Thursday, July 12, 2012

Frog Redux


This is the sort of stuff that I'm opposed too and the reason why I distrust 'journalists' in general.

How many progressives? What makes the person a progressive? If over 50 percent of the population (of the US) why do they believe this?

No, durr, it's Twitter, I can't post all that every time. No, you know what I mean, COME ON!

Show your work.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

There's a frog in my throat

This was my lone unfinished post. I don't remember why I didn't finish it, but I'll attempt to fill in the unwritten/unknown to 2008 me parts. Original at the end of the post.
One tip for any blogger.

Never use "we."

Sport blogs, political blogs, any type of blog. Because I used to be somewhat political, I'll use the political blog as an example.

A blog I read (I don't remember which, but there are many still guilty of this) used the term "we" to describe his/her preferential candidate. I know it might be difficult to remain sterile and unattached, because if you are the people you are writing for will likewise become unattached, but that's why you need to "wow" them with something. I feel, then and now, that blogs just fill their space with statistics and hamfisted half truths without remembering why (or never knowing in the first place) they are writing the blog.

"We" can mean many things, like he/she has donated to the campaign, volunteered, just want it to feel like everyone's in the "group" and the list goes on. But there is no we. It's only the person running for that office. It isn't the ideas or ideals that are put out for the public to vote on. You can't know what 'we' want. You can't say because I'm not one of 'we' I wouldn't understand. Try me. Not with bombastic language, but with critical thinking. Don't pander to unknown 'we'. Show your work.

Another point is the use of terms that leave the reader with a certain feeling without having the proper context behind it. Fascist. Democracy. Muslim. American. Us v Them. The list goes on. I think I know what the writer is trying to convey, but am not entirely sure. Does the writer believe we're actually becoming less of a democracy? Does the writer even know how this country works? Does the writer actually think that exaggerating his/her claim will sway people?

I don't know. That's probably why I want[ed] 'The Newsroom' to succeed.

Democracy is dead.



One tip for any blogger.

Never use "we."

Sport blogs, political blogs, any type of blog. Because I'm somewhat political, I'll use the political blog as an example.

A blog I read used the term "we" to describe his/her preferential candidate. It is a point if you remain sterile and unattached the people you are writing for will likewise become unattached, but that's why you need to "wow" them what something.

"We" can mean many things, like he/she has donated to the campaign, volunteered, just want it to feel like everyone's in the "group" and the list goes on. But there is no we. It's only the person running for that office. He/she could do anything they feel like

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Newsroom

I really want to like The Newsroom.

I'm not saying I hate 'The Newsroom', but maybe I'm at that point in my life where I need more. I can tell you exactly what I need more of. What to do about the underlying problems with news. Network news, cable news, internet news, newspaper news and so forth.

I'm not expecting, in the pilot episode no less, to be guided by pulling my ear to the solution, however, not just a bunch of tropes that Sorkin perfected. We'll get a lot more before the show ends its run. I wanted, and still want mind you, solutions to the problems. Not social ones like the Deepwater Horizon fallout or the archaic Arizona immigration law, but what's wrong with newsrooms or the news in general and how to fix it.

If 'The West Wing' were to come out today I'd probably watch a season or two then quit. Not just because it became glorified Democrat-in-a-near-perfect universe, but because the problems it faced were unrealistic. Unrealistic? TV isn't supposed to be realistic you say. I agree.

This has more to do with people making it out to be more than what it is than Sorkin's vision, what we've seen of it so far, for the show. It's paint-by-the-numbers Sorkin. A lot of talking, some of it needless, relationship woes, romantic and otherwise, and a splash of realism to make the critics gush with enthusiasm for the project.

I don't hate Sorkin's vision, I'm just bored with it. I was excited too. But cautiously excited and after two episodes I feel like I've seen this before. On 'The West Wing'. On 'Sports Night'. On 'Studio 60'. I mean Will McAvoy is a carbon copy of Harriet Hayes. Conservatism, yay! Social conservatism, boo.

I'll probably watch 'The Newsroom' for a season then stop and that's sad because I had high hopes for this program.

