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Monday, September 06, 2004

Monday September 6, 2004. Personal challenge: Stop letting political news sap my strength. I'm not going to cut myself off from it; but I'm going to stop reading the more partisan political bloggers.

Till after the election, that is. Then I'm going to enjoy reading the ones who were on the losing side.

Decades ago, there was a mainframe computer program which could be set to give either kneejerk conservative or kneejerk liberal answers to any political question. (I don't believe it was dignified with the term "artificial intelligence.") Sometimes I think descendants of that program are hard at work in the blogosphere.

Yes, I have a preference. I'm voting for Kerry.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 5-Sep-2004
How pride and prejudice blur men's view of the glass cliff
Accepting a fact as scientific is not a simple matter of whether the methodology is sound - what matters is whether the science that underpins it is compatible with our stereotypes and prejudices.
Economic and Social Research Council
Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written
Subject: The Kapp Awards
From: ___ (James Nicoll)
Date: 6 Sep 2004 17:25:57 -0400

The Kapps are the annual award given to the best work of science fiction, fantasy or related work not published in the previous year. They are named after Donald Kapp, whose astounding hat trick of Hugos (1965, 1966 and 1967) was only prevented by the fact that he died on the Rueben James in 1941, six years before his writing career started. The Kapps are intended to honour those works that might have reshaped SF, had they only existed.
From http://althistory.blogspot.com
[September 6] in 1847, David Thoreau left his meditative sanctuary at Walden Pond, New Hampshire after hearing of the German immigrant, Karl Marx. After a meeting which found the two quite compatible, they collaborated on a series of political pamphlets, including their Communist Manifesto of 1851.
Writing: daily exercise -- Done, posted here.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- Worked on it using a different text editor (Copywriter rather than Metapad). Sometimes that makes writing easier for me; this is one of those times.
Decluttering: Got some trash out.

Mindwork: Some meditations.

Bodywork: Worked on small stretches.
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