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Wed 16 Jun 2004

A disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog do not represent those of Ken Jennings. His political views shall remain a mystery, although I'm grateful he disagrees with William Shakespeare, desiring instead to do in the businessmen. A mixed reference to Lenin and Douglas Adams, perhaps? Hey, when I read it, I laughed. But then, I've read Adams.
Posted just before bed (dang, gotta quit staying up so late)/politics ]

So, did you know that thousands of Iranians are crossing the border into Iraq? Neither did I, until now. Wonder if they're all there to fight for Al Sadr. Some probably are, but I doubt that it's a majority. But hey -- what the heck do I know?

Via Vinod, who I should probably blogroll. (If a link is created on a blog nobody reads, does anybody -- including the blog author -- care? What if the blog author himself doesn't care if his blog is read? Oh, the philosophical conundrums!)
Posted in the evening/politics ]

Bought some Big Macs the other day, so I decided to try out the Sony music download store, since hey, it's free. Their software requires 400 megs.

400 megs.

That's more than the hard drive on my first computer (and don't play the, oh, on my IBM XT I only had 5 megs! I know, OK, I know.) They need 400,000,000 characters, or 3,200,000,000 pieces of information (loosely defining a bit as a piece of information, admittedly), just to let me use their stupid software. Not only that, but they insist I install it on my primary drive; no option to put it on d: or e:. You just know that most of that 400 megs is probably little promotional pictures of teeny-boppers with their ipod-lookalike thingies (can't have ipods themselves, they don't play WindowsMedia! But we'll do our best to fool all the gullible people out there...) (And don't bother telling me that ipods do play WindowsMedia. They probably will, eventually.) Well. So, do I uninstall something just so I can make obeisance to Sony and their demand for 400 megs? Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 is only 100 megs, and that'll let you do just about anything you want office-wise. OpenOffice.org is 150 megs. Granted, the kings of bloatware -- MS -- most recent office product weighs in at 500 megs, which would give me more than enough room. Do I dare get rid of the standard? hmm...

Yesterday I tried downloading it in Lynx on my ancient Dell Pentium 90 laptop. Exercise in futility, I know, especially since that thing doesn't even have a sound card (so I can't really blame Sony that it won't play music ;) but I just wanted an excuse to rant. Luckily, I found something better to rant about...
Posted in the morning./computers ]

Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

News
instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
reddit
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Highbrow
Arts & Letters Daily
Lowbrow
Fark

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Humor
Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Lessig
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Amygdala
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Neyer
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff
Greenspun
Doc

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Slashdot
Yahoo Money
Ubid
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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