2004 US Election

karmic score

* dome tent (used a couple of times already, after some repairs)
* beat-up adult bicycle (a work in progress but soon to be in service)
* nine kid’s bicycles (donated to others)
* string trimmer (no charger, so I freecycled it myself)
* Apple Stylewriter II (oops, I was hoping this was a DC model so I could get another old one working)
* bunch of kid’s school supplies (donated to others)

* point and shoot camera
* underbed storage drawers
* string trimmer (the same one)
* sliding closet doors
* laptop battery charger
* glass outdoor table top
* Epson stylus printer
* HP deskjet printer
* camcorder

And more to go.

2004 US Election

look in the mirror – The GOP doesn’t reflect America:

I’ve often found that if I go down the list of “liberal” issues with people who say they’re Republican, they are quite liberal and not in sync with the Republicans who run the country. Most don’t want America to be the world’s police officer and prefer peace to war. They applaud civil rights, believe all Americans should have health insurance and think assault weapons should be banned. Though they may personally oppose abortion, they usually don’t think the government has the right to tell a women what to do with her body.

There’s a name for these Republicans: RINOs or Republican In Name Only. They possess a liberal, open mind and don’t believe in creating a worse life for anyone else.

So why do they use the same label as those who back a status quo of women earning 75 cents to every dollar a man earns, 45 million people without health coverage and a president who has two more countries left on his axis-of-evil-regime-change list?

I asked my friend on the street. He said what I hear from all RINOs: “I don’t want the government taking my hard-earned money and taxing me to death. That’s what the Democrats do.”

Money. That’s what it comes down to for the RINOs. They do work hard and have been squeezed even harder to make ends meet. They blame Democrats for wanting to take their money. Never mind that it’s Republican tax cuts for the rich and billions spent on the Iraq war that have created the largest deficits in history and will put all of us in hock for years to come.

True enough. Perhaps it’s time to take the political compass again: I think everyone should take it. It’s a less pointed way to get at what Moore is getting at, but I sometimes wonder if people really vote the way they believe.

<update> Economic Left/Right: -5.88, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.54


suitable for display?

So how long before someone finds a way to hang this on the wall or from an overhead?

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2004 US Election

what fools these mortals be, iPod variation

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > Tunes, a Hard Drive and (Just Maybe) a Brain:

“Everyone was rocking out,” Mr. Angus said. “Then Elton comes on and kills it – it was like strike No. 1 against my manhood.”

I have been playing with Shuffle mode on my ‘Pod since I read this last week: it has brought up some interesting juxtapositions. I guess I am surprised that people don’t know what it means to have everything in their collection potentially cued up to play. Still more surprising is how long it takes to learn from one’s mistakes:

Once when [Angus] and his girlfriend were together in his bedroom, he said, his iPod started blasting the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

“I jumped out of bed as fast as I could,” he recalled. “But it had already wrecked the mood.” In the future, he said, he will try not to let his iPod run wild.

Mine is stocked with 1,523 tracks, on 156 albums, in 22 genres by 86 artists. So there’s a chance for some real taste collisions. But I haven’t anything really disastrous: worst case, something comes up that I have heard too recently and I fast forward past it.

What I have learned from this is that the iPod != the Walkman. The Walkman and its imitators, even today’s flash-memory-based players, let you carry some music around, but you had to think about what you wanted. Your study tunes might not be your workout tunes which might not be your make-out tunes. The iPod lets you out of the choice: given enough disk space, you take it all with you. I’m getting close to have to decide what will stay on the iPod and what will remain at home, but even then, I doubt I’ll ever find myself with nothing to listen to.