Cartographer? But I don't even know her latitude!
Meanwhile, in regards to web browsers, someone (Mozilla perhaps?) should make a browser that recognizes when the user is on a page with a large field full of text (e.g., a blog interface, a web-based email composition, etc.) and auto-saves whatever the user is typing. Similarly, on a long form with many fields (e.g., any kind of retail site) the browser would recall your entries. Then, if the browser locks up or the computer crashes, you are just fine. Sure, it would take up some space in the cache, or somewhere else, but it would encourage people to use your software. The browser could even go back to the page it abandoned and auto-complete the form.
Which reminds me of an article I read in the Atlantic a couple years ago. It was by a security expert who had a rather simple yet insightful commentary about security systems -- not like the nitty-gritty, but the aggregate method for preventing x (terrorism in this case). Security systems are designed to succeed, but they also need to be designed to fail. Your success shouldn't be measured in terms of how well you do when things go well (they're supposed to); your success should be measured in how well you do when things go wrong.
This Just In...
REMEMBER... NEVER CROSS FLOODED ROADWAYS. TURN AROUND AND DON'T DROWN.That's some good advice, weather.gov.
Lance Armstrong = Bad Mofo
I was reading today's "USA Today" (shaddup!) at lunch today, and unfortunately I can't find the article online. There was a great passage that described yesterday's time trial, where Armstrong started a minute or so behind Ivan Basso (that's how time trials work - the leader starts last, etc.), and then after pumping real hard up what is apparently the toughest mountain in Europe, he sat down, finished his water and passed a "struggling" Basso, "inadvertantly" tossing the empty water bottle behind him.
Inadvertant my foot. When you're the best, and you know it, and some punk kid pretends for a little while like he can hang with you, you're gonna rub it in damn hard just how wrong he was. By, for instance, sitting down and tossing your water bottle to the ground as you pass a guy on the toughest climb of the race. Sitting down.
He did a similar thing a couple years ago with a Spanish rival of his, and that evening his rival conceded that at that momen, he "knew he was beat." Mind you, the race was still officially going on.
Lance Armstrong is ridiculous.
And no, I don't think he's doping. Just everyone else in the sport. I'm being serious, on both counts.
YAHOTA! (Yet Another Horseman of the Apocalypse)
The show's producer, Lions Gate Television, began shopping the project to cable outlets earlier this week, according to studio president Kevin Beggs.
"We've conceived this as a weekly series that reviews current events and pop culture in a populist way from the off-center perspective of two larger-than-life, outrageous, irreverent and endearing personalities, who don't always agree," Beggs said. "It will be informative yet entertaining. Just the thought of these two guys together makes you laugh."
Green's status as a Canadian also will add some spark to his observations on the U.S. political landscape, Beggs said.
Green first made his mark in the late 1990s as the host of MTV's "The Tom Green Show," which featured Green engaging in outrageous stunts and pranks.
His "status" as a Canadian?
It's All How You Look at It
It is a lobbying dream team that calls itself The Big Four: a Hollywood star turned politician, a formidable East Coast fund-raiser, a close friend of the president and the president's little brother.Versus what it might have been if the governors had been, say, Democrats:
...a man accused of numerous sexual assaults, a pro-abortion Catholic, a recent divorcee and the father of a drug addict.Lobbying dream team, indeed.
Gene Weingarten strikes again
NEW YORK July 16, 2004 — Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows. But seven words in his new song "Why" "Why did Bush knock down the towers?" has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and criticism, of his career.Ha-ha! That proud rapper! He should really get back to rapping about things he knows about, like the street life!
"It caught the ear of white America," he said proudly during a phone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good thing. No matter what you do, somebody's not going to like it, but for the most part, most people love the song."
On the show to discuss a rapper's political statement and legal troubles was...well, duh, Victoria Murphy, a reporter who covers technology for Forbes. Her credentials appear to be...well, I'm not sure, but she has a couple articles on Forbes.com, and is apparently, according to Newsbios.com, one of the 30 Rising Stars Under 30. At any rate, she's cute, and that appears to be enough to get her guest spots pretty regularly on various Fox News shows. Hunh.
