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July 29th, 2004

chair, apartment

rip off artist

Taking a cue from the networks, I decided to ignore the convention (and this week's experiment/performance art piece about political weblogging) for most of the day to engage in painful conference calls of the "can you hear me now?" variety and other assorted work type projects. More thrilling topic of posting: dataset manipulation or afternoon floor speeches? you be the judge.

After work, I met Carole & Atri for dinner at the Thai-ger Room where I had thai-ger noodles, as always. On the way, I did catch the beginning of John Edwards's [ed: we insist on this usage since Edwards is neither Biblical nor Classical] (apparently long, but on time) speech [txt, video]. In case you hadn't heard, John Kerry was in the Vietnam War and he pulled a guy out of the water. Using the same words as in his television commercial, Edwards reminded the audience of this often overlooked detail from the Kerry personal history. Oh, and John Edwards is the son of a mill worker.

Dinner was the prelude to the main entertainment: the So Bad It's Good Showgirls, which was released in VIP DVD format yesterday. David Schmader provided commentary (which is on the new DVD for those unable to attend / if this is actually his "last" performance.) The movie is outrageously bad in every regard, which makes it incredibly funny. Had even one aspect of it been decent, it would lose its magic.
i am not a stuffed tiger.

rise of the fake

A great day for the simulated on the web: fake presidential fundraising [whitehousewest], fake weblogs (can we get a consistent NYT style rule for web log, weblog, blog. okthx) [nyt], and sponsored fakesters [wired, via apophenia]

note: two of these links involve Will Farrell.
the only earth?

kerrybot

"reporting for duty" -- meant to remind us of his military service? or a swipe at Bush's national guard ambiguous attendance?

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it's unfortunate that the democrats saved one of their less inspiring speeches [txt] for the final night's keynote. (incidentally, the "great american author" of You Can't Go Home Again was Thomas Wolfe. Is there a reason not to mention his name in the speech?).

Not that goosebumps are mandatory. It was a competent speech. Frank Luntz's focus group seemed to like it.
the only earth?

goodbye liberal media!

seriously. wtf -- is CNN trying to be the new FOX? They're giving the GOP chairman a chance to tear apart Kerry's speech during the confetti, balloons, and rock music.

excellent CNN moment:
"GO BALLOONS! STAND BY CONFETTI! BRING EM', BALLOONS! NO CONFETTI YET! GO BALLOONS! COME ON GUYS, LET'S MOVE IT! WE NEED MORE BALLOONS! I WANT ALL BALLOONS TO GO! GO CONFETTI!! WE NEED MORE BALLOONS! WE NEED ALL OF THEM COMING DOWN!!! WHAT'S HAPPENING, BALLOONS-- WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU GUYS DOING UP THERE??"
Compete awesomeness. Back to MSNBC where even Scarborough liked the text, but not the delivery.

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my favorite part about the cable news coverage is when the correspondents say "I'm in _____" when they're in a a state's delegate area.
the only earth?

... and we're back

o.k. so Larry King Live (god help us) now has the hipster.geek political commentary fantasy league on: Gideon Yago, Mo Rocca, Tucker Carlson, and (briefly) John Cusack.