Archive for August 2004
Wait a second. Last time I checked, the values of the republican and democratic parties have shifted polarity over the 150 years since Lincoln. To invoke Lincoln when you’re talking about the party of rich white men of the south seems rather like a horrifying exploitation of a technicality.
Make no mistake here, they’re counting on you to not give it a second thought.
Interactively generate beautiful IFS fractals [VersionTracker: Mac OS X]
Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.
A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media.
It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.
This is awesome. – http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm
Survey: More Americans in poverty
Census Bureau report says 1.3 million slipped below benchmark; health care coverage also declines.
August 26, 2004: 11:04 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The number of Americans living in poverty jumped by 1.3 million last year as household incomes held steady, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.
The percentage of the U.S. population living in poverty rose to 12.5 percent from 12.1 percent — as the poverty rate among children jumped to its highest level in 10 years. The rate for adults 18-to-64 and 65 and older remained steady.
The bureau also said that the share of aggregate income for the lowest 20 percent of Americans fell to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent.
This is the essence of why I have zero confidence in the competency of George W. Bush. He talks a lot about wanting to “work towards” affordable health care for all Americans and revitalizing the economy, but the actions he’s taken seem to be like guessing at history. If we’re not measuring a president’s policy success by how many more people are out of poverty and can afford health care, I guess I don’t understand the rules.
Unfortunately, this presidential race isn’t about how good or bad of a president John Kerry might be so much as it is how incredibly horrible a president George W. Bush has been. We’ve seen what Bush thinks are the right policies for America, and time and again we see more clues that he’s taking us in the wrong direction.
|You were a legend among ANSI artists, weren’t you? Weren’t you “The Red Dragon” ? You made some seriously bad ass ANSI productions. They were well above and beyond what anyone else was doing at the time. Some people made funny cartoons, you were making productions.
You told me you only ever told one person on Club Playhouse BBS what your last name was, and that was me. We went to some user meets together. I lived in Simi Valley and never had any money. You had an Escort and liked it air conditioned all the time. I saw Akira at your place in the valley! Chuck, right?
The most clear example ofwhy Bush is bad for US Politics:
President Bush on Monday called for the so-called 527 groups to stop airing political ads, but he did not directly condemn commercials by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that have attacked Sen. John Kerry’s war record. He went onto urge Kerry to follow his lead in condemning all such ads. “I hope my opponent joins me in condemning these activities of the 527 — I think they’re bad for the system,” Bush said.
You hope your opponent joins you?? You’re so asleep at the wheel that you don’t even know your opponent has been asking you to join HIM in condemning these unregulated ads since they started airing! Reminds me of another Bush out of touch with reality. Snopes says “false”, but I think that’s open to interpretation.
If you want to see more photos, click on either of the two images above. There was someone there who said they were from some magazine, so hey, Buddy, want to license my photos?
Robert Rankin was at Johnny V’s last night in San Jose. If you want to see some video of a couple of minutes of him on the decks spinning 45’s, (and totally kill my bandwidth), go Here and here… but seriously, it’s going to be extremely slow. What’s really interesting about this video is, I guess my first time in a while watching anyone play a different genre… what Robert is playing doesn’t call for smooth crossfades, they’re hard cuts. They’re smooth as hell, don’t get me wrong, the music’s just built differently, so it calls for different mixing technique. I’m realizing now that when I hear Robert on the radio, I’d not even thinking about how the cuts are happening. Now I will.
I’m remembering now the first time I met Robert Rankin, he dropped a major piece of DJ wisdom, which I’m sure got dropped on him by someone else… when you’re playing reggae, dancehall, dub, always 3 tracks. Play three tracks with the same beat or same rhythm, then play a different rhythm through 3 tracks. Keeps people grooving, interested, paying attention. If they don’t like the song you’re playing, need to take a break, get a drink, have a smoke, whatever, 3 songs later they’re back on track with everyone else.