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Saturday, January 10, 2004

Who knew there was a name for it?
Becky and I have recently been trying to reduce our caffeine intake (well, Becky, mostly...) by brewing a 50-50 blend of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Now, I find there's a name for it:
 
SCHIZO, n. A cup of coffee made with equal parts of caffeinated and de-caffeinated coffee [clip of schizophrenia].
Context and source: Menu list, Sundance Coffee
 
Thanks to the good folks in the Linguistics Department at Rice University!
 
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10:08 am cst

Friday, January 9, 2004

He's already a spaceman
The headline in this morning's Star-Tribune read, "Bush aims for moon, Mars."
 
I don't know about you, but I'm inclined to let him go.
 
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3:44 pm cst

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

As American as...

...oh, never mind.

SAN ANTONIO -- This week, the last of the Levi Strauss & Co. manufacturing plants in the United States will close, fading this American icon like a pair of its own 501s.

The struggling denim company has announced that the last two of its U.S. factories, near downtown San Antonio, will shut their doors, leaving 800 employees out of work and ending an American tradition that began 150 years ago. Although the company's headquarters in San Francisco will remain open, and contract work at some U.S. plants will continue, the bulk of the $4.2 billion company's jeans will be manufactured by suppliers in 50 other nations -- including countries in Asia and the Caribbean, where labor is cheaper.

A chronology in blue:

300 A.D.: Serge de Nimes -- French for "cloth from Nimes" -- is first woven in Nimes, France. Eventually, "de Nimes" will become "denim."

1492: Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus and his crew set sail, the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria had denim sails.

1597: Italian soldiers from Genoa wear cotton trousers. Since the French call Genoa and the people who live there "Genes," the name sticks to the pants, too.

1829: Levi Strauss is born in Bavaria.

1905: Levi's adds fifth "wallet" pocket.

1936: Levi Strauss sews a little red flag next to the back pocket of its jeans. It is the first label sewed on the outside of a piece of clothing.

1940: Heat-conducting crotch rivets are removed after Levi CEO Walter Haas suffers an embarrassing campfire burn. Exposed rear pocket rivets are covered with a fabric layer after complaints from cowboys of scarred saddles, and teachers from scratched school chairs.

Weighing the options: One bolt of denim weighs about 500 pounds.

Celebrate: Jeans Day is Feb. 26.

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12:42 am cst

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Please discuss
I don't care if you agree with me or not (I think many of you – and I suspect there aren't that many of you – do not). It doesn't matter, though. If you disagree, tell me! I can take it! I think... If you agree, so much the better.
 
Sometimes it just feels like I'm shouting out to the heavens. And, as I'm sure you know, other than the occasional burning bush, they seldom respond these days. So talk to me. I won't be offended, and who knows? Maybe I'll learn something.
 
I built this site because I wanted to reach out to people. To show them things that I think are cool. To indoctrinate them with my bleeding-heart liberal point of view... wait, hold that. To provide a starting point for discussion.
 
I wear my heart on my sleeve. What have you got on your cuff?
 
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11:56 pm cst

When bar codes go bad 11:20 pm cst

Selective memory
An insightful analysis of the Iraq situation by Noam Chomsky in the Toronto Star.
 
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8:53 am cst

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