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23 January, 2004

The House Of Bush

An interesting article in Rolling Stone: The House Of Bush. It's an interview with Republican strategist Kevin Phillips, author of American Dynasty.

He traces the course of Bush's family over the past 100 years, detailing how they sought influence "in the back corridors" of the oil and defense industries, investment banking and the intelligence establishment. Elites, not elections, put Bush in power. "I'm not talking about ordinary lack of business ethics or financial corruption," says Phillips, who recently registered as an Independent for the first time.

"Four generations of building toward dynasty have infused the Bush family's hunger for power and practices of crony capitalism with a moral arrogance and backstage disregard of the democratic and republican traditions of the U.S. government." As a result, he says, "deceit and disinformation have become Bush political hallmarks."

(via *.*)

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Fixing The Web, One Site At A Time

On Monday, I pointed out that Jill Dybka's site about Funny Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles featured pop-up ads. Now, I'm pleased to report that Jill just posted a comment to that item. She said:

OK OK. Sheesh I took em down. :)

Thanks, Jill.

Ah, the power of the blog. One down, about a million to go.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

The Power Of Cheesus

A good idea for a humor site: Cheddar Cheesus.

International distributor of premium quality, religious-themed cheese sculptures.

Unfortunately, they ran out of ideas after the first joke.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Duke Running For Congress?

Breaking news from CNN: David Duke considering run for Congress.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail and tax fraud, is considering a run for Congress when he is released this year, his secretary said Friday.

Good luck, David. If elected, you'll fit right in.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Ending Junk Mail With USPS Form 1500

Kayne, at the Pleasing to Remember blog, has a campaign against junk mail (physical mail, not email). It involves the US Postal Service Form 1500.

A little-known Federal law allows individuals to send a Prohibitory Order against companies that are sending unsolicited sexually provocative or erotically arousing mail. The Supreme Court went one step further, allowing individuals to decide what constitutes "erotically arousing" mail. The law makes it illegal for a company to send mail to an individual within thirty days of receiving the Order.

Here's some background, and here's his latest update.

Last summer, I started my campaign against junk mail, with the eventual goal of receiving no unwanted advertising in my mailbox. Ever. I now hold fifty-seven Prohibitory Orders against companies ranging from America Online to Wintersilks. I've received only three pieces of trash in my mailbox in the past three months, and all of them have been from one company.

It would be much easier (but probably less effective) to use the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service. But Kayne's method is so much more fun.

(via Anita Rowland)

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Us And Them

This is an interesting photo site called Us And Them. Readers are asked to submit a photo for any of four "missions."

  1. An American flag
  2. Yourself next to someone who is different from you
  3. Yourself next to someone who is the same as you
  4. Someone, something, or an event you are fearful of

Here's a submission for Mission #4, from Rorri,who writes:

"I am always scared that I will lose my mind, this is a visualization of it."

Posted on 23 January, 2004

For Security Purposes

Found at Marc's Outlook on Productivity, here's a sign posted at a credit union.

What if Ray Charles has an account there?

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Drive Him Insane

Use your browser to drive him insane.

From here you can control lamps and other devices in my home in Texas, and others around the world, and view the results on the webcams.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

RIP, Captain Kangaroo

From CNN: TV's 'Captain Kangaroo,' Bob Keeshan, dead.

"Captain Kangaroo," a children's show, featured the walrus-mustached, bowl-haircut Keeshan entertaining youngsters with his gentle, whimsical humor. Among the show's other characters were Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose and Mr. Green Jeans (Hugh Brannum).

I spent countless hours as a kid watching him.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

2004 Election Projections

No surprises at the Election Projection site.

This site keeps a running projection for the 2004 US Presidential Election. Using the most recent polling data, state-by-state voting totals from 2000 will be updated to project a 2004 outcome.

Bush is red.

Electoral Votes: Bush 391, Dem 147
Popular Vote: Bush 55.13%, Dem 43.87%

(via Off On A Tangent)

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Photos By Jesse Chan-Norris

Here's a nice gallery of photos from Jesse Chan-Norris. These are from his Photo_A_Day project.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Things You Won't See Here

Just a few things that you'll never see at the J-Walk Blog:

  1. A three-column layout in which the main content is relegated to about one-inch in width.
  2. Bad color choices - I really hate it when I'm forced to highlight the text (or even turn off colors in Mozilla) just so I can read a blog.
  3. A blogroll consisting of 2,000 blog links in the left column.
  4. Large blocks of teeny tiny type that no one over 45 can read without glasses.
  5. Google ads
  6. A gratuitous background image that obscure the text.
  7. Audio blog entries - Blogs are meant to be seen and not heard.
  8. A coffee cup icon.
  9. Any mention of the Bloggie Awards.
  10. Anything related to "blogs as journalism"

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Ninety Meals At McDonalds

From the New York Post: Arch Enemy.

Last February, Morgan Spurlock decided to become a gastronomical guinea pig. His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.

During those 30 days, he gained 25 pounds.

He also made a documentary, and it's entered in the Sundance Film Festival. See his web site: Super Size Me.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Lists From Timothy McSweeney

Here's a large collection of unusual Timothy McSweeney's lists. For example, there's a list of Popular Pickup Lines Used by Serial Killers. On this list:

That shirt looks great on you, but it would look even better in an evidence bag.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Somehow, I ended up reading several conspiracy theory Web sites regarding the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon (here's an example).

I never really paid much attention to it before, but it does seem rather odd that such a huge plane crashing into the Pentagon would create such a small amount of damage. But I'm sure there's a good explanation.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Hand-Painted Signs

Here's a great collection of hand-painted signs, calls Fossils in our Visual Landscape.

Along with just about everything else that incorporates typography, I've been collecting snapshots of hand-painted and hand-crafted signs for quite some time. However, it was only about two years ago when I purchased a digital camera that I consciously began to document my visual landscape in any organized manner.

The Hi-Ho Lounge is (was?) in New Orleans.

(via Things Magazine)

Posted on 23 January, 2004

RIAA Defendants To Be Featured in Pepsi Ad

From USA Today: Pepsi ads wink at music downloading.

Some 20 teens sued by the Recording Industry Association of America, which accuses them of unauthorized downloads, will appear in a Pepsi-Cola� ad that kicks off a two-month offer of up to 100 million free - and legal - downloads from Apple's iTunes, the leading online music seller. The sassy ad, to be seen by Super Bowl's 88 million viewers on Feb 1, is a wink at the download hot button.

Posted on 23 January, 2004

Unidentified In Las Vegas

The Clark County Coroner's office has a site set up where you can identify dead people.

The Office of the Clark County Coroner has approximately 180 unidentified persons in our files dating back to 1967. This site is an attempt to name and locate their next of kin for each and every one of these unidentified persons. It is our hope that a loved one or friend may be looking for them and see something on this site that may lead to their identification. Some of the unidentified persons will have postmortem (after death) photographs if they are facially recognizable. Others are skeletal remains and will not be photographed. Their clothing and jewelry however, will be listed with a photo when available to help in recognizing these Unidentified Persons.

There's a warning that some of the photos may be disturbing to some viewers.

(via Robot Filter)

Posted on 23 January, 2004