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Monthly Archives: August 2008

quote of the year


from the daily show’s jon stewart: “[Michelle Obama] must prove she loves America. As opposed to Republicans, who everyone knows love America…they just hate half the people living in it.” —Jon Stewart thank god we have this man to keep us all sane.

the best speech you missed: john kerry


whoda thunk i’d be typing that this morning? you figured bill clinton would be spot-on. but kerry hit on mccain hard, very hard, and more effectively, concisely, and entertainingly than anyone else i’ve seen thus far. and his self-deprecating humor was a bonus. from the huffington post article on the subject: Kerry, his party’s pick […]

hillary does the job


to my mind, she did exactly what she needed to do last night. she explained why she was in the race, she hit on the themes that excited her supporters, and she pivoted all that to believably encourage her supporters to support barack obama. it was a great speech, and to my mind laid to […]

the two convention speeches you must watch


the best speeches often happen out of prime time. even though i line up pretty well idealogically with dennis kucinich, i’m too practical to delude myself into thinking that someone like this could ultimately get elected. that’s a sad indictment of my crappy attitude and pessimism, but that’s how i feel. but man what a […]

hillary clinton, veep?


andrew sullivan thinks maybe, and he’s the biggest hillary hater on the planet: Texting the selection of Hillary at 3 am this Saturday morning would be the coolest campaign gimmick of all time. i’d go even further, and say that given we know that obama has made his choice, if we haven’t heard the pick […]

my mac mini media center


since i posted yesterday about my wonderful new over-the-air hdtv antenna, i thought people might be interested in what it’s hooked up to. namely, my recently assembled mac mini media center. first, the relevant equipment: » a Philips 23PF5320 23-Inch Flat Panel Widescreen LCD TV, which i’ve had for a number of years. positives: it’s […]

unsolicited recommendation:


we (well, mostly me, because i’m the cheap one in the family) decided when we moved to riverdale to not get cable tv. we’d turned it off before moving from inwood, and had not missed it. a couple of months ago, we had a brief flirtation with getting basic cable tv channels (just broadcast channels), […]

obama’s veep


my dream person? al gore. oddly enough for me, i think that i’d be happy with hillary clinton as well. i’ve calmed down a bit over the last few weeks, and she’d be a great attack dog, which for me is the best quality a vice-president can have. i like joe biden a lot, so […]

kristen hall sues sugarland


from an associated press article a few days ago: A founder of the country band Sugarland is suing the two current members of the popular group for $1.5 million. According to a lawsuit filed late last month in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Kristen Hall was to get a cut of the group’s profits even […]

mccain unable to stay on message


even when the message itself is pretty idiotic: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday taunted Republican candidate John McCain for agreeing on the importance of keeping tires inflated as an energy-conservation measure after having joined the GOP in mocking the idea. “It will be interesting to watch this debate between John McCain and John […]

obama talks up high speed rail


amen to this: “If you think about the Midwest, think about right here, what we’ve got is all kind of towns that we could connect,” Obama said. “All of these cities are, they basically take in the air about 45 minutes to an hour to fly.” “But by the time you get to the airport,” […]

wake me up


…when john mccain breaks 44% in a national poll. obama leads mccain 47% to 41% in this recent poll. there have also been some polls that show mccain in the lead. what do they all have in common? obama goes up and down, but i haven’t seen him go lower than 45% in any poll. […]

my quirks


great post over at rands in repose, where he (and many others) list their superstitions/ocd quirks. lots of stuff in the post and in the comments, many of which i do myself. here are a few less obvious ones that i recognized in myself: » volume levels on TV/stereo/etc must be even or divisible by […]