Monthly Archives: May 2004

Elegy for an empty apartment

May 17, 2004
By tom

Sid of winkie.org reflects on his swinging beltway bachelor pad. But when I looked at my empty bedroom before leaving the apartment for the last time I found myself tearing up a bit and feeling attached to the place (after five years I never paid more than $900 to rent this one-bedroom with hardwood...

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Quote of the day

May 17, 2004
By tom

My, this sounds familiar: Something odd happens to a lot of people when they join an editorial board. They stop hearing the music. Instead of the chaotic mix of rock ‘n’ roll, rap, Bulgarian folk music, and God knows what else most people hear from life, it all becomes the seamless pomposity of a...

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First, let’s shoot all the copy editors

May 15, 2004
By tom

… a screed in which the author of a book on computer doings (programming, if I’m not mistaken) laments a copy editor’s tender mercies. Thanks to George for the link.

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Unfortunate layout of the moment

May 14, 2004
By tom
Unfortunate layout of the moment

Saw this priceless juxtaposition on the New York Times homepage tonight and figured I’d better save it for posterity before proper authorities are alerted. Note the U.S. soldier guarding a Shiite mosque. Now note the headline below, about the "newest Gay Mecca." Folks, it don’t get much better (that is to say, worse) than...

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Searing indictment of the press

May 14, 2004
By tom

I know, why are indictments always searing? OK, anyway: I just finished reading an Atlantic Monthly article about the dark art of digging dirt on political rivals. The story talks about how it crippled the Dean campaign and wounded the Gore campaign (why is it Republicans are so much better at it?) … but...

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How bloggers will make a living

May 13, 2004
By tom

In a couple years, Jason Calcanis says, the most popular blogs will all belong to celebrities. If every celebrity wants a blog in 2006, and writing talent is spread among celebrities in about the same proportion as the general population, there’s gonna be huge demand for ghost bloggers — people who do the writing...

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Ruminations on the war on terror

May 11, 2004
By tom

Gotta say something about the latest turn of events in this Iraqi adventure of ours. I wasn’t particularly surprised by the prison abuse photos; I was more surprised that people who raised no objections to invading a sovereign country and killing God knows how many innocents along with the guilty few got themselves tied...

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Meet the new Blogger

May 10, 2004
By tom

Blogger.com has a new look and new features (no word on when they get new servers, which is what they’ve always needed most), which means that Copy Massage and Common sense journalism now feature calm forest green accents instead of the obnoxious orange orange. Trust me, I’ve shaken hands with both of these guys...

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Raves for Fortune’s Loomis

May 10, 2004
By tom

Always On Network praises legendary biz reporter Carol Loomis.

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Sci-fi meets Banned for Life

May 10, 2004
By tom

Via Maud‘s blog: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clich?s

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