Saturday, June 28, 2003

The Japanitor

The Japanitor:
The Story of the Japanese Janitor

at a blog near you...

Patrick Kennedy Admits to White-Collar Crime

Patrick Kennedy Admits to White-Collar Crime

"I never worked a bleeping day of my life"
"Distressingly little time for sloth or idleness."
- Lord Goring from "An Ideal Husband", Oscar Wilde

Rep. Patrick Kennedy has gone and mentioned the unmentionable...that he (like most white-collar folk) has never worked a bleeping day in his life. And it is hoped that others like him will come forward and admit that they too have coinclined.

Mr. Kennedy was alluding to the obscene tax cut that was recently granted to folks like him...and not to folks unlike him. These others, the actual workers, will get nothing, or close to nothing. But then again, they work, they are used to punishment.

We at Anonymoses applaude Mr. Kennedy's bold admission, and hope others will follow suit, if not follow in suits. Don't plan around it though. I certainly won't. Too much work.

Google News and Media Weblogs

Google News and Media Weblogs
Weblogs Compendium -
Listings of templates, tools, directories, hosting and discussion about weblogs.
Dive into Accessibility -
Presenting tips which can be applied to a weblog template to make it more accessible. Although these concepts apply to all web sites, focus is on implementation using popular weblogging tools.
Blogroots -
Discussion and resource site for webloggers.
Write a Better Weblog -
Article about writing a better blog, by Dennis A. Mahoney.
Mediajunk -
A blog-style site with news of blogging, new media, thin media, Google and other web stuff. Packaged and presented in Michael Heraghty's style.
Photobloggies Awards -
Awards for photoblogs.
MovableBlog -
A blog about the MovableType Personal Publishing System.
WebWOWzer -
Putting the wow in your browser. Websites reviewed.
Weblog Bookwatch -
Links to books that are popular on weblogs. Mainly books about blogging.
An Incomplete History of Weblogs -
Commentary on the early development of weblogs.
The Psychology of Weblogs -
Essays about blogging and the behavior and motivations behind it, from an online psychologist.
Deconstructing "You've Got Blog" -
Reading between the lines of Rebecca Mead's November 2000 New Yorker article on Weblog culture.
Blogging @ Writers Write -
A resource containing blogging news headlines, resources, tools and articles about creating a weblog.
Anatomy of a Blogging Engine -
Article on implementing a content managed blogging engine.
eCriteria Datablog -
Online resource for blogging and web service related resources, tools, article publishing, and group blogging community sign up.
Weblogger User Group -
A user group for and by webloggers (aka bloggers, diary keepers, personal journalists). Busy discussion list.
The Peer-to-Peer Review Project -
Site to encourage interaction by having bloggers review each other's blogs.
Weblog Devel: Homemade Weblog Tools -
There are many tools available to build a weblog (GreyMatter, Moveable Type, and Blogger), but some bloggers still decided to design their own tools. This group is here for those of us who built their own, homemade from scratch.
BlogPromo -
A moderated mailing list for promoting blogs, weblogs, and online journals and diaries.
Blogtech -
List for technical discussion of weblog-related software. All projects are welcome.
Media Coverage of Weblogs -
Collection of links to articles and media coverage regarding Web logs.
Live Journal Review -
A weblog that primarily reviews online journals and weblogs and gives ratings and awards based on categories.
Rewrite -
The search for innovation in newspapers. This blog explores where we've gone wrong and what we're doing right, with an eye toward rewriting the future of newspapers.
All Consuming -
Aggregates books that are mentioned on weblogs and provides insight into what the weblog community is reading at the moment.
Hypergene MediaBlog -
All about participatory journalism: how audiences are changing the future of news and information.
ISSN for Weblogs -
How to sign up your weblog for an International Standard Serial Number, adding it to the standardized worldwide encyclopedia of periodicals.
Blogads -
Blogging about blogonomics, catablogs, thin media, old media, ezines, klogs, blogads.
Microcontent News -
A blog on blogging, micromedia, microads, ezines and self-publishing and corporate blogging. -
Research Professor of Markup Cryptography, University of Blogaria. Help setting up and keeping going for those who blog.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Senator Thurmond is dead

Senator Strom Thurmond is dead.

God rest his soul and heal the hearts of his family.
Although a political opposite in many ways, still,
as they say in China..."Ancient Rare". And should be honored as such.
May angels rest his eyes, and whoosh him home.

Fueling the Recovery

This lovely Charlotte manor shows taste when lighting the night.


