will get his war and that the democrats will compromise for election purposes. But all that talk I was hearing before about how there was going to be a spirited public debate doesn't seem to be living up to reality. Yeah, the news agencies are talking about the issue a lot, but even there, the talking heads are usually just arguing about tiny side issues like how the war will affect Mid-term elections, not about the merits of any actual invasion. I'm not saying that I wouldn't support the war, but I don't like this quiet agreement that is basically present simply because Bush is a president with high approval ratings and not because of any real agreement over policy. Instead of the open discussion we were promised, we've basically got Republicans standing by the party line, most Democrats cowering because they don't want to be seen as pacifists, and then a few crazy ultra-liberals who want us out of the middle-east entirely.
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Stealing makes the world a better place! Here's this Salon.com story about how piracy HELPS software companies and the music industry. This will sound harsh if you just read the first page of the article, but overall this article is just a loose justification for piracy that doesn't really make sense. The second page talks a lot about how illegal users help software make critical inroads by amassing a network of users. That's pretty flawed thinking if you ask me. Yeah, I could see how it could help an album if a big buzz gets started because of leaked versions, and yeah, I could see how an online game might get some aid by having plenty of online servers because of pirated accounts, but in the long run, it's a weak justification. Sure, the argument could be made that people stealing MS Office in China are helping to make MS Office the standard in China, but what's the point of being the standard if no one pays for your software? What really bugs me about software piracy isn't so much the people who steal because they're cheap, but the people who steal because they're cheap but claim it's a moral issue. These are the folks who say things like "I R n3v3R Gunna PAY fur M$ sftware! WAREZ!!!11!!" Instead of just admitting they're cheap, they pretend that they're revolutionaries, out to change the world, one binary at a time. Bull shit. And it's impossible to convince these people to pay because they'll just keep screaming about how the price is too high or is unfair or how it's not really stealing because it's just code.
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SBC I just can't get a grip on SBC Pacific Bell. I don't know whether I should dislike them, since they're a big corporate behemoth, or like them because my phones work. Here's something about them cutting jobs. There's some interesting stuff in the article about regulation. Basically, SBC is forced under the law to give rivals access to their network below retail price, but the law makes the price so low that it's below cost. This sounds like the sort of thing that probably just requires a little bit of adjusting in rates but that will never actually be accomplished because too many competing interest groups would be involved.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
 
Proposition H Hollywood, California ... swimming pools, movie stars, idiotic political causes ... Overshadowed by the much more real threat of San Fernando Valley secession, there is proposition H, a proposal to make Hollywood its own city. Now, this thing is going to fail. It was a pipe dream to start with and no one there was even very interested. Both the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood not only have propositions for secession on the ballot, they also have to actually elect officials for these unformed cities on the same day. So there are several people running for jobs that may not exist. Partly because of that instability, the candidates for these imaginary city leadership positions are frightful. I keep seeing these new Hollywood commercials with several of the people running for office. Now, I don't want to judge people by appearances and one small sound-bite, but I wouldn't trust these idiots to tie their own shoes, let alone run a city. Half of them look like they got onto the ballot because they were confused and grabbed the wrong form while trying to register to vote. Seems to me that with a selection like that, Hollywood shall remain under the iron-disinterested-grip of Los Angelinos for many years to come.
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I'll have the shrooms labeled "Reserved for Aaron Sorkin" I just watched the West Wing season premiere. Dear god is that show good. I had totally forgotten how insanely great it is. And it's basically entirely written by one guy. Sure, it can be silly, and well, it is ridiculous at times, but holy shit is it a joy to watch. It's like a guilty pleasure, except it's so fucking smart that you actually feel smarter for having watched it. Secret Message to the Democratic Leadership Committee: Hire Aaron Sorkin. He's better at this stuff than you are.
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It's just a figure of speech I was just at CNN.com. Here's this from the front page: "Senators trade fire over Iraq Senators exchanged fire Wednesday over the the debate on war with Iraq. Sen. Tom Daschle demanded an apology from President Bush for a quote that the Democrat-controlled Senate was 'not interested in the security of the American people.' Republican Sen. Trent Lott asked, 'Who is the enemy here, the president or Saddam Hussein?'" See, much of Europe already believes that everyone in the US spends their time dodging drive-by shootings, so I worry that they'll think Tom Daschle pulled out a machine-gun and started blowing away Republican senators. That's why, as a service to you foreign devils, I'm here to tell you it's just a figure of speech.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
 
