This is my 2003 journal.
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Copyright 1985-2003 by Thane Plambeck, except where obviously not.
29 April 2003
I found the following in Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser, Perennial, 2002, pg 44:
In his book Kids as Consumers (1992), [James U.] McNeal provides marketers with a thorough analysis of "children's requesting styles and appeals." He classifies juvenile nagging tactics into seven major categories. A pleading nag is one accompanied by repetitions of words like "please" or "mom, mom, mom." A persistent nag involves constant requests for the coveted product and may include the phrase "I'm going to ask just one more time." Forceful nags are extremely pushy and may include subtle threats, like "Well, then, I'll go and ask Dad." Demonstrative nags are the most high-risk, often characterized by full-blown tantrums in public places, breath-holding, tears, [or] a refusal to leave the store. Sugar-coated nags promise affection in return for a purchase and may rely on seemingly heartfelt declarations like "You're the best dad in the world." Threatening nags are youthful forms of blackmail, vows of eternal hatred and of running away if something isn't bought. Pity nags claim the child will heartbroken, teased, or socially stunted if the parent refuses to buy a certain item. "All of these appeals and styles may be used in combination," McNeal's research has discovered, "but kids tend to stick to one or two of each that prove most effective...for their own parents."
29 April 2003
Mackenzie Green Bail Bonds
The proprietress of this little business, just down the street from the San Francisco Hall of Justice and a stone's throw from the loft (where I'm typing this message), was featured in an article in the 13 April 2003 New Yorker magazine.
Content copied from the New Yorker magazine's web site:
In his inaugural Letter From California, "Manhunter," Tad Friend introduces us to Mackenzie Green, a five-foot tall, sixty-year-old bail-bond agent and bounty hunter, who works out of San Francisco. Searching for an alleged car thief named Juan Zabala, Green focusses her attention on Rodrigo Hernandez, explaining to Friend, "Rodrigo's the best friend, so he'll know where Juan is. We threaten to cuff him, search his room, violate his rights. Maybe he has dope, maybe he's illegal. Tell him, 'You can talk to us or I.N.S.' " Green loves her work. "When she fills out a bail application," Friend writes, "she often jots down the barest of information, no more than the defendant's name, address, and phone number—seeming not only to dare her clients to run but also to give them a sporting head start." Green says, "Writing bonds is really boring. But chasing skips is an incredibly exciting head game," adding, "They—the courts, the cops, the phone company—have all these rules, and if you're an adrenaline junkie like me you have to beat them to get your high." Once, Friend reports, "when a man named Tomas tried her patience by insisting he had no idea where his fugitive brother Rojilio was, Green had her guys drive Tomas to Oakland and hand him over to the cops as Rojilio. "They don't check fingerprints over there," she says. "So I punished him by keeping him in jail for a few days." Toughness isn't everything, though. "People trust you more if you're a woman," Green tells Friend. "Would you open the door if I knocked? Sure you would. But women are much tougher than guys. A woman who's been on the street is mean in a way a man could never be."
13 April 2003
The Conjurer, Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)
From the Encyclopedia Britannica:
An exact chronology of Bosch's surviving work is difficult because, of the approximately 35 to 40 paintings attributed to him, only 7 are signed and none are dated....
10 April 2003
Parking Lot Sign on Ritch Street, near PacBell Park, San Francisco
Giants Tickets $40 Lunch at the game $20 Parking here FREE Finding your car at city towing PRICELESSNote added 29 April 2003: I went back and took a photo. Looks like I got the wording wrong a bit.
9 April 2003
The Healing Brush
I bought Photoshop 7, which has added a "healing brush" (amongst other things).
As an experiment, in a few seconds, I removed the writing on Marc Goldburg's shirt.
8 April 2003
bin Laden, Entanglement, and two psychic cats
In a Yahoo! "Premonitions" discussion groupI just happened to be passing by, you understandI found the following:
From: Osher Doctorow, Fri. Feb. 1, 2002 11:09PMWhy more people can't weld together facts, speculation, and psychic cats to produce a few interesting paragraphs has always been a mystery to me. Richard Brautigan knew how to do it. But Osher Doctorow makes it look easy.
He's obviously on to something with the 'entanglement' and his (presumably Schroedinger) catsfor the moment, both Saddam Hussein and bin Laden are in a weird superposition of being both alive and dead. Hussein flipped from being dead to being alive again just a few hours ago"Saddam survived attack on building say British intelligence sources" is a top headline the Guardian right now, as I type this.
If they're truly entangled, it might be that if you observe bin Laden alive, it immediately implies Hussein is dead, and conversely.
6 April 2003
Today's Sunday New York Times Crossword
Title: PEOPLE WITH UNLISTED NUMBERS
Clues such as
Toriwhose answers were 6 and 11 letters long, respectively.
For the first, TOILET, ignoring the 'Denver' (it instead referred to the next across clue, seemingly missing in the clue list, with answer NBATEAM);
For the second, DONUTSHAPES, ignoring the 'Spelling', and using that for the next (also 'unlisted') Across answer, CLASSWORK.
Joe DiPietro is listed as the creator of this little abomination.
5 April 2003
Always on the lookout for San Francisco's more unusual street names, I spotted
stamped into the concrete in front of me as I walked to Davies Symphony Hall.
"Damn, that's a a good one," I thought.
Next, I wished I had my camera. I could have taken a photo similar to this one.
Then I realized I was looking at it upside down.
5 April 2003
Neue Bahnen (New Paths)
"I have always thought that some day, a person would be bound to suddenly appear, one called to articulate in ideal form the spirit of his time, one whose mastery would not reveal itself to us step by step, but who, like Athene, would spring fully armed from the head of Zeus. And he is come, a young man over whose cradle graces and heroes have stood watch. His name is ______________, and he bears even outwardly those signs that proclaim: here is one of the elect."
1 April 2003
The Unabomber Security Hierarchy
The Homeland Security Department's exceedingly lame Advisory System
Low Condition (Green)looks more like a intensive-care nursing protocol than a useful security tool.
As usual, government officials have ignored the earlier contributions of US citizens, even those contributions already extensively analyzed by other branches of the US Security Apparatus. I found the following in Alston Chase's Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist, pg 117:
As the [FBI] searchers continued their inventory [of Kaczynski's cabin], they found tableware, a pillow and blanket, three mittens, two scarves, a container of salt, a metal frying pan, a radio, waterproof matches, four measuring spoons, a red hat, a straw hat, a flashlight, and a bottle of Trazadone antidepressant. And they found notations in Kaczynski's handwriting, in which he outlined a carefully structured security classification system:See? No duct tape required.Class 1. Hide carefully far from home.
Note added 10 April 2003: More on the Unabomber, from the math-fun mailing list.