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Wednesday August 28, 2002
11:13 PM

Burn all MP3s

The domain was registered on July 20, a few weeks before the recent hubbub, but there's nothing there yet. The longstanding site seems to be down at the moment, but is still available in Google's cache.
Thursday August 08, 2002
01:15 PM

"buried in their own coffin"

Saddam Hussein's latest rhetorical extravaganza isn't up to his usual standards:

All empires and bearers of the coffin of evil, whenever they mobilized their evil against the Arab nation, or against the Muslim world, they were themselves buried in their own coffin, with their sick dreams and their arrogance and greed.
(From The Washington Post )

The metaphor of the coffin just doesn't work for me. I think something must have been lost in the translation.

Thursday July 18, 2002
12:44 PM

Neighborhood news

Exciting goings-on at one of my lunch sources (from The Washington Post ):

Connecticut Ave. NW, 1700 block, June 28. A man working in a burrito takeout business called animal control about an opossum in a corner hissing at customers. An animal control officer captured it and released it in a wooded area.

Sunday July 14, 2002
10:41 PM


I bought an iBook today. I'd been thinking about it for the last few days since I learned the laptop I was hoping to borrow to take to OSCon wasn't going to be available. Now I just have to get it all figured out and become reasonably comfortable with it in the next week.

I had been planning to do something boring with my income-tax refund like save it, but I guess I must need to make a major impulse purchase every couple of years.

Monday June 10, 2002
12:29 PM

The decline of copyediting

From The Washington Post :

The Bush administration is developing a new strategic doctrine that moves away from the Cold War pillars of containment and deterrence toward a policy that supports preemptive attacks against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

What exactly does that last prepositional phrase modify?

Wednesday May 22, 2002
11:16 PM

True crime

I understand why I'm suddenly hearing about Chandra Levy again. Her remains were discovered in the park three quarters of a mile from my apartment.

What I don't understand is why I've just heard it as one of the top stories on the BBC radio news, and why it's the top story on

Can one of you furriners, or even one of you West Coasters, explain what makes this story international news?

Tuesday May 21, 2002
05:45 PM

The tenth Beatle

Google has put up some interesting things at If you try searching sets with "Ringo" and "John", you get the expected other two, but you also have the option of growing the set. I've heard of various fifth Beatles, but I didn't know of the mysterious "Volkswagon" [sic] or of Anton Taddy and two (or maybe four)other members of his family.

Sunday May 19, 2002
06:24 PM

Life imitates "Cheers"

I was just passing an Ethiopian restaurant, and the menu in the window had a section headed "Beff". No, it wasn't called the Hungry Heifer, and I didn't see any loobster.

(Maybe this belongs in djberg96's Friday impossibly obscure trivia challenge. I'm surprised I couldn't find a decent reference to it with Google, though.)

Saturday May 18, 2002
06:55 PM

I feel like a Canadian!

Or a European, or someone from any of the vast number of places where people can buy lunch with the change in their pockets. We Americans are used to thinking of coins as nearly worthless objects that accumulate around the house, needed only when we're buying a drink from a vending machine, paying for a parking space, or trying to avoid getting more coins in change. Every once in a while the government tries to get us to use dollar coins, but it never catches on, mainly because the old familiar dollar bill continues to exist.

Anyway, today I used $20 bill to buy a book of stamps from the vending machine at the post office, so I got 13 Sacagawea dollars. Now I have spendable change, even if I may get funny looks for it.

08:18 AM

War on wine and cheese

In these difficult times, it's good to know that my city government is cracking down on those threats to civic order, the art galleries.