November 30, 2002

A Season Redeemed

If the Florida State Seminoles were to have a 1 - 13 season, we would still consider the season a success if that one victory were to thrash the Florida Gators.

Chalk up another successful year.

We didn't just stomp the Gators 31-14. Leon Washington didn't just run for 134 yards as a true freshman. Chris Rix didn't just shed the mistakes of the past like a snake's old skin. It all happened. This is the the FSU team I'm accustomed to seeing. And they're back.

Too bad Gagne hasn't posted yet; I'd leave some taunting comments on his site.

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Doomed to Repeat It

Ooops. Instapundit led me to this blooper over at la Blogatrice:

In what must surely be the first blogger betrothal to have happened since weblogs came into existence...

I can think of at least three blogger betrothals that happened over a year ago. Any others spring to mind? Add them to the comments.

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November 28, 2002



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November 26, 2002

Extreme Assumptions

Now that Republicans (again) control the House, Senate, and White House, it has been fashionable in the media to run references to those who "caution" Republicans not to get too greedy and not to get too extreme.

I find this concept fascinating, that the party that got a majority (by a six-percent margin!) of the popular vote and won a far larger majority of contested races in this last election should be perceived as "extreme" rather than in tune with the electorate. (One indicator of the very real GOP surge is the margin of state house races they won - while midterm elections usually cost the majority party a net of 200-some seats, the GOP gained about 350, if my memory serves correctly.)

Can anyone remember if, in 1992, the media ran stories wondering aloud if the Democrats controlling the same three institutions would become too liberal? I can't, but I can't honestly say I was paying attention too closely.

If Republicans are in power, the automatic assumption is that they will be too greedy. What is the corresponding assumption one makes if the Democrats roar back to power?

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Chalk It Up to Coincidence

I swear I had never seen this page before my November 19 re-design.

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November 25, 2002

McPherson Strut

What the hell? Bowden Dismisses Starting QB From Team.

Now Chris Rix is back in the driver's seat. Saturday's game will be uuuuuuugh-leeeeee.

Link from the excellent Ballblog, which sounds like a porn site, but isn't.

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I grew up in sunny Florida, where palm trees and live oaks don't lose their leaves.

After I moved to the D.C. area, I lived in rented housing until this year.

So... I have never raked a yard clear of leaves. Until yesterday. We have a huge oak tree out front and its three smaller counsins in back, and they protest the advent of winter by dropping all their leaves in a rust-colored blanket many inches thick.

That's not even counting the neighbor's disorderly maple trees.

My back hurts, my arms hurt, my neck hurts, and I'm not even done. I just moved everything into a bunch of medium-sized piles because I didn't have the strength to get it to the curb.

If I don't finish Wednesday morning, I'll be gone for Thanksgiving and those leaves will sit in their piles - or more likely, get strewn about by the wind - until December has locked itself in.

I think next year I'm getting a leaf blower.

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Huge Vending Machines

Kottke went to Paris to find a huge vending machine. He could have just gone to Adams Morgan in DC.

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November 23, 2002

Fifty Two Things

In response to John Sutherland's Fifty-two things they do better in America, I present Fifty-two things they do better in the United Kingdom.

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Worst. Season. Ever.

There is something seriously wrong with the Seminoles this year - or maybe it's just that the ACC is getting much better with the rise of Maryland and NC State. I just hope we don't blow next week's game against the Gators.

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SXSW 2003

It's official. I will once again be a panelist at SXSW Interactive, speaking again on the topic of legal matters on the Freelancer track. Last year's discussion generated a lot of interest due to the flood of self-employed interactive folk hitting the market. Ths year, I expect we'll see some new topics as last year's new businesses have matured and a host of new entreprenuers have gone out on their own.

SXSW takes place every March in Austin, Texas and is a great chance to meet others who are passionate about the web, music, and film. As the event approaches, more of us will be talking on the SXSWBlog - many conference verterans will be able to answer questions about what it's like to go. It's always a blast and you'll learn a lot more than you might expect.

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November 19, 2002

Three Years and Counting

I spent the first three years of my life living in Ohio.

My law degree took three years to earn.

I've never even held a single job as long as half of three years.

It took me three years to work up the courage to ask Dineen to marry me.

And three years ago today, I wrote my first weblog entry. In the beginning, I would never have imagined many of the changes I would witness between then and now. The political, economic, and technological shifts are too numerous to list here. The web has changed, too - "weblog" and "blog" are now mainstream concepts, and having one isn't reserved for the geeks anymore. Weblogs have impacted the way we view the world, and the way that view is reported.

But the world has changed weblogging, too. Back when I started, the mere fact that one had a weblog was enough to form a common bond with the handful of others who also had one. Now, according to some recent numbers I've seen, a new Blogger page gets created once every minute and a half, let alone the thousands who use other weblog publishing tools. Weblogging is far more democratized, but far less cozy. I'm sure the orignal users of Usenet felt the same way at some point.

Weblogging has changed me, too. Before I began blogging, creating a web page was primarily a solitary activity - I would put something up, and tell a few people about it. They might look at the page once or twice, and that would be it. The site would sit, lonely and untouched for months. By weblogging, I was finally able to converse with others, and that has led me to meet some of the most fascinating people on the planet. (If you think you're one of these, you probably are. If I've ever linked to you, you probably are. If you've ever linked to me, well, consider yourself in the Pantheon.) And I've gotten drawn into their ideas, hopes, thoughts, dreams and disappointments just like they entered mine.


I know the next three years will show me things that dwarf the changes of the last three years. I can guess at what a few of those things wil be; others I won't see until they smack me upside the head. There will be some good and some bad, and if I'm lucky the good will far outweigh the bad - just like it has for the last three years.

I can't wait.

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November 06, 2002


Holy Cow. Did I ever underestimate the GOP surge. Patrick tells the tale of the tape.

And, one more thing: Florida belongs firmly to the GOP. Jeb Bush "got a higher percentage of the vote than any candidate for governor since 1982," and Republicans won statewide offices all up and down the line.

Now comes the hard part: actually governing.

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November 05, 2002


For what they're worth, my predictions of tonights results, before any polls close - or maybe slightly after - it's 6:03 p.m. EST here in Virginia but I've not heard any news.

I think the Republicans will keep the House, making history by gaining a handful of seats in a midterm election. Not at all the 15 - 30 seat gain I once predicted, but redistricting largely went towards incumbent protection rather than creating opportunity.

It looks like the Republicans have a shot at taking a one seat gain in the Senate. I think the GOP gains in Missouri, picking off Carnahan, and South Dakota, picking off Johnson by a smidgen. The GOP ought to keep seats in North Carolina and Texas, and barely defend their seats in New Hampshire, Colorado, and South Carolina. GOP challenges to Democrat-held seats in Georgia, Louisiana and Minnesota will fail despite strong party showings. In Arkansas, no surprises as Hutchinson goes down in the flames of his own hypocrisy. All told, a net gain of one - enough to control the chamber... unless Lincoln Chafee ignores the lessons of Jeffords' turncoat rebellion and gives control back to the Dems. I think Linc is too smart for that - he'll realize that he stands much more to gain from the threat of defection than from actually doing it.

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Vote Today

Just do it.

UPDATE: Inluminent says it best with a picture.

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November 01, 2002 class action lawsuit

Whoever found my page using a Google search for the above term please e-mail me and tell me what you were looking for.

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Funny Ha-Ha

I think I'm going to be reading a lot more of Amish Tech Support.

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