Thursday, May 30, 2002

Steal This Blog While doing a bit of digging for quotes from political speeches I found this nugget from Abbie Hoffman. It probably should be a keystone in anyone's blogging manifesto.
If you don't like the news, why not go out and make your own? Creating free media depends to a large extent on your imagination and ability to follow through on ideas. The average Amerikan is exposed to over 1,600 commercials each day. Billboards, glossy ads and television spots make up much of the word environment they live in. To crack through the word mush means creating new forms of free communication. Abbie Hoffman, "Steal This Book", 1971

Friday, May 24, 2002

Space is the Place This article from slashdot covers some info on a new human space initiative bill (H.R. 4742 (pdf)). Let's hope it gets some legs and some press. I want my kids blogging from Mars.
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Go Fish! For those of you who just can't deal with boring fish emblems for the back of your car.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Farewell Stephen Jay Gould.

Friday, May 17, 2002

Creative Commons has their site up. It looks like their applications won't be up until the fall but at least some of the mystery is revealed. For those of you who might have missed out Creative Commons is an organization dedicated to create a system for content producers and consumers to share works without the burden of strict copyright laws. Producers license works in an environment that encourages use. They hope to create a "commons" of information and art that can be openly shared for the benefit of all, something that many folks believe original copyright laws were intended to do in the first place. Protect, in the short term, the investment and creativity of the author, but guarantee the free use for future innovators in the long term. Not a bad goal.
Happy Birthday, Dennis Hopper!  What can you say?  The man is a genious.

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Asleep at the Switch
Here we go folks. This one is going to develop into a real mess for old Dubbya. What I would like to know is what Condoleezaa Rice was doing at this time? What advice was she giving to the president at this time. Also why wasn't some advisory sent out to the airlines or the general public via the FBI? If just one of those planes didn't leave the ground, if just one of those hijackers was stopped by a slightly more alert security guard, thousands might have been saved. Let's pray these briefings are now being taken more seriously. And for God's sake lets get more spooks out there digging up information. I don't want to be blown off the turnpike by a nuke going off in a Ryder truck parked in Times Square. That would just suck.
Viva Carter!
Has a U.S. President ever given a speach to the people in a foreign country in their native language? I know I'm a bit late on this one but Jimmy Carter's trip to Cuba and his amazing address to the Cuban people (CNN story here.) Is unprecedented on so many levels. Normalizing relations with Cuba can only benefit the Cuban people. Do you think Castro is going to fold if we keep it up just a few more years? In the mean time we're missing an opportunity to engage the Cuban people and do some business with a very close neighbor. Of course the Bush administration reaction is predictable and obviously motivated by the large block of Florida's large Cuban Ex-pat population. Those Bush boys need to take care of each other.

Monday, May 13, 2002

The current lull in the middle east I fear is about to explode into violence and unrest once again, as Likud rebuffs the idea of a Palestinian state. This article in the NY Times covers the full story. It's a very depressing development. Why must this go on? Why does each side, blinded by hatred, continue to want to prod the other into voilent action? If the atmosphere doesn't change, life in the region will continue to decay into extremist violence. I was struck this weekend by the appearance of King Abdullah of Jordan watching a tape of his father Hussein I talking on Meet the Press almost 30 years ago. Hussien I spoke seriously of Israel needing to abandon a policy of force in the region, that it should recognize the human rights of the Palestinians, and that they have a right to exist also in peace and security. Amazingly his words are just as pertinent today as they were in 1964. But sadly it's not the whole story because radical elements on the Palestinian side also threaten to destabilize the region with their insistance on violence as a method of bettering there position. I've said it in the past, both sides need to lay down their weapons and rhetoric for peace to have a chance. For our part, I would like the U.S. to be more engaged in the political process but seriously concider the use of our econimic aid to countries in the region as leverage to move the peace process forward. While we need to support Israel we also need to start supporting true dialog and relations with the Arab nations and with Islamic countries such as Iran. While we can't afford to abandon Israel we also can not afford to let the radicalized Islamic groups to dominate the world stage and the way the Islamic world looks at the U.S. The world is certainly bigger than U.S. and Israel. We're going to have to realize this to make a difference.

Thursday, May 09, 2002

Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix is one of my favorite albums. But my passion for this record goes beyond just humming and tapping along with the tunes. The title song of this album, which is the last track, is so beautifully perfect that listening to it brings tears to my eyes. Whenever I pop this CD in my car I end up replaying it dozens of times. To me the lyrics to the song are a rich tapestry of color and emotional images that document the somtimes chaotic battlefield of human emotion. Anger, Envy, Tranquility, Confidence, Euphoria, Fear, Daring and Love all play parts in this song. Personified as queens and knights on some chessboard or as colors on the canvas of our souls. The music is classic Hendrix. The song has a basic structure with very clean melodic guitar work, not overly distorted or effected. Pretty much verse-chorus-verse-chorus, false ending instrumental and a closing instrumental crescendo. This ending instrumental is an amazing aural exclamation point on this song. If there are angels and a heavenly host they play this ending over and over again in paradise. It soars and if it doesn't fill your heart with pure joy you'd better check your pulse. If you haven't heard this song please go out and give it a listen. It's one of the greatest songs ever written.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Hey Open Office has hit 1.0!  I use it and its a great alternative to MS Office.  Go out and give it a try. I run it on my Windows PC, my linux laptop, and now it seems I'll be able to run it on my iMac There is nothing magic about MS Office except for the fact that people shell out ungodly sums of money to buy it. 
Hmmm...This is a maddening little quiz. Be carefull.....

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Put Me In Coach
Last night my son and I performed a ritual probably enacted for a hundred years. We got in the car, drove to the sporting goods store, and bought a 6-12 year old sized baseball glove and a ball. He's going to start playing ball today if the weather holds out. I'm not a sports fan by any stretch of the imagination. I usually can only keep up with the relatively short and low volume NFL season. But I'm kind of looking forward to standing in the back yard tossing a baseball, underhand, to him and then having him lob it back to me. There is something about that rhythm that appeals to me right now.

Monday, May 06, 2002

This weekend I saw Spider-Man with my kids and some of their friends.  I loved the movie.  It's been getting pretty mixed reviews but as far as cash goes it blew away Harry Potter for biggest single weekend take.  I respect folks for not liking the film.  It's the kind of movie made for fans of the comic hero.  While I was never a big Spider-Man fan, Daredevil is more my speed, Spidey was made for the big screen.  There is just something visually thrilling to see him swinging from building to building half in control that had me on the edge of my seat.  Sure the dialog was a bit simple, but hey this is classic super hero pulp were talkin' hear folks.  All in all worth the price of admission.  I wonder what Kevin Smith's version would have been like?