“What struck me about Palin was her cowardice. Before letting us know anything about her intelligence or knowledge, or the quality of her ideas, she was sarcastically trashing a man we’ve gotten to know and respect over the last X months, a man who had to keep his cool as the press went after his church, community and family, and kept his grace even humor at every step. Palin, in contrast, not only hasn’t been even slightly vetted, has absolutely no basis for her arrogance, no foundation. … She needs to slow down and sober up, she’s asking for a big job. It’s serious. If she were a man I’d say she was a dickhead.” One of Dave’s finer pieces in recent memory.
Heh. Behind McCain’s acceptance speech: a big ol’ picture of Walter Reed. Not the hospital, a middle school. Someone gonna get a whippin’.
It’s a good thing http://www.google.com/search?q=uva dorms kellogg global warming is fictional, cause otherwise with all the ice sheets breaking up I’d be worried.
“One of the most enduring taboos in American politics, the airing of graphic images from the September 11 attacks in a partisan context … was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 CST, when a video aired before delegates at the Republican National Convention included slow-motion footage of a plane striking the World Trade Center, the towers’ subsequent collapse, and smoke emerging from the Pentagon.”
Interesting coverage of two interviews: Obama and O’Reilly and Katie Couric and Mrs. McCain, who didn’t seem to know which way John McCain was going on Roe vs. Wade.
An all in one iTunes assistant: lyrics and artwork download, Last.fm scrobbling, and remote. Now if GimmeSomeTunes did lyrics for songs *that weren’t currently playing we’d be in luck. Replaying all 25,000 songs in my library just to get lyrics isn’t an option.
My copy of the Virginia Glee Club‘s 1972 record, A Shadow’s On the Sundial, arrived today. I haven’t listened to much of it yet, but a quick scan of the first few tracks on the first side and a review of the liner notes (transcribed) provide the following observations:
- This is a completely different group than the rough-hewn group from 1951 (or was it 1947) that recorded Songs of the University of Virginia. No monophony here, no vigorously gasping phrases, no mediocre baritones. Don Loach should rightly be credited with introducing the tradition of countertenor singing to the Glee Club, as evidenced in the first four madrigals, and for generally setting a high level of musicianship. When I joined the group, in the second year after he and the group parted ways, much of the musical philosophy of the group was still proceeding in the fundamental direction laid down by him.
- Only four of the Summer Songs, settings written by the group’s conductor David Davis of poetry by the group’s student business manager, Michael B. Stillman (class of 1963), are included on the recording—not included is the oddly funny “Little Polly Ethylene.”
- The record’s liner notes reveal the identity of the mysterious Harrison Randolph, who in 1893 broke it out of the Glee, Mandolin and Banjo Club and set it on its path of independent existence: he was the organist in the University Chapel.
More notes as I finish listening to the record…
Detailed fact check of Palin’s speech.
I bet the GOP would feel pretty foolish about slamming Obama’s faith-based community service if they thought anyone cared about the substance of what they said. Do they? Do we?
Paints a picture of Chrome as a natural extension of Google’s existing offerings.
Fascinating rundown of how political and social mobility (the creation of the middle class) influenced artistic performance (the modern conception of the classical music concert). For better or for worse?
Of course, now I want the same capability for ACC football too. I can’t believe there’s no comparable client for other sports.
Does a speech http://www.google.com/search?q=uva dorms kellogg whips up the base torpedo your chances with independents? It might, if enough of them identify “the base” with the problems that they are experiencing right now.
An interesting runthrough of some of the default Ubiquity commands.
I just heard the first reason to take a look at IE8. I wonder how effective/ hackproof this anti-XSS filter really is?
Are you kidding me? Has anyone ever heard of freedom of speech?
Oboy. A little open mic moment opens up the conservative side of the conventional wisdom. Now the only people who haven’t weighed in on Palin and McCain are the swing voters.
One Two Three Pull! Hee hee.
Guess we have to see how it goes tonight to see if Jay is correct, but this is scary shit.
I won’t miss the gross incompetence and malfeasance of the Bush administration.
This is an interesting thought: Google Chrome is really closer to an OS project than a browser.
Continuing this week’s back to school theme (hey, in the fall I get a little nostalgic for UVA), I did a little more spelunking through the broken Cavalier Daily archives and turned up a review of the Glee Club’s 1972 European tour. Check out Around the Western World in Eighteen Days: A Glee Club Diary, and marvel at the thought that college students could once visit the Hofbrauhaus on a University-sponsored trip.
It’s great to find out about happenings at my alma mater through Wikipedia. In this case, an edit on the University of Virginia article tipped me to some new developments on Grounds: a new style of dorm that will end up replacing the “New Dorms” that were my home in my first year at UVA.
The dorm looks pretty fancy, but of course the important question is unanswered: what sort of view do the Kellogg kids get into the windows of Balz? And how long will it be before all the dorms are converted over? And how long until the kids start hiding contraband behind the panels in the dropped ceilings shown in the photos? I am deeply envious of the view, but not of the hike that the kids in Kellogg must have had on move-in day…
Did anyone do more than look at Sarah Palin’s picture before offering her the veep slot? I’d say having your spouse be a member of a secessionist party is probably more damning than having them, say, write a thesis about racism in the Ivy League.
Hilarious dissection of Google’s blog posting announcing the new Chrome browser.
Security = privacy? Does Google Chrome have any better anti-phishing, anti-CSS, or anti-malware features? If not, why bother building a new browser?
Or, where the really, really shitty iPhone apps come from: business plans! With synergy! And corporate sponsorship! You gotta be kidding me.
Am I nuts, or does this sound like a new malware vector? Still, lyrics would be nice…
Interesting approach allowing cross-domain interaction between data and functionality in a secure way.
