Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 12 posts previously published on September 28th

  • 2016
    • Hard to get an angle where the bandaid is visible, but I got my flu shot today. If any of you grubbers get sick, it won’t be my fault! 😷 (272/366)
  • 2009
  • 2008
    • Obama, Meet Bartlet The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.
  • 2005
    • Help: CSS2 selectors I'm working on setting up a print stylesheet for the site. I've got it about, oh, 98% done -- done enough that I _could_ leave it as-is, except that there's one little thing that's bothering me that so far, I'm not able to fix. Also, a possible bug with Safari and print stylesheets.
    • Cal Anderson Park Another excursion for me yesterday, as I went down to Capitol Hill to explore the newly re-opened Cal Anderson Park. While some might be a tad skeptical about just what uses the park will be put to, I was quite impressed with it during my walkthrough.
  • 2004
    • Yet another set of library photos While the new Seattle Central Library has been the subject of so many photosets across the Seattle blogosphere that it's likely well on its way to becoming passé, I had to have my day.
    • 200 Things Meme time: 200 things. Those I've done are in bold.
    • Bush’s hometown paper endorses Kerry Ouch. That's gotta sting — the newspaper for Bush's adopted hometown of Crawford, TX has expressed its discontent with Bush's presidency and endorsed John Kerry for President.
    • A Day in the Life of Joe Republican Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.
  • 2003
    • Excluding OS X? Anybody want to take a stab at explaining to me just what operating system Microsoft thinks I'm running on my Mac that has a version number equal to or greater than 10.0, and yet excludes OS X?
  • 2002
    • Goodbye Dez! I just got back from a nice goodbye dinner for Dez, who's leaving on Tuesday to move to Toronto to live with her finacee.
  • 2001
    • Kudos to The Onion Upon completing His outburst, God fell silent, standing quietly at the podium for several moments. Then, witnesses reported, God's shoulders began to shake, and He wept.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 17 posts previously published on September 27th

  • 2016
    • No great insights or funny captions tonight. Just another Tuesday. (271/366)
  • 2015
    • Another neat set of dice from Kickstarter. These are “Doublesix” dice: twelve-sided, with 1-6 appearing twice. Amusingly, as with the other dice project I backed, I don’t actually use dice all that much, so these may spend most of their life on a shelf. But they were inexpensive and caught my eye, so here they […]
  • 2014
    • The kids’ play clothes bin includes a couple lucha libre masks. Obviously, my niece and nephew are being raised well. :D
    • Hanging out with my niece for her first birthday!
    • It’s supposed to be a vampire and a witch, but I’m pretty sure I see this couple every time I make it out to the Merc. ;) #goth #halloween
  • 2005
    • Think of the Children! It's an only in New York story. A woman was given a ticket for sitting on a park bench because she doesn't have children.
  • 2004
    • One million plus, baby! I haven't been checking often enough to know exactly when this happened, but at some point in the past few days (sometime on Friday, I think), my hit counter passed one million.
    • Interrobang‽ If I ever decide to move away from 'eclecticism' as a site name (which I'm not likely to do anytime soon), I think 'interrobang‽' would be a great replacement.
    • Rules for the Kerry/Bush debates Not far removed from a total farce, unfortunately — still, I'd like to be able to see them. Unfortunately, as I don't bother with television, I'm not sure what options I have. Does anyone happen to know if there are any plans to webcast any or all of the debates? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
    • Zero! More than a week after returning from my vacation, I've finally reduced the number of unread items in NetNewsWire to zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. I'm caught up!
    • Muldoon Road, Anchorage, Alaska Another 360° panoramic photograph from my recent vacation. This time, I'm standing on one end of a pedestrian overpass on Muldoon road, just beyond the curve where Muldoon becomes Tudor (the curve can be seen on the extreme left and right of the image).
  • 2003
    • My new toy! So today was the big day — new computers for both Prarie and me! Prairie got a new iMac (which came with all sorts of other goodies), and I got my G5.
    • It's here! I've got a big black box sitting on my bed right now, just begging to be opened. More later. I've got to go play…
  • 2002
    • A link for dad Each weekday, the Word Spy presents a new word, its definition, and a citation (usually from a major newspaper or magazine) that shows how people are using the word. You also get extra goodies such as background on the word's formation, a list of related words from the Word Spy database, quotations on words and language, and more.
    • Erk – how did I manage this one? Okay, this is interesting. It appears that I've managed to mung up the code for my pages somewhere so that someone using Internet Explorer 5.2 under Mac OS X cannot leave a comment. Other browsers can, however. I'll use the comments for this post as a testing ground to try to narrow things down.
  • 2001
    • Wow… There's a distinct possibility that I just might be able to get out of debt within the next month.
    • To boldly go… Okay, what was the point to the decontamination scene? Or, rather, _was_ there a point beyond titillation?