Monday, December 21, 2009

One. One Year. Ha Ha Ha.

A lot has happened and almost none of it positive.  So here are my New Years Resolutions:

Write more.

I actually started writing more this year. Although it's still pretty few and in-between when I write. I started a dream journal - which was good for a week and then I got into the same old routine of saying "later" and forgetting the dream. I've seldom written in my normal journal, but there is a big chunk of about 4 years where I didn't. So this is a positive sign.

Read more.

I think I got though two books. I need to read more. I'm going to reread "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in the coming weeks. I listened to the radio plays and re-watched the TV series and movie this week. To put an exclamation point on it I'm going to finish the last part.

Do unfinished tasks.

Knitting. Calligraphy. Programming. Drawing. HTML/CSS. I've had an ungodly amount of free time and not started one of them. That needs to change.

... and learn a language.

Hopefully I'll blog more too.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Back; gone. What's the difference.

* taps fingers on Wacom tablet *

I spent 150 bucks on a 9X11 Intros 2 about 3-4 months ago. It isn't a purchase that I regret totally, but I'm having problems sitting down and drawing anything on it. I fully INTEND to draw on it, yet I don't.

I was away for a month. I didn't achieve anything that I wished to achieve. Sort of the story of my life. Like school, I fully INTEND to go in there and make straight A's. I could. I'm not stupid. I know how the game is played. But for some reason I don't. Usually by the end of the semester I'm gasping for grades that will keep my head above water. Motivation I guess.

I've had library books for way past the due date. I fully intended (no CAPs, got to change it up) to read them. I can't bring myself to actually read them. I'm like a guy who has thousands of books and never reads them. Are you a collector? Yes. Why? Pretty, pretty books. What? Have you looked at my cars, they go VROOM.


Post upcoming.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dogs; What they have to do with politics

Scientists (social, natural and the like) stretch for meaning with anything. It's what they are supposed to do mind you, but especially with social scientists they tend to get things wrong with that stretch for meaning with two totally different things.

Here's my attempt to be wrong.

Max was the son of Sweat-Pea and Bogey.

He was a happy go lucky type of dog. Sweat-Pea was more the cuddler and Bogey... well he was mean. He wasn't always mean, he was always a bit skiddish but he was basically non-mean. Until he choked on a piece of cheese. He almost died and that changed his demenor a tad. He was still Bogey, but now he was skiddish with mean. I guess almost choking does that to beings.

Max got beat up by his old man until he was one or two. Even after he outweighed Boggy (because Max was in a litter of one) and was an inch or two taller still Bogey would terrorize Max mercilessly. Until Max thought to himself, hey I'm bigger than Bogey - I'll just beat him up for a change. This went on until Max died. Bogey always seemed to be the aggressor. Bogey has mellowed out considerably since his sons death, but I guess having no one to growl at continuously sort of makes beings seem more controlled. Makes me think Bogey's meanness was all a dominance game (that he almost always lost).

What does that have to do with politics?

This is where I stretch. The United States is Bogey. Always growling and getting into fights it can't possibly win. Can it win? Sure, but it lacks the basic knowledge (or care) of how to win the fight. It will never learn that you need to temper your response to the situation so that you come out ahead and the other party comes out ahead.

Anyhow, Max was a great dog. I still go out into the garage expecting to have him jump on me and lick my face for what seemed like forever. I never got that with Sweat-pea or Bogey. He will be missed greatly in my heart.

And with that I'm going to leave the web for a month to get my orders straightened out. I have been spinning my wheels on the internet for way to long. I'll start posting more regularly when I come back. Probably not.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Where are all my people?

I've started to become more proactive in hunting for people on the internet.

My Trillian contact lists once stood as a shining beacon of wasteable time, now sits as a withered remnant for its once former glory. So not to bog down this entry with a bunch of needless facts I'll just say around 2004 I stopped adding people. I stopped looking for people. My list wasn't that populated either, I had about 20 people to which 8 or 9 I spoke regularly.

