Posts from June 2003

At last

At last
: I’m not a lawyer (thank God) and there are plenty of smart lawyers commenting on the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Texas sodomy laws, but from a moral perspective — Scalia be damned! — is thank God for this decision. The moral decision is to treat people as people and not to discriminate — or worse, for Christ’s sake, prosecute — one group of people because of who they are. I do not buy arguments that say the voters of Texas have some greater right on this matter. By that logic, then Brown v. Board of Education was wrong; by that logic, the racist laws of Southern states and the racist regimes of such governors as George Wallace and Lester Maddox would have gone unchallenged. No, Scalia et al, the moral issue here is not homosexuality; the moral issue is bigotry.

The sun never sets on my empire

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The sun never sets on my empire
: A sample shot from today at the Jersey Shore (exhibiting the fine culinary offerings there), thanks to Beach Blog and the NJ.com Zoom Cam.

If a navel had eyes…

If a navel had eyes…
: Here’s a blog post about blog posts about blog posts. Doc Searls says:

I’m tired of blogging about blogging. I kinda OD’d on it in Boston a couple weeks back, at the bizblog conference there. Fun as it was, a room full of bloggers blogging about blogging, mostly (it seemed to me at the time) for each other, seemed almost a parody of a parody of itself.

Putting it together, bit by bit…

Putting it together, bit by bit…
: Greg Allen is rushing to finish his World Trade Center memorial proposal and struggling with the tools of the trade, as I did.

Must. Learn. To. Photoshop. Properly.

Must. Learn. Illustrator.

Must. Admit. Powerpoint. Is. Not. A. Real. Graphics. Program.

Must. Say, puffy fabric paint and a scanner is easier than learning Form-Z.

Must. Say, I have newfound appreciation for the way artists’ studios accrete materials and tools. You can’t just go out and buy some of that stuff.

Must. Add, that the world of craft supply stores is actually a solar system of tinier worlds: the claymolding world, the tole painting world, the modelmaking world, the balsa world, the cast-and-paint-your-own-doll-head world, the make-your-own-gel-filled-candles-or-soap world. Oh, and the puffy fabric paint world.

I forced myself to finish mine earlier this week. Went to the newly renamed UPS store. The guy was going to wrap it in four boxes and two miles of bubblewrap. Absolutely, I said; it was my baby. A strange and fulfilling (and frustrating) experience, doing this.

Somebody’s been smoking newsprint

Somebody’s been smoking newsprint
: New York Magazine media kvetch Michael Wolff gives a keynote to a Guardian forum on war coverage (!) and accuses U.S. TV networks of “kissing ass” to get relaxed ownership rules.

Wolff put forward what he described as the “semi-conspiracy theory” that major media companies in the US meekly followed the flag-waving agenda of the Bush administration in order to persuade the federal communications commission to change its regulations.

“Ass kissing has gone on to a profound degree. It’s pervasive throughout all these news organisations. They need the FCC to behave in certain ways. In order to do this we have got to go along to get along,” said Wolff…

I dare him to look the war reporters and show producers in the eye and say that. I dare him to tell them that they’re all just a bunch of frigging liars. I dare him to go to the widows and children of the correspondents who lost their lives covering this war and say that they died in vain; worse, they died a lie.

Yeah, he’s grandstanding. But this kind of grandstanding only reduces his own credibility as he questions the credibility of those he criticizes.

I wonder who else spoke at this forum: Fisk? [via IWantMedia]

A boy in Iran

A boy in Iran
: A boy in Iran writes a weblog:

hi

i think i am supposed to write about iran.

but i prefer to write about myself and my world.

that’s the way it is.

u know guys, now i am chatting with my ex-girl friend, laughing at every thing u can imagine in the world, trying to forget all the past and future surounded us.

and here iran’s always been a thing to forget for me, and all the youth like me. if u wanna a happy healthy life here, u should be very strong, and u should be able to forget.

u should forget that ur coutry in ur mind is tied with all the oblivion’s u feel from childhood, all the think u didn’t have, all the hate u feel deep insight, all the lost things u are always searching for….

Bin Laden, road trip

Bin Laden, road trip
: I don’t trust this story but I pass it on fyi: The “Iran Press Service” says bin Laden was in Iran planning his next attack. Methinks someone wants to goad us into invading.

Rhetoric

Rhetoric
: G, the new Baghdad blogger, has a super essay today on the two “channels” Iraqis turn on when talking to others: the reality channel and rhetoric channel, the one used to save your skin during the Saddam regime, the same one used now to talk to Western reporters about the occupation.

So how for god