Vulgarity I'm officially instructing Jesse Jackson to go fuck himself. Normally I'd go into more detail, but I think this statement is so universally agreed upon that it can be taken as an axiom.
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Forget my 8th level alien psionic powers, we've got lawyers! The Church of Scientology has struck again. They've destroyed the sanctity of my beloved Internet Archive by using lawyers to pressure the non-profit site into removing its archived copies of Xenu.net, a site very critical of the Scientologist's cult, errr, religion. This totally destroys the concept of archiving and creating a true library of the internet. How can the web archive be considered an accurate archive if it's willing to hide any part of the web's past that someone with a lawyer complains about? Oh, and by the by, it's hard to know what religions to scorn nowadays. For instance, I read a pretty well-written diatribe against the mormon church the other day detailing gaggles of silliness involved in its founding, but I also know that my mormon friend, while devoted to his church, is not some nutcase being fooled into believing a crackpot religion. He's a down-to-earth guy, and while I can't imagine delaying college for 2 years to do mission work, that doesn't mean he's blinded by religious fervor. Perhaps it doesn't matter how shady an organization's origin is, but instead how it acts today. Unfortunately, Scientology continues to act as a pathetic shell game 50 years after its founding.
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I actually find this encouraging I actually find this CNN article encouraging. You see, before this article in which Arnold Schwarzenegger says he doesn't plan to run for governor, there were actually pundits suggesting that he could enter as a third party candidate a month before the election and win because of the sudden buzz. Unlikely, but still frightening. The California Governor's race meanders on. It's a testament to everything that's wrong with politics today. Our incumbent, Gray Davis, is boring to the point of torture. Not only that, but he's also a relentlessly negative campaigner. Bill Simon, who is about 500 yards too far to the right to ever be elected in California, is just as bland, and apparently is running one of the worst campaigns in the history of California. Though Gray Davis is very much unloved by California, his positions on the issues beat out Simon in every poll. But despite this simple fact, I've yet to see a single issue-based campaign ad from either camp. There's nothing but a relentless stream of stupid ads attacking the credibility of everyone in California. For once, I may be glad I'm too young to vote.
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Just in case I assume Scott's already heard that FX cancelled his former place of employment, Son of the Beach. Just in case I thought I'd post it. Apparently TNN is interested in picking up the show. That would make sense since it would fit very well into TNN's extremely consistent theme as demonstrated by this sample of their schedule: Bass Fishing Star Trek WWF Raw Baywatch CSI Reruns Talk about a hodgepodge. Still, I must give them credit. Their acquisition of Star Trek: TNG made me start watching their network more than I used to (a few hours a week now as opposed to never before), but I hate that they put this stupid little bar on the bottom of every program. I now have a second show to watch since they are showing CSI reruns, which is nice since I missed most of that show before finally realizing it was good. It'll be interesting to see how far they're willing to stray from their core audience (namely, people who refer to The Civil War as "The War of Northern Aggression") in the interest of greater market share. I'm just waiting for them to get to the Star Trek DS9 reruns. Another delightful aspect is that their announcer is non-existent. They tell people to call their phone machine and leave messages to be played on the air. So if you're watching a show, at the end you'll hear a loud BEEP and someone in an accent clearly from below the Missouri Compromise line will say "Next up on the NEW TNN is Star Trek!!! Oh that Patrick Stewart is so hot."
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Another quickie Aintitcool.com has an article (you need to scroll down) that basically outlines every single plot detail in the script for the new Superman movie Warner Brothers is working on. I have to say, it sounds like one of the most pathetic attempts at reinventing a character I've ever heard. If the script sounded any stupider, the ink probably wouldn't be able to stick to the page. Really terrible. I'm enraged and I don't even like Superman; I think comic books are goofy because the characters have been around so long that only crazy plotlines are possible if things are to stay fresh. And frankly, I think Superman as a character is just really stupid. I mean, Super strength, heat vision, total invulnerability? This sounds like some sort of argument preschoolers might get into ("No, my secret super car would be invincible +1 and shoot death lasers out of its windows!").
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Monday, September 23, 2002
 
quickie I pride myself on my frequent updates, but I may be out of commission tonight. Besides a Senior-Parent college night event, I am defragging about 30 gigs of hard-drive.
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Too good Google frightens me. They seem to have become the greatest company on earth. They're just amazing. They do what they do the best; they make a profit at it; they're always thinking about the future; and they're just great people. Their newest feature, Google News will probably become an invaluable resource for bloggers as it provides links to original sources for tons of articles on the web.
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Sunday, September 22, 2002
 
A tip from me to Hollywood Hello, Hollywood. Here's a tip from me to you: No super secret spy agency is ever going to ask a celebrity or normal citizen to join in with a special agent in some ridiculously complex spy caper. I don't care if you're making a vehicle for Vin Diesel (xXx) or Eddie Murphy (I spy), please stop trying to foist this hideously stupid plot line on the American public. What sort of government agency routinely decides that not only do they need to turn to civilians for their super secret operations, or in some cases crazy convicts (ala The Dirty Dozen, which while silly, was quite fun to watch atleast), but they also need to focus on getting help from celebrities and international playboys. I am officially declaring this plot point stupid; stop using it because I won't be going to any movies containing it.
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Then and Now A new CNET article about Palm: "The handheld maker is in the process of raising additional funding to complete the separation of the two units. The company is also seeking shareholder approval for a reverse stock split, an effort aimed at boosting the share price above Nasdaq's $1 minimum price in preparation for the split." An article from March 2000 about Palm's Initial Public Offering: "Shares of Palm Inc., maker of electronic organizers, surged 172 percent on its first day of trade as the 3Com Corp. unit became the latest example of the demand for shares of wireless and Internet companies. [The stock closed at 100 dollars-a-share]"
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NOW I care about my child's well-being Isn't this always the way with abusive parents? They don't give a shit about their kids' well being until they're being arrested for abuse. THEN all of a sudden everything is about how they're sorry and want only what's best for the child. Sounds like a whole lot of BS to me. She acts like the people who took her child from her are punishing her child. Perhaps she should come to grips with the fact that we're punishing her and protecting her child. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go beat my cat to let off some aggression from hearing about this awful awful woman.
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Hot seethru pics! VOyEUR ACTION! Totally ILLEGAL upskirt shots you just gotta see! Here's an interesting Supreme Court decision. Apparently, filming up a woman's skirt with a hidden camera is legal so long as the woman is in a public place because she doesn't have "a reasonable expectation of privacy." Technically, though it's hard to figure out from this article, I think the court's issue was with that phrase of the state law, and should the state alter it to remove those words, upskirt pictures would once again be illegal. Still, I don't think the original law was wrong to begin with. I think that a woman should have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" underneath her skirt. My experience with Law & Order tells me that this reasonable expectation of privacy line is used a lot to justify things like recording someone's conversation on a cellphone or in very public places. Anyway, my guess is that the law will be changed to more tightly fit with what the court wants.
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Saturday, September 21, 2002
 
The Dead Zone I couldn't stand the show during most of the season until I watched it in marathon form on my tivo. It was really much more watchable when I could fast-forward, since the story-arc is somewhat non-existent for many episodes. That last episode was pretty fucking great. Really remarkable. **Beware of Spoilers below this point** (you need to highlight the text to view it) At first I thought the episode sucked because it jumped all over the place, and even by the end you didn't really get what was going on with the Stillson guy, whether he had psychic powers or was just an asshole or whatever. But that last shot Johnny gets of the future was really kickass. I remember when I saw them tilting the campera up on the big black structure, my gut said, hmm, that looks like the Washington Monument, but when they actually backed away and showed Washington D.C. in flaming rubble, I thought it was really fucking powerful. The way they had hidden the image earlier with the soot covered monument was very cool.
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Japan Here's an article expressing reason #487294 why Japan is, to quote Carl of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "really we'erd."
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Once again... Once again the mainstream press refuses to print the stories that are important to us all. Luckily, the prize-winning brilliant unbiased journalists over at the WeeklyWorldNews are here to deliver nothing but the truth. For instance, did you know that John Gotti's ghost is running the mafia? Or that a couple in Sweden is picking up alien porn on their TV? Of course not, because THEY don't want you to know about it. Thank god these geniuses are here to pull the government conspiracy apart in front of our eyes and show us how the world really works:
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A Public Service Message Don't go see Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. Now, admittedly, RottenTomatoes.com always skews overly negative. The problem is that it fills up with a lot of "internet critics" who are really just jerks that have 10 bucks to pay for a domain. And usually, most people are only willing to invest the time to write about a movie if they disliked it; people rarely invest the time to write about movies they liked or thought were just okay because anger is easier to write with. But clearly, Ecks Vs. Sever is not a movie, it's a force of nature. 0% of 61 reviewers had a positive review of this film. Do you realize that that sets this film as worse than Rollerball and Freddy Got Fingered? Very, very impressive.
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A tiger + School Children = how could this turn out wrong? Linky. I'm pleased to hear that the tigher was "just playing" when it grabbed a small child's head in its jaws. I'm also glad to hear that this tiger's appearance in front of a school was a reward. Apparently there's no greater prize to a child than a random mauling.
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Friday, September 20, 2002
 
