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March 24, 2005

Garden State

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Get thee to the Arboretum, pronto, before a big wind blows all the lace and splendor away.

The wonders of nature...

..abound on the web today. For your viewing pleasure and natural-historical edification, I'm pleased to present running bats and tiptoeing octopi. As BoingBoing noted, the octopus in the video looks like he took notes from Wily E. Coyote.

Vegetable splits GOP party

Reading this post by conservative blogger John Cole, I realized how serious this issue looms as a watershed for the GOP. Now it would have been nice if a phony war, a deadly "peace" and a bungled reconstruction in Iraq [or, you know, our gazillion dollar defecit] would have woken up the "non-radical conservatives" but thank goodness they are finally rousing. Seriously... read the comments on Cole's post. After taking so much heat from the Fundagelicals on the Virginia site, it's heartwarming interesting to see the wingnut wing of the party beat up the slightly-less-insane wing of the party. Enjoy!

Chocolate Jesus Bunny

As Christians everywhere get geared up for the holiest day of the year, I always find myself pondering the age old question: When Jesus comes out of the cave and sees his shadow, why are there 6 more months of winter?

Oh hell, I don’t know. Go have fun and make a chocolate Jesus Bunny!

March 23, 2005

Using WordPress

Be ye not afraid! Though the Day of the End of the MovableType is nigh, the Faithful Nonfamosi will rejoice. Nonfamous shall rise again, clothed in CSS so that the Templates need never again be rebuilt. And lo, you will hear the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth as the Comment Spammers are banished into Utter Bloglessness. [No, seriously, check this out.]

For there is the WordPress « WordPress Codex to answer your questions. See especially the basics section.

The Posters among ye will know the goodness of Markdown and verily will you need less HTML to post. And in your posting Windows will ye have a Spellchecker. Webster be praised.

Yea though the column width will be fixed, ye will get used to it. And liketh it, maybe?

Here endeth the lesson.

March 21, 2005

Get rid of it, redux

I'm pretty sure that this is not the answer to my underwear shopping issues.

Dell Latitude C600 with OWC

I'm returning a convertible tablet/notebook computer tonight to the retailer from whom I got it about ten days ago. My most significant reason is the anemic battery performance (followed by a slow disk drive), but I also feel very little excitement of ownership for the money I put out. It's not artful, really; it's not sexy; and it doesn't ignite my cynical technolust.

However, accepting that a portable computer is still a useful tool and that having one can be enjoyable at times—that is to say, considering the category of the thing, here is a very desirable example: a computer in attractive wood and leather. Sure, having a glowing apple on an upright surface in front of you in the coffee shop has more cachet than a similar surface with a Dell badge, but even the PowerBook pales in comparison to finely polished wood from a Sicillian wine case.

March 20, 2005

Getting closer...

Check out my redesign progress and let me know how it's looking. Traditionalist nonfamosi should be pleased to see some much-loved elements return. The top nav items aren't working yet, but everything else seems to work nicely. Please do share your thoughts, as I'd like to be live on this by the end of the week!

March 19, 2005

Why do Republicans hate marriage

This whole mess with Terry Schiavo is outrageous in so, so many ways. But I have one simple question... if "one man and one woman" marriage is so great and perfect, why is Congress stomping all over the traditional prerogatives spouses have to decide difficult matters like this? The GOP's actions are an attack on the sanctity of marriage. Seriously. Thank God David and I have living wills-- and durable powers of attorney-- but these rights are exactly the rights that inhere in civil marriage and a great example of the rights denied to us through marriage.

In case anyone missed it, the message of the new, fasc-tastic Republikan party is this: we're for individuals rights (and states' rights) until you do something we disagree with, at which point we will try to control your life, micromanage your death, and make a hideous media-political spectacle of what was already a tragedy.

Let me say this very clearly to my friends and family. If anything like this ever happens to me and somehow my wishes aren't followed, I don't want you just to stop feeding me. And don't wait 13 years to do something, either! I want 80cc of morphine, a bullet to the head, or whatever it takes--and wherever I end up, I'm sure I'll see some of you there. OK? Thanks!

Get RID of it!

My pal S. recently moved in to new digs in the north end. She and her sweetheart have been gradually furnishing their home and filling in their kitchen cabinets using Freecycle.

