inessential by Brent Simmons


Doctor Doctor, I've got carpe diem withdrawal. Got the shakes, real bad.

Do you keep books in your refrigerator? It doesn't really help, you know.

Is Bush disgusting?

The Register: XML: Does MS really have nothing up its sleeve?

Sometimes only Hepcat scratches the itch I got.

Joe Barton -- I mean, John VanDyk -- wonders if I'm a closet Republican. Nope! Unless being pro-choice, pro-labor, pro-freedom-of-speech, pro-gun-control, pro-environment, anti-death-penalty, pro-separation-of-church-and-state, anti-flag-burning-amendment, anti-Proposition-22, pro-science-funding, etc. makes me a Republican.

Actually, like many Americans neither major party fits me exactly. I'm extremely liberal on social issues, but tend toward fiscal conservatism. But: I've never voted for a Republican in my life, and there's a strong chance I never will.

That doesn't mean I don't recognize character and vision no matter where it appears.

Here's what I think most Americans think. They think that if Thomas Jefferson were alive today he'd agree with them on every issue. Republicans think that, Democrats think that, independents think that. If you're an American, I bet you think that. I certainly do. We can't all be right! But that's okay.

John Marden has figured out who Joe Barton is. Mariners won't trade A-Rod this season. Good news! It's better not to have the possibility hanging over our heads.

misnomer is reporting that there's a Hamsterdance CD single -- that you can dance to.

Thomas A. Creedon links to an mp3 remix.

The most Hardcore FAQ ever created.

McCain's Navy has a picture of the candidate and his wife. I sure wish McCain had won big yesterday. I'm not sure why I care so much, not being a Republican, but... oh well.

I take that back. I do know why I care. I listened to McCain's speech and remembered why. Because he says the right things about democracy. I don't agree with him on 9 out of 10 issues -- but on the fundamental need to strengthen our democratic tradition, I'm right there with him. I don't hear anybody else talking about this stuff.