Archives: September 2003
Sun Sep 28, 2003
White Album, Live
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Thu Sep 25, 2003
Through my TiVo I found a TV show called "California's Gold." It's just my kind of show: a 30-minute documentary about a Californian landmark or historical site. Right now, as I'm writing this, I'm watching a show about Nit Wit Ridge in Cambria, California. More...
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Tue Sep 23, 2003
Equinox, in the year 10,003
That's how we used to write dates, back in the twentieth century, when we were lesbian feminist witches. We added almost ten thousand years to the date to make up dates like 9986 when the rest of the world wrote 1986. But now that it is past 2000, it needs a comma or else it is too much for the eyes to absorb.
This holiday is the witches thanksgiving. The witches give each other presents at their thanksgiving. More...
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Ellen Degeneres's Talk Show is Worth a TiVo
Yes, this show is great. Watch it, and get TiVo now.
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Mon Sep 22, 2003
State Sanctioned Marriage is Unconstitutional
Wow! An interesting opinion piece by Michael Woodson in the Denver Post. His thesis--antimiscegenation
laws are based in religious ideas, and therefore any law that restricted marriage between races is unconstitutional. The state has no interest in communion or baptism, and there are no "state forms" of these sacraments in our government today. So why then does the state sanction "marriage?" To do so is clearly an injection of the state in religious affairs. Great article.
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Sat Sep 20, 2003
Positively Front Street
In the late 80s, I walk with a friend from my apartment on Oceanview and Soquel down to Front St near the wharf on a Thursday evening and turn them on to Positively Front Street's Shrimp Special. More...
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Fri Sep 19, 2003
UCSC Move-in Day
Today the students started moving back. Every year it is a shock. Every year, the same banal observation: "Gosh they look younger every year." And this year, a new one: "Gosh, the parents look so young."
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Thu Sep 18, 2003
How a Union Wins
Most of my spare time is spent these days organizing the work of winning and election for my union, UPTE. I write a lot of email because many of the people I talk to about the union are technical email-oriented people.
But sometimes we just have to call people, and sometimes we have to call them at home. I guess that is how it is done. I don't like that, but people who have won union elections tell me that that is part of the outreach.
This week, a union member I respect discussed over email why we are doing our organizing the way we are doing it. More...
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Mon Sep 15, 2003
AHDN--that is how Beatles fans say A Hard Day's Night. The song, the album, and movie. I'd never seen it before tonight, and I loved it. And it reminded me to read again some of saki's postings to rec.music.beatles. saki has given us, over the years, simply the best writing on the why and how of the Beatles for "free" on the internet, for us Beatles fans.
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Sat Sep 13, 2003
Five hours of the Ellen Degeneres Show later
Monday: ohmygod! I can't believe I get to watch this everyday! An hour of Ellen Degeneres this is so funny! Finally a funny show that's on every day that I can watch and the end of the day and just have fun with. I'll never have to watch "The Daily Show" ever again.
Tuesday: One hour of Justin Timberlake? please no.
Wednesday: Ellen plays password with Betty White.
Thursday: Megan Mullally? Funny. And yes, eBay feedback does make you feel great. The best guests are the one's who wipe their feet on the welcome mat that Jennifer Aniston gave Ellen on the first day.
Friday: Lisa Marie Presley is the Emperor's New Clothes remade in Memphis. I will speak up: excuse me, she can't sing. And she is sniffing and touching her nose and fidgeting around in the chair. Is she on a medication?
The show got better over the week. There are clever moments. I laughed out loud. I hope it's not cancelled too soon. There isn't anyone else like her in Hollywood, and I hope they give her a chance. More...
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Let's Complain about the Weather
It was hot in Santa Cruz today. It was so hot that the steering wheel heated up and it sort of burned my hands a little when I got back in the car at Shopper's Corner. I think it got up to the 80s.
Today I read a San Franciscan blog that said "San Francisco is finally getting its summer." No, San Francisco is finally getting someone else's summer. A San Franciscan summer has highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s, fog at the coast possibly clearing around 11 am, with fog returning around 3. If you don't like it, move to Fresno.
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Tue Sep 09, 2003
Macintosh Is for Artists
The big question among Architects is, was Bill Gate's home designed on a Macintosh? Answer "partially."
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Mon Sep 08, 2003
It is so cool to have a job that is exactly reflected in the morning newspaper.
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Sat Sep 06, 2003
The Ways of Our Errors
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I can speak l337
Finally: I am too old to speak like a teenager, but it really bugs me to see a version of English that I simply can't understand. The BBC brings us l337 Speak that decodes the language of gamers and other folks on the net. Now I can get the jokes!
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Thu Sep 04, 2003
Attempted Rapes in Downtown
Yesterday and today the talk of the town was the attempted rapes. Two women were assaulted by the same man, and both of them fought him off. This must be a big story because the Sentinal covered it again today. More...
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Mon Sep 01, 2003
A Union Time of the Year
Like Black History Month in January, and the too many heartwarming stories of triumph over racism, the end of summer brings us a little pile of news about labor unions. At other times of year, labor unions are newsworthy only if they are on strike or suing someone.
So we read that labor union membership is rising in northern California, perhaps because public employee unions, like mine, are successful. More...
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