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January 27th, 2004

i am not a stuffed tiger.

small miracles

Aside from other things, I finally figured out how to print from my iBook to the printer that's attached to one of the Windows NT computers in the student office. I had sort of given up on this ever working, but got bored one afternoon and learned about advanced printer adding, Samba, CUPS, and gimp-print and now it works. I don't think that I'll ever be able to get it to print double-sided, but for now I'm really quite pleased. My old way of printing was printing to PDF, saving it to the network, logging into a Windows machine, and printing; so this is much much better.

I called a bunch of people in places like Medical Lake and Spokane to find out who they were planning to support in the caucuses. Mostly, no one was home. Those who were home were mostly very old, undecided, or both. In general, I hate the telephone and leaving messages, but I guess it needs to be done.

The shining moment of tonight's pub quiz was being tied for first place at the end of the second round. It was pretty much downhill from there. Small victories, I suppose.

Oh, and by popular demand the four pictures from my trip to Whistler are now online for your viewing pleasure. They're all taken from the base level due to issues of visibility and injury/damage avoidance. Also, none of us are in the pictures. Other people took pictures of people; so I hope to get some of those later this week.
OS X

mclinks

a reminder: the Dave Eggers political serial began today with part one today at Salon, "Unforbidden Is Compulsory Or, Optimism." I read it tonight on the bus and am not crazy in love with it, but still have high hopes.

look: Joshuah Bearman is covering the Democratic primaries for The Believer. Keep up with his reports here. I just found this and haven't read them yet. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the extra "h" but I'm leaning against.
OS X

thanking the academy

oscar nominations!

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King leads the count, but there are several interesting nominations in the list.

I'm pretty excited for Lost in Translation, it is nominated for best picture, original screenplay, director, and actor. Sophia Coppola is the first American woman to be nominated for best director & this is Bill Murray's first oscar nomination. It's too bad that Scarlett Johansson & Kevin Shields didn't get nominations, but I'm still happy.

I'm surprised to have already seen all of the best picture nominees.
the only earth?

regime change begins at home

today's bushism:
"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling."—Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004 [slate]

And people wonder why he holds so few press conferences.
the only earth?

keep the dream alive?

39-26-12-12-9-2-0*

damn.

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but the media were there & the speech and conference call were good so we smiled and clapped.

there's always next week.

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* according to the New York Times: 38.5-26.3-12.4-12.1-8.6-1.4.0.2
drinking in the dark

versatile solutions for modern living

at last! a rant in defense of Ikea and Starbucks:
There's an equally wrongheaded sibling rant, which is the eternal current of complaint lodged against Starbucks Coffee. Although there's probably more truth in the notion that Starbucks has made it difficult for independent local alternatives to survive . . . most critiques directed at the chain strike me as being built on the same shaky armature of self-righteousness, spoiledness, and ahistoricity. Like the blistering Ikea-hatred, there's something wildly out of scale in the tone and tenor of the criticism directed at Starbucks. [v-2]


Also on the Palahniuk topic, BoingBoing provides extensive links about the fainting phenomenon surrounding his latest short story collection. Maybe I'll listen to the MP3 of the reading the next time I need to feel ill. [bb]
the only earth?

speaking of corporate love

I've really liked Slate's coverage of the primaries. In today's "Explainer" Timothy Noah posted a very thorough discussion of the effect of courting Southern votes
Since 2000, many Democrats have questioned quietly why they should expend so much effort trying to win votes in what is now a solidly Republican region. The Democrats' ceaseless courtship of Southern votes has fostered an unhealthy sense of entitlement. [slate]

The article concludes with the historical precedent of the South's political history of power-grabbing that traces back to the Constitutional provision that counted slaves as 3/5 of a person in the census.