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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

I made dinner again for Sugar, and she didn't like it again. Maybe I need to learn from her brother how to make jambalaya.

Because I use over-the-ear headphones, and my hair is becoming too long, I'm having a struggle with my ears getting my headphones straight. I am getting too old to have hair this long, but then I guess the members of Oasis are too.

Monday, February 24, 2003

I am so freaking tired.

This is the best beginning XML tutorial I've almost read.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Gotta love The Guardian, especially when they tear into the false argument that opposition to war in Iraq is appeasment. (from Megnut)

Speaking of the hawks (e.g. Wolfowitz), read Michael Tomasky's guest piece on Altercation about the Defense Planning Guidance document published during Bush 41's reign. Bush 41 distanced himself from it; it is the GDubya doctrine. And it's in writing!

The Dems are laying low on Iraq, and I have been wondering if that was good idea. This bloke from USAToday thinks so (from Altercation). I guess if Dems forge a "silent dissent" from the President's policies, the Dems have nothing to lose. This is the reason why the White House hawks have little interest in currying support for this irrational war. Think of it from the White House's point of view: if things go well, everyone (including the UN) will take credit anyway. If things go badly, everyone will carp anyway. From the hawks' perspective, the US is alone anyway — existentially? — so to spend effort getting people to get with you is effort wasted.

This is no way to run an empire.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Note to self: don't ever eat Doritos Salsa! again. In fact, steer clear of all snack foods that employ exclamation marks.

If a doctor handed you a strong medication--saying you had no choice but to swallow it--but didn't talk to you about the host of new ailments and problems that might be caused by the medication, that would be damn irresponsible. Well, meet George W. Bush, M.D. He has been claiming the United States must take the most extreme measure--war--to keep itself safe and healthy. Yet he has refused to address the knotty matters (post-op complications?) that will follow in the wake of war.

- David Corn, Bush's Presidential Malpractice

In reading the Blogger/Google thread on blogroots, I saw mathowie linking to the KM section in their blogger book and it was like, "whoa, I need to read this." Funny how the big big news brings you to the smaller, more interesting stuff. Once again, the web.

People at work talk about weird stuff. Ginko biloba. The South Korean arsonist. Mock-ups. The space program. That idiotic myth about "three generations of Americans on welfare."

Friday, February 14, 2003

Ah, yes, code chartreuse, or whatever level we're at, could it really be the reaction of our confused and frightened imagination?

A key piece of the information leading to recent terror alerts was fabricated, according to two senior law enforcement officials in Washington and New York.... Despite the fabricated report, there are no plans to change the threat level. Officials said other intelligence has been validated and that the high level of precautions is fully warranted

Neil Finn was great last night. And so was Rhett Miller, although I still distrust the David Cassidy hairdo.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Everything I know about programming actually occupies little space. I'm facing that now while I prepare to work on something more complex than the stuff I've done before.I guess that happens when you learn: rather than things becoming easier, things that were difficult become mastered, and then newer difficulties open up. It's what Robert Fripp talks about when he talks about craft.

"There is nothing political about American literature," Laura Bush has said. But it would be hard to find writers more subversive than the three she chose for her event. Whitman's epic of radical democracy, Leaves of Grass, was so scandalous it got him fired from his government job; Hughes, a Communist sympathizer hounded by McCarthy, wrote constantly and indelibly about racism, injustice, power; Dickinson might seem the least political, but in some ways she was the most lastingly so--every line she wrote is an attack on complacency and conformity of manners, mores, religion, language, gender, thought. - Katha Politt, Poetry Makes Nothing Happen?

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