Monthly Archive for June, 2004

Boston Stranglers Rally

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The Boston Stran­glers’ Scoot­er Ral­ly was 2 weeks ago, and neglect­ful as always, I nev­er post­ed my pics.

One high­light of the week­end was get­ting an escort­ed ride for 50+ scoot­ers along the Charles Riv­er Esplanade, and then con­tin­ued on along the Emer­ald Neck­lace to the Larz Ander­son park, over­look­ing the city. Pres­ley and I were joined by Sam and her cute Metro, and we met a lot of new peo­ple.

And, I avoid­ed the com­bi­na­tion of drink­ing and rid­ing my Ves­pa.

Fahrenheit 9/11 & the year of the angry Liberal

Fahrenheit 9/11We went to see Fahren­heit 9/11 at the Fen­way 13 on Sat­ur­day night, and I became uneasy before the movie, because there were rent-a-cops milling about and check­ing bags. Were they expect­ing vio­lence? Like a mod­ern day Out­siders, with MoveOn.org mem­bers clash­ing with the Young Repub­li­cans?

There has been much made of Michael Moore, and the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing whether he can cor­rect­ly claim the title of doc­u­men­tar­i­an. On the Today show, pseu­do-jour­nal­ist Matt Lauer nit­picked and argued with Moore as if he were host of Fox and Friends. Truth is, the jour­nal­ists who think Moore is utter­ly ruinous, (Gwen Ifill comes to mind), are mak­ing this judg­ment from a pret­ty skewed, “elite” frame of ref­er­ence.

It is, after all, a movie, which intends to bring impor­tant infor­ma­tion to the mass­es, wrapped in an enter­tain­ing pack­age. It is not jour­nal­ism, and I am fine with not call­ing the film a “doc­u­men­tary”. Let’s call it Op/Ed.

Moore is shame­less, manip­u­la­tive, and yes, he has an opin­ion. But I sim­ply refuse to hold him to a high­er stan­dard than I do Rush Lim­baugh, Sean Han­ni­ty, and Ann Coul­ter. He makes me laugh, he makes me sick, and he presents a point of view that is total­ly amer­i­can.

Oth­er reac­tions:

Moveable Type 3.0

Since the licens­ing struc­ture has been revamped, I thought I’d spend a few min­utes updat­ing Suckahs.org (and all it’s weblogs) to MT 3.0.

Hon­est­ly, the moti­va­tion for the upgrade was recent bar­rages of com­ment spam. MT-Black­list was a good patch, for a while, but I think the only safe method to both allow com­ments, and stop your site from becom­ing a 1-stop bill­board adver­tise­ment for “penis enhance­ments”, and mort­gage financiers, is com­ment reg­is­tra­tion.

If you’d like to com­ment, (there are 1 or 2 of you), I’d sug­gest reg­is­ter­ing with Type­Key. Reg­is­tered com­menters will be post­ed right away, and every­one else will need to be ver­i­fied first.

Hawk

We were sit­ting at work, hav­ing lunch, when a hawk land­ed just out­side our win­dow. I half expect­ed him to have a mouse in his mouth, but no luck on that front.

I won­der what kind of hawk this is? They are com­mon in east­ern Mass­a­chu­setts, because I’ve seen them around Boston…

SimpleBook

simplebook.gifDan Ceder­holm of Sim­pleBits has writ­ten a book, Web Stan­dards Solu­tions, which arrived today with it’s famil­iar cov­er.

I’m inter­est­ed in stream­lin­ing my site, improv­ing on seman­tic markup, etc., so I hope that Dan’s book will be a good ref­er­ence. Oh, and I love his redesign.

It seems that every­one is refresh­ing their sites these days.

Phonetiquette

pet-pieve: I answer the tele­phone, (though it reads “unkown caller”), the voice on the oth­er end asks for some­one who does not reside here, and when I polite­ly inform them of this fact, they hang up with­out response.

And, they call back twice, with the same bad man­ners.

…no won­der I nev­er answer.

The Reagan we aren’t seeing on TV

I sus­pect much of this coun­try feels, as I do, that Ronald Rea­gan was not the saint that the rad­i­cal Right would like us to believe. Still, the media cov­er­age this past week has not only been gush­ing­ly pos­i­tive, but also all-con­sum­ing.

While watch­ing that car­riage parade around for 4 hours last night, and suf­fer­ing through Dick Cheney’s polit­i­cal eulo­gy, I kept think­ing of the hor­ri­ble things this guy was respon­si­ble for—and many of them meet my def­i­n­i­tion of High Crimes and Mis­de­meanors.

  • He gave Iran weapons, laun­dered mon­ey through Sau­di banks, and fun­neled the mon­ey to the death squads in cen­tral Amer­i­ca, after Con­gress specif­i­cal­ly passed a bill for­bid­ding any help to the Con­tras.
  • He sold cocaine (see the report pre­pared by a cer­tain Sen. John F. Ker­ry in the ear­ly 90s), to fund the death squads in cen­tral Amer­i­ca. 500,000 peo­ple died in these wars.
  • He pulled us out of Beirut. And then, invad­ed Grena­da like the next day, so he didn’t look like a total wuss. Islam­ic extrem­ists cheered, and no one could fig­ure out what the hell Grana­da did to war­rant inva­sion. Bait and switch.
  • He trained Osama on how to beat a super­pow­er in Afghanistan.
  • He cre­at­ed the home­less prob­lem, and said that peo­ple “choose” to be home­less.

And yet, no arti­cles of impeach­ment in eight years… don’t get me start­ed on what they did to Clin­ton.

The Prisoner of Azkaban

'Hold me, Harry...'Review: A+

Yes, we attend­ed last night’s show­ing of Har­ry Pot­ter and the Pris­on­er of Azk­a­ban, at 12:01am. And, despite some sug­ges­tions from my work mates, I did not play dress-up.

My reac­tions and excite­ment after see­ing the 3rd install­ment on the big screen, direct­ly par­al­lels what I felt a few years ago when I dug into the 3rd Pot­ter bookAzk­a­ban is where the series takes a much dark­er turn. The Demen­tors are fright­en­ing in the film, though the new direc­tor Alfon­so Cuar?n devotes far more ener­gy to stok­ing fear of Sir­ius Black, than of the prison and it’s soul-suck­ing guards.

Over­all, Cuar?n’s vision is a breath of fresh air — the film is scari­er than Chris Columbus’s two films, (it’s a mys­tery to me how films like this man­age to receive a PG-rat­ing), but it’s bal­anced with a few whim­si­cal moments cour­tesy the Whomp­ing Wil­low, and by Michael Gambon’s quirky take on Dum­b­le­dore.

How long do I have to wait for the Gob­let of Fire?

UPDATE: Capn saw it last night too