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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005
22:40 - Every emotion you have ever had, to the Dark Side leads
http://www.livejournal.com/users/mistful/68456.html

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Via John. Best Star Wars: Episode III review evar.


12:24 - Guy must have flunked Civics
http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000103.htm

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I wonder what "Congrefs shall make no law refpecting an establishment of Religion" means to Rep. Conyers.


11:45 - It's not porn, it's a "fertility totem"
http://www.mark-shea.com/LOTR.html

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Here's a real gem, via JMH: "source criticism" of Lord of the Rings.

T suggests some skill on Aragorn's part in the use of pharmaceutical (and hallucinogenic?) plants which may account for some of the more "visionary" moments of mysterious beings like "Black Riders" who appear to have been tribal chieftains hostile to the Aragorn dynasty. PJ, however, exalts Elrond's healing powers over Aragorn's. This is probably rooted in some incident of psychosomatic healing repeatedly chronicled in different sources. Thus, the G source also has an account of Frodo's "healing by Aragorn" on the Field of Cormallen but E places it at Rivendell and attributes the healing to Elrond. Since we know that "Frodo" is likely just a figure representing the rural population and not an historical personage, most scholars therefore conclude that "Frodo's" healing is just T's symbolic representation of Aragorn's program of socio-economic appeasement of the agrarian class, while his healing by Elrond is a nature myth representing the renewal of the annual crops.

Of course, the "Ring" motif appears in countless folk tales and is to be discounted altogether. Equally dubious are the "Gandalf" narratives, which appear to be legends of a shamanistic figure, introduced to the narrative by W out of deference to local Shire cultic practice.

Some people have far too much time on their hands. And thank goodness for that.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
00:38 - Wait, he can't do that
http://www.acf.org/white_house.htm

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Having been dolefully lectured on the subject by everyone from park rangers to Bill Bryson, it's hard not to be excited to see this:

The tree planted Friday came from a research farm in Virginia, where blight resistance was bred into the native chestnut with the help of the Chinese chestnut.

The American chestnut, prized for its timber and its crop of glossy dark nuts, once dominated Eastern forests from Maine to Georgia. The graceful trees were virtually wiped out by blight starting at the turn of the 20th century.

That loss, Case said, "was the greatest environmental disaster in the Western Hemisphere since the Ice Age."

Now, after years of breeding, cloning and crossbreeding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to reintroduce disease-resistant chestnuts to Eastern forests next year.

Case says the chestnut is also poised for a comeback that could reclaim the scarred face of closed coal mines. It can also absorb carbons released into the air by fuel-fired plants in the Midwest, he said.

"This is a major accomplishment," Case said. "(The president) is to be given a round of applause — that this is a help to the environment. There's no question about it."

Be sure to check out the rest of the site for further background information. I hadn't realized these efforts even existed—I'd been led to believe that the tree was extinct, and with it bucolic daguerrotypes of mustachioed men and spring-bustled women spreading a picnic under gigantic arching chestnut branches in parks, pennyfarthing bicycles leaned against the massive trunks. But who knew—there's hope after all.

Maybe the Greens will take to the streets to protest this obvious abuse of the power of genetic engineering or something, or perhaps they'll just cut down the White House sapling. Anything would be better than for this to succeed.


23:13 - Babykillers On Parade
http://unoriginal.co.uk/footage39_1.html

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George Galloway ought to be ashamed that if he'd had his way, this video would not exist.

Via JMH.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
15:00 - Mood: murdertastic!
http://mfdh.ca/starwars/darth-vader/index.html

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Cheeseburger Brown (aka Matthew Frederick Davis Hemming) has just posted the fully browseable Darth Vader Livejournal, in chronological order—including entries backfilled to cover the A New Hope events.

In other words, he's written his own prequels.

And it's hard, keeping the texture consistent. Lengths of entries, terminology, names, events that are unexplained at first but then fully elaborated upon in the new entries appearing before their antecedents—even for something done in a matter of a month rather than twenty years, there are some things that can't be totally ironed out, even with a Special Edition treatment.

Nonetheless, it's great fun... and nothing much compares to the visual of Darth Vader sitting at the end of a conference room table as middle managers present PowerPoint slides, dozing behind his masque as the rest don't notice (or pretend not to)...


11:19 - Dodging flying monkey wrenches

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Update on the Alaska trip (which is now just over two months away—yikes!)...