...but why is Charlotte lighting the day?

Come to Charlotte. It's a beautiful city in a beautiful state. It is beginning to catch onto the subtleties of night lighting.

My question is: Why light the day?
Travel around Charlotte on any given day, and you will see streetlights just a-pumpin' out the light. And this stuff ain't cheap. It ain't even needed. If it were water, we would have been Venice years ago. Only we'd have motorboats. With NASCAR all over 'em. Just thinkin' about it makes me loosen my grammar. Drop g's an' shit. Even cuss. Dayem!

But I digress. Or will die gressing. Enough already!

So yes. Make 'em shut off the lights. I'm tired of fueling the "recovery"...

Fake Giant Among Real Pygmies


Author, Paul Theroux has a superior brother... Alexander Theroux, the author of "Darconville's Cat" which Anthony Burgess included within his famous 99 best novels.

At any rate, one of my favorite phrases from this phrase-rich oevre is "fake giant among real pygmies"...which I have borrowed, and now give credit where due. A pregnant phrase, really, with much currency...

Here is Dalkey Press' interview of Alexander Theroux:

AT: ...I've always admired stylists. I put the writers of bumphable, ready-to-wear prose, calculated to sell, guaranteed not to shock, in the same category as artists who can't draw. There is a lack of bravery and a lot of fraud in them. I have tried never to write a book that didn't attempt something new in the way of narrative technique. Writing is an assault on cliche. I find little to admire in writers who make no attempt at originality. (I remember, among other things, effortfully working to make the perambulations in London of Roland McGuffey recapitulate the lines of the Union Jack.) It's death commercially, of course, but I knew from the beginning that I was too opinionated, literate, and unconventional to enjoy a widespread reputation. It doesn't bother me in the least. I've always been too busy to make money. I'm among the freest people I know.

SM: You mean that?

AT: In the sense of not needing fame, yes. A psychiatrist once told me, "You're always trying to get out of the world." So? We all have to manage that one day. Maybe I'm only practicing my technique.

SM: Something Darconville shares.

AT: And Marina, in "An Adultery." There is a method, a deliberateness in a way of writing that has its parallel in the way of living. I'm talking about being loyal to your own vision, not living by borrowed apocalypse or polluting your dreams, in life or art, just for success. It's interesting, fashion is the enemy. True style means more than anything a refusal to compromise.

SM: You mean to be true to yourself?

AT: Basically. Write the books you should, be the person you are. I wanted to write a "roman d'analyse," for example, with "An Adultery." A new genre. Plot didn't interest me in the least. Character is plot, anyway. Start delineating a figure--merely describe a person--and he or she will begin to act, do things, go in a particular direction. I set the novel up as a syllogism and purposely wrote balancing rhythmic and arhythmic sentences. I think its rewards come only if you're willing to think, to come to terms with what I set out to question, sort through, analyze. (pause) Nothing there for the Leon Uris crowd--beach readers, military minds, people who flip pages to pass time. I wanted the book to be what it was, no self-promotion, no hook for a publishing scheme. There's a mystical passivity in refusing the entrepreneurial.

SNAILworld: History of the Slow of Head
from the Snail Media series:


In 1995, I wrote a column about the brain-drain from the Snail World to the Web World. People with brains were gravitating to the internet, leaving the slower of head to fill the jobs and places in the Old World of corporate radio, TV, newspapers and such. And as such...the quality of content was systematically diminishing.

Well, not much has changed, trendwise. If one wants to find out what is really going on in the depend on the corporate media is foolhardy, and maybe even dangerous. It is THAT bad. Look at it! Listen to it! That is...if you can stomach all the SUV and pharmaceutical ads...not to mention infantile content and their constant sins of omission.

In 2003, the Internet has become infected with commercialism, and blogs are among the cutting edge of consumption...and production. If you're not being paid to lie...why do it? Indeed, why do it anyway? Surely there is a ring of Hell for those who lie because they are paid to do so. And hanging out in the fire with Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and the like, would not be something I would care to do. The yowling itself would be reason enough to go elsewhere. The licking flames might be a form of mercy.

I'm not the only blogger who thinks Big Media is becoming irrelevant. Here is another take on the matter:


Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
How Paul Wolfowitz is Reaping the Rewards of War

by Anonymoses



Will David Beckham convert to American football?

Will Martha Stewart change her name to Kay Martin?
No, even though she may find herself Goodwill hunting, she will never be k-martin'.

