February 2004

Two turntables and a blogophone.

A programming note: The preceding picture was not a cruel commentary on the unknown fates of others, nor a veiled commentary on the supposed fate of myself. It was a picture from IRC that I thought was humorous on multiple levels. Oh well. Given the first link, not the best time to slap up pictures of twentysomethings grimly firing people from remote.

Politics rapidly got boring again. Damn it, Howard Dean, you let us down. Where is the red meat on CNN now? Alas, it will be the refighting of Bush/Dukakis, only without Kerry tooling around in a tank with a really stupid-looking helmet. Although Bush could do that. Then it really WOULD be a complete rerun!

I now have a time cube on my desk. No, really!

Another programming note: I will be at GDC next month, and further points in the months after, culimnating in yet another E3 where I stare into the lights while the loud noises intone and my sanity bleeds out of my ears while I wear comfortable shoes. Sounds fun, huh!


John “Corrupt” Lee’s moved on from phone hacking with MoD to social commentary. (I’m tempted to say they’re the same thing, but hacking requires a bit more skill with words. The basic gist is that in the “blogosphere” it’s a white man’s world.

In the incestuous Silicon Alley world of dot-com blowouts? Maybe. From where I sit people posting on boards don’t have any discernable skin tone, except maybe fresh minty green. Yeah, the “digital divide” exists, but that’s not a blog issue, that’s an economic one.

Still, a good read.

A note from our sponsor.

Hey, Howard! Now that you’re done running, what’s next?


You’ve been waiting on that one for quite awhile now, haven’t you Lum? — Cevik
Since New Hampshire! — me

OK, so updating can be optional.

So I haven’t updated in, oh, forever. I should probably change that. Of course, much like my workout schedule, I’ll begin with fire and good intentions and end with, well, ice and ennui. And sore thighs when I try to start back up again. OW.

More to the point, I’ve been posting on waterthread my thoughts on the incipient political season. As Soulflame aptly points out, expecting reasonable political discourse on the Internet is like… well, there is no metaphor that doesn’t involve your head exploding, I suppose. As happened here when one particularly unique and special snowflake completely abdicated all responsibility for having any political opinions.

So my bloviating on politics is probably more appropriate to a blog. I mean, come on. Blog. Politics. You see where this is going – I’m going to be Howard Dean’s next campaign manager!

Anyway. As a conservative, I really shouldn’t care WHO wins the Democratic primaries. As a libertarian, I’m probably not going to vote for Bush this time, because, well, that would give John Ashcroft four more years to make the Bill of Rights optional. So I’ve been looking at the political horse race for what it is – a horse race!

I was convinced that the race was Howard Dean’s to lose. Well, after tonight, he’s lost it. (No, not like he lost it after Iowa.) Most exit polls now have him coming in at best second in a few states, third at the most. If Dean wants to be a force in the Democratic party, expect him to exit the race shortly. Or, if he wants to eventually be a Naderite independent, he can stay in as a spoiler. My money’s on the exit – if he wanted to continue to run an insurgency instead of a primary campaign, he never would have dumped Joe Trippi.

So now it’s up to John Kerry to lose the race. Kerry reminds me of everything bad about politics. He doesn’t actually have opinions so much as polled statistics. Even his most genuine moments are disingenous, such as when he dropped the F bomb on Rolling Stone in an interview because, you know, kids love that word these days!

That leaves John Edwards, and I suspect after tonight he will be the new media darling. He’ll probably win Oklahoma as well as South Carolina, which will be taken as “Oh, he did BETTER than expected!”. The media, immensely bored with Kerry, will deluge Edwards with publicity. Edwards will probably handle it well – he’ll continue to spin his campaign as “the positive alternative” which always sounds nice in sound bites.

So – Kerry vs Edwards, with Dean possibly screaming from the gallery. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.