General commentary

10 ways to liven up your Turkey day

November 27, 2003
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In lieu of saying Grace, issue Wonderbras, short skirts and bobbysocks to female guests, encourage them to imitate Laker Girls. Issue full pads and helmets to male guests, have a scrimmage over who gets the wishbone. Tell youngest guests they’ll be baked in next year’s turkey if they don’t do this year’s dishes. Mold...

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Over-rule the traffic light

November 7, 2003
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A link I overlooked last week: a Washington Post story about devices that allow drivers to change red lights to green. Link via Kuro5hin.

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Bob Greene…

October 21, 2003
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… on the Cubs’s meltdown. Note to Bob: it is too a loss. That’s why they keep score.

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John Markoff on the future

October 16, 2003
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He’s the tech writer for the New York Times. From an interview with him at Online Journalism Review: JM: I read Bill Joy’s Wired piece with great, great despair two or three years ago. It’s not clear to me that Joy was right on nanotechnology or robotics or AI — that’s still I think...

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On fan interference

October 15, 2003
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I cannot let the Cubs’ spectacular meltdown yesterday go unnoted. It’s always fun to witness great moments in the history of sports. A new Chicago-based culture blog that Luke recommends (also linked to in the blogroll below) asked for comments on the fan preventing an out at a time when the Cubs desperately needed...

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In sporting news…

September 28, 2003
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… the Detroit Tigers won today, allowing them to avoid matching the Mets’ record for losingest season. If it’d been me, I’d have thrown a couple of those last games to break the record. At least they notice you if you’re the all-time worst, but nobody remembers the team that comes in next-to-last.

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I’m a sucker for personal-meltdown stories…

September 25, 2003
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… like the former Time reporter found dead in her condo last May.

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Term of the day: Nerfball

September 15, 2003
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What we just decided Oprah was serving up to Arnold in today’s interview on her show, the highlight of which was Arnold saying working out was better than coming.

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Small world dept.

September 15, 2003
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Side Salad on Tampa’s Press Box. Simply the best place on earth to watch the Final Four and live for the day by consuming things that take years off your life.

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Where you came from

September 14, 2003
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My old blogs at http://tom.mangan.com/ and http://tom.mangan.com/printsthechaff will remain posted indefinitely, so don’t worry about having missed anything. Of course all those links will be out of date in a week, but what’s the Web without a few dead links, right?

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