Archive for October, 2005

Let’s be glad the press didn’t report it this way. Of course, back then, some reporters were actually interested in reporting facts rather than editorializing.

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Can ya dig it?

Link: A Townie’s Tale – Marty Made Me Do It.

Wha be tha blake prevy lawe
That bene wantoun too alle tha feres?
Ya damne righte!

via Boing Boing

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Another strange case of photo modification in a newspaper. USA Today brings us Condoleeza Rice, now with Laser-Eye Action!

USA Today has since replaced the pictureo with the non-freakish-looking original. They say an editor got overzealous with brightening her eyes. Good for them for correcting the problem.

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Hmm. I think I know why the President isn’t returning my phone calls…

George MacClellan
You scored 59 Wisdom, 65 Tactics, 58 Guts, and 33 Ruthlessness!
Like General McClellan, you’re smart enough to know what tactical
decisions to make. However, the problem with McClellan is that he could
never sprout the balls to act on his information, and in the end,
that’s why Geoge McClellan is only a sidenote in the history books.

After graduating from West Point, he served with distinction in the
Mexican War and later worked on various engineering projects, notably
on the survey (1853-54) for a Northern Pacific RR route across the
Cascade Range. Resigning from the army in 1857, he was a railroad
official until the outbreak of the Civil War. In May, 1861, McClellan
was made commander of the Dept. of the Ohio and a major general in the
regular army. He cleared the western part of Virginia of Confederates
(June-July, 1861) and consequently, after the Union defeat in the first
battle of Bull Run, was given command of the troops in and around
Washington. In November he became general in chief. The administration,
reflecting public opinion, pressed for an early offensive, but
McClellan insisted on adequate training and equipment for his army. In
Mar., 1862, he was relieved of his supreme command, but he retained
command of the Army of the Potomac, with which in Apr., 1862, he
initiated the Peninsular campaign . The collapse of this campaign after
the Seven Days battles was charged by many to his overcaution. In Aug.,
1862, most of McClellan’s troops were reassigned to the Army of
Virginia under John Pope . After Pope’s defeat at the second battle of
Bull Run, McClellan again reorganized the Union forces, and in the
Antietam campaign he checked Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the
North. He was slow, however, to follow Lee across the Potomac and in
Nov., 1862, was removed from his command.

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Wow. I didn’t know Joan Rivers had it in her. Well said.

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It’s obvious that the folks who wrote the Nelson Rocks Preserve’s Disclaimer were able to keep their lawyers at arm’s length. The result is a model of clear and concise language. I wish every disclaimer and warning were written like this.

via This Is Broken (but this is an example of something that is NOT broken)

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Horrton Hears a Heart

Like Dr. Suess? Like Edgar Allan Poe? Then thrill to the terror of…
Horrton Hears a Heart!

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MP3 + DD?

Poet William Congreve once said that "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast." Apparently he was ahead of his time!

One question. What do you use for the controls? And when it gets cold, does the volume suddenly go up?

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The always interesting Asymmetrical Information passes along a guide for stagecoach travellers that claims to be from an 1872 newspaper.

I profoundly agree with the moral of her post. Forget the Good Old Days. Go back 100 years and life was worse than today in every measurable way. But I’m also skeptical that this is real. Some parts of the "article" read true (I like the warning about hair oil) , others seem like modern-day commentary and stereotypes. Snopes asks the same big question that I did: why would this be considered newsworthy in 1872? It’d be like opening up today’s newspaper and reading "When Riding About in An Auto-Mobile".

Then again, newspapers really do publish mostly useless articles about how people can be more comfortable when driving and flying, so I guess it’s not entirely impossible.

But that’s always the problem with gathering everyday detail from historical accounts. Most people in 1877 wouldn’t think to include commonplace observations about the constant presence of horse dung, biting flies, unwashed body odor, the frequency of stops for watering the horses, etc. No more than I’d casually mention that most light bulbs get hot, describe how the gas nozzle has to seat in the filler, or note that my old TV makes a slight buzzing noise.

You can pick up on those kinds of things if you read a lot of period writing but they’re not likely to show up in a single conveniently quoted place. So I suppose that in their own way even fictionalized history can be helpful as a slice-of-life sort of thing, if it’s basically accurate.

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