The route is pretty much the same as I'd planned already, with one exception that's just come to my attention. My plans up till now for the big multi-day figure-eight through Alaska's south and interior and the Yukon went like this:

After Denali, we'll head south through Anchorage, and that's where the really interesting part starts . . . It starts with the Whittier Tunnel, longest highway tunnel in North America, recently refitted to allow a single lane of cars to share the same driving surface as the railroad that has used it for many years (they queue up 240 deep and then meter them through—if there's a fire or an emergency, there are a bunch of safe-rooms dug into the rock that are fireproof and have their own oxygen supplies). At the other end, at Whittier, is the first leg of the ferry: the brand-new M/V Chenega, which takes us across Prince William Sound to Valdez. Thence it's up through Glennallen and Slana to Tok again, and up one of the last major highways still gravel-surfaced: the Top of the World Highway, though such metropoli as Chicken and Eagle, past the trailer serving as the border station and customs office, and on to Dawson City.

Then down through the heart of Yukon and back to Whitehorse, where we head south across the border again, over the Chilkoot Pass and into Skagway, there to wallow in the Gold Rush nostalgia for a night before picking up the ferry for the leg down to Juneau...



But I just got a note from the reservation people saying that the leg across Prince William Sound on 8/11, instead of being a 3-hour trip arriving in Valdez at 3:00PM (letting me get a bunch of driving under my belt that evening before the two-day loop up to Tok and through Dawson City and back down to Skagway), would instead be a six-hour affair arriving in Valdez at 8:30 in the evening. Here's why:

(Juneau) – The Alaska Marine Highway System today announced it will re-deploy its two fast vehicle ferries to winter routes that will determine the suitability of that type of vessel for routes between Petersburg and Juneau, and Petersburg and Ketchikan. Currently, the M/V Fairweather serves Lynn Canal and Sitka from Juneau, and the newly built M/V Chenega will serve Prince William Sound communities of Whittier, Valdez, and Cordova, once it enters service.
“The Southeast Regional Transportation Plan calls for the use of a third and fourth fast ferries to be used between Juneau and Ketchikan, and we want to find out how well they will work in that area before we commit to build those vessels,” said Robin Taylor, deputy commissioner for marine transportation at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. “We have options on construction of the next two fast ferries, potentially a $100 million purchase when you factor in shore-side modifications that will be needed. We need to fully understand their suitability for their intended routes. After October 1, we will use the Chenega for a daily round-trip between Ketchikan and Petersburg, while the Fairweather will make a daily round-trip between Juneau and Petersburg.

“Between now and October 1, the Chenega will be joined in Prince William Sound by the M/V Aurora, which will continue on that route throughout the winter.”

And the Aurora—which I'm now booked on—is old and slow. (But $28 cheaper.) So we barely leave any later from Whittier, but we arrive in Valdez too late to make any further headway up the Richardson Highway toward Tok. Which means that the 12th will be a day of much frantic driving through scenery that really deserves better than to be seen by someone tearing through at breakneck speed, but there's no choice, really, because I have to get across the border between Chicken and Dawson City during daylight hours while the trailer housing the customs lady is open. The following day isn't much more sedate—I have to get to Skagway in the evening because the ferry to Juneau leaves at 10:00 AM on the 14th, and I don't want to come screeching into Skagway after driving four hours in the early morning light from Whitehorse, careening down the Chilkoot Pass and scattering hapless prospectors trudging up the slope in the opposite direction.

See, I really don't have any way of knowing how much distance I can cover during a day. Maybe 500 miles is a good rule of thumb, maybe it isn't. The roads aren't exactly freeways. But then it's the summer, and sunset isn't until about 10:30 at Valdez and points north, so that's more driving hours (and, possibly, customs-being-open hours). Is it doable? I'unno.

The guy I just talked to at the ferry reservations place said that one possibility might be for me to drive up through Dawson City and over the Top of the World Highway, on the way into Alaska... and then take the Alaska Highway through Kluane and Haines Junction back towards Skagway after the Prince William Sound ferry leg, which would be faster and more direct. But I don't know if I like that—it sounds backward and disjoint. I'd really like to loop through the Yukon interior at the end, so I can still be immersed in Gold Rush phantasmagoria while I sit on the deck of the ferry to Juneau (on the Fairweather, the other brand-new fast ferry, I must note, which now I wonder if it's going to get redeployed like the Chenega, further messing up my plans).

