Archive for 'Rants' Category

State College, PA
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By becky - Last updated: Sunday, June 29, 2008

Finally made it to State College yesterday, but we were completely exhausted after what turned out to be 12 hours of traveling. Our 6 am flight from Austin to Memphis was diverted to Tupelo because of massive storms (and after a very hairy attempt at landing in our tin can sized plane), then the plane […]

McCain vs Detainees – Really?!?
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By etrigan - Last updated: Saturday, June 14, 2008

The press is afraid to fully say it, but I will be glad to call John McCain’s on “his interpretation of the recent SCOTUS ruling”:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080614/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_detainees. When McCain says that the law he helped craft “made it very clear that these are enemy combatants, they are not citizens, they do not have the rights of citizens”, […]

Goodbye Backyard
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It is probably old news to many of you, but I _was_ out of town for a week. Another fine Central Texas institution is going away. This will be “the last season for the Backyard”:http://austinist.com/2008/04/24/austins_backyar.php but let’s be honest and admit that we knew the magic was gone as soon they built an *effin’* mall […]

The Bush Recession
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2008

I really have nothing to say on the matter that hasn’t been said before, but I loved it when my man Doggett used the phrase “Mr Bush’s Recession” at the end of “a speech”:http://www.house.gov/doggett/speeches/04-10-2008_ColombiaFTA.wmv recently, so I thought I would start spreading that phrase around. Of course, we may need more delineation that that. Maybe […]

Make $11b, Fire 9k
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, April 7, 2008

I should probably keep my mouth shut, but rumor and innuendo at work compel me to make a case (even if it goes unheard to the people in power.) I’ve “commented before”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/2008/01/16/3062/ on the impact former CIOs have had to my employer. (Starts with a “D”, has a slanted “e” and ends in a double […]

No Laughs For Woody…please.
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, April 4, 2008

Nearly a year ago the hipster world was abuzz about “Woody Allen appearing”:http://gawker.com/news/woody-on-allen/american-apparel-wants-the-jewish-dollar-260664.php “in American Apparel ads”:http://la.curbed.com/archives/2007/05/woody_allen_on.php. Yesterday, he got around to “suing them for it”:http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSN3143294520080401. I hate to sound like a New York Blogger Girl, but (a) who cares? and (b) if we could be bothered to care, it would take more than some […]

This American Life #353, and Horton Hears A Who
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By etrigan - Last updated: Sunday, March 30, 2008

There’s a lot of things to discuss with TAL(This American Life) lately. Even though TSOTAL(The Summer Of This American Life) only yielded a couple dozen episodes, I remain an ardent fan. I’m preparing for the second TAL Austin Brunch Club, and just as I return from a vacation in The Big Apple, a “live TAL […]

Hope ain’t a 4 letter word
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By jank - Last updated: Monday, March 17, 2008

And Change isn’t something that you get from the gas station. I’ve buried most of this below the jump – it’s a bit out there, and I’d like to spend a moment thanking the good people of Wyoming and Mississippi for a bit of sense over the last few weeks. After years of dealing with recovering right-wing idealogue […]

That’s My Congressman!
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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52 Nights Exposed
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Every post I’ve started in the last few days reflects the bitter mood I’ve acquired since it’s become clear that my Power Mac G5 will never boot with Leopard. The $3k upgrade looking me in the face taints my mood. Keep that in mind while I (hopefully) finish a post full of vitriol. My dear […]

The Dark Contient
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, February 18, 2008

On NPR’s “Morning Edition”:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3 today “Renee Montagne”:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=2100929 made a brief apology for calling Africa “The Dark Continent” on a previous show. According to Wikipedia “Dark Continent”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Continent refers to: bq. A 19th century expression previously used to describe Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. As little was known about the continent’s interior geography, map-makers would often leave this […]

Plates
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By KellyMc - Last updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Texas has spoken, and it has said “I want a mashup of mis-matched fonts, photographic wallpaper, and crayon for my new license plate.” Personally, I was pulling for “Traditional Texas”. I’m not sure why I even have opinions on license plates, but I have some rather strong feelings about our current plate. On the one […]

Biofuel Madness
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By k-pho - Last updated: Friday, February 8, 2008

Must stop. First the price of my beer goes up. Then Italy says it can’t support it’s pasta habit. Now two new studies confirm that ??”Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these fuels are taken into account.”?? This boondoggle has to […]

SuperTuesday
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By jank - Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2008

Hi y’all. Sorry I’ve been gone so long. The boys say hi. Anyway, I’d just like to drop off a quick “Get out the vote” for those of us in the Super Tuesday states. I’d also like to plant one seed when considering candidates. As much as experience is nice and all, never underestimate the […]

Planned Obsolescence
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By KellyMc - Last updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Last night, sometime between 7:00 and 8:00, while I was playing Assassin’s Creed, my Xbox 360 emitted a horrible grinding noise from its optical disk drive. The game gave a couple of audio glitches, but the drive quieted down and everything seemed fine, and I was happy to pretend like I wasn’t in for another […]