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  1. Internet Vets for Truth

    brian on 2004.10.30
    at 01:25 am

    Videos to inform your voting on Tuesday, November 2. http://www.internetvetsfortruth.org/

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  2. Kerry Endorsements from Unlikely Sources

    brian on 2004.10.29
    at 01:38 am

    Jesse Ventura, former Independent Minnesota Governor, has endorsed John Kerry for President.

    The Economist Has Endorsed John Kerry For President.

    Posted in: Politics

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  3. Mosh: Eminem's Not-Your-Average PSA

    brian on 2004.10.28
    at 11:29 am

    Eminem has released "Mosh" and song and video about the upcoming election, and choices our country faces. Very good. Here's a torrent to the QuickTime video.

    Posted in: Music · Politics

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  4. Boston Does It

    brian on 2004.10.28
    at 02:58 am

    Big Ups to my hometown. Congrats to the Sox on breaking the curse. I'm going to stay away from Kenmore Square, because I know what's good for me.

    Posted in: Sports

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  5. Red Sox Win!!!

    jake on 2004.10.28
    at 02:53 am

    It's way too late for this to set in. But I just want to congratulate the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series. All us fans are very proud. And congratulations to Grandma for sticking with the team forever and getting to see a championship in your lifetime.

    And I'm glad they beat the curse that never existed.

    In fact, [Harry] Frazee was not Jewish. He was Presbyterian, and a Mason.

    Henry Ford can kiss my butt. (read the article to understand).

    Posted in: Sports

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  6. Links I've been reading

    brian on 2004.10.27
    at 11:47 am

    With a minimum of comment:

    Stern corners FCC's Powell on live radio

    Farenheight 911 available for download, per MM's wishes.

    Unofficial Democratic Attack Ads.

    Posted in: Politics

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  7. More Livestrong News

    jake on 2004.10.26
    at 05:30 pm

    Well our most popular post needs some updated info. But it's also getting a bit bloated. So I'll add some facts over here and maybe bring some comments over here with them.

    What's the problem?

    First an article discussing their popularity over at ESPN. The most interesting thing is where the bands originate from. The Livestrong bands are the first in this new updated wave, but the slightly less durable originals were from 1998.

    While many have credited Nike with the idea, phrases on rubber bands have existed in the sports world since 1998, when an entrepreneur from Minnesota, Ave Green, started doing it. Thanks to striking up a friendship with Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who had been wearing regular rubber bands throughout his high school career, Green's company, Wordstretch, sold more than 10 million rubber bands with phrases over a four-year period.

    ...

    Green said that the Armstrong bands are a better evolution of her original idea. They are made of thicker material and the words are stamped into the rubber so the words won't rub off.

    Second we have an article from Silver Chips Online which has a good summary of the motivations behind the bands, and how it's been skewed by their popularity.

    With demands for the bracelets high, most stores have run out of bands. Yet Mogge notes that while people seem concerned over where to buy the bracelets, they are not so concerned about the intent of the band. Says Mogge, "They just ask, 'Where can I get one?'"

    So that leads me to the last article on CNET. Here we again hear about how the fad is creating a loss of meaning in the message. This is especially true on eBay.

    Officials from the foundation said the eBay development strikes them as "truly disappointing"--they are not, to the best of their knowledge, receiving any additional funds for the marked-up, resold bracelets.

    Consumers are turning to eBay because of a backlog, said Michelle Milford, a spokeswoman for Lance Armstrong Foundation.

    "We're seeing them sold for as much as $20 in some cases, and we could put that money toward valuable research," Milford said. "The eBay situation is being caused by a perception that there is a shortage of bracelets, which there is not."

    What can we do?

    Well it's frankly upsetting. The few that I had I gave out for free. Maybe some people really only wanted one and so collected one dollar each as they gave them out. But $20 for a single little piece of rubber, with none of that going back the The Lance Armstrong Foundation, is just ridiculous.

    If anyone out there has a fairly large number of these and is interested in "selling" them (on eBay or whatever) and then subsequently donating the excess money to The Foundation we will mention you here. Right now we're in the top 5 in Google for "livestrong band." Maybe we can get enough people through these pages to help raise awareness.

