Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, October 20, 2006

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Bottom Buddy toilet aid. Airline seat belt extender.

I'd like to make a comment, but I don't think I can.

I really like this web page.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


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The New York Times is running a nice follow-up article about Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ.


"I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against antirepublican tendencies; the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; a jealous care of the right of election by the peopleā€”a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided; absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism; a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them; the supremacy of the civil over the military authority; economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burthened; the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith; encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid; the diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the public reason; freedom of religion; freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected. These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."

When I read the thoughts and hopes of the founding fathers of the United States, the stark difference between leadership then and now brings me to tears. We have wandered far afield in this time of shame for our nation; it truly is time to retrace our steps.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Bear Mace.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Another 150 down the chute. Someone will surely yell at me for this.

By the way, I love having a giant trash compactor in my building.

Also by the way, as soon as someone starts selling high-bitrate music online, I'll never buy another CD.

I just dumped about 150 empty CD cases down my trash compactor's chute.
It made a mighty crunching sound.
I imagine that a CD case eating monster would make similar noises.

I'm in the middle of taking my CDs and their inserts out of their cases and putting them into one of those telephone-book sized CD cases. I just filled a book with artists A through C. I'm going to need some more cases.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


He claimed that he "is one of four people in the state of Connecticut qualified to handle nuclear waste". This Aleksey Vayner character really is a douchebag.