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Archive for September, 2006

end of summer musings…

what a week! it seems to be my time for computer issues, thanks to the storms and cable company’s crappy modem. we’re only halfway reconnected; wireless works great, hardwired does not. arrggh!

did you know that Brazil is the plastic surgery capital of the world, so it’s small wonder that they’ve cornered the market on enhanced natural beauty.

will George Bush’s reputation as the leader of the free world really be harmed by being referred to as Satan by Hugo Chavez?  the left-wing Venezuelan president is, himself, a controversial figure in South American politics. he may have overstepped the bounds of diplomacy; then again, the squeak gets the machine oiled, eh?

in the movie, the jerk, steve martin’s character was ridiculously elated about being somebody because his name was to be found in the phone book. will facebook become the jerk’s equivalent to web 2?

my daughter’s iPod battery died this week and she’s fretting about having to pay big bucks to have it replaced. so, we just might follow this tip from Cnet on the DYI method.

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three web muskateers

our little team of three web devs, who magically make cutting edge stuff happen for our client company, met for a long strategy and brainstorming meeting, something we don’t get to do often enough. because we had worked together before elsewhere, it is fortuitous that we’ve been brought together again, and we have always managed to make our work fun in spite of all the chaos around us.

one thing we chatted casually about was that none of us is really maintaining a professional, meaning industry related, blog, and we should be. we’ve each been in this crazy web world for over a decade, but have been reticent to call public attention to ourselves.

well, i do have an industry related blog, but it is primarily targeted to the students taking my college courses offered through the web certificate program. i suppose i really should spend more time developing that blog. yeesh – haven’t touched it in months.

so, that’s what i’ll be doing…warming up that space again, especially since the next class is scheduled to begin next month. thank goodness for online courses, eh? woo-hoo!

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path to 9/11 – part deux

in part deux, it is apparent that there is balance in criticizing both administrations in the handling of information regarding the Taliban, al Qaeda, how to deal with osama bin laden and the growing fanatic islamic factions. fairness? or simply a continuum of mush for brains?

i think it’s inappropriate to criticize pres. bush for taking 7 minutes time in a classroom of elementary school children before excusing himself (to take care of the serious matter just whispered to him discreetly). i think it’s equally inappropriate to accuse him of ulterior political motive by standing in the rubble at ground zero with a bullhorn. what would you have done?

if you believe the predictions of nostradamus, you would be nodding your head saying – see, he told us so, it’s all coming true. why aren’t we listening?

on one of the evening news shows tonight, can’t remember which one because it wasn’t one i typically watch, the anchor was reading emailed comments. there was one from a woman scoffing at homeland security banning lip gloss carried on board, but not so diligent about what’s in the cargo hold. yes, it’s laughable, but poignant. why aren’t we listening?

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abc’s path to 9/11

after viewing the supposedly, somewhat ‘edited’ first night of it was easy to understand why the democrats, particularly clinton’s divas, were so upset by the content and implied criticisms of his administration’s handling of events and people during an 8-year period leading up to 5 years ago today. who was that actress playing some intelligence officer who broke down and cried about the nairobi embassy bombing? was that just a bit patronizing (even if it really happened, but only the people involved would know). does the portrayal of the administration possessing collective mush for brains hold true? only the people involved would know.

well, does a pretty good job of portraying a hard-nosed FBI agent and the drama is, overall, pretty compelling; and i am going to watch part deux tonight.

go ahead, make my day and tell me what you thought of the ‘non-documentary’ piece.

speaking out

9/11, 5 years later…should ABC cancel their 9/11 ‘Path to 9/11’ docudrama? supposedly based on the 9/11 commission report, would it be worth taking our television viewing time? let’s get real: had our politicians and so-called diplomats possessed anything other than mush for brains, they might have been smart enough to have listened to threats from the fanatic factions to begin with.

distort history? isn’t that what politics is all about? isn’t that what the media does? isn’t that what history textbook publishers do? so, what else is new, eh?

hindsight is always 20/20. however, i lived in the middle east during a troubled time and our powers that be had mush for brains then, too, failing to take seriously any warning signs that we students predicted would escalate into a serious national crisis – that became a several years war.

personally, i think most americans have already forgotten 9/11, particularly those nowhere near ground zero or who were not in some personal way affected. there seems to be a collective ambivalence in this country toward subjects outside of the next pay date or football game. we’re spoiled, we’re coddled and we’re lied to. so, what else is new, eh?

want to feel good about 9/11? go see the nicolas cage movie about the world trade center.

bucky phillips basically a nice guy, so says a long time friend in a tabloid news interview. yeh, right!

lindsay lohan gets her purse back, but not her jewels. why should we care?

sing sing: how many aspiring rock star shows do we need? i get more enjoyment out of watching the geico commercial with the little austin powers guy doing his rap thing than out of rock star supernova, celebrity duets or american idol. i value my eardrums.

we have oil: will the new pool of oil found in the Gulf of Mexico help ease our fears of available supplies? hah – big oil, big price, big bonuses for the execs. so, what else is new, eh?

gunn for president: you know just how pathetically narrow our view of the world has become when tim gunn becomes a household name. heck, i rather like the guy. he has great analytical skills, handles conflict, hugs crybabies, and dresses well – all the qualities of a good politician, eh? and  – he’d be telling the truth about never having had sex with ‘that woman.’ i’d vote for tim gunn over that self-absorbed ny senator, any day, if i were of that party.

natascha kampusch is a teen who wants to shop ’til she drops, while her captor is buried in an unnamed grave after taking his own life. now, that’s a good ending to a terrible story.

crikey! farewell steve irwin. crikey – we’ll miss you!

adolescent gang rape: what the blazes is wrong with kids these days? absolutely appalling – the parents of all the kids involved also need counseling.

sorry suri: i just don’t give a flying leap! you really do look like a robot and your (supposed) father is nuts.

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playing catch up

i’ve been so busy with stuff, the long holiday weekend and reclaiming my space at home, that i’ve missed a few days here! so, let’s hit a few of the top stories of the day…what’s left of it:

andre agassi‘s emotional final moments at the us open even had me choked up, and i was just a tv spectator! as becker said about agassi’s fans, he deserves everything he gets, he has given so much to the game. one could tell agassi was tired and aching. all the same, the two matches he played to get to his third and final round were spectacular. he played some of the best tennis anyone has ever seen, an opinion shared by an admiring john mcenroe. yes, agassi will be missed on the circuit.

among the highlights of his illustrious career:

  • won all four grand slams
  • fifth most career wins
  • most men’s grand slam appearance in the Open
  • seventh most career title in the Open
  • sixteen times in year end atp rankings (tied with jimmy connors)
  • seventeen masters titles
  • 1996 olympic gold medal (his father was an olympic boxer)
  • two men’s team davis cup titles
  • on man ranked in top 10 over 3 decades
  • 21 us open appearances (only one shy of connors’ record)

steve irwin‘s shocking accidental death has the world turned topsy turvy, literally, as all eyes are on australia. he died doing what he loved best, facing the most dangerous creatures on earth in order to teach the world to appreciate them. you thought i was going to say ‘sing,’ now, didn’t you!

katie couric makes her debut as cnn evening anchor. do you think she’s worth all the hype? personally, i’ve always found her rather idiotic.

the new tv season is beginning. what will you be watching? i’m a bit tired of rockstar supernova, myself. i’d rather watch reruns of the current project runway.

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