I’ve always felt that I should dislike David Brooks more than I do. He’s the erstwhile conservative foil to E.J. Dionne on NPR, Official Conservative at the New York Times, and relatively recent neocon gadfly-lite. I don’t like his ideas, but he’s always seemed so milquetoast that I haven’t been able to get up a […]
There’s not much to say about the first day of the Democratic National Convention except to note that Michelle Obama will be a very different kind of First Lady. And thank God for that. She was articulate, comfortable, loving, steely, competent and unafraid. And she was daring. She seemed to advertise that she would take […]
So, we set the TiVo to tape the Democratic Convention on CNN. It started coverage at 5:00pm, so I figured it would be the most comprehensive. Several hours into the replay, all I’d gotten was Wolf Blitzer yapping for hours, John King playing “Master of the Map,” and a bunch of bit players trying to […]
I’m pretty sure I speak for most of us (liberal, elite, hand-wringers) when I say, the Democratic Party better not screw this up. My wife asked me just recently if I was still confident that we would win in November. My answer? Not if November were today. But I have confidence that the Dems will […]
So, I haven’t checked my email this feverishly since… I met my wife, and that was back when I had to dial up via modem each time. Today I am looking for a message from Barack Obama as to whom he has chosen as his Vice Presidential pick. For those not keeping score at home: […]
Just another example of awesome data display hammering home a point. This is a chart worth seeing. Reminds me a lot of some of the best of Tufte’s work. Simple, but unmistakeable. Oh yeah, and did you see Bolt run the 100? As someone said, Day-um. Via kottke, of course.
Million Miles, by J.Ralph (then going by the name SPY), just cycled through on iTunes, and brought to mind my second favorite VW commercial ever, called “Big Day,” in which the song is prominently featured. The commercial is a gem. It tells a spellbinding story, unspooling perfectly, with an unexpected twist and an uncertain ending. […]