Stephen Marmon begins his piece in the Times with this bizarre scenario, which before the 2000 fiasco would have sounded like X-Files-ian science fiction, but now seems scarily possible;
It's Jan. 20, 2005, and a stunned America watches as John Edwards is sworn in as both vice president and acting president of the United States. Impossible? No, nor is a Bush-Edwards administration.
I'm a longtime fan of Matt Groening's year-end "Forbidden Words" strips in Life In Hell, and I once had a Jargon Watch submission published in WIRED magazine, and I'm an IA--all of which made me chuckle at this post about IA jargon at Jeffrey Veen's site. "Boil the ocean" is my favorite. Hee!
The Smoking Gun reports on the sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly filed today in New York:
Hours after Bill O'Reilly accused her of a multimillion dollar shakedown attempt, a female Fox News producer fired back at the TV star today, filing a lawsuit claiming that he subjected her to repeated instances of sexual harassment and spoke often, and explicitly, to her about phone sex, vibrators, threesomes, masturbation, the loss of his virginity, and sexual fantasies. Below you'll find a copy of Andrea Mackris's complaint, an incredible page-turner that quotes O'Reilly, 55, on all sorts of lewd matters. Based on the extensive quotations cited in the complaint, it appears a safe bet that Mackris, 33, recorded some of O'Reilly's more steamy soliloquies.
What's so great about this is not that it couldn't have happened to a better guy--which is certainly true--no, what's great is its inevitability.
About three weeks ago, I quit my job of the past two years, a salaried position with a respectable IT consulting firm, to go out on my own, contracting full time. I am now working as an IA and doing other development work at Cramer-Krasselt, an ad agency here in Chicago. They did the TV spots for LaSalle and some funny ones for Popeye's, including one of a fat guy rubbing honey all over himself and then running into the forest.
So, I've been busy there. And so far it's just what I wanted--the work is new and challenging, it's a great team, and I am establishing contacts for future work. I feel like I am more in control of my own destiny and career, for good or ill, and it's a responsibility I'm glad to have.
New stuff I've been into:
- Merlin Mann's 43 Folders is a great site. I am sort of surprised at the cultlike power it has had on me. Within a week of finding this, I bought David Allen's Getting Things Done, inhaled it, then bought a ton of folders, a new file cabinet, a labeler (important!), and got my shit together. This site has also put me onto other good habits, like backing up my user folder and using more keyboard shortcuts with Quicksilver.
- I bought a new Powerbook, and it's so nice I should stop myself before I even get into it. Highest recommendation.
- In my search for the Perfect Bag, I followed Adam's recommendation and bought a Boblbee hard shell backpack from a very nice guy on eBay. It's a great way to carry a laptop; it holds the new 'book snugly (though with not as much padding as I would like) and protects it with a very solid hard plastic shell. The straps and waist belt hold it snugly to my torso without putting strain on my back, and best of all, there are a bunch of add-on pockets and bits you can buy to attach other stuff to it. Also recommended.
- Google SMS is wicked good stuff. This morning I asked it to define 'probitive', and not only did it respond immediately, but corrected my spelling (probative) and gave me a concise definition besides.
- Kerry killed at the last debate, and I am hoping he will do so again tonight.
- Rest in peace Richard Avedon, Rodney Dangerfield, and especially Christopher Reeve. Thank you, gentlemen.
Where have you been? Heh heh, um, yeah.