Friday, October 03, 2003

Looks like ol' Rush got himself in a pickle. Perhaps a song to lighten the mood of his followers is in order:

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

I grew up a-dreaming of being a junkie
And loving the junkie ways
Pursuing the life of my pill-popping heroes
I burned up my youthful days
I learned all the rules of a modern-day sleazeball
Just a-hold on to Clinton's big schlong
Just take what you need from the right wing
Then leave them with a sad junkie song

My heroes have always been junkies
And they still are it seems
Sadly in search of and one step in back of
Themselves and their pill-popping dreams

Junkies are special with their own brand of mis'ry
From bein' strung out too long.
You could die from the cold in the arms of a nightmare
Knowing well that your best days are gone.
Pickin' on lib'ralss instead of moguls
I let the words of my youth fade away, just
Old worn out butt sores and old worn out cliches
With no one and no place to stay


Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Been a long time

I haven't updated the blog in a while, for lots of reasons, most of them having to do with a busy schedule: work, family and music have kept me focused on a lot of things, none of them this blog.

Yesterday, I got a chance to put my new IBM Thinkpad T-30 to good use: I worked from the deck of Opal Divine's, which is one of the growing number of establishments in Austin offering free WiFi access. It only took me about five minutes to figure out that it was more than just starting up the computer and going -- I had to open a browser directed at Opal's homepage to get redirected to a sign-in page. After that, I simply fired up my VPN client and I was working just as well as I do from my home office. But it was better: a sunny fall day in Austin virtually demands that one spend time outside, and Opal's deck was a good place to do it. I even managed to handle some business calls between bites of the Philly Cheesesteak Tacos.

Being downtown, I also got to see the plane that circled for some time towing a banner that read, in part, "Fire Democrat Senators." I can only imagine that the sponsor of the banner was trying to take advantage of folks gathering in Wooldridge Park to hear Wesley Clark speak. Seems like a wasted effort to me -- anyone interested in Clark as a candidate would be more likely to want to hire more Democratic senators. But maybe that's just me.

In the news, it's been fun to watch the spin from both sides of the aisle as "the Plame Affair" gains traction. I don't know yet whether this one will stick -- Bush seems to be as teflon coated as Reagan and Clinton at times. I don't think a DOJ investigation will be enough -- but it remains to be seen whether the Democrats can muster enough Republican support for an independent investigation. Definitely one to stay tuned for.