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October 13, 2005

Evil is a chain, not a single person

I'd like to bring your attention to the sparkling gems that are Bill Maher's New Rules.

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.
There's no doubt that Bill is observant and very funny. But he's at his intelligent best when there's something important to talk about.
Is George Bush purely evil? Of course not. And that's what's so evil about him. He doesn't twirl a mustache and smirk and cackle. Well, he doesn't twirl a mustache. He's like the Peanuts character Pigpen. Wherever he goes, he stirs up such a humongous mess it can only be cleaned up by Halliburton. But he is not pure evil.

Because evil is a chain. Did any one person doom New Orleans? No, it's a chain. People vote for a corrupt leader; a corrupt leader puts unqualified cronies in high places, and when those cronies fuck up, evil gets done. The devil didn't fly up from hell and knock a hole in that levee. The levee just didn't get built because the money for it went to rich people's tax cuts and pork projects and corporate welfare.

Well said. It's so true and so well put, I read it twice because it was so good the first time.

Want more? Check out his latest entry where he comments on Harriet Meir's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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October 01, 2005

What's been going on?

To answer the question, I'll provide a list:

(1) My sabbatical has finally begun. I'm not due to return to work until Monday, November 28th. The time leading up to this was abnormally stressful, and not ONLY because I had tons to do before leaving. I've never been absent from work this length of time and it was difficult to convince myself that everything would be alright while I'm gone. Of course, everything WILL be okay, I have a fabulous lead who is more than capable to take the reigns, and I'm only gone for two months, for crying out loud. You'd think I'd be doing cartwheels out the door on my last day like any normal human being. That was a sign that I needed the time off, but it's hard to recognize that while you're still in the thick of things.

(2) On the Saturday my sabbatical began I started reading as if daylight never existed. My skin is now turning pale, my friends expect I'm out of town, but I can't help myself. It reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode where our hero is a compulsive reader who survived a nuclear apocalypse, found a library intact, but then broke his glasses and couldn't read a single book. I may not have survived a nuclear apocalypse, but I'm damn well not going to let this time go to waste. So far, I've read eaten the following books:
    Shakespeare, by Anthony Burgess
    Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport, by Jennifer Shahade
    Dreams of Iron and Steel, by Deborah Cadbury
    The President of Good and Evil, by Peter Singer
    The Unconscious Civilization, by John Ralston Saul
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain (duh, really?)
...and I'm currently plowing through The Reckoning, The Murder of Christopher Marlowe, by Charles Nicholl.

You might notice that Chess Bitch isn't out yet, it's only available for pre-order from Amazon. Indeed, I'm lucky enough to have received a copy of the pre-published galley from Jennifer (thanks again!) and though I began devouring it like a starved man at a delicious meal, I forced myself to slow down so I could savor the writing. I'll have more to say on that book in a short while.

(3) I redesigned this site. Don't tell me you haven't noticed. Dreamweaver 8 released and I miss being a leader on that team since I switched groups at Macromedia over a year ago. I wanted to find out what's new with the product, and since the previous site was a mild embarrassment, I decided to bring this site's look (at least) into the late 90s. Thanks to Dreamweaver's enhanced CSS features it was easy to go web standards all the way. As of today, the site's still not complete and if you stray from the main page, you're likely to find some pages that simply don't look right. They'll be fixed in a matter of days now while I explore what's new and what's been fixed with this latest release of Dreamweaver.

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