Proof that maybe drugs are bad Wait, drug use that doesn't help athletes? Please think about any Mets game you heard about this year. Now read this article about the Mets' rampant drug use: Article. I rest my case.
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The Quotable Siguy Here's the latest addition to the Quotable Siguy: My Friend: Well my dad, we’re Mormons, when he went on his mission to Australia… Me (in Mission Impossible voice): Should your mission fail or you be captured in the process, Joseph Simon will deny any knowledge of your actions.”
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Here For those of you who aren't in California, all my talk of UFOs and intercontinental ballistic missiles flying by my window might've confused you. Well here's a picture of what I was seeing that's a lot better than the one I posted:
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Israel/Palestine: Chapter 384829473 I'm gonna have to side against the Israelis in this latest action. Yes, there was a new terror attack which merits definite action and stronger attempts to clamp down, but I think they've reacted in a very haphazard manner. Now, Arafat's a piece of shit, but it does no one any good if because of one attack after a nearly month-long lull, Israel's default strategy is to start shooting at his headquarters. I know that they're probably after some specific person or persons in the area, but my gut tells me that this is just a response for the sake of a response. When there's an attack and they don't know which group did it, I think they just go down their list of terrorists who they wanted to get anyway and head out and to get them. That'd be fine but by going after Arafat right away, they hurt their credibility with the world in any negotiations.
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And it uses less hot air than congress! Here's an absolutely fascinating read about an electric air-powered car. Very interesting. I don't know how well the claims will hold up, but a car that doesn't pollute and which can reach speeds of 55 mph is pretty impressive. As the article says (be sure to read the second page also), there's little chance of you seeing these around any time soon, but it'd be simply great if a technology like this could come along and save us from the combustion engine. Hmm, I should really look up what percent of greenhouse gases comes from cars. Of course, all of these no-emission cars do actually have emissions. The process of compressing air, either by using your outlet at home or one of their special 100 grand air compressor stations requires energy which is generated in a manner that creates pollution. You're electric car could be powered by energy derived from messy and polluting coal.
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Coochie, coochie, coo? Well, by now, as a human being somewhere on this earth, you've probably been inundated with the news that a security camera caught a woman beating a child. This is a case where it's not all that unusual an act, but seeing it caught on camera is very different from just hearing about it in a statistic. Here's a CNN story. But CNN makes you pay to see the video, so I suggest visiting http://www.feedroom.com to watch the video for free. Most of the news agencies still have to say "allegedly" or "appears to" about the beating, but the tape seems pretty iron-clad to me, unless of course this mother just practices the most violent version of "peek-a-boo!" on the planet.
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Quick note I've reduced the number of days of posts shown on the main page from 7 to 6. I'll see how that works out and then consider moving down to 5. Since I post about 3 articles a day, 7 felt like it was leading to a page that was too big for its own good. If you like or dislike this change, just let me know in the comments system.
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Thursday, September 19, 2002
 
An update: Apparently the time of eternal rapture is not at hand I may have overreacted a bit by slaughtering all our pets as a ritual sacrifice to avoid God's heavenly wrath. Turns out the light in the sky was nothing to worry about ... It was just an intercontinental ballistic missile. NBC4 has an article. Okay, so I guess calling it a ballistic missile is wrong since it was just a test of a Minuteman III intercontinental missile, but atleast now I know what the sky will look like right before I'm horribly horribly burned and maimed should any nuclear strikes occur in Los Angeles. edit: Apparently I'm an idiot who doesn't understand the term ballistic. It was in fact a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
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What the hell? Ummm. I think it was some new form of skywriting, or perhaps the old form but involving very poor control. Anyway, a rocketesque thing was flying by our window here a minute ago. Not just that, but it left a very distinct straight trail that had a colored bottom. And for a while at the top of it there was what seemed to be a giant flying cloud of dust centered around a central white point that was perhaps triangular. And for a while that dust-cloud/white-point-of-doom was heading towards us. I tried to take a picture, but the trees obscure and by the time I got the camera out, the big white cloud part, which was the most impressive part, was already below the tree line. So all I have are incredibly fuzzy shots of a vague line in the sky. I think I now get why UFO photographs are so shitty. It's tough to take a picture of something in the sky at night when you weren't expecting to be using your camera for anything. Anyway, I'm not saying it was aliens or some such bullshit. I think it was probably some form of skywriting, but for a minute there it really looked fucking weird and unnatural, sort of like a rocket heading straight for you. Here's one of those really fuzzy pics.
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New Arnold Sound Board Here, some college students have taken the original Arnold Soundboard (a flash file filled with phrases said by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and created a new one that adds new phrases and removes old useless ones. The flash is big (300 kb) so it takes a little bit to load. Here it is. They made a sample, which is funny, but clearly they played the prank on a friend so the person on the other end figure it out quickly. 3 meg MP3 File.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
 
