Friday, May 27, 2005

It's All Showbiz

I liked how this was described on BoingBoing: Potemkin Potholes.

Governor digs fixing potholes / San Jose crews destroy part of road for staged event
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to a quiet San Jose neighborhood Thursday, and -- dogged by protesters -- filled a pothole dug by city crews just a few hours before, as part of an attempt to dramatize his efforts to increase money for transportation projects.

The choreographed press opportunity -- at least the governor's fourth recent event involving transportation issues -- seemed aimed as much at thwarting the demonstrators who have followed Schwarzenegger for weeks as grabbing new attention for his proposal.

Schwarzenegger strode toward television cameras on Laguna Seca Way to the sounds of the Doobie Brothers' "Taking it to the Streets,'' while flanked by 10 San Jose city road workers wearing Day-Glo vests and work gear. After speeches by the governor and city officials, a dump truck backed up and unloaded a mound of black asphalt and, as television cameras recorded the moment, Schwarzenegger joined the work crew, taking up a broom and filling the 10-by-15-foot hole, later smoothed over by a massive roller truck.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

So, what's new?

Things have been quiet, huh?

I eased up on some of the political blogs again, since I started to feel like I was walking around in a constant rage. That's not fun. And once you remove yourself from the echo chamber that constantly reinforces statements like "Blogs are changing the world!" you lose some of the competitive urge to post every little thought that crosses your mind. Blogs may be changing the world, but they've got a nasty tendency to reduce everything to a confrontation of Manichean viewpoints. Life's more complex than that.

But then again, what have I done to change that? Not much.

So I'm trying to think of ways to ease back into the blogging thing, finding something to keep my interest while refraining from calling too many people "fucktards." (Although sometimes it's the only word that will do.)

One of the things I've done is start to play around with Backpack, partly because I've wanted to keep a list of books I've been reading in a central location without having to go back and keep revising and linking to a woefully outdated post. And besides, it's always fun to play with a new toy. So, if you want to know what I've been reading in 2005, you can find it here. I'm also going to try and put a permanent link in the sidebar, but if all else fails I'll blogroll it. (Which reminds me: I need to shuffle things around a little bit over there. I have some new obsessions as well as a few sites that I've just grown less fond of. You'll have to check around later and see if you can spot which is which.