Friday, September 26, 2003
Foucault and the Gypsies Dave Cowan and Delia Lomax...
Walter Cronkite on John Ashcroft: "The New Inquisition" President Bush's televised answer to the growing concerns of many - including some Republicans - about the powers granted to him in the USA Patriot Act was to ask for even stronger measures, particularly the expanded use of "nonjudicial...
Call After All
Here's the Google News roundup of coverage on Colorado Judge Edward Nottingham's determination (PDF) that the Do Not Call list violates the First Amendment. An FTC appeal will surely follow, but, in the meantime, here also are some suggestions for productively passing the time when the phone inevitably rings.
Ashcroft Avoiding the Print Media Attorney General John Ashcroft is avoiding print reporters on his Patriot Act tour. What's he afraid of? Or is he...
Did You Fly Jet Blue? Did you fly Jet Blue before September, 2002? Then there may be a file on you and the ACLU says...
Ashcroft as Cotton Mather The Chicago Sun Times criticizes Attorney General John Ashcroft for his recent memos to Prosecutors reducing their ability to plea...
Hilarious safety charts from India warn kids of rooftop kite-flying and banana-peel slippage
Bush-hating meme The New Republic . . . is one of multiple sources featuring variations on Bush-hating in recent weeks. What's up with the sudden currency of the phrase?
1 4|v| t3h 1337 h4X0r!!! It's Friday, and you don't want to work. You want to practice your hacking skillz instead.
Joel on Software's Bionic Office Joel of Joel-on-Software has just finished custom-building the new offices for his software company. Being a coder himself, he set out to design a non-cube-farm office, optimized for actually coding in.
1. Private offices with doors that close were absolutely required and not open to negotiation. Link (Thanks, Zed!)
2. Programmers need lots of power outlets. They should be able to plug new gizmos in at desk height without crawling on the floor.
3. We need to be able to rewire any data lines (phone, LAN, cable TV, alarms, etc.) easily without opening any walls, ever.
4. It should be possible to do pair programming.
5. When you're working with a monitor all day, you need to rest your eyes by looking at something far away, so monitors should not be up against walls.
Suicide gig loses venue CMU is reporting the following: The Florida venue due to host that controversial gig by industrial rock band Hell on...
Possibly for the simple reason that it was a retarded idea.
A Small Victory: september is the month for dead celebrities -- no more Robert Palmer... that sucks.
A Drink with Björk - Scribbling.net -- This couldn't be more awesome. Thanks to Fimoculous for finding this one.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
TOMPAINE.com - Bush's Worst Nightmare
Tomb of the Unknown Guards Shun Shelter ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 19 %u2014 As the winds from Hurricane Isabel swept over Arlington National Cemetery, the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns were given %u2014 for the first time in history %u2014 permission to abandon their posts and seek shelter. ?They told us that. But that?s not what?s going to happen,? said Sgt. Christopher Holmes, standing vigil on overnight duty. ?That?s never an option for us. It went in one ear and right out the other.? [MSNBC]...
More on Gen. Clark's entry into the race Bob Herbert of the NY Times on Gen. Wes Clark's entry into the race. He's too dismissive of Howard Dean, but that's what the Dems are up against. Meantime, there's this, too: Late-Arriving Candidate Got Push From Clintons....
Hey Cupcake, Be My Auditory Cheesecake Plastic::Music::Science: Why did evolution grace us with the ability to enjoy the sound of music?
"But There Was No Rule Against It" "Let's say a 13-year-old girl admits she performed oral sex on a 13-year-old boy, while returning from a field trip on the school bus. In front of classmates who she was trying to impress. What do you do, Mom?...
Today's New Blawg
Scheherazade (Sherry) writes Civil Procedure [via Buzz Bruggeman and Ernie Svenson]: "[L]ife really is better with coffee." Sherry is exploring some topics that will hit home for anyone starting out as an attorney in private practice, including the profession's emphasis on credentials and pedigrees, and the gratification that comes from doing good work for good clients.
Jimmy Carter on Howard Dean Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on Larry King Live tonight. He said he sees some of himself in Howard Dean....
Tommy Chong May Appeal Prison Sentence Actor and comedian Tommy Chong, sentenced last week to 9 months in prison for selling bongs on the Internet, may...
Newsweek Poll Puts Wesley Clark On Top A new Newsweek poll has Gen. Wesley Clark on top among the Democratic contenders for President. Daily Kos has some...
The Dangerous Inventions of Post-Modernism The Aletheia Forum's searing critique of post-modernism When faced with moral questions, post modernism turns to invention but not truth for answer. The result are insane inventions like totalitarianism. Hence "the deep affinity, the holding hands under the table between postmodern intellectuals and totalitarian regimes."
Accents In English It's Not What You Say, It's The Way That You Say It: George Bernard Shaw famously remarked that every time an Englishman opens his mouth it's guaranteed that another Englishman will despise him. This website offers a motley and unintentionally hilarious collection of the many, ever-growing pronunciations of the English language. The variety is so wide you could almost be listening to different languages. But is a particular accent still an anti-democratic barrier, strictly revealing your position on the socio-geographic ladder, as it was in the days Nancy Mitford discussed U and non-U vocabulary? Or have upper-class accents in the U.K. and U.S. (note the Boston Brahmin samples), once coveted and preferred, now become the opposite: unforgivable impediments? Does posh speech exist in Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand as it does in the U.K. and U.S.? In other words: Does it still matter? (Quicktime Audio for main and fourth link; Real Audio for third.)
WIRED mag launches new e-mail newsletter on gadgets Pete Rojas (of Gizmodo, etc) is a busy fella. He's about to start a new column for Wired News, and will be contributing to a new, free, weekly gadget email list with Wired Magazine. Both are sure to rock. Link to newsletter subscription form.
Burning Bush A few weeks ago, there was a poll done as to how many people believed that Saddam Hussein was linked...
"The ballet's not over 'till the fat lady dances." Alas, this is not the case for poor Anastasia Volochkova, just fired, by the Bolshoi Ballet, from her position of...