It was funny This was funny until I realized that the United Poultry Concerns group was serious. Apparently, depicting any violence towards animals, even talking insurance-selling ducks, is evil. Doesn't matter if the violence is very limited, obviously fake, and not memorable. I just love the way the letter they wrote goes into detail how even though nothing is depicted, violence to ducks is implied: "But even if no ducks were harmed, the Grand Canyon commercial implies that the duck fell from an enormous height and landed hard." Well dear me! Someone implying that a duck fell off a hill. Call the Congress! Why isn't President Bush fighting this; Fuck Iraq! Computer generated ducks are in danger!
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Our President President Bush: "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on...—...shame on you. Fool me...—...you can't get fooled again."—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
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Bad art I'm gonna go out on a limb and declare this bad art. I don't care what the artist intended, but a sculpture depicting a naked woman falling from the World Trade Centers after the blast is just a bad idea. Yeah, I guess I could see how it's a memorial, but would anyone want a holocaust memorial sculpture of Jews being gassed? Sure, the intent is to remember that moment history, but the image chosen doesn't convey the right message.
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And backed into this corner, one El Presidente, GWB I must agree with my history teacher that President Bush has backed himself into a corner with the UN. He's proven to the world with his latest statements that all his words to the UN about giving them a chance at a peaceful solution were lies designed to start war. He's royally fucked up in his response. He should've said that Iraq's proposal was a good first step but he was leery of it. Then he could've still had his war with some international support just as soon as Iraq fucked up. But by being completely closed to every offer Iraq has made, no matter how generous those offers atleast pretend to be, he's ruined the US's chances of being taken seriously.
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Et tu, Haloscan? Well, my third commenting system provider is again down. I'll give them a day to get things back running before I switch back to my second commenting system provider.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2002
 
Hmm, supporting Arab and Palestinian causes after 9/11 not great politics? Here's a link. I don't understand what these black democratic candidates are talking about. This article talks about how Jewish money and Republicans who voted in the democratic primary killed the chances of two black Southern Democrats in their reelection bids. The black caucus makes this comment frequently in the article, "Why the leadership of the party didn't do anything, that's the big mystery." Well here's a fucking hint, perhaps it isn't the party leadership's job to try to pick the winners of every house primary in the country. If it were the party's job to support every reelection primary bid, then Gary Condit's name might still be on the ballot. They also claim "When you unseat two black candidates, it's not a freak thing, it's a strategy." This really insinuates that this was a racially based move by the Jewish money donors, despite the fact that both of the winning candidates who had the support of the Jewish lobby were also black. Once again, where is the issue of race that's being danced around? These two house members were extremely supportive of palestinian and arab causes and so the Jewish lobby supported their opponents. How is this not politics as usual? I mean, these candidates were also heavily financed by Arab donors, so is that somehow different or cleaner than the Jewish money their opponents receieved?
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42 ways this could be awful or great Well, various publications are reporting that Hollywood has finally deigned to create a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. Of course, they waited until the author and screenwriter had been dead for a year. So now they're hiring someone else to finish Douglas Adams's screenplay. I'm worried this could turn out really terribly. But then again, it could also be great. The screenwriter did Chicken Run and I thought that was delightful, though I have no idea how much of its delight depended on clay chickens as opposed to brilliant writing.
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Coincidence, I THINK NOT!! The new HIV-positive South African Sesame Street muppet looks exactly like every Art Teacher I've ever had.
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Scifi And now for something completely different: a discussion of the WB Scifi/teen-bullshit show Smallville. This show pisses me off. They've got a great little concept going, but it's marred by the WB. The WB knows its audience so the show is filled with teen angst love-triangle bullshit. But what absolutely disgusts me is the way AOL TimeWarner uses the show as their personal test space for "synergy" experiments. Every five minutes some horribly out-of-place song starts up in the show. This music never fits the scene, is always far too loud, and is of course owned by TimeWarner records. So then at the end of every show they advertise all the CDs of music that were played in the show, and in some cases they can be pushing 4 damned CDs with one show. Clearly any actual artistic choice about the music in the show has been overshadowed by this bullshit. I don't know how AOL did it, but they made Superman a pussy.
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Ask Siguy "Dear Siguy,      Should I circumcise my newborn son?  -Sincerely,        Some idiot on a webforum you visit" Circumsized ... otherwise when you're all forcibly converted to Judiasm by the great Jewish Revolt of 2023 you won't have to have a painful adult circumsicion.   -Sincerely,        Siguy
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Blew it I think Bush has blown any chance he had to look big in the World Community. By immediately criticising and insulting the Iraqi proposal of unconditional inspector access he has made it clear to everyone that he never intended for the UN to find a peaceful solution. He's just war-baiting. If he were smart he would've said "This is a positive step" and then waited for the Iraqi's to fuck up and blatantly obstruct the inspectors.
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Monday, September 16, 2002
 
I can finally become a James Bond Villain http://www.villainsupply.com/
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Iraq Well Iraq has agreed to "unconditionally" allow inspectors back. Like the Bush administration I'm leery of this offer as I'm sure it isn't truly conditionless, but I think it's pretty pathetic the way the Bush administration is acting like the offer is totally and utterly worthless. The real test of this offer comes when we tell Iraq we want 1,000+ inspectors. Then we'll see how unconditional this is.
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Freaky flash game Can you beat the Gimp? Warning: This game has a violent end; it's also freaky and tense as all hell.
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The filthy lies There's a good article in the Miami Herald about how the "terror scare" of a few days ago was overinflated and mishandled by the media. I was very surprised by how much the media got wrong. Seems like the only way we're ever going to get the media to report quickly yet accurate about a possible terrorist situation like this is if they themselves are planning the attack for ratings purposes.
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Gore vs. Bush II: Adrian's Revenge As has become my style, here's a link. Matt "I swear I'm a real reporter" Drudge has posted a story with special inside info about how Gore is going to make another run at the presidency. I never disliked Gore nearly so much as Scott and my friends did, but this just sounds like a bad idea to me. If he does win the nomination, he'll be just as terrible a candidate as he was last time, but this time he'll be up against a Bush who the public has decided cannot be criticised on his foreign affairs skills, which was a focal point of Gore's last run. And if he doesn't win, but still enters the race, then who knows what could happen to the other candidates. On the one hand, someone who beat Gore for the democratic nomination could be stronger for having proven himself like that, or then again, we could end up with a candidate weak from some protracted primaries struggle with Gore. Unless he suddenly really really really impresses me with some palpable change in his style, he shouldn't be expecting my vote. Oh, and on a side-note from the article: I still can't get over this "Bush saved the economy with his tax-cut stuff." Jeesh, if Superman had "saved" people like Bush "saved" our economy, Lois Lane would've been killed a thousand times over.
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Sunday, September 15, 2002
 