    I'll try and keep this updated if anything actually occurs.

    Posted in: Sports

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  8. Chronicling Republicans for Kerry

    brian on 2004.10.22
    at 03:35 am

    Republican Switchers aren't people giving up on their core values, but are giving up on their President as their elected representative. It has always boggled me that despite all the non-conservative things this president does (rack up enormous deficits, destroy civil liberties, lack of conservation of the environment, adding governmental agencies and complexities) that self-proclaimed conservatives still suck it up and say "he's got integrity." He's got balls, alright. That's what it takes to stick up for your own interests in the face of your party's ideals...

    Posted in: Politics

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  9. Gutsy Editorial from Crawford, TX

    brian on 2004.10.21
    at 04:56 pm

    You may have heard that GWB's hometown paper has endorsed John Kerry for President. This week they wrote a follow up editorial on the reaction they've received. Apparently, their staff are receiving threats of bodily harm because of their editor's views. Classy. You can read all of the letters sent to the editors on their site.

    Posted in: Politics

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  10. Political Comment Spamming Strikes Us!

    brian on 2004.10.21
    at 03:01 pm

    Karl Rove's rogue mobs are attacking our site. One of his foot soldiers has made it to our little, Google-friendly blog. He cuts and pastes pre-made (probably not by himself, even) propaganda and posts it on totally unrelated blog posts, and then signs the huge, long thing:

    Richard Stewart
    22517 Winchester Dr
    Elkhart, IN 46514
    Andejos@aol.com

    He's posted (and we'll delete) in "NPR and web standards" and "FOX News sues Franken".

    I've emailed him the following:

    Stop comment-spamming us. You're type of comment spam is the most un-American type. Ever heard of freedom of speech? You have an opinion? Start your own weak-minded, Google friendly blog, and stop fucking with ours.

    What do you think? Leave a legit comment below. We never delete on-topic comments, even if we disagree with them. See our Livestrong bracelet barter thread for proof. (FYI currently 3rd on Google for "livestrong band")

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  11. History Made. Sky still in place

    brian on 2004.10.21
    at 03:07 am

    If you follow sports, you already know history has been made, the Boston Red Sox have come back from a 0 - 3 deficit to win a best of 7 series. If you don't follow sports, basically, in the last 100+ years of major league sports in the United States, that's never happened. In fact, no one had even pulled even at 3-3 after being down 0-3. It's the greatest comeback in sports history. Period.

    A big congratulations to the Red Sox Nation. This should be a fun coming week in Beantown. If the place doesn't burn down in the process.

    Posted in: Sports

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  12. Game 7

    jake on 2004.10.20
    at 06:08 pm

    So tonight's the night. I'm gonna see if I can get out of band practice early to catch the tail end of the game. Though Adam and Dave are very interested in the game too so I imagine it won't be too difficult.

    Jim Caple pretty much nailed this evening. Tonight is about so much more than just game seven. It's a culmination of many, many, many... many dissapointing post seasons as a Red Sox fan.

    Jim points out how much of a miracle it was that Curt Schilling could pitch last night and pokes some fun at it. And it even makes me think of Halloween, which is just around the corner.

    "Will the Red Sox finally make history by overcoming their old nemesis? Or will the Yankees kick their old rivals in the groin again just as they're within reach of the promised land? Or will Boston doctors suture Ted Williams' head onto Johnny Damon's body?"

    Tonight I will continue to pray while I watch and hope that neither I, nor any of my older family members suffer a heart attack as we watch Boston and New York face off one more time.

    It's Game 7 between the Yankees and the Red Sox. The past century, the past two Octobers, the past 25 meetings and most importantly, the past six games have led up to this.

    Or as Boston first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said, "We've been playing Game 7 since Game 4."