Now I am totally addicted to giving stuff away to total strangers. Oh, sure, I could get it together and have a yard sale, lord knows, I could use the cash, but then I'd have to dicker with the early morning bargain seekers and even worse, I'd have to drag everything out on the porch, price it all, and deal with the stuff that didn't sell. Or I could fill the car and drive down to the Goodwill. That means I'd have to get organized. No way.

Check it out, this is so easy! You just post the thing you want to get rid of (for free, of course) and someone emails you, like, right then, and says "I can come and get it today at 530. Work for you?" It's awesome. You could probably say this: "Yup, that works fine, but bring a friend coz I can't do any lifting."

It's excellent. I'm sure you have something you've been meaning to get rid of and it's just too much trouble. Go on. There's a Freecycle listserv near you. So far, I've unloaded that brown student desk that I could not get rid of on Craig's List and that stupid Ikea lamp with the terrible design.

March 18, 2005

Is homeopathy real?

New Scientist has a fascinating article on 13 things that do not make sense -- scientific phenomena for which no scientific explanation exists.

This doesn't mean science is wrong -- such "problems" are the glory of science. (I'll spare you a diatribe about creationism that could easily be inserted at this point.) It is by investigating these "unexplainable" phenomena that Science expands and grows and deepens our understanding of the universe. It is in exactly this regard that Science differs from religion and superstition -- that which is unexplained is the kernel of further discovery, not an unquestionable tenet of faith.

Item number 4 in the list is particularly fascinating. Homeopathy, which absent any evidence to the contrary I had always placed firmly in the "bunkum" column, appears to have reproducible benefits in scientific experiments. Now, this is interesting! Of course, it doesn't prove that "imprinted" water molecules exist as homeopaths claim -- yet something is providing that benefit. We just don't know what it is yet. And who knows what fruitful science may result from finding out what that something actually is.

Jay, I fear, thinks my mind is closed to all sorts of theories I label bunkum: UFOs, telepathy, homeopathy, etc. That's not true. It's just that absent any concrete evidence -- extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof -- I'll continue to assume there are explanations within known science. But when science can rule out known explanations and we're forced to turn to the unknown, well, that's when science gets really interesting.

Perspective...or something

In the time it takes me to write this post, 20 children in Africa, all under the age of 5, will have died of malaria.

I have to admit, I don't really think about malaria much, except maybe as something to worry about if I were to travel to South Asia. It's not on my radar of diseases running rampant in the world the way tuberculosis and AIDS are. I don't regularly hear staggering numbers associated with malaria the way I do about those other diseases. And yet, the numbers are incredibly staggering.

Twenty percent of childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa are from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. There are 300 million to 500 million cases of malaria every year, and over a million deaths.

If every person in that part of the world slept under mosquito netting, those numbers could be reduced by 20-50%. But the nets are out of reach of many people, where the cost of one can easily represent several weeks of pay for a struggling family. Which brings up another sobering number. Those nets cost, oh, about $4 to $6US. What is 4 bucks to me? How often do I plunk down three times that for a CD from a band I know one song by? Or a Frappaccino?

The thing is that I know these kind of figures exist all over the place. I know that the price of a cup of coffee a day can save a life from all those Sally Struthers commercials. But being confronted with specific causes, with the numbers, with all of it, is heartrending.

This was the topic on Weekday on KUOW this morning, and the reason I'm so preoccupied with these numbers today. I had to do some further research after crying when the regional director for African programs from PATH talked about how the unprofitability of developing a vaccine that would be consumed mainly by the poorest people on the planet has been a big part of the reason why there isn't one already (though the Gates Foundation is working with PATH to fund research and clinical trials into several potential ones now).

And it all makes me want to do something, because, in fact, it's been more like 15 minutes since I started this post, which means that 30 children have died since I wrote this headline. There are too many things wrong in the world to take them all to heart, unfortunately. It's unreasonable to say I was inspired by the story this morning and have decided to quit my job and run off to Africa to try to provide health education. It is not, however, unreasonable, to make a donation to the United Nations Foundation to purchase some of those mosquito nets. I'd encourage you all to as well.

March 17, 2005

Comments, anyone?

So, more quickly than I ever expected possible, I have a test Wordpress site up here. I'd love to know what people think. There's still some work to be done, but I think overall it keeps a lot of the nice design elements we're all accustomed to. (Read: the elements Paulette was going to beat me if I changed!)

The move to Wordpress promises to serve as a complete bitchslap to the comment spammers who make David, Paulette, and I spend three to six hours a week cleaning the site. Upgrading to the new version of MovableType was prhibitively expensive, and this version is just spamalicious.