Or maybe I can still drive after landing in Valdez. But I don't think so. There's not much between there and Tok—not much to compete with Valdez, anyway, where I think I'd enjoy spending the night if that's the way things are going to be. Maybe we should just wake up reeeeeally insanely early on the morning of the 12th, and drive until the wheels fall off.

In the Yukon tundra.

Hundreds of miles from civilization.

Sounds like fun!

UPDATE: Seems the best bet would be for me to kick back the ferry departure by one day, because I have something like 12 days to get up there and get done with the whole Alaska Highway and Fairbanks and Denali experience, which I think is plenty of time. However, the August 10th sailing is a "restricted" ticket, one that isn't officially available for bookings, but that will become so at some undisclosed future date. I'm to call back once a week or so until I get in. Sounds like a plan.

Monday, May 23, 2005
15:01 - Whisper numbers
http://www.chicagoboyz.net/archives/003157.html#more

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There's an old, old Dilbert strip—from the days before the Pointy-Haired Boss, even—where Scott Adams illustrates how numbers in business can be manufactured from thin air. It goes like this:

RANDOM STOCKBOY: I have no idea; it could be anything from one to a million.
MIDDLE MANAGER: They say it could be a million.
EXECUTIVE: Experts say one million.

That's what it's felt like in recent months watching the number of Iraqi dead climb and climb in the media—first latching onto the "100,000" Lancet figure and gnawing on it to this day in prime time, over and over, long after it was debunked; then upping it higher and higher to 250,000 or even 300,000, with seemingly no criteria for verification beyond "It's bigger than the last number, so it must be right."

So here's Shannon Love (via JMH) on the idea of the "number gut", something the people repeating these numbers don't appear to possess:

Why couldn't 250,000 be dead from violence? Well, the first clue is that the total population of Iraq is around 25 million, so 250,000 dead represents 1% of the entire population. That means if LIMS is accurate then 1 in every 100 Iraqis were killed in the war up to Sept 2004. So what? After all, it's a war and lots of people die in wars right? Well, not as many as most people think.

For example, during WWII the Japanese mainland suffered the most extensive aerial bombardment in history. Every major urban area save one (Kyoto) was burned to the ground. On march 10th, 1945 the great Tokyo fire raid burned down a third of the city and killed 100,000 people. Two major cities were nuked. Japan at the time had a population of 78 million, so 1% of the population would have been around 780,000. Now, what is your guess as to the number of Japanese killed on the Japanese mainland?

Did you guess around 500,000? Under 1%? Well, that is in fact the number (note: that's only dead, not dead-and-wounded).

So, with the Falluja cluster included, LIMS asks us to believe that Iraq has suffered a worse proportional aerial bombardment than did Japan during WWII. Common sense compels us to ask: does Iraq look like it suffered such a fate? Where are the mass graves? Where are the leveled cities? Where are the hundreds of thousands of walking wounded? Where are the millions of refugees that such intense fighting must have inevitably produced?

I get the feeling that there's nothing more to these numbers people are tossing around than to the "whisper numbers" that ruled the stock markets during the dot-com boom; we lived in terror that someone named ShadowKnight718 would post a message on some discussion forum somewhere that said "17 cents per share profit" or "2 cents per share loss"—from an anonymous IP and with no supporting research or anything—and traders would immediately set expectations accordingly. Suppose a company was about to announce a 15-cent-per-share profit, a number that in a vacuum would indicate fabulous breakout results? Well, someone on some chat board said 17 cents, so get ready to tank. Tough beans.

All you have to do is make up some number that one-ups the last one they said on the news, whether it's true or not, and it instantly attains the mantle of truth. It's almost as though they have an agenda to promote.


14:12 - Freedom costs $1.05
http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/05/0505/052305.html

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Woo-hoo! Thumbs-up from Lileks on Team America.

I have to confess that I myself didn't find it as hysterical as I felt I should. Seeing it in the theater, I didn't find myself laughing the way I'd expected to—so loudly and continuously that I'd miss most of the dialogue, as was the case when I saw The Emperor's New Groove and, closer to the subject at hand, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, where I think everyone in the theater stumbled into daylight with aching sides and the odd sense that they'd just experienced one of those once-in-a-lifetime communal events that they'd look back on with a smile fifty years later. I remember feeling the same way after Beavis & Butt-head Do America, for that matter.

But under the circumstances, I was just too tense to enjoy it. I was too desperate for Team America to rule to notice whether it did or not. I found it hard to have a sense of humor about much of anything during the election season, and even this ninety minutes of catharsis wasn't really what I was aching for. What I needed was just for the whole season to be over. And it eventually was. Maybe I'd better go buy my copy now.

