"indecision may or may not be my problem."
august with all of its carelessly open suitcases in people's rooms is hitting me hard with travel fever. i want to leave and hit the road and not look back.
russia's 'russky kuryer' writes:
To a great degree there is no Democratic party candidate John Kerry. There is an abstract "anti-Bush" candidate who has been compelled, in accordance with the US electoral system, to take on human form and assume a human name...
via bbc news
kerry's 1971 statement to the senate committee of foreign relations is quoted a lot by the right wing during this election campaign.
usually there's no reference to what document they're quoting, and as customary in our zero-attention-span society, only a single sentence from this report is quoted as a catch phrase over and over again without background or context. god forbid people would have to read/hear/say full paragraphs.
i think it's a great read.
We found also that all too often American men were dying in those rice paddies for want of support from their allies. We saw first hand how monies from American taxes were used for a corrupt dictatorial regime. We saw that many people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by the flag, and blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs and search and destroy missions, as well as by Viet Cong terrorism - and yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc on the Viet Cong.
lots of free and discounted stuff this weekend in boston. via ryan:
Colleagues: This weekend, Mayor Menino and the business, art and cultural communities say thank you to Boston area residents and DNC volunteers by offering discounts and freebies at attractions thoughout the city-- giving local residents an opportunity to enjoy many of the wonderful things that have been showcased this week to visitors from around the world.
Check the web site for details.
to that i say: museum, shmuseum -- free dessert at legal sea foods...
weird network phenomenon happening on this site. at this moment almost all the searches leading to my blog are related to the ali g commencement speech. the only thing is that they all lead to the searches page, which is filled with referencs to the words 'ali g commencement speech', so my search listings is a big hit on google for these words, which only reinforces this phenomenon.
i guess it's time for a robots.txt file...
update: er, except that i don't own the top level directory in this domain - so i'll have to improvise something especially for googlebot.
from a radio ad for an erectile dysfunction drug:
a scientifically supervised anecdotal study has shown that 98% of the participants reported an increase in sexual potency.
and he's right - at the end it all boils down to who you know and what they think of you.
sure, it's been two weeks since i was in boston, so at first i was sure it was just a coincidence.
but then i figured that it might be that the dnc security idiocy has led to the removal of the newpaper boxes from kendall square?
they should remove buildings, since they could conceal explosives, too!
this week's column is up, entitled 'the sensor world cup'.
leafing through this month's 'wired' on the plane to los angeles, i noticed that for the second time this summer, my column identifies a trend picked up by the big players only later.
first it was the phenomenon of political blogs, that was featured in 'time' magazine a few weeks after i wrote about it.
and now 'wired' suggests that the internet has reversed orwell's dystopia of some centralized power monitoring us all the time - it's us who can't stop photographing and publishing these photos everywhere. the anti-orwell.
good job, time, wired, cnn and nyt. you're getting there.
off to nyc
off to l.a.
this week's column is up, entitled 'photographic evidence? don't make him laugh'.
they forgot to add my credit to the article. it's there on the main page, but not when you click into the column itself.
so much for journalistic professionalism.
was gonna write this whole rant about money, and buying a suitcase, and consuming, and how almost everything i own predates my arrival to the states or was bought in a thrift store.
but i don't feel up to it. too much other shit to do.
i'll just say this: it's true what they say. you always live up to your spending limit. no matter how much more you earn, you just up your lifestyle and spend more (up to a limit of course), and then you're always in for more money, wanting things you didn't even stop to think about when you had so much less, dreaming of the next better life style, keep the ratrace going.
i should have totally gotten a thrift-shop suitcase.
"i'm like a visitor in my own town. life went on without me. there's nothing there for me now.
writing an essay about an israeli film, i was looking into tel aviv and bauhaus, and noticed to my surprise, that a site about tel aviv is the first google result for bauhaus architecture. i knew that tel aviv was famous for its implementation of that german design philosophy (a fact little appreciated by the city's residents), but i didn't expect it to be the nr. one site for that style.
then i noted another curious fact: looking through the photographs, i was struck by the similarity of my hometown's token architecture to that of the media lab building, where i spend most of my waking hours these days.
i heard there's an early 20th centrury german link to m.i.t architecture in general, so maybe there's the connection.
buy land. god is not making any more of it.
in perfect sync with apple's countup to 100 million songs, i'm counting up to my 10,000th blog hit since march 2004. this count started at around 9270 entries.
the winner here, too, will receive a gift certificate for 100 free viewings of future blog entries.
did you know that the lonely planet tells you to not go to israel?
they were careful enough to call the israeli strikes 'retaliatory', though.
i wonder whether some israelis are proposing to boycott the popular travel guide now. couldn't find anything on that on the web.
young programmers think that the only thing it takes to write code is to produce a binary that at one point in time does what you expect it to do.
they pride themselves with rapid protoyping and quick turnouts, but don't stick around long enough to see how their fragile codebase evolves. or rather - collapses.
as of tonight, i'm officially sick and tired of trying to clean up after them.
since we're on the topic of comments, here's a quick streetpoll - what's the level of interest in a 'recent comments' section on the right bar?
there's no real easy way for anyone (except me) to know about newly posted comments.
but if option 1 or 3 is actually the case, let me give you spammers two words of advice.
there's a reason i once had the nickname 'karma police', and with me, retribution is swift.
"Today, I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the
Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am
fighting for the work of the Lord."
--Adolf Hitler (Reichstag speech, 1936)
"I also have this belief, strong belief, that freedom is not this country's gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty's gift to every man and woman in this world. And as the greatest power on the face of the Earth, we have an obligation to help the spread of freedom."
--George W. Bush (Press conference, 2004)
co-hosted a radio show today on wmbr cambridge. a long time dream of mine, to be on the radio. maybe dreams still do come true.
when i got into the studio, i was put completely on the spot because i had no idea what the show was about, or what was expected of me. quickly i found out that i had a ficticious character and i had to ad-lib a whole life out of nothing.
now i usually don't consider myself a spontaneous person, but somehow the tension dissipated quickly and i got into the flow of things. there were even some good moments.
completely forgot, my weekly column was up two days ago, entitled 'just one bubble away'.
i've been really bad about setting up the local copies of the columns, and i wish that haaretz would already move to unicode like civilised human beings.
there seem to be three types of people when it comes to sickeningly brutal realities: (a) those who want to know, then know, and then decide to do something about it, (b) those who want to know, then know, but think it's actually ok, and the vast majority: (c) those who would rather not know.
just in time for the fourth of july, this is the american dream:
"Do not settle for something ordinary...Sign up for something extraordinary"
get the world's longest email address.
gotta love their tagline:
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via the raw feed
and btw, what's the deal with everyone showing browser windows stacked like playing cards. is this the new web design trend now?
heard this today from a brit:
the good news is that saddam is getting the death penalty. the bad news is that beckham is taking it.
had lunch in the big city tonight, and saw the following inscription on a big building:
"the new england shelter for homeless veterans"
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