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dregewitz
03-23-2008
09:15 AM ET (US)
Tis a sad thing about Pip. I know that he was a friendly bird from personal experience. Give my best to your folks and sister.

Also, a happy (if somewhat belated) birthday Dave.

dregewitz <at> hotmail <dot> com
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Dread Mitch
08-10-2006
08:15 AM ET (US)
42, of course. With Cleveland properly placed as #22 and #24 in sequence. I tried to do the vice-presidents, and only got back to Eisenhower before tripping over Truman's vice president during his one full term - some non-entity named Barkley. Could do Roosevelt's three - Garner, Henry Wallace , and Truman - but only because Wallace was such a commie-symp tool, Truman succeeded to the Oval Office, and Garner got off that great line about the vice presidencey not being worth a bucket of warm spit.

*Nobody* memorizes the presidents of the Continental Congress. For one thing, they weren't what I would call executives, being rather chairmen of a legislative assembly. For another, they were mostly non-entities aside from Hancock and John Jay, or big fish from their state ponds, like Mifflin & McKean, whom you no doubt will recall from the residence halls named after them on University Park campus - many of the buildings on campus are named after various Pennsylvania governors.
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Dread Mitch
09-22-2005
04:55 PM ET (US)
*poke* *poke*

Dance, damn you! Dance!
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Dread Mark
08-04-2004
02:52 PM ET (US)
The Pickover "ESP Experiment" was pretty amusing, although it would probably be a lot more impenetrable if they just randomized both sets of cards, instead of always giving the exact same sets of cards. The effect would be the same, but it would be a lot harder to spot. After the fifth try, I noticed that the queens were always different in exactly the same way, and from there it wasn't hard to figure out the replacement trick. I'm clearly not as smart as DeLong's rugrat, but then, I suspect that somebody was chortling at the right points in a revealing fashion while the kid was clicking through, thus biasing the sample.
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Fred
04-04-2004
10:03 PM ET (US)
You ask for television suggestions. I wish I had some. While I'm not absolutely heartbroken over "Wonderfalls" (maybe partly because I'm not absolutely surprised), I am disappointed. The last (and apparently last) episode aired was, I thought, really quite good. The fact that Fox has only aired four episodes and apparently isn't even going to show the episode they've already promoted for next week, indicates they never intended to stand by it from the beginning. That they've stood by "Tru Calling", then, is bewlidering. ("Tru" hasn't been anything approaching a breakout hit either, but it's gotten a full run and may even get renewed.)

I watch:

"Alias", of which I've been a big fan since day one but which I'm never sure what somebody new to it would think. I like it almost in spite of itself. It's ludicrous, but usually fun.

"Smallville", which is almost never as good as I hope it would be, which has its share of moments and terrific episodes, but usually falls short. I'm all too often reminded why I stopped watching in the beginning of the first season (and didn't really come back until this season). The tweaking of the Superman mythos and Lex Luthor stuff is great, but it's often a cheesy X-Files meets Dawson's Creek. But I've been pretty faithful this season.

"Angel" -- but, like you said, this is their last year.

"The Shield" -- I find it incredibly gripping

"Touching Evil", although I've only just started watching, and I'm not yet sold on it. My parents, who introduced me to the show, claim the original British version is better.

I stopped watching "24" around the time you say you stopped, or maybe an episode or two before. I realized, somewhat surprisingly, that I just didn't care anymore. Which is surprising because I thought last season was phenomenal (Kim and the cougar notwithstanding). I gave up on "The West Wing" after this season's first episode much for the same reason. I almost never get to see either "The Daily Show" or "South Park" anymore, but I'm trying to catch more of both them and "Chapelle's Show". Otherwise, I've largely been trying to wean myself off of television. Everything else I watch is occasional, random, and/or accidental.

There's always DVD. Both "Firefly" and "Farscape" are big favorites of mine.
Edited 04-04-2004 10:04 PM
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Dread Sheep
11-19-2003
08:27 AM ET (US)
Decided to pull a Microsoft and skip right to "3.0", eh? Since nothing is stable before the third version...
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Dread Rural Types
10-06-2003
09:15 AM ET (US)
Dave, is this NML designed to trim down automatic handling of *ML? Because I can see where a human user of a NML-type language would quickly get lost in the serried ranks of ambiguous closing-tags. At least in XML, you can keep track of what's with what due to the forced redundancy.
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Sharon
06-19-2003
11:24 AM ET (US)
Oooh, new content manager! Dave, you do such *interesting* stuff. Thanks for including notes about what you changed and why. Nifty, nifty.
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Dread to the Editors
05-16-2003
05:40 PM ET (US)
Since it's primary season, I am now getting a mailbox full of Republican hissyfits every evening when I get back from work, so as far as I'm concerned, it's all the same. Especially now that I'm registered Democratic and have little interest in local Republican primary contests...

