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Tuesday is Veepday?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004


Engjarati? Gujaranglish?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I had a nice visit with Bindee this evening.

It was fun to catch up… Shrek 2 was great, again… and it was particularly intriguing to overhear Bindee’s cell-phone conversation with one of her relatives, as she effortlessly switched back and forth between English and Gujarati, sometimes there and back again in mid-sentence. Sort of like Spanglish, except classier somehow.

Anyway, now I’m at home, eating beef stew and waiting for Becky to return from the dog park. Speaking of which, here’s a photo of me the other day with dog-park staple Abby, who is pretty much always sticking her tongue out, and Robbie lying around lazily in the background.

5,000 and counting

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Moments ago, received its record-shattering 5,000th unique hit in a single day. Normally, I can identify a site visitor only by an IP address, a domain, and maybe a location. But this time, I can do better than that.’s 5,000th visitor today was…

…Mike Wiser.

Thanks for the historic hit, Mike! Your stalking of my site is much appreciated. :)

Much, much more traffic-related navel-gazing here. Click if you dare.

July 4 alert?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

This vague terror warning sounds like yet another case of sound and fury, signifying nothing… but one never knows:

U.S. intelligence agencies are warning the federal government to be on alert for a terrorist attack around the July Fourth holiday, especially at military facilities and large gatherings, according to U.S. officials.

Officials familiar with an internal report outlining the concern said it indicates that an attack might take place from a high vantage point, although there was no further explanation.

One method of attack could be a car or truck filled with explosives, the officials said. …

FBI spokesman Bill Carter said he has not seen “anything specific or credible at this time” relating to the July Fourth weekend.

Let’s hear it for nonspecific, incredbile threats!

I’m leaving work now; taking a different bus than usual, to Chandler, to meet up with a friend from Newington, Bindee, who is in town. We’re going to watch Shrek 2 (third time for me, first for her). So, no blogging until later.


Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Yesterday, USC graduate Randy Johnson got his 4,000th strikeout, making him just the fourth major-league pitcher to accomplish that feat. Just now, I, USC graduate Brendan Loy, got my 4,000th unique hit on this site today — the first time I have ever accomplished that feat in a single day.

Johnson’s 4,000th victim was a fellow Trojan, third baseman Jeff Cirillo of the San Diego Padres. My 4,000th “victim” was IP address, which, according to a Whois lookup, is registered to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hey! Maybe it was Ashcroft!! [Uh-oh… -ed.]

More navel-gazing on my record-setting day here.

It all makes sense now!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

First, watch the Club for Growth‘s TV commercial comparing Bush to Reagan (available in Windows Media, Real Video, or Quick Time).

Then, read the Daily Show‘s punch line:


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Navel-gazing update: All-time record!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

“Kudos to Brendan Loy for his honesty,” writes Hugh Hewitt (expect to see that one in the “quotes” section shortly), linking to my Dem Panic post and producing a torrent of traffic (“Hughlanche I”?) that, combined with the lingering effects of yesterday’s InstaBoost, has me nearing a daily record: 3,120 hits as of 11:19 AM, and averaging about 500 an hour at the moment. The record is 3,326; at this rate, it should be broken by noon.

UPDATE: The record falls!!! 3,331 hits and counting! IP address, from an IBM domain, referred by InstaPundit, produced the record-breaking 3,327th hit at 11:47:04 AM.


Give ’em Rell

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Iraq’s transfer of sovereignty was supposed to take place today, but as you know, it happened two days early. Alas, no such luck in Connecticut — but that’s okay, because we’ve only got 24 hours left (a little less than that now, actually) until the end of the Rowland Regime:

(days, hours, minutes, seconds)

Is there a statue in Waterbury that we can topple?


Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Drudge posts a siren:


UPDATE: Now there’s a link:

Official Washington and the entire press corps will be rocked when Hillary Rodham Clinton is picked as Kerry’s VP and a massive love fest will begin!

So predicts a top Washington insider, who spoke to the DRUDGE REPORT on condition he not be named.

“All the signs point in her direction,” said the insider, one of the most influencial and well-placed in the nation’s capital. “It is the solution to every Kerry problem.”

I’m not so sure about that. Notwithstanding my half-serious “White Knight” musings, it seems to me that Hillary as veep would serve mostly to fire up the base for both parties — and since the Democratic base is presently more fired up than the Republican base, that seems like a bad idea. I suppose she’d help get women’s votes, but would she sway enough to produce a net gain when compared to the swing voters she’d turn off, and the additional Republican turnout her presence on the ticket would produce? I sort of doubt it. As a commenter wrote yesterday (regarding the possibility of Hillary running for president, but I think it would still apply):

I cannot think of a single carbon-based life form (other than possibly bin Laden) who could guarantee a higher Republican turnout than the White Knight. Be careful what you wish for.