Anyway, as always, you comments are needed!

Legal Precedence Trumps Fact

The New Jersey legislature obviously has more lawyers and administrators than technical editors, since it seems likely to recognize the tomato as the official state vegetable: State Tomato Debate May Prove Fruitful. Read the senate bill S1588, currently referred to the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

I tried to discover the bill that declared the apple the official fruit of the state of Washington, but it seems that happened too long ago to be on line. However, I did find the chapter in the Revised Code of Washington that specifies the official state nouns: flower, fruit, bird, fossil (not Slade Gorton), song, dance, tartan... there's no vegetable, but there is a grass.

Made in America

For the past couple of months, I've been working on an article about how a sporting goods manufacturer is moving their production to China. I've tried to stay really open minded about it. I don't, just in principal, object to offshoring - hell, I've worked in software! - and I'm still developing my conclusions around this issue.

But as a byproduct of my research, I've been paying really close attention to where the stuff I buy is made and trying to select American made goods. You know what? It is really hard to do. REALLY hard. You should try it. No, really, you should. I'm not saying you have to get all hardline and buy only American made goods. What I'm saying is that I dare you to pay attention to where the stuff you're buying already comes from.

For me, it's really driven home the death of US manufacturing. (Okay, I got it when I saw Roger and Me. I'm not a total ninny.) But STILL. Think about the jobs. Think about what's making the US economy go. We're not making stuff that people can use even if we are selling it to them at cut prices out of box stores. Also, what are we doing for a living? We can't all be "knowledge workers."

I can't stop thinking about or start shutting up about this. The thing that bugs me most of all is that I don't know what an educated consumer is supposed to do when they need new underwear.

I vant to be (left) alone

Are women to be allowed no right to privacy? It seems that once we begin our menses, our bodies are no longer ours but somehow the collective property of the arbiters of "right." Once more government is attempting to invade the medical privacy of women.

This is a particularly twisted use of their power. The AG of Indiana is asserting that they are seeking proof of child abuse by seizing the records of girls 13 and under from local Planned Parenthood offices. While I applaud efforts to ensure the safety of their state's children, it seems to me that there are much more effective ways to do this than seizing medical records.


For example, the State of Indiana could add budget and personnel to the Child Protective Services office and to their juvenile courts. They could put together a statewide task force that visits schools to inform students and parents about the laws and offer counseling services for students that wish to come forward as well as training teachers and school officials in how to spot and counsel abused children.

And what about the boys? Are boys to be left out of this new push to ensure the safety of children? How does seizing the private medical records of girls who voluntarily sought medical care from Planned Parenthood protect male children at risk?

This is yet one more fishing expedition by a state AG (see KS, PA and MS) in the anti-choice attack on women's productive rights.

March 16, 2005

Angry bed positions

From the author of TMGAIHAA I give you Angry Bed Positions for your convenient reference.

With Jay being away for the past few days I've adopted "lonely bed position #1". It's kinda like Angry Bed Position #2, but the left-hand side of the bed is empty. (And lest you get the wrong idea, Jay doesn't usually wear a nightskirt to bed.)

Camel Milk Chocolates

As a true chocolate lover, I'm not immediately against this, but I'm not for it right away either. I guess I have to get my brain around the fact that the Al Ain Dairy's Camel Milk Chocolate don't taste any more like camel than the Zauner chocolate I favor tastes like cows. Plus these babies were made in cooperation with the Austrians who know their way around a confection or a piece of candy. I'm willing to suspend disbelief until I've tasted the product in question.

It sounds good in text:

“I have combined camel milk from Al Ain and honey from Yemen, and we end up with a healthy, tasty and delicious chocolate,” commented Georg Hochleitner, who is a recognised and reputed chocolate maker in Austria.

...but I don't know if we'll get the chance to try it out here in the US any time soon. Anyone planning on going to the UAE? Could you ship back a package for the nonfamousi?

March 14, 2005

Peeps, not just for Easter anymore

Personally, I think the little marshmallow blobs are disgusting but apparently they are more useful than just Easter basket filler:

Arts & Crafts
Games
Psychological Exploration

I mean, who knew? I always traded them for Jordan Almonds.

Site usability

So... as I ponder some changes [big and small] to nonfamous.com, I should be asking all of you. What do you love? What sucks? What needs to be massively different? What needs a tweak?

