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Politics

Damn, that man can woo a crowd

We just got done watch­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion: Night of the Elder States­men. Al Gore spoke, and both Tiffany and I won­dered why he did­n’t pull this speak­ing style out when he was cam­paign­ing for Pres­i­dent. So much went wrong with his cam­paign, but so much seems to have gone right for him since […]

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Meta

Press pause on the pretty redesign

I had hoped to re-design this site soon, but a cou­ple of things are con­spir­ing to pre­vent me. Work, it turns out, actu­al­ly requires me to work. Home also requires me to work. Plus, Mov­able Type, the com­pa­ny that makes this soft­ware I’m using, just announced that ver­sion 3.1 will be avail­able by the end […]

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Technology

Next (next) iPod?

I start­ed writing/thinking about this post before Apple released their lat­est iPod (I believe they refer to it as iPod with Click Wheel, oth­er peo­ple call it the 4G iPod). Now that they are out, I have to admit, I am under­whelmed. But I see room for hope. I was look­ing for­ward to an iPod […]

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Rants

Petland

A cou­ple of years ago in Iowa City, a new pet store opened in a part of town near our house. It was called Pet­land, and I was inter­est­ed. The only decent pet store around was a Pet­Co all the way up in Cedar Rapids. I took a look online, and dis­cov­ered a whole new […]

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Politics

Why Bush will lose

I have a new index by which to mea­sure Bush’s chances of win­ning in the Fall. Bumper stick­ers. Call it the Index of Bumper Cov­er­age. I live in Oma­ha, Nebras­ka. And yet, I see more bumper stick­ers declar­ing that Bush must be beat­en than I see Bush sup­port­ers. Hm. Unless,of course, you include all the […]

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Other

Flipping a toothpaste tube

Go forth and pro­cure your­self a tooth­paste tube. Full is bet­ter. Hold it in one hand, name side up, cap point­ing away from you. Flip it end over end so it makes one rev­o­lu­tion, and catch it. The tube will have rotat­ed, so that the name side is down. This works nine out of ten […]

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Other

How to keep a girl

It is sim­ple. Keep your bath­room clean. And when I say clean, I don’t mean “clean enough to find the toi­let.” I mean sur­pris­ing­ly clean. Maybe even shock­ing­ly clean. “It actu­al­ly took me more than half-an-hour” clean. If you do this, your girl will stay. And she’ll put up with a lot of oth­er stuff […]

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Politics

Bush-Powell 04? Run screaming into the woods!

In the car this morn­ing, Tiffany and I were dis­cussing the sug­ges­tions that Cheney may be bow­ing out of this elec­tion. The specter of anoth­er, more mod­er­ate, vice-pres­i­­den­­tial can­di­date scared us sil­ly. Bush-Pow­ell 04? Bush-McCain 04? A tick­et like that would crush Ker­ry-Edwards 04. Some­one I read or heard yes­ter­day (I know, car­di­nal sin of […]

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Culture

Mystic River

Yes­ter­day, after Tiffany got home from her trip to Iowa City, we went out and rent­ed Mys­tic Riv­er for the evening. We put Aidan to bed, washed up, and set­tled in with some trep­i­da­tion. Since hav­ing Aidan, we haven’t felt that we were real­ly emo­tion­al­ly ready for pow­er­ful dra­mas, how­ev­er good they might be. We’ve […]

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Culture

Best version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah?

I have three ver­sions of Leonard Cohen’s Hal­lelu­jah in my iTunes library. The first is, of course, the orig­i­nal by Leonard Cohen. The ver­sion I have is off of one of his great­est hits albums, The Essen­tial Leonard Cohen, and includes a cho­rus, his usu­al lugubri­ous deliv­ery, and a some­what sev­en­ties-ish elec­tric ban­jo sound. Now, […]