Strange, today feels like about the second Sunday in a row. That's about 26
short of the fabled month of Sundays.
an interesting project by a group of Italian designers. Most of it is your
basic fashion sales site, but it features Yooxworld, an artsy project section
that includes wild “cover art,” screensavers and such.
demonstrates the creative expressiveness of designer Liam Wolf.
I saw a commercial yesterday that said “Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the
Christmas season.” Well, maybe he said “Holiday,” since
that's the more inclusive term. Either way, I've been seeing x-mas related
commercials and decor for a couple of weeks, already. I've even heard Christmas
music, and a couple of days ago, carols were playing in my head!
Well, if Thanksgiving is still the official kick-off to the season,
it's apparent that we now have a pre-game show.
Blogs Make the World Smaller
An interesting thing has been happening. Several times now, I've made entries
here, commenting on someone's work, referring you to a site, or speaking about
how someone had an impact on my life. In some of those cases, I could have
sent a message saying “hey, I just wrote about you in my blog,” but I didn't.
waves, those people have found my entries and written back. In a couple of
cases, it's friends of those people who have written to share stories, or to
say thanks for remembering a friend. It's an un-forced, authentic, human connection.
I check my log files, so I know that people are reading these pages. Still,
met before makes a connection, and the connections I make are one reason
I continue to write.
While so many of our modern affordances are merely re-cast
versions of old technologies
is something unique and new. I don't have this kind of access to any other
broadcast or publishing medium. The only filters or censors that apply here
are my own inhibitions. (Well, I suppose if I wanted to publish smut, my presence
provider might have something to say about it.)
Brought to you by the Web,
Blogger, and Google. Thanks, Tim
Berners-Lee (he, not Al Gore, invented the web) and W3C.
Now, that's what I call useful!
One writer described advertising as stealing one's self-esteem and selling
it back at a price.
don't always recognize Iman when I see her, but the instant I saw this pic
in a magazine, I recognized the setting: the glass steps at the Apple
Store in SoHo. The website for Markus
Klinko & Indrani features an interesting visual style and navigation
system, along with striking fashion photography.
More Malaprop Madness
I've been noticing more and more people referring to the “tenants”
of a particular group, organization, or country, when they mean tenets.
In many cases, it seems that they're trying to use the word to impress us with
how erudite they are.
The State of Discourse
A classmate of mine forwarded an e-mail to me that included what is supposedly
an “editorial” from a Tampa newspaper. I say supposedly, because no references
are given that would allow anyone to verify the claim.
The piece argues that immigrants need
to adjust to the American way of life (e.g. by learning English), that
America is a Christian nation, and that multiculturalism dilutes our sovereignty
and national identity. It closes by asserting that you have the right to
complain (though no one's interested in listening) because there is such
a thing as freedom of speech here, and you have the right to leave after
you're done complaining.
At one point, the screed says “Our population is almost
entirely made up of descendants of immigrants...,” conveniently side-stepping
our history of slavery and the fate of the indigenous peoples who already
inhabited this land.
The e-mail is ended with an “Amen,” but
the jingoistic, isolationist “fuck
you” tone of the message seems strangely devoid of any Christian spirit;
most certainly that of a “God
Screeds like these also overlook the fact that this country was
founded on more than Christian ideals and concepts. The actual name of the
Statue of Liberty, for example, is “Liberty Enlightening the World,” a
reference to concepts from the Enlightenment that were also embraced by our
founders. As Christian as our founders may have been, they did not want our
to be an extension of any church. Consider the deep-seated fears that the
Pope would indirectly run our county when President Kennedy, our only Catholic
president, was elected.
As valid as I think the concept of separation of church and state is, I
think the forefathers missed what may turn out to be an equally important
tenet: the separation of corporation and state.
Neocons are not the only ones with a vision for, or a say in what happens
to, this country. A piece that aired recently on the History Channel made
the point that Dr. Martin Luther King was considered an enemy of the state
at the time that he went to Memphis. So, I guess the things that are being
said about Michael Moore are an example of more of the same. What the neocons seem to miss,
is that the “complainers” complain because they care, too.
is airing this special on 11/30 at 10 PM. Pryor's hosting it himself! Here's
Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and
more salute the life and career of famed funnyman Richard Pryor. This tribute
features clips of Pryor's daring performances and interviews with today's comedy
Happy to discover that Alton
his own site, besides the stuff he has on FoodTV.com.
Overheard today: [Regarding income,] “Eighteen percent of
the population of this country think they're in the top one percent.”
... If you own a gun, please practice responsible gun safety - and that includes keeping all firearms locked and stored away.
For more information on gun safety, contact the following organization:
Americans For Gun Safety Foundation
At the end of "24" tonight, Kieffer Sutherland came on with a promo for gun safety. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before. The episode featured a lot of gun violence, and a prolonged Russian Roulette sequence, and had warning messages after each of the commercial breaks.
What's Traffic Like?
The NYC DOT has ATIS, a system of closed-circuit television feeds that you can view on the web as stills or streaming video. New Jersey Turnpike Authority also has a few cams, so maybe next time you drive somewhere around the city, you'll be able to check a cam and know a little bit about what's in store.
Thanksgiving is two days away,
and I'm thinking about the things I'm thankful for. It's especially poignant
to consider those matters this year, given the apparent state of the world
and the murky outlook for the future.
