April 26, 2006

Yahoo Go

Posted in Technology at 5:06 pm by antonello

Good move by Yahoo. This allows Yahoo to use its partnerships, brand name and tech firepower to bring a viable alternative of DVR for free. THat's hot. I wonder who this will attract. Anyone proficient enough to consider integrating their tv and their computer would probably just got for the DVR or have their own solution. Present company excluded.

April 21, 2006

This so isn’t going to work

Posted in Politics, Technology at 4:08 pm by antonello

Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday.

from cnet via boingboing.net 

Seriously?  This is going to enforceable, enforced and do anything to attack the problem it is supposed to address?  Brother, please. 

Chernobyl Brimming With Life

Posted in Random at 10:55 am by antonello

An unexpected twist: 

Amazing how quickly natural environments can bounce back.

April 20, 2006

Mark Schmitt gets there first again!

Posted in Politics at 1:26 pm by antonello

More McCain talk.  Authentic? Fake? Conservative? Liberal

Mark Schmitt gets it just right:

Politicians are aggregations of their instincts, values, and political circumstances and conditions, the pressures put on them and the niches that are available… 

…"[A]uthenticity" is an important political tool in its own right. And voters are malleable as well, supporting a political candidate they view as genuine, even if the candidate’s views differ greatly from their own, as I discovered in New Hampshire in 2000 where some number of independent, socially liberal voters chose to vote for the hot McCain in the Republican primary over Bill Bradley in the Democratic. Likewise, pro-death penalty voters supported Tim Kaine in Virginia because they felt that his opposition was authentically rooted in his religious belief — it actually strengthened his sense of authenticity. But as McCain demonstrates, authenticity is itself a pose, one he adopted and has now discarded.

McCain’s latest move is necessary, if he wants to be president, but it’s awfully daring. Live by the cult of authenticity, perish by the cult of authenticity. 

Via Washington Monthly, where Kevin Drum also has an important 2 cents: 

But Mark is right about the "cult of authenticity." That's been McCain's real bread and butter, and it's tiresome. McCain is no more a straight talker than George Bush, but both are terrific at manipulating our supposedly cynical and world weary media into thinking they're straight talkers. My fervent wish is that McCain's recent pandering to Jerry Falwell will at least disabuse them of this notion and finally earn him the coverage he deserves: that of an ambitious politician willing to work with whatever interest groups it takes to get him elected president. That's the real McCain.

Take that, Julia!

Posted in Criticism, Theater at 11:15 am by antonello

Ben Brantley is one tough mofo to please, but damn can that man boil down his thesis to a couple of punchy sentences.  

In Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain," the existential enigmas and conundrums of faith that always pepper this playwright's work assume a tantalizingly dichotomous form that. … Excuse me, I was talking. What? How is she? How's who? Oh, her. O.K., if you must know, she's stiff with self-consciousness (especially in the first act), only glancingly acquainted with the two characters she plays and so deeply, disturbingly beautiful that you don't want to let her out of your sight. Now can we go back to discussing Mr. Greenberg's play?

Brantley often calls attention to his subjectivity which is a fascinating device for a critic.  Usually a critic hides beneath big 'O' Objectivity.  Brantley uses his bias, acknowledges his preconceptions and then uses this to bolster his objective observations. I don't always agree with him, but I always enjoy reading it.

April 19, 2006

McClennan out

Posted in Politics at 12:33 pm by antonello

The incest runs wild in this administration.  First promoting Portman, Kaplan taking over for Rove as policy director.  Ditching McClellan feels something like shooting the messenger.  The issue for the administration, and has been for a long time, their message and morever their execution.  

April 17, 2006

uterus weekly

Posted in Ha at 3:47 pm by antonello

via panopticist (I'm in a real re-blogging state of mind today). Actual picture forthcoming when wp.com decides not to hate me.

Neal: I’m Grumpy too.

Posted in Ha at 3:40 pm by antonello

Neal Pollack always provides me with chuckles & chortles aplenty.  He's been on a roll in the last several weeks. Here is a fantastic exchange with his son:

Also present at the Blessing Of The Animals [ed note: an event Pollack was attending with his son] were some anti-anti-immigration protesters, who I imagine will propagandize at every non-Republican public event for the next 15 years, until the current generation of bloated white racists is either dead or shitting their pants in various public warehouses for the elderly. Elijah asked me why the people were yelling, and what the signs said.

"They're mad because bad people want them to go away," I said, not knowing how to explain xenophobia to a three-year-old.

"Do you want them to go away?"

"No, I think they're fine."

"You're not a bad person."

"Thank you, son."

"Sometimes you're grumpy, though."

"Yeah, well, so are you."

More of the same

Posted in Politics at 3:34 pm by antonello

via The Washington Note, Field & Stream protests Gail Norton's latest:

The Bush Administration announced last week that the nation is no longer losing wetlands–as long as you consider golf course water hazards to be wetlands.

Really.

Thursday (March 30), Interior Secretary Gale Norton called a press conference to claim our long nightmare of wetlands loss had finally come to an end due to unprecedented gains since 1997 (click hear to read the report she cites). However, she then admitted much of that gain has been in artificially created ponds, such as golf course water hazards and farm impoundments.

The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

Posted in Politics, Technology at 11:05 am by antonello

Via Matthew Yglesias: this looks very interesting. Must get to it. It seems like it may be my sweet spot of interest. From the introduction:

The Emergence of the Networked Information Economy

First, advanced economies have shifted from an economy based on production of physical goods and services (e.g., automobiles and textiles, mining and construction) to an economy centered on the production of information goods and services (e.g., cinema and software, legal representation and financial planning).

Second, advanced economies have shifted from a communications environment relies on an expensive centralized communicator that broadcasts to a wide audience (e.g., radio, television) to an environment that relies on a multitude of cheap processors with high computing capacity that are interconnected with one another (i.e., the Internet).

These two shifts make it possible to lessen the market’s influence over political values. The second shift allows decentralized, non-market production. The first shift means that this new form of production will play a central, rather than periphery role, in advanced economies.

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