March 2007 Archive

we interrupt this broadcast for an emergency bulletin

27 March 2007, 8:48 am
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(for those of you who don’t read Slashdot. . .)
If you need anymore evidence that Diebold is pure evil, and that they deserve your eternal scorn and ridicule, but absolutely none of your cash, ever, how about this: They’re bringing a suit against the commonwealth of Massachusetts for awarding a contract to a competitor.
I’m checking my calendar […]

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paralyzed by indecision

14 March 2007, 7:55 pm
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The odds of my having a best-music-of-2006 list I can live with by the end of first quarter 2007 are not looking good. Today I added two new candidates to the list.
The central problem, I think, is that 2006 was a year with a ton of extra base hits, but very few home runs (ooh! […]

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book report: Barbara Hambly; Children of the Jedi

10 March 2007, 12:06 pm
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I liked Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novels a lot, even if they were a somewhat guilty pleasure. Many other people apparently liked them too, because LucasFilm and Bantam Spectra cooked up a chronology spanning some fifteen years after Return of the Jedi and found writers to fill it in with dozens of novels. The back […]

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slurry vs. beans

8 March 2007, 7:00 am
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I attend some speech in a big ampitheatre in a semi-official capacity (I’m helping with sound equipment). Afterwards I find myself walking alongside the man Diebold’s machinery claimed was elected President in 2004. We don’t speak, but I can overhear his private asides. I’m relieved that, as I’d always hoped, he sounds less idiotic […]

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let’s hear it for SUV drivers

6 March 2007, 6:51 pm
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At least, let’s hear it for two of them.
Buying an SUV is the product of a decision-making process I can’t imagine myself following, and SUV drivers are often notably rude to pedestrians and cyclists alike.
I try not to pre-judge, but sometimes I do. I’m generally prepared for a negative outcome from any particular SUV encounter […]

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