Thursday, December 19, 2002

Pareto's Principle is that 80/20 rule that says things like "80% of our personal telephone calls are to 20% of the people in our address book." But it doesn't account for how 80% of my work is created by someone who's personal space takes up 20% of my office. And this person gets more annoying every day. She complains and complains and complains, and she always gets what she wants because of her complainyness. And here I am, complaining about her.

Half of The Most Loathsome People in America, 2002 is funny, and half of it is juvenile, but the half that is good is excellent. It's from the some of the guys who wrote for the eXile, or still write for it... I'm not sure of the genealogy. I never liked the eXile; I suspect the eXile was much funnier if you yourself wrote for the eXile (that is, if you were a frat boy who liked to take acid and troll Moscow strip clubs).

This is another one that has been totally underreported, a recent poll that Americans are getting less, not more, war-hungry:

More than two-thirds of Americans believe the Bush administration has failed to make its case that a war against Iraq is justified, according to a poll by the Los Angeles Times published Tuesday.

Why is it under-reported? If you do a Google news search on this topic, only the Arab News, the Sierra Times, The Toronto Star and yes, you guessed it, the Amarillo Globe-News carry the story. (I confess that I hadn't heard that the Globe and the News of Amarillo had merged.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

I didn't know about this until I saw it in the Onion. In the Lott-sanity of the last week, I completely missed it. Of course, if it's from the White House, it's bad, very bad. I don't think we've seen this much penis-waving since the Reagan administration. Who is writing this drivel that he's saying? Oh, and Missile Defense is back. Jesus - Poindexter, propaganda broadcasts, Missile Defense. Next thing: a sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

The Google zeitgeist page reveals (no suprise) that I'm ignorant of a a lot of stuff going on in the world. Like how Shakira's popularity goes way beyond the the States' Britney/Eminem/JLo tunnelvision. And that Las Ketchup is freaking huge in Germany and Spain. Funny how Google (along with NPR) delivers most of what I actually hear about things. However, as Google's a search engine, it relies on my searches, not on any kind of culture-browse. That was once the province of weblog reading, but I think that the weblogs I read are mired in three quite narrow channels: techy/webby, politics, and brainy/literary. (Or, to be in keeping with the weblog-as-zeitgeist: evhead, tbogg and caterina.) And NPR has many limitations, not least of which is it's insane New Yorker-subscribing-Volvo-driving solipsism. (Or is that mine?)

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