Archive for September, 2008

Moving day
September 18, 2008

Okay, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I’m not going to be able to attend class, work a part-time job and regularly keep up with all of the blogs I’ve signed on to write for. And considering that all the other blogs I’ve said I would write for are A) awesome and B) read by people I don’t know personally, that means that this one ranks lowest in terms of importance. So that means I’m going to have to pack my shit up in crates and close this place down, at least for the time being. I’m not going to delete my account, but don’t expect any updates for a good while.

But fear not, dear readers! You know where to find me. Specifically, you can find me in NYU Local, Pushback, and [REDACTED], which I can’t really talk about yet.

And just because I’m shuttering this blog doesn’t mean I won’t have a place to put more personal stuff, random links and the things I can’t blog about on those other sites – rather, I’m resurrecting the tumblelog to aggregate links from everywhere else I’m writing and put the things I can’t put elsewhere. Sorry I keep making everyone change their blogroll links and favorites tabs, but if you want one location to find all the stuff I write, that’s the place to look out for.

Remember – this is the place now.

Shameless self-promotion
September 18, 2008

So about those super-cool announcements, I alluded to earlier…

One of them is that, as of today, I’ll be joining Matt Zeitlin, friend of the blog and fellow member of the Young Bloggers Illuminati, as a contributor to Pushback. Readers of this blog know that I’m a fan, and it’s a wonderful group of people I’m going to be working with. Here’s my first post.

For the economically inclined
September 18, 2008

What are some good questions for me to ask NYU professor/Cassandra of Wall Street Nouriel Roubini? Leave some in the comments, and I’ll ask my favorites if I manage to get an interview.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
September 17, 2008

I’ve been really busy lately. Really, really busy. In addition to working on Epic Summer (41,000 words and counting), attending classes and doing a part time work study job, I’m going to be writing on multiple blogs soon, the least of which is this one.

That’s all I’m going to say for now. But expect a couple pretty awesome announcements soon.

In the meantime, the postage on this blog is going to drop pretty dramatically. It already has, actually. And there’s going to be a pretty big shift of priorities over here – since I’m going to be writing at a bunch of other places, this will mostly be the place where I write about the stuff that I can’t put in those locations. Music, writing, random links, things like that. But mostly it’s going to be where I aggregate my writing from all these other places.

To aid with that, I’m stealing an idea from Andrew Golis – because if you’re going to steal Internet publishing ideas, why not steal from the best, right? – and posting daily del.ici.ous links, many of which will be links to things which I’ve written elsewhere.

In defense of Carly Fiorina
September 16, 2008

The CEO of Hewlett Packard and the POTUS require very different knowledge bases, so it’s not unreasonable to say that a person might be qualified to be one and not the other. For example, the CEO of HP doesn’t need to be well-versed in foreign policy, where as the president does. And Alaska is sort of close to Russia!

No grapes for Richard Cohen
September 16, 2008

Sure, to borrow a phrase from Josh Marshall, he’s off the tire swing, but I’m going to resist the urge to pat him on the head for today’s column. Coming around to a dim awareness of reality is good, but when you package it in the same silly platitudes that we’ve come to know and love from you, then it makes us wonder how much you’ve actually learned.

McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains — his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that’s all — but just as honorably. No more, though.

What I want out of this election isn’t for the pundits to acknowledge McCain’s lies – that’s a side effect of what I really want, which is columnists and commentators who actually have a sense of perspective and are capable of rational thought. I mean, that should be a prerequisite for the job, right? So far, the response we’ve been hearing from the press about McCain’s myriad falsehoods has seemed more about the way McCain has personally affronted them through his open contempt than a newfound love for actual journalism. Unless that congeals until anything more substantive, I’m going to hold off on the champagne.

Visions of South Carolina, circa 2000
September 15, 2008

Well, this doesn’t sound very good:

Jewish voters are complaining of a poll that, after confirming their religion, asks a series of questions that appear aimed at alarming Jewish voters, including linking Barack Obama to Palestinian terrorist groups.

Which, of course, is remarkably similar to the deplorable tactics Karl Rove employed against John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary.

I can’t wait to find out where this is coming from.

Breaking: Mediocre sketch comedy show dismissive of substance
September 15, 2008

I think Tina Fey can be amazing when utilized properly, but her turn as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was only hilarious in comparison to that show’s usual offering of bleak un-comedy. It made me crack a smile, but it was no The Daily Show.

You know what is hilarious, though? McCain surrogate Carly Fiorina’s response.

“I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme and yes, I would say, sexist, in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance.”

Suggesting that some women have substance and others do not = sexism. Because all good feminists know that female politicians are completely interchangeable, and you should just vote for them regardless of what they say or do.

I’m really glad we have the McCain campaign around to explain what sexism is and isn’t.

Olbermann would reward her with a grape
September 15, 2008

This is what the kids call a “doth protest too much” moment.

Any journalist who actually decides to hold a McCain surrogate accountable for the campaign’s numerous lies deserves some kudos, but that point at the beginning where Megyn Kelly says, “I want to hold you accountable for what McCain is doing” as if this is some kind of novel idea reminded me of the last time she showed up on this blog.

But if Kelly has, in fact, discovered the wonders of journalism, then all is forgiven. The same goes for any other hack who wants to tentatively dip his or her toes into the integrity pool.

Lyrics by free association
September 14, 2008

I’m sick of politics – let’s talk about something else today. Like, for example, the craft of songwriting, and the soulful, uplifting tunes of Radiohead.

Every once in a while, I’ll take a fitful stab at writing my own songs – occasionally I would even post them on the Internet, until my sense of shame would kick in and I would take them down again. The problem with my songs, I decided, was that I couldn’t write songs. I can’t really write instrumentals or sing either, but I looked at geniuses like Bob Dylan and that seemed like less of a hill to climb. The lyrics were the key, and my lyrics sucked.

Radiohead got me thinking about that again recently. Specifically, their song “Optimistic.”


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