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 20 posts previously published on September 26th

  • 2019
  • 2018
    • Hey, young people — don’t vote.
    • Austistic boy hates being in photos, mom lets him wear T-Rex suit for family pics. This is adorable!
  • 2016
    • Pretty sure my face is frozen like this. #debates #debates2016 Absolutely baffled that anyone can think that Trump is even remotely qualified to be President, let alone the nearly 50% of the country that current polls show. It’s just so very sad, depressing, and honestly frightening. (270/366)
  • 2015
    • Fred Meyer’s “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” knockoff is quite amusingly named.
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • Facebook: MySpace Without the Pain Sure, it's not perfect -- though at the moment, the only annoyances I've run into have been with some of the third-party application plugins, rather than with Facebook itself -- but as far as social networking goes, this is the first I've seen that I'm actually fairly impressed by.
  • 2005
    • I’m Employed Again! In other news, I've got a job!
    • Northgate Theatre and Medical Office Building Word came out this week that Seattle's Northgate Mall was finally going to be getting an upgrade, part of which is going to involve demolishing the Medical Office Building and the Northgate Theatre that have long stood empty and unused. Since I had some time to kill yesterday, I wandered down to the Northgate Mall and spent some time wandering around the old buildings.
  • 2004
    • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow In the midst of watching all of the recently-released Star Wars films (okay, sure, they're not quite what they were when I first saw them, but they're still a lot of fun), Prairie and I took a break on Saturday to wander down the hill to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
  • 2003
    • Apology accepted I just checked back to Laura's site, and realized that she issued an apology on the 19th — just a case of a 'newbie' getting a little over-excited. In the long run, not that big of a deal.
    • Dean/Clark? Essentially, as I look at it all together, Clark worries me. At least to me, he's coming off as wishy-washy. He strikes me as someone who'd make a very good cabinet member or advisor to the President on military matters, but not someone I'd be terribly thrilled to be voting into office.
  • 2002
    • Thoughts on EspressoBlog I've mentioned a couple times that I've been using EspressoBlog to make posts. In the process, I've come up with a few issues and ideas, and figured a post here (and TrackBack ping to Phil, since it works in EB now!) would work.
    • Who says the Mac doesn’t have any software? One of the constant things I get from Wintel people is that there isn't any software for the Mac -- in fact, I heard this just the other day, talking with someone at work.
    • Death penalty unconstitutional If the death penalty is to be part of our system of justice, due process of law and the fair trial guarantees of the Sixth Amendment require that standards and safeguards governing the kinds of evidence juries may consider must be rigorous, and constitutional rights and liberties scrupulously protected.
  • 2001
    • Enterprise Tonight's the premiere episode of Enterprise, the new Star Trek series. I'm hoping to be able to catch it, Damon has said I can hang out over at his place tonight to see the show. Hopefully it'll be worthwhile -- I've gotta admit, I'm intrigued by what I've read so far.
    • Bleah. Bleah, bleah, bleah. And a pfpptfptpfpt too. Unfortunately, falling asleep at one in the morning doesn't exactly help ensure a quick up-n-at-'em in the morning. I didn't miss my bus, but I sure didn't hop out of bed as quickly as I do when I crash out at 10pm.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 23 posts previously published on September 25th