As the years wore on I deleted the people who were never on line anymore and the contact lists grew smaller and smaller until this year only 3 people remained. A friend from uni that I talk to once a month, a girl from round' abouts Chicago that rarely comes on anymore, and a girl from England a started talking to before I went over there on my Cambridge excursion.


The only problem is every instant message service has a crappy search for feature. I've found a few unaffiliated sites that have searches that are better, but you have to join.

The ICQ (my first messager, and has been unpopulated the longest) is probably the best one - but either it's bogged down by spammers or most of the people aren't there. AIM and MSN you can search, but there is no online/offline option and they are pretty much clusterfucks (AIM being the better of the two). And Yahoo. It says there is a look up area, but there isn't a lookup area. You are pretty much better off just looking in the other three.

So, does anyone know any good search engines for IMers?

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Friday, June 20, 2008

I don't read

That is a bit misleading. I read all the time. I read websites and articles and school textbooks (sometimes). The greater brunt of my reading comes from the web.

I don't read books. That's better. There is no reason for me not to read books. In fact I should have learned four languages, how to play the piano, draw like Leonardo and look like Brock Samson by now with the abundance of free time I have (and a few other things, like now I'm "in" to calligraphy).

But I don't.

I renewed interest in getting books from the library and not reading them... the two books I've checked out the most and I would like to read are Catch-22 and Don Quixote.

One day.

I have done something though. Something most commonly unlike me. I've read a book. In 2004ish I started reading Wil Wheaton's temp website and I saw that he put a out a few books that I wanted to read - Just a Geek in particular. I didn't want to buy it and I couldn't find a torrent of it so I went to the original warez site, the library. No dice. It was probably in one of the state wide catalogs, but I didn't have the patience to look though all of them.

So there it sat in my personal want to read list. Until a month ago.

I joined the city library because I thought (and they were) they would have access to more books. I've put orders out for a lot of books, Ancient Greek, Latin, webcomics, bunch of others. I remembered that I'd wanted Just a Geek and low and behold there it was in some other library. Needless to say I also checked my old library, andtheyhaditsoicheckeditoutthereinstead.

I had a lot of books to be read and I wasn't reading them. Last week rolls up and I start reading. It took until yesterday to finish, but I am proud of myself. One down...

... oh, the book sort of sucked.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Here we go again

The 2008 elections are shaping up to be a huge let-down for the Democrats.

In 2004 even though the historic precedent sided against the Democrats they felt they could take the presidency. Bush was unpopular and the Congress wasn't accomplishing much. The left-wing blogs were abuzz with the Democrats chance to take back the White House. We all know how that ended.

Fast-forward to now.

The Democrats have a historic chance to sweep into the Congress (more-so than they did in 2006) and Bush is as unpopular as ever with approval ratings being south of 50% for much of his second term. Left-leaning blogs are abuzz with Obama's message of "change" and McCain's inability to distance himself from Bush's failed policies.

Even with all of the "indicators" showing that this election season will be monumental for the Democrats, I plead with them and the left leaning blogs to err on the side of caution. We've been down this road before and it promises to be every bit as ugly as 2000 and 2004.

Indicators like polls. Around this time in the 2004 elections Kerry was up 5-8 points in the national polling. Gore was actually down in the days leading up to the 2000 election. Polls are a decent indicator of what is happening at that moment. A snapshot of time. Between now and election day though, they are pretty much worthless to anyone involved in a campaign.

Aura of inevitability.

People, blogs, whoever will say they aren't saying their candidate/party will win in 2008. But, they are in the very fact that "glow" about their candidates positives and dwell on the other candidates negatives. The smaller blogs I can see, but the bigger blogs (Powerline, DailyKos, Huffington Post, Drudge Report - to name a few) I believe have a duty to call it down the middle. Not go for the common lowest denominator. They don't have to run towards the center, they just have to be fair in their reporting/editorializing.

Why Al Franken is looked over and Ann Coulter is demonized in books is not because of their politics. It's because Coulter makes things up and Franken (usually) fact checks. Extensively.

I just ask, please, don't get ahead of yourselves in naming a president either directly or indirectly before hand.

You never know who will be president-elect November 5th.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


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