Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

current events

aug
30
2005

window of humor

Amid all the sobering news of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, there are a few glimmers of humor, such as this weatherman’s hissy fit on CNN. (Thanks to Nelson for the link.)

aug
29
2005

hurricane watching

It took a while to get going, but the major news outlets finally jumped on the hurricane apocalypse bandwagon around midday yesterday. Admittedly, even I hadn’t paid too much attention to Katrina and the potential devastation it might cause in …

jun
14
2005

the verdict

Gathered around a small TV tuned to CNN, we watched the Michael Jackson verdict come in this afternoon. Not guilty on all counts. But plenty of damage has still been done to Jackson’s public image. Columnist Tina Brown just about …

apr
18
2005

election

Big in the news today: The beginning of the papal conclave, in which all the cardinals (under 80 years old) sequester themselves inside the Sistine Chapel to vote on who becomes the next pope of the Roman Catholic church. Last …

apr
08
2005

sweet sistine

March Madness has given way to Popapalooza 2005. Use these brackets to follow the path to the “Flagellent Four” and the final showdown to see who will be the next Pope. Someone’s going to hell for this for sure …

feb
20
2005

gonzo

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone … but they’ve always worked for me.” Hunter S. Thompson is dead. Thompson was a wildly eccentric writer with a gift for vividly colorful storytelling, and is credited as …

feb
10
2005

princess consort

One of the big stories of the day is the announcement that Britain’s Prince Charles is going to marry longtime girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles in April. (BBC News: “Prince Charles to marry Camilla” - 02/10/05) It also was quickly announced …

feb
03
2005

mixed messages

I’m on Merriam-Webster’s “word of the day” e-mail list, and sometimes I wonder if there’s some kind of connection or meaning implied between the word sent out and current events. Take today, for example: The day after the president’s State …

jan
23
2005

back from the dead

In addition to his freakishly defined abs, fitness infomercial king John Basedow apparently also has the amazing ability to come back from the dead. Rumors circulated that he’d met his end after a press release was circulated in early January …

jan
14
2005

tsunami aid

$10 million here. $100 million there. A story in today’s Washington Post cautions that all the news of various tsunami aid pledges by countries around the world may be a bit misleading. (“Cash Often Fails to Match Aid Pledges “ …

dec
28
2004

tsunami

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the recent horrible tragedy in southeast Asia, where, on the coasts, tens of thousands of people (the body count keeps rising) died as a result of tidal waves after a massive …

dec
27
2004

best of 2004

It’s time again for those roundups of events and “bests” of the the past year… Arts & Culture New York Times: “Culture: Best of 2004”Salon.com: “When Comedy Drew Blood” Movies New York Times: “The Best Movies of 2004”Roger Ebert, Chicago …

dec
20
2004

shiver shiver, brrr brrr

Outside, the sky is clear and vibrantly blue, and it looks like a beautiful day. Only the fast walking pace and bundled layers of warmth of the pedestrians downstairs gives a hint to the reality of what it’s like outside: …

dec
14
2004

seasonal advice

At the end of a severe weather alert yesterday (posted on weather.com), meteorologists at the National Weather Service offered a bit of mother-like advice: ALTHOUGH THESE CONDITIONS ARE NOT UNUSUAL FOR DECEMBERSINCE THIS WILL BE THE FIRST COLD SNAP …

oct
29
2004

worst. costumes. ever.

TheStranger.com features “2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes.”

oct
02
2004

there's an election going on?

This is an incredibly important, hotly contested election year. But around here, unless you follow the major news outlets, you might not know it. I was actually a little shocked when I heard political radio advertisements in Seattle and Denver …

aug
26
2004

follow the story

I noticed this morning that washingtonpost.com has started doing something kinda nifty with its RSS feeds: In addition to offering feeds based on its core coverage areas (national, metro, technology, etc.), they’ve also started offering feeds related to specific stories …

aug
22
2004

stolen scream

Various news agencies are reporting that, in a fairly ballsy move, two armed men stormed a Norwegian art gallery during operating hours and, in front of frightened museum-goers, forced museum employees to hand over two Edvard Munch paintings, including “The …

aug
17
2004

seen: hunker down

Hunker Down” Bingo A friend of mine here in St. Pete … told me that during the Hurricane evacuations Friday, she and her son played “hunker down bingo.” They waited until somebody on TV said the words “hunker down” then …

aug
16
2004

seen: sports priorities

Rob spotted this exchange in a recent Washington Post online chat with sports columnist Michael Wilbon: Reston VA: Michael, Are you so completely engorged in the Olympics that youve not heard about the Redskins, it appears they have much work …