Monthly Archives: October 2004

The Economist Endorses Kerry

As Mr Bush has often said, there is a need in life for accountability. He has refused to impose it himself, and so voters should, in our view, impose it on him, given a viable alternative. John Kerry, for all the doubts about him, would be in a better position to carry on with America’s great tasks.


Boylston & Mass Ave, 12am

Last night’s spontaneous celebration of the Red Sox victory was such a special, rare moment of unselfconscious, delirious joy.

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Aside from the whooping, hi-fives with strangers and cars honking, only two sustained chants from the crowd:

“YANKEES SUCK!” (of course)



I may have expected too much, but I had secretly hoped that the sox fans would forget about the yankees for once, and just revel in their own merits.

After a couple hours, Christine and I went home and watched the wrapup on the local news. The Channel 7 reporter, apparently at Fenway, had this to say about the celebration:

So, an efficient performance tonight by the Boston Police department…yak yak 4 arrests yak yak regained control yak yak riot gear

It reminded me a bit of the reporting of the war in Iraq; his commentary was based entirely on helicopter shots, cameras mounted high on buildings and conversations with police officers. Had he even bothered to walk among the crowd, he might have told a different story…

Firefox in the NY Times

As a loyal user and evangelist of FireFox since v.7, I think their drive to get an ad in the New York Times is a wonderful thing. The irony of it is that they’re probably going to get way more exposure from all the meta-commentary about how they paid for their ad than they will from the ad itself.

Everyone is on the lookout for the next big movement; and nothing says ‘big movement’ like having your customers clamor to donate money for you to advertise your product.

Debate Remix

Pursuing our seemly unquenchable thirst for ever more mediated experiences, a few of us went to a live audio/video remix of the presidential debate earlier tonight at Art Interactive. Some quick shots:



While the remix was interesting eye candy at first, it ultimately detracted. They made some attempts at helping us to process the debate — using the closed captioning to count the repetition of certain words, for instance.

It’s still great that they did it, though. What better argument against the broadcast flag?