They Both Had Little To Say

Andrew Sullivan has the best assessment of Tina Brown that I’ve seen yet in tomorrow’s Opinion Journal. She is devastatingly and accurately compared with Bill Clinton, which to me is the ultimate insult.

In retrospect, however, Sept. 11 was the watershed for Tinaism–not because of what it did to the economy, but because of what it did for the culture. That day reminded us that there are more important things than winning the news cycle, that the old virtues still matter, that substance counts, and that the opposite of “hot” is sometimes true. This culture is here to stay for the foreseeable future and it is one in which Tina Brown, as epitomized by Talk, has simply nothing to say.

At Least It’s Not “It’s A Small World After All”

Lileks has an insight that is unique in its ability to be simultaneously banal, powerful, and idiotic:

The other day I thought: why did it never occur to me that the Alphabet Song employs the same melody as ?Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?? Did I always know it and just forget it, or have I just realized this now? I mentioned it to my wife, and she had the same reaction.

I’m approaching a half century of age, and I’d never realized it either. What did we ever do before James Lileks?

At Least It’s Not “It’s A Small World After All”

Lileks has an insight that is unique in its ability to be simultaneously banal, powerful, and idiotic:

The other day I thought: why did it never occur to me that the Alphabet Song employs the same melody as ?Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?? Did I always know it and just forget it, or have I just realized this now? I mentioned it to my wife, and she had the same reaction.

I’m approaching a half century of age, and I’d never realized it either. What did we ever do before James Lileks?

At Least It’s Not “It’s A Small World After All”

Lileks has an insight that is unique in its ability to be simultaneously banal, powerful, and idiotic:

The other day I thought: why did it never occur to me that the Alphabet Song employs the same melody as ?Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?? Did I always know it and just forget it, or have I just realized this now? I mentioned it to my wife, and she had the same reaction.

I’m approaching a half century of age, and I’d never realized it either. What did we ever do before James Lileks?

Well, I’m Worth It Anyway

I’ve said relatively little about the Krugman payola controversy, but I caught a couple of minutes of Hannity and Colmes tonight (during commercials of the much more viewworthy “King of the Hill,” even in reruns) in which they were talking to Bernie Goldberg. He made an excellent point. To paraphrase, “Why was Krugman talking up what a brilliant business Enron was running, at the same time that he admitted that they paid him fifty grand for doing essentially nothing?”

Great question.

Well, I’m Worth It Anyway

I’ve said relatively little about the Krugman payola controversy, but I caught a couple of minutes of Hannity and Colmes tonight (during commercials of the much more viewworthy “King of the Hill,” even in reruns) in which they were talking to Bernie Goldberg. He made an excellent point. To paraphrase, “Why was Krugman talking up what a brilliant business Enron was running, at the same time that he admitted that they paid him fifty grand for doing essentially nothing?”

Great question.

Well, I’m Worth It Anyway

I’ve said relatively little about the Krugman payola controversy, but I caught a couple of minutes of Hannity and Colmes tonight (during commercials of the much more viewworthy “King of the Hill,” even in reruns) in which they were talking to Bernie Goldberg. He made an excellent point. To paraphrase, “Why was Krugman talking up what a brilliant business Enron was running, at the same time that he admitted that they paid him fifty grand for doing essentially nothing?”

Great question.

I Thought It Was My Own Foot

According to Ananova:

Mike Tyson has been ordered to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission next Tuesday to explain his behaviour at this week’s press conference.

In the spirit of Opinion Journal’s contest to come up with excuses for Yasser Arafat and the mysterious weapons ship, I’d like to kick off a Transterrestrial contest to help gentle Iron Mike come up with an explanation for using Lennox Lewis’ lower limb as a chew toy.

Either post in the comments section or email me. And hurry–the poor guy only has until next Tuesday. I’ve already started it off with the post title.

Hot And Cold Running Arthropods

Is there a plumber in the house?

Lately, when I first turn on the faucet in the downstairs bathtub, a horde (or a hill? a crawl? Just what the heck is the correct affinitive term for them anyway?) of ants comes rushing out ahead of the water. While this is disconcerting, it’s not a big problem in itself–I simply flush them down the drain, like a scene from an insect version of The Ten Commandments, while I’m waiting for the hot water to arrive from the heater.

But I’m worried about the implications of it. Where are they coming from? There’s no trail of ants leading into it, which leads me to conclude that they’re getting into the pipe from somewhere else. That would in turn imply a leak in the system somewhere, but I’ve seen no other symptoms of it. Anyone have any bright (or otherwise) ideas?

Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control

I had a power failure for about an hour this afternoon. The good news is that I have a UPS. The bad news is that DOH!, I forgot to plug the monitor into it. My three machines slowly ran out of juice, with the UPS beeping plaintively, before I had the presence of mind to climb under the snakelike pile of cables behind the desk, find the appropriate cord, and plug it in. They all died in a less than graceful manner. Fortunately, I think that everything that I’d been working on had been saved.

Not knowing how long the power would be out, I went out for a walk.

When I got back, power was back up. I nursed my Debian firewall back to life, then my Redhat network server/work station, and finally my Windoze work station. All seems to be well with the world again, but I’ve moved the monitor cable over to the right socket for next time.

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