Henry Norr, as usual, has a thoughtful column on Mac OS X. But something that he doesn't explicitly say is that XP is going to be a giant memory and hardware hog as well. This is, as I've said before, a good thing. Why? Because one reason for the tech slump is that consumers don't currently have a real reason to upgrade their hardware. Pretty much everything is fast enough. XP and OS X are going to take over. When they do, users will have to buy new hardware, period. This will stimulate the economy on a massive scale.
I'm not, and never have been, one who believes in planned obsolescence, or technology for the sake of technology. But OS X is better. It's remarkable. I'm sure XP has similar virtues. Overall, I think that these two releases (XP comes out, oddly enough, on my birthday) will be a very good thing for the technology industry and the economy as a whole. I can't believe I'm writing this, but what's good for Microsoft is good for the country. At least in terms of the economy. In terms of fair trade, technology, and privacy, I'm still not a big fan.
Edited Entry: How embarrasing. Matthew is Matthew Haughey of Metafilter. I was going to drop him a line before I knew that, but now I worry that he would think I was a fanboy. "Don't follow leaders." In any case, is he a neighbor? Odd.
As usual, The Onion leads the way in showing us how to laugh at this tragedy. But more importantly, it presents vital messages in a non-confrontational manner.
When I was a kid, I moved from Tehran to Montgomery, Ala., just in time for the hostage crisis. Despite the fact that I was an anglo, several of the kids in my kindergarten class used to pick on me for being "Iranian." I quickly learned to forget Farsi. So the top item was particularly appealing to me. As was the final, which is headlined: Bush Sr. Apologizes To Son For Funding Bin Laden In '80s
Tenacious D's album is finally here (and you can catch them on Letterman tonight). Normally, the best place to be in San Francisco on Halloween is in the Castro, but this year, I'd guess it's the Warfield with Tenacious.
The "Osama Bin Laden: King of Porn" entry reminded me of something I've been thinking. How long until we start seeing Bin Laden's head photoshopped onto all manner of porn? It seems like such a natural outlet, a slam dunk...
Here's an incredibly dramatic and thought-provoking shockwave video on the trade center, proving yet again that the best videos aren't to be found on your television... they're being made by Flash artists all over the world. It's on fipilele, so you might get the 503, but reload, it's well worth it.
I've gotta say, am I the *only* one who is *really* bothered by The Strokes? I mean, they're on the cover of Rolling Stone and have a write up in Vanity Fair in the same month!!! Their debut LP is on RCA. I feel like I'm trying to be spoonfed "New York Cool" by the record industry....
Jane's, THE defense industry magazine of record has a different take on the trade center attacks. To wit: Israel's military intelligence service, Aman, suspects that Iraq is the state that sponsored the suicide attacks on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. Directing the mission, Aman officers believe, were two of the world's foremost terrorist masterminds: the Lebanese Imad Mughniyeh, head of the special overseas operations for Hizbullah, and the Egyptian Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, senior member of Al-Qaeda and possible successor of the ailing Osama Bin Laden.
"Fine," you say. "Some nut with a web page likes to keep track of how quickly we're moving towards an event I don't even believe in. What's that got to do with me?" To me, Todd's site is interesting in that it serves as a sort of global anxiety meter, a measure of our collective angst. Wars and rumors of war, economic indicators, unrest in the middle east, it's all there. Unsurprisingly, we're at an all-time high (beating the previous high of May of 99... remember that Y2K thingie?) since Todd began counting.
i'm from nyc, breath it out and let it in "This particular website will be a collection of amateur images of the NYC skyline as it used to be, as a form of memorial for the fallen towers and most notably for the victims of the terrible tragedy that took place on September, 11th, 2001." This is really nice, a great memorial. (via watt list)
I do love America. I've traveled enough around the world to know that it certainally is by no means perfect. It's neither the most free nor the most democratic. But it's a damn good mix, and despite the many things we've done wrong, there's a lot more that we've done right. And no matter what politicians or corporations do, Americans themselves, the people you see on the street, the people you ride on the bus with, your friends, your coworkers, tend to be a damn good lot.
Still, I'm not one who is prone to rally around the flag. I'm not one who is prone to rally around much of anything for that matter. Yet today, I went to a memorial service at noon with my mother, uncle and two aunts. At the end of the service, we sang "America the Beautiful," and I was honestly and genuinely touched. I heard or read someone say (and I'm so sorry I can't remember who or where, and I'm sorry to paraphrase because I have utterly mangled the quote) "I think it's good people are coming together around the flag as a symbol that stands for something, not to stand against anything."
Exactly. It's horrible that it takes tragedy to bring people together. But I'm still touched by all the smiles and nods and the "hello how are you doing in this time" that I'm encountering.
Searching for the quote on various Nostradamus sites--some of which contain his complete prophecies, revealed nothing.
