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Humboldt, TN

I’m in Humboldt, Tennessee, drinking some terrible one-step-up-from-instant coffee in what is otherwise a decent hotel room. It’s quarter to midnight, and unfortunately I have a lot of work to do. Hence putting up with bad coffee, and writing this blog entry instead of the article I need to finish. I’m here to attend the ...

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Hotelling in Downtown Seattle

My wife works in the marketing department of a biopharmaceutical company, which often has advantages that I get to enjoy. This weekend, she’s supervising a video shoot in downtown Seattle, and because she’s working from dawn til dusk, she has a hotel room for the weekend at The Inn at Harbor Steps. Of course, I ...

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Adam Engst on War in Iraq

We rarely interject political opinions into TidBITS, which is why I think it’s important to link to Adam’s article about the problem our government is blindly walking into, “A Personal Statement on War in Iraq.”

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Cabin Design

The cabin where we stayed on our vacation last week, called Siskun Song, is gorgeous. “Cabin” almost feels like the wrong word, since this is really a nice large house that’s rented out as a cabin. The main room features wood floors, a high angled ceiling lined with fir or pine, and lots of big ...

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The Conversations

[I’m writing this while on vacation, staying in a cabin near Mazama, WA. Since I don’t have Internet access here, I’m writing this in BBEdit and will post it when I return. (Full disclosure: I could probably get online via dialup, since there’s a phone line in the cabin, but I’m going to hold out ...

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Cel-spammed at IHOP

Sitting in an IHOP in Glendale, CA yesterday morning, my Nokia 8290 buzzed to alert me that I had a message. It was a text message from info0011@computeruser.com that contained the URL “http://www.vrzn-nxtl.com”. (I’m a T-Mobile customer, and was picking up Cingular service in SoCal.) Before checking out the site today, I dutifully turned off ...

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The Future of Animation

The New York Times has an interesting story about the state of feature animation, notably the “old style” Disney version (hand-drawn) versus the “new style” Pixar version (computer-generated). It’s a tough field right now, with lots of talented artists getting laid off because people are more eager to see shiny new CG films like Shrek, ...

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Buzz on Being an Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin has a good opinion piece in the New York Times today titled, “Fear and Flying” that provides an astronaut’s take on the shuttle disaster. (Free subscription required to view.)

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Why We Think It Can’t Happen to Us

I get irked when people start talking about how entertainment adversely affects how we live our lives. (My favorite example, and I can’t recall the source right now: Some people say that violence in movies and television encourages more violence in society, but do you see the broad spectrum of comedy making people funnier?) That ...

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Shuttle Disaster

I’m sick about the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia. I caught the news late: Kim and I were enjoying a nice news- and Internet-free morning before running off to get some errands done, and then I checked CNN.com quickly. I feel like I’ve been numb all day. (The Challenger explosion in 1986 is still ...

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