Archive for the ‘O, Pine With Me’ Category

Health care? Who needs it?

Arizona has its own health care sys­tem, AHCCCS, that is sup­posed to either take the place of or be sup­ple­men­tal to Medicare. I’m not actu­ally sure what the ratio­nale was for set­ting it up lo these many years ago, and it seems a lit­tle odd just from an economy-​​​​of-​​​​scale per­spec­tive. Medicare has to have more buying […]

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How Thomas Dolby kept me sane

Well, okay, it wasn’t just him; Douglas Adams had more than a lit­tle to do with it too, but that’s another story. It was 1982, and I was a fresh­man in high school. It was typ­i­cally tough, as those years often are; but it was per­haps a lit­tle harder on me — not because I was a bur­geon­ing pubes­cent, but because […]

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A tryptich for the times

What we had: What we dreamed of: What we ended up with:

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One of these things is not like the others…

…which one is dif­fer­ent, do you know? Can you tell me which thing is not like the oth­ers? And I’ll tell you if it is so. You know it’s only a mat­ter of hours before the op-​​​​ed car­toons start, fea­tur­ing Cronkite, Armstrong and MJ together on the Moon. Only one of them doesn’t deserve to be lion­ized. You […]

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It was a very stupid idea anyway.

When Bush 43 was still — eww — in office, news broke that cir­cum­cised men had a lower chance of con­tract­ing HIV infec­tion than their uncut coun­ter­parts when hav­ing unpro­tected sex. The “news” was treated as a major break­through and, as I recall, a lot of coun­sel­ing was done of uncir­cum­cised men, sug­gest­ing they have their fore­skins removed instead […]

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2 girls, 1 cup reaction

For starters, well, yecch.* That out of the way, let’s talk about this video for a moment. These women are viably con­ven­tion­ally het­ero­sex­u­ally attrac­tive. Buxom, one blond and the other brunette. I men­tion this because it’s clear that the video was intended — scat aside — to appeal to het­ero­sex­ual men. Apart from the parts that have spawned […]

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Just another reason not to go anywhere near Utah

Early in the era of talkies, a man named Al Jolson put on black­face and issued what is regarded by many today as one of the most shame­ful per­for­mances in American cin­ema through The Jazz Singer. Possibly the only way for him to be more obnox­ious would be to affect a Rochester accent, eat water­melon and fried […]

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Dampening Kindle

Kindle and Kindle 2 are on the fore­front of many dis­cus­sions now. Rather than talk about the pros and cons of the device in depth, I thought it might be good to repost some­thing I wrote on June 4, 2001 about another eBook reader. The short ver­sion of my argu­ment against Kindle is twofold. 1. There’s no guarantee […]

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I miss the Talking Heads

I really do. I’ve been a fan for more than a quar­ter cen­tury. Eeriest part. “Years ago, I was an angry young man…” Byrne’s pre­sen­ta­tion, his face. Nice, effec­tive. Eyes closed, then open, then closed again. That video was made twenty years ago. Christ, they all look so young. What does that mean about me?

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Let’s at least wait for the first 100 days to end…

Image by Patrick Chappatte at Daryl Cagle’s pad. Over the last eight years I’ve been increas­ingly annoyed by the way Ronald Reagan has been lion­ized. Airports, air­craft car­ri­ers, schools named after the man, and he wasn’t a par­tic­u­larly good or ade­quate pres­i­dent. Listen. The man ignored AIDS. He had an arms-​​​​for-​​​​hostages deal going with Iran. (Yes, […]

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We’re not in a recession.

This is a full-​​​​on depres­sion, folks, and it’s only just begun. MSNBC et. al. are still in total denial, using words like reces­sion while doc­u­ment­ing the implo­sion of brands such as Mervyn’s (clothes), Best Buy, Starbucks and so on — but the real­ity is that this is not a reces­sion any more than the October 1929 crash […]

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Mumbai: Two get it

I’ve been mon­i­tor­ing the English-​​​​speaking world’s response to the Mumbai attacks of last week, and in that time I’ve encoun­tered (out of dozens) one edi­to­r­ial car­toon and one col­umn that actu­ally cut to the heart of the mat­ter. If you go to Daryl Cagle’s archive of polit­i­cal toons, you’ll find a sub­sec­tion on the Mumbai attacks. […]

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