The Linkless Wonder I'll have to go linkless on this one because the information came courtesy of an email and a webforum post. So who knows, maybe it's all made up, but that won't stop me from writing! The facts would just get in the way. edit: Here's an update. The company in question is Dr. Pepper, not Pepsi. These people aren't even boycotting the right company. It seems that Pepsi is releasing some patriotic cans that have various American symbolic stuff on them. And they also have the pledge of allegiance on them, sans "Under God." Apparently this is why some people want to boycott pepsi and all pepsi owned products. May I be the first to point out this important point: "Who gives a shit?" It's a can of carbonated water. It's not like they're printing pictures of aborted fetuses on it; they just left out two words on a pledge. Why should Pepsi be forced to possibly alienate aethiests and buddhists and anyone else who doesn't like "under god" if they don't want to?
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The No-Spin Zone Here's the article about O'Reilly's battle with some conservatives. I used to watch O'Reilly years ago because he was basically up against nothing except Larry King, who I find boring. I don't like O'Reilly. He's too belligerent to his guests and sometimes grips onto things that are obviously wrong. Also, I don't buy his populist bullshit. I find this whole incident funny. All these conservatives who love him act like he's betrayed them. I mean, they're the ones who kept claiming that O'Reilly was the only true voice in America and how he was a bastion from liberal spin. He then takes one opinion that they don't agree with, and suddenly he's some sort of liberal shill? The people who are upset with him see political beliefs as dogma. They tie everything to religion, so when someone has a different opinion, there's no turn the other cheek. I still think O'Reilly's a moron, but he was right when he said that his guests opinions about homosexuals were based on religious fanatacism and not any real compelling argument.
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Well if it's endorsed by the British Toilet Association... It's the urinal of the future, in the street of today! Apparently this special pop-up street urinal is designed to help your drunken European who's always on the go. Like this chap: "I guess it's accepted that after a late night if you want to pee you can just go ahead and have one anywhere," said Neeraj, a 27-year-old Londoner. Well, I guess that makes sense ... if you're an alcoholic. Of course, that brings me to a side topic. I've always thought that whenever those who support lowering drinking ages everywhere point to Europe as an example of an enlightened drinking culture with little alcoholism, they seem to forget that what we call alcoholism is sometimes called your nightly visit to the pub over there. And if you'll forgive me for massively inflating this small topic even further, here's why this toilet represents the way socialism ignores the concept of human responsibility: Now, in the US, if a town was having a problem with people routinely pissing on the streets, we wouldn't try to design a street that better handles their urine. We'd keep arresting them until they stopped peeing in the streets. Whereas the socialist government pays 30,000 dollars apiece for special automatic urinals and additional money to pay the salary of an officer who's job is to stand there lowering and raising a toilet at night. It's not the government's job to spend thousands on people who are too stupid or careless to find a damned toilet when it's the responsibility of those people as "responsible drinkers" not to piss on the bloody street!
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Hmmm Here's this article about freeze-drying animals. Now as anyone who knows me will tell you, I absolutely adore our cats. I obsess over them endlessy, yet I don't understand at all the thought process behind this. The article states that the people who have this procedure done are "reluctant to bury or cremate their pets, and queasy about traditional taxidermy." Okay, what the hell does that mean? Why are they reluctant to bury the pets? Yeah, I love my cats a lot, but why on earth would that mean I wouldn't want to bury them? I mean, I bury family members, and they're almost as important to me as my cats are.
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I'm sick of you, Ms. Witherspoon, for no reason whatsoever I'm sick of Reese Witherspoon. It's not that I think she's a terrible actress or something, or that I think she's a good actress who takes shitty roles, I just am really sick of her. Though critics loved it, I absolutely hated Pleasantville, but that's not why I don't like her. And though a look at the IMDB's Witherspoon page will tell you she hasn't actually done a lot of work in recent years, I still feel like I've seen her too much. I know it doesn't make any sense, but I think part of it has to do with that movie swimfan where the main character looks kind of like her. Seems to me that my mind has attached the girl in the Swimfan ads who yells "YOU LOVE ME!!!! I KNOW IT!!!!!!!" in an oh so hilarious voice to Reese Witherspoon, thus ruining Reese Witherspoon. True, it isn't Reese Witherspoon, and thus, she can't really be held at fault, but somehow my mind won't let go of this. So yes, I'm sick of Reese Witherspoon for no good reason.
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Saturday, September 14, 2002
 
