May 2006 Archives

May 25, 2006

I Don't Watch American Idol

... But I guess my man Dean Baker does.

Check out his latest mini-rant, pointing out the reason for the close votes on that show.

Mo-frickey Grass

A quick glance at this National Allergy Bureau graph for the past 30 days confirms that Grass Counts are my enemy. Yesterday afternoon I started feeling like my head was going to fall off, and later in the evening it did... Aaaaaachooooo!

Maybe its actually the trees, not the grass, but it doesn't look like trees are up by as much.

Vintage Shirt Request

If someone could point me towards a Powdermilk Biscuits t-shirt, I will be much obliged. There don't seem to be any for sale on the Internet(s), and the one I saw on eBay is going for $40 ("used"!). Size M, please.

May 17, 2006

Handsoff.org Doublespeak

Don't you think that AT&T, BellSouth, Cingular and Alcatel want to get their hands ON the internet, not off it?

Well they're the members (among many other telecommunications and "pro business" organizations) of Hands Off the Internet, a group clearly formed to help clear the way for these companies to start charging ENORMOUS FEES FOR YOU TO ACCESS THE INTERNET!

In other words, "Hands Off" means "hands off mega telecommunications companies ability to turn GINORMOUS PROFITS!"

I stumbled across handsoff.org thinking it was a legit consumer group, but quickly began scratching my head at their lack of language about the ability of "people" to access and use the internet; rather their Statement of Principles rambles on about freedom for the "consumer."

HOW INCREDIBLY VILE!

I am a person first, and I do not wish to characterize my access to the internet as a consumption of anything; I'm just using it! If I choose to pet the cat, am I consuming it?

Incidentally, the handsoff.org domain name is owned by The Mercury Group, a PR firm with clients ranging from the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, to Republican Senator George Allen, to Charlton Heston, to the NRA - my favorite quote from the Mercury Group's NRA case history; "When the dust settled from the 2000 elections, a pro-NRA President was in the White House." Well didn't the Mercury Group do just a great job for the NRA, then, how nice.

May 4, 2006

Forwarding Address

Sorry for lack of updates the past week, me and D are successfully occupying our new apartment but the Internet connection has not caught up with us yet. Some would say my preference for DSL is holding up the show, since I'm pretty sure if we had settled for Cable Internet service it would be turned on by now. However I am stubborn.

Also I am on vacation this week, whee.

As a tidbit of info, my pool record this season is 12-5. That's a .705 average, and it breaks down to 6-3 in 9-ball and 6-2 in 8-ball. I suspect this means I am under-ranked, making my APA handicap too low, the reason being everybody forgets to write down "safety" shots (in which I give up a turn at the table by pushing the cue ball into a position from which my opponent cannot sink any of his own balls). Safety shots are supposed to be subtracted from the overall number of "innings" in a game, and a low number of innings would automatically increase my handicap. Although I like winning, I have also found that a greater handicap has in the past forced me to improve my pool game by practising more and taking classes with local experts, an enjoyable side-effect.