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Tue 11 Dec 2007

Interesting interview with some guy who wrote a Lincoln book. The part that I liked is about 3/4 of the way down:

I decided I would try and piece together this Lincoln Heritage Trail that my parents had taken me on when I was a kid. I tried to find a map. I looked on the Internet, asked everyone I could. Couldn't find anything about the Lincoln Heritage Trail.

Finally, I got a call from the director of tourism in Illinois. She said, I've got your guy—the man who invented the Lincoln Heritage Trail in 1961. He's still alive. I called the guy up. Waxing eloquent, I said, It's such an honor to speak with you, because the trail is really from a time when people cared enough about Lincoln and our history to try to honor the places he'd been, to touch the places he'd touched. . . .

And there was a long pause. He finally said, Uh, thanks. But, you know, don't you, this whole thing was cooked up by the marketing guys at the American Petroleum Institute? They wanted to get people in their cars buying gasoline.

The thing had been a marketing scam. They had done it out here in the East, a George Washington Heritage Trail. There was a Hiawatha Heritage Trail. And the Petroleum Institute had put together this one for Lincoln. All to sell gasoline. When you scratch anything in America, there's a profit motive not too far underneath.

Still I ended up going to these places and dragging my poor kids along.

Yes, I live on the Lincoln Heritage Trail, thank you very much. I think I need to read this book now, too.

via Arts & Letters Daily, which if you are an unrepentant web surfer like me, and you like to read more than the latest Fark headline ("Guess the plot. Article contains the words 'Bowling,' 'Drunk,' 'Trailer,' 'Grandkids,' 'Shooting,' 'Leroy' and 'Dreads.' Difficulty: West Virginia") you really should be checking regularly.
Posted when I probably should have been in bed an hour ago/society ]

Fri 07 Dec 2007

So, in New York they caught a cop perjuring himself. Big shocker, I know...
Posted a little later in the morning./law ]

Check it out -- they found the bones of a sea monster even bigger than a pliosaur. Too cool.
Posted in the morning./society ]

Wed 31 Oct 2007

So, Fark tells me that there was a triple murder in Reno last weekend. One of the primary suspects turns out to be a former McQueen High School football player.

<sarcasm> Yes, Ken Dalton is my hero.</sarcasm>
Posted in the morning/society ]

Thu 25 Oct 2007

Why, oh why, must web companies force us into their latest and greatest crap? This morning I fire up my computer, and as usual iceweasel opens automatically to my home page of my.yahoo.com. What do I get?

Hmm... your browser is not officially supported.

We recommend that you download a supported browser.

Download a supported browser for free by clicking one of the links below:

* Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher (Windows)
* Firefox 1.5 or higher (Windows and Mac)
* Safari 2.0+ (Mac)

By the way, I am still using the old yahoo mail, because the new one is such a blasted resource hog/outlook clone. If I wanted outlook, I'd use outlook, OK? I don't want a big email client in my dang browser.

Of course, if you're a regular reader of this blog (hah, poor you) then you know that list of "supported browsers" is likely to throw me into conniptions, anyway; I'm sure you've noticed that there are no browsers supported in Linux. "Firefox 1.5 or higher (Windows and Mac)"

Anyway, just want to vent some irritation. I like the last caveat, too:

You can proceed to the My Yahoo! Beta. However, please note that we cannot provide technical support for your browser.
Yeah, like yahoo is so outstanding with their technical support already -- not that I blame them, it's free for crying out loud, why should people expect tech support? I know, I know -- because people are idiots, that's why.
Posted in the morning, after first booting up/computers ]

Sat 13 Oct 2007

I remember thinking in the past that I might not appreciate the song "Water" by The Who if I had my own little girl. Well, now I do, and I listened to the song again. It's impossible for me to consider the song as anything but silly -- so it is still cool.

On another note, how is it possible that I have been a Monty Python fan for so long, but had never seen The Crimson Permanent Assurance?
Posted on a nice, slow Saturday afternoon./home ]

Wed 03 Oct 2007

My oldest son is now in Cub Scouts. He is there right now, in fact. My wife told me that earlier today, she took him around the block (which in itself is just sad -- when was it that an 8-year-old had to be accompanied around the block?) to sell the popcorn for his fundraiser. No one would buy any. Sure, we're not in the richest neighborhood, but still -- no one would buy any. Here I sit at the computer, and on the desk in front of me sit a half-dozen door hangers for the fundraiser, on each of which my son has written his name, and that he will be back on Friday to pick them up. They are all still sitting here.

And I am overcome by a profound sadness -- my boy is trying to help and do something, and all he got today was rejection.
Posted in the evening/home ]

Tue 11 Sep 2007

OK, itunes just notified me that "an updated version" is available. So I go ahead and click on the upgrade button. I just upgraded a few weeks ago, but no big deal. But it brings up a blasted click-through license agreement. Every time I upgrade I gotta read all this crap? That's it, I'm through. Are there any good itunes alternatives out there? Any thing as feature-rich as, say, amarok? I am stuck with Windows on this computer, I'm afraid... And no, Windows Media Player is not an option I will agree to, and I don't think Winamp has progressed that much in the last few years.
Posted in the evening/computers ]

Thu 09 Aug 2007

So, Slate deems it necessary to explain to bloggers how to name their blogs, huh? Boy, I sure feel special, since I hit on Rule #1.

However, I'm not sure I particularly want to "enhance my online charisma" -- sheesh, it's funny how seriously some people take things.
Posted at lunchtime/computers ]

Wed 25 Jul 2007

Tonight before bed, I was holding my new baby girl, Katherine. She's old enough now that she smiles, and she was smiling at me. I was getting her ready for bed; she had just eaten, and I was changing the diaper and onesie. Anyway, we were looking at each other, and I was just thinking -- wow, imagine in 20 years and change, she's going to be all grown up and dating, and maybe getting married... wow.

And then she puked all over me, the floor, and her brand new, clean outfit. Kinda spoiled the mood. Gotta love her, though.
Posted late at night -- I should be in bed/home ]

Thu 10 May 2007

Just wondering, does my boss ever actually read this blog? Does he know it exists? I doubt he would care if he did, of course, especially since there's hardly anything on it.

I am enjoying what I am doing, quite a bit, and most of the people I work with are nice. However, I can't help but wonder if I would be better off somewhere else. Ah well, I think I'm stuck here for a while.
Posted in the evening, when I really should be getting Isaac in the tub./law ]

Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

News
instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
reddit
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Highbrow
Arts & Letters Daily
Lowbrow
Fark

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Humor
Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Lessig
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Amygdala
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Neyer
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff
Greenspun
Doc

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Slashdot
Yahoo Money
Ubid
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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