Monday, November 22, 2004

Burn Baby, Burn....

I'm switching my XML feed over to Feedburner. I've been testing their service for a while now and I think it's great. I especially like the fact that I can splice in my Flikr feed without much fuss. If you subscribe to my feed please switch to the new one if you can. You'll get some value add. Thanks!

Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Ugly America

I've got a love-hate relationship with Paul Graham's writing. I must say that while at some times being infuriating his prose has lead me to challenge more than one idea that had been cemented into my head. In his latest essay,Made in USA, Graham has seemed to have summed up the predominant American design ethic as "just do it". This seems to have done well for us in some pursuits: the movies, software, music, but poorly in others: architecture, urban planning, and manufacturing. The biggest counterexample of the "just do it" style in U.S. design, Apple. Great article and well worth the time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

LiveLines

Wow! This new LiveLines extension in FireFox is slick. It allows you to simply right click on the "RSS" chicklet that shows up when your browsing a blog to add it to your aggregator. It works great with Bloglines. It's so tempting. I may want to switch from Safari. Although I must say that I've been using both browsers on my OS X box lately. I just can't decide which to settle on for most of my work.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Does a populist movement yield disaster?

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
I wonder if Mencken is mentioned in The Right Nation?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

OMFG

Some folks are way more pissed off about the election than I am. The URL says it all. http://www.fuckthesouth.com/

Monday, November 08, 2004

Post Election Depression 2

Well, I'm not so depressed anymore, but I am moving on to a decidedly different phase of this post election grieving process. At this point I'm really concerned that the only way our country is going to return to sanity is for a third party to come along and chisel away the calcification around both of currently entrenched parties. My new battle cry? The Democratic party must die! In it's place something like the Libertarian party but not as crazy, something like the Republicans used to be before they made deals with the evangelicals, and something progressive like the Democrats before they became wimpy. I think this new party is centrist, practical, and respectful of individual rights and freedoms. It should see our place in the world as being one where we can foster democracy and freedom not at the point of a gun but in putting our national resources to work for the good of other less fortunate nations not with unending aid but with programs that will make a difference in the real lives of people throughout the world. Not sure if it could ever happen but man would it be nice.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Post Election Depression

It's all over but the crying and man am I crying today. Well, not really crying but I am very disheartened about the results of the election. First off there is no question in my mind that Bush won fair and square. He captured both the popular and electoral votes. I am happy that our election was not dragged out weeks and months by the thousands of attorneys poised to pounce on district courts at the command of either candidate. The votes have been cast, counted, and the people have spoken. The last time I checked 3 million or so more of us thought President Bush deserved four more years. Not only that but the Republicans have gained seats in the Senate and House. So our democracy has worked with minimal muss and fuss. What is really bugging me is that I'm now wondering if I'm living in the right country? How could this be the result? How can the gloating conservative pundits be right? I suppose this will wear off. I suppose I'll be ready to sit in opposition to this administration's every move. This hasn't been the first time I've felt this way. Remember the Regan years? It's like some strange flashback. Then I was in fear of the world going up in smoke because this cold war cowboy was going to work the Russians into such a frenzy that they were going to end it all at the press of a big red button. Now I'm worried this pre-emption minded cowboy is going to continue to enrage the muslim world, swell the ranks of Al-Qaeda, and tee up the next big terror attack. Then my fear was somewhat irrational because, in-fact, cooler heads did prevail and the Russians basically were in such bad economic shape that they were collapsing under the weight of the arms race. But what about now? Are my fears irrational? Is Al-Qaeda on the verge of collapse? Are we safer today then we were four years ago? I'm having a real difficult time answering yes to any of these questions and I think there is significant evidence to the contrary. It's hard for me to admit this and I feel absolutely terrible about thinking this kind of thought but I hope the terrorists pick a "red" state to hit next. I don't think its an accident that New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all went for Kerry. We really suffered from 9/11 and I think many of the people who voted in these states had 9/11 on their mind when they pulled the lever for Kerry. We were hit and I'm sure we feel it's coming again. We all saw Kerry brining a new more intelligent approach than the arrogant position taken by the neo-cons. And that is something we should never loose site of in the coming 4 years. Bush is the figure head. The real frightening result here is that the neo-cons have been vindicated. Their philosophy validated. They now have four more years to subvert the basic values of our country to suit their world view. That more than anything has me worried. I have kids. Will I see them die in the next terrorist attack? Will I never come home because I happen to be in NYC when the next attack comes? My neighbor's son is sixteen. Will I see him drafted to fight in Iraq or Iran? Will this administration be emboldened by this election result and not just continue but ratchet up their assault on my values? These are the things on my mind today. To put things in perspective this is probably how Republicans felt in the Clinton Era but I'm not sure we had so much to loose. I mean a little White House Hanky-Panky is hardly equivalent to this immoral war in Iraq. So tonight from Logan airport I'll head home. Tomorrow will be a new day, in a new country, in which I'll feel like a foreigner. What are you going to do about that Mr. President?