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Entries from May 2004


Monday, May 31st, 2004 · 1 Comment

Here we are, at the end of a long, action-packed three-day weekend. Jen and I spent Friday through Sunday in New York City, running from party to party and park to park. After waking up at 6:30am Friday morning, working full days, and traveling by auto and train to Grand Central, we met up with […]

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Monday, May 31st, 2004 · 4 Comments

Mozilla creates better software than Microsoft, there’s no question about that. Yet somehow I always find myself stuck in a world of Internet Explorer and Outlook. That’s because, like most folks, much of the corporate world and the software and systems built around it are Microsoft-centric. I’ve had Firefox 0.8 installed on my PC for […]

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Tags: technology


Friday, May 28th, 2004 · Comments Off on Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. He has an excellent and eye-opening commentary on the scary, power-hungry time and country in which we live. But his message is clear: Despite corrupt leadership, each of us can and should make a difference, however small, while we’re on this planet, to work toward effecting change. […]

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Tags: the world

No Coincidence

Thursday, May 27th, 2004 · Comments Off on No Coincidence

Just as public support for Bush’s action in Iraq hits an all-time low, there’s this big announcement about a terrorist strike in America this summer. Political weapon? I wonder if the terror alert will suddenly rise to red around late October, early November. Al Qaeda prepared to strike ‘hard’ at U.S., officials warn / ANALYSIS: […]

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Tags: politics


Thursday, May 27th, 2004 · Comments Off on Italics

Onscreen italics is hard on the eyes. Sites like Slashdot use italics everywhere, which makes me reluctant to visit. I’d probably spend more time on Slashdot were it not for the italics. It’s simply a strain on my eyes. I have no problem with italics in print; it seems that some font styles just weren’t […]

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Tags: rants

Last Rent Check

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004 · 1 Comment

I just wrote my last rent check (hopefully) ever. What a liberating feeling. No more giving away money to someone else without any benefit besides immediate shelter (OK, I guess that is one of the basic human needs). But anyway, so we enter our final month as renters… Still lots to do/plan/coordinate with the closing/move/travel […]

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Tags: real estate

Samuel L. Jackson

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004 · 1 Comment

A selection from Vassar’s 140th Commencement Address by Samuel L. Jackson: Robert Kennedy never lived to see apartheid fall, but he believed that it was possible. People around the world stood up and joined forces and justice triumphed. The defenders of the status quo would prefer that we not be let in on the secret: […]

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Tags: vassar

Fly Guy

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004 · 1 Comment

If you’ve ever done a Google search for “fly” you may have come across a relaxing, Zenlike form of entertainment, Fly Guy. It’s sort of like a video game, but not. There doesn’t seem to be much of a purpose, besides controlling a flying man who dances in the clouds, drinks champagne, and eventually finds […]

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Tags: comedy


Saturday, May 22nd, 2004 · Comments Off on Packing

Today Jen and I have begun packing to prepare to move into our 5th residence in as many years. This move marks the first into a house that will be ours, of course, so in many ways, it’s more significant than every other move we’ve done together to date. We’ve only packed about 10 boxes […]

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Climbing Rates

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004 · 2 Comments

Business > Your Money > Market Week: As Mortgage Rates Rise, Dreams Are Downsized” href=””>The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Market Week: As Mortgage Rates Rise, Dreams Are Downsized: “HOME shoppers have been losing purchasing power week by week because of the surge in mortgage interest rates. Eventually, that should take […]

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Tags: real estate