On a somewhat-related note, I had to laugh the other day, when I heard that
the White House has explained that Bush hasn't attended the funerals of any
because he's concerned about the familes' privacy.
On an unrelated note, the December issue of Wired magazine lists Paris Hilton
as “model, hotel heiress, and actress.”
I've been following Jake
the local music scene for many years now. His music just keeps getting stronger
and more authentic. It's passionate, feel-good, pat-your-feet music with a classic
playing a couple of gigs in New Jersey on November 29 and December 5th.
Michael Jackson is weird
and people have made accusations, but neither
of these points prove that he's a child molestor. Neither
does the argument that the prosecutor would not proceed with a weak case. Many
are elected officials, and high-profile cases win re-election. Lynch mobs
have jumped to conclusions and carried out kangaroo justice many times before. The New York Post
and the Daily News
have sunk to new lows in their “coverage” of this latest scandal.
have always intrigued and inspired me. His ideas about imagery pre-date Photoshop
by a long shot, and set a high bar for anyone interested in creating sophisticated composite
His site was re-done in Flash some time in the last year, and the results
also set a high bar for designers who build sites in Flash.
Good and Bad Design
One's $256 “Hot Ice” CD player is made out of a block of acrylic. It looks
pretty interesting. I figure it's got to sound OK, though I'm a bit of an audiophile
perfectionist when it comes to sound equipment. Apparently, the player's design
is hot enough, that it's currently out of stock at Mono
The site's pseudo-3D interactive navigation is only briefly interesting; then
it quickly becomes annoying. It's an example of Flash overkill, and the graphic
style is rapidly becoming overexposed. The music loop isn't bad, though.
Smell of Protection
MBTE is a gasoline additive that is particularly water-soluble, and prone
to leak from gasoline tanks, ultimately fouling drinking water. The stuff tastes
and smells bad, and may cause health problems. Traces have been found in almost
every state, and it has the potential of becoming a cleanup problem in at least
28 states, according to government and private studies.
On November 21, officials in Santa Monica, CA, announced a tentative settlement
in which Shell, ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil agreed to pay $92.5 million for
water cleanup from MTBE problems. Earlier, MTBE makers agreed to pay $69 million
for cleanup from a lawsuit in South Lake Tahoe, CA. In September, the state
of New Hampshire filed suit against 22 companies because MTBE has fouled numerous
drinking water sources there.
The response of House and Senate Republicans was to meet for more than two
months in closed-door negotiations to craft legislation would shield MTBE manufacturers
from lawsuits such as the one that led to the Santa Monica settlement. Then,
they buried this “safe harbor” provision in the pending 1148-page
energy bill. Now that the provision has stalled passage of the entire energy
bill, speaker Dennis Hastert blames the trial lawyers!
Tom DeLay, R-TX, has been pushing the legislation along with two of the principal
architects of the House energy bill: Reps. Billy Tauzin, R-LA, and Joe Barton,
R-TX. No surprise there – three-fourths of all MTBE production comes
from Texas and Louisiana. Liability shields are the newest form of pork.
Two years, Two Months, Twelve Days
On the #4 train today, the conductor announced that the Hudson River tubes between
the World Trade Center site and New Jersey re-opened today.
Pro and Con-Job? (Or, Fearmongering Itself)
The ad: shows footage of President
Bush delivering his State of the Union address in January. As
he speaks, the phrase "Some are now attacking the president for
attacking the terrorists" is superimposed on the screen.
The ad goes on to urge viewers to call members of Congress and ask them
the president's policy of pre-emptive defense."
It was sponsored by the Republican
National Committee, and broadcast today
in Iowa, one day ahead of a debate between Democratic presidential
candidates in Des Moines.
[It's an] “attempt to stifle dissent.”
[It violated] “the pledge the president made to not exploit 9/11
for political purposes.”
and outrageous... It's erroneous, and I think that they ought
to pull the ad.”
“We all want to defeat terrorism, but to chastise
and to question the patriotism of those who are in opposition to some of
the president's plans, I think, is wrong.”
“I don't know of anybody who's attacking the president for attacking
the terrorists... I'm certainly not.” [the ad is an attempt to] “get
the public's mind off joblessness in America” [and flawed Republican-backed
bills on Medicare and energy.]
“It's portraying the president's leadership that
he's displayed since Sept. 11, which I support. I
think it's a very legitimate statement to be made in the coming presidential
In an Op-Ed piece called “Scaring
Up Votes,” [requires registration] NYTColumnist
Maureen Dowd said:
With this ad, Republicans have announced their intention: to scare
us stupid, hoping we won't remember that this was the same State of the
Union in which
Mr. Bush made a misleading statement about the Iraq-Niger uranium connection,
or remark that the imperial idyll in Iraq has created more terrorists. ...
The president is trying to make the campaign about guts: he has the guts
to persevere in the war on terror.
But the real issue is trust: should we trust leaders who cynically
manipulated intelligence, diverted 9/11 anger and lost focus on Osama so
they could pursue
an old cause near to neocon hearts: sacking Saddam?
I ran across all of the above, trying to get a bit of detail on the Medicare
bill that just passed. That bill may have been the first successful move toward
But enough of that... Having taken nearly 6,000 shots with my Coolpix 990
since I got it about 2 years ago, I'm starting to drool over the idea of getting
my hands on a Nikon
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