Thursday, April 28, 2005


Apple Computer yesterday gained the support of the Intel Corporation and Genentech in its effort to make online publishers disclose their sources of confidential information about new Apple products.

Pot Laws Pain Some Elders
Senior citizens who use medical marijuana to treat their ailments wonder why the federal government wants to just say no to them.

Paying on the Highway to Get Out of First Gear

Monday, April 25, 2005

Evil Republican SUV owners

A Scathing Chairman Dean Finds Republicans 'Evil,' 'Corrupt' and 'Brain-Dead'

Illegal Immigration Fears Have Spread
Populist calls for tougher enforcement are being heard beyond the border states.

"I hope gas goes to $5/gallon just to teach these selfish, spoiled yuppies a lesson they'll NEVER forget," wrote John Marranca Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Clark County on the British Election

Jobs sees it as indicative of Apple's agility and drive. "Microsoft has followed our taillights for a long time," he says. "Maybe [in the '90s] we stopped innovating for a while, but now they've been copying OS X the same way they copied Mac."...Though conceding that tardiness is a problem, Allchin contends that the breadth of Longhorn makes it a much weightier project than Tiger, which he describes as "a peripheral to the iPod."

Thursday, April 21, 2005


The United States comfortably defeated a call to the U.N.'s top human rights body on Thursday to launch a probe into alleged violations at Guantanamo Bay...a resolution brought by Cuba

The U.S. government plans to force foreign airlines flying over American soil to turn over the names of passengers on board or check the names against U.S. government watch lists in an effort to prevent terrorists from entering U.S. airspace... Officials have been concerned that terrorists may try to hijack a plane over the United States and crash it into a building, as occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Officials acknowledge, however, that no credible intelligence exists indicating such a plot.
no credible intelligence? isnt 9/11 credible enough?

Part of a cult, in fact - the cult of Mac. Devotees of the products from the stylish, small iPod that holds music to the sleek Powerbook computers seem like a tribe...Perhaps, many of you who use the rival Microsoft computer system will feel as though you are stalked by zealous colleagues keen to convert you from your foolish ways to the higher virtues of Mac.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Liberal Form of Justice

Adolfo Scilingo, 58, was put on trial in Spain for genocide, the first in Spain under laws allowing the prosecution of crimes committed in another country...Scilingo received 30 terms of 21 years in jail for the deaths and five years for each of the other counts. However, under Spanish law he cannot serve more than 30 years in prison...Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 9,138 years. Amnesty International said the ruling "confirms a fundamental norm of international law, that all states have universal jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against humanity."
thanks natalie

A friend of mine went to Cuba, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. It was one with this classic Che Guevara picture...It is just that I do not understand the idolization of murderers. Every time I see a picture of Che I ask myself: how would I look in a t-shirt picturing Augusto Pinochet?

But the decline in the militias should not be read as an overall decline in the radical right in the US, experts are quick to add. Mr Barkun said: "It is not that the extreme right has ceased to exist or that the potential for violence has disappeared." The militias were fashionable for a brief period, and they will doubtless be replaced by something else, although it is not clear what that might be or who would be the leader.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Vicious, untreated political sewage

Take a hard look at the therapeutic curriculum in the social sciences, from Chicano Studies to Sociology and community studies classes that impart little real literary, historical, scientific, or linguistic knowledge, but simply enhance the mechanisms to complain about not having such advantages. Look at UC campuses' catalogs to appreciate the seeming insanity—dozens of classes on La Familia, La Raza, low-rider art, or Aztlan, very few courses on the actual American Revolutionary or Civil War. Something is terribly, terribly wrong...

Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion...Microsoft has been working on dynamic form technologies and a graphics system called Avalon as part of its upcoming operating system, Longhorn. By moving into these areas, Adobe may be trying to cut the software giant off at the pass...

10 years after terror, radical right still a threat..."We are still experiencing a large degree of right-wing activity, including acts of terrorism," said Mark Pitcavage, who tracks the radical right...
i love this headline

The new report appears to buttress the military's claim that it should be allowed to run Camp Delta without outside intervention because the camp has become "the single best repository of Al Qaeda information." The declassified summary cites more than 4,000 interrogation reports and says that some indicated Al Qaeda operatives were pursuing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

And look at Air America's ratings: They're pitifully weak, even in places where you would think they'd be strong. WLIB, its flagship in New York City, has sunk to 24th in the metro area Arbitron ratings — worse than the all-Caribbean format it replaced...Unable to prosper in the medium, liberals have taken to denouncing talk radio as a threat to democracy. Liberal political columnist Hendrik Hertzberg, writing in the New Yorker, is typically venomous. Conservative talk radio represents "vicious, untreated political sewage" and "niche entertainment for the spiritually unattractive," Hertzberg sneers.