Don’t wake Bush’s “sleeping giant” base, John. Let them keep slumbering. Pick Edwards.

Put another way: which swing states would Kerry win because of Hillary? West Virginia? Missouri? Florida? Arizona? (I can think of three votes he’d definitely lose in Arizona.) Sure, she’d bolster his margins in New York and California, but what does that accomplish, aside from increasing the chances of an electoral-college inversion?

No, I don’t think this is a good idea at all, at all. The advantage of my “White Knight” scenario was that it would eliminate Kerry from the ticket. The disadvantage was the identity of the White Knight. A Kerry-Clinton ticket would be the worst of both worlds.

UPDATE: Sayeth the InstaPundit: “HILLARY AS VP? I’m hearing that again, though I’m skeptical. Personally, I’d rather see her at the top of the ticket. I told you that the war on terror is my number one issue, and I think she’d be tougher than Kerry. She certainly has been so far.”

Hmm… could the announcement of a Kerry-Clinton ticket be the prelude to a convention flip-flop producing a Clinton-Kerry ticket? That would require Kerry’s consent, which is almost inconceivable — see Mike G‘s comment for why. Still, I can’t help but wonder if this is in the back of somebody‘s mind, if not Kerry’s.

A rough week

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

On Monday, the bus broke down on the freeway and I was 45 minutes late to work. On Tuesday, I left my shirt on the bus, had to spend $45 buying a new one, and was 15 minutes late to work. Today, in addition to almost missing the morning bus (which would have resulted in my being at least two hours late to work), I accidentally left my wallet at home — and with it, my monthly bus pass — so I had to borrow a dollar from someone at the bus stop (after fishing 75 cents out of my fanny pack).

It’s only Wednesday, people. Should I just give up now? :)

Spidey says: Let them eat cake!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004 guest movie critic David Kreutz offers the following opening-night review of Spider-Man 2, which he e-mailed to me at 2:50 AM this morning after watching a midnight show:

So, what do you do when you graduate from college, but don’t have a job yet? Go see movies! I’ve never been to an opening-night showing of a film before, but I was invited to join some friends, so off we went to see Spidey’s return to the big screen. I never actually saw the first one in theaters, I think I saw it maybe a year or two afterwards on TV one evening. It was pretty good, so I thought, heck, why not?

So how does the sequel measure up? Well, first off, the special effects are amazing. I mean truly amazing. In the first movie they were pretty good, but you could tell that they were CG. Not so this time. And unlike some movies (*cough* the Matrix sequels *cough*) which seem to rely solely on the special effects, this movie used them to push along the story. Yes, that’s right, the story, the plot, and this movie had a good one. Spiderman comic purists will probably complain — heck, Doc Oc isn’t even Eastern European in this Spiderverse — but it followed incredibly well from the first movie and left plenty of room for a sequel in a way that didn’t make me feel like they made it that way. Acting was very, very good, and the cinematography, even in the non-CG scenes, was fantastic.

But there is always a catch. If you have even a remote knowledge of science, check it at the door. Now, I’m not the kind who goes into a movie and nit-picks the scientific details — I mean, heck, it’s just a movie, it doesn’t have to perfect. But I must admit this one even had me shaking my head. [Have you seen “The Day After Tomorrow”? -ed.] It doesn’t detract from the movie really, but just go into it knowing that some of the stuff is just going to be absurdly wrong.

My only other complaint is the one scene where one of his neighbors offers him a piece of chocolate cake, and you cut to a scene of them eating white cake with chocolate frosting. Seriously, how did the editors let that one slip through? I mean heck, they PAY people to catch those kind of goofs. Oh well, it was still a great movie and one I definitely recommend spending your hard-earned cash to see in the theaters.

Alas, David didn’t give us a golden-shalleleigh rating… or, as would perhaps be more appropriate in his case, a Trojan Husky rating (or something). But anyway, thanks for the review, Dave! I will be watching for that cake discrepancy when I go see the movie on Saturday…

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Well, damn

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Yankees 11, Red Sox 3. New York leads Boston by 6 1/2 games in the AL East. It’s been a long time since April.

This bit of historical trivia is interesting, and disheartening:

New York has never failed to finish first after leading by at least 6 1/2 games. The 1933 Yankees led by six, then finished behind Washington.

Well, there’s a first time for everything. (For those who have set their sights a bit lower, Boston is tied with Oakland in the wild-card race.)

Not so itsy bitsy

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Spider-Man 2, which opens tomorrow, appears to be doing very, very well with critics. I’ll be seeing it on Saturday in L.A. with Becky and Kristy.