January 28th, 2004

the only earth?

rose colored glasses?

Words of wisdom on Dean's second place finish in New Hampshire:
Given New Hampshire voters' history of often not voting for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, Josh Bis, a graduate student in epidemiology at the University of Washington, said he felt good about Dean's second-place finish in New Hampshire, even considering his sizable lead in the polls just weeks ago.

"At this time, I don't think it's time to worry," said Bis, who has been telephoning Washington voters urging them to support Dean at their caucuses. "We're still in it." [seattle times]

On the "still in it" front, this is kind of neat: I can't tell if it's a comprehensive listing, but RealClearPolitics lists a bunch of state-by-state poll results.


two weird things I see almost every day on my walk to work and wonder about for a few minutes:

The strange patch of grass over the gravel lot that was the former home of the spy supply store (on Eastlake between the Graceland and the trophy company). It's all fenced-in and there's a rusted muffler in the middle of the lot. Among all of the concrete, it's weird to see that small square of green.

A ten foot stretch of chain link and razor wire fence protects a twelve foot stretch of the Denny Way overpass. It only blocks a small portion of the north side and I can't figure out why it's there. Is it to stop people from jumping onto the freeway? If so, why would it be O.K. for suicidal people to throw themselves onto the southbound lanes? or even into the other side of the northbound I-5 traffic?
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the only earth?

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This, from Anderson Cooper's 360 should raise concerns about George Bush's interest in addressing domestic concerns:
President Bush is confirming some of Paul O'Neill's claims. He said he did let O'Neill talk for 45 minutes without saying anything, not because he was disengaged but because he was, quote, "bored as hell." O'Neill was treasury secretary at the time, boring the president with boring facts about the boring economy which affects the lives of millions of boring Americans. [cnn]

The economy is boring. Poor people are boring. Let's go to Mars!
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you just missed him.

For now, I'm going to assume that the second line of this headline is just the Pitchfork News staff having a little fun with the internet:
Pixies, Radiohead, Kraftwerk Confirmed For Coachella Fest in May

Neutral Milk Hotel, Velvet Underground, Howard Dean tentatively booked for second night [pitchfork]

Even if Jeff Magnum won't be in Indio, I'm going to start looking for cheap flights.


p.s. take a look at Sub Pop's pdork website. According to "Live Wire" it was their front page last week, but they must have changed it (maybe to coincide with the publication of this week's Stranger?).
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