The Governator crushes another opponent

October 18th, 2003 § Comments off § permalink

Bill Lockyer, California’s attorney general, has revealed that he voted for Schwarzenegger. Bill Lockyer is a big ol’ Democrat. He helped run the state campaign for George McGovern in 1972, for Christ’s sake. He is (or maybe was) contemplating his own run for governor. And he voted for Schwarzenegger. Why? Here’s part of his explanation, quoted from the article: “I want to see principled leadership. And yes, [Schwarzenegger] may be na├»ve about that. But you know what? It is real. …He said, ‘Bill, you listen to my heart, not my party.’ Now how can you not love somebody that feels that way about it?”

Holy fucking Jesus on a rocket sled. What is wrong with this state? Have the many hydrocarbons in our air melted our brains? How long before we are all overcome by the mysterious Teutonic powers of seduction that left so many crying out for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sweet, sweet governance?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Democracy simply doesn’t work

October 14th, 2003 § Two comments § permalink

Many of you, I’m sure, have already heard about all the scary issues surrounding touchscreen voting machines–the rabid support many of their manufacturers have lent to the Republican Party; the lack of a paper trail to verify that the machines work as they’re meant to; the shoddy programming and security holes big enough to drive a truck through. Unfortunately, if the London Independent is to be believed, matters are even worse than most of us have imagined. Well worth a read.

Also, it turns out that I actually know somebody who voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger, and not just for any old reason. This somebody genuinely believes that Schwarzenegger is going to balance the state’s budget. I suppose it’s theoretically possible for that to happen, provided that Schwarzenegger’s policies are the exact opposite of what he’s said they will be. Yeesh. Thank God this somebody is just a friend of a friend and not someone I have political discussions with on a daily basis.

More crude humor from the Interweb

October 11th, 2003 § One comment § permalink

So did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist who got off on a technicality?

Dial 1-900-MIXALOT

October 11th, 2003 § Two comments § permalink

Large buttocks are pleasing to me, nor am I able to lie concerning this matter.

I have seen her dancing. Forget, therefore, about blandishments!

Hooray for democracy!

October 7th, 2003 § Three comments § permalink

Can I bring myself to type it?

Governor Schwarz…

Governor Schwarzen…

Governor Schw…

This is going to take some getting used to.

Plum cake

October 5th, 2003 § Two comments § permalink

If decent plums are still available where you live, you owe it to yourself to make a delicious plum cake right this minute. It’s utterly foolproof and ever so pretty.

Go on, start baking! Shoo!

A welcome diversion from graphs and charts

September 20th, 2003 § Five comments § permalink

I wasted half an hour this afternoon reading A Loafer’s Guide to the UC Berkeley Campus. There are so many great buildings on campus that I’ve never seen; I need to spend more time wandering around and checking them out. (I have spent plenty of time in the campus’ most terrible buildings. Evans Hall, where I had a statistics section this summer, is the worst, but my building is Wurster. Ha ha.)

Is this entry worth two drinks or four? Technically, I never mentioned my place of residence, but it’s strongly implied.

Your nomination for secretary of the posterior has been confirmed

September 17th, 2003 § One comment § permalink

Only-in-Washington pickup lines. Finally, someone has combined my love of political geekery with my weakness for terrible pickup lines. Here’s an example: “In full compliance with federal information statutes, I am required to disclose that I’ve fallen FOIA.” Get it? “Fallen FOIA?”

Clearly I need to get out more.

Pinchy dot org: The drinking game

September 17th, 2003 § Three comments § permalink

Liz posted this drinking game as a comment, but I’m reposting it, with some formatting changes, because it’s so thoroughly awesome. (And yes, I’ve been too damn busy to post anything. Four classes plus 20 hours a week of research equals a busy, busy Jeff. Hey, I think that’s two drinks right there!)

Christie’s suggestion that Jeff post drink recipes as a sort of penance for making us read passages on urban planning got me thinking, and when he went two weeks without posting anything at all, I knew something had to be done. So, following in the grand tradition of the SF Bay Guardian‘s Jon Carroll drinking game and the annual State of the Union drinking game, here’s what I’ve come up with so far (with the help of Brian, my devoted partner in crime, of course). I hope other devoted readers of will add their own suggestions. (I wanted to include “Posts current music anyone’s ever heard of,” but then I realized I might be one with weird tastes, so someone else will have to decide if that’s appropriate.)

  • Mentions living in Berkeley: 2 drinks
  • Reminds us that he is now in graduate school: 2 drinks
  • Quotes from a book on urban planning: 1 drink
  • Uses ostentatious flourishes: 2 drinks
  • Posts current reading not related in any way to urban planning: finish your drink
  • Jeff’s dad posts a punny comment: 1 drink
  • Mentions drinking with his housemates: toast, 1 drink
  • Refers to XML or RSS feeds as if anyone cares: 1 drink

Any other suggestions?

“Long range” meaning, apparently, next week

September 4th, 2003 § Two comments § permalink

Emeryville is hiring a city planner, and the beginning of the job listing tells you everything you need to know about Emeryville’s planning process: “The City of Emeryville is seeking to fill a journey level position to perform professional planning and building work in support of the Planning/Building Department. The successful candidate will function independently performing routine to difficult assignments in current and long range planning. The principle [sic] duties of the current opening involve the processing of development applications.”

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