Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Orleans Bloggers to World-"We are Not Okay"

Of course our very good friend Scout Prime is in New Orleans right now for the Rising Tide Conference and she sends us some links to some NOLO bloggers.

Two blog posts I liked are from Mark Folse of the Wetbank guide

This Post setting the record straight about evacuation, where he reminds people to not believe all the media that are descending on New Orleans this week and talks about the "reason a mandatory evacuation order wasn't given until Saturday."

Another post is about the bullshit story about the "plucky Katrina survivor" who drove his "FEMA trailer" to the White House and was granted an interview. I could smell at preplanned PR stunt a mile away. He praised the President and just wanted people to not forget New Orleans. It was bullshit Publicity Stunt but nobody in the mainstream press called him on it.

I can say without reservation that Mr. Vaccarella does not speak for the vast majority of people in this area, who harbor tremendous anger and resentment toward the executive branch of the federal government--the President, FEMA, SBA, the Corps of Engineers--and everyone who represents it.

Of course people want things to be better. The businesses don't want people to be scared away from visiting. I understand that. But I also know that like when they focused on SF during the earthquake they looked at the few areas that were bad and made people think all of SF was messed up. In some boosters want to do the opposite.
The French Quarter? Fine. Come on down. Great. But based on Scout's on-the-scene reporting and these other bloggers. "We are Not Fine."

Friday, August 25, 2006

Coho's wild Ride

It's almost like being there! I know my readers are smart, but agile? Who knew?

Check out this video for your Friday Afternoon Video treat. I kept wanting to lean into the turns with him.

© copyright 2006 -Coho, 100MilesProductions

This reminds me of one of my favorite "Fast and Furious" type movies. Torque. Great fun. Silly story line. Wonderful bike scenes. But I bought it for the Opening Titles in the beginning of the film! I thought they were really clever and fun.

In my day...

From a Washington Post Report from Week 228, in which readers were asked
to tell Gen-Xers how much harder they had it in the old days:

Second Runner-Up:

In my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In the
winter we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.

(Bill Flavin, Alexandria)

First Runner-Up:

In my day we didn't have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that
stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates,
and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you'd weigh the
needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because
our allowances were too small, so we'd use our skate keys instead and
end up forgetting they were taped to the record player arm so that we
couldn't adjust our skates, which didn't really matter because those
crummy metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in
those days roads had real pebbles on them, not like today.

(Russell Beland, Springfield)

And the winner of the velour bicentennial poster.

In my day, we didn't have no rocks. We had to go down to the creek
and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads.

(Barry Blyveis, Columbia)

Honorable Mentions:
In my day, we didn't have dogs or cats. All I had was Silver Beauty,
my beloved paper clip.

(Jennifer Hart, Arlington)

In my day, attitudes were different. For example, women didn't like sex.
At least that is what they told me.

(Tom Witte, Gaithersburg)

When I was your age, we didn't have fake doggie-do. We only had real
doggie-do, and no one thought it was a damn bit funny.

(Brendan Bassett, Columbia)

Back in the 1970s we didn't have the space shuttle to get all excited
about. We had to settle for men walking on the crummy moon.
(Russell Beland, Springfield)

In my day, we didn't have days. There was only time for work, time
for prayer and time for sleep. The sheriff would go around and tell
everyone when to change.

(Elden Carnahan, Laurel)
In my day, people could only dream of hitchhiking a ride on a comet.

(David Ronka, Charlottesville)

In my day, we didn't have fancy health-food restaurants. Every day we
ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts, along with potatoes
drenched in melted fat from those animals. And we're all as strong as.
AGGKK-GAAK Urrgh. Thud.

(Tom Witte, Gaithersburg)

In my day, we didn't have hand-held calculators. We had to do
addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers

(Jon Patrick Smith, Washington)

In my day, we didn't get that disembodied, slightly ticked-off voice
saying "Doors closing." We got on the train, the doors closed, and if
your hand was sticking out it scraped along the tunnel all the damn way
to the Silver Spring station and it was a bloody stump at the end. But
the base fare was only a dollar.

(Russell Beland, Springfield)

In my day, we didn't have water. We had to smash together our own
hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

(Diana Hugue, Bowie)

In my day, we didn't have Strom Thurmond. Oh, wait. Yes we did.

(Peg Sheeran, Vienna)

Kids today think the world revolves around them. In my day, the sun
revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the back of a Giant

(Jonathan Paul, Garrett Park)

In my day, we wore our pants up around our armpits. Monstrous
wedgies but we looked snappy.

(Bruce Evans, Washington)

Back in my day, '60 Minutes' wasn't just a bunch of gray-haired liberal
80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray-haired liberal 60-year-old

(Russell Beland, Springfield, & Jerry Pannullo, Kensington)

In my day, we didn't have virtual reality. If a one-eyed razorback
barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax; you just had to hope
you could outrun him.

(Sarah M. Wolford, Hanover)

Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Stewie's Sexy Party Video

Family Guy - Stewie's Sexy Party - video powered by Metacafe

It's not a Friday funny video, but I've got this song stuck in my head and I figured I'd pass it on to all of you.

