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This category contains posts I wrote under the name of “anti-blog” prior to migrating the site to WordPress. If we are all exceptionally lucky, the post you’re reading may even approximate a prototypical blog post of the early 2000s, containing several random (usually unrelated) links and maybe a sentence or two on each. At various times, I have written “anti-blog” and “blog” rationales, but fuck it—I’m going back to my roots.
Claim vs. Fact: Condoleeza Rice. A must-read.
It’s not that I’ve been too busy to update, though in some ways I have. The biggest reason for my non-loquaciousness is that my monitor stopped working. Therefore, I haven’t had access to my computer in the last few weeks. The stopgap solutions haven’t worked, so I plan to buy a new monitor; I’ll probably bus down to CompUSA and buy another 17-inch CRT (the cheapest solution backed by warranty and not requiring shipping charges). Fun.
It’s my niece’s first birthday today. Yay!
Okay, okay, I’m back. Sheesh. Don’t all clamor for news at once.
I suppose I ought to do a post-mortem of my Howard Dean experience. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the heart to do that, since it was ultimately fairly disappointing to me. You can look at the pictures I took here. Unfortunately, they’re in reverse chronological order and don’t have titles. Ah, well.
Incidentally, since Dean dropped out of the presidential race, I’ve concentrated on the main task at hand in my life: finishing the CLCV web redesign. It’s basically done, though there is still some tweaking necessary. I’m proud of it, though, and impressed by the independence and efficiency of my work (and, yes, I do say so myself).
I do, of course, urge you to vote for John Kerry for President in November, for reasons I hardly need to elucidate.
The weather here has been spectacular and my taxes are done. That’s good. However, my bike’s derailleur kind of self-destructed Saturday (I think it’s fixable) and I’m running for staff representative to the CLCV Board of Directors (in what is turning out to be an outrageously excessively political process, unsurprisingly). All in all, an okay Ides of March.
2004 brings a vast (but humble) new repository of site content. Finally, I’ve organized many of the photos I’ve taken over the last 6 months (since getting a digital camera and then a camera phone) and posted them on the site. None of them saw Photoshop at all, and the html is straight from iPhoto, but hey—they’re up.
Finally saw Winged Migration last night. A good movie, but I saw it in Berkeley at the Elmwood Theater. The contradictory opinions some people have are amazing. For example, the scene in which people hunted geese with shotguns was met with hisses and disapproving gasps. The scene in which a bird hunted a fish with its beak was not. People, it’s essentially the same thing.
I had a nice last couple months; thanks for (ahem) asking. I went to Wisconsin to see the family for Thanksgiving. I plan to go back for Christmas and New Year’s, tentatively. [People in Madison and Chicago, be ready! Want to have a New Year’s party?]
I’ve also been hanging out with friends from work. We’ve been watching Hitchcock movies, including “The 39 Steps” yesterday. Fun!
Also, I’m [semi-] working on changes to this site—I honestly plan to put up my last year’s worth of pictures. There are just so many, though; it takes a long time, especially if I want to add captions. I’ll just have to cut down the number. I’m also working hard on the CLCV web redesign. I have a meeting with the ad hoc redesign committee next Friday to pick a design direction. From a graphic design perspective, this project should turn out at least as well as the DNR redesign of [geez] 2 years ago (though it’s an overall feat of much less magnitude, it’s as significant to my portfolio at this point).
Standing invitations to the Bay Area for all, by the way… it is beautiful here in the winter. Beautiful. Sure, it rains a little, but today I was a little too warm wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. It’s paradise, really.
Today’s thing: After an extended break, I’m back. Today’s thing is that I think I’m going to implement a daily feature called “Today’s Thing” on the homepage. I will update it each day. (We’ll see.)
Wisconsinites only, please: vote for your favorite Wisconsin quarter design. (I voted, of course, because I’m effectively a permanent Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes, according to state law.) I personally voted for the “Scenic Wisconsin” design, though I find none of them spectacular. I would be fairly disappointed if the clichéd cow/cheese one were to win. What am I saying? They’re all pretty clichéd. [Update: cow design wins. No surprise, in retrospect.]
Off to Washington, D.C. for four days as of tonight! Nick is already out east; I’ll be meeting him sometime Wednesday.
This recommendation from Amazon left me confused. How do those things I’ve purchased have anything to do with condoms? Do David Foster Wallace readers get laid more often than non-DFW readers? Or, more likely, are they more likely to buy condoms online? Or is there a semantic connection—are my purchases of “The Big One” and “A Supposedly Fun Thing…” somehow sexually suggestive to Amazon’s poor, overtaxed recommendations engine?
I have nothing really profound to say right now, which is okay, I guess. I wonder if that has anything to do with my recent decision to cut out caffeinated, sugary soda.
In completely unrelated news, I played a great deal of baseball on Saturday with co-workers and other friends, which was deeply fun. I was only sore for about 36 to 48 hours afterwards, which isn’t so bad, considering we played for roughly 5-6 hours (with a picnic break in between). I probably should have worn sunscreen. My family will be so impressed by my tan at Thanksgiving.
I’ve taken quite a few photos I’d like to post here but just haven’t taken the time to do so.