Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Off to Chicago

I'll be in Chicago for the remainder of the week, handling estate matters. I'll have email...not sure what the status will be of my cell phone since AT&T Wireless seems to be reneging on transferring the number to T-Mobile.

e.p.c. posted this at 21:48 GMT on 1-Jun-2004 .

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Sanctimonious Philistine

Way back in 1993 or so I used sanctimonious philistine in a post to some IBM forum or another, to characterize a fellow employee who'd called my manager to ask for my head because I was allegedly encouraging employees to use this newfangled internet thing. I haven't had a chance or need to use it again, but I need to consider using encephalic slimemold should such opportunity arise again..

e.p.c. posted this at 23:19 GMT on 2-Jun-2004 .

Monday, June 7, 2004

Richard Aldrich: Opening at Oliver Kamm Gallery

Next at Oliver's gallery: Richard Aldrich, from 10 June - 10 July 2004.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:51 GMT on 7-Jun-2004 .

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

The right to set aside law is inherent in the president

Quoting from Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall which in turn quotes from The Wall Street Journal: Pentagon Report Set Framework For Use of Torture
To protect subordinates should they be charged with torture, the memo advised that Mr. Bush issue a presidential directive or other writing that could serve as evidence, since authority to set aside the laws is inherent in the president."
So the right to set aside law is inherent in the president. That claim alone should stop everyone in their tracks and prompt a serious consideration of the safety of the American republic under this president. It is the very definition of a constitutional monarchy, let alone a constitutional republic, that the law is superior to the executive, not the other way around. This is the essence of what the rule of law means -- a government of laws, not men, and all that.

This is but one of the many reasons I will vote for John Kerry in the 2004 election.

e.p.c. posted this at 09:58 GMT on 8-Jun-2004 .

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Iraq has spiraled into a dark place, much worse than where it was a year ago during the war

Excerpted from Back to Iraq 3.0, Chris Allbritton writing about the announcement of the Iraqi interim government:
No one knew who was in charge. The Iraqis, inexperienced at managing the logistics of the day, were overwhelmed. The CPA people just wanted to get the hell out of there. There were attacks throughout the day. The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps troops were merely window dressing, with the real security provided by beefy South Africans private contractors. U.S. troops hung around getting in everyone’s way.

e.p.c. posted this at 10:36 GMT on 9-Jun-2004 .

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.

John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.: Perhaps most telling is the way Mr. Ashcroft responds to criticism of his performance. His first move is always to withhold the evidence. Then he tries to change the subject by making a dramatic announcement of a terrorist threat.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:47 GMT on 15-Jun-2004 .

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Software update: Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has been updated...Firefox is a free, open-source web browser based on Netscape. It's smaller, faster, and more standards-compliant than Microsoft Internet Explorer. I use it on both my Mac and PC, and have made it the default browser on my PC. It's probably too big to download over dialup (about 5Mb) but definitely worth it if you are at all tired of MSIE's various and sundry problems. This latest version of Firefox is still a beta, but the last beta was quite stable and this is likely to be the last version before the package is stablized for version 1.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:16 GMT on 16-Jun-2004 .

This won't hurt much

On the torture/abuse issue, Terry Jones writes: Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | This won't hurt much If your intention is to extract information, you cannot be accused of torture.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:58 GMT on 16-Jun-2004 .

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Spent the weekend in Amagansett. Managed to do very little other than read a book and watch teh dogs chase each other aronud the yard (look for updated Coco/Frisket pix on frisket.org within the next day).

We ate dinner last night and brunch this morning at Planet Bliss on Shelter Island. I had a chicken-risotto-beets combo, Lisa had some sort of shellfish item. Brunch this morning was ablueberry pancakes and a ham-swiss-scallion omelette.

We drove back down the North Fork, taking the North Ferry from Shelter Island Heights to Greenport. The drive back seemed very fast, maybe 2 hours max, but we left early to avoid traffic from the US Open at Shinnecock.

e.p.c. posted this at 16:48 GMT on 20-Jun-2004 .

Monday, June 21, 2004


torrentocracy ... combining RSS, BitTorrent and PVRs. I've been waiting for Tivo to open up the Series 2 a bit and allow us to play MPEG video from our home a/v server (you know, of our dog, not pirated movies of course).

e.p.c. posted this at 20:21 GMT on 21-Jun-2004 .

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Noonday in the Shade

In The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Noonday in the Shade, Paul Krugman writes:
In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot. In the small town of Noonday, Tex., F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs and a chemical weapon — a cyanide bomb — big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building.
More important, is Mr. Ashcroft neglecting real threats to the public because of his ideological biases?
The discovery of the Texas cyanide bomb should have served as a wake-up call: 9/11 has focused our attention on the threat from Islamic radicals, but murderous right-wing fanatics are still out there. The concerns of the Justice Department, however, appear to lie elsewhere. Two weeks ago a representative of the F.B.I. appealed to an industry group for help in combating what, he told the audience, the F.B.I. regards as the country's leading domestic terrorist threat: ecological and animal rights extremists.

e.p.c. posted this at 15:39 GMT on 22-Jun-2004 .

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Florida to Tax Home Networks

Wired News: Florida to Tax Home Networks
The tax language is so broad that virtually any communication technologies in your home or office could be subject to this tax, said Chris Hart, spokesman for ITFlorida, a not-for-profit industry organization for the state's technology professionals. It's difficult to imagine a more anti-technology, anti-business tax. It directly attacks the efficient use of information technology.

e.p.c. posted this at 16:50 GMT on 24-Jun-2004 .

CD Blowout

I went on a CD shopping frenzy at the Union Square Virgin Megastore today. They are having a 3 for $25 sale and it's a surprisingly good mix of CDs on sale (usually it's a mix of the best hits of a 70s cover band).

I picked up:

Am ripping them now to the iTunes RAID array I set up.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:35 GMT on 24-Jun-2004 .

Monday, June 28, 2004

On the road again

Flying back to Chicago tomorrow morning for three days of estate management fun.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:24 GMT on 28-Jun-2004 .

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

In D.G again

I'm back in Downers Grove, IL again until Thursday the 1st. I've already discovered that attempting to contract a mover to move stuff is going to be a challenge as I have just enough stuff to move to be possibly too much for the small items movers, but too little stuff for the big boys like Mayflower or Allied.

e.p.c. posted this at 18:36 GMT on 29-Jun-2004 .

Drunk, one-armed Texan destroys 19 cars.

Drunk, one-armed Texan destroys 19 cars.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:24 GMT on 29-Jun-2004 .

Slightly acerbic and eccentric dog walker who masquerades as a web developer and occasional CTO.

Spent five years running the technology side of the circus known as www.ibm.com.

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