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June 14, 2005

Tuesday Fragments

On Lynching
It is said that it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. The Senate's recent mea culpa for not making lynching a federal crime is, of course, too little too late, and hardly worth mentioning. If there's money to come for the families of victims, I could see it being worthwhile, but from my little point of view this is hardly a big deal. When it comes to harsh anti-racist action, people of color have come to expect nothing from the US Senate or any other government body. No love lost here.

On Jackson
Somebody called me on the phone yesterday furiously saying that the system doesn't work. It was a wrong number. I've only had two tiny thoughts on the matter in recent weeks. The first is that Tom Sneddon has been made a complete fool, poor sap. The second is the gobsmacking hauteur and irony that can be taken from Michael Jackson's latest recordings. Three songs in particular ought to be ire-inspiring: 'Unbreakable', 'Threatened' and of course 'Cruel Man'. You probably won't hear them on the radio.

On First Impressions
Cobb has been getting a bit of extra publicity and recognition recently, and I must say that I'm fairly embarrassed by my lack of recent inspiration. Part of this is that political activism has simply left me flat uninterested for the past few months. This is a consequence of a combination of things, not the least of which is my increased reading on technical subjects. Yet I am not entirely inclined to do much about it. I know my writing will pick up. I know that people are accessing the wide body of work here at Cobb. I've attracted some good attention at my technical blog, and there will be August. So, like any middle aged man, I am aware that I'm not looking particularly attractive at first glance. Stick around.

Work Sucks
Well, it has been about 90 days on the job and I have finally had my first series of very bad days. I am weary with toil and realize that crisis mode has got me working stupid. The worst thing you can do to is make someone solve a crisis when they are supposed to be designing. I have yet to flush the crabs from my mind. At least the servers are cranking these days.

Posted by mbowen at June 14, 2005 06:48 AM

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I agree with the it being too little, too late. Any thoughts on why some senators choose not to sign on to the apology?

Also, I'm going to put your opinion on my blog. It is nice and concise. E-mail me if you want it removed.

Posted by: blackambition at June 15, 2005 06:43 PM

"Work Sucks". I'm feelin' it.

You didn't ask my opinion about the apology, but I'll offer it anyway. I think some people see a big difference between an apology and a condemnation. A condemnation would say that what "they" did was wrong. An apology says "we" were wrong. For a white Senator from a Southern state, who is trying very hard to distance himself from the bad old days, an apology might seem too much like an admission of personal guilt. It may seem to you and me that they are just too damn defensive, but I don't know what accusations they have to put up with on a daily basis.

Posted by: Laura at June 15, 2005 07:37 PM