Archive for February, 2003

Feb 27 2003

Rest In Peace, Fred Rogers. Staple of my childhood, and wonderful human being.

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Feb 24 2003

We will probably blow off specialty shows. Even Dr. Laura. Remember, no fishing shows, gardening shows. We are AT WAR.” I love getting behind-the-scenes glimpses at how Big Media works, like a leaked memo from a network affiliate on what to do if the U.S. invades Iraq starts.

This second item is even more fascinating, though: Laurie Garrett, a Pulizer Prize-winning journalist for Newsday, went to the recent Davos World Economic Forum. Afterwards, she sent her friend a chatty, gossipy e-mail full of her initial impressions of the conference and the leaders in attendance. The friend forwarded it to another friend, who passed it on, who.. well, you know how this goes. In any case, the final result is that everyone can read this fascinating report on Davos. To heck with Britney’s revolving-door boyfriend situation.. world government and media corporations gossip, people. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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Feb 24 2003

On March 3, people all around the world will come together do public readings of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata in the name of peace. To participate, either attend a reading in your area, or organize one of your own where there currently is none. I love it: Peace through literature.

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Feb 19 2003

Scene for scene, my new favourite character on television is The Guy Who Runs Jack Bauer’s Errands (on 24). Poor guy looks like he started out in charge of some elite goverment SWAT team, but now he’s reduced to waiting around for Jack to bark some random order: “Mr. SWAT leader guy, look after this witness! Get me a spectral analysis of this substance! Translate that scrap of paper! Make me coffee — two sugars, no cream!”

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Feb 17 2003

Prepare to waste some time: Once Famous is your central directory for the personal websites of forgotten stars, from Kato Kaelin to Michael Dukakis to Kirk Cameron.

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Feb 17 2003

Monday’s Washington Post has an interesting article on the economics of reality television. Essentially, it’s boffo in the short term, useless in the long term, and getting more expensive every day. On the flipside of the coin, a reality contestant has yet to become a bonafide star, with the highwater mark still having been set by Survivor Colleen and her bold, failed bid to go from being known as “the chick from Survivor” to “the chick in that Rob Schneider movie”.

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Feb 17 2003

Save Frenchie!

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Feb 10 2003

A Gentle Introduction to SQL covers SQL Server, Access, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle, and even provides test questions and different servers to run the answer queries on. I would love this site even more if it provided help when you’re totally stuck on a question, but it’s still valuable for aspiring database monkeys. (Also for growing geeks is this lovely basic guide to learning Python.)

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Feb 03 2003

I went looking for sites featuring various funky DIY hairstyles this weekend, and ended up spending all my time goggling at The Feathered Back Hair Site and Retro-Hair. Hair in the 80s was wack, man. (Note: latter link is a Geocities site, and may not work.)

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Feb 03 2003

The way I see it, the final challenge for coolest 70s crime-solver comes down to Steve McGarrett vs. Jim Rockford, and Jim wins hands down. (Which would you rather have a beer with on a Saturday night? Exactly.) In fact, I would quite cheerfully support Rockford as Coolest Man on Television Ever. He loved his Dad without being sappy, loved the ladies without being smarmy, always had a cool retort for the bad guys, and the men I know to this day get a little gleam in their eye whenever Rockford does his cool handbrake turn. Perfect.

Anyway, for no particular reason here’s a comprehensive list of all the answering machine messages left during the opening credits of The Rockford Files.

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Feb 03 2003

The International Bodyguard Association’s FAQ covers such essential issues as protective driving, paramedicine, and “improvised explosive devices”. Mind you, the latter section is essentially all about finding such explosive items and throwing youself on them, but it’s an interesting read anyway for the less altruistic.

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Feb 03 2003

The commercialism of modern children’s movies is frequently complained about, but those who collected the original Star Wars action figures in their youth might remember the many, many different versions of the same thing that were available. (“It’s Leia with her hair up!” “Now with it down!” “New Angry Jedi Luke!” “Limited time only: Disco Luke!”) The most non-mainstream figure I ever had was the original version of the medical droid from Empire, but I assume only very, very bad children found the amazingly lame Power Droid figure under the tree on Christmas morning.

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