Archive for October, 2006


“In the year 2014… the Fourth Estate’s fortunes have waned.”

October 30, 2006

I can’t tell you exactly What The Internet Means. Talk to someone from the future. They’ll know. What I can say, however, is that it’s Big. According to some, it’s as big as the printing press and may be heralding a radical transformation in the way we structure and interact with knowledge.

Everyone seems to agree that there are serious implications for the news media. What are these implications? Opinions vary widely, but one of the most compelling speculations on the subject is EPIC 2014, a short documentary film from the perspective of someone in the future. If you have never seen it, I encourage you to watch this 8 minute video. Even if you have seen it, I encourage yo to watch it again, as it has been updated since it first appeared.

In the year 2014 people have access to a breadth and depth of information unimaginable in an earlier age.

Everyone contributes in some way.

Everyone participates to create a living, breathing mediascape. However, the Press, as you know it, has ceased to exist. The Fourth Estate’s fortunes have waned. 20th Century news organizations are an after-thought, a lonely remnant of a not too distant past.

Click here to watch EPIC now.


Politics Test

October 28, 2006
Third Way Liberal
You scored 63% Personal Liberty and 25% Economic Liberty!
A third way liberal believes in little to moderate government intervention on personal matters and moderate to high government intervention on economic matters. They tend to be opposed to war, police powers, victimless crimes, and what they may consider to be a corporate state or rogue capitalism. They generally support personal liberty and believes in a social safety net or welfare state. They support self-ownership and privacy. Third way liberals are essentially the “mainstream” left and left of center.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 44% on Personal
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You scored higher than 6% on Economic

Link: The Politics Test written by brainpolice on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

It’s a dunk in the water!

October 27, 2006

Questioner: “Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?”

Cheney: “It’s a no-brainer for me…”

Listen, I know you got all upset about this because you thought the vice president was admitting to torturing detainees with a technique known as waterboarding. But that’s not true. He didn’t mean that at all. The White House press secretary Tony Snow said so today. The vice president would never talk about such things according to Snow. “You think Dick Cheney’s going to slip up on something like this? No, come on.

When asked to clarify what “a dunk in water” meant, Mr. Snow obliged: “it’s a dunk in the water.”

Well I’m glad that’s cleared up! Now that our minds are at ease we can focus on more pressing issues like Michael J. Fox’s medication.


No On The Marriage Amendment

October 26, 2006

Fred, who is for the amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions, writes

If two gay people wish to enter into a contractual relationship that somehow mimics marriage, fine. Just call it something other than marriage.

The problem is that the amendment expressly forbids exactly what Fred is suggesting that gay people do. If, as the amendment reads, “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state,” how are gay people supposed to, as Fred suggests, “enter into a legal contract that somehow mimics marriage”?

Make no mistake. Even if you are against gay marriage you should vote no on the amendment because it goes to far and tries to curtail efforts of gay people to find another legal status for themselves with which they can inherit, share insurance, power of attorney and any of the hundreds of other legal rights of married couples.

I fear this amendment will pass. What a shame.


Drinking Liberally Tonight!

October 25, 2006

It’s almost Halloween, so let’s celebrate, Drinking Liberally-style. During our regular meeting tonight, we’re teaming up with Milwaukee’s own Brew City Bruisers to help carve pumpkins for the annual Beulah Brinton Pumpkin Palace. More information about this family event here.

Just bring your creativity (and carving tools if you’ve got ’em) to Club Garibaldi tonight, October 25, at 7. Pumpkins will be provided.

If jack-o-lanterns aren’t your thing, we’ll have our regular slate of conversation, beer and food for you as well.

This is also the last Drinking Liberally before the Nov. 7 election, so come and chat about what you’re doing to make a difference! And remember to vote! (Drinking Liberally can’t endorse candidates or partisan causes — but we can and do enthusiastically endorse voting!)

See you tonight!


U.S. generals call for Democratic takeover

October 24, 2006

“The best thing that can happen right now is for one or both of our houses to go Democratic so we can have some oversight”
– Maj. Gen. John Batiste, leader of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004 and 2005

“The way out that I see is to hand the House and the Senate to the Democrats and get this thing turned around”
– Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004

Read ’em and weep.


Tournament Photos

October 24, 2006

Forms grand champion

Originally uploaded by scottfeldstein.

I didn’t get to take a lot of fantastic photos as I was busy doing my demonstration and also competing. Alas, I didn’t win anything. I didn’t even place. But I did have a great time! One of the best moments was when Mr. Chan Lee gathered the black belt students together and advised us:

In 20 minutes there’s going to be a thousand people in here. You know what they’re going to remember? They’re not going to remember how high you kicked or how many boards you broke. They’re going to remember this: “YES SIR! PIL SUNG SIR!” Do you understand?

We did. What matters above all in competition is that you embody the highest levels of respect, discipline, enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. Under no circumstances are you to complain about the judges, say that you were “robbed” or sulk about the outcome of a match. You applaud the winners and losers alike, you bow and you shake hands with your competitors…and then you go back to your dojang and you start training for next time.

Anyway, I did take a few photos and they’re up in my flickr stream if you’re curious. I will also be putting them up at the J. K. Lee site as well.