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July 3, 2007

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Contract Limbo Links

The Bank's HR system has a bug in it, where they can't start my short-term contract until my long-term contract wraps up, and they seem to be having a delay with that. So it's just me and Wallace hanging out right now. Say hello, Wallace.

  • Look, I don't know if the iPhone is good or bad. I suspect that, like most Apple products, it would drive me nuts. Lots of people seem happy with it. All I'm saying is, for any tech product, you should never trust a review written two days after release. There's just not enough time for the new-purchase glow to wear off.

  • Someone has released a chiptunes album on an NES cartridge. Which is all well and good, but I'd be dubbing that off into WAV as soon as I could recover from blowing the dust out of my NES.

  • Here's the thing about this Washington Post article: it's a fact-checker's nightmare.

    At the nadir of his presidency, George W. Bush is looking for answers. One at a time or in small groups, he summons leading authors, historians, philosophers and theologians to the White House to join him in the search.

    Over sodas and sparkling water, he asks his questions: What is the nature of good and evil in the post-Sept. 11 world? What lessons does history have for a president facing the turmoil I'm facing? How will history judge what we've done? Why does the rest of the world seem to hate America? Or is it just me they hate?

    The whole thing is a fluffy, loosely-sourced collection of flattery that largely comes from Republican policymakers and hacks, all of whom seem to be worried sick about the tremendous pressure that Bush faces. He seems to be holding up so well! they marvel. Although the article carefully places all the dots, it does not see fit to connect them: maybe he seems oblivious to his poor perception and his disastrous war not because of his faith or his stubbornness, but because he's truly unconcerned with any of it.

  • The more relevant question, of course, is why the Washington Post felt like using its editorial power to write a puff-piece about how hard it is for poor President Bush, and how well he's doing despite all those inconvenient dead soldiers--not to mention his increasingly fascist legal stances.

  • According to a few of the bassists from the Lowdown, the UK put a smoking ban into place on July 1st. My understanding is that it's similar to DC's. Most people welcome it, but some are up in arms. Why not ban cholesterol, they ask, and Twinkies, and all the other harmful personal choices that someone can make? Which would be a valid point, if your second-hand Twinkie gave me cancer and made me smell funny. Although the Twinkie is a wonderful and many-talented thing, until it can do that there's just no comparison between the two. Smoking bans rock.

  • Virginia speeding tickets have just gotten an upgrade. Fines up to $2,500, and $350 taxes for three years is pretty hefty. I got a ticket on Sunday, actually, and the officer was kind enough to cite me for disobeying a traffic sign instead. The problem with traffic tickets around here, as far as I'm concerned, is that there's a lot of classism in action. When I was researching a story on DWI for NoVA Magazine, the traffic lawyers would come right out and admit that fighting a traffic ticket basically costs more, but wipes your record clean. People who can't afford the lawyer end up losing their driving privileges, which is no fun for someone who's already at the bottom of the employment ladder. I also tend to notice more "residential zone" signs and lower speed limits in wealthy neighborhoods. Must be nice to have the system looking out for your kids. Wallace just has to learn to look both ways.

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