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Good news for Pod People

January 6, 2004
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Apple’s iPod just got cheaper and smaller. (And more colorful.)

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The future doesn’t need us

December 31, 2003
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I happened across this encouraging tidbit while reading an accounting of 10 lesser-noted trends of 2003: 2. The U.S. began to massively export white-collar jobs. Despite the high productivity of America’s 130 million employed workers, companies of all kinds discovered that they could get many jobs done for less money overseas. This was particularly...

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Putdown of the day

December 24, 2003
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Foes of a certain former governor are calling his henchpeople Deanie Weenies. (Something made me think, what’s going to happen when everybody starts calling them “Deanie Weenies,” so I put the words in Google and found out, yep, they already are. Well, some of them.)

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Just had an earthquake

December 22, 2003
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Sitting here staring into my big terminal, which all the sudden starts weaving slightly back and forth. Word on TV is it was magnitude 6.5, based in south/central California. That’s strong enough to do major damage, but it sounds like the epicenter was around San Simeon, which is lightly populated.

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Paris Hilton for prez?

December 18, 2003
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Well, she’s already getting better ratings than the one we’ve got now. Come to think of it, what harm could it do to send Dubya to a farm in Arkansas for a month?

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Talk about a scoop

December 17, 2003
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The Virginian-Pilot tells how it broke the news of the Wright Brothers’ first successful attempt at powered flight. Even in 1903 the Wrights knew the value of manipulating the news: they wanted to give the exclusive to the paper back home in Dayton, Ohio, but a telegraph operator leaked it to the Virginian-Pilot. Splashed...

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Hunter Thompson breaks a leg

December 17, 2003
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In my quest to link every scrap of Hunter S. Thompson news I happen across, I share the following: He’s back in Colorado nursing the leg he broke when he slipped on the bathroom floor of a Hawaii hotel. Thompson had planned to join actor Josh Hartnett on the pace vehicle for the annual...

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Dreaming of Saddam

December 15, 2003
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Seems Tim Russert had a dream about Saddam too. But he got to reveal his dream to George Tenet, director of the CIA.

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Saddam caught

December 14, 2003
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Now what? True story: Thursday night I had a dream in which I was in a large room with Saddam and George W. Bush. Seemed like it was a press conference. Saddam’s trying to be cute in a Gollum-like way; Bush, who isn’t buying it, walks straight over to Saddam and busts him in...

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The Jessica Book

December 13, 2003
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Rick Bragg’s narrative reviewed in the New York Times. Some reviewers have questioned whether, without the exploits initially attributed to her, there could be any power in Lynch’s narrative. (Though Bragg does not say so, the early error had a simple explanation. According to later news reports, the Army was intercepting Iraqi radio chatter,...

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