    Posted in: Sports

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  13. Marketing can be scary.

    jake on 2004.10.19
    at 07:12 pm

    Coke vs. Pepsi

    I've never really had a preference in the whole Coke vs. Pepsi battle. I pretty much grab whatever is available. And if both are available I grab Dr. Pepper. Apparently the general populace has a much harder time with this whole decision. And after scientists tested with a sample of both Pepsi and Coke drinkers they found they could predict by mapping the brain beforehand.

    Simply looking at a person's brain scan, the scientists were able to predict which soft drink the individual concerned was likely to prefer. "We were stunned by how easy this was," Dr Montague said.

    This all apparently has something to do with brand recognition.

    When asked to taste blind, they showed no preference. However, when the participants were shown company logos before they drank, the Coke label, the more famous of the two, had a dramatic impact: three-quarters of the tasters declared they preferred Coke.

    From: Blues News

    Posted in: Media · Science

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  14. Why the hell would I show you a kitten

    jake on 2004.10.19
    at 06:59 pm

    Kitten fleeing political adI'm not even sure why I'm posting this. All I can say is, Brent did it first. Pretty much I don't even want to care about the political part of the image. I just love how dramatic the top image is. Man that is one cute kitten.

    Posted in: Humor

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  15. Jon Stewart on CNN's Crossfire

    brian on 2004.10.19
    at 02:54 pm

    If you haven't seen Jon Stewart telling the Crossfire shmucks 'what's up' then you should really go do that.

    Lisa Rein has QuickTimes, points to WMVs, and a BitTorrent link to boot (fastest).

    Download now. Rumor has it (via BB [see also]) that more people have seen this video than who watched it live on CNN. That's where the internet is going, damnit!

    Posted in: Politics · Web

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  16. Build Your Own Conspiracy

    brian on 2004.10.19
    at 12:11 pm

    A compelling argument. Decide for yourself, where did Flight 77 go?

    Posted in: Politics

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  17. Hope and Bitterness Springs Eternal

    brian on 2004.10.18
    at 03:42 am

    Boston is in need of a winner. In baseball. You might say they deserve one. In my opinion, only some of them do. First I will say that I'm not a native Bostonian. I am however, a native New Englander. Raised in Connecticut to be a fan of a certain New York team.

    The Bostonians who deserve to have a winner are those who are passionate and knowledgeable. They cheer hard. Those who follow the Sox year-round. In this town, it is not unusual to walk into your average coffee shop and here a discussion in the middle of winter on the free agent status of an average, seldom used utility play. Then they will switch to talking about how the Pats are setting new NFL records. That shows you something about this town, and its love affair. Even people who have no other affinity for sports lovingly walk around town in their Red Sox gear. This is endearing.

    The Red Sox new ownership has made great strides in obtaining excellent, likeable players, improving (and attempting to retain) Fenway Park, and show a great dedication to the loyal Red Sox Nation. This is endearing. They've made a team that is easy to be taken with. How can you not cheer for someone like Curt Shilling?

    But there is a sizable group of Bostonians who do not deserve to win. Ever. The people who have such a bitterness for the New York Yankees. The whole world is out to get these people, and the baseball team they cheer for. Especially one team is out to get them, to ruin them not just on the field, but also with all sorts of supernatural phenomenon. How do they deal with this grave injustice? Simple. They chant "Yankees Suck." They deride the Yankees and their fans.

    There are rivalries all around the world in sports. The rivalry of the Sox and Yankees is by far the greatest. But it generates incredible acrimony. And its understandable that the side that loses more would be a little dissatisfied, but, God damn, people, the Yankees do not suck. They do not suck in the worst way. They certainly don't suck at Buffalo Bills games (when the Pats are in town) they don't suck at weddings or rock concerts, either. There are battle cries, and then there's just crying. The Yankees are the single best team in the history of sports. They are not evil. You could make a point that their front office and owner are, and many Yankees fans would help you make your point. But they dedicate all their resources to winning ball games, unlike 98% of other baseball teams. With the new ownership, the Red Sox have just become part of the other 2%.

    I was heartened by last year's "Cowboy Up" slogan. Finally, something positive. But, alas, that was short lived. And Yankee Hater gear is as common as wool hats in winter. What's my point?