  • 2017
  • 2016
    • Uff. #StarTrek #VOY is so difficult to get through. We’ve made it to Season 7, so at least we’re almost done, but man, is this a slog. (269/366)
    • Even the farmers are certified organic. At least Fred Meyers isn’t contributing to the robot uprising by purchasing from synthetic farmers.
  • 2014
    • Since I’m starting school again, it seemed appropriate (if slightly embarrassing) to dig up my high school freshman photo for #throwbackthursday.
  • 2008
  • 2007
    • Fall Quarter ’07 Barring unexpected catastrophes, I'll be walking across a stage and receiving my AA degree this spring. There's a point to all this after all! ;)
  • 2006
    • Eragon and Dragon Wings I've not read either of Chris Paolini's young-adult fantasy books, Eragon or Eldest, but I saw a trailer for a movie adaptation of the first book, to be released this Christmas season.
    • White and Nerdy An instant Weird Al favorite.
    • Aperture Consider this firmly on my wishlist come Christmastime: not only has Apple just upgraded Aperture to version 1.5, but Frasier Spiers has announced the first beta of an Aperture version of his excellent FlickrExport plugin
  • 2005
    • On Dissent and Disloyalty If we confuse dissent with disloyalty — if we deny the right of the individual to be wrong, unpopular, eccentric or unorthodox — if we deny the essence of ratial equality (sic) then hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who are shopping about for a new allegiance will conclude that we are concerned to defend a myth and our present privileged status. Every act that denies or limits the freedom of the individual in this country costs us the ... confidence of men and women who aspire to that freedom and independence of which we speak and for which our ancestors fought.
  • 2004
    • Spenard Lake, Anchorage, Alaska One of the panoramic shots I took while on vacation in Anchorage &dmash; Spenard Lake, which together with Lake Hood makes up the single busiest seaplane airport in the world (over 90,000 operations in 1994).
  • 2003
    • White House edits to EPA Report on the Environment Here's a leaked internal memo from the EPA discussing changes that the White House made to the EPA's Report on the Environment, and what options they have while dealing with the White House.
    • Wanna get the FBI's attention? The following is (theoretically) a list of (most of) the (suspected) keywords. So if I suddenly stop posting here…this post is probably why. ;)
    • Easy MovableType to TypePad redirecting I'd been planning on diving into the arcana of the Apache mod_rewrite module to redirect all the hits to this new address, but then tonight I discovered a much, much easier solution.
    • Here come the ads My 'Bookshelf' (books) and 'Noises' (CDs) lists are back on the site, now that TypePad has given us the necessary tags to work them into our templates.
    • Bare your bum at Bush! Objective: To collectively voice our displeasure at the impending arrival of George W Bush in the UK and in doing so either sour the experience or prevent his arrival.
    • Love, Natalie Saddam Hussein called and wants to know where his weapons of mass destruction are. Listen Saddam, I already told you, I don't know. You’re going to have to call the White House on that one.
    • Geek porn! Cute girl + Dual 2.0 Ghz PowerMac G5 = Geek Porn!
    • Dean breaks Clinton's fundraising record According to ABC News, Howard Dean is on-track to come close to the quarter-million mark in fundraising so far, and has already beat Clinton's fundraising record.
    • Burning toast brightly, proudly, and with great beauty In the end, the school board voted unanimously to keep Brave New World and Stranger in a Strange Land, while giving parents more control over their students’ choices by requiring principals to automatically offer an alternative to a challenged book.
  • 2002
    • ‘Don’t be so vain…’ Set a course for Earth...kill everything.
    • I’m official I should have done this before, but finally, roughly nine months after installing it, I've finally paid for and registered MovableType, the software I use for my blogs.
    • Linkage I just noticed that both Falling Awake and db link to me. Nice to know someone else out there finds me worth checking in on for one reason or another -- much appreciated!

