Archive for September 5th, 2007

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

This is kind of a weird one. My blog is the #1 search result for jesus said eat fresh crops.

Who knew.

1 comment September 5th, 2007 at 10:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Smell The Backmentum!!!


Brownback is really wowing them in New Hampshire.

I think he’s got a really good shot there if the turnout stays in the low double digits.

September 5th, 2007 at 07:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans


Well, the new iPods have been announced. Tantalizing, but ultimately… unsatisfying. A brief recap:

  • iPod Shuffle has new, more pastel color options. Big whoop.
  • The iPod Nano is shorter and squatter, but now plays videos and a few games. Cool idea, but I’m not sure how big a draw it will be, given the smallness of the screen and the flash memory (4GB & 8GB).
  • The iPod Formerly Known As iPod Video is now known as iPod Classic, and capacity has been bumped up from 30GB & 80GB to 80GB & 160GB. Yowza. But it still has the same dinky little screen.
  • The iPod Touch is the one I had been waiting for. I would have been satisfied with just a widescreen video iPod, but they went even farther and made it an iPhone without the phone. Same cool multi-touch interface, plus WiFi capability, OSX, Safari browser, YouTube, and a mini-iTunes that lets you buy and download music right to the iPod itself.

BUT. In their quest for slimness and battery life for the iPod Touch, Apple opted to use flash memory, meaning that the big one only has 16GB of capacity, or 1GB more than my ancient second-generation iPod. In other words, it’s got the screen of a video player, and the storage of an audio player (making it the exact opposite of the iPod Classic). If I load all my “good” mp3s and photos on it, I would have almost no room at all for video.

The other area where Apple missed the boat is the lack of speakers. The iPod Touch is a perfect “Hey, look at this!” appliance, but you can’t show a video to a friend without them having to put on headphones. And if you want to show it to more than one friend, well, it ain’t happening.

So as much as I really really want an iPod Touch, I’m going to have to wait for one that has at least 32GB of storage, and built-in speakers. Ooo, and a camera would be really cool, too…

And in non-iPod Apple news, you can now buy ringtones for the iPhone to make it as annoying as regular cellphones, and the price of the 8GB iPhone has been cut by, oh, $200 (4GB iPhone is now discontinued). Heh.

(No, I’m still not getting one. It needs to have a decent wireless network, and copy-and-paste functionality first, so I can blog from it – because I am a crazy person. And if it has 32GB, I’ll be in heaven.)

September 5th, 2007 at 06:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

Boo America

BooMan offers up a best-case scenario whereby the Democrats could have a 75-seat majority in the Senate by 2011.

I wonder if that’s enough to actually get some legislation passed. Or to end the Iraqupation, which will probably still be going on…

September 5th, 2007 at 11:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics

Headline Of The Day

Today’s NYT:

In Iraq, Couric Hones Her Hard-News Image


1 comment September 5th, 2007 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media

Labor Day Parade Photoblogging

Here are the last of the Labor Day Parade pics. The ones in color are the Perry drill team, but I’m not sure what school the others are from. They’re all having a lot of fun, though – except maybe that last girl, who looks pretty intense.

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September 5th, 2007 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Claws for alarm:

ARNOLD’S COVE, Labrador – “As big as a Buick!” That’s how exuberant shell fisherman Bob Smedley described his terrifying catch after a battle that lasted nearly two hours.

It wasn’t just fierce — it was covered with long, coarse hair like porcupine quills,” Smedley continued. “It scared the bejeepers out of me!”

While stories of giant, wooly lobsters have been bandied about northern docks for centuries, Smedley produced the first proof that the creatures are real. The wizened lobsterman roped and towed his prize to shore after an hour-long battle.

“Lucky I had my 30-30 Winchester with me in case of polar bears,” said a still-excited Smedley. “It took seventeen shots to finally put him down.”

Marine biologist Dr. Stanley Baer named the previously undocumented creature Fuzzinus Damnbigus and said global warming has raised sea temperatures sufficiently to thaw many more long-frozen colonies.

“This specimen’s stomach contents included everything from sharks to well-chewed Speedos,” Dr. Baer remarked. “We need to take this threat seriously.”

Best. Scientific Name. Ever.

September 5th, 2007 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Creepiest. Mayor. Ever.

Almost forgot to blog Bob Herbert’s column today. Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman is quite a piece of work:

There is probably no city in America where women are treated worse than in Las Vegas.

The tone of systematic, institutionalized degradation is set by the mayor, Oscar Goodman, who told me in an interview that the city would reap “tremendous” benefits if a series of “magnificent brothels” could be established to cater to johns from across the country and around the world.

“I’ve said there should be the beginning of a discussion of that,” said Mr. Goodman, a former defense lawyer for mobsters who unabashedly describes his city as an adult playground where “anything goes — as long as you don’t go over the line.”

Most of the lines in Vegas have long since been erased. It is without a doubt, as the psychologist and researcher Melissa Farley, says, “the epicenter of North American prostitution and sex trafficking.”

Vegas is a place where women and girls by the tens of thousands are chewed up by the vast and astonishingly open sex trade. You can be sitting at a traffic light and a huge mobile billboard will drive past, promising, “Hot Babes — Direct to Your Room.”

I was drawn to this story by an advance copy of Ms. Farley’s book-length report, “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections.” It’s being published online today.

The report explores what Oscar Goodman doesn’t appear to understand: the horrendous toll that prostitution, legal or illegal, takes on the women and girls involved. If you peel back the thin, supposedly sexy veneer of the commercial sex trade, you’ll quickly see the rotten inside, where females are bought, sold, raped, beaten, shamed and in many, many cases, physically and emotionally wrecked.


“We did surveys of people on the street,” said Ms. Farley, “and nearly half thought prostitution was legal in Las Vegas. Guess why that is? Massive advertising.”

There are more than 150 pages of ads in the Las Vegas yellow pages for “college teens,” “mature women,” “mothers and daughters,” “petite Japanese women,” “Chinese teens in short skirts” and every other variation imaginable. I asked Mayor Goodman about that, and he said: “We’ve changed that a little bit. They used to have pictures.”


Mayor Goodman said that he is no fan of illegal prostitution, but is convinced the legal variety could be a boon. He is proud of his city’s tourist slogan: “What happens here, stays here.”

Back in the ’90s, Las Vegas tried hard to promote a family-friendly image.

“That ended when I became mayor,” said Mr. Goodman.

Oscar Goodman: American hero.

September 5th, 2007 at 12:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Sexism,Wankers

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