In Iowa, if you get fired for seeing ghosts, you can still get unemployment benefits.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 9:03 pm
Friday, November 18, 2005 6:08 am
My cable modem at home, which has been sputtering for months, finally died last night. I hope to get a replacement from the cable folks today, but if I don’t, it may be a good while before I’m back online.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:35 pm
Anyway, if you’re new here, welcome. You’ll find all manner of inanity/insanity/family here, dating back 3 1/2 years. Make yourself comfortable. Kick your shoes off and help yourself to a beer. We welcome discussion on any topic from any point of view, but if you must attack anything, attack ideas, not personalities (and keep in mind that many of the other commenters are both regulars and real-life friends of mine, even some you think couldn’t possibly agree with me on anything).
And y’all come back now, y’hear?
What obsolete skill am I?
You are ‘Latin.’ Even among obsolete skills, the tongue of the ancient Romans is a real anachronism. With its profusion of different cases and conjugations, Latin is more than a language; it is a whole different way of thinking about things.
You are very classy, meaning that you value the classics. You value old things, good things which have stood the test of time. You value things which have been proven worthy and valuable, even if no one else these days sees them that way. Your life is touched by a certain ‘pietas’, or piety; perhaps you are even a Stoic. Nonetheless, you have a certain fascination with the grotesque and the profane. Also, the modern world rejects you like a bad transplant. Your problem is that Latin has been obsolete for a long time.
… and some people think I’m not conservative …
10641: Citizen investigative journalism or viral ad campaign, perhaps for a TV show or computer game? (My vote’s for ad campaign because it sounds as if the interrogator is miked. If you mike anyone in an interrogation, it’s the prisoner.)
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:22 pm
When I started this blog, Blogger didn’t offer comments, so I began using a free service called Haloscan. In all fairness, in the 3 1/2 years I’ve been blogging at this site, Haloscan’s service has been pretty reliable, if you ignore the fact that it “hides” all comments after 120 days unless you pay for their premium service.
Lately, however, a couple of regular commenters have e-mailed to say that Haloscan was telling them they (or, technically, the IP address they were using) had been banned from commenting here. Now, I have banned a few actual commenters in the past for trollish behavior, but they were all interlopers, not regulars. I’ve also banned several dozen IP addresses from which comment spam and trackback spam originated. But I’ve specifically checked the IP addresses of the folks who have complained, and I have not banned any of those addresses.
If you’ve been trying to comment here and have run into this problem, e-mail me and let me know. I’m not sure what the problem might be, but the more I know, the sooner we’ll get it fixed.
Problems far and wide related to paperless electronic voting machines. Again.
In Ohio, results on one referendum item come in within a percentage point of the Columbus Dispatch’s historically reliable pre-election polling … and results on four others come nowhere close … after the state adds 800,000 new touch-screen machines.
In New Mexico, elections officials are stonewalling discovery in a lawsuit pertaining to the vote totals in the 2004 presidential election. (If my math is right — always questionable — the outcome of the election would not be at stake either way. But from where I sit, that’s not the point and never has been.)
Folks, how much proof do you need that the world is round? And that paperless electronic voting machines are incredibly unreliable? And that for us to have confident in our voting system, that system must be completely transparent?
Thursday, November 10, 2005 7:40 pm
New Yorker profile.
“Jesus Is Magic” trailer (NSFW).
“I was raped by a doctor,” she says. “Which is so bittersweet for a Jewish girl.”
“Politically incorrect” doesn’t begin to get at what she does. “Comedy without a net” doesn’t begin to get at what she does.
Other bloggers have raised the question of whether she’s satirizing bigotry or just indulging in it. There’s no question to me; just watch the trailer. With comedy being “the last remaining branch of the arts whose suitability for women is still openly discussed,” in the New Yorker’s words, she is as groundbreaking a comic as Lenny Bruce or Richard Preyer. Not one comic in 100 would even attempt what she’s doing, and not one in 100 who attempted it would get it right. She gets it right. She gets it perfect.
Irrelevant bonus: quite the eye candy.