kind of flattering, kind of scary, I read two responses to me on a [hopefully] anonymous job-related message board today:
Sep 12, 2008 2:29 AM EST
How many years is it that you have been here, hanging on? Same company, same username, same counter arguments?
I really hate to break it to you, but EVERYONE has moved on. So give it to me straight — why haven’t you? What’s going on with you?
I promise I’m not going to rattle back some played out biases about [the firm] – I truly just want to understand what seperates you from everyone else… What keeps you there?
this guy posted a second time to add that he has been reading my posts for over three years now (under various aliases, but apparently identifiable by the “way you write and frame positions” — [damned double-hyphen!] cursed all-lower-case!)…
his question is valid. the answer of the day today (777 point drop in the Dow, general market uncertainty) doesn’t jive over all the past three years…
“why haven’t you? what’s going on with you? what keeps you there?”
— triple-hyphens aren’t going to trick me into revealing all that…
The technology to limit car speed has existed for more than 50 years — it’s called cruise control. In its common application, cruise control maintains a steady speed, but a minor adjustment would assure that vehicles, no matter the horsepower, never go past 75 miles per hour. This safety measure should be required of every new automobile, the same as seat belts, turning signals, brake lights and air bags.
NYT: “No Need For Speed“
Saturday Night Live this week sounds like a recap of this blog from the past few weeks.
Frightening realization, straight from my mom: if Micheal Phelps eats that much, just imagine how many times a day he must be go to the bathroom. Terrifying.
And as for Tina Fey: she nailed Palin — tone, cadence, facial expressions… I never thought of her as much of an impressionist (not a criticism, I just don’t think she did many segments in that vein) — but she was incredible. Granted I’m like, 90% in love with her already, but I think this was a great moment. If they ever have Tina Palin and Sarah Palin come together on a segment, I think my head will explode.
Unfortunately, as they ran the SNL opening credits I also made this prediction: “That was the peak for the season; it’s all downhill from here.” And the rest of the show pretty much proved that out (though Weekdend Update was pretty strong).
Filed under funny, politics
Seriously, I tried to watch my Tivo’d Meet-The-Press tonight, and I had to turn away from the disfigured face of Joe Biden:
Looking at past pictures of Biden on the web, including MTP appearances, it’s clear that he used to speak with his eyes open. Now, it’s a squint at best. And when he looks incredulous, his right eye (left on screen) get completely creepy — see the video at 0:51-0:54.
Or is it just me?
Update: oh, Biden just wimpered that he has the 49th or 50th highest net worth of Senators, second to last on the list. oh Joe!, you’re such a common-guy! … nevermind that the 49th highest net worth Senator probably has a net worth higher than 90-95% of all Americans. insincerity, thy name is Biden.
Update2: but it looks like I agree with Biden on abortion. wow, who would have thought. of course, his answer was so winding and convoluted that I may misremember the implications of his description.
… as Sarah Palin. you heard it here first.