A New American Manifesto:

From the People of the United States of America: From time to time in human societies, things get so bad with the governments that we set up that we have to take a step back, stop being citizens of that government and just be basic humans again, loyal only to the primary needs of humanity. This is one of those times and it’s only fair if we are going to take such a drastic step, that we first explain why. We owe everybody that.

This is good. And just in case it sounds a little familiar….

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 21 posts previously published on September 24th

  • 2016
    • Most of the #StarWars #Lego sets are fun and cute, but don’t need to come home with me. The little #HanSolo encased in carbonite (plus #BobaFett!) was just too cute to pass up, though.
    • Almost two hours, almost six miles. Gorgeous fall morning for a walk. Not a bad start to the weekend at all. (268/366)
  • 2014
    • Time to head home, have dinner…and do homework! Day one of my grad school career is here!
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
    • My parents were kiddos too! Now that dad has a scanner that can see slides, he's been going through and adding a lot of old photos to the family photo album. I love seeing these — it's so fun to go through shots of my folks when they were around my age (or younger — as in this photo, taken at age 20 at their wedding rehearsal dinner).
    • What if…? What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.
    • Stupid humor: President Freezes Tourists’ Assets Inspired by a throwaway comment on /., I took a Sept. 24, 2001 Presidential address and replaced every instance of 'terrorism' with 'tourism'. Just think of it as an answer to the age-old question of, 'If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?'
    • Politicizing Warfare The Washington Monthly is asking about the fantasyland that George Bush seems to be living in, when waging a war in which the strategy seems to be based not on any real situations, but on election-year political situations.
    • A look at the 2000 election Many of you will have heard of and read the lengthy October 2004 Vanity Fair article by David Margolick et al. on the 2000 election litigation, with a focus on never-before-reported details about what happened inside the Supreme Court. The piece has received a great deal of attention inside the Court because, as the article details, '[a] surprising number of [law] clerks [from that term] talked to Vanity Fair.'
    • Are you better off? Ontario Emperor pointed out a series of graphs from Buzzflash highlighting some of the numbers behind how our country is doing. Not that surprising if you've been paying attention, but certainly interesting to see.
    • One week in I've made it to the end of my first week on 'banking hours', and you know…I think I just might be able to get used to this. All in all, while the mornings are still a little rough, I think this is definitely going to be a positive change.
  • 2003
    • Good news! George W. Bush is in the worst political trouble of his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday night. Bush’s approval rating now stands at 49 percent, the lowest point of his tenure.
    • Credit where credit is due I'm fairly obvious about having a strong anti-Microsoft bias. However, I do have to admit (and really don't mind doing so) that the Macintosh team at Microsoft does some truly kick-ass work.
    • Diebold's voting machines There's a good article on Salon looking at the issues with Diebold's electronic voting machines, which are being used to replace troublesome punch-card voting machines after the 2000 voting debacle. It doesn't look like our votes are any safer under the new system.
    • Other reactions to Bush's UN speech Has an American president ever delivered such a bafflingly impertinent speech before the General Assembly as the one George W. Bush gave this morning?
    • Inappropriate sexual arousal for teens Would Ms. Wilde be so kind as to suggest some alternate reading that provides appropriate sexual arousal for young teens?
  • 2002
    • A gun for words The problem with reading wonderful writing by truly great authors is that my own writing suffers, dramatically, in comparison. Everything I write lately just sits on the page, flat, dejected, and suffering. If there was such a thing as a gun for words, I would shoot each of mine and give them a quick and painfree end.
    • Rearranging a bit I've done a bit of reorganizing to the sidebar, in an effort to group things together a bit more logically, and move sections that are more likely to be used closer to the top (above the 'fold', so to speak).
    • 40.5 days Over the past few months, I've been working on converting every audio CD I own to .mp3 format on my computer. I just got done tonight -- and the results are kinda frightening, in a very cool sort of way.
  • 2001
    • Just a quick word or two Just tossing a quick entry in before I send out the e-mail update to those few people who get it. It's Monday morning and I'm at work, so don't want to spend too long here, but I thought it would be good to get a little bit in here so I'm not completely out of date.

