Archive: December 2002

Airport Security: A Keystone Kops Production (December 31, 2002)

So I’m flying back to Washington, DC from Dayton, OH this evening after a nice, relaxing winter holiday, and when I arrive at the Dayton airport, I’m greeted with a bit of a surprise: they’ve got a new process for screening bags that you’re going to check in. Apparently the old way — handing the […]

Farewell to an Old Friend (December 19, 2002)

Well, I had a bit of excitement tonight! I was on the way home from my company‘s annual Christmas party, trying to turn left out of a small access road onto a state route, and was promptly hit at high speed by a woman who was driving without her lights on. In the dark. While […]

Rumsfeld: Federal Propaganda Arm Not Quite Dead Yet (December 18, 2002)

Anyone remember the Office of Strategic Influence? It was an idea floated by Donald Rumsfeld for an agency within the Pentagon whose express purpose would be to feed misinformation and propaganda to the press and populations of countries we didn’t like. When the public erupted in outrage over this little idea, Rumsfeld quickly backed down […]

Less Filling, Tastes Great (December 17, 2002)

Apparently for guys, having a light beer isn’t quite as socially acceptable in Australia as it is here in the States…

Making Connections (December 16, 2002)

Tara Sue Grubb has a great bit on her blog about getting involved with a local group attempting to build connections in her community. She suggested that they put together a Web site that the community could work on collaboratively — a real collective Web presence. She was, of course, immediately shot down (seems to […]

Ant’s Eye View Launches (December 16, 2002)

Here’s some Monday news for you… I’m proud to officially announce the launch of Ant’s Eye View, my new site covering what I’ve termed “anthill communities”. What are anthill communities? They are communities of purpose, where each person does a little bit of work toward a common goal, and together the group reaps benefits that […]

The Aqua Teens: Fighting for You! (December 16, 2002)

What could be funnier than the continuing adventures of an extra-large milkshake, a flying sack of French fries, and a talking meatball? Nothing! NOTHING, I tell you! Aqua Teen Hunger Force: #1 in the hood, y’all.

Drip, Drip, Drip (December 13, 2002)

More on the ever-widening Trent Lott story… First up, looks like even the President is condemning him now. Finally, something that George W. Bush and I can agree on! Also — and more interesting — Time has unearthed a story from Lott’s college years about him working to keep blacks out of his fraternity while […]

Krauthammer Piles On (December 12, 2002)

When it comes to people’s political opinions, the ones I value the least are the ones that are the most clearly knee-jerk. You know what I mean; the people who can be counted on to reflexively support Republicans or Democrats (or, more generally, the right or the left) just out of ideological affinity. For example, […]

Mozilla’s Hidden Preferences (December 11, 2002)

I’ve been meaning to post this one for a long time: If you use Mozilla (or a Moz-based browser like Netscape, Chimera, K-Meleon, etc.), you know how much control it gives you over the way it works. For most things, you can set them however you like in the Preferences control panel. There are some […]

Lott Backs Down (December 10, 2002)

A follow-up to my previous item about the bigoted remarks Sen. Trent Lott recently made: Well, it looks like Lott has finally apologized, even if grudgingly so. ‘Bout time, Trent.

Back to the Cotton Fields (December 9, 2002)

I’m a little surprised this isn’t getting more press — it certainly would seem to deserve it: As you may or may not already know, senatorial fossil Strom Thurmond (R-SC) turned a sprightly 100 years old last week. Thankfully ol’ Strom is (finally) stepping down from his Senate seat, so while D.C. was shut down […]

Speaking of Kissinger and 9/11 (December 6, 2002)

This is a RIOT: Get Your War On takes on Henry Kissinger “So, Henry Kissinger is in charge of the 9/11 probe! That’s like putting Robert Mugabe in charge of the Department of Agriculture.” That’s the best summary of the situation I’ve heard yet…

Keeping An Eye on the Hill (December 5, 2002)

Over on her blog, Jen Klyse is working out an interesting idea — a way to pipe all official information about the activities of our elected officials out to citizens via Web syndication formats like RSS. This is something that, if done right, could really change the democratic process — imagine being able to tell […]

A Serious Observation on the State of the World (December 4, 2002)

So last night I was watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central (possibly the funniest show on television), and their interview guest was Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine. As Stewart and vanden Heuvel discussed the state of the left in American politics, the coming war with Iraq, and other […]

Henry Sez, “Trust Me” (December 3, 2002)

OK, this is more than a little unbelievable. As you may know, many people have been calling for a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to our disastrous unpreparedness for the 9/11 attacks. And as you may also know, President Bush has been fighting tooth and nail to keep such an investigation from happening. […]

Mozilla 1.2.1 Out (December 3, 2002)

Looks like the folks at the Mozilla Project really got on the stick after the botched release of Mozilla 1.2 — they’ve just rolled out Mozilla 1.2.1, which incorporates a fix for the DHTML bug that plagued 1.2. Let’s see… 1.2 released on Wednesday, bug disclosed and download pulled on Friday, bug fixed and new […]