So, needless to say, between her and O'Reilly the dialogue was working at a really high level. A sample:
Victoria Murphy: That's what rappers do, they get arrested.Then O'Reilly, as he loves to do - well, apart from calling rappers and black people thugs, lunatics and criminals - started talking about how since Jadakiss is somehow involved with Xbox - it's not entirely clear how, and a quick internet search only turns up opportunities to play Xbox against Jadakiss, in some weird cross-marketing scheme - Microsoft is complicit in killing babies in the ghetto and selling crack. Or something.
So they started talking about video games, O'Reilly talking about how this was setting such a terrible example for the poor, helpless children who play Xbox, and Murphy decides it's time to play Expert:
VM: It's not just kids, it's 20 and 30 year old...guys.Bill...Bill...then what are you getting at? Who are you trying to insult with this one? Are you making some bizarre uber-paternalistic argument about how the good Daddies at Microsoft need to be responsible so that the Children (i.e., anyone under 40) don't have to worry about thinking about anything, 'cause they can't be trusted? This is kind of mystifying.
BO: And do you think they're gonna be outraged that they're abetting this kind of defamation? I don't think so.
Wait, though. It gets better:
...Ludacris is a thug. He's just a hop-head, and by that I mean someone who glorifies the street life.Yes! He manages to bring it around - despite there being no linkage at all, whatsoever - to taking another cheap shot at that great Enemy of Western Civilization, Ludacris.
Finally, O'Reilly gets around to actually addressing the topic at hand:
We called Microsoft four days ago, and they haven't responded. They're hiding under their desks, and this is not a good thing for the country.And that, my friends, was the end of the segment. But why Microsoft wouldn't want to get mixed up with O'Reilly...you got me.
Why Don't You Come to Your Senses?
Before singing "Desperado" for an encore Saturday night, the 58-year-old rocker called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She also encouraged everybody to see the documentary about President Bush.
Ronstadt's comments drew loud boos and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.
According to the president of the Aladdin (where the concert was),
Ronstadt's antics "spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it," Timmins said.Yes. Linda Ronstadt spoiled a wonderful evening of a Linda Ronstadt concert. That would be possible if she gave a crappy show, in which case it would not be a wonderful evening for the guests. Perhaps they'd've been happier just sitting at home listening to a CD.
Seriously folks, if you go to a live concert, that's kind of part of the deal: the person performing actually gets to be there, too.
And if the story weren't good enough, the AP gets a chance to show just how low-brow and chuckly it's become, and really takes the opportunity for all it's worth:
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal before the show, Ronstadt said "I keep hoping that if I'm annoying enough to them, they won't hire me back."
Looks like she got her wish.
AYFKM? Someone please tell me, with the Pickler on the loose, why anyone bothers to take the AP seriously anymore.
Ahhnold Does the Obvious
Go forth and multiply.
YAY! More physics that I have only the faintest chance of ever understanding!
Except that only by Hawking being such a complete frickin' genius did he ever prove himself wrong - all the other guy had to do was be contrary.
This would be kind of like one of the smart socialists from my labour seminars in college admitting that I was right about something. Which would be pretty sweet.
The Search is Over
If, in honor of this historic event, you decide to rent the movie, watch out for Laura Linney, Tony Shaloub and William H. Macy, in the pivotal role of Tunafish Father. Also in a breakthrough role is Josh Mostel, son of the numerically named Zero.
The Amazing Thing...
In any event, my bloviations can also now be found over at the Run Against Bush Blog, from time to time, and I actually get paid for it. Cra-cra.
Cuter than cannibals
I'm hoping, by now, you've all heard about seeing-eye ponies? Miniature horses trained as guide animals for the vision impaired? Among the ponies’ strong suits, apparently, are their long lifespan, calm nature, great memory, excellent vision, focused demeanor, safety consciousness, high stamina and good manners. Additionally, being seeing-eye ponies "help[s] the tiny horses by providing them with a higher-purpose in life."
Also, they wear sneakers to protect their delicate pony feet. Which is just supercute. Seriously. A miniature pony, trotting down the street, wearing Stride Rite sneakers?
If that doesn't warm your heart, even a little, then you're a terrible person.
JKD's wish is my command
Apparently,he's getting a movie which will "show Meiwes in his prison cell, talking to his victim's head. The head apparently asks Meiwes to eat him again."
That creeps me out.
Oh HELL No
Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.Seriously guys? This is absolutely amazing. I mean, you think they've topped themselves to the greatest extent possible, and now they go and do this. It's enougb to make you want to take a nap or something.
"The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher."
