Posts from December 21, 2002

Rabid redux: A Time/CNN poll

Rabid redux
: A Time/CNN poll says Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic pack for President.

Maybe just name recognition.

Or maybe people really do respect the Clinton dynasty.

And maybe they wish she had reformed f’ing health care.

The Blook is in! The

The Blook is in! The Blook is in!
: Just got my copy of Tony Pierce’s Blook — the book begat by his blog — with a few other Merry Christmas goodies in the box (thank you, Tony).

I opened at random to one of my favorite posts from way back last spring, the tale of the nosey neighbor, a story on a page (as it turns out in print) that could turn into a novel or maybe a sitcom; it’s dense like a fruitcake but one you’d actually like to eat.

I’m looking forward to reading more and more.

(By the way, Tony is terribly generous, giving me a thank-you on page 2 for inventing the title.)

Order your Blook now.

FREE SEX (well, one out

FREE SEX (well, one out of two ain’t bad)
: Glenn Reynolds quotes blogger Acidman, who finds the fit of begging after Andrew Sullivan’s successful hat-passing, to be unseemly, turning bloggers into squeegee men and homeless pundits. Agree.

Glenn says he has a decent day job with a passable paycheck and so he won’t beg or charge for his good services. Agree.

I love doing this (that must be why I keep doing it, even when I should be starting to write a book or something useful). I have a day job. I’m no good at sales or begging. So this, too stays free. I take the Glenn Reynolds free pledge.

Oink: I usually leave this

Oink
: I usually leave this turf to LittleGreenFootballs, but I still couldn’t resist this excerpt from a report on Saudi education at Memri:

A textbook for 8th grade students explains why Jews and Christians were cursed by Allah and turned into apes and pigs.Quoting Surat Al-Maida, Verse 60, the lesson explains that Jews and Christians have sinned by accepting polytheism and therefore incurred Allah’s wrath.To punish them, Allah has turned them into apes and pigs.

The Two Towers: Part III:

The Two Towers: Part III
: David Galbraith, a real architect (and smart guy) says of the WTC designs:

The bad news: they are all either mediocre or unbuildable.

The good news: the architects themselves are not all mediocre and the eventual buildings will be nothing like the original competition entries.