Debates?

It concerns me a great deal that the “debates” will not showcase the candidates, but instead will serve as a platform for well-rehearsed rhetoric (from both sides). I want to see a real debate between Bush and Kerry. Can you imagine the utter horror that would be on display if Bush had to answer questions off the cuff and actually debate Kerry? These are the things of which dreams are made. I’m hoping that Kerry will play a little dirty and take off the gloves, if only to show America that Bush is a misguided, unintelligent, lying pussy.

What’s The Problem?

Certainly, you must be tired of reading headlines with ‘vote’ in them? I’m gonna take all of my other posts down. Perhaps then some of you will stop putting off your voter registration.

Voter registration is down 5% to a 10-year low in Los Angeles county?? I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why registration isn’t up. Do you Angelenos just take it for granted that Kerry’s gonna win the state? Yes, that must be it. Do you people not understand that Bush must not be elected to a second term? Fine, don’t listen to me. Need some rock stars to tell you? Here you go. For whatever it’s worth, I think Mike D said it very well:

I have no sense of Bush as a man. It’s impossible to distinguish his personal interests from the interests of those closest to him. What is his own agenda, vs. the agenda of guys like Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz? I don’t think I’ve ever heard him speak on an issue where it seemed to be coming directly from himself.

Bruce Springsteen is as eloquent as always.

Stewart On O’Reilly

I read the transcript on Wonkette last week, but random($foo), to whom I don’t usually look for anything political, posted a link to the video.

UPDATE: A few hours after I originally posted, I came across this article. Seems that Comedy Central was none too happy about their Daily Show audience being portrayed as a bunch of “stoned slackers” by Bill O’Reilly. No surprise here:

Viewers of Jon Stewart’s show are more likely to have completed four years of college than people who watch “The O’Reilly Factor,” according to Nielsen Media Research.

And then there’s this gem:

Comedy Central had no statistics on how many people watch “The Daily Show” stoned.

[Note to Mac users: The video is an AVI file, which will not play on QuickTime. If you don’t already have it, make sure to pick up the fantastic VLC media player]

Random Stuff (The Geek Edition)

A. and J. are growing tired of the mix that I did for the store. It’s 325 songs, but they have been listening to it every day for 6 weeks, so I guess I understand. I’m in the process of doing another mix, or at the very least switching some stuff out for new stuff. I have so many CDs that are not ripped into iTunes, so I’m going through the piles. It’s not an easy task, considering there are still probably 800 – 1000 CDs still in boxes. I really just need to go through all of my CDs and slim the “collection” down.

While I was ripping CDs, my computer kept crashing. I couldn’t really figure out why until I started up a temperature monitor (that’s with the lid open – with the lid closed it was 10 degrees warmer!). I usually run my PowerBook in clamshell mode (the lid closed) with my external Cinema Display, but apparently that doesn’t allow for enough air flow. I can’t even handle the underside of my PowerBook because it’s so hot. It’s ridiculous how hot these things get. I did a little research and came up with this:

The actual CPU temp – which depending on the model can be way off as determined by software – is always going to be over 100F. Sometimes as high as 160F. Much higher and you are looking as possible kernel panics, freezes and crashes. Above 180F and you are looking at processor death unless they have other thermal protections built in.

I purchased an AirPort Express not too long ago, mainly to pipe iTunes into my bedroom when I’m going to sleep, but it sure is handy when I go to a client that doesn’t have a wireless connection.

I haven’t purchased a PC yet, but thanks to all of the kind geeks I now have a solution for sharing the Cinema Display, keyboard and mouse between the two.

In the last few months I have received calls from friends with failed hard drives. Of course most people never back anything up and they are always kind of shocked when their hard drives fail, which they all do eventually. If you don’t back up your data at least once a week you’re really asking for it. I learned the hard way a long time ago.

I’m boring myself to tears now.