Archive for September, 2004

Flubbed his dub (an ubdate)

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

I was at a bookstore yesterday, and came across an American slang dictionary. "Flub the dub" was included, meaning to make a mistake. Google gives more results, including translations of American slang into Korean and Russian. Via Yahoo Search: Flub-a-dub was a cast member on Howdy Doody. Flubadubya is a ...

Too cool zipcode map

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Use the zoom! (via Anil Dash)

“Flubbed his dub”

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

I was listening to Johnny Cash's version of "In the Jailhouse Now," which has the line: Well Old Bill really flubbed his dub when he wore a tuxedo to the country club. I did a quick search for "flubbed his dub" on Google, and only this Hindu Unity rant came ...

Political discourse and the destruction of political activity

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

An amazingly cogent rant by Mark Liberman on the current political discourse, which centers on impossible to recall events of decades ago instead of the real issues: We have free speech in this country, and access to a magnificently flexible and expressive language. This power of linguistic expression, granted ...

Petals around the rose

Monday, September 20th, 2004

A cool puzzle: Petals around the rose. It told me I understood the puzzle after 16 turns (I started guessing correctly on the 10th turn). (Via BoingBoing).

Check 21

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

Why haven't we heard more about this? It's a significantly different law about how personal checks are processed in the US. Here's the Federal Reserve Bank's page on Check 21. Tips from Consumers Union.

Duelfer report on WMD

Sunday, September 19th, 2004

On Thursday, the US briefed reporters on a draft report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Although it states that Iraq clearly intended to produce WMD at some point, no significant evidence of WMDs have been found. This is very significant because:The US went to war ...

Bush and Kerry’s WW II Records

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Tom the Dancing Bug: Bush and Kerry's World War II Records Examined.

Nice big robot

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Jason Kottke has a picture of a 40-foot robot in Times Square.

Nader in Kalamazoo

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Ralph Nader visited Kalamazoo today. Among other things, he tolld the audience (according to the Kalamazoo Gazette article) to"vote your conscience." And, in general, this seems like a reasonable thing to say. But, of course, Nader is only on the ballot in Michigan because the Republican Party passed out ...

Is this thing on?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

OK, I lost the computer that I usually kept my weblog postings on, so maybe it makes sense to return to one of the free weblogging services. So, here I am back at Blogger. Yes, it is boring to read about changing weblogging servers, but it's difficult to write ...