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Tue, Sep 28 2004

Political Puppetry

I've never been that much of a fan of South Park, but I've always been a fan of ventriloquists, puppets, dummies and marionettes, so I sat up and took keen notice of the post Boing Boing did on Team America World Police. The story includes characters who are world leaders, and takes place in a world that's in so much trouble that the leaders hire an actor to save the day. The film apparently lets the marionette strings show openly and doesn't try to smooth over the jerks and wobbles in the characters' movements. It's just too bad somebody can't figure out a way to do that with real politicians.

posted at: 17:06 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry


We got the leftover, long, slow swaying here from an earthquake around 10:16 this morning. I guess the Parkfield area finally got another quake. They used to have them almost like clockwork. I hope this one didn't hurt anybody.

posted at: 10:41 | category: /Science | link to this entry

The Disease That Sprawl Produces

Just as the Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a story on the local Watsonville land grab (and do note their truthful statement that the Buena Vista annexation is being met with "stiff resistance), another set of reports came out. It seems that all this tendency to sprawl is prducing disease. Of course, I'm fairly certain the Watsonville contingent would argue that their plans include stores that the new locals in the high-density housing can walk to. The rest of us will just have to deal with the congestion and noise, and we had better be ready to spend more time on the roads than we do now, with all those thousands of extra people spilling onto Highway 1 in the morning. It sounds to me like what they'd better be planning to build is another hospital for all the non-walking wounded.

posted at: 07:27 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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