My favorite line in the song? "Now maybe this is going out on a limb, but I'll expect better jokes on "According to Jim."

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Battling the Creator

Click the photo to take you to the page, then click play. It's an amazing flash video.

Spotted on Boing Boing first. This one is for Gil since I know he would appreciate it more than most.

I would also like to note that it took the animator, Alan Becker, 3 months to make!

©2006 *alanbecker

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Karma Chameleon on the Job

Boy George (George O'Dowd) on clean up duty to complete his community service.

In June, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara issued a warrant for O'Dowd's arrest after he initially failed to complete the requirements of his plea deal. When O'Dowd appeared in court ten days later, Ferrara called off the warrant but warned the singer he could not escape his community service commitment.

"It's up to you whether you make it an exercise in humiliation or in humility," Ferrara told O'Dowd.

This makes me think a lot about how we punish people and what is and isn't "satisfying" as a punishment for some people. What was the offense? What was the goal of the punishment? Did the punishment fit the crime?

What about when the punishment does not fit the crime? What about when the crime of a small group of people is extrapolated to an entire group of people?

For the record, I've always been a big fan of Boy George's singing and songs.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

What Everyone Is Talking About

Lamont's win? Red Alert? Nope.

Katie Couric's look. In USA Today. Because it is better to look good than to report good. And she looks Marvelous.

DiCecca would like to see Couric lighten up the bronzer and lay off the black eyeliner, softening up with plums or grays. (Dark rings “age her and make her eyes look smaller.”) New York celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson recommends a chin-length cut in a richer hue. His competitor Oscar Blandi envisions Couric's locks “a little bit off the face,” nothing too “wavy, flippy or curly.”

For a long time, “it was all about making her look younger, hipper and hotter,” says Heather Cocks of celebrity style-skewering blog Gofugyourself .com. “It took away from her credibility.”
These days, the dresses are less clingy, the hemlines are longer and “the fake 'n' bake seems to have faded,” Cocks says. “It's nice to see she's not trying to make herself an object anymore.”

Hmmm. Heather Cocks at Gofugyourself.com I suppose Heywood Jablome wasn't available. At least they aren't quoting anonymous sources from the White House.

Code Wolf! Er I mean Code Red

Why don't I trust the color warning system? Because it has become (always was?) a political PR tool. Ridge admitted it. You think that Chertoff is less of a political tool?

Real people doing the real work of tracking and busting up terrorist plots, like my friends on Engstrom Dr., know that by the time this alert went out it was history.

There might have been a reason to give this warning THE HIGHEST WARNING WE HAVE. I don't want to be cavalier about anything to do with national security. But of course if it was REALLY so critical maybe Bush should have come off of vacation.

This attack alert was used by Cheney purely for partisan purposes and it is a slap in the face of the people who are doing the REAL work to protect us. Why? Because they have devalued a potential tool to protect people. That is why it has become a Code Wolf. They have proven their real political fear motives based on Ridge's own comments. We can't trust them. And when someone REALLY wants to use a Red Alert to get people to do something? Well, gee is this different from the other "Red Alerts" or should I just finish my coffee?

John A over at America Blog has some good posts about this just illustrating how craven this administration is using this alert.




Friday, August 04, 2006

iPod Tribbles

The Trouble With iPods

(from an Ian Sager story in Businessweek)

Designed by graphic artist Debbie Ann, Hotromz iPod cases are made by hand. They come in countless colors and sizes, and no two are exactly alike. We think they bear an uncanny resemblance to the small, furry Tribbles featured in the original Star Trek series in 1967.
iPod Cases

Eyebrow arch to Gil at Gil's link of the day for the link.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Caption Contest!

Arthur Grace

Here is the official caption for the photo.
State Fair of Texas (Dallas), 2003: Young boy in fatigues with goat outfitted as tank waits to enter ring in animal costume competition.

See the entire brilliant series here

Here are a few of mine.

An overstretched National Guard looks at possible equipment and troop replacements.

Bobby's Goat, "HummV" tries out his new up armored coat.

"What was it that Athenae said I was supposed to prove the Republicans are?"

"With fuel easily available wherever there is grass or tin cans, the Model BillE-Gt 3000, is self sufficient and sure footed in rough terrain. (Live rounds not included)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I Condemn This Behavior.

Topic: Memos Sent to Romenesko
Date/Time: 8/1/2006 5:02:11 PM
Title: Powdery substance in NYT mailroom
Posted By: Jim Romenesko

08/01/2006 04:36 PM

To [NYT Co. employees]
Subject: Note from Dennis Stern and Bill Schmidt


At about 3:00 p.m. today an employee in the Postal Services Department at our headquarters building in New York opened an envelope addressed to The New York Times. A powdery substance came out of the envelope. We followed the normal protocols. The person who opened the envelope put it in a plastic bag and called the New York City police. They are now on site investigating. We will keep you updated on any developments.

From Romenesko

It looks like yet another person was incited to violent behavior toward journalists.

When they catch the person I'm really hoping they have a nice talk with him. I'll be sure to forward the FCC a copy of the interrogation transcript where he discusses where he got his ideas.

Listen to Ann Coulter and Melanie Morgan quibbling about methods of execution. (Audio link)