Who am I?
©2001 Andy J. W. Affleck
Ok, I'm going to bed now. Night night.(11:28 PM) ¶
At least it's a good song. I never liked the "Proud to be an American" song and am not enjoying its recent resurgence in popularity. I know a good rah-rah tune helps with the crisis but there are plenty of better songs for that. Hell, the Star Spangled Banner is about as close as you can get. The "Proud" song doesn't represent who we are. Instead, it embodies the very arrogance that makes so much of the world pissed at us. And I'm not being an apologist like others who say we brought terrorism upon ourselves. That's a horrible thing to say. Nobody deserved what happened on 9/11 and no foreign policy justifies that kind of response. We're often heavy handed (or club-footed, take your pick) but terrorism is never justified, ever. So, that's not where I'm going. I'm just saying that the song bothers me. It's not represntative of our pluralism, of our compassion, of our melting-pot nature. It reeks of "We rock, you suck" and that is just not how I think of America.(11:15 PM) ¶
While I'm on the subject, does anyone else think that Disney is pulling some kind of weird crap on us to say there is a FOUR video set of original Pooh cartoons? Come on. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Blustery Day, Pooh and Tigger Too are all wonderful, all voiced by the same people and are all a joy to watch, even for the 100th time. But that fourth video in the set, "A Day for Eeyore" is a travesty. It was made in 1983 and has only Paul Winchell as Tigger back from the original cast (most of whom had died by then). The replacement voices are simply awful (The narrator says "Peeoooh" instead of "Pooh" in his affected British accent, Rabbit doesn't speak but sneers through the whole tape, Piglet is pathetic, and Kanga and Roo are just not right). And I don't like the little argument between Eeyore and Tigger doesn't fit at all. And there are no cute songs Pooh makes up. Finally, the intro music has changed and sounds terrible. It's not part of the THREE tape set and should not be advertised as such. I want my money back.
Who's with me?(11:01 PM) ¶
Well, enough ranting about IE/Windows. It is a shame that I can't do some funky tricks here because it's too widely used but I'll live.(4:10 PM) ¶
Learning to Be Wired Throwing technology at educational problems may do more harm than good. It takes careful planning -- and a healthy dose of skepticism -- to make computers work in the classroom(5:22 PM) ¶
Funny! I blogged the home page of Phi Tau Coeducational Fraternity and THEN realized that I'd taken the picture used on the home page. Neat!(11:24 PM) ¶
Between Andrew and Chris (all three of us were in the same co-ed fraternity in college) I feel like the uneducated poser. I always feel I have so much to learn. I'll start by reading their stuff and the other weblogs I follow and try to keep up...(10:59 PM) ¶
Jedi makes the census list It's official: "Jedi Knight" is ON the list of religions for the 2001 UK census.(7:43 PM) ¶
Well, at least I'm not the only one with this problem [Link may require a blogger login, I'm not sure]. So, it's likely a system problem. Hmmm. That does raise the question about reliability. I switched from a manila hosted site to this because I wanted my site to be local rather than remote and I felt that the Manila hosted sites were awfully slow and cumbersome. Also they provided features (discussion groups, et al) that I wasn't really using. But this is somewhat annoying. My site comes up but nothing new appears on it. Kinda defeats the purpose of a blog? This is the second time this has happened in the two months I've been using this. The last time it was resolved within the same day. Let's hope this is resolved as quickly.(11:29 PM) ¶
Um, anyone have a goat I can borrow?(11:16 PM) ¶
It's been a fun few days, all things considered. We went to a wedding of some college friends over the weekend which was a lot of fun (though the DJ played that "Proud to be an American" song that's being driven into our skulls with alarming regularity -- whether or not you like that song (I don't) I honestly can't figure out why anyone thought it was an appropriate final song for a wedding) and then we went to Rhode Island to hang with Ann's folks and Jack.
Oh, and we started bombing things.
I remember when the Gulf War started. I was watching Babette's Feast at Dartmouth College and someone walked up on stage and announced that ground troops had just crossed the border. We stayed until the end of the movie (why, I do not know) but afterward went back to my office in the computer center and listend to NPR for the next few hours. I was against the war and I was very bothered by the yellow ribbons that sprang up everywhere.
That was then. This time, I sat and listened to the news on the radio and felt really good about what I was hearing. I support what we are doing and I feel very good about the American flags I see everywhere. Normally, I'm a pacifist and support diplomatic solutions over military ones but I recognize that our enemy this time is not one we can reason with or who shows any form of rationality. Andrew Pulrang points out some places where bin Laden has a legitimate beef with the US (scroll down his page to find it, he doesn't have archiving activated for individual entries so that link is the closest I can get -- Andrew, email me, you need to turn on that feature :) and I see where he is coming from. But I also agree with his final analysis.
Well, that's my update for today. No real links because, aside from Andrew's site, I didn't find anything I felt like linking to. Sorry. Come back tomorrow. Of course, I'm going to be so bloody busy the next few weeks it will be a miracle if I blog much.
Great. Our new neighbors are being loud and it's late and Jack is getting restless. I have to get dressed and go next to door to bitch them out. How happy am I?(10:42 PM) ¶