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4 June 1999

Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you
-- "Heart of the Sunrise", Yes, Fragile

Cleaning out some old links today...

A short saga of impenetrable decision-making at Amazon:

  • Buckles, Then Reconsiders [WebReview]
    Wired News reported Wednesday that had dropped a book critical of the Church of Scientology from its list for undisclosed legal reasons. On Thursday night, reconsidered...

    ...the real mystery to me is why a book debunking Scientology is even necessary. But then I have trouble understanding why people buy "genuine" Rolex watches from vendors operating out of the trunks of their cars.

Ah, satire:

  • 8-Year-Old Accidentally Exercises Second Amendment Rights [The Onion]
    After a preliminary backyard investigation of his constitutional rights claimed the life of Pepper, the family's cocker spaniel, Cummings fell on the weapon, causing it to discharge into his left thigh.

    "He may be just a boy, but this use of the Second Amendment was a man-sized undertaking," Stone said. "Timothy may need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but with every step he doesn't take, he'll realize what the Constitution really means."

There was a so-so edition of Mr. Blue recently; page 3's the best one, so I'm linking straight to that:

  • Dear Mr. Blue [Salon]
    I don't believe in Someone appearing, if by Someone you mean Aphrodite in a nightie, and I don't know about pinnacles, but I am happily married and believe in marriage as a heroic quest and as a good way of life. You have friends who made bad choices -- OK, I have friends who made terrific choices, and if people want to believe in that possibility, I don't need to discourage them.

    Indecision is a symptom of narcissism, says moi, and when you break out of your dreamy state and get out in the hurly-burly and get a life, you'll start making decisions a mile a minute.

This has BAD IDEA written all over it:

Kind of scary:

  • Read This Before You Put a Resume Online [Fortune]
    ...many resumes--purloined by unscrupulous headhunters, duplicated and reposted by roving "spiders," and even spotted online by Web-wise bosses--are getting more visibility than their authors intended.

    At a minimum, date your resume--just in case it lands on your boss' desk two years from now.

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