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Re: The "not by judicial decree" argument - Oddly enough, just today I read some short-but-nicely-put observations on that subject, basically noting that things like desegregation and the rights of interracial couples to marry were also products not of majority vote, but of court decisions. Here's the most succinct snippet: "The rights of minorities aren't subject to extinction by the majority's fiat." Link’s here.
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Re: The "not by judicial decree" argument - Oddly enough, just today I read some short-but-nicely-put observations on that subject, basically noting that things like desegregation and the rights of interracial couples to marry were also products not of majority vote, but of court decisions. Here's the most succinct snippet: "The rights of minorities aren't subject to extinction by the majority's fiat." Link’s here.
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This was a favorite when I did college radio. Thanks for the flashback. (Also, it reminds me of the last and best April Fools' Day prank I ever played on my dad - calling him from school and saying I was, in fact, in jail.)
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2008 on I LIKE IT HERE IT'S NICE at WWdN: In Exile
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This was a favorite when I did college radio. Thanks for the flashback. (Also, it reminds me of the last and best April Fools' Day prank I ever played on my dad - calling him from school and saying I was, in fact, in jail.)
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2008 on I LIKE IT HERE IT'S NICE at WWdN: In Exile
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"To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad." - J. Handey
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2008 on plan b at WWdN: In Exile
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"To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad." - J. Handey
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2008 on plan b at WWdN: In Exile
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My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000: I bought it for $10 plus a D&D module ("The Lost City", I think?)that I'd already played. What little "programming" I did was on that thing - my greatest accomplishment was a text adventure called "Dungeons of the Whe-Wha." We eventually got a Commodore 64, but honestly, that was all about the video games. These days, through a bizarre set of circumstances, I sit in the same room in almost the same spot where I was introduced to "Zork" on my neighbor's Atari 800 computer. (Thanks for the little shout-out, too, Wil - Glad you enjoyed the read. Now I feel like I want to write & revisit my 1980s video games & computers.)
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2008 on have you played atari today? at WWdN: In Exile
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My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000: I bought it for $10 plus a D&D module ("The Lost City", I think?)that I'd already played. What little "programming" I did was on that thing - my greatest accomplishment was a text adventure called "Dungeons of the Whe-Wha." We eventually got a Commodore 64, but honestly, that was all about the video games. These days, through a bizarre set of circumstances, I sit in the same room in almost the same spot where I was introduced to "Zork" on my neighbor's Atari 800 computer. (Thanks for the little shout-out, too, Wil - Glad you enjoyed the read. Now I feel like I want to write & revisit my 1980s video games & computers.)
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2008 on have you played atari today? at WWdN: In Exile
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I just finished "Ghost Brigades" and could hardly put the damn thing down. I've already started Tobias Buckell's "Crystal Rain," but it's taking some serious willpower not to interrupt myself and go back to the library and get "Last Colony."
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2008 on scalzi's new book is out at WWdN: In Exile
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I just finished "Ghost Brigades" and could hardly put the damn thing down. I've already started Tobias Buckell's "Crystal Rain," but it's taking some serious willpower not to interrupt myself and go back to the library and get "Last Colony."
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2008 on scalzi's new book is out at WWdN: In Exile
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I remember UPGRADING to a 28.8 modem and thinking I was quite the hot rodder: my machine was absolutely s-s-s-smoking! (And yes, it's scary how many people don't understand some of these issues and what they really indicate beyond the "aren't they gullible goofballs" jokes.)
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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I remember UPGRADING to a 28.8 modem and thinking I was quite the hot rodder: my machine was absolutely s-s-s-smoking! (And yes, it's scary how many people don't understand some of these issues and what they really indicate beyond the "aren't they gullible goofballs" jokes.)
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2008 on the ghosts in the machine at WWdN: In Exile
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My daughter (11) and I have shared a lot of books in read-aloud form, but it's only been this spring and summer that we've done the "Hey-I-read-this-now-you-read-it" thing - nothing heavy: Jeff Smith's "Bone" series - and it made the reading that much more enjoyable.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2008 on in which a book builds a bridge at WWdN: In Exile
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My daughter (11) and I have shared a lot of books in read-aloud form, but it's only been this spring and summer that we've done the "Hey-I-read-this-now-you-read-it" thing - nothing heavy: Jeff Smith's "Bone" series - and it made the reading that much more enjoyable.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2008 on in which a book builds a bridge at WWdN: In Exile
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Sharing the sympathy, both for the huttboles you had to deal with and for the fact that Synchronicity II wasn't on the setlist - it's my all-time favorite as well, and I would've paid just to hear them play that one song, because it was phenomenal, as was their inclusion of a supercool version of "Walking in Your Footsteps." (On the other hand, you got Elvis Freaking Costello. Here in Cleveland we got "Fiction Plane." Yeah, Sting's kid's band.)
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Sharing the sympathy, both for the huttboles you had to deal with and for the fact that Synchronicity II wasn't on the setlist - it's my all-time favorite as well, and I would've paid just to hear them play that one song, because it was phenomenal, as was their inclusion of a supercool version of "Walking in Your Footsteps." (On the other hand, you got Elvis Freaking Costello. Here in Cleveland we got "Fiction Plane." Yeah, Sting's kid's band.)
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Now Moving in Stereo's stuck in my head. And for several reasons, this is NOT a good distraction at work...
Toggle Commented May 21, 2008 on it's a good day to be a gamer at WWdN: In Exile
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Now Moving in Stereo's stuck in my head. And for several reasons, this is NOT a good distraction at work...
Toggle Commented May 21, 2008 on it's a good day to be a gamer at WWdN: In Exile
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Geek Night Ahead: I'm leaving work in 15 minutes. Iron Man, Rock Band and Guitar Hero are calling...
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Geek Night Ahead: I'm leaving work in 15 minutes. Iron Man, Rock Band and Guitar Hero are calling...
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One thing that Presto Magix had going for them was that they were cheap - at least the small ones like you've got here. I remember getting a couple Empire versions and this Jedi one, too. My little brothers, though, for their birthdays or something, each got one of the bigger sets that had a backdrop the size and sturdiness of a checkerboard.
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Have you looked at one of those Flip cameras that David Pogue just got around to reviewing last month?
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2008 on Dear Lazy Web: Video Cameras? at WWdN: In Exile
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Have you looked at one of those Flip cameras that David Pogue just got around to reviewing last month?
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2008 on Dear Lazy Web: Video Cameras? at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm starting to think it might just make for better TV all 'round if people would put all their efforts into something KNOWING from the start they're looking at a limited storyline arc for a series and then That's All Folks. Look at the Brits and the original Office and Extras: Two seasons and out, that's the plan. No painful demise. As much as I love Battlestar, for instance, I have to admit I'm glad they've chosen to say, "You know, four seasons is plenty for the story we want to tell, and we should go out strong." Honestly, after the Heroes Season One big flashback epsiode that ended with HRG and the Haitian on the bridge, I thought, "Wow. They could end the series right there and it would be iconically cool."
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2008 on the daily facepalm at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm starting to think it might just make for better TV all 'round if people would put all their efforts into something KNOWING from the start they're looking at a limited storyline arc for a series and then That's All Folks. Look at the Brits and the original Office and Extras: Two seasons and out, that's the plan. No painful demise. As much as I love Battlestar, for instance, I have to admit I'm glad they've chosen to say, "You know, four seasons is plenty for the story we want to tell, and we should go out strong." Honestly, after the Heroes Season One big flashback epsiode that ended with HRG and the Haitian on the bridge, I thought, "Wow. They could end the series right there and it would be iconically cool."
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2008 on the daily facepalm at WWdN: In Exile
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