Monthly Archives: April 2004

Iraq declared irony-free zone

April 30, 2004
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U.S. general, quoted in the New York Times. “Clearly we will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters,” Abizaid said.

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Why things must be great…

April 30, 2004
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… on the desk at the Dallas Morning News: A memo about the “Revolution” in the newsroom there mentions the copy desk only once, in regards to the boss of the copy desks now ruling the design/visual realm as well. Voluminous verbiage is expended in explaining all the other changes happening there. My first...

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An item for your spring Brides section

April 30, 2004
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This guy got more than 3 grand for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. All he had to do was pose in it. (Link via Mme. Paquin) Update: More on the seller, thanks to Sheila Lennon’s blog.

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Google to auction shares in IPO

April 29, 2004
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Appropriately enough, check out the Google News roundup of stories about Google’s plan to auction its shares rather than hire investment bankers to allocate them to their fatcat buddies. My understanding of how the auction works is that a pair of large brokerage houses, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston, will create online...

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On getting closer to the action

April 29, 2004
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This morning I read an article about wireless access at the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark. It interviews the Giants’ chief technology officer, who explains that the team got religion on WiFi when it learned that SBC (the park’s namesake these days) would pay to install it at the stadium. The interview is fine but...

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For all you stock hounds

April 28, 2004
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If you’re hoping to make a killing on the Google IPO, consider these thoughts from a trader pal of mine: My concern with this IPO is that it’s over-hyped and the little guy will be left holding the bag. No doubt those who get in at the offer price (the price set by the...

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Mixing tenses makes me tense

April 28, 2004
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I stopped by Side Salad‘s employer’s Web site to see if his co-workers provided any blogworthy offenses. Found something on the first try, just like the last time I tried this. Maybe I’m just too picky, but this annoys me: TAMPA – A 59-year-old man threatens his mother and a health-care worker with kitchen...

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Finding our WMD

April 28, 2004
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Fred Kaplan in Slate says the Cold War never ended for U.S. nuclear weapons spending, which is as high as it’s ever been, in constant dollars. The report raises anew a question that always springs to mind after a close look at the U.S. military budget: What the hell is going on here? Specifically:...

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Speaking of scoops

April 27, 2004
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April 28 brings Free Scoop Night to Baskin Robbins ice creameries.

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I love this

April 27, 2004
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Why are so many American suspicious of Saudia Arabia? Because certain oil billionaires have been bankrolling the spread of fanaticism for more than a generation? Of course not. It’s because the U.S. news media are tools of Al Qaeda.

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