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2008dec07. Mail from a long-time friend.

For the last several years I have thought that you were going increasingly wacko with the economic stuff. I no longer think this. Just wanted to mention that.

I’m sure you’ve seen this already, but I just did.

He seems almost 100% correct. It’s going to be bad. As bad as people think it is now, it hasn’t even started. Dow at 8000 got you bummed? Try “Dow doesn’t exist” on for size.

Oh to be an economic wackoperson. At first I thought your “URL” was a pointer to that nuttycake Russian engineer jibber-jabbering about how USA Americans are going to split into five or so racially-based geographies come Supercrash. I am hoping that people suddenly grok that the government is just making things a jillion times worse with the bailouts, Obama’s New New Deal Which Is Going To Blow Just Like The Old New Deal etc, and perhaps will band together before the Real Bad Shit comes down the pike ... but then, you know me, I’m a funny flowery optimist. It is as singer Dominique Durand of Ivy pointed out in the song “Undertow”

You can’t fight the undertow
Not when you’re all alone
You can’t fight the undertow
How long ‘til you let go

Goddamned undertow.

2008dec08. I was asked to provide commentary about the recent gas crisis by an outside source. My concerns – and suggestions for solutions – appear here.

2008dec08. For some reason, for the longest time, I couldn’t get the audio portion of dictionary.com to work properly, and it was behind a pay wall for awhile as well. Now it works fine and all is right in the land. Has a good beat, I’d give it a 92.

2008dec24. Wednesday Wreeday. A holiday special, I guess. Sure.

Kevin Francis Gray: Ghost Girl
Seuthopolis: Wiki. Uncover ... discover!
Elyse Sewell: Nun outfit update
Ask.metafilter: Can we hear the sun?
jwz: Parking haiku.
Wearable hummingbird feeder [via doc].
1000 Blocks
Victor Borge: Phonetic punctuation.
Documentary: Garbage Warrior [87 min] [wiki]
Paul Collins: Buzzkill. Hate spelling bees; dislike simplified spelling.
Oiling.
Japan’s useless doors. These are everywhere, really, but everything is concentrated a bit more in Japan.
Stingray Sam, a musical space western by Cory McAbee.
Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Season 5 Episode 1 Part 1 2 3.

2008dec25. RIP Eartha Kitt. There is an excellent long interview with Kitt in the book Incredibly Strange Music [excerpt].


Book: Animals in Translation Book: Pranks! Book: Adrift - 76 Days Lost At Sea Book: Secret Language of Sleep Book: Consider the Lobster