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Culture Me and my life

Lancelot has died: Robert Goulet, 1933–2007

You have to under­stand some­thing about my fam­i­ly, to know why I care that Robert Goulet ((Here is his Wikipedia entry, and his offi­cial site.)) has died. Besides being that rare per­former that is com­fort­able mak­ing fun of him­self ((While he appeared in sev­er­al come­dies, includ­ing an episode of The Simp­sons, this Emer­ald Nuts Super­Bowl […]

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Culture Technology

Siracusa is like the best eggnog

I have just fin­ished read­ing John Sir­a­cusa’s review of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5, a.k.a. Leop­ard. It came out… last night, I guess, and there have been links to it all over the Inter­net all day. It was, as is usu­al for his reviews of the Apple OS, excel­lent. Detailed, opin­ion­at­ed, fun­ny, sen­si­ble, long, filled […]

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Technology

Am I the only guy without IMAP Gmail?

I must be. I have spent the last four days (at great risk to my mar­riage) con­stant­ly refresh­ing my Gmail account, then singing out and sign­ing back in, because some­one, some­where, post­ed that you might have to do that, then sign­ing out, clear­ing my browser’s cache, and sign­ing back in, because some­one else said you […]

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Other

The Kansas Jayhawks are 8–0 for the first time since 1909

This has been a great year to be me, sports­wise. Of course, I’m going to curse it all now, but it may be that every­one needs a lit­tle hum­bling, right? (Nev­er­the­less, I’m knock­ing on all the wood I can find.) I’m not what you would call a sports fan. I like the com­pe­ti­tion, I like […]

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Culture Politics Rants

Where are the protest songs?

We’re doing our morn­ing chores when Wash­ing­ton Bul­lets by The Clash comes on the iTunes mix, and after about half the song, my wife (who did not bring The Clash to our mar­riage) asks from the oth­er room, “Is this the Clash?” Inim­itable. But it made me won­der, for the umpteenth time in the last […]

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Culture

Melinda Gordon needs better cell phone service

We’re sit­ting here watch­ing our sec­ond episode of Ghost Whis­per­er of the night, and Melin­da just checked her cell phone and found the dread­ed “No Ser­vice” mes­sage. That makes two per­ilous sit­u­a­tions in a row where her cell phone com­pa­ny has failed her. You’d think they’d get more tow­ers in Grand­view. In oth­er news, I […]

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Somebody write an article about foul ball catching fans, please

Top of the fourth inning in the World Series. Beck­ett pitch­es to Atkins, and he fouls it down the third base line. The ball lands in the stands, and is caught by a guy in a red hood­ie, who then holds it up over his head, and all the folks in that sec­tion duti­ful­ly clap […]

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Dutch join laminating revolution

While doing research for anoth­er project of mine, I came across a web page at the site of the Min­istry of Trans­port, Pub­lic Works and Water Man­age­ment in the Nether­lands ((Known local­ly as the Min­is­terie van Ver­keer en Water­staat which actu­al­ly seems to trans­late to Min­istry of Move­ment and Water State, leav­ing Pub­lic Works… not […]

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Technology

Are Apple’s recent actions a sign of their decline?

Apple has recent­ly made a num­ber of rever­sals. The iPhone price change. The iTunes Plus (DRM-free) price drop. The iPhone SDK announce­ment (after strong­ly imply­ing that there would not be third-par­­ty apps on the iPhone). So, answer me this. Are these deci­sions indica­tive of a com­pa­ny that is react­ing swift­ly to mar­ket changes, or signs […]

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And the Nobel goes to…

It is nice that Al Gore got the Nobel Peace Prize. And the thou­sand or more sci­en­tists who con­tributed to the UN reports. Though you have to feel sor­ry for peren­ni­al Nobel Peace Brides­maid Juan Car­los II. If those ETA peo­ple would just have stayed gone, he might have had a chance, but now it’s […]