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Thursday, July 03, 2003
Thoughts on Independence Day
The dogs' bladders are near bursting, since they won't go outside with the neighborhood miscreants setting off fireworks. The refrigerator is like Fibber McGee's closet, jammed with consumables for the cookout tomorrow. And, of course, the American Way of Life is under assault, not from external enemies but by our elected- or Supreme Court appointed- officials. Librarians are being requested to act as agents of the FBI. In 2003, our government more closely resembles the Gestapo than the republic envisioned by Jefferson and Adams.
But it's July 4, and I'm not going to get into that. As Adlai Stevenson said, "In America, anyone can become President. That's one of the risks you take."
America is about taking risks- and making mistakes and doing the right thing... eventually. I'm old enough now to look back and realize the United States is capable of acts of both stunning inspiration and jaw-dropping stupidity, often simultaneously.
But the one thing about America and being an American is knowing that, like a huge pendulum, eventually things swing back from the extreme. Not without effort and debate and cost and lost lives. But sooner or later, things always do get better. And then we'll swing to the other extreme and repeat the process.
Norman Mailer once said the true religion of America has always been America. He's right. I believe in America. And there are enough believers to insure that despite its disturbing oscillations, we'll always find our way.
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Give it a try. It's frighteningly realistic. (Another Farber goodie.)
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Real Reality Programming
From Dave Farber's Interesting People list...
http://www.8goodpeople.com, a website that deals with the reality of being experienced, qualified- and unemployable.
There's something odd about a society which is willing to pay a million dollars to a bimbette to fake affection on television but turns its back on its productive citizens.
I'd wish they'd keep good folks like these employed, and outsource the television programming jobs overseas. But wait- many of these airhead reality series are actually reworked European ideas, anyway.
Sigh. We're doomed.
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
My mother's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
My wife said to me, "I want to be cremated." I said, "How about Tuesday?"
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The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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