March 29, 2004

BestOfMe Symphony

I had a theme picked out for this Symphony, but Iím still in the midst of a flu-administered ass-kickin', so I just donít have the energy to go through with it. You get the plain jane versions, which is fine, because these links are the highlights anyway.

Not that I won't run my mouth. Just pretend it's part of my folksy charm.

In no particular order...

Simon provides an essential guide to Hong Kong taxi's. There are even more helpful tips in the comments. Note to the tourism board: Louis Armstrong-impersonating taxi-drivers should be talked up more.

Pixy Misa wades into the philosophical debate with Idealism, Struggle, Despair, Passion, Success, Failure, and Enormously Long Lunch Breaks.

Meanwhile, Pixy's granddaughter writes from the future, but it was over two months ago that we first were able to receive Trixie's writing that she'll do later... I think the Nyquil just kicked in.

Ironbear of Who Tends the Fires offers up "Wax cannons and management training". A great story I enjoyed when it first appeared, and I'm happy to point it out for your enjoyment now.

Susie talks about the reasons for panic attacks.

Pierre of the Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill lays a righteous fisking on the Seattle Post Intelligencer when they explain that President Bushís popularity is almost solely due to the fact that Americans are stupid. Thatís pretty much a direct quote by the way.

Jeff Doolittle offers up The Death of Hit Counting, with the following statement: "Considering the weight that is placed on things like 'sitemeter' this post is extremely relevant to blogdom." Here's an exerpt:

Counting the number of visitors to your site has become a lesson in futility. It is no longer possible (if it ever was) to accurately track the number of anonymous users to your website. While cookies and/or user authentication can still help you track visits by known users, assessing the number of casual visitors is not possible.

I'll say this on the subject, that if you use Sitemeter as a measurement instead of a counter, then it works well enough. I once worked a project to reengineer a software system, and discovered that a particular value had been calculated incorrectly for a long long time. The clients were horrified, but I convinced them that since the values were consistently calculated that even though they were wrong they had value as comparison and evaluation numbers. We fixed it and told the users that we were using a new method to calculate that number, and everyone was happy. Now, sitemeter doesn't offer that absolute consistency (as far as I can tell), but it's good enough to give me an idea of ebb and flow in visitors. I'm not going to obsess over numbers, especially since it's free.

From The Owner's Manual, Gary submits his Fair Warning to Round-Eyed Weirdos. Exerpt:

We may be experiencing fallout from the supremacy of American culture as exemplified by the global popularity of Western movies.

I won't even tell you what it's about, but it's not what you think it might be. Good read though.

Now this one is fun. Dave at Blogo Slovo sends in some thoughts on the television series "The West Wing". I'm a fan of the series, and he's spot on with his observations.

Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium fame gets my pick for best title this week: Consensual Cannibalism. I'll forego the obvious jokes, because they've probably already been (over)done.

From Interested Participant, we have HUMAN TRAFFICKING LINKED TO BACHELOR PARTIES. Here's an excerpt:

In several previous posts, I've discussed at some length the occurrence of human trafficking and sex slavery in Europe and Asia (see SEX SLAVES IN CZECH REPUBLIC, BALKAN CHILDREN SMUGGLING, SEX TOURISM LAW, and BALKAN SEX TRADE). Logically, it would be of interest to me when a United Nations expert in the field of human trafficking appeared recently as the guest speaker at a City Club of Cleveland luncheon.

Short version: Males are evil. Go read. Good stuff.

I mentioned I was sick. Actually, I mention it often around the house, because I'm genetically predisposed to whine when unwell. My wife is a gem, promising that when she finally decides to collect my life insurance, it'll be when I'm mercifully asleep.

So you can imagine my reaction to this email greeting:

Hi! here's my entry!

Oh please, don't wait, just do it now.

And then I read the submission, and it's a very cool bit of writing. The Cycling Dude presents My CRITICAL MASS Experience, and here's the Dude's description:

In this time of Liberal Protesting of President Bush & The War Against Terror, I thought I'd share my own experience, in a Bicycle Ride, at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

An excellent post, and I take great comfort in being on the opposite coast from Kiril, because if he doesn't have a sense of humor he might want to assist my wife as payback for teasing him above.

