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sun 21 jan 01

" ... it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." -- patrick henry.

an aural return to the past. enigma. alan parsons project 'i robot'. cleaning out the 'in box'. get sloppy about applying rules, and you end up with about 1000 messages in no time ...

i used to love those greasy, cadaverous mcrib sandwiches ... until i graduated to chinese food. never went the sushi route; i could never get the sight of those waxy, faded plastic samples in the window of that sushi place just a couple blocks north of the empire state building out of my mind. my assistants also used to tease me, constantly ordering eel, practically shouting in delight at the 'feeling of raw eel on the back of the tongue ..." blech. yeh, so i'm a raw meat wimp. nobody's perfect. i'd eat my dinner out of sight range, usually on one of the roof balconies (fresh air!) ...

expectations of a mcdonalds restaurant employee. interesting: mcdonalds is the biggest purchaser of beef, pork and potatoes in the u.s. ... one of the country's top toy distributors ... largest private operator of playgrounds. world's #1 owner of retail real estate. via ny times book review, 'fast food nation'.

new series: replacing windows with linux.

i dearly wish the press would be a bit more specific when they make claims about the inability to make cash from the internet. i've had my first 'scare' cancellation -- and it wasn't even e-commerce related! i'm afraid garret vs. the wall street journal ended up in my being badly beaten ... i need to sit and come up with a stock answer to this question, now that it's affecting day-to-day business: "if all the dot-coms are failing, why should i spend any of my advertising dollars on a website?" patience, garret, patience ...

cnn: oh joy. phil gramm is back. and he's got a southern democrat on board as well. when will everyone learn? tax cuts *do not* pay for themselves. kemp-roth got us into this huge deficit in the first place -- ask david stockman, the man who helped implement it. individual tax revenues fell horribly short every year of reagan's presidency. reduce the size, return the same percentage to all brackets, and *test* the recessional waters. why try a dive that might end up as a financial belly flop?

people i've talked to here are very concerned by the constant biblical references in speeches, introductions, parties and luncheons yesterday. irreparable damage has been done to native american culture in the name of christianity; based on past behavior, there is zero trust. there is rising anxiety i have not felt before, waiting for mr. bush to reveal his colors ...

protests against the inauguration were not just in major cities ... we had one here in santa fe, as well. [linkrot; good for 12 hrs.]

i must've overlooked this monday last ... sony has a 5 megapixel ccd.

i notice that some of the less-popular cultural link aggregators i rely on seem to be faltering on the weekends. more impact of the dot-bomb economy? probably.

la times: book review, violence in america.

slashtco.com likes linux mandrake 7.2.

mozillaquest: partitionmagic and/or bootmagic may cause linux complications ...

mac ... html/css mode for alpha, vs 3 and 2 respectively.

perl.com: beginner introduction to perl object environment.

geeknews: rant on domain name brokerages. how do brokerages calculate the value of a domain name?

zope: updated dtml syntax ... '<:=' can now be used in place of '<dtml-var'.

yes!: now i'll contemplate buying a palm pilot. gutenpalm ... being able to read gutenberg e-texts on a palm pilot.

no! no! stop that man, before he blogs again ...