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  • Saturday 10 December 2005 : Sleek?!
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is what fashion has come to. From page 47 of this month’s Lucky magazine: Sleek, ladies and gentlemen, apparently involves wearing an ill-fitting, wrinkly jacket and pants that you stole from a hobo. I do not think it’s possible to look sleek while at the same time appearing to have no feet at all. Nicole subscribes...
  • Friday 02 December 2005 : Eyesore Of The Month
    I periodically like to call attention to James Howard Kunstler’s Eyesore of the Month feature: ‘Architectural blunders in monthly serial’. He hasn’t got one up yet for December, but if you’re unfamiliar with the thing, there is already an archive of dozens of the things. While poking in there just now, I came across this, the featured eyesore for October...
  • Monday 28 November 2005 : Nerd TV Sucks

    Nerd TV is perhaps fatally flawed by super-low production values.

  • Wednesday 07 September 2005 : Installing iTunes, Part 2

    The installation of iTunes is even more trouble than I originally thought.

  • Wednesday 07 September 2005 : Installing iTunes

    Apple’s Installer leaves something to be desired.

  • Tuesday 12 July 2005 : Paper Spam, Part 2

    Another deceptive direct-mail ad has arrived.

  • Monday 09 August 2004 : Sudden Bush Hatred Fatigue Syndrome

    I am not a fan of George Bush, but I have finally had it with the bullshit blind hatred on the Left.

  • Thursday 04 September 2003 : The ‘Marketplace’ of Ideas

    The public-radio program "Marketplace" seems to be steadily drifting toward the pure-left-wing-screed genre, and away from business and economic news.

  • Wednesday 27 August 2003 : Police Can’t Direct Traffic For Toffee

    Police Officers, by and large, don't know how to direct traffic.

  • Tuesday 12 November 2002 : Spammers’ Questionable Tactics

    Spammers disguise words in their messages to get around filters. Why do they think this will result in more business?

  • Friday 08 November 2002 : Muzak Is Getting Worse

    Background music, never really high art, seems lately to be tending toward the very, very bad.

  • Wednesday 26 June 2002 : Reading vs. The Internet
    From a Washington Post article about how boys today don't read as much as girls do: We always had books around the house. And there were, of course, fewer entertainments competing with reading when I was growing up. Undistracted by cable TV, the Internet, DVDs and Playstation 2, I could be bored enough to be driven to discover on the...
  • Wednesday 26 June 2002 : Allergies Schmallergies
    This story in the L.A. Times (use username/password cpunks/cpunks) chronicles the growing popularity of hookahs, of all things, in hip L.A. bars and such. Now, you can't actually smoke these things (or anything else) in the bar or restaurant in California, because that would be just too unhealthy. Too many people are allergic to smoke, they say. Or are they?...
  • Sunday 20 January 2002 : One Man’s Terrorist Is Another Man’s Freedom Fighter
    A story in the Washington Times complains about a 1998 U.S. Army training video that dealt, in part, with terrorism. The Times story says, in part: The Army video also puts forth the notion that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, pointing out that French resistance fighters in World War II were terrorists because they blew up bridges...
  • Friday 18 January 2002 : Some more FDNY idiocy
    The New York Times reports: Lt. Paul Washington, president of the Vulcan Society, which represents black firefighters, said his organization was not upset by the decision [to scuttle the firefighter memorial statue with faux racial diversity added]. But he said whatever monument or monuments are now planned should recognize that 12 black firefighters were among the 343 killed on Sept....
  • Friday 18 January 2002 : ‘Racial’ Profiling and Airline Security
    Nearly everywhere I look these days, I find another person arguing in favor of 'profiling' people for airline security purposes, i.e. searching young Arab-looking men extra thoroughly. A lot of these people -- most of them fairly intelligent otherwise -- seem to be arguing this position just to show how P.C. they aren't. They never address the question of what...
  • Thursday 03 January 2002 : The Continuing Infantilization of America

    We are now “adolescents” until age 26. Or 30. Or 34, depending on whom you believe. Or until you’re a Baby Boomer, is what they really mean.

  • Thursday 29 November 2001 : Mid-East warns US on Iraq

    According to the BBC, “Middle Eastern countries have voiced concern” that the U.S. may start bombing Iraq soon as the next move in the War Against Evil.

    I think that the middle-east should just shut the hell up.