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Month: November 2004 (page 2 of 2)

Orrin Hatch: Zombie?

Is it just me, or is Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) seeming more and more like one of those unstoppable monster-movie zombies that just keeps coming at you no matter how many times you knock him down? Wired News: Senate May Ram Copyright Bill

Bad face.

By popular demand: Clara’s “bad face” costume for Halloween. Here she is with Mara, the purple princess.

If at first you don’t secede . . . .

Michelle Goldberg’s longish piece in Salon is the most thoughtful reaction to the whole Red State-Blue State divide that I’ve seen yet: If at first you don’t secede. Honestly, I’m a bit irritated by the recent flood of gratuitous fuck-yous and pathetic disavowals; both seem divisive and unproductive to me, and on top of that, […]

New blog.

The onslaught of comment spam on my Movable Type blog finally made me scream uncle: I switched to WordPress this weekend. MT is an amazingly flexible tool, but it is slow, slow, slow, and it’s not set up well to deal with comment spam. It takes several minutes just to delete a single comment–and then […]

Purple America.

State-by-state election returns make the U.S. look like a deeply divided country–red Republicans in the South and middle; blue Democrats on the coasts. (The division is eerily reminiscent of the division between free and slave states before the Civil War–how long the shadows of that ugly history are.) But if you map election returns county […]

Coke: Effective pesticide?

Indian farmers have discovered that spraying their fields with Coca-Cola may be as effective as–and lots cheaper than–spraying with pesticides. An Indian agronomist says: “I think Coke has found its right use. Farmers have traditionally used sugary solutions to attract red ants to feed on insect larvae. I think the colas are also performing the […]

Research in Motion BlackBerry 7780

Research in Motion turned the corporate world on its ear with the first BlackBerry pagers, which gave middle managers the power to hound subordinates 24/7, no matter where in the world the expense account took them. Later, RIM grafted mobile phone capabilities onto its pagers, producing functional — if unlovely — smart phones that were […]

Sierra Wireless Voq Professional

Get ready to meet the next big innovation in mobile communications technology: the hinge. The Sierra Wireless Voq Professional phone is a rather ordinary-looking, somewhat bulky handset with a traditional 12-button keypad. Flip back the keypad and you reveal a miniscule QWERTY keyboard concealed inside, making the phone into a rather ordinary-looking, somewhat bulky handset […]

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