Then again, the “America (F*ck Yeah!)” song has a different version in the end credits: Wal-Mart (F*ck Yeah!) Gap (F*ck Yeah!) Baseball (F*ck Yeah!) NFL (F*ck Yeah!) Rock and Roll (F*ck Yeah!) The Internet (F*ck Yeah!) Slavery (F*ck Yeah!)

Because, you know, Americans are so into slavery these days, which we like totally invented anyway.

I think that was a little insurance policy the boys bought for themselves.

Why are there all these dogs outside in my yard? Hold on. Back in a minute.

In any case, there’s something empty at the bottom of the movie, and yes, I know I am talking about something conducted entirely in the medium of puppetry. Underneath the satire is the same old dodge: everything’s a joke, and only a fool takes it seriously. What’s the song? “Life is just a bowl of cherries / don’t take it serious / it’s too mysterious.” But there’s a difference between that sentiment and asserting that life’s just a bowl of hard clay-flecked cat shite. I never got the impression that the South Park creators stood for anything except making something funny, which is preferable to a team devoted to making grim bleak movies about the lives of meth-addict dishwashers in Omaha and other such uplifting archetypes, I suppose. But it’s not enough to be opposed to hypocrisy and cant; that’s a rather adolescent stance, and it was old the day “Catcher in the Rye” entered its 3 millionth printing. You have to stand for something. I gather that Parker and Stone stand for making fun of Jerry Bruckheimer movies, actors, and bad country music. Not enough for a coherent political philosophy, but enough for a funny puppet movie.

I think they said they were making fun of a Bruckheimer movie. But I think the "insurance for thsemselves" observation is what rings truest for Parker and Stone. These guys were out for blood; they had a statement to make, and it wasn't "Bruckheimer movies are insipid".

Stone had been hoodwinked by Michael Moore into appearing in an interview in Bowling for Columbine; when he and Trey found out what the movie was going to be about, they refused to do the animated "The NRA was formed by Klansmen to help keep the coloreds down" short in the middle—so Moore had to go get someone else to do it instead. Ever since that little bait-and-switch (I'm sort of inferring a timeline here, but I think it matches what I've seen), they've had it in for Moore, and wanted to give as good as they'd got. This was their payback.

The fact that the song goes, "Democrats! (F*ck yeah!) Republicans! (F*uck... umm. hrm)" is just their insurance policy, as well as their way of suckering in people and wearing down their defenses. "Hey, we're on your side too, see." Even though they're really not. They've got a point to make, and it's only ever masked by the equivocating they have to do to make sure Comedy Central keeps the juice flowing. In the South Park episode where the future people immigrate back into the past and displace the town's workforce by accepting tiny wages, Parker and Stone get everyone chanting happily along with the jeering mantra of "They took our jeaaaoorbs!"—but there's no denying that, in fact, that's what they do. When Stan's dad loses his job to a minimum-wage-working geologist from the future, no amount of incoherent bleating from the now-unemployed rednecks masks the thesis that what happened to them is unjust. Parker and Stone sucker people in with the promise of good clean profanity and jibes at the usual Comedy Central targets; but then there's inevitably a bait-and-switch, and you find you're rooting for rednecks against immigrants, or Mormons against people calling their doctrine stupid, or Mr. Slave decrying the fetishizing of preteen girls in whore costumery, or Satan in his torrid love affair with Saddam Hussein. That's where the guys excel.

As Brian C. Anderson (author of South Park Conservatives) said:

I think Trey Parker’s view of Hollywood types is the truer view: People in the entertainment industry are by and large whore-chasing drug-addict f---ups, as I quote him as saying in my book. But they still believe they’re better than the guy in Wyoming who really loves his wife and takes care of his kids and is a good, outstanding, wholesome person.

That sound like something a shock-humor-mongering nihilist would say? Not to me. I think they're a lot more sincere than they really want to let on. And they're a lot more mature than anyone guesses.


11:50 - Thanks but no thanks
http://mediamatters.org/items/200505180008

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You know, this is just something we don't need:

From the May 17 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus -- band -- Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, "Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." And you know, well, I'm not sure.

I don't listen to talk radio, so I have no idea how civil or uncivil it routinely is... but this kind of thing is just ridiculous. It plays into every negative stereotype people have about "right-wing talk radio" and it exonerates Michael Moore in people's minds, turning him back into a legitimate victim instead of a swamp-draining, mansion-building Sad Clown in a hobo costume who did more damage to the Democratic Party's credibility than he ever did to Bush.

