Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, July 31, 2005 2:46 pm

Now that we’re all here …

Filed under: Panthers — Lex @ 2:46 pm

The Panthers’ first-round draft pick, cornerback Chris Gamble, signed a contract last night and got to camp in time for this afternoon’s practice. Outstanding. Given the team’s questions regarding its secondary, it’s good that we don’t have any holdouts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 9:39 pm

Hello, world!

Filed under: News & Record — Lex @ 9:39 pm

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The News & Record has started a sports blog. It’s here.

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UPDATE: URL was changed this morning because of problems with a Sprint domain-name server; link changed accordingly.

Friday fun (Monday a.m. edition)

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:45 am

Something Awful has taken old movie stills and added rock guitars and Kiss makeup. Yeah, I’m easily amused.

Monday, July 18, 2005 6:48 am

The Tell-Tale Heart Signs

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:48 am

Check out this version of Poe’s classic short story, illustrated with highway signs. Hilarious.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 9:22 pm

And the weird thing is, I knew what he was talking about

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 9:22 pm

Hooper: Daddy?

Me: Yeah, buddy?

Hooper: Do you remember that scary movie with all the people in it?

Me: Uh, can you be a little more specific?

Hooper: You know, that scary movie with all the people in it?

Me:

Hooper: … with that really big guy in it.

Me: Oh! Yeah, that scary movie with all the people in it.

Hooper: Yeah. I want to be that really big guy when I grow up.

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Geekitude and why it matters

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 9:21 pm

[A Friend]: Wow. I didn’t realize this, but apparently the version of Trillian I’m using automatically links to the Wikipedia entries of many words.

Me: How geeky

[A Friend]: I guess that’s so that the people I IM with will know what I’m talking about.

[A Friend]: One of us should, certainly.

Impossible to argue with

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 9:12 pm

Why the Fantastic 4 Human Torch ATV (with Light-Up Headlights!) is the Worst Movie Tie-In Toy Ever.

The language is definitely NSFW, but the logic is impeccable.

Good

Filed under: Black-box voting — Lex @ 8:47 pm

From the NYT:

Voting-rights groups sued Florida election administrators on Wednesday to overturn a rule that prohibits manual recounting of ballots cast with touch-screen machines, a lawsuit with echoes of the state’s disputed 2000 presidential election voting.The lawsuit said the rule was “illogical” and rested on the questionable assumption that electronic voting machines perform flawlessly 100 percent of the time. It also said the rule violated a Florida law that expressly requires manual recounts of certain ballots if the margin in an election is less than 0.25 percent of the votes cast.

Court disputes over how to conduct manual recounts of punch card and absentee ballots delayed Florida’s results in the 2000 presidential election, which George W. Bush won after taking the state by 537 votes.

The lawsuit was filed against the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections and which issued the rule in April.

Plaintiffs included the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the nonpartisan political group Common Cause and other voter education and civil rights groups. The suit will be heard by the Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee, the state capital.

The plaintiffs said in their suit the electronic voting machines were “known to malfunction and to be subject to malicious tampering.”

I might’ve made it “vulnerable to malicious tampering” because I don’t think we can prove such machines ever have been tampered with. But otherwise, good for the plaintiffs.

Because God forbid we count votes accurately or anything.

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