"Radical Right Still a Threat"

Nine Inch Nails Want Fans To Destroy 'The Hand That Feeds'...Reznor releases single on Web site in GarageBand format, encourages remixes

Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion...Microsoft has been working on dynamic form technologies and a graphics system called Avalon as part of its upcoming operating system, Longhorn. By moving into these areas, Adobe may be trying to cut the software giant off at the pass, both analysts said.
Longhorn and the OS menagerie

10 years after terror, radical right still a threat..."We are still experiencing a large degree of right-wing activity, including acts of terrorism," said Mark Pitcavage, who tracks the radical right..."When we say 'Patriot movement,' we mean groups who are desperately anti-government, and very involved in conspiracy theories...

gotta love that headline

Saturday, April 16, 2005

periodicals mishap #2

my sister and the niece that made me an uncle

so i was studying for a final, and it was going pretty good when i decided it was time to maybe listen to some background music. i remembered to plug in my earbuds this time and i opened up itunes. there was a couple of shared libraries and i always make it a point to check out other peoples music, though just about always i come up disappointed. well, not disappointed but more dissatisfied and always expecting it. anyway, i was checking out this one guys music and he had a lot of cool stuff. its been months since i was that excited and downloaded that much music. some french acoustic, new york dolls, and some other stuff. he had such unique music relatively speaking (one thing called storycorps which is worth checking out) that i decided i would take a break from studying and go walk around to see if i could find the person that had it. i have done this before but was able to first communicate with them using rendezvous (now bonjour) in ichat. so i started walking around the periodicals section of the library, all the way up one end, then coming back down the other. as i was walking i thought to myself, "this guy has surely got to have a mac..." i continued walking, "i really dont think its a girl." i saw several kind of dorky looking guys and kind of laughed to myself that it was probably someone that looked similar. im walking down back the other side of periodicals when i see a powerbook by itself and theres a hooded sweatshirt hanging over the chair. i light flashed in my mind and i thought "theres my guy!" i noticed that an ipod was also connected to the powerbook and this provided further evidence to me of my hypothesis. so as i was giving myself non-verbal pats on the back in my mind for how well i was able to read people i was my powerbook. i was quickly put back in my place mentally, had a grin on my face, and went back to my chair.

Friday, April 15, 2005


The U.S. Marshals Service and local police agencies arrested more than 10,000 fugitives last week in an aggressive nationwide sweep that ranks as the largest single dragnet in U.S. history, the Justice Department announced yesterday.

M Chirac said that, contrary to French belief, the constitution was a guarantee “that France will continue to exist”. The treaty, he said, would ensure that Europe did not succumb to ultra-liberalism — French jargon for the Anglo-American free market system.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Tom Delay

even the michelin man is more active...

The federal government must prove it can protect the nation's borders before Congress can pass a guest-worker program, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday..."Ultimately, we need to enforce our laws. The American people need to see us protect our borders and enforce our laws," Mr. DeLay said. "Then, they'll be willing to talk about a guest-worker program."

Indie fans often come across as if they belong to some sort of secret society, frowning upon all those poor, ignorant souls who just don't "get it" when it comes to music. Lies. We're here to tell you that you too can be a hipster. ...So start somewhere safe: Sonic Youth. You cannot go wrong if you like Sonic Youth. Everybody in indie rock likes Sonic Youth, and those who don't are afraid to admit it.

Black Thursday

Even if you factor in the options issue and the flat guidance, Apple's results were "incredible," says Scott Rothbort, president of LakeView Asset Management and a contributor to's sister Web site Street Insight. Analysts are going to have to raise their earnings estimates, which means that with the level of cash the company now has, its shares are undervalued, says Rothbort, who is long Apple.

Rothbort says the after-hours selloff was "perplexing."

"The stock should not be where it is now," he says. "This is going to be an easy $50 stock. No doubt about it. The only question is whether [the market] allows it to get there."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

stop eating big macs

A top-to-bottom modernization is transforming the Chinese military, raising the stakes for U.S. forces long dominant in the Pacific.

McDonald's has reached the half-century mark and is earning more money than ever. Still, it's trying out a radical change of image out of fears a flood of lawsuits could head its way as an the American debate over nutrition and obesity heats up.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

stop watching TV

COLUMN: Apple a waste of marketshare; PCs offer more useful experience

I Think I'll Watch TV -- On My Cell Phone...The new systems will allow broadcasters to beam programming to tiny screens on the move, using technology akin to today's TV rather than more expensive cellular networks.

OS X Tiger - April 29th

Jonathan proves once again that it's a sick, sad world out there...


Cookie Monster, the biscuit-eating puppet on US children's show Sesame Street, will cut down on his favourite food as part of an anti-obesity drive.

Iraq's new president Jalal Talabani has restated his support for a continued US and Australian military presence in Iraq,...Branding Sadr a "criminal" who should be arrested...

It was a mourning festival observed with passionate intensity in mosques throughout Iran. But among the affluent and mostly young secular-minded set who had travelled 80 miles north from Tehran with their expensive skiing equipment, it generated an outpouring of surprising - and, in Iran, potentially dangerous - blasphemous sentiments.

