Friday, November 05, 2004

Geekyness


I finally broke down and installed a second monitor for my Laptop. I hate to admit it but I really like it. With the second monitor I can view documentation and code at the same time.

Secondly, today someone turned me on to Google's desktop. It is awsome you've got to try it out.
Brian called it, shit here comes Hillary.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

I Want the Democrats to Win Elections.


Just not these Democrats.

Why they Lost this Election, Pt. I

By royal fiat, I have declared this to be a gloat free zone - but that doesn't stop it from becoming a presumptuous lecturing free zone, either.

Pay attention, you're getting the benfit of a lifelong obsession with Politics:

Lose the Amateurs

Politics is serious business, and is best practiced by seasoned professionals. But every election, the Dems turn to this insane gaggle of pollsters, international financiers, activists, film makers, and blithering idiots. These are not the people you want running your election. Why would you put your endeavour into the hands of somebody with a day job?

Boss Tweed wasn't called that because he run a tight shift at the muffler factory. He ran a political business, and he ran it pretty damn well.

Listen to James Carville and his ilk - they are more concerned with winning elections then they are with their next album, their next movie, their next book or their next cocktail party.

Get out of the Echo Chamber

Admit, once and for all, that the Mainstream Media is solidly in your corner, and is telling you exactly what you *want* to hear. Admit, after the CBS memo scandal, that these turkeys are solidly in your corner.

And they are being ignored in greater numbers every day. Work on alternative media outlets, work on Air America, work on connecting to the audience, not the advertisers and you'll learn some suprising things.

In the early 1990s, new listeners to Rush Limbaugh would say to their friends that "I never knew so many other people felt the way I did." There is an audience out there of Harry Truman Democrats. Find them and you'll start finding elections.

Forget the Kids

High School and college kids are enthusiastic because, well, they are about everything they do. But they have never, ever, been a driving force in the polls. They talk a good game, but they just aren't interested in voting. Never have been, nor will they. Politics is a serious business and, quite frankly, should be left to the grown ups.

And while we're on the subject, parents who have their kids do politicals things - wave signs at airports or give piggy banks of pennies to politicians should be subject to investigation by child and family services. Let kids be kids, for God's sake.

Embrace the Center

This is something that they have been unwilling to do for years. Big money comes from the fringes, but at a cost of advocating for some really silly things.

Ignore the coasts - they're in the bag anyways and if Clinton taught us anything, you can take time off from an election to execute a retard and it won't cost you a single vote in Manhattan or Malibu. Kerry almost got this, but we have now seen more pictures of him with guns then we have any other presidential candidate in recent memory. What failed him was his basic Kerryness - an inability to look authentic doing anything other than being idly rich.

Leadership, not Electability

I'm saying this for like the millionth time this year, but maybe somebody will listen: GOVERNORS win elections these days.

Bush 43, Clinton, Reagan, Carter.

They lack a negative national reputation and actually have to stand for re-election on a more regular basis. They also bring in a host of skills that are remarkably similar to the job that they are asking us to give them. They know about highways, welfare departments, school teachers and natural resource management. Most of all, they know about working with a Legislature.
I'll be posting site for the next week or so with unsolicited advice. Remember - I called this puppy months ago (Okay, I was off by ten states).

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

YEEEEEEE-HAAAAAA!!!!!!


Warner Brothers have finally released Golden Collection, Vol. II. The first volume, while very nice and packed with Bugs and Marvin the Martian, was extremely light on Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn and the variations of Yosemite Sam. This collection contains much more Road Runner and The Bugs' classic What's Opera Doc (Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit . . . ) as well as the uberclassic One Froggy Evening (the talking frog one).

While we are probably living in the new golden age of cartoons - Samurai Jack, Simpsons, Futurama and yes, even Spongebob, it is very important that we teach our children where all this came from.
Gotta go - I'm interviewing at that new concentration camp they're building over at the drive-in. I hope I get the job - I scored very high in yelling and pushing in school, you know.

Monday, November 01, 2004

More on Mr. Bungle


Bungle Fever: "Mr. Bungle was formed in 1985 in Eureka, California. The original line-up included Trevor Dunn on bass, Mike Patton on vocals, Trey Spruance on guitar, and Jed Watts on drums. The band took its name from two short films which appeared in early episodes of the "The Pee Wee Herman Show," in which an ill-mannered, un-hygienic puppet clown demonstrated how good grade-school kids should not behave (only later did band members learn, through Faith No More bassist Bill Gould, that the porn flick "Sharon's Sex Party" also stars a character named Mr. Bungle)."
Listened to it 16 times so far

Andrew Tanenbaum


You can’t get a CS degree in this country w/o working your way through at least one of his books.

Now in other news who is Mr. Bungle and why do I have his/their Aris Moriendi MP3?

Kind of a funky song. I think I might just play it all day long as a counter point to the insanity going in our democratic process.