Open source media player alternative to Front Row gets facelift.
On being Alec Baldwin. No, wait. The article is actually funny.
So far, John McCain’s nomination of Sarah Palin on the basis of a 15 minute interview is proving to be the best illustration of why you should carefully vet vice presidential candidates–particularly those who haven’t run for national office before.
I’m still trying to figure out whether this choice of McCain’s is desperate or brilliant. The arguments for both:
Desperate: This has the appearance of an appointment made in haste. It’s been established that Joe Lieberman, McCain’s first choice, was not acceptable to the Republican base, and it appears that Palin was picked very late in the game. All the indications are that Palin’s vetting was shallow; indeed, Talking Points Memo indicates that the Republican team has just now hit the ground in Alaska to do the deep digging. And certainly the ongoing information suggesting that Palin used her office to try to force the firing of her sister’s ex-husband, and that she did fire his boss when she couldn’t get the ex-brother-in-law fired, suggests that McCain’s team was not aware of this abuse of power on Palin’s part. As does the unfortunate situation with her daughter. As do her misleading statements about her support for the Bridge to Nowhere (brief: she supported it before she condemned it). As does her apparent past membership in the Alaska Independence Party.
Brilliant: McCain needed to differentiate himself from Obama while seizing hold of the “change” meme to pick up independent voters, but he also had to play to his base, who were late to fall in line behind the one-time “maverick.” Picking Palin on the basis of who she was (conservative, anti-choice, pro-guns, a short history as a reformer) helped shore up the base.
But more than this, maybe there’s a new calculus in play, a short-term thought process that says that the American people are going to be more likely to think whether a candidate for the second highest office in the land is “like them” than they are to worry about the person’s fitness for the job. In this short-term way of thinking, someone can be good to vote for simply because they are empathetic, because the voter wants to be that person. It’s kind of a “politician as celebrity” play.
Whether the choice, which looks to me like pandering, will work is still at play. Gallup and Rasmussen both show Obama widening his lead over McCain after the pick, primarily by picking up undecided voters. But polls have been wrong before.
Update: Illuminating in light of the above: McCain campaign manager Rick Davis says “This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.” So in other words, the McCain camp is betting on the celebrity view of politics that I describe above. Which is ironic, given their ads bashing Obama for being a celebrity.
Shaking off the weekend (and a very nice weekend it was!), we’ll get things started slowly today, with a little meme. Thanks to Estaminet for the tag. Looks like I’m hitting 89%, so contrary to past expectations I don’t truly eat everything.
- Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
- Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
- Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
- Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
- Nettle tea
- Huevos rancheros
- Steak tartare
- Black pudding (in London and Dublin)
- Cheese fondue (a childhood favorite)
- Borscht (a favorite recipe of my late aunt)
- Baba ghanoush
- Calamari (any way I can)
- PB&J sandwich
- Aloo gobi (curried potatoes and cauliflower)
- Hot dog from a street cart
- Epoisses (how on earth did I miss this? I really love a good stinky cheese)
- Black truffle
- Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (rhubarb!)
- Steamed pork buns (nyaaghm!)
- Pistachio ice cream (Tosci’s)
- Heirloom tomatoes (is there another kind? not on a biscuit, there’s not)
- Fresh wild berries
- Foie gras
- Rice and beans
- Brawn, or head cheese
- Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I guess what I’m trying the next time I make Thai food)
- Dulce de leche
- Bagna cauda (I think this calls for a little fondue/bagna cauda party!)
- Wasabi peas (favorite office snack ever)
- Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (overrated)
- Salted lassi
- Sauerkraut (the best was my grandmother’s, usually buried outside in the winter to cure)
- Root beer float
- Cognac with a fat cigar
- Clotted cream tea
- Vodka jelly/Jell-O (alas.)
- Curried goat
- Whole insects (not any time soon, either.)
- Phaal (anyone know an Indian restaurant around Boston that serves this? Sounds like a challenge)
- Goat’s milk (not knowingly, anyway)
- Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
- Fugu (not yet.)
- Chicken tikka masala
- Eel (mmm, unagi)
- Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
- Sea urchin
- Prickly pear
- McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
- Dirty gin martini
- Beer above 8% ABV (oh yes)
- Poutine (not yet!)
- Carob chips (although not on purpose)
- Sweetbreads (mmm, thymus!)
- Kaolin (in all likelihood, but not on purpose)
- Durian (I had to look this up)
- Frogs’ legs
- Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (or all of the above!)
- Haggis (I really want to. Preferably with a stiff Scotch nearby)
- Fried plantain
- Chitterlings, or andouillette (I’ve always been curious about the chitlins preparation though)
- Caviar and blini (thanks, Caroline and Russ!)
- Louche absinthe (thanks, Dan and the Cheeselords)
- Gjetost, or brunost (yay, European breakfast buffets)
- Roadkill (nope. I’m Southern with Appalachian roots, but not that Southern or Appalachian.)
- Baijiu (sigh, another unique alcoholic beverage to try)
- Hostess Fruit Pie
- Snail (oh wow. Jetlagged plus escargot = sublime)
- Lapsang souchong
- Tom yum (I make a mean tom yum)
- Eggs Benedict
- Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
- Kobe beef
- Flowers (rose gelato and fried zucchini flowers ftw!)
- Horse (not knowingly)
- Criollo chocolate
- Spam (spam spam spam)
- Soft shell crab
- Rose harissa (sounds good)
- Catfish (every summer Friday growing up–thanks, Denbigh Methodist Church)
- Mole poblano
- Bagel and lox
- Lobster Thermidor (I like ’em better just steamed)
- Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee