Me: Frank Lynch
These are my mundane daily ramblings. For something
less spontaneous, I maintain The
Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page (over 1,700 Johnson quotes),
with a weekly essay springing from
one of Johnson's quotations.
2003 | 2002
Dec | Nov
Putting the birth of Jesus into the context of a long hopeful
people; Andrew Sullivan vs. The New York Times, again; a death in
the Royal Family.
More on MSNBC.com's abuse of Opera users; Amazon's most
consistent book reviewer?
Crying buckets over "In America;" more complaints about the New
York Times without any examples of who is better.
"The Prisoner" goes to Hollywood; blogger vanity; the death of
The chair of the government's commission on 9/11 thinks it was
preventable; an entire army runs instead of fighting; John Glenn
concurs with Howard Dean, we're no safer with Saddam Hussein
captured; the importance of strategically-placed shopping
While the press fills the void chasing down stray Saddam
Hussein items, no one looks back at all the stories that
A revamped home page for MSNBC.com? Plus, which way does
the water drain at the equator?
No question, capturing Saddam Hussein is a good
Auction of "surprise" Van Gogh painting delayed.
Is the NY Times failing in its coverage of the protests in
Baghdad? Protests in Baghdad as multi-flavored as pre-war
protests here in the US and abroad; Great flea market purchase: a
Van Gogh; the Bush administration experiences the downsides of
wanting to have it both ways; White House Press Briefings can be
Iraq as a distraction in the war on terror.
Feeling and thinking; Gore about to endorse Dean may limit
voters' opportunities; what should we be reading instead of the
New York Times?
Poll results indicate that the Fla. Legislature and Governor
were out of touch with state values re Terry Schiavo.
Google bomb: "miserable failure;" Christmas tree tales; the
creator of "Flat Stanley" has
Happy St. Nick's Day!
When is a story a non-story? Hunting Bush.
Is Bush hatred really due to a failure of liberalism's
Conventioneers on a cruise ship; major combat operations;
economic diversity through small towns and small
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Bush's Thanksgiving visit to Baghdad.
Cook's vanity and Thanksgiving.
InstaPundit published my email! Whoah!; Ellington's Blanton-
Webster band, remastered; a fishy review at amazon
Botox radio ad; the value of libraries.
Sympathy for the hawks, who continue their roller coaster
Abandoning Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver;" more on the Feith
memo; candidates should refocus on our pitiful Homeland Security,
not Gay marriage rights.
The Weekly Standard article on Douglas Feith's memo.
Taking advantage of Prospect Park; Manhattan shopping trip; the
hassles of setting up a PayPal account; more on Senator Bill
Frist's polling operations.
Red states were more generous, but only
Are Red (Bush) states really more generous than Blue (Gore)
Take your kid to the zoo this weekend; picture of a meerkat;
Atrios covers the shady online poll of Senator Bill Frist;
a discussion surrounding the CBS miniseries on the
The Knights of Nee, applied to Prince Charles; blogs that go
stale; the importance of using the same units when
trying to make a point on Sarah McLachlan.
Children's amazement over a sword through the head; new
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Drawn out school meeting; dual format Dylan CDs.
Halloween costumes; Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver;" resolve
in Iraq; Oliver North's gullibility was repeated in US confidence
in Ahmed Chalabi.
Still more on the "imminent threat."
A welcome to visitors from an inbound link; Florida's efforts
to circumvent judicial decisions on a comatose woman;
new content on the site.
Using the word "imminent" vs. using the idea.
A more proper, graphic representation of the California
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is about to open; US can't
find shoulder-launched missiles from Saddam Hussein's armory;
US government pays a contractor millions, rather than just
recycling and getting money.
Reactions to the California recall.
A focus group I really didn't want to attend; Republican
outrage? where?; thoughts on The West Wing.
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Watched Holes; maneuvers in the Zacarias Moussaoui
Merdwin the Mediocre at Fort Tryon Park's Medieval Festival;
implications of tuning differences between baritone ukuleles and
standard (soprano) ukuleles.