And indeed, Snopes says it's an urban legend. But the disturbing thing is that it has been embellished to better fit the circumstances.
a) There's a lot of crap floating around right now, and not just from random cranks either. This "prophecy" even showed up on CBS' Early Show site (i dunno if it aired on CBS or not... I hope not). Now more that ever, Skepticism is a virtue.
b) People can be awful. Various pranksters have added all sorts of crap to the original (see google cache link above vs. all the versions on the snopes page... or in your inbox) for no other apparent reason other than to inspire fear.
An article from the July/August issue of The Atlantic on the "counterterrorism myth." I don't mean to fuel the fires of fear, I think we all learned a lesson in our lack of security yesterday that none shall forget. But it's an important thing to read, I think. (thanks eric) Here's an excerpt:
American intelligence has not gained and will not gain Pakistan's assistance in its pursuit of bin Ladin. The only effective way to run offensive counterterrorist operations against Islamic radicals in more or less hostile territory is with "non-official-cover" officers—operatives who are in no way openly attached to the U.S. government. Imagine James Bond minus the gadgets, the women, the Walther PPK, and the Aston Martin. But as of late 1999 no program to insert NOCs into an Islamic fundamentalist organization abroad had been implemented, according to one such officer who has served in the Middle East. "NOCs haven't really changed at all since the Cold War," he told me recently. "We're still a group of fake businessmen who live in big houses overseas. We don't go to mosques and pray."
A former senior Near East Division operative says, "The CIA probably doesn't have a single truly qualified Arabic-speaking officer of Middle Eastern background who can play a believable Muslim fundamentalist who would volunteer to spend years of his life with shitty food and no women in the mountains of Afghanistan. For Christ's sake, most case officers live in the suburbs of Virginia. We don't do that kind of thing." A younger case officer boils the problem down even further: "Operations that include diarrhea as a way of life don't happen."
From the editorial in Today's New York Times:Commentators throughout the day yesterday dwelled on the scale of the planning this terrorist mission must have required. But it is just as important to consider the intensity of the hatred it took to bring it off. It is a hatred that exceeds the conventions of warfare, that knows no limits, abides by no agreements. We had presumed that the very excess of such emotions made them erratic, that instability and inefficiency were securely coupled. But that was when we lived on the other side of history's rift.
This story is one of the most incredible I've seen yet. Seconds before his San Francisco-bound plane went down, Thomas Burnett of San Ramon phoned his wife, telling her the flight was doomed but that he and two other passengers were determined to "do something about it." My God. I'm still in such a state of shock today.
Today is the last day to speak up on the roadless area conservation rule. Help Save The Forests Time is running out to tell the Bush administration that you want to keep historic protections for nearly 60 million acres of prized national forests. The landmark Roadless Area Conservation Rule protects unspoiled forest from road-building, logging and mining. But under the influence of special interests, the Bush administration wants to undo the rule. Go to http://www.saveforest.org to join the hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens who are speaking out against this special-interest assault on America's last remaining wild places -- critical habitat for imperiled wildlife. And don't forget to ask your family and friends to send their messages too. The Forest Service's deadline for commenting is Monday. Tell the administration to honor the will of the American people and protect our national forests for future generations. (Thanks Harp!)
a) I don't know who the fuck you are. Based on my referral logs you've only been to my site once, so to paraphrase our nation's president and my own personal hero, who the fuck cares what you think? b) although I don't claim to be a designer, I do know that my page displays properly on both Macs and PCs if you've got a 4.x or better browser (Which Ez's does not... the text is all fucked up on Macs with IE) c) mine ain't from a template, it's from BBEDit, a text-based html editor. d) Ez is a good friend of mine, in real life, not on this here electronet, as I said before, I don't know you from Adam. Which leads me to my next point: e) fuck off f) Your Crocodile Dundee and Yahoo Serious Movies are for shit. What the fuck is wrong with you people anyway? g) I bet you're fucking ugly h) Your beer sucks i) I hope you get eaten by a platypus
And here's the main reason your comments are completely fucking ignorant you dumb, ugly bitch from down under:
Ezra has been asking me to teach him how to create links, and how to make a box where he can have some permanent links. In other words, *he has been asking me to teach him about web design* which I do not have the time to do right now, even supposing I was so inclined, which-- since I'm dealing with a lot of heavy personal shit (most of which you're not going to read about on the electronet you twit)-- I am not. Hence the comment about someone teaching him web design.
And so that's the rest of the story you fucking nimrod.
-Mat, who has been doing his own shit-ass html since 1995 and yet has never, ever, ever, claimed to be a web designer
The show will start at 7 and go to midnight (though bands will most likely start at 8 and we'll finish by 1am). There will be a five-dollar fee to get in, it's all ages, and alcoholic beverages will be free (though donations will be accepted).
For details about the show at which many of the artists featured on the compilation will perform and also at which you can acquire a free embryo:03 CD if you arrive early enough, go here: the cubby creatures :: upcoming shows