Stanford campus photo from above

9/27/2002

Wow, this is very cool . . . perhaps a grad school possibility? Check out Lifelong Kindergarten, very cool stuff!

MIT Media Lab

9/20/2002

Alright, all 3 of you who might be reading this, I agree with Mike, this is really getting out of hand. I'd like to echo the sentiments of those protesting the war with Iraq in San Francisco, by saying, "Hey, Bush, whaddya say, regime change in the USA?"

Check this out . . . written in 1910, eerily accurate.

Published on Friday, September 20, 2002 in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Victory of the Loud Little Handful
by Mark Twain

The loud little handful - as usual - will shout for the war. The pulpit will - warily and cautiously - object... at first. The great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it."

Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded, but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the antiwar audiences will thin out and lose popularity.

Before long, you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men...

Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.

Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger" (1910)


9/06/2002

you never know:

In case you are interested. The phone line is open 9-5 est.

Friends:

Phone the White House at 202-456-1111. A machine will detain you
for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you
for saying "I oppose" (or "I approve of") the proposed war against
Iraq.

The president wants to know. Tell him. Time is running out.
And now the war with Iraq begins . . . Iraqi air defence site attacked

9/03/2002

A few friends and I are reading A People's History of the U.S. by Howard Zinn and discussing it over the coming weeks. If anyone wants to join in on the discussion, pick up a copy of the book!

I'm finally all moved into my new place. Our house warming party went well, unfortunately, I neglected to take any pictures so I can't show you all the house just yet. Life's still pretty hectic, give me a few days to get more settled in.