Friday, 15 February 2002There's just something about an intelligently-written negative review that I find immensely satisfying...
'John Q.' Shoots Itself in the Foot [Washington Post]
...if a man goes to a busy emergency room, pulls a gun, takes the place over and demands policy changes or he'll start killing hostages, what would you call him? Why, I believe the answer is: a terrorist.[Post a comment]
How to Take an Interesting but Complicated Result and Oversimplify it into a Short, Alarmist Headline, exhibit 22: Study Links 8 Hours' Sleep to Increased Death [Washington Post] [Post a comment]
Wednesday, 13 February 2002Via Flutterby: The Post Office ran the Segway through some tests and has reported the major tradeoffs back to the media:
Scooter Awaits Stamp Of Approval [Tampa Tribune]
* Packing a load of 325 pounds, including the weight of the driver, the transporters allowed carriers to deliver much more mail between trips back to the mail truck.Now think if you didn't have mail to sort in the first place; if you were just going somewhere with maybe a small bundle... Once these puppies get cheap, they'll be awfully attractive. [Post a comment]
Tuesday, 12 February 2002Shuger on Cohen on Steele on Walker: A while back Richard Cohen smacked Shelby Steele about his tarring of Marin County as a place which produces all sorts of America-hating children based on the anecdotal evidence of John Walker Lindh's choices, saying that surely more Marinites have joined the Armed Forces than joined the Taliban. Scott Shuger follows up:
The Few, the Proud, the Marins: A top conservative is wrong about John Walker [Slate]
How unlike a newspaper columnist to pose such a perspective-inducing question! But how like one not to bother to answer it!Rah, I say. Rah.
Looking for a great concert to go in the D.C. area this Thursday?
Well, the Bobs are at Wolf Trap, but they're sold out.
Instead, you could see a great songwriter in Vienna, VA: Bob Hillman is singing at Jammin' Java. We saw him open for Suzanne Vega last year and were impressed enough to immediately buy his CD (which was mighty fine). Visit his site (which is pretty darn good) for samples, lyrics and other info.
I'm itching to see him again, but am otherwise committed this time. Next time he's in town, though, don't get in my way...
New FBI alert, this time with more specifics...
Seeking Information - 2-11-02 [FBI]
Recent information indicates a planned attack may occur in the United States or against U.S. interests in the country of Yemen on or around 02/12/02. One or more operatives may be involved in the attack, including Fawaz Yahya Al-Rabeei...Photos of relevant individuals [FBI]
Monday, 11 February 2002All your Enron commentary needs can be fulfilled by late-night comedians:
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show:
Arthur Andersen CEO [on film]: The question isn't ... what did we do wrong or not do wrong, the question is: what can we do better?Jon Stewart interviewing Ron Insana, 28 January 2002:
Tell me who's going to jail. Because honestly, you've got kids selling mushrooms at a Phish concert, and they're up for 15 years. These guys are living in McMansions; it's crazy.Dennis Miller Live:
Hey Ken Lay, borrow some guts and start spillin' em. ... You know, last year this Lay jackoff was touting himself as a complete corporate genius who had the ear of the President and half of Congress. Now he's passing himself off as some clueless Mr. Magoo starring in the film Memento who had absolutely no idea what his company was up to.
Sonny sits by his window and thinks to himself
via Rafe: Salon has (scanned images of) the list of Enron people who got major 'retention bonuses' just before the big layoffs occurred. Surely someone somewhere will be putting it in a spreadsheet so we can sort by amount...
Background: Enron's last-minute bonus orgy
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