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Mostly Miscellany

A number of things have been going on, but for some reason I’m inspired to write about a few key issues ranging from superficial to compelling. Read on if you want a hodgepodge.

Hide the WHAT?!?

Howard Dean, on executive privilege:

MATTHEWS: Do you believe that the president can claim executive privilege?

DEAN: Well, certainly the president can claim executive privilege. But in the this case, I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can’t play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it’s called.

As someone at work said, “or whatever it’s called”?!? Read it here.

Horrible headlines

I love tabloid headline creativity. I mean, I hate it and what it stands for, but they’re so bad they’re good. Take the recent announcement that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are expecting a child. I’ve seen:

Show Me The Mummy (brilliantly horrible)
Virginal Katie breaks vow, Tom’s baby on way (too much detail)
TomKat Expecting TomKitten (WTF?)

So I figured I’d brainstorm some of my own since it seemed like fun. The following is a live blog brainstorm:

Tom and Katie Cruise Into Parenthood
Emission Apparently Possible
Katie Impregnated By Operating Thetan VII
Holmes Preggers With Tom’s Child; Pair Doesn’t Blame Birth Control Since It’s a Conspiracy

Eh… I’ve had more creative days. I just needed to get that off my chest.

Joyent

In an effort to shepherd this post into the realm of relevance, I’ll touch on a neat startup I just became aware of this morning while reading John Gruber’s Daring Fireball. The idea is that they ship you a box (and I mean a computer box) that has some open source and custom web applications installed that give you calendaring, address book, email, and file sharing capability for your small business using standards-based network software and a slick web-based interface. Also it does tagging throughout. This appeals to me since I’ve brainstormed like a half-dozen ideas like this but never really followed through. It’s just badass — taking good software, slickifying it, and shipping the computer preinstalled to just plug in like an appliance. Schweet.

Robert Plant

Lastly, I’ll mention that I’ve been hooked lately on Robert Plant’s new album, Mighty Rearranger. (iTunes link here) For those not in the know, Plant is the former frontman of Led Zeppelin, of whom you could say I think somewhat highly, arguably the world’s biggest supergroup during their tenure from 1968 to 1980.

Actually now that I’ve started this post I’ve petered out and I think I’ll try to write more later. I wanted to give my thoughts on aging, superstardom, expectations, and something I feel captures true art. For now, check out this album, as well as the AOL live sessions. That and Dial “M” For Monkey by Bonobo (props to Tim). I’m finally soaking myself in music again and the shuffle is helping immensely.

It’s telling how I just had to add a “music” category to my blog in order to post this. Funny how now the 20-minute commute affords me more of a chance to listen to music than the two-hour one. I guess it feels more bite-sized now so it’s easier to manage.