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Outfoxed and a general update - Accretions

Fata Morgana
2004-08-18 14:26
Outfoxed and a general update
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Last night dag29580863 and I saw Outfoxed together, but at different movie theaters (and with a 14-minute time difference). We SMSed each other throughout the movie and talked over the phone about it afterward. The Fox footage in the movie was quite shocking to me, since I've watched so little television in the last eight years. I've certainly seen tactics such as "muddying the waters," cheap sensationalism, and name-calling in print journalism, but not as blatant and virulent! ... It's not clear to me what Rupert Murdoch's motivations for his rightward sway are, though. In the beginning, they described him as a Reagan-lover, then they said that sensationalist journalism is just cheaper, and then they went on to say that large businesses naturally tend toward corruption and more consolidation of power. So is the conservative spin simply a reflection of Murdoch's own political views, or is it a matter or corporate greed, or both, or neither?

Today I've been following up on research ideas, reading some papers, and working on our new apartment, which is still pretty disorganized. I put up hooks for the bikes, did laundry (the washers at the place on the corner are almost twice the cost of other washers, but the dryers are free), re-potted houseplants, tidied up, and thought about where the furniture we're getting on Friday will go. dag29580863 advised me to do paper prototypes of the room layouts, but I think the mock-ups in my head will do. :~) darthabsinthe and bain_easag drive in tonight to visit us (and to go to SOLfest), so the place has to be at least reasonably clean.


Here are a few photos from the USABDA Nationals, in which I competed last weekend.

Here are two pictures from the quarterfinals. I'm in the red and purple dress. I like the second one because it seems gestural.




Charles Schultz is from St. Paul, so the entire town has a Charlie Brown obsession. There were these Snoopy art pieces all over downtown, each decorated by a different artist from the same base sculpture.

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DeepTape
deeptape
2004-08-18 22:39 (UTC)
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Oooh, nice dress.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-08-18 22:47 (UTC)
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Thanks - I made it myself! :~)
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Kris
anemone
2004-08-18 22:49 (UTC)
media spin
Following the Chavez thing has been interesting.

All the media (CNN etc) were reporting that the race was "very close". Election hits, and it's not close. Why?

Well, part of the problem may have been (as the NYT mentioned today), that the polls they were sorting weren't exactly balanced, seeing as how they were being run by very publically anti-Chavez pollsters. The not-biased polls put his lead at at least 8 points. The question, here, is why wasn't the western media paying attention?
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Becca
rebbyribs
2004-08-18 22:59 (UTC)
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The paper prototype thing worked really well for Josh and I, but together we had more furniture than we could fit into the apartment. The prototype was useful in figuring out how much stuff we could actually keep, and where to put it. (If we hadn't done that, rearranging the furniture would've been really tough - things actually needed to go into the rooms in a certain order to be able to fit.)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-08-18 23:32 (UTC)
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Wow! Well, maybe I'll try it after all. :~) We don't have quite the same furniture excess, though (except for desks, we have four of those :~)).
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shallwedance_
shallwedance_
2004-08-21 19:14 (UTC)
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Ooh! Another reason to visit St. Paul.
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