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May 30th, 2005  |  Published in old and busted  |  1 Comment

We bought Ben a sandbox today. It looks like a ladybug and has a cover to keep the sand from getting wet and bug-filled. Al tells me he liked it … I was on the phone with the folks while he was playing in it.

I am now glutted on Natalie Portman… “Sith,” “Closer,” and this evening “The Professional.” It wasn’t a deliberate thing … she just kept popping up.

She was not, however, in “Before Sunrise”, about which nothing I would say would mark me as anything other than a terrible crab.

Tinkering

I made the new design stuff on PuddingTime! live late last night. The highlights:

  • Stripped the archives down to individual entries. No category or monthly entries. The monthly entries can get out of hand pretty easily with a bunch of long stuff. Anything that was there anyhow will stay there, looking about like it did before the design changed. We favor slow rot.

  • Took the code that drives the del.icio.us tags on this page and tweaked it to point to Technorati tags instead. I like del.icio.us a lot, but technorati draws from several sources, del.icio.us included, to put together a tag page. So it seems like the better call. Plus, the experimental “anncoulter” keyword I added to a recent post from Phil netted me a Flickr gallery featuring someone in drag as Ms. Coulter. Har.

  • Added a “bookshelf” item to the sidebar. I wish someone had an All Music Guide plugin for Movable Type laying around so the turntable item could be as handy.

  • Three column layout with a more up-to-date blogroll (that needs further alphabetization at some point … it’s currently in a sketchy categorized order, with no categories showing).

  • Turned off TypeKey. It doesn’t see a ton of use and it introduced a layout niggle I didn’t want to deal with.

That’s the long and short.

I might be turning up more over there. I haven’t made up my mind exactly. But Phil wanted some changes and I wanted to blend in some stuff I figured out over here over there, so even if I don’t it’s definitely shinier over there.

Elsewhere

About the time I was wondering about the rhetorical shift from “war on terror” to “conflict against extremism,” Jim Henley provides the link to the WaPo reporter who had something to say about it.

There’ll be a few crystal meth-related del.icio.us bookmarks hitting the page a little later today (and they’re probably already over on the sidebar).

The local news has been hammering meth nightly, and the local papers feel free to feature the word “tweakers” in their headlines about the issue. I’ve got a head full of nightly-news-mediated notions about the drug, but little real knowledge… just a lot of stuff I’ve inferred. So I went looking for more information.

Some of the stuff out there via Google News is the same as it ever has been with any drug epidemic. Reporters convinced that it’s a “new” drug, mixed reports on whether a.) production is moving to Mexico or b.) production is moving to Winnebagos or c.) production is up or d.) production is down, local sherrifs who are “braced” for it to come to their Western Pennsylvania towns, etc. etc. etc.

I asked dad about it on the phone this afternoon and he made a crack about how every bathtub in the county is a meth lab (he lives in Virginia), and he said extravagant claims about its impact on local criminal activity haven’t been made very much there. In Portland, I’ve heard the statistic that meth is responsible in some way for 80 percent of the property crimes committed.

I haven’t tracked that stat down very far, except to find a Christian Science Monitor article that quotes a Salem police chief who says “meth is involved in at least 90 percent of all property crimes, half of all domestic-violence cases, and one-third of all child-abuse incidents in his jurisdiction.”

Anyhow, it’s an area of minor interest right now, just because it’s one of those things where I’ve asked myself what I know about it and can’t sort out well-sourced information from stuff I half-hear on the 10 O’Clock News. I’ll tag and bookmark anything else I dig up.

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