I avoided talking like a pirate, and sent off a book proposal
instead; Bush questioning the advice he gets?
CDs too artsy to say whose they are; further Dick Cheney
Tim Russert has a prime opportunity in re-interviewing
VP Cheney, and blows it. Horrendously.
The sequence of events leading to a Presidential address;
new page on Samuel Johnson's politics; America still slow
to disconnect Saddam Hussein from September 11.
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Head lice; a trip to old neighborhood (Astoria); Ansel
Prosecutors trying to prevent further DNA testing for convicts;
WW II images and Iraq.
Worst case scenario for the carbs in my licorice; Mars;
almost time for school.
Phrasing in a Newsweek article; current reading list; how
many carbs in my licorice?
Weight loss; dealing with the entropy in the office; reactions
to "Life With Mikey"; chill day.
Bush aims for less dependence on foreign oil: whaddaya
think he means? also, nothing significant to say
about the blackout.
The arrival of the phrase, "Blogging will be sporadic;"
a new machine will be a big improvement, and take care
of a demon on my old one; the story of this demon.
PCBs in farmed salmon; Poindexter wasn't the only one with
an idea of how to make money on terrorism.
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The POTUS defaced the a flag! Plus, what if the Press Corps
didn't show up for the briefings?
A stranger on 42nd Street; overcoming the ineptitude of
the street cops and directory assistance, with a
little help from another stranger.
And the jury decided...
Jury duty; one of my favorite movies, Funny Bones.
Condoleeza Rice measures importance by word count.
Brief report on our trip to the Netherlands and Belgium
(wedding, Leiden, the Ardennes, and Kwak beer
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Death in the fish tank; terror alert color
Vague headline at the New York Times; summer doldrums;
the rain has stopped; a demon in my PC. Plus: fraudulent
email claiming to be from PayPal.
The Kid Unit turns 10; Ray Davies shares the birthday,
and Harry Potter.
Superman II and September 11; Jonah Goldberg vs Eric Alterman,
and me vs. Jonah Goldberg
Andrew Sullivan may not be getting it about blog triumphalism;
got my mother in law on the "do not call" registry; summer plans
for the Kid Unit.
A tank full of fish named after the Atlanta Braves.
The market research industry is imploding; was my effort
in building in quotation links wasted? School ends for the
Reactions to Howell Raines' resignation at the New York
Times show, yet again, a vindictive side to America.
Who is "americandigest.org"?
Sammy Sosa's corked bat; Shostakovich string quartets on a cold
day; unseasonably wet and cold for June; MSNBC.com reports there
were options to save the Columbia astronauts; more lies from the
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Selling the Iraqi invasion to the American public, and
consumer behavior research: would it have been such a
problem to give greater emphasis to other non-WMD
The Bush record? The Administration of Lies.
Could "Let it Be" ever be impromptu when Sir Paul plays
it? The In-Laws was better than I expected, but not
what we wanted to see; OK, the weather stinks.
Memorial Day Weekend weather blues; attempts to force summer;
I feel more secure about terrorists, don't you? Wedding
anniversary; airline deregulation = you can't get there
Kid Unit at the funeral; The Bourne Identity's Chris Cooper
resembled Tom DeLay; Tom DeLay's shenanigans, and the Texas
More America in baseball than other sports, as reflected
by integration strife and success.
The ridiculousness of the aircraft carrier photo-op; Bill
Bennett's flaws call for compassion from all; unsuccessful
bidding for the sheet music for a Fleetwood Mac album;
Kid Unit on stage.
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Why finding WMDs in Iraq mattered before as well as now;
we got our book; web site fan mail; joy through rhubarb
pies; developing a research scale around the Kid Unit's
Easter menu; NYC MTA cried wolf on need for fare increase;
manatees' new peril is the State of Florida itself; will
Bush be knocked off Alabama's ballot? plus, something for
those who have everything, including lots of cash.
Now is the time for all good men to come to aid of their
country: Republican convention timing, planned to coincide
with the anniversary of September 11, should fill everyone with
Highlights of a trip to Florida; saw Jim Palmer; drift fishing in
Hectic week; lessons from writing; Monday's snow has disappeared;
Baghdad joy, but remember we're there because of WMD.
Great start to the day, with a demonstration at the Kid Unit's
school; does Iraq have weapons or not?; an ISP
refuses to work with Al Jazeera, making it more difficult to hear
their viewpoint; the right bombards a liberal blogger who dares
to question the accepted view.
Questions about summer trip plans; intolerance in my home
town, and elsewhere in the US; shenanigans from visitors
to my web site.
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Klaatu makes you call old friends; we lose Daniel Patrick
Moynihan; a hand-held recorder for our thoughts.
Hoping for the best; humane treatment for POWs, and why;
Patriotic expressions, God help America; renting cars;
A wet keyboard yields odd typing; prices for keyboards
have come way down; roller coaster weather; war's start
and troop support; White House terminology.
We were wrong, terribly wrong: how will we feel about our
Iraqi intervention in years to come?
Happy about Elizabeth Smart; the Kröller-Müller Museum;
a vegetarian experiment with the Kid Unit goes nowhere; lots
of sodium yesterday; more snow today.
Book progress; birthday parties; cooking with pumpkin; Egre?
egre?; Will France help rebuff Iraq's latest
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The In-Laws on DVD; CPR saves lives;
Charles Krauthammer misplaces the ridiculousness
at the UN; no snow record this February; Bush hires
another economist who disagrees with him; I'm
mentioned in another book.
Anticlimactic final hug for Rob Lowe on The West Wing;
libeskind wins the World Trade Center redevelopment competition;
Glenn Hubbard now resigns from the White House; Age
Eric Alterman's "What Liberal Media?"; Bushies lie about
the revenue implications of their tax plan, why should
we listen to them about Iraq?; explaining the Grammys to
the Kid Unit.
Surviving the week break from school with the Kid Unit;
on-sight reference books I used today in writing the book;
Tom Tomorrow's Internet plight.
It ain't the snow, it's the drifts; what music should they
play when you come up to bat?; bad computer programming slows
down an emergency response.
Snow pictures infect the weblogs of the North Eastern United
States; Kid Unit spends day watching Jeff Corwin; I didn't
march on Saturday.
Helen McGuffie and "Samuel Johnson in the British Press, 1749-
1784" arrives via an inter-library loan; need to
Organized crime confronts Steven Seagal; NYC bans an antiwar
parade; "rules" for bloggers?
Early afternoon snow report; Kid Unit home sick from school;
Odd behavior from WordPerfect today.
No skiing today; the tale of the neighbor who doesn't return
what's been borrowed; Karel Capek's "Letters From
Is there a penguin in a Vincent Van Gogh painting?; World
Trade Center design decisions; the dinner I served my wife
for her birthday.
The Columbia tragedy and how the Information Age enables Texas
residents to send NASA digital images of debris; New way of
cooking oatmeal; capsizes and turnovers; subway
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Cooking injury sustained while making a vegetarian Shepherd's
Pie; problems with the State of the Union address.
Frivolity in the New York Times; sick house.
Still cold cold cold; a $30,000 Polaroid camera; Senate
representation vs. the population; an inconsistency from White
House economist Glen Hubbard, and reports of his exit from the
White House are premature.
Behave yourself on the Internet, because you CAN be
Adjusted driving rules in Prospect Park make it easier
for bike riders; Adaptation, the Golden Globes, and Nicholas
Nickleby; interesting choice for a book group.
Learning how songs end; Bush covering all bases, just in
case; tree mostly down.
Kidnapped by banal music; kid unit makes lunch; baby you can
drive my car; the Christmas tree is still up, and here's why;
Prospect Park has redone its web site; no bike riding this
Why I love the Opera Internet browser; faster surfing at
gawker.com; continued linkage from Eric Alterman.
Pluses and minuses: linked by Eric Alterman, but a mirror
site in Japan violates my copyright; a new fish jumps
out of the kid unit's aquarium; index card and taping
for my book.
A trip to the Bronx Zoo, to see the new baby giraffe; a stupid
visitor taking flash pictures in the World of Darkness pavilion;
school is open and the hamster has been returned; snow falling
past my window.
Scotch as first aid for poison?; how to transform Ken Burns'
Jazz into something more comparable to Johnson's Lives
of the Poets; musings on Walter Jackson Bate, spurred by an
old ticket stub; a banner to welcome home a friend; a page of my
commentary at WebWord.com; the kid unit reacts to Nicholas
New Year's wishes; rain in NYC; CNN doesn't know it's own poll
results?, WQXR Classical Music Count Down makes me appreciate the
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New page on Oliver Goldsmith; why wait for New Year's for
resolutions?; more on the polybean salad; Bush's
approval ratings down, but little media mention.
I am surprised that I am missing fairly standard dried
beans; what I got for Christmas; pretty stupid
thought from some toy manufacturers; dissatisfaction with an
electronic crossword puzzle machine.
Last day prep for Christmas; vegetarian dinner at the Green's
in Brooklyn Heights; missing Christmas CDs arrive;
Status of the missing Christmas CDs; varieties of the negative
Trent Lott reactions, including some who others who overcame
a similar cultural upbringing; slowness of the response in
general; New York Times editorial against reinstating Pete
Rose; stocking stuffers.
Is Trent Lott only the tip of the iceberg?; Clinton calls
Republicans who are critical of Lott hypocritical.
"This Is Spinal Tap" targeted for film preservation; Trent
Lott "the reincarnation of Martin Luther King"?, 10 Internet
overhypes of 2002, missing Christmas CDs.
No transit strike as of yet; the scary thought of thousands
of people trying to bike in Manhattan for the first
We're lucky that we will be able to weather the transit strike;
if I say I won't run, can I host Saturday Night Live?;
shopping in Manhattan.
Tiny Elvis; tears about the exit of our German friends; Nixon
no standard for forgiving Pete Rose; Trent Lott.
The joys of Adobe Photoshop Elements; the Trent Lott-Strom
Slow progress, but the computer is close to normal now; last
Thursday's snow storm; the kid unit's fish tank needs an algae
Bush campaign efforts in Louisiana shows he not only can't
reach across the aisle, but that he believes in pork
barrel legislation; joys of walking through Chinatown.
Bush policies based on political considerations, not vision;
friends bring licorice from Germany; kid unit not helpful
yet with Christmas list.
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No one admits to adding provisions in the Homeland Security
bill that protects Eli Lilly; Krazy Kat; what we served for
George Will mischaracterizes the 2000 election fallout; William
Byrd; improved traffic at my Johnson web site; roasting this
year's turkey in pieces.
The immediate peace I felt when we stopped on the A82, east
Senator Tom Daschle and Rush Limbaugh; vitriolic expressions
too rife in general.
Information-age concerns in the face of Homeland Security;
Eddie Miller, fast lead-off batter for the late 70's
running for Stupidest Man on Earth; Will Republican
senators go Democrat, risking the Republican majority? Also,
reminiscences of when it was hard to love the Atlanta
the Bin Laden tape is odd, coming out too late to influence
midterm elections. Who forgot to tell him?
the Bush administration: Eli Lilly and Homeland Security; Cheney
and energy; contributors at Waco economic summit.
Words of caution
before you install Windows XP. Trying to uninstall Windows
A gorgeous day
in Brooklyn; Jakob Nielsen vs. John Rhodes on the cost benefits
of intranet usability; myth that the Democrats blocked the
Homeland Security bill.
Goofy lyrics in
the Wings song "Don't Let It Bring You Down"; Windows XP
problems; Republicans responding to Senate wins with polarizing
Rain keeps me at
home, away from the Strand book store.
Rainy day and
school out; biking in Prospect Park; is Windows XP slow?
problems still not over; a runaway horse in Prospect
of Fortune Magazine, links my Samuel Johnson web site.
The joy of being
linked by Metafilter; computer problems aggravated by a defective
USB 2.0 card; watching the Magic Flute on DVD with the
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