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November 20th, 2003

i am not a stuffed tiger.

returning the borrowed umbrella

in a startling turn of events, the internet might have been useful, but wasn't. i walked for twenty minutes in the rain to a dark classroom because comcast was being stupid and not sending me my morning email to tell me that the professor had taken ill.

so now I'm at my office, a few more hours of potential productivity than expected.

With all of the unplanned nothingness of this morning, I finally listened to This American Life from a couple weeks ago: "The Annoying Gap Between Theory . . . and Practice" which featured two excellent stories about democracy. Act One, about Diebold and the problems of touch-screen voting was infuriating and a good primer on the subject if you haven't heard about why elections troubles get worse than hanging chads. Maybe it was the sort of dismal weather, but Act Two, about a freshman Detroit state representative was untraditionally heartbreaking (a bill dies on the floor).
i am not a stuffed tiger.

seattle p-i on the quest for cool

Today, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer tackles the pressing issue of "cool"

In other words, at the end of the day, no matter what kind of value we assign to our clothes and other objects we surround ourselves with, it's all about not feeling weak, alone and dull.

The article is unintentionally/painfully [?] funny. And strangely validating.