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October 19, 2004

Discontinue using the word "Interesting"

Have we as a culture lost our ability to articulate differences beyond anything more than generalities. The phrase "Oh, he was an interesting guy." or worse "Well, that was interesting." means almost nothing. The English language is filled with words that convey layers of subtlety that interesting just glosses over. I'm doing my best to discontinue my use and prompt others to better explain just what they mean.

October 16, 2004

Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Jon Stewart offers some constructive criticism about the media and Crossfire itself. One of my favorite bits:

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

STEWART: You need to go to one.

The thing that I want to say is, when you have people on for just knee-jerk, reactionary talk...

CARLSON: Wait. I thought you were going to be funny. Come on. Be funny.

STEWART: No. No. I'm not going to be your monkey.

October 7, 2004

Phonetic Alphabet

Just one of those handy things to have around:

Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel India
Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo
Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey Xray Yankee Zulu

What's wrong with the debates

What's wrong with the debates

A history of why the format of today's debates are so structured.

October 5, 2004

Back-room dealing a Capitol trend

Back-room dealing a Capitol trend

Great article about the negative effects the Republican controlled congress are having on the law making process.