Please, anyone who reads regularly... either post a comment or shoot me a mail. If you don't comment, and you don't like the changes that are eventually made, then you'll really be sorry.

Fun for all us Ali G fans

They don't like him in Virginia.

March 13, 2005

still not paranoid, just mad as hell

Is the MSM a victim of cost-cutting measures and lack of resources or are networks (broadcast and cable) complicit in passing government propaganda as news? In an elaborate game of production and distribution, federal agencies are creating video vignettes that mimic news reports which are then showing up on numerous local broadcasts as hard news. In the New York Times this article while describing the process and interviewing some of the players involved comes to no real conclusion or in other words, places no blame – just like journalists are supposed to do. It reports the facts. So, which is it - a predatory government with or without a complicit press? The only thing that seems certain is a predatory government.

I am not pointing my finger at the Bush Administration alone, but at all governments past and present, here and abroad, that choose to manipulate public opinion to further their policy ends rather than enter into an open discourse with their citizens. Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out that in recent US history this Bush administration is the most active in rigging public opinion and the reporting of it in the news. Besides paid punditry, canned PR news reports and stacked Town Hall meetings, this administration had its own “news agency” and tame reporter in the White House Press Room, in the forms of Talon News and Jeff Gannon/James Guckert. If, as this administration says, they want to remove the media filter from their message, why do they go to such great lengths to manipulate that filter? Why not address us directly and openly with regular government sponsored broadcasts that say up front this is the administration’s POV? Could it be that without the filter the majority of the population would disagree?

It is a natural desire for those in power to want to remain in power. Using the tools of their power to reward those who helped them to achieve it is also a perfectly natural outcome. Hence, the bankruptcy bill, tort reform, the Medicare prescription bill, Social Security reform, tax cuts and restrictions on a woman’s right to choose are all efforts by our elected officials to repay the campaign contributions of the moneyed interests that supported their campaigns. They are not the actions of people beholden to their constituents but to their pocketbooks. Manipulation of the media (and through it our citizenry) is simply one more tool wielded in their effort to consolidate and expand their base of power.

These are the sad realities that make the blogosphere and the Internet so very important to the future of democracy and the protections and freedoms that true democracy affords. Whether the MSM is criminally complicit or simply overwhelmed or just plain lazy, it is incumbent upon every citizen to seek and speak their own truth in their daily duty to exercise the privileges and responsibilities of freedom.

Government is an institution that derives its legitimate power from the consent of the governed. Do not grant that consent without first ensuring that the interests of our population are served first and served well.

Blogging showdown

More later on why I'm a tiny bit worse for the wear this morning, but I made it more or less on time to the Blogging Showdown panel, featuring the creators and/or product managers of MovableType, Blogger, Inknoise and Wordpress. I'm evaluating Inknoise and Wordpress for a couple of clients right now--MovableType is just too expensive and there are limitations on numbers of authors and the like. [Nonfamous runs on an earlier version of MT without these limitations.]

Matt Mullenweg, who created Wordpress [an open-source blog engine that is everyone's new favorite] is just a doll... totally soft-spoken, not a coder by trade, and a real SXSW success story. He spoke yesterday about coming two years ago by borrowing his parents' gas card to drive up from Houston and overdrawing his bank account for the registration. His experiences led him to create Wordpress. It was unknown at last year's conference, but this year it's the hot new app. Pretty impressive.

I just listened to Anil Dash of SixApart [which owns MT] talk about the failure of MT to deal robustly with comment spam early on. I still don't think they have really integrated the Blacklist and other spam fighting features very effectively, and if we move from MT this will be why. Barring that, I think we are going to have to move to requiring registration for comments.

Mullenweg is talking about Wordpress's comment moderation queue-- basically, comments are flagged if they contain certain words or have certain characteristics. These flagged comments don't show up without site owner approval. He also just said that his integrated whitelist/blacklist and other technologies are almost 100% effective in blocking comment spam--but trackback spam is much tougher because of its machine-machine orientation. Pretty compelling. [By comparison, SixApart's Guide to Combatting Spam starts with "Upgrade to the latest version of MT" and doesn't offer much help if you don't.

Now they are talking about the blogging backlash-- "Blogging will get you fired!" Dash made a good comment--that many more people have been fired for emailing than for blogging. It's pretty common sense, as Matt Mullenweg pointed out: if you're worried, don't post anything you wouldn't want your mom and your CEO to read.