You're not helping, Glenn Beck.


11:26 - Apple chunks

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Some random Apple news from around the ol' inbox:

According to Forbes (and via Damien Del Russo), Apple's starting to see "market share breakout" thanks to the iPod and to the retail stores, which are apparently slaughtering:

Apple is on pace to build 30 to 35 new stores per year and retail and online sales are outpacing overall company growth. "On average, each Apple store is now on a $25 million sales per year run rate, compared to $31 million for Best Buy (nyse: BBY - news - people )," Prudential noted. Apple stores are also averaging sales of $4,000 per square foot, compared to $350 for outlets of Wal-Mart Stores (nyse: WMT - news - people ).

I had a friend present at the Yorkdale Mall Apple Store in Toronto, the first Canadian store; apparently it was a big ol' blast. More are coming.

And in the Wall Street Journal there's a story (via Stephen Rider) claiming Jobs is about to jump on the podcasting bandwagon—only fitting, it seems, for the company whose terminology has gotten away from it to buy back into it.

The conference got underway Sunday night with Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs giving a sneak preview of a forthcoming version of iTunes, the software for buying and managing digital-music files, that could boost the popularity of podcasting.

Podcasting, an inexpensive, do-it-yourself style of broadcasting, has become increasingly mainstream: Mr. Jobs cited podcasts put together by everyone from enthusiastic amateurs to major media players such as Clear Channel Communications, Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting and NPR. But until now, he noted, downloading and subscribing to podcasts has required users to download third-party applications to run atop iTunes.

That will go away in iTunes 4.9, which Mr. Jobs demonstrated for conference attendees and said would be available within the next 60 days. ITunes 4.9 will integrate free podcasts as a menu item, allowing users to listen to podcasts and subscribe to them, with new podcasts they subscribe to downloaded to their iPods when the devices are synched to an iTunes-enabled computer.

"I think this will send it into orbit," Mr. Jobs said.

Dang! And they just added stuff to 4.8. I'll never keep on top of things this way. I need that Matrix slow-down-time maneuver.

It certainly does sound like Apple knows what it's doing right about now, and has the cash to do it with... so, then, what to make of this (via Steven Den Beste)?

Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to use Intel Corp. (INTC) chips in its Macintosh computer line, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The report, citing two industry executives with knowledge of recent discussions between the companies, said Apple will agree to use Intel chips.

Neither company would confirm the report and an Apple spokeswoman told the Journal she would characterize it as "rumor and speculation."

It was unclear whether such a move would signal a large-scale shift away from chips made by IBM (IBM), Apple's longtime supplier, the report said.

Apple could choose to add some Intel-based models to its product line or make a complete shift to Intel's chip technology in what would be seen as a serious blow to IBM's microprocessor business, the newspaper said.

So let me see if I understand: Back when the G4 was languishing and the P4 was the hot ticket, Steve decided to throw in with a whole new chip from IBM rather than go the "Marklar" route—and yet now that the G5 has become entrenched and is slated for 3.2GHz in the wake of the Cell in the PS3 and the PPC-based chips in the Xbox 360, now it looks attractive to move to Intel? All the same drawbacks of switching to a new platform will still be present—applications will all need to be recompiled and resold, emulation will be lousy, the OS operations designed around Altivec and the G5's architecture will no longer be optimized—so what does Steve know that we don't? This isn't a time to be compromising or throwing away the farm, is it?

Maybe they're just going to throw Celerons into Mac minis so they can sell them for $100 and not have any software.

Or maybe Apple's just trying to spook IBM into giving them better terms.

Or maybe in the current "market share breakout" atmosphere, Steve has in fact literally gone mad with power.

UPDATE: Consensus among people I've talked to is that the Fox story is misleading—the Intel talks aren't centering on the Mac at all, but on other areas where other chips than the x86 are useful to Apple. Like, say, the ARM, which currently powers the iPaq and could potentially be worked into a super-iPod with more PDA functions...


09:26 - Be still my heart
http://www.actionforum.com/forum/index.html?forum_id=266

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MoveOn.org has a new discussion forum, with a rating system so people can vote on ideas that are intended to shape the group's agenda.

Best of all, if you're a "citizen of the world", as some of the particiapants at home and abroad label themselves, you can post happy ideas about aiding the Iraqi insurgency that get vehement agreement.

Now that's "democracy in action".

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