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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Damn it

Molly Ivins (1944 - 2007)

You know what we need? We need a Molly Ivins fellowship to support young, struggling journalists trying to carry on in her wake.

I'm in for $100, more if i can afford it.

Update: Donations to the Molly Ivins Fund for Investigative Journalism can be made here.

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Best headline of the week

Bush complains about size of CEO packages

Don't. Go. There.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday morning church marquee blogging

Miami Blvd., Durham, NC


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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday morning church marquee blogging

Carver St., Durham, NC


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Friday, January 19, 2007

A small cool piece of software

i'm not a total geek. i spent enough time on the bleeding edge of graphics production software 15 years ago to get over that, and now, i just want my stuff to work.

So that's why i really like the iConcertCal.

It plugs into iTunes, sees what's in your library, and builds a calendar of concerts in your area by performers in your library.

That's it. And it does it well. And for free.

Check it out.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Why i love Durham, part 5

more specifically, why i love my neighborhood. how can you not love a place where people send out emails to their neighbors like this?:

Hello Neighbors

This will be my first Spring in Duke Park and i am eager to plant a vegetable garden and some flowers. The good news is that i have energy and desire (and a pretty good book). The bad news is that i am totally clueless as to what to do and how etc! And i have no tools and can't really afford to go out and buy them all. I am hoping that there's someone out there who is a whiz in the garden and would be willing to
share some knowledge with me to get me off to a good start. I have eight nice rose bushes that I could trade you for your expertize, loan of tiller/tools etc. I can also bake some mean cookies!

If anyone is interested, please drop me an email off the list.

there aren't many things in the world for which charming is the right word, but this is one.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

i am, like, soooo sorry

it was an accident. i wasn't watching what i was doing. it'll never happen again, i swear it.

Some delegates believe an apology is unnecessary and a sign of too much political correctness.

“The present commonwealth has nothing to do with slavery,” said Del. Frank D. Hargrove, R-Glen Allen, whose ancestors were French Huguenots who came to America in search of religious freedom.

How far do these calls for apologies go, wondered Hargrove, a member of the House Rules Committee that could take up McEachin’s resolution as early as Wednesday.

“Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?” Hargrove wondered. “Nobody living today had anything to do with it. It would be far more appropriate in my view to apologize to the Upper Mattaponi and the Pamunkey” Indians for the loss of their lands in eastern Virginia, he said.


via Josh

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sunday morning church marquee blogging


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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday morning church marquee blogging

Guess Rd., Durham, NC


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Saturday, January 06, 2007

FA Cup 2007

I posted a bit last year about the FA Cup, the English soccer equivalent of the Super Bowl. Only it's not quite the same, since the FA Cup competition is open to every soccer team in England. Teams playing at the two highest levels of English soccer, the Premiership and the Championship, get byes through to the third round, but at that time, they get put in the hat and can get drawn to play against anyone.

for instance, Liverpool and Arsenal, currently third and fourth in the Premiership, were drawn against each other in the third round, so only one of them will advance.

But this story is actually about great soccer names.

Right now, 1st division Nottingham Forest (once a premiership team) is playing premiership Charlton Athletic (who will not be a premiership team after this season. English soccer has promotion and relegation, and if your team sucks, the get kicked down a division for the next season, but that's another story).

And Nottingham Forest just scored two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead.

Their first goal was scored by Junior Agogo, who i think edges out Steed Malbranque for best name in English soccer.

Look for an all-name FA Cup squad sometime in February.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"slow progress . . . likely hurt him."

From Reuters:

Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD - news) Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Nardelli has abruptly quit after a year of heavy criticism for everything from his pay package to the underperforming retailer's corporate governance.

Nardelli, 58, will walk away with a severance package of about $210 million. He and the company said in a release that his leaving was a "mutual decision," and Home Depot shares were up more than 3 percent.

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Nardelli, one of the three executives in the running to succeed GE chief Jack Welch years ago, came to Home Depot with much fanfare, but drew mixed reviews from some on Wall Street, who noted his lack of retailing experience.

"A combination of an autocratic managerial style, much higher compensation than others in retailing and slow progress on the key merchandising and distribution system improvements needed to return Home Depot to its better years likely hurt him," Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter said in a research note.

We should all be hurting so bad.

$210 million works out to the wages of a thousand employees making 10 bucks an hour.

For ten years.

None of whom get anything for getting fired for non-performance.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

In New York, i hear they drop a big hunk of crystal from a tower to celebrate the new year. In Raleigh, it's a giant acorn.

In Duke Park, we raise the peace sign.

Maybe next year, y'all can join us.


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