Friday, January 30, 2004

Since Georgia is about to ban the use of "evolution" in school ("replacing it with the phrase 'biological changes over time.'"), I have taken the time to highlight some other terms that America can do without, and the text that can replace them:
  • instead of gravity: "altitude change because there's a magnet inside the earth"
  • instead of star: "twinkling diamond in God's crown"
  • instead of horizon: "place where you fall over the edge"

  • Friday, January 23, 2004

    O'Reilly Network: Does Perl Have a Future? [Jan. 16, 2004] Good question.

    Thursday, January 08, 2004

    Things I need to learn more about in 2004:
  • Use of primary keys to prevent duplicates

  • HTTP and TCP/IP

  • Creating mySQL index types of the right size

  • Importing and exporting mySQL data (i.e. without using a GUI)

  • Screen scraping with Perl

  • Drawing graphs with Perl

  • Database-generated DHTML menus

  • And I want to learn a lot more Linux, that sort of goes without saying. And configuring my mia soundcard so that it does all the wonderful things it’s supposed to do

    Wednesday, January 07, 2004

    I'm suprised that Grover Norquist's "taxation = Holocaust" thing that Richard Cohen writes about today wasn't more widely reported. I definitely missed it.

    We've seen a lot of "my enemy is looking like Hitler today" lately. I recall that the idea of containing Saddam was likened to the Munich appeasement. But now it's getting a little wackier. Of course, Howard Dean supporters are brownshirts (how did I miss that?).And "neoconservative" is code for "Jew," which is also a new one. So anything is possible. I guess I'm just naive.

    Monday, January 05, 2004

    I am finding the Guided By Voices Database to be very handy these days. They recorded a lot of songs; trying to keep them straight is pretty tough.

    The more I learn about John Lennon, the more I find myself obsessing about his drug use, specifically where and when. Was he high when he recorded the vocal on "Tomorrow Never Knows"? Yeah, probably. He was definitely high when he met the queen. And during most of his adulterous courtship with Yoko. And while the recording White Album. And for most of the early seventies. OK, so most of his adult life he was either drunk or high. So I keep wondering: at which moments was he sober,and were those (as the Beatles' trip to India suggests) more productive than the other (high) ones? Was he straight when he recorded "I Found Out"? He sounds really mad, in a way you can't get when you're loaded. Or is that just who he was?

    I'm looking at my new "The Early Beatles" wall calendar. January is, as you would guess, a shot of the four lads, approximately Please Please Me-era. Looking at John's eyes, I'm thinking, "dude, your eyes... you look totally baked."

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