The rest of the world may be trying to embrace the Mediterranean diet as the key to long life, but the people of Europe’s sunshine belt are abandoning it — and growing fat fast.

Robots will replace child camel jockeys in UAE

Monday, April 11, 2005

First iPod
thanks zach

Bush's indispensable toy: First iPod...President's player features eclectic list of downloaded tunes
thanks gene

Saturday, April 09, 2005

French Fear of Economic Liberty

The Bush Dilemma - If the president is willing to take risks abroad, why won't he do it at home?
by Victor Davis Hanson

In what could be an ominous sign for the U.S. tech industry, American universities slipped lower in an international programming contest.

...this week President Jacques Chirac faces one of the biggest battles of his political career as he launches a crusade to persuade the French to vote 'Oui' in next month's referendum on the EU constitution...Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said: 'If the "no" side wins, the French will have a much tougher time because we will be in a world of unbridled economic liberalism.' In a video conference, right-wing UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy told farmers: 'If we are not in Brussels, who will defend the common agricultural policy?'

That's America. In Holland, you can taste a cookie without signing a legal waiver, and, if you get food poisoning from it, the doctor will discreetly euthanize you to avoid putting your family through the trauma of waiting six hours for the stomach pump to become available. That's not how the American cookie crumbles. Euthanasia here will be a 10-year court culminating in slow-motion public execution played out on the 24-hour cable channels.

They may not be as unpredictable as Michael Jackson, but witnesses in the singer's child molestation case have surprised lawyers on both sides with unexpected testimony.

Friday, April 08, 2005

U.S. - China Relations

Chinese President Hu Jintao formally asked Bush to consider engaging in what the Chinese call a "strategic dialogue" during an economic meeting in Chile last November. During a visit to Beijing last month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confirmed that the United States is interested in regular senior-level talks, but the administration has chosen to call the meetings a "global dialogue" because, officials say, the phrase "strategic dialogue" is reserved for close U.S. allies.

According to an anonymous report, Apple and ATI have been in talks about either creating or purchasing a Game Development unit.

We recently did a story "A Mac Mini Powered Lexus". Mario from Florida sent us some new pictures and news about his project.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Pompeii Love

Iraq's first democratically elected National Assembly in more than 50 years named Shiite leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari prime minister

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle personally went to the scene when a sanitation worker was reportedly being held at gunpoint last week. Police say he did so because no one else was available.

Mexican police, humanitarian workers and military personnel are trying to dissuade migrants from illegally entering the United States until after a monthlong protest here against lax enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The United States will require its nationals to carry passports to return from Canada and Mexico by 2008, under new rules designed to improve security.
And yet the borders are still totally open...
No wonder Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano.

Overseas aid is political, and the the United States doesn't try to hide the fact...But at times, relief seems to come first. "Today, we provide food aid to North Korea and that's probably the least democratic country in the world at this stage of the game," said Schieck.

Moore on his law

Gordon Moore on 40 years of his processor law

Panasonic will introduce AA and AAA disposable batteries in June that the company calls the "most significant developments in primary battery technology in 40 years."
She still powers up after being run over by a jeep.
thanks gene for the link and translation

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Apple Mutimedia Device

SiliconValleyWatcher has learned that Apple has contracted to use the powerful video, image, and music chips designed by Alphamosaic, in Cambridge, UK, in a future multimedia mobile device.

UBS Analysts Predict Apple Media Server; iTunes-like Video Service

Apple's Japanese operation may be taking its time launching a local version of the Mac maker's iTunes Music Store, but eager iPod buyers can at least now order one of the company's music players using only their mobile phones.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Liberals on Illegal Immigration

''It seemed not to occur to him that it isn't wrong to burn down barns because it's illegal, but it's illegal to burn down barns because it's wrong. Like other statist politicians, Mr. Trudeau . . . either didn't see, or resented, that right and wrong are only reflected by the laws, not determined by them.''

Politicians in secular France squabbled over whether the government had been right to order flags lowered on public buildings in a sign of respect for Pope John Paul.

Can Civic Groups Like Moose, Elks Survive?

The Minutemen's presence set off some protests from immigrant-rights groups, and Mexican President Vicente Fox called on the U.S. government to protect illegal immigrants coming across the desert. President Bush outraged many of the activists by calling them vigilantes. They responded by calling Bush the co-president of Mexico and a leader who had failed his responsibility to secure the country's borders.
This is a good liberal rag read...

Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions...Since illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States six years ago, Ángel Martínez has done backbreaking work, harvesting asparagus
And yet liberals want to continue this status quo...thanks NYTimes for your ironic commentary.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Tolerant, Loving Minutemen

Minuteman Project volunteers, during limited weekend patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border here, rescued a tired and thirsty Mexican who had become separated from a group trying to illegally enter the United States.

Friday, April 01, 2005

29 Years Ago Today