Monthly Archives: September 2004

The official Word Munger debate preview

Good evening, folks, and welcome to the official Word Munger presidential debate preview! It’s going to be an exciting debate this evening, and we’ve got all the coverage you need right here at wordmunger.com. We’ve assembled a leading panel of … Continue reading

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New phone blues

It was a confluence of a few things that led to the new phone purchase. * My son was now almost a teenager — in fact, he would be in just a couple months. Somehow, inevitably, he has become the … Continue reading

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Is Wikipedia for real?

Wikipedia has some serious goals: to not just emulate, but surpass the most respected print encyclopedias while maintaining its open, free philosophy. The way it works is simple: it started by publishing the contents of an existing encyclopedia, the 1911 … Continue reading

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Surreal Juxtaposition

On the front page of today’s New York Times online, separated by about 300 pixels: and In case you’re wondering whether Jeanne was as bad as Frances or Charley, take a look at this photo of the mobile home park … Continue reading

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Things that should be illegal

Okay, I’ve now seen two separate commercials for anti-hangover pills. They take two different tacks: one shows a guy reeling from his morning hangover, while his wife (or one-night-stand?) is as perky as can be. The difference: she took her … Continue reading

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Bush cuts taxes to zero, increases spending

George W. Bush and the republican-controlled congress today completed the ultimate tax cut: zero taxes. “Taxes are bad for Americans,” the president opined, “they harm the economy, limit productivity, and handcuff our American small businesses. Plus, have you seen these … Continue reading

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Bizarro world

Nick Gillespie is writing about the bizarre switcheroo in the presidential race: This campaign got underway in something approaching a Bizarro universe, with Republicans crowing about nation-building (or even region-building) and runaway spending on every possible social program, things generally … Continue reading

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Is technology slowing down?

Uncertain Principles has a great post in response to Political Animal post responding to another Uncertain Principles post about the pace of technological change. Basically, Political Animal is arguing that technological innovation is already beginning to slow down, and cites … Continue reading

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Too amusing not to post

From today’s Charlotte Observer, the sports headline of the millennium:

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Where do butterflies go when it rains?

As the remnants of hurricane Ivan sweep over North Carolina, this little guy figured out a good way to stay dry. It’s stopped raining now, but he’s still sitting there on my windowsill. I guess he’s been checking weather.com — … Continue reading

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Where I spent my summer vacation, volume 2

This was the photo on the front page of the Charlotte Observer today: a man wading down the main “street” of Dauphin Island, Alabama. Contrast this to the photo I took from the back deck of our rental house there … Continue reading

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Woohoo! They’re forged!

Instapundit is reveling in the notion that the CBS memos are probably forged. Woohoo! A few days ago I pointed to the ignorant “typographers” across the Web who were using crude techniques to determine whether or not the documents were … Continue reading

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Don’t look at this picture

Sorry, it’s too late. The image at left is me saying “Cheers! Your computer is toast!” It’s finally happened — according to Slashdot and numerous other sources around the Net, images can now be used to deliver viruses and/or compromise … Continue reading

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Heh — anatomy of a blogism

Heh. It’s one of the commonest words in the blogosphere. Yet what does it mean? I may not be the best person to answer that question: after all, I tend to spend more time writing my own blog (and even … Continue reading

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How I wasted my Friday

Don’t ever get into a debate about politics or religion. Or typography. Definitely not typography. I’m not sure I can legitimately call myself a typographer. I spent ten years typesetting books. I spent a year publishing a typography Web site. … Continue reading

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To sample, or not to sample

Larry Lessig’s talking about the new appellate court ruling that any digital music sampling, no matter how distorted or unrecognizable, is a violation of copyright and so requires the permission of the rightsholder. I have to say, when I first … Continue reading

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The cost of technophilia

I have always loved gadgets. I bought the original iMac, the first Palm Pilot, even (back in the day…) the first calculator watch [which also had its own video game!]. Now there’s yet another gadget to tempt me: the new … Continue reading

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1000 Death SELL-a-bration!

SCENE: A war-torn Baghdad street, Tuesday. American soldiers are engaged in a typical battle with Iraqi insurgents. Sniper fire whizzes from above while units try to maintain cohesion below UNIT COMMANDER: Stay together, men. Watch that group around the corner. … Continue reading

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Who’s left behind?

Political Animal has an interesting take on the “No Child Left Behind” act: the fact is that the Bush administration wants to see lots of public schools labeled as failures. It’s basically a long-term plan to erode the public’s faith … Continue reading

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(Not) Cheering for the Hurricane

As Hurricane Frances bears down on the Florida coast, I have to stifle the urge to cheer it on. The New York Times is reporting that if Frances continues on its current course, Charlie and Frances will be “the first … Continue reading

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