    This the only thing that will get Boston over the hump is positive energy. The true curse of the Bambino is the bitterness that Boston holds. It's very unbecoming of a fan base that is in all other respects is perhaps the best of any team, anywhere. The Yankees do not exist to make Bostonians miserable. Bostonians do that unto themselves. Yankees fans should cheer for the Sox to win, just so they can get their Championship and shut up.

    Now being a local for three years, I have followed the Red Sox quite closely. My beloved is quite obsessed. I tell people I am neutral when the rivalry is in progress, in the interests of a good home life. It's not entirely true. It certainly is partially, since my beloved is one of those bitter-style Red Sox fans. But the other half is that I honestly like the Boston team. If it were any other team I would have dropped my associations and immigrated to Red Sox Nation. I did that after years of disliking the Patriots. I've been a life long Bears fan, but now I actively follow the Patriots (I base this purely on team make up, and the Pats are the definition of a team, therefore, I must support them).

    What an excellent group of guys the Sox have, even the management and front office are likable. They haven't renamed Fenway with a corporate name (thank God. Even a Yankees fan can give a blessing for that), they have attempted to add more seating (this should be the only reason to be bitter in this town, the utter unavailability of baseball seats, and they are exorbitantly priced).

    But, alas I simply cannot. I cannot associate myself with 86 years of bitterness. As much as I like their gear (and as someone with a design background, this is important, they have excellent logoage), I just cannot put on that hat.

    We'll see how I feel next year.

    Posted in: Sports

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  18. Seen in Brighton

    brian on 2004.10.18
    at 02:19 am

    Banner on Brighton Pharmacy.

    If our prices were any lower, Canadians would shop here.

    Posted in: Cool Info

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  19. Can you find a job?

    brian on 2004.10.12
    at 03:13 am

    • Go to amherst.edu

    • Find the employment section (as in to get a job at the college, not like career help for students).

    Posted in: Web

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  20. Flip-Flop? Part II

    brian on 2004.10.09
    at 04:38 pm

    The autumn 2004 collection of flip-flops. A must read. Very Funny, and educational to boot.

    [by Aaron Eiseman]

    Posted in: Politics

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  21. Kerry Wins Again

    brian on 2004.10.09
    at 04:20 pm

    Clearly, once more the man who has substance to his views trounced the incumbent President last night in the second of the three Presidential debates.

    How can undecideds look at these two and not see a compelling difference?

    Kerry names names and quotes them, and speaks in specifics.

    Bush says things like "It's hard work." Pauses, cracks a joke, pauses, pauses, and asks if his time is up. The President has no substance. He simply cannot compete when there is some else on the stage to challenge his vague half-truths, and misleading statements.

    In contrast, to see the President in person at a campaign rally, you must sign a loyalty oath... not to jeer, hold negative signs, nor doubt your leader. Want to ask a question? They'd be happy to provide you with one, for which the President will have a canned answer ready.

    Kerry lets anyone in. He'll even speak directly to a protester! Gasp!

    That's our election in a nutshell. Either you're one of the President's people, or you don't exist. Of course, you do have a viable opportunity to reverse that situation.

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  22. Flip-Flop?

    brian on 2004.10.09
    at 01:15 pm

    Who flip flops?

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  23. Jake's first robbery

    jake on 2004.10.07
    at 04:30 pm

    The story

    Well I received my first criminal act last night. Just like Brian's it was not too terrible. It could have been a lot worse.

    I came home from work a little after 5:00 and noticed my back door was unlocked. The outer door was still locked so I assumed I just forgot to lock it when I left. I entered and went about my daily routine. Opened up Peanut Butter and went out front to get the mail.

    A few minutes later I went into the bathroom to put something away. As I was leaving the latrine I noticed glass all on the floor under the kitchen window.

    Now I started to panic, what's going on, why is the window smashed through? I start to think, wait, PB was there, and my TV and stuff. What's going on?

    Looking around the apartment there doesn't seem to be anything missing. Computers, check. TV, DVD player, PS2, hey wait, where the heck is my GameCube?!? It's gone!

