October 2004 Archives

October 24, 2004

All Your Dock Are Belong to Us

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October 23, 2004

Almost Halloween

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October 21, 2004

Little Break

This weekend I am going to see my future wife in Palo Alto, CA for a couple days... (I hope she turns out nice, you don't even want to know about the mail-order bride they sent me last time!). I am liking the JetBlue airlines for this purpose, although my red-eye back to NYC on Sunday is disappointingly full (don't get to curl up sideways across 3 seats). Perhaps there will be time also for an $18 crab salad in San Francisco on the weekend. Last time we were there I had heard the crab salads were good, but then I ordered one and the guy was like "$18 please!" (choke!) But now I sorta want to order one again, it was that good. Also San Francisco is where I courageously discovered Bubble Tea last year. Weird but good...

October 18, 2004

Jon Stewart

Okay, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon here and say you should head over and take a look at Jon Stewart's recent appearance on Crossfire. Besides calling the hosts "partisan... hacks!" and making fun of Tucker Carlson's bowtie, Stewart gets it right when he says the show is "... hurting ... America!" This is a little uncomfortable to watch, but it is so very different from the carefully polished, scripted drivel you'll see 99% of the time on television it is definitely worth a watch. I think Stewart's point is that we shouldn't mistake Crossfire as a forum for real political debate. Carlson and Begala are entertainers only. There's also an audio-only link of the appearance in question, plus a transcript, on this here page.

October 13, 2004

Pinball Catastrophe

Just when I was starting to get my hopes up about going to next year's Professional and Amateur Pinball Association tournament in Pennsylvania, a flood rips through the PAPA headquarters and wrecks all 233 pinball machines! Particularly striking are the pictures of the damage here. The worst is that many if not all of these games were in pristine condition (it takes a lot of effort to keep them that way), having just been used in the PAPA7 pinball world championships not 5 days earlier. So the triumphant return of pinball is abruptly squashed into non-existence... for the time being. Literally squashed, like this unfortunate Doctor Who pin, one of my personal favorites.

October 4, 2004

Social Security in America

SOCIAL SECURITY IS COMPLETELY OKAY FOR THE NEXT 40 YEARS. Read about it, if you must. This is generally accepted by economists everywhere, yet you will still hear certain presidential candidates harping on about how we need to "fix" Social Security. I guess if you feel the need to strike fear into the hearts of voters so they will vote for you, you could go around saying the system is broken and in dire need of an overhaul and that you'll fix it. But that's not the truth.

October 1, 2004


There is no reason the U.S. should not adopt Instant Runoff Voting for presidential elections. My IRV ballot would look like this; 1 - David Cobb (Green Party!) 2 - Ralph Nader 3 - John Kerry 4 - ... Spongebob Squarepants? 5 - ... kitty litter (used)? 6 - George W Bush