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Even Dad Doesn’t Approve

George Bush, Sr. gave a talk and essentially (according to this article) does not approve of how Bush Jr. is handling the Iraq situation. Is it good that someone so close to the President can express this view, or will the fact that it comes from Dad only make things worse?

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Fly Another Day

I’m on a flight from St. Louis to Seattle, where the flight crew has announced that tonight’s movie is the James Bond flick Die Another Day. I have an article to finish, so I won’t be watching the movie all the way through, but I do want to watch the beginning (also known as “the ...

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Carter Op-Ed

Former President Jimmy Carter weighs in on the prospect of War in the New York Times. Although his presidency isn’t recent, it’s good to see our former leaders speak out against the current administration, given that traditionally (as far as I know) ex-presidents have chosen not to criticize sitting ones.

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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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