Sunday, August 12, 2007

I Without E and other Random Thoughts

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs

With that, it looks like my laptop keyboard problems have resolved themselves. I pried up the key covers and slowly, delicately removed the accumulated dust. When that didn’t work, I pounded angrily on the “E” key about a hundred times. That appears to have done the trick. So here are the random bits of my life the blog has missed.

§ I hope to blog the Top Chef that I missed. The plan all along was to take time off from my various tasks to hit that, but the computer glitch made it impossible. For now, another cute one gone.

§ YearlyKos wrapped up and Ego-in-Chief Markos Moulitsas is taking a victory lap. He apparently debated Harold Ford on Meet the Press today, though I won’t see it until the MSNBC rebroadcast tonight. He and Susan Gardner also have an Op-Ed in WaPo about how Kossacks are right and everyone else is wrong.

§ One good antidote to Kossism is the E.J. Dionne piece about Ted Strickland which is here if you haven't seen it yet. Key quote: “Strickland has capital to spend because he has combined progressive goals with a moderate demeanor and a cheerful approach to potential adversaries”

§ Barry Bonds* succeeded in smearing The Cream all over the most hallowed record in baseball. People have been walking away from the sport in droves, and now thanks to Barry* they now have another reason to.

§ Some time ago a satirical hate-yourself-for-laughing piece about the Akron Barbie collection started showing up in email inboxes and on a couple of blogs. Eric Mansfield (on his old blog platform) wondered out loud where it came from. I still don’t know, but it appears to have been adapted from a bit about SoCal Barbies, with Pomona Barbie converted to Goodyear Heights Barbie, etc. Still don't know who did the original or who adapted it for the 'Kron.

§ Are the Troothers fading from the ProgressOhio scene? A recent Troother post garnered all of two comments, both anti. Happy to see that.

§ Link Additions. I’ve added Watchdevil and Liberal Candy to the sidebar. Both are in the Akron Blogroll, plus I put Watchdevil in Ohio Progressives and Liberal Candy in the Think Globally list (the difference being that Watchdevil does local stories when it fits his beat.)

§ I also added Howard Empowered People to The Nationals. It’s a pretty solid group of folks, including some fellow Kos refugees. And they have Renee in Ohio which in itself should have gotten it a place some time ago.

§ Since I complained so vehemently about the new political blogs, I should note that the Young Professionals Loop is solid. I especially like this latest post about what’s good about living in Akron. Meanwhile, the site is launching an Site Blog to keep people up to date on the site itself. Site administrator Linda Lyell announced the new blog in a column today.

Now here it is, your Moment of Ten:

1. "Run On," Moby
2. "Here Comes My Girl," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
3. "De Camino a la Vereda," Buena Vista Social Club
4. "Spanish Point," Bela Fleck
5. "That's Okay," Dwight Yoakam
6. "Time Tough," Toots and the Maytals
7. "Minor Mood," Clifford Brown
8. "Feeling Gravity's Pull," R.E.M.
9. "The End of Everything," Chris Isaak
10. "Goodbye Babylon," The Black Keys