Speedy McBomb-Bomb II: Electric Bugaloo Well, President Bush, having given the UN an excessively long time to respond to his demands regarding Iraq (about half-a-week), is now demanding they act. Like my brother, I agree that the UN sucks in a lot of ways, but I don't quite hold the same level of contempt. Bush keeps saying he's giving the UN a chance, but he's really giving them a stacked deck. I don't think he'll accept any solution they can hammer out with Iraq, which I'm not saying is terrible since playing Hide The Scud with Iraq for another 4 years doesn't sound very productive to me. Bush phrases this situation as the UN's last chance at "relevance." Let's step back for a second. Yes, the UN's work basically consists of organizing some aid shipments and writing firery condemnations against Israel, but they are also basically the US's personal rubber stamp. And when they don't rubber stamp something the US does, they just get pushed aside. Yeah, I guess they're irrelevant, but the UN is still a good idea that shouldn't be thrown away. It just hasn't really adapted well to the concept of a world with one superpower, since it was basically designed to prevent World Wars I & II from being repeated, and those were caused by multiple world powers. That's not saying I think it's gonna suddenly become some great force for good in the world, but I think it's a bit harsh to claim it's irrelevant just because it's doing a bad job of dealing with the Middle East. The Middle East is a uniquely crappy situation because you've got thoroughly evil governments who basically control whether the rest of the world's economy dies or not because of the dependence on oil. I'm starting to think that any serious progress with the Middle East won't come until we're off oil. Sure, we won't pay as much attention to it, but without that constant trump card over the rest of the world, I think the Middle East might really be forced to change. Please forgive the haphazard nature of this post. It's really just ramblings
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hehe, juvenile humor "Robotic Indiana Jones to Penetrate Pyramid" Heh, shouldn't he atleast buy her a drink first. This has been Siguy's immature humor post of the week. For a transcript of Siguy's immature humor post of the week, please send your credit card information to siguy101@hotmail.com and I'll unlock a special feature in your browser that will let you "copy" and then "paste" the joke into a special virtual "notepad" so you can have your very own copy.
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I visited a college today I have to say, the more colleges I see (which I admit is still very little), the more I notice that they really all look pretty similar. You've got your basic set of buildings and your basic walking areas. The one I visited today must store its students in some sort of vault system over the weekends because we saw about 15 people during the time we were there. Oh well, time to go release my SAT II's, write my college essays, fill out my dean college questionaires, finish my SAT I study homework, and then worry endlessly before the weight of my unknown future crushes my soul and I finally fall asleep.
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Man the lifeboats, we've struck a den of ultra-liberals! This is a very fucked up article. A lovely gent over in Iran thought that his daughter might have been raped by his brother. So what was his reaction? Did he ask her or confront he uncle about it? No. Did he go to the authorities for help? No. Did he take her to a doctor? No. So what did he do? He beheaded her to save his honor. So there is a big uproar in Iran and many people want him executed ... but get this: The people don't want him executed because he killed a girl for being a rape victim. They'd be just fine with that. They want him executed because she wasn't actually raped. So, let's get this straight: We have a girl. If she is raped, it's okay to kill her. If she wasn't raped, her murderer should be hanged. Now I'm loathe to link to this, but there was a discussion about this at the Tribalwar Web Forum. And lo, the Ultra Liberals descended upon the earth and all the denizens of the forum shook with fear for their stupidity was so numerous that it blackened the sky and struck down the cattle where they stood. Here are some gems from the argument: "Heh americans always act so high and mighty. There are only 5 countries in the world who impose capitol punishment people under the age of 18, and america is one of them." This is the classic ultra liberal argument. As an American, I'm not allowed to criticise anyone else in the world for anything, becuase yadda yadda thing in the US is bad. For instance, during the discussion, someone said that we had no business trying to stop people from killing children in other countries when there are homeless children here in America. As if the two were mutually exclusive? What's that, little girl? You want us to save you from your insane father so he doesn't kill you? Well, we're sorry, there are poor people in our own country so your death is none of our concern. These people take the concept of tolerance way too far. When one of these liberals read that this was sick and that the victims of crimes should never be punished, his response was as follows: "in our culture it's wrong, but our culture is not the only one on the planet." It's true that we must respect other people's beliefs, but when those beliefs are being used to justify the thoughtless slaughter of innocent women and children, there's no rule that says we have to stand back and say, "Oh well, it's their culture and I'm sure they'd think our culture is pretty sick too." I'm not even talking about the US intervening; I'm talking about our fundamental right to say, "Hey, that's totally wrong and disgusting, no matter what that culture may think." The final argument of course is that because such and such bad things happened during American History, we have no right to complain. For instance, it was argued that because black slaves were routinely raped in America and murdered, we can't criticise these Islamic Fundamentalists. This is just ridiculous. Apparently to the ultra-liberal, the fact that we learned something was wrong the hard way means that we can't stop others from repeating or multiplying our earlier mistakes. No amount of cultural sensitivity is going to change the fact that the Arab world condones or atleast turns the other way from horrible tribal acts like this. If few leaders there can even come out and say this is wrong because they fear their fundamentalist population, then I have to say there is little hope for the future of the Middle East.
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Friday, September 13, 2002
 