What is the N.E.E.K.C. Foundation?
I think you mean the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Who is Robert Woodjohnson?
I'll give you a wood johnson! It's three names, not two.

Is it true you are writing a book on Clinton called "LBJ"? If so, why?
The book is called "el B.J."...although I may simply call it "Johnson"...since that was the focus of the media during his glorious reign.
The Project Gutenberg Etext of
Thomas Hart Benton's Remarks to the United States Senate
Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share his vision.
Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002): 203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia.

John Kerry + Wesley Clark? Kerry + Wesley Clark?
While I lean more toward Rep. Dennis Kucinich's unabashed liberalism or Gov. Howard Dean's chutzpah, I'm intrigued by Joe Conason's Democratic dream ticket: John Kerry and Wesley Clark. To counter Karl Rove's campaign strategy of casting Bush as a strong "wartime" president, this ticket would pair two progressives who are also highly decorated veterans. Kerry won five Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, then went on to join Vietnam Veterans for Peace; Clark graduated first in his class at West Point, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, and ended his military career as the four-star supreme allied commander of NATO.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Bill Moyers is getting around...
BlogPulse Top Links [BETA] - Automated Trend Discovery for Weblogs 15.This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On.
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Citations (10 of 26) :
Imagine that only one of the Democratic candidates makes it to the top slot. Say John Dean or John Edwards. Maybe even John Kerry. Certainly a John though. There has never been a King Dennis, and so precedence is not cheerleading from the background, adding the winds of history to the sails of the candidacy. It could happen. At any rate, you can imagine it because it will certainly be so. They all can't be president. At least not this time. They have to take turns. Maybe even earn it.

Of course there is the possibility that two will rise, leaving the rest to what? Pack up and go home? Well maybe not. Maybe each can have a vital role in whichever administration takes over the current unpleasantness.

I can imagine, say, a Dean/Edwards ticket, with Kerry as State, Kucinich as Drug Czar, Gephardt as Labor, Braun as Attorney General, General Wesley Clark as Defense, Lieberman as Commerce, Gore as Energy...and Sharpton as the official Merlin, or seer to the President. In such a scenario, a synergy, rather than a competition, would ensue...and together both they and we can restore democracy and help put our country back on healthy soil, heading in a positive direction.

Something to think about...

Monday, June 23, 2003

Wired News: Dems to Vie for Online Votes

"What's revolutionary is that it absolutely negates the role of money," said Fertik, who is working as a consultant for the Kucinich campaign.

"What that means is this is pure democracy at work. This is people choosing the candidate with the best message and the best ideas," he said.

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In the Heat of Play

apostropher: June 2003 Archives 2:06 am
In acknowledgement of the time of this entry, I'll mention this story. Japanese researchers at Akita University School of Medicine published a study indicating that viewing computer monitors at night, particularly bright ones, produces physiological changes that could disrupt the sleep cycle. Interesting enough, if not particularly surprising. But what caught my eye was only mentioned in passing. They had the subjects doing exciting (a shooting game) and boring (addition) tasks on bright and dim displays and collected a range of measurements during the tasks.
Rectal temperature was recorded at two-minute intervals during each task. [...] The rectal temperature decreased during the night in all conditions. The rectal temperature was higher during the exciting task than during the boring one and significantly higher during the tasks with a BD than during the tasks with a DD in the latter half of each task.
Now, I'm not really a gamer; you get much past left, right, fire, and hyperspace and I start to panic. I can add numbers in my head pretty easily. But I have to think my ability at either would be greatly diminished by the distraction of 11 rectal temperature readings in a twenty minute span.
Posted by apostropher at 02:06 AM

Sunday, June 22, 2003

"This is Anonymoses, from whom God hid nothing..."
Anonymoses ponders the issues...
I don't know...I tried to get through the other candidates' letters, but was reminded what David Ogilvy once said, which ALL the candidates should keep in mind:

"You can't BORE someone into buying your product." - David Ogilvy

Senator Edwards tells his usual common man story; the Reverend Al Sharpton all but surrenders and yet throws his vote to whomever is chosen; Lieberman is his arrogant, constipative self...overly possessive of the votes won for Gore in 2000; Kucinich is great and yet...are we ready for a President with bangs? Gephardt sounds like his words were granked out by a machine or a grinder-organ monkey. Braun is not as impressive as she could be either. Hard to get excited about most of them. Dean is the real shiner, although Kucinich is also powerful and saying that which needs to be said. Change the hair though, Dennis. Get a better suit. God I'm shallow!