March 12, 2005

How to bluff your way in CSS

My 3:30 session today basically defined the limit of my web design ability. The The presentation was quite humorous--our should I say humourous, given the Britishness of the presenters.

While more entertaining than informative, it did make me feel like a little bit of a bad-ass for struggling through CSS to get this site up and at least marginally customized. And it renewed my interest in getting up to speed on the topic. [There are a couple of relevant books in my Amazon wishlist now... if anyone is getting bored with the look of the site, buying me a copy would a lovely way to let me know.]

Liveblogging SXSW

As a few of you know, I'm in Austin for a few days for the south by southwest interactive conference. I had a good trip, got settled in last night and had dinner with J to the A, who is here working the film conference. So far so good, but the panels don't really start until 2 this afternoon. In the mean time, I'll be having lunch with my cousin Janet. There is a rumor that my aunt and uncle are in town from Moscow, visiting my cousin Clay at UT. And really, what goes better with interactive than family reunions?

There's a lot going on at SXSW that pertains to work, as well as a ton of programming about blogs and other online communities. Increasingly, me work life and my blog life are collapsing in a "your chocolate is in my peanut butter" kind of way. I need to come home with better visibility of exactly how the blogs all my clients want to start are going to work, both on the philosophical and technical levels.

Anyway, I'm going to close the laptop and stop geeking out. Well, geek out less, anyway.

March 11, 2005

WWLED??

As I step closer to being 29 (*wink* in days my little cupcakes) I ponder the idea of my face only in order to help my elder little cupcakes. Now don’t get me wrong, I, CC Royale, do not look a day over 18! But one must prepare for the impending doom of the ‘later years’. So once again I went on a quest for the answers…ooh what great wisdom do you think I could find? Well the Dali Lama’s advice was for poo poo, the Pope just waved…me away, and my dear old friend, Betty Crooker…well the old hag is dead so what good is she.

So a quest on my own dear self, I set out. During my journey a great flash of light went streaking across my face…What would HELL would Linda Evans do? WWLED? That old has-been is at least three times older then Miss CC Royale….Thank god for Linda Evans! At last I can rest and relax my tired old face…until next time, sweet cupcakes!

A Desire Named Streetcar

Arts organizations aren't usually such bullies. And you'd think that an institution dedicated to things visual would appreciate that hey, we really like looking at the streetcar. It's adorable. And soon to be homeless.

Here's the crux of the matter from the Seattle Times:

...the streetcar system's maintenance facility takes up 2.5 acres of the 8.5-acre site, and museum officials have been resolute that the barnlike structure, which is integral to the operation of the streetcar system, does not fit into the park's design. The museum plans to begin constructing the sculpture park in May and figures the maintenance barn would have to be demolished by September.

Hello, you're an ARTS organization. You can't come up with a creative solution integrating the barn in to the design? Or redesigning the barn to be part of the park? What gives?

Here's History Link's form letter, though of course you can write your own.

March 10, 2005

I love IKEA, I hate IKEA

Considering that I just spent about nine hours putting together two flipping end tables, I don't even know where to start with this one... But how about this: how about when IKEA addresses the issue of male/female sex characteristics, it also show something useful in the instructions? Something along the lines of how to put the damn thing together?

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA is guilty of sex discrimination by showing only men putting together furniture in its instruction manuals, Norway's prime minister says.

Peanut Butter for Grownups

I rent my place out every winter while I travel. One of the funny little fringe bennies of doing that are the surprises I find in my house when I get home. Last year I came home to a new toaster, a stunning array of pancake mixes, and an excellent Tefal skillet on which to cook the aforementioned pancakes.

This year I found a first rate citrus squeezer, a freezer full of chicken breasts and caviar (no kidding!) and the most delicious thing I've had on toast ever: Cashew Butter from Urban Pantry. It's awesome. It's made with a little bit of hot chili oil so it has the tiniest bite. Get some here.

Tip: You have to take it out of the fridge well before you use it, it sets up to a rather odd consistency that's nigh unspreadable.

Also, in case you're wondering where I get these miraculous short term renters: Craig's List, of course.

March 09, 2005

The Blogosphere goes MSM

At least in presentation, anyway. Although, I can't imagine any network putting these people behind a news desk. Check it out.

I still love Jon Stewart

At least he makes sure I can still laugh despite everything going on these days. Like by pointing out that Porter Goss, our new CIA head, didn't appear to have been briefed on any plans to try to go after Osama bin Laden.

