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February 23, 2004


I'm being hammered by comment spam right now, and I haven't the time to clean up after it. So until I'm back on this daily, I'm closing down comments. I'd love to hear from any of you, via email, at the usual address: biasblog-at-hotmail-dot-nospam-dot-com. And you know how to make that thing work.

Keep those emails coming!

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February 22, 2004

Happy blogiversary to me!

It's been brought to my attention that my page is blank! I forgot that the posts archive weekly and eventually, with no posting, there would be literally nothing there but the template. Thanks for reminding me, George! I'll keep something up from now on.

And it shouldn't be long before I'm posting all the time again. I'm being very redneck, staying mostly in my parents' camper trailer at my brother's house. It's actually been a godsend, because I was able to hide and spread out my things while working on the grant proposal. That was sent in successfully on Tuesday, after I pulled an all-nighter and one almost-all-nighter (2 hrs sleep) back to back. Took me a few days to recover from that. But while I'm more comfortable, and able to work better, I'm online even less - no phone line there. However! This week is when I find a place to live, so soon I should be back posting like a wild woman.

And just in time too - it's my second blogiversary! I don't know the exact date, I'm too lazy tonight to go look at my archives, but the Blogspot blog started in the last week of February. And on my first real day of posting, I got an Instalink!

Ah... those were the days.

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February 11, 2004

Voting for change?

Not that you didn't know this already, but John Kerry isn't precisely... well... bright.

He's running for the Democratic nomination in a primary race. The Dems are not in the White House right now. And yet you get this:

Mr. Kerry told a rollicking rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday night: "Once again, the message rings out loud and clear. Americans are voting for change — East and West, North, and now in the South."

"Voting for change"? Actually, no. Not at all. Americans who don't agree with the current administration anyway are choosing who they want to challenge it. Yes, they probably do want change - but this was not a vote for change. Now, if this was Dean talking, you might have some purchase with that "voting for change" thing: He could say that the Dems are choosing to change the type of Dem who runs for president. Dean certainly isn't establishment in the usual sense (after all, his family didn't treat their servants like servants). Kerry, on the other hand, is firmly establishment (and the kind of rich establishment who can mortgage his house for enough money to run a national political campaign - Kennedy Dem, in other words). He's right up there with Lieberman and Gephardt as establishment, and the only one who's not dismally failed nationally already. If anything, you could say a vote for Kerry is a "vote for business as usual in the Dem camp".

That Kerry. Not even sure what he's running for.

Although I'm sure there are a lot of people who think what he said makes perfect sense. And that's scary too.

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February 04, 2004

Notes from Alabama

My ability to handle everything is waning. I don't know how people travel constantly, although I'm sure it helps that they come home to the same place every weekend, or every so often. But I'm learning that I'm even more of a homebody than I realized. And a necessary part of being a homebody is... well... having a home. I did look at a house today that has good potential, so that makes me feel better.

I spend hours traveling, and that's increased now that I'm going to physical therapy three times a week. Getting places in central Alabama is not difficult; I can usually go 30-40 miles in 45 minutes or so. That's amazing. The problem is, I don't want to go 30-40 miles.

I gave the first exam of the semester on Tuesday. It always amazes me what questions turn out to be the dividing lines between those who listened and studied, and those who did not. And why do people bother to pay for a class, and attend regularly, when they aren't going to study? The main question on the exam was about nature vs nurture, which I discussed nearly every day in some context. You'd think it was a new concept to some students.

I thought about posting earlier in the week about the Janet Jackson boob drop, and ask the burning question, is Justin Timberlake actually the bigger boob? But some targets are just too easy. Literally.

Still not watching the news, other than... well... How about them Wildcats?! Heh. Sunk them 'Gators again. I do have lots to say, but not much that belongs on the Internet. I've found places to perch, two libraries where I can plug in my computer, but can't access the Internet. I've got a big contract to write a grant proposal, which is excellent in terms of money, but the grant is due February 16, so extra time goes there. Maybe by mid-month I'll have a place to stay, the grant proposal done, and pithy sayings to engage you.

Or maybe not.

But I'll try, on all counts.

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