I’m sorry I’ve been a neglectful blogger the past few days. I’ve been busy, you know, changing the world. Jealous? I thought so. There are only two days left before primary day, so I’m putting in as much volunteering time as I can.
Matt Yglesias only learned this week that one should never, ever buy RAM directly from Apple. Given as my dad’s a Mac developer, I got that lesson drilled into me by the time I was, oh, five or six. It was somewhere between “don’t put sharp objects in your nose” and “if a strange man offers you candy if you take a ride in his van, don’t go with him” on my dad’s “things not to do” list. In case you were wondering, buy from Crucial. Free shipping, low prices – they’re good people. Apple, on the other hand, will price-gouge you up the wazoo.
In other tech news, Alan Jacobs apparently uses BBEdit as a word processor, which is just bizarre. Don’t get me wrong; I love BBEdit to death, and I use it whenever I need to write a quick script in Python or edit raw HTML, but it isn’t meant to be a word processor at all. It’s a coder’s tool; Jacobs is the first BBEdit user I’ve ever heard who uses it to write prose. Though JS Bangs, one of Jacobs’ commenters, claims to have written a novel with nothing more than Vim and LaTeX, which proves Bangs to be the World’s Biggest Masochist.
I got the scary, “if you don’t elect Hillary Clinton, Arabs will nuke your children” mailer that Matt Zeitlin and Matt Yglesias commented on in the mail yesterday. It’s pretty hilariously over the top to just see that amidst the junk mail. Meanwhile, Giuliani sent us not one, but two mailers yesterday. Apparently, targeting registered Democrats is all the rage with him. Keep spending the big bucks on that, Rudy.
This DailyKos diary is the greatest post, nay, the greatest thing in the history of man. Read it. Now.
I didn’t watch the Republican debate tonight, but I did see the Democratic one. I think Obama did well, better even than in past debates; he responded to criticism from Clinton and Charlie Gibson very effectively. Hillary’s negative attacks fell flat, and her harsh tone was pretty grating. Edwards came to Obama’s defense a good portion of the time, which was great. Charlie Gibson was the worst moderator I’ve seen this cycle, by far. His editorializing (like his dis of Obama’s ethics reform legislation, or his comparison of Obama to Bush, or his support for the surge) was out of line, the last question (“What statement from a past debate do you want to retract?”) was dumb, and his tone was obnoxious.
So, what I’ve missed:
The whole theme of “making change” that every candidate returned to throughout the evening (which had my brother, mocking Hillary, yelling “I can’t make anymore change! What do you think I am, a factory?”) reminded my whole family of this awesome fake SNL ad from the mid-90s:
Hillary claims she can make change. But can she exchange wrinkled $10 bills for crisp ones, usually the same day? I think not.