What service are you using that you're getting charged for time spent downloading email? Something PDA based? Broadband and most dialups are per-month, and hopefully no-one's dialing long distance in this day and age.
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Fred Coppersmith
05-16-2003
10:59 AM ET (US)
If you received junk mail with the regularity that you receive spam e-mail, would you say the same thing? If the post office began to charge you for the added weight of its deliveries? If you often couldn't tell the junk mail apart from the rest without opening it? If the majority of it was pornographic or a scam, and you couldn't do anything but grin and bear it?

I think Dave pretty accurately summed up why it's not just the nuisance factor:

Whenever people start complaining about spam, someone, often a spammer, will note that individual spams are easily dealt with—how hard is it to hit the delete key? That misses the point, of course. Repeatedly deleting unwanted messages is annoying, but what about the time I spent downloading it? The storage space my ISP used to store it until I checked my mail? The network bandwidth between me and the spammer? If 50% of the messages being sent through e-mail are noise, that means that the network providers have paid for twice as much capacity as they need.

As for the dada-esque post, I assumed he was referring to "Norma". Unless there was an aircraft carrier post that I missed.
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Dread to the Editors
05-16-2003
10:15 AM ET (US)
Which dada-esque post? The all-caps one, or the person who liked computers? It's not a very active comments thread, so that the occasional odd permutation shows up more starkly. At least it isn't the PSSFS message board, which is irrecoverably compromised by message-board spam of the most abhorrent persuasion.

I don't know why people are so exercised about spam. I toss it the same way I toss junk mail, and with the same amount of disinterest. Junk mail fills up landfills; the congestion caused by spam is miniscule in comparison, at least in my opinion.
Edited 05-16-2003 10:18 AM
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Fred
05-12-2003
06:26 PM ET (US)
That's hardly worth responding to except to note that a) people who type entirely in caps usually do so because what they have to say is otherwise uninteresting or poorly thought out; and b) people who claim that there's *any* time, much less a time of war, when a country must stand behind its president's every decision without question really don't understand the principles underlying a representative democracy.

It should also probably be mentioned that you seem to be in the wrong forum, replying to posts that weren't made and people who aren't here.
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Norma
05-10-2003
04:16 PM ET (US)
 YOU SIR WILL NOT RECEIVE A VOTE FROM ME OR MY FAMILY FOR YOUR HARSH WORDS ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH FROM THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER.(TODAY SHOW)
FORGET WHAT PARTY YOU REPRESENT,HOW ABOUT OUR TROOPS WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF OUR LEADER AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ALSO FEEL THE SAME WAY.
WHEN ARE ALL YOU POLITICANS GOING TO FORGET PARTY LINES WHEN IT COMES TO PULLING OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER.
I AM STRONGLY CONSIDERING CHANGING MY POLITICAL PARTY!!!!
YOU POLITICIANS JUST DON'T GET IT !!!!!!
-I HOPE YOU GET TO TALK TO SOME OF OUR MILITARY PEOPLE AND FIND OUT HOW THEY FEEL
GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT FOR THE GOOD HE HAS DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR TROOPS!!!!
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Dread Bagpipes
04-08-2003
11:03 AM ET (US)
This war was about as declared as wars get these days. Two congressional votes six months apart, and innumerable ultimatums, demands, and threats. Call it "illegal" if you insist (I don't think it is, but the argument can be made), but undeclared is claptrap. Me, I'm happy about the progress made. The demise of fascist regimes is always a subject worthy of celebration, if you ask me. Sad for the folks caught between two fires, but you don't put out fires with love and understanding. You use firehoses, pickaxes, and in the case of oil wells, explosives.

Speaking of which, there was a fire uphill from my place last week. Couldn't see the flames, but you could see the smoke, and hear the smashing noises as the firefighters broke through windows and tore up hot spots. With a bad will, selective vision, and a jaundiced ear, one might have concluded that rioters were burning and sacking a building.

This weather sucks, btw. Lots of trees were green-tipping. Not quite as nasty as if it happened after first bloom, but not good. Mother Nature faked out the foliage something fierce.

Mitch
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Sharon
04-04-2003
02:00 AM ET (US)
It's nice to hear someone making sense. Still, I've got this cold pit in my stomach about this (undeclared) war. My whole life as a Gen Xer, and I have never felt this powerless and disenfranchised. I want to *do* something.
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