Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Boing Boing: Snoop Dogg's new track debuts in-game

Like a dog without a bone, An actor out alone. Apparently the big story here is supposed to be that the song is debuting in a videogame, but I think Calvin Broadus teaming up with Krieger/Mansarek/Densmore is the moment that I never though would occur. I guess he's the Dogg King now; he can do anything. (And yes, they did misspell Snoop Dogg's name, but that's ok, I guess.
Boing Boing: Snoop Dog's new track debuts in-game
Here's the nytime text with all the 411. Remember the cypherphunk.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The New York Times Op-Ed: Take a Ride to Exurbia

The NY Times ran an OpEd piece by David brooks on Nov 9th:The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Take a Ride to Exurbia. He points out that the Republicans, led by Karl Rove, understand suburbia. I'm not sure anybody really understands but it sure does look like they've got the Republican voters, as Robert Lang points out in this letter to the editor about Brooks OpEd piece (his is the 3rd one down). Lang is the director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, (an institution dear to my heart). Their blog called BlogOpolis can be found here.

Friday, November 12, 2004

EW's 25 greatest hip hop albums

CNN.com - What's the greatest hip-hop album? - Nov 12, 2004

I won't argue with Eric B. and Rakim making the top slot, but I think it's interesting that De La Soul are in the number 2 slot. I'll be interested to see the full list. If anybody knows where it is, please leave a comment.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Vegetarian Snacks

Can anybody recommend some good vegetarian snacks?

I know there are a lot of sites devoted to this, but I was curious about individual peoples opinions.


On Wikipedia, mudslinging spatters Bush and Kerry

Another reason why true wikis probably won't ever work: On Wikipedia, mudslinging spatters Bush | CNET News.com

I guess wikis which protect and/or "lock" their articles are gonna probably end up to be the best way to handle the editability/reliability balance.

Bonus random junk: Recent search terms which led to this site, amazing brainteasers, weephun pictures, patricia schultz 1000 places to see, pcf 94, and 2004 political tv ads.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

On a Lighter Note, Random crap

If you want to see a great movie, check out Pressburger and Powell's The Red Shoes (1948). Simply put, it's the best movie about ballet ever. (Even better than White Knights.) It's loosely based on the short story by Hans Christian Andersen. For a guy that died in 1875, he has a rather extensive writer filmography, don't you think?
Here's a less profilic filmwriter, but he's been around for a tad bit longer. Notice his trademark is dactylic hexameter verse and please add estate info if you can!

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I like to click that "Go To Next Blog" randomizer button, but these spam bloggers are starting to really annoy me.

And finally, over on PolySciFi, Thason posted about TV theme songs a while back. This got me interested in looking up some TV stuff and how the run of 167 (so far) TV shows exist in the mind of autistic Tommy Westphal, who was the son of a Dr. on St. Elsewhere. You can read more about this at your local library or in the comfort of your own browser at: Homicide: Life on the Street Crossovers & A Multiverse Explored. One thing to note from all this are some of the amazing crossovers:
Not only did Arnold and Mr. Drummond considering purchasing the Banks' family home on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but so did George and Weezie Jefferson!
Both Colonel Klink and Lurch appeared on Batman.
Newhart was a figment, but this show's run was a dream by Newhart, so it was actually a double figment (as were all shows connected to it).
Although NBC has the two central shows, ABC seems to be the big crossover whore with The Drew Carey Show in particular being connected to an inordinate amount of shows.

Suspicions grow that Arafat is dying of AIDS

Hmmmmmm. israelinsider: diplomacy: Suspicions grow that Arafat is dying of AIDS
Well, if it's on the internet, it must be true. And here's the speechwriter
David Frum's Diary that the first link cites.

On a related note, it's good to know that Wangari Maathai has backed off her comments suggesting that HIV was bio-engineered. (At least that's what wikipedia says, and unfortunately I trust that site less than most news sites on the internet.)

Friday, November 05, 2004

Prognosticating oil supplies - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - November 03, 2004

Two days after the election, the Washington Times has an editorial on peak oil: Prognosticating oil supplies - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - November 03, 2004, I quote: "A rather alarming theory about oil supplies — which had been discussed mostly among fringe economists and on quirky Internet Web sites — has recently received much broader attention. Signs of the theory being taken seriously include a recent front-page story in the Wall Street Journal and advocacy by Matthew Simmons, a much-respected investment banker and former Bush energy adviser."

Matthew Simmons is much-respected, huh? Maybe because he's the head and namesake of the #1 energy investment bank in the world. That might have something to do with it.

At least Michael Duffey mentions him, the CNN/Money article omits him entirely: Peak-oil fringe group gains mainstream attention - Nov. 3, 2004

I'll post more about this later.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Boing Boing: Spammers react to election

From Boing Boing: Spammers react to election, we have this funny spam:

From: "Mia Wang"
Date: November 3, 2004 9:28:10 AM EST
To: Taylor
Subject: Bush Gets Re-elected
Reply-To: "Mia Wang"

With 4 more years of Bush coming you need some prozac. Get it here.

Trust me, it'll make you feel better.

Don't those singers dislike playing carelessly?
Did Roy love working on the top of the mountain?
I didn't dislike cooking at home.
tomorrow i will wash my hair and go to the salon

Voting Technology

Although I'm not naive enough to think that voter fraud doesn't occur, I'd like to go on the record as saying that I believe the outcome was legitimate on Tuesday. However, I am still distressed that there is no paper trail for some of these voting machines. It seems that a redudant electronic and paper trail would help immensely. Here's a good overview article by the Economist from a couple months ago and another from earlier in the year.
Also, in the intro to Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus on National Review Online, he writes:
The most disturbing aspect of the morning was the ease with which I voted — and I'm not talking about a laudable ease. I gave my name, gave my address, and that was it. No ID, no nothing. How did they know my name was Jay Nordlinger, and that I lived where I said I lived? True, I had to sign my name under a previous signature of mine — but such things are easy enough to copy. So too, I'm fairly sure I could have written "Mickey Mouse" and waltzed right in.
The whole setup seemed to me an invitation to fraud.
Speaking of which, an informed Michigan source told me they were "passing out provisional ballots like candy," and, moreover, running them through — counting them as votes, contrary to the rules. This misbehavior was rampant, said my source, amazed and disgusted. I know that I, personally, as a citizen and as a journalist, have been far too ignorant about the mechanics of Election Day. If I had more discipline (and time), I would read John Fund's Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.
Maybe I will.

(This book he mentions is a partisan hackjob and is paired by Amazon.com with the extremely subtle: If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It by Hugh Hewitt. Hopefully, there are some more even-handed takes on election techonology out there. If anybody knows of any, let me know.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

It's pretty obvious Bush has won re-election

even though all the news organizations are too scared to admit it. Congratulations to him. I wonder when the Democratic party will learn how to campaign effectively. It's pretty sad how inept they are and how few people actually vote. I'm already wondering who the nominees in 2008 will be. Keep on rockin' in the free world.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Dan Ratherisms

Dan Rather is always spouting strange verbiage, but he's in rare form on Election night. Here are some of his sayings from tonight. (I'm paraphrasing most of them.) I'm taping CBS for the rest of the night so I may have more later.

about polling "it's more complicated than the wiring diagram for a hydroelectric dam generator dynamo"
"even if you see the exit polls, you still vote. you know we have guys fighting in iraq and afghanistan and if they can do what they're doing, then you can get off your duff and go vote and come back to the couch and watch us."
about lockhart saying they have a chance to win every battleground state: "reminds me of the phrase 'don't taunt the alligator til you've crossed the river', i guess joe doesn't prescribe to that."
"bush is sweeping through the plains like a giant combine"
about Colorado: "...when Kerry wrote Santa he asked for Colorado for Christmas"

Election Day 2004

Well, today I voted for Kerry and it went very smoothly. The wait was about 5 minutes which was fine with me. In a state of 700,000 I guess the lines shouldn't be too long. It will certainly be interesting to watch the results come in tonight. Hopefully we'll know who the winner is before tomorrow morning. Peace.

Fantasy Politics Entry

This is my entry for a friend's contest:

1. The number of electoral votes collected by the winner of the election. (4 points per place.) ---293
The official electoral tally will be taken as a measure of the number of states won by the winning candidate. At this time, the number will not be subject to the whims of faithless electors.

2. The number of states won by the winner of the election. (3 points per place) ---22
For the purposes of this question, Washington, D.C. is a state. Of course, the election winner can win fewer states than the election loser.

3. John Kerry's percentage of the national popular vote. (2 points per place)---48.83%

4. George W. Bush's percentage of the national popular vote. (2 points per place)---47.67%
Your responses to questions 3 and 4 need not total 100 percent. Of course, the election winner can have the lower percentage of the national popular vote.

5. John Kerry's percentage of the popular vote in the state of Texas. (1 point per place)---38.51%

6. George W. Bush's percentage of the popular vote in the state of Massachusetts. (1 point per place)---34.24%

7. The number of states in which any 3rd party candidate collects more than 3 percent of the popular vote. (2 points per place)---3

8. The winning candidate. (The number of points awarded for 1st place in question 1.)---Kerry

If the election is close, this question may have to wait to be settled until the electoral votes are counted by the Congress. This question could be subject to the whims of faithless electors.