    So are almost all my games, including the PS2 ones. Well that's pretty f*cked up. How come they just took the GameCube? I looked around again, still nothing else seemed to be missing. That's bizarre.

    I called the cops and relayed the info to them. I called my parents (my mom works for my insurance agency so it was a double whammy.) Thank God I have insurance. And I called my band mates, as I was supposed to go to rehearsal.

    The aftermath

    So now I have a report and if the thieves try to pawn it I know the GameCube's serial number, etc. What a pain in the ass though.

    I also notice they took all the money out of my change jar. I'm not sure how much, but last time I emptied it I got almost $50 after the machine at the grocery store took it's "commission" (yes I'm too lazy to roll it myself.) And they took all my collected coins, nothing significant, just nostalgic things I got from relatives or my own personal travels. They missed the only coin I'm confident is worth anything.

    So it really wasn't something like they cleaned me out and now I have to worry about losing work, and re-buying things like crazy. But it's still unsettling to know a couple of losers broke into my living space and made off with stuff. Even if I don't get to play video games as much as I used to. Now I don't even have the memory cards with all the saved data on them. I get to start from scratch on everything.

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  24. Recent Reading

    brian on 2004.10.07
    at 11:52 am

    The Long Tail: A fascinating tale of the future of books, music, movie distribution from Wired Magazine.

    Wikis as intranets. Particularly interesting to me, as I've just recently been experimenting with the thoroughly enjoyable, infinitely simple Instiki.

    Interesting Web Design Strategy from our friends at 37Signals. There are so many ways to start a site, and this seems to be an excellent one.

    A Night at the Hip-Hopera. In the vein of the Grey Album. Wonderful.

    Posted in: Technology · Web

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  25. Livestrong Bike on American Chopper

    jake on 2004.10.05
    at 12:08 am

    In related news to our most popular post tonight on the Discovery Channel they have a second part to the American Chopper guys working on a Lance Armstrong Bike. And if you miss it at 10 o'clock tonight there is a list of when they're re-airing it.

    Posted in: Sports · Television

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  26. It's really so simple, the concept

    brian on 2004.10.03
    at 09:35 pm

    Cringley hits the nail on the head this week. Or rather talks about someone else who has. This is a big duh to me, something I've envisioned (without all those pesky specifics this guy has worked out) for a while now. This is what we need now to take back control of the data going into our abodes.

    Posted in: Technology

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  27. The Revolution will be...

    brian on 2004.10.03
    at 01:50 am

    Well, let's not go there... but you should certainly check this out: TV + Blog + RSS + BitTorrent = Torrentocracy.

    Guess its time to buy that external hard drive I have my eye on. And time to fire up iMovie. Power to the people, with easy to use video editors!

    Posted in: Technology

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  28. Debate the Debates

    brian on 2004.10.01
    at 02:59 pm

    You should go and read these Top Ten Things they don't want you to know about the Presidential Debates. Debate head to head, without a moderator, that's what I'd like to see.

    Posted in: Politics

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  29. Take on the Debate

    brian on 2004.10.01
    at 01:51 pm

    Regarding the debate last night, to John Kerry, I hope he takes a lesson from this. He was brilliantly concise. That's all America via the media can handle. Good job John. Plus, Kerry is best when the President's shallow attacks are right in front of him to crush. Two more like last night and you'll be in good shape.

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  30. Wither Canada?

    brian on 2004.10.01
    at 01:15 pm

    Twice this morning I've read stories that pull down the Canadian state, saying it lacks vision, direction, purpose. They complain about a brain drain. Well, to Canada I say this. Don't measure your country by the size of your manhood military. Why kill off your young people just so you can "have more sway" in the world? Talk about braindrain. How about brain kill. If you have no enemies, I think that's probably a good thing. The only thing I'd be concerned about is not the intellectuals leaving, but them coming back. And even if they don't... worry not.

    There will be a ton of America's (um, sorry... the United States') finest coming north in November should things go as many of us are afraid of... but for Canada, four more years of Bush means four more years of brain immigration north.

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