Hersh describes a Pentagon in crisis. The defense department budget is “in incredible chaos,” he says, with large sums of cash missing, including something like $1 billion that was supposed to be in Iraq.
"The disaffecion inside the Pentagon is extremeley accute," Hersh says. He tells the story of an officer telling Rumsfeld how bad things are, and Rummy turning to a ranking general yes-man who reassured him that things are just fine. Says Hersh, "The Secretary of Defense is simply incapable of hearing what he doesn’t want to hear."
Please someone send me a link about the latest development in the German cannibal affair, anything to lift my spirits here.
Fox News: Guess
Oh, right: and those memos are riDICulous. A sample:
2003-06-02, John MoodyLook, being nakedly partisan regarding political issues, and lying about it, is one thing - but in this guy's clarification, "an abortion clinic, not a "health clinic."" he is saying that it's okay to kill people if you disagree with them. Um...um...yeah. Why does Fox News hate America?
From: John Moody
Heads of state don't leave G-8 meetings early unless they have good reasons. President Bush has two: he has to get to Egypt, and he doesn't like the French. Let's explain to viewers that despite the tepid handshake, Bush and Chirac are far from reconciled, as are the US and Germany. The early departure from Evian should take the sparkle out of the bottled water spa.
We have good perp walk video of Eric Rudolph which we should use. We should NOT assume that anyone who supported or helped Eric Rudolph is a racist. No one's in favor of murder or bombing of public places. But feelings in North Carolina may just be more complicated than the NY Times can conceive. Two style notes: Rudolph is charged with bombing an abortion clinic, not a "health clinic." and
TODAY'S HEARING IS NOT AN ARRAIGNMENT. IT IS AN INITIAL HEARING.
We have FCC Chairman Michael Powell on Cavuto today (hosted by Brenda). Let's do a few hits on the commission's vote about media ownership rules.
"A Uniter, Not a Divider"
The NAACP said Bush is the first president since Warren G. Harding not to meet with the group while in office.Jeebus, man. That's some shit. First since Harding?
What's also remarkable about that is that, if you think about all the presidents since Harding - save Reagan, and Bush the Elder - is how many pushed forward civil rights, against strong opposition and contrary to their background (Truman; Johnson; etc.).
When Adolph Coors, Jr. - the patriarch of the Coors family, big-time supporters of Republicans and screeching far-right politics - died a few years back, I heard an interview with an historian on NPR. The historian said that Coors basically thought the 20th century was a bad idea. You know - outlawing child labor, giving women the vote, civil rights, all that shit.
That is where this administration's ideas come from.
Salon has two good articles taking Mr. Formerly-Unsafe-at-any-Speed-now-just-wants-to-destroy-American-democracy to town - one by Eric Boehlert on how, bizarrely, Nader's latest book is published by HarperCollins...which is, of course, owned by NewsCorp. The other upside-the-head smack comes courtesy Mary Jacoby, RE: M'Boy Howard Dean ripping Nader to shreds in their debate Friday.
-The last week has been great in the NYT b/c Tom Friedman is on vacation. Until October, apparently, though I'd suggest "forever" as a slightly better vacation term for Tommy. No, not that he should die, just that I never have to read one of his columns again.
The reason his vacation is especially sweet is that his replacement - for July at least, though I'd love to see her stay until October or, alternately, permanently - is Barbara Ehrenreich. Her columns thus far have had a humour and vigour that's been sadly missing from the NYT editorial page for a long time, Maureen Dowd having long ago ceased to be anything but a mediocre gossip columnist.
Today's column has her smacking down Bill Cosby for his recent comments on lower-class blacks. I agreed with a lot of what Cosby said, and I also agree with a lot of what Ehrenreich says.
But even better than today's was Sunday's column; and even better than THAT was her July 1 column, wherein she defended Michael Moore and went on to smash the myth of the elitist Democrat vs. salt-of-the-earth Republican.
What's so refreshing about Ehrenreich is her refusal to mince words. She's a fantastic writer, and doesn't blunt her passion for issues by pussyfooting around them - she plows straight ahead, tells the truth, and doesn't come off 'strident' but simply passionate. This is good.
Wired can be funny
Downloads play only on Windows PCs and Microsoft-licensed portable players. Tracks are edited to remove dirty words, such as pants. [Italics in original.]It's surfing like this that really makes me enjoy ye olde internet.