Typeset in the Future: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, you might be expecting to see the font from its opening titles in Star Trek: The Motion Picture too. This font was (perhaps unsurprisingly) called Star Trek….

The Star Trek font also appeared in a non-italic version, to introduce William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to 1960s TV audiences. Sadly, this is where the good news ends. When The Original Series returned for a second season, it added DeForest Kelley (Dr. “Bones” McCoy) as a second “ALSO STARRING”.

The problem here is obvious, isn’t it? Unlike the Es in “SHATNER” and “LEONARD,” the ones in “DEFOREST KELLEY” have straight corners, not curved ones.

Alas, The Original Series’s inconsistent typography did not survive the stylistic leap into the 1970s. To make up for it, The Motion Picture’s title card introduces a new font, with some of the curviest Es known to sci-fi. It also follows an emerging seventies trend: Movie names beginning with STAR must have long trailing lines on the opening S.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past.

There are 18 posts previously published on September 23rd

  • 2018
    • Report: Disney re-animating parts of Wreck-It-Ralph sequel after Princess and the Frog criticism. I’m impressed that Disney is doing this. Good for them for listening and actually taking action.
    • Linkdump for September 3rd through September 23rd An automatically generated list of links that caught my eye between September 3rd and September 23rd.
  • 2017
    • Our local Fred Meyer has the (ahem) recently discovered Rhino Dragon in stock! 🦏🐲 😆
  • 2016
    • Book forty-three of 2016: Remake, by Connie Willis 🌟🌟🌟 (267/366)
    • How embarrassing! That’s twice this week I’ve forgotten my daily photo. Here’s my Snapchat filter as penance! (266/366)
  • 2014
    • At the CWU Grad School orientation, ready to be students again! #cwupride
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
    • Derailing the Peace Train I saw this while flipping through the paper yesterday on lunch, and thought it was fairly ridiculous, and now the story is making it's way across the 'net: the United States is now safely protected from the evil Cat Stevens.
  • 2003
    • More on Gibson's 'The Passion' Dad sent me a couple articles over the last few days looking at Mel Gibson's 'The Passion', lately seeming to be the most controversial religious film that almost no one's seen since Dogma was in pre-release. Anyway, if you're at all interested in the film or the controversy around it, both of these are worth a look.
    • Shaolin Soccer needs to be released, dammit Among the top 10 movies downloaded on the Internet in August were the usual blockbusters: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hulk, Matrix Reloaded ... and Shaolin Soccer.
    • Matrix/Web Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain but you feel it, that there's something wrong with the web. You don't know what it is but it's there like a splinter in your mind driving you mad.
    • Bush's U.N. address Bits and pieces from yesterday's address to the U.N. by President Bush.
  • 2002
    • Why can’t Bush speak? He's made it clear repeatedly: George W. Bush is always right, George W. Bush can do no wrong. And now he's accidentally made the point again, by showing himself incapable -- psychologically, and therefore physically -- of saying 'Shame on me.'
    • ‘Up-skirt’ photography ‘reprehensible’ but legal The state's voyeurism law protects people who are in a place where they 'would have a reasonable expectation of privacy'.... But the court found the law doesn't apply to filming people in a public place, even if it's underneath their clothes.
    • More TrackBack mumbo-jumbo Phil makes a good case for not including TrackBack metadata in the HTML for the main site page. This works well for me, as I'd previously struggled with it causing problems with the HTML validation for my site.