People magazine sucks People magazine was already on my bad side for being stupid. Then it got two steps closer to my enemies list (though it's not a very exclusive list, in fact, several of the little rascals are on it) when they wrote a very stupid article about Letterman. Basically they picked the top ten moments in Letterman TV history, but all of it was stupid and filled with uninteresting celebrity interviews, like Cher calling him an asshole. Because they're basically the paparazzi but with more money, they were cataloguing moments on the Late Show that caused celebrity gossip, not actual great Dave moments as they claimed. But now they've really bugged me. Here's the flash from Senor Drudge. Basically, People magazine took a picture of Chelsea Clinton and published it solely because her nipples were very apparent through her shirt. How exactly is this any different than if a tabloid photographer puts on a telephoto lens and takes a picture of an actress bending over to tie her shoes? That's not to say I expect great things from people magazine, but as a very large magazine it's influential, and frankly I don't want our press to turn into the British tabloids, which post pictures of celebrities sunbathing all the time without their consent. That's not to say it's illegal or anything, afterall, she was in public, but if people magazine is going to claim it's anything but a rag and still print garbage like this, then they're truly nothing more than worthless liars making a living by sifting through garbage bags outside of Whitney Houston's gynecologist's office.
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I don't know who's at fault, so I have no one to insult Well, I couldn't very well pass up writing about today's "Terror Scare." When I first heard the news, I must admit I immediately thought that the men were terrorists and even before the news stated it, I assumed they were of middle eastern descent for both the obvious reason and becuase I figured the threat wouldn't have been reported otherwise. Yes, that's basically racist, but I'm not gonna lie to myself and pretend things went differently in my head. Then later everyone said it was a joke gone awry, and I thought that was probably a very good answer, since it let me still be mad at the three med students for being irresponsible, and also to admire the government's quick response to the threat. But now the three men are claiming the woman was flat out lying. Frankly, I don't know who to believe. I'm willing to bet it's a combination of the last two stories; they probably said some joking things for some reason (in my mind I thought that perhaps they had done it to mess with her), and she probably exaggerated her story to the police. Of course, I have no real way of knowing any of this for sure, it's just what makes sense in my mind. So I guess it's not really a bad situation because the government did a good job responding to what they felt was a real threat and they didn't seem to trounce on anyone's rights in the process, but I can't help but feeling that this is one of those stories that gets a ton of attention at first but then you never really get a satisfactory answer about what happened later on. edit: Just noticed this, that's TWO stories involving Florida today. I'll add that to my list of pointless blog-related records.
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Vote for me, my jury-verdict was thrown out! Well the Bill Simon campaign is positively giddy over the news that a guilty verdict against Simon for Fraud in a civil suit has been thrown out. Bill Simon is the aimless, no-chance-in-hell Republican candidate for California's Governorship. He has the somewhat rare distinction of having won the Republican primary because the opposing party did all his ads for him. Basically, he's way too far to the right on every issue to win (though, amazingly, this half-year-old campaign between him and Gov. Gray Davis has yet to mention A SINGLE FUCKING ISSUE!), and he was basically chosen by the Democratic party to win the Republican nomination because of this. Simon's glee is pretty silly. It's hardly a great sign for your campaign when you're biggest victory is not being convicted of fraud a second time. Gray Davis, the current Governor, is one of the most perpetually unpopular men I've ever heard of, but he should have no problem slapping Simon around. Simon has the smell of death about him. Bush wouldn't even mention his name when he came to raise money for him, and Bush, the biggest fundraiser in our nation's history, fell far short of what they had originally hoped to raise for the Simon campaign. I've yet to see a single newspaper columnist predict or even suggest a universe in which Bill Simon might win; in fact, I read one that went back through the history of California and declared Bill Simon the worst candidate for governor in the state's 150 year history. Now to go off on a bit of a sidetrack: Gray Davis's name keeps coming up as a possible Presidential Candidate, and that's just silly. This man is totally unloved by everyone around him. He's not evil, or stupid, but he's thoroughly uninteresting. The sole reason he's brought up is that he's a California democrat and thus has a campaign war chest in the area of 30 million dollars, which is enough to probably slash and burn his way through several presidental primaries by sheer force, but certainly not enough to create any actual charisma or interest in Davis personally.
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Thanks, Florida Despite California's immense power and resources, it's often been America's whipping boy. Thought of as a home to drunken surfers and a celebrity-driven culture where breast implants rain from the sky (which I suppose isn't too inaccurate since they are composed mostly of water). Thankfully, a challenger has arrived in recent years to steal California's crown of ridicule, Florida. Thank you, Florida, for being so egregiously inept. Thank you. Of course, I do not need to talk about last year's horrible horrible horrible choking blood-curdling seizure-inducing shithole of an election in Florida. It's time for our nation to move forward from that debacle ... to Florida's newest debacle. Now, let me put this out there early: I don't like Janet Reno. I've never believed all the conspiracy theories about her, but she's a weak democrat and she really seemed spectacularly inept while in office. However, this gubenatorial primary in Florida is really pissing me off. Florida's officials are completely unwilling to admit what is obvious to everyone in Florida, the United States, the free world, the oppressed world, and yes, the mythical land of Atlantis: They fucked up this election. The state government is obsessively blaming the counties, which would be fine since the counties fucked up, but now that government won't take any responsibility to rectify the situation. They've turned down Reno's request for a statewide recount, which in my mind is positively criminal. True, she lost by 0.6% instead of the 0.5% that would trigger an AUTOMATIC statewide recount, but the key word is automatic. There's no rule that says there can only be recounts when the percent difference is below one half. And clearly there are big extenuating circumstances. If you'll browse past the first few paragraphs of this Wahington Post Article you'll read all about how various districts have produced numbers that make no sense what-so-ever. Precincts with hundreds of people in the area but no votes counted; areas where random testing has produced hundreds of votes that weren't counted the first time through. But despite all these glaring errors and mistakes that may be disenfranchising thousands more voters than would be necessary to give Reno a victory, the state election officials are so anxious to avoid a repeat of last year that they're going to suppress this. You may ask, well, how could they suppress it, afterall, there are a lot of democrats in Florida who would be up in arms. However, the simple fact is that most democratic leaders realize that Reno is a terrible candidate. Her chances againt Jeb Bush are horrible. So the only support she has for a recount is actually coming from Republican state senators. It's all really disgusting. Now for a close, please read pullitzer prize winning humorist Dave Barry's take on all this. It's much funnier than mine.
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Woops Haven't made any posts yet today because my net connection was down. I'll have some posts up by the end of the night though.
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Want some Soda, Pop? Here's this article from CNN about Soda, errr, soft drinks, errr, coke, errr, carbonated sugary beverages. Anyway, I call it Soda, and frankly, if I heard someone call it pop, I'd have to glance around to see if I'd fallen into a Happy Days rerun. I actually had this discussion with some people online a few weeks ago so the article was well timed (though more likey the study was released much earlier than the article and it sparked the original conversation). I was reminded of my trip to Washington D.C. (the D.C. stands for "Damn it's really fucking hot and humid out here, Carol.") as part of the National Young Leaders Conference. Since the trip had people from all over the country, except for some states like North Dakota which apparently stopped producing young leaders in order to focus on the "North" name issue, and since there were frequent hour-long bus trips, there was much time to discuss stupid things like this. For instance, Gino, perhaps the most stereotypical Brookylnite (or whatever the hell you call someone from Brooklyn) in the history of the world, was utterly astounded when someone ordering pizza used the term "Pizzas." While referring to Pizza in the plural as Pizzas is something I've always taken for granted, the concept that someone wouldn't use the term "pies" was devastating to him. Hours were spent on the subject. Much of that time was devoted to a discussion of his hypothetical pizza restaurant; he claimed that if he were the proprietor of said restaurant and someone called up and asked for "pizzas," he'd immediately hang up the phone. Now I thought that just maybe that would be an over reaction, but he was quite adamant. As far as I can tell, the only real uniting force between kids from one end of America to the other is The Simpsons. Everyone knows the Simpsons and everyone knows every great joke and classic episode. The only kids that don't fit this pattern are the ones who don't watch TV, and I'm inherently suspicious of them anyway so let's not count them as Americans. I'm sure I had a point when I started writing this blog entry, but I feel a bit like a truck driver who looks out the window to realize he stopped driving on road miles back. Sure, he could turn around and drive back, but he's already gone so far that he feels it's best to drive around aimlessly a bit in the hopes that he'll somehow rediscover the path.
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Thursday, September 12, 2002
 
Money ---> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.
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Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.
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Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.
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Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2002
 
Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.
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Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.
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Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.
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Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com--> Drain In a brilliant example of why scientists need to be closely monitored (they are geeks, afterall, and thus prone to flights of fancy and ridiculously elaborate bets), scientists have analyzed The Wave. Boy, I'm sure glad they didn't waste their time doing something useless like curing cancer or designing fuel cells. Now future generations won't have to spend thousands of years lost in thought as they wonder whether the average wave is 15 seats wide or not. The ramifications are endless...ly stupid.|W|P|81542375|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Remember When... I don't want to be one of those people who spends all their time reminiscing about simpler times, back when the world made sense and cereal boxes didn't have to be "extreme" and edgy (roughly 1993), or deep into the past when you could actually get good services on the web for free (roughly 1998). But today, I'll make an exception. As I mentioned in that first sentence, I don't like that every cereal box mascot/character/avatar-of-rice-krispie-flavor now needs to surf and play rock music. There was a time when being an animated cereal spokesman meant endearingly stupid catchphrases and perhaps a slowly building rage as you were forever tormented by animated preteens who would either steal your lucky "charms" or perpetually taunt you by forbidding you to eat their cereal on the basis of your race. But now things have turned away from those wholesome concepts. Instead of a gigantic anthropomorphic bee obsessively pressuring you to eat circles of grain glazed with his own personal "honey," these new commercials try to make us believe that we should purchase cereal because the mascots are hip. Even classic veterans such as Snap, Crackle, and Pop (sometimes credited as Snap Christiansen, Crack Blaster, and Pop Sexington in their line of adult video products) now run around on computer generated stages playing electric guitars as elaborate lighting effects cast dramatic shadows across their cheery elf faces. The only thing worse than the rock star cereal box motif is the hip surfer motif. Why exactly should images of some sort of pelican-like creature wearing poser-clothes and surfing on flavor rainbows inspire me to purchase marshmallow goodness? Though some industry veterans such as Capn. Crunch, perhaps because of his age, have steered clear of these pitfalls, the vast expansion of cereal side-brands has corrupted the images of even stable cereal characters. Afterall, what the hell does an elderly midget who wears a sailor suit and hangs out with small children have to do with selling donut cereal? And how many types of berry crunch are reasonable or even really possible? And so I plead for the breakfast cereal industry to ignore the threat of hip young toaster-based heated food packages and return to their roots. It's not too late.|W|P|81539815|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 06:19:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Cheers and Jeers I already mentioned how I hate the scifi channel for cancelling farscape (I think that they basically stopped supporting the show marketing wise, thus causing the ratings decline they claim prompted the cancellation), but here's a little side thing. Whoever runs the scifi channel's official news page officially earns my "Balls of Steel Award." The site has always seemed a bit distant from the channel that runs it; They have a section called the Scifi Wire that reports on all scifi news. I was reading it and was astonished to find that the web site had an article describing fan reaction to the show's cancellation. But they didn't just describe it, they literally gave out links to the Save Farscape webpages. That may not sound interesting, but for a big corporation's private little news magazine to take such an unbiased stand like that is thoroughly refreshing. To put this in perspective, it would be like Bush telling people how to protest his proposed war on Iraq during a speech about the issue.|W|P|81532170|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/12/2002 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Wow, Clinton is smart I think I've grown more cool towards Clinton over the past year as we have all had to admit he screwed up with all this terrorist stuff. Not to the extent the Republicans claim, but he certainly messed up. But by god this son of a bitch can talk. I'm watching his interview on Letterman, and he is so incredibly articulate and interesting. I don't want this to sound like some sort of love letter to Clinton, this is a guy who royally fucked up national politics with his philandering, but by god is he a joy to listen to. We've all said that Bush has improved his speaking skills, and yeah, he has improved (though he still sounds like he is seeing every word for the first time), but after getting a fresh batch of Clinton, there's just no comparison. It's like listening to a professor or teacher who knows how to keep the discussion interesting. I missed the first 5 or 10 minutes, and his speaking since I tuned in is so fantasticly literate and accurate that I actually feel a loss intellectually because I missed those minutes. Sure, there are occasional statements where he doesn't really accept any blame for anything, but he's just too fucking smart. On a related note, this is a great example of how Letterman just blows Leno away in the interview department. On Leno this would be a dog and pony show; "Look, we've got the president. How'ya doin? How'ya doin? Bring out the dancing Ito's!" But on Letterman it's like an upscale debate. The questions are smart, the pace is good, and you never feel like the show's condescending to the American public.|W|P|81496888|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 07:41:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Quick One How will Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu save the day in their new film Ecks vs. Sever? Well thanks to the preview trailers running on tv's everywhere, we know what's needed to defeat the nefarious plans afoot in today's on-the-go world of international espionage: "It will take two EXTREME agents to stop it." I see, as opposed to your casual khaki's wearing international assassins? Or maybe they skateboard up half-pikes when they're not saving the world? How the already shoddy adjective extreme could be used in this context on national television is beyond me.|W|P|81487566|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Rarer than a competent movie theater employee In what is an incredibly rare turn of events, I must agree with The Register about something. They've got an article up (one that perhaps gives too much info) about that Windows XP bug I was talking about a few posts ago. This is a really really really really nasty bug. I mean, this is a one-click, delete everything on your hard-drive bug. The problem is that Microsoft has decided, incredibly stupidly, to only include the fix for this bug in SP1. The problem with that is that a lot of people who might've installed a stand-alone patch will never end up installing the very very bulky SP1, which by the way eats up hard-drive space. Now, before I continue, I don't agree with everything in the article. Instead of the obvious reason why this is bad, namely that few people install SP packs, The Register jumps onto the crazy conspiracy theory reason. Basically the idea that since SP1 changes the Windows XP EULA (End-User License Agreement, aka all that text you hit "agree" to when you install a program), it's evil. They refer to some language in the EULA that is odd and mildly disconcerting, but that the Anti-MS community has interpreted rather ridiculously as giving MS the power to destroy your computer from afar with their floating death gliders as they cackle wildly with evil laughter, tentatively stroking wads of money given to them by the RIAA and MPAA. So yes, The Register is right that Microsoft's response to this system-destroying bug is appalling, but no, they're still idiots.|W|P|81479356|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com9/11/2002 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Simon|W|P|Too much 9/11 I guess my mind works differently from other peoples'. I believe that we should remember 9/11 and honor the dead with solemn ceremonies, but the news coverage of the event is frightfully over done. Is it really necessary for every broadcast network to preempt their scheduled programs for a bunch of specials? Before you think me crass, you should keep in mind that all these specials are terrible. As such a significant event, 9/11 has been covered relentlessly in every way imaginable by every news source on the planet. These "new" specials are just smatterings of the same old horrible footage we've all had etched into our minds mixed in with interviews with sobbing relatives. Honor the event? Yes. fill the night with nothing but shabbily produced specials about it? No. On a side-note: We have yet another video from Al Qaeda specifically claiming responsibility for the attacks. How many more videos do we need before certain frenchmen who shall remain nameless (simply because I can't remember their names), Canadians, and Europeans realize that just maybe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not the most elaborate and poorly conceived government conspiracy in the history of the universe.|W|P|81477398|W|P||W|P|simong@gmail.com-->