October 2nd, 2008

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"it's like the clouds are circling the sun!"

That was A's comment this morning as we walked to school. The sky was full of pieces of clouds, like one big cloud had exploded and scattered all over the sky. They all caught the light of the rising sun and it was lovely, as if they'd all turned to face the morning.

On the way back there was a large dark cloud hanging low in the west, like a cat waiting to pounce.

They say that water might fall from the sky this weekend. From the sky! People will think it's the end of the world.
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TV Comment: "Fringe" Season 1, Episode 04

Season 1, Episode 4
"The Arrival"

Summary: Were this "The X-Files" I would call it an "arc" episode. The introduction of a new character and the associated events say that the show is beginning to dig into whatever deeper mythology exists. For that, it was an enjoyable episode even if it still has trouble with plot events that don't quite make sense when considered as part of the larger story arc (the class "for some reason" excuse). Still, I wonder where the deeper plotline is going and that might keep my interest.

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The VP Debate

We decided to watch it at the last minute and I'm glad we did. It was very interesting and entertaining.

To me, Sarah Palin came off as a folksy, charming, wind-up doll who did a good job reciting carefully rehearsed talking points and sound bites. But it felt like it was mostly a surface act and I could see her mentally making the links from (Ifill question and/or Biden statement) into the talking point.

Biden was a surprise to me. I admit I didn't know much about the guy, but by the end I was pleasantly impressed. He knew what he was talking about, with a deep knowledge, and I could see a fire in his eyes when he got going. And, as matociquala said: Do *not* try to play the "parenting is hard" card with Joe Biden (details on Wikipedia).

In the end, I'm a liberal guy and on social issues alone McCain and Palin are definitely *not* my candidates. In my political candidates, I want depth and intellect and open-mindedness and breadth of knowledge and deliberation. In that area, Obama and Biden are one hell of a team.

Sure, folksy and charming is nice but look where folksy and charming has gotten the USA in the last eight years. And for my money, I'd much rather have a beer with Joe Biden than with Sarah Palin.

Random Notes:

- A big "boo" to NBC for having their "three commentator roundtable" be two hard-core Republicans (Peggy Noonan and former MA governor Jane Swift), who were very rah-rah-Sarah, along with an NPR commentator (name has slipped my mind) who was trying to be open-minded. Yes, Geraldine Ferraro was asked her opinion, but she fully admitted she was stuck between "I didn't want her to screw up" and "I don't agree with most of the policies."

- I wish Gwen Ifill would not ask "yes/no" leading questions because they promote answers that are free of substance. "Do you agree that ..." "No, I don't, and now I'll talk about something else". Ms. Ifill, ask the "why" leading question instead.

- Dig if you will a picture: John McCain picks a female VP candidate with some serious substance, like Olympia Snowe, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Elizabeth Dole, Condolezza Rice. A debate between Biden and any of those four women would have been something else.

- Biden pulled out the "US has 3% of world's oil reserves yet consumes 25% of the world's production" factoid. Curious, I took a look at oil reserves and oil consumption numbers. If the USA used *only* its own oil reserves, we'd run out in 3 years (details here and here). It's time to look at conservation and at alternative energy sources. "Drill, baby, drill" ain't gonna help much. Alternative energy research and development will, along with creating jobs and a technology advantage. I'm with Obama and Thomas Friedman on this one.
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TV Comment: "Heroes" season 3 episode 04

Season 3, Episode 3
"One of Us, One of Them"

Summary: Well, that was actually fun in an "old-style Heroes" kind of way. Why anyone lets Sylar run around loose I don't understand, but we do get some justification for him still being alive. He does continue to prove that he is the baddest bad around. There's a bunch of curious questions left hanging, which I assume we might be answering in the future. Not as many stupid things happening "for some reason" but there's still a couple. All in all, actually a fun episode.

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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 00:18 being really really tired #
  • 07:11 kid #1 is out the door, now it's breakfast, shower and get kid #2 going. then, maybe some writing before work #
  • 09:49 sitting in a meeting where people are talking about paper. At times, it feels like I'm in "The Office" #
  • 12:13 just listened to Richard Ford read a funny and heartbreaking John Cheever story, "Reunions" #
  • 12:15 For the debate, don't forget to try Palin Bingo! (www.palinbingo.com) #
  • 12:18 You can't choke to death on a tortilla chip, but I'm sure as hell trying to! #
  • 12:27 and Facebook brings IE to its knees! IE = Worst. Browser. Evah! #
  • 12:53 time to coach math contest club! #
  • 16:08 @StoneTable Don't taunt, Cheer! Go Cranky Writer! #
  • 16:08 back from math contest club coaching and working. #
  • 18:07 watching the VP debate. Why, I don't know. #
  • 18:08 @StoneTable Bingo! #
  • 18:21 Biden re: McCain health care plan "Where do I start?" That's what I said he should say. I've prepared him well. #
  • 18:49 Palin saying someone is "beyond naivete" is ... well ... insert your favorite comparison catch phrase. #
  • 18:49 And here comes the "hate America" talking point. #
  • 18:55 sooner or later, Gwen Ifill needs to move from "yes/no" leading questions to "tell me why" leading questions #
  • 19:00 was that an "Al Gore-esque sigh" that Joe Biden just gave? #
  • 19:09 maverick, maverick, maverick - it's like a James Garner movie here. #
  • 19:10 @StoneTable It's not about answering questions, it's about hitting talking points and catch phrases. #
  • 19:42 Geraldine Ferraro is torn in her opinions... #
  • 19:45 Geraldine Ferraro is a little torn in her opinions... #
  • 21:33 a VP debate that would have been wild: Joe Biden v Condolezza Rice!! #
  • 22:40 @mswriterkim "remember her lines" - that's it! I knew I'd seen that look and stumbling time-filling "umm" before. (and I've done it, too!) #
  • 22:42 @matociquala Are you calling Joe Biden a pit bull? Hmmm, I think it works... #
  • 22:44 looks like livejournal just went ker-klunk. #
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