On the other hand, (and this is tangentially related because Stewart did such a great job of interviewing Ari Fleischer the other night on the Daily Show), there was a great moment where the former press secretary pulled a good one on Steve Inskeep, which just proves that Steve-O is no Bob Edwards.

Steve mentioned that he'd once been told that there was a difference between answering a question from a reporter and responding to a question from a reporter. Ari's response? "Well, I guess I'm not sure what the distinction is."

A beautiful illustration of exactly that point which Steve seemed not to have noticed.

March 08, 2005

Power Point as Performance Art

We've discussed this before. But now one of my personal idols, David Byrne, has tossed in his $.02 (or $80 for the book). Mr. Byrne gave a lecture at the UW Sunday night and received a very favorable review from the Seattle Times' Thaddeus Hanscom:

In one moment, he detailed PowerPoint absurdities on the World Wide Web: Shakespeare explained in five bullet points! Moral and spiritual instruction given in four!

In the next, he gracefully shifted gears, challenging a Yale professor's criticism of PowerPoint for its failure to appreciate slides in the larger context of audience and speaker. Byrne argued that these three dimensions make slides, themselves, much more than just words on the screen. Invoking the late media critic Marshall McLuhan, he pointed out that you should not forget the presenter when discussing a presentation.

Regardless of the topic, I doubt anyone could forget David Byrne on any stage.

The apocalypse won't just be televised, it will be a competition

The NYT has an article on a new Style Network show called [furreal] "Craft Corner Deathmatch." David, please inform Mr. Tivo of this alarming development.

...crafting and grudge-match pro wrestling may end up more closely entwined in the public imagination after tomorrow night, when the Style Network introduces "Craft Corner Deathmatch," an unconventional game show in which two amateur crafters go head to head in timed trials, trying to make the best pillow out of old couch fabric or a brooch using only candy.

It does make some sense. I have always thought that glue guns were just covert expression of violent housewife urges.

March 07, 2005

BetterDonkey.org

Last night after dinner, Julie, David and I saw some attractive youngsters postering Wallingford lightpoles with a flyer for a group called BetterDonkey.org. Awfully interesting group... check out their site. I can't go to their next two events but later in the month I'd like to. I definitely like the way they talk about the issues, both local and national. Lord knows we do need a better donkey!

UK student plans US crime spree

This is cool. A 23-year-old student from Cornwall plans to travel across the US breaking oddball laws by falling asleep in a cheese factory in South Dakota and going whale hunting in Utah. There's a reality TV show in there somewhere, provided he makes it into the country. What's he going to say to the immigration officer when asked "What is the purpose of your visit?"

March 05, 2005

Best open letter EVAH!

I love Canada. And I especially love it when Canadians set aside their native resolve and point out how full of shit we Americans so often are. This open letter from a former Canadian foreign minister. Really. It will make you laugh hard. I bet Condi had to put on her dominatrix outfit again after she read it!

Just a sample:


I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.

But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence.

Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.
Just chalk that up to a different sense of priorities about what a national government's role should be when there isn't a prevailing mood of manifest destiny.

March 02, 2005

Barbie - The Bitch has Everything

With all the anger in the world it is not surprising that Barbie, of all people, has taken up the fight! GI Joe better watch his back or Barbie is blowing up that pack back mess tent that he’s been toting around Iraq. And Malibu Ken just better mind his p’s and q’s while doing missionary work over in Palestine, because Suicide Bomber Barbie is a raging homicidal bitch!

About those TPS reports

Office Space meets the League of Justice, flawlessly. Enjoy! [Link courtesy of BoingBoing.]

March 01, 2005

"The Drugs I Need"

The good--though usually boring--folks at Consumers Union have produced an absolutely hilarious animated short satirizing drug companies, their advertising campaigns, and those crazy lists of side effects they hope we won't notice. Watch it and then sign the petition in support of the FACT Act, which would require big pharma to publish their clinical trial data in their entirety.

Save Toby! (or not)

Save Toby!... or perhaps not:
A) Maybe this will distract all the anti-Bonsai-Kitten people from our site.
B) Who doesn't like a nice Moroccan Hare Tagine?

And it goes without saying... this guy is a marketing genius. (Saying "evil marketing genius" would be entirely redundant.)

[Thanks for the tip, Mike!]

As if mad cows weren't problem enough

Now we've got to contend with neurotic, cliquish, libertine ones as well.