Monday, February 09, 2004
TODAY'S LOVE NOTE
A rich man may have many things, a poor man even less, but I have what no man has, and that is your love.
posted by Harvey at 11:25:25 PM permalink HOME
Designer Frank Bielec
turns this dull, drab 10-spot into festive parade of purple that you'll
almost hate to spend! Next, on TLC's "Trading Currency".
posted by Harvey at 11:23:23 PM permalink HOME
BLOGGING IN BLACK AND WHITE
It's sad watching the Dean campaign implode, mostly because I enjoyed
watching the funny monkey caper about. That, and the thrilling
challenge of trying to figure out the phonetic spelling of THE SCREAM.
Other than that, I don't pay much attention to him.
But Dave Winer (the same one, I believe, who I love/hate for creating
the Radio blogging software I use) has all kinds of brilliant,
insightful opinions on the Dean campaign train-wreck.
Reid of PhotoDude, however, in the process of making observations on those opinions, brought up a statistic that fascinated me:
A few small problems with that
"key point." 35-40% of Americans still do not have the easy access to
the Internet that those on Mount Olympus assume is as common as water
out of a tap. Of the 60-65% of American households who do have Internet
access, perhaps (if we're generous) 20% of them know what a weblog is,
or visit one on a regular basis. That works out to about 10% of the US
Entirely coincidentally, Dean has gotten about 10% of the vote nationwide in primaries so far. Go figure.
About a third of America is
Net-less, and about a tenth of this country is even partially clued in
to what a weblog is. Meanwhile, 98.2% of American households have a TV.
It's that simple.
In TV terms, we're in about 1955,
when 2/3 of American households had a TV. The 90% threshold wasn't
crossed until 1965. So I think it's safe to say it will be at least
another Presidential election, or maybe two, before Internet
penetration reaches the point where Dave's statement will be true. Then
we will have reached a point where any citizen has easy access to
alternate information on the Internet.
It's only 1955 in the digital age.
I look in worshipful awe at my cable modem, and my 1GHz processor and
my megapixel digital camera, and the rest of my instant-gratification
digital goodies - the toys that make like such fun - and I realize...
It's only 1955.
It's all just beginning.
What I have now is NOTHING compared to all the cool stuff coming down the pike.
And I shiver in joyous anticipation, because I can't WAIT for the future to get here.
It's. Gonna. Be. Fun.
I wonder what the internet equivalent of color TV will be?
posted by Harvey at 10:55:05 PM permalink HOME
OW! MY NOSE!
If you've ever had sinus-related misery, you NEED to check out Linus' description
over at Pepper of the Earth. It's too carefully crafted to pull an
excerpt that would do it justice, so I'll just say it's less than a
Drink Alert in effect.
posted by Harvey at 10:48:23 PM permalink HOME
I'm finally getting my $5 worth out of Jeffy BigStick's digital camera. In this first picture
he's posted from France, we see the gorgeous blue mountains of...
somewhere... in the distance. In the foreground, we see... well...
dirty buildings & narrow streets.
Fine, I'll just caption it:
In France, everyone stays inside, trembling & cowering, in observance of National Surrender Day.
posted by Harvey at 10:44:02 PM permalink HOME
HI! MY NAME IS...
Confessing to a geek deficiency
when it comes to playing music CD's on her CD-ROM drive, LeeAnn of The
Cheese Stands Alone also made another confession - she names her
computers. The last one was Fred. The current toy is Jean-Baptiste
How weird is that?
Around my house, not very. My computer has the disconcerting habit of
randomly giving no visual input to the monitor on start up. A flick (or
2 or 3) of the ol' on-off switch fixes it right up, but it's still
With that in mind, you'll understand when I tell you that I named mine Mr. Cranky, after the movie reviewer who hates everything. I even have the Mr. Cranky Gagging Ball logo as my desktop wallpaper (single image, centered).
He may be curmudgeonly & irritable, but that computer is the devil
I know, and I'm familiar with most of his quirks, so I put up with him.
Beloved Wife's computer,
on the other hand, was never named, but the word spoken most often in
its presence was DAMMIT!, so maybe I should get it a nametag that says
posted by Harvey at 10:38:24 PM permalink HOME
MEN IN SKIRTS
Pete, guest posting at Jen's History & Stuff, was appalled by the recent story of a protest that took place in New York featuring men who wanted to wear skirts in public. At the end of the rant, he asked:
Does anyone out there know of a man who wants to wear a skirt in public?
Yes, yes I do. When I was going to college in Madison, I delivered
pizza to pay the bills. One of my fellow delivery drivers was a very
friendly, very intelligent young college student who I got along with
very well, despite some of his crazier liberal political leanings. I
will forever owe him an unrepayable debt in that he introduced me to
Babylon 5, and even loaned me all 5 seasons of his bootlegged tapes to
get me hooked. Did the same for Farscape, too.
Great guy. Geeky in a Trek, Macintosh, and RPG kind of way, and loads
of fun to hang around with. His only real quirk was that he liked to
wear skirts. He wasn't gay, and it wasn't a "thrill". It was, as he put
it, "a comfort thing". He was so cool in every other way, that I just
kinda went *shrug* - whatever - on the skirt issue.
The thing is, he wasn't all crazy-militant about it like those freaks
in New York. He was very nonchalant, and if people stared, I don't
think he even noticed.
So, yeah. I say if you want to wear a skirt because it's comfortable,
go right ahead. Just remember that it's only an article of clothing,
not a political statement. Don't lose your perspective.
posted by Harvey at 10:29:53 PM permalink HOME
Dana of Note-It Posts was amused by my commentary on panty lines, and made me her "quote of the day".
Interestingly, in the comments, Tiffany of Blown Fuse had this to say:
Then I guess someone should spill the beans and say that sometimes us
girls stare hard to determine "boxer or briefs?"--it's a very exacting
science, although most men rarely have visible undie lines. Those who
do, well...you know who they are.
Well. I'll. Be. Damned.
Ok, this is news to me. I never suspected my scrawny little hinder ever got a second look, much less a stare. Actually, mine probably never did. So I want to hear from the rest of the ladies... who else has done this?
And just for the record... briefs. Adjust your gaze accordingly.
posted by Harvey at 10:11:04 PM permalink HOME
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