Archive for November, 2004

Massive Mac Link Dump

Monday, November 8th, 2004

[Update] And how could I forget? VLC 0.8.0 is out. I’m downloading it now.

It’s Not Armageddon

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

The title is from Brent Simmons, who encourages his fellow Democrats to buck up and get back to the beginning. He’s still a bit political for someone who makes his living selling stuff to people of unknown party affiliation. He says, “I think that winning an election by scaring people with gays is immoral.” Allow me to translate that as 51% of NetNewsWire users are homophobes. (See my previous entry for more about the translation.) has more to say about the nonsensical ravings of lunatic minds: “These Internet fantasies about how evil democrats are and how evil republicans are are getting out of hand.” The candidates weren’t all that different. Most notably, they agreed on the allegedly divisive gay marriage issue. There’s no reason, therefore, to kill yourself over the election results.

The Vision of the Minority

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Hello Kitty link of the day: Hello Kitty’s blog

Jade wrote a very restrained post on the general mockery of American voters (specifically of the 51% who voted for Bush) in fandom blogging circles. Since I live in Boston, I get to hear that sort of thing all the time. If people don’t know you’re Republican, they’ll say all sorts of things about the evil of the W and the poor fools far away in the Midwest who voted for him. It doesn’t surprise me (much) to see it on LiveJournal, too.

Here in Massachusetts, only 13% of voters are registered Republicans, so the casual attitude that everyone is anti-Bush has some statistical backing. No one expects my state to go red, ever. It’s socially acceptable to mock Bush and to make dire predictions about his second term that, back in Peoria, would play like the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind. Such is life in Boston.

But when addressing Americans in general, the basic assumption should be that 51% of us are pro-Bush (or at least 51% of those responsible enough to go out and vote). So it’s odd to see people talking like they’re in a virtual Massachusetts when really, they’re in a virtual Ohio. There’s no way to tell which sort of voter you’re talking to online without prior knowledge of their political opinions.


Talk Back to Telemarketers

Friday, November 5th, 2004

I’m on the no-call list here in Massachusetts (and thus the federal one), but I still get calls from telebeggars, politicians, and other organisms that have rushed in to fill the environmental vacuum left behind by the telemarketers. So I still have some use for this highly entertaining EGBG anti-telemarketing counterscript. It’s available in several languages.

Green Lines

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

If it’s not one branch, it’s another. The B line was still broken at the end this morning, but as of now Bad Transit lists it as running on time. It took four days, but the sinkhole has apparently been filled. (Veronica heard that the sinkhole was caused by a water main break, but I hadn’t heard that one.) However,

There is in-and-outbound busing between Reservoir and Riverside on the D branch of the Green Line due to operational difficulties. Allow plenty of time for your ride. We apologize for the inconvenience.

According to my sources in Newton, the “operational difficulty” was two D-line trains crashing into each other in Newton Center this morning, with resulting injuries to passengers. How exactly this happened on a two-track train line is beyond me, but my sources speculate one of the trains rear-ended the other.

I bet at least one Breda train was involved.

[Update] The Metro reports that the B line problems were caused by a sewer line break.

Blogging while the Blogging is Good

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

I should blog now while the site is up. Like the B Line (on its third day out of commission), the website has been running less that smoothly lately. Maybe the spammers are getting it down, or maybe Potholes Attacked.

My sympathies to those of you distraught over the election results. I was surprised at how unconcerned I was as the electoral college swung back and forth all night. I just can’t get all riled up about these things like you young’uns. My greatest disappointment was that now I'’ll never find out what John Kerry’s plan was.

I’ll spare Jerie the wordcount updates, but I’ve kept to my NaNo schedule so far.

Jemima Votes…

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

…not that it matters. The outcome of every Massachusetts election for the next 100 years was determined back in 1963. Most of the seats on my ballot weren’t even contested. It would be much easier for all the Democrats in the city if we still used the old lever voting machines, where just one flip votes the party line. Instead, the devout had to fill in a bunch of little ovals. (I didn’t bother voting for uncontested seats.)

In subway news, the end of the B line has been shut down for two days now. At first I thought it was the usual—a Breda train derailment or fallen power lines, but those things don’t take two days to fix. It turns out that a long-neglected sinkhole near the B line suddenly expanded to the tracks yesterday. It must be deep if they’re still filling it in.

NaNo NaNo Again

Monday, November 1st, 2004

It’s that time of year again. This year I’ll be writing a fanfic novel for NaNoWriMo. As Seema says, the stuff just writes itself. It hasn’t yet written my quota for the day, though…