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Saturday, July 20, 2002
7:35 PM      

Watching Lance win the last two stages of the Tour de France was pretty. It was like watching a Michael Jordan dunk. He even tried to give the stage win to his teammate, who essentially carried him to victory, twice. The guy's got class, power, and persistence. With 14 stage wins, he has more than any other active cyclist. The records keep falling. The broadcasters struggle between creating dramatic hype (like "can he win it?") and self-serving chatter (like "of course, as if anyone had a doubt that he'd be the leader at this point..."). Still, I don't turn the sound off. The chatter is entertaining, and sometimes I actually hear some of the noise from the crowds. It reminds me of watching the NYC Marathon. It must be such a rush to be surrounded by that kind of throng. No wonder Lennon said "We're bigger than Jesus."

Lance didn't win the stage today. He didn't need to. He's still ahead by two minutes. And he and his boys needed to save themselves for tomorrow, when they climb to the finish on Mount Ventoux... Should be interesting.


Really interesting article in the Times about corn

" Under the 10-year program, taxpayers will pay farmers $4 billion a year to grow ever more corn, this despite the fact that we struggle to get rid of the surplus the plant already produces. ...

"At first blush this subsidy might look like a handout for farmers, but really it's a form of welfare for the plant itself ?and for all those economic interests that profit from its overproduction: the processors, factory farms, and the soft drink and snack makers that rely on cheap corn. ...the Archer Daniels Midlands, Tysons and Coca-Colas of the world. ...

"...It's probably no coincidence that the wholesale switch to corn sweeteners in the 1980's marks the beginning of the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in this country. Sweetness became so cheap that soft drink makers, rather than lower their prices, super-sized their serving portions and marketing budgets. ...

"...America's corn crop might look like a sustainable, solar-powered system for producing food, but it is actually a huge, inefficient, polluting machine that guzzles fossil fuel ?a half a gallon of it for every bushel. ...

The author, Michael Pollan (sounds like "pollen" doesn't it?), is a botanist who's written the book The Botany of Desire: A plant's-eye view of the world.

Read more [lame NYT link--requires registration]


A summer cold is a dif-frent a-ni-mal, an ugly a-ni-mal ooh! Well it gets you in the sum-mer when you've got lots to do... That was the song for a cold remedy that ran for several summers back in the mid seventies by my guess. I believe the product was Contac, but I'm not completely sure. Since I've had a nasty cold for about a week now, that song has been looping in my head pretty consistently for the last several days. The odd thing is that when I talked to my friend Jo on Wednesday and told her I was under the weather, she replied by singing that very song! Funnier, still, she thought it was from a much more recent time. Talk about a memorable message! I bet the advertising folk would kill for something that works so well these days.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002
12:35 PM      

Of Empires, Umpires and EuroWhiners

"With the collapse of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago, no single countervailing power is left to balance American might and influence in the world. This leaves some observers to ask: are these the actions of an empire, or umpire?"

- From Going it Alone:
Bush foreign decisions leave allies puzzled


Apparently, my neighbor is into breeding big dogs. They've had two very large ones in the back yard for some time, but now they have a pupy that howls for a prolonged period each day. Sometimes the big dogs are out and start barking for no apparent reason, or they decide to play soccer with a metal food dish. I know it's cruel, but sometimes I fantasize about having a BB gun.

Recently, those same neighbors added a bug zapper. Evenings were never so quiet here, but now the other noises are punctuated with the semi-random ZOT! of another bug biting the dust.


"RAdi8 is an online exhibit space and forum dedicated to the convergence of art and science"

Hmmmm.... I wonder how many times art and science have converged. Da Vinci was as much a scientist as an artist, and many "conventional" art forms have benefitted from scientific advances such as new pigments, better oven technologies, or more sophisticated welding tools. But there appears to be something distinct about how pervasive the science is within web and interactive art. The technology has spawned a new artform. (Or is that a family of artforms?)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002
8:11 AM      

Lush Life

"America must get rid of the hangover that we now have as a result of the binge, the economic binge we just went through. We were in a land of endless profit. There was no tomorrow when it came to the stock markets and corporate profits. And now we're suffering a hangover for that binge."


I'm sure the man knows whereof he speaks.

An article in the Times today entitled "Steps to Wealth:"

George W. Bush's business dealings foreshadow many characteristics of his administration, such as its obsession with secrecy and its intermingling of public policy with private interest.

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A couple of weekends ago, hanging over at C's place, we got into a "where are they now" conversation about Peter Frampton. Well, here he is... Seems he's been busy.

We've been sniffing around the Williamsburg art scene recently. It's pretty vibrant over there, although the author points out that some of the galleries are teetering. Hmmm... wonder if they've been going thorugh an artistic binge?

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