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George W. Bush's
Top Ten Complaints
About "Fahrenheit 9/11"
10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing
9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election
8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words
7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the
part where I get him deported
6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and
gives people the finger
5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true
4. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my
3. Where the hell was Spider-man?
2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth
1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball
the Late Show with David Letterman
the anonymous coward says
After we send Bush packing back to Crawford, I say we kick Texas out of the
Union. That way, the next time we get the itch to invade and steal the oil
from some hot, dusty, third-world country crawling with religious zealots
and ruled by a maniacal dictator, we won't have to fly halfway around the
world to do it.
almost surely ripped off from somewhere, but I found it on /.
that or which; because or since; though or although.
bill & and I
spent a lot of time thinking about these weighty issues back in
june when he was typing the copy editor's changes into the second edition of tuning,
timbre, spectrum, scale. the manuscript had 426 pages --- and
page 118 was the first one with no copy edits
whatsoever. someone at springer-verlag is
fighting the good fight when it comes to usage.
the recent BBC usage quiz takes on sound-alike words, the final
frontier for spell-checkers. when I taught economics at vanderbilt I used
to hand out a sheet explaining the difference between affect and
effect. the confusion arises from the parallel meanings of the verb
affect and the noun effect.
Increasing the money supply affects the rate
The effect of increasing the money supply is higher
- verb, transitive;
affected, affecting, affects
- To have an influence on or effect a change in:
Inflation affects the buying power of the
- To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
- To attack or infect, as a disease:
Rheumatic fever can affect the
- verb, transitive;
effected, effecting, effects
To bring into existence.
To produce as a result.
Usage Note: Affect (1) and effect have no senses in common. As a verb
affect (1) is most commonly used in the sense of "to influence" (how smoking
affects health). Effect means "to bring about or execute": layoffs designed
to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures may affect savings could
imply that the measures may reduce savings that have already been realized,
whereas These measures may effect savings implies that the measures will
cause new savings to come about.
- A feeling or emotion as distinguished from cognition, thought,
or action. A strong feeling having active consequences.
- Obsolete. A disposition, feeling, or tendency.
- Something brought about by a cause or an agent; a result.
- The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence:
The drug had an immediate effect on the pain. The government's
action had no effect on the trade imbalance.
- A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon: the photovoltaic
- Advantage; avail: used her words to great effect in influencing
- The condition of being in full force or execution: a new
regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.
- Something that produces a specific impression or supports a
general design or intention: The lighting effects emphasized the
harsh atmosphere of the drama.
- A particular impression: large
windows that gave an effect of spaciousness.
- Production of a
desired impression: spent lavishly on dinner just for
- The basic or general meaning; import: He said he was
greatly worried, or words to that effect.
- effects. Movable belongings; goods.
definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
i heart the diamond
the diamond lane, that is. I drive into NASA
with bill a couple of times a week, to hang out in my old office
with my pals steve and andrew and go to yoga with robin or to
what passes for an irish pub in these parts. on his own, bill does the
bike/caltrain/bike commute but with two people
it's cheaper and much faster to drive ($12 total fare, 3-4 hours
total travel time for 2 people by caltrain, 32 miles and 1.5-2
hours total travel time by car).
plus we get to drive in
the commuter lane. it's faster on average but the real payoff is the
psychological thrill of zipping past 3 lanes of slow or stopped
traffic. merging in and out of the commuter lane, however, is not the kind of thrill that I enjoy.
we (mostly me) have averaged almost 50 miles of driving a day since
arriving in the bay area, though our loungey 4th of july weekend
at home helped decrease that. steve says "you guys just love to
drive." I insist that we hate to drive. steve says "nope, you guys
love to drive. that's why you do it so much." in econo-speak that would be "revealed
preference." given that we went
on a 5000+ mile tour of the interstate system on our way out here,
I have to admit steve has a point.
Time never waits but keeps flowing. Not only does
time flow unhindered, but correspondingly our lives too keep
moving onward all the time.
If something goes wrong, we
cannot turn back time and try again. In that sense, there is
no genuine second chance.
. . . . . . . . . . . .
For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings
remain, until then may I, too, abide, to dispel the misery of
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
long life prayer for the dalai lama, english
long life prayer for the dalai lama, tibetan
your reader doesn't care about you at
He isn't saying, "Tell me, dear author, about yourself and what
you think about the world, art, life, and the eternal verities."
What he is saying is so frightening that I urge you not to think
about it while you are writing --- you may get a kind of palsy.
What he is saying is, "Tell me about me. I want to be more
alive. Give me me." All the great fiction of the world
satisfies this need: it tells me about me.
William Sloane, The Craft of Writing
your call will not be answered in the order
in which it was received
Laura Gainey, vice president of client segment strategies, said
the bank's phone system sends certain customers to the front of
the line, where they get the most experienced customer service
representatives, depending on criteria that includes their
next they'll tell us that pushing the button for the walk
sign doesn't have any effect either.
"those customers, they're smart, and they're
costing us money."
according to brad
anderson, best buy's chief executive,"demon customers,"
including those that buy "only during big sales," are
"directly equivalent to somebody going to an
ATM and getting money out without putting any in."
The customer is always right? Not anymore.
by joshua freed
weight for me
my first solo attempt at weight training since getting the grand
tour of (some of) the equipment from the personal trainer at the
fancy-schmancy gym. (I don't normally go in for fancy-schmancy
anything, but the gym is half a block from elise's apartment and
has an outdoor pool.) there were a surprising number of big
sweaty guys working out on a late saturday afternoon on a
holiday weekend. not that I have anything against big sweaty
guys. it's just that they're big. and sweaty. and guys. and they
leave the weight on the overhead lat pull machine set at 160
lbs. I move it to 40 lbs. I wonder if anyone sets the weight
higher after they're done.
weight training doesn't feel like working out to me, except for
the sweating part. I miss the heart-pounding endorphins of a
cardio workout, but the clinical evidence solidly supports
weight training. builds muscle! raises your metabolism! helps
prevent osteoporosis! I started with upper body and abs (legs
and abs on deck for later in the week) and didn't feel
particularly tired when I was done. until I raised my arms over
my head to take off my shirt --- they had developed a distinct
rubbery feel. at dinner I starting eating holding my bowl of
pasta in my hand; after about 30 seconds it seemed like the bowl
had gotten rather heavy, so I put it on the table instead.
I'm sure my arms are going to feel much better tomorrow.
dr. scott, take two
I'm still working on an entry about dr. scott cohen and the
pediatric alliance, but in the meantime, I put some pictures
from his trip to nicaragua up on my mother's
blog. more later.