I've been a big fan of Hold the Mayo from his earliest days. Read Pick a Theory and you'll see why. In his words:

This was my analysis of the reasons for the Howard Dean melt down at the Iowa caucus, so it's kind of old news but it was good when it was written.

It's still good, my friend.

Watcher of Weasels offers up the Myth of the Jobless Recovery. I can't agree with his conclusion though:

The Democratic nominee (whoever it may be) will look like an abject idiot if, come this November, he is still using last August's numbers to argue for the repeal of Bush's tax cuts and the resurrection of Hillarycare.

After all, aren't we supposed to be too stupid to realize this? C'mon, get with the program.

If All You Have Is Lemons, by Graham Lester of uncategorical (no caps in the name), makes some telling observations that are sometimes overlooked for the 'greater good'.

The Cheese takes her stand on activism, protestism, and any other ism you've got: Don't Assume I'm Comfy Just Because I Don't Squirm.

Next up is Going From Bad to Worse, from Zero Intelligence. Provided synopsis:

A student is punished for using the word 'gay' correctly and in context while speaking about his gay mother. The school board refuses to define what is and what is not appropriate speech.

200 Words or Less: Celebrating Diversity. Harvey from Bad Money calls it "a silly answer to a stupid question found on a University of Virginia admissions application". I call it Harvey at his best.

And then there's Am I the widower of a woman or the husband of a fish?, courtesy of Jim at Snooze Button Dreams. His description is accurate - "I react when contraband items are brought into my house" - as is the title, go see how.

Feste of Foolsblog submits Damn Straight, with the following comment:

A recent announcement of detente between Bush and Chirac reminded me of this post. It's true, we will not entirely forget this betrayal, nor will we eat French cheese or sup French wine with quite same enthusiasm. Now we know each bite or sip puts money into the pockets of anti-Semites and America haters who rejoiced when 3000 Americans died at the hands of terrorists.

Damn straight.

Enough of my moping and griping, eh? Let's end this with a chuckle from the ever-[look up word before posting] Bunsen, who gave us the memorable Opening Attachments From People You Don't Know is the New "Goddamn, I'm Stupid". Bunsen comments hillariously on the morons who make virus propagation possible.

[I know, I missed it and don't feel like dealing with it. -- Ed.]

So that's it for this BestOfMe Symphony. Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions. I've enjoyed meeting the new-to-me bloggers, and have lots of new and interesting places to visit.

As an added bonus, I've included my choice for greatest album cover of all time (in the extended entry). Just because I can.

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Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah

Posted by Ted at March 29, 2004 04:44 AM | TrackBack

Great work Ted.

Posted by: Simon at March 29, 2004 05:25 AM

Nyquil Rocks - so does Ted. Get well.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at March 29, 2004 05:47 AM

Great work! And I love your quote about being genetically predisposed to whining-and I hope you feel better!

I'd meant to email you a submission, but again, no internet access...

Posted by: Helen at March 29, 2004 06:07 AM

A lot of work for a sick guy. Both thanks and sympathy from me to you.

Posted by: LeeAnn at March 29, 2004 09:14 AM

Excellent! Is the Flamingo's post link messed up, or is it me? (or bogsplot?)

Posted by: Susie at March 29, 2004 11:08 AM

Great Job!

Get well soon! :-)

Posted by: Kiril, The Cycling Dude at March 29, 2004 11:48 AM


Masterful! Just goes to show that thoughtful commentary from someone who actually reads the entries is just as good as a theme with lots of colorful little pictures (and it loads faster, too :-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 29, 2004 02:37 PM

Kudos! (kudoes?) Whatever. A good turn-out this week everyone! I'm clickin' & readin'.

Love the album cover...I sold my vinyl collection a few years ago and I miss the album covers...CD art's mostly mindless marketing.

Posted by: festevich at March 29, 2004 03:14 PM

Susie, the Pink Flamingo links work for me from home, but didn't from work.

Posted by: Ted at March 29, 2004 07:55 PM

I hope you are soon kickin' that flu's ass instead of the other way around!

Posted by: nic at March 29, 2004 08:37 PM

great job :).

except I know I sent Jim an entry and it doesn't seem to be up there :(.


Posted by: goldie at March 30, 2004 10:14 AM

Goldie, I never saw it. Honest. Sorry. :(

Posted by: Ted at March 30, 2004 01:08 PM
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