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March 24th, 2004

the only earth?

red states everywhere

If you haven't already seen them, I think that these maps of campaign contributions from fundrace are remarkable. --> U.S. Money Map.

They mention using donations as a proxy for votes, which is probably flawed since I'm guessing that wealthier people donate more and to republicans. At least I hope it's flawed.
beach, outside

sunbreaks

From the John Barth essay, "Postmodernism Revisited"
The Australian art critic Robert Hughes dates Postmodernism, at least in its Pop Art manifestation, from that moment in Walt Disney's 1940 movie Fantasia when Mickey Mouse mounts the conductor's podium and shakes hands with Leopold Stokowski. I like that. (Review of Contemporary Fiction: vol. 8, no. 3)


... and tonight on a Very Self-Referential Episode of the O.C., Paris Hilton guest stars as a Pynchon-loving graduate student. My favorite Paris Hilton inspired motto for parties: "Don't tell anyone I'm in grad school!"
beach, outside

this feels recycled

that is, this week has been fairly standard with an emphasis on addressing work-related projects. the morning sunlight and the wait for daylight saving time have helped, as have morning stops at vivace on the walk to my office.

This afternoon I went to campus to make a copy of a David Foster Wallace essay using a horrible & expensive photocopier (thanks to evan you can read it online) and read it at Solstice. Outside, rain and sun coexisted simultaneously. Later, waiting for the bus in this environment, I tried to solve a parameterization problem from an analysis that I'm working on by walking in circles. This was more awkward than I'd expected and didn't really help.

On the ride home, the bus made horrible noises and the sunbreak turned into a (welcome) downpour. I picked up dinner, bought batteries (but not Cadbury creme eggs), and got a new Stranger with a re-run cover.