February 28th, 2003

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I Like Lileks

James Lileks runs a website best known for bad food (most everyone on the net has seen the Gallery of Regrettable Food), but not as many folks read his "Daily Bleat" (blog). More should. He has such a way with words:

But many people are hesitant to put Saddam in Pandemonium's echelon [Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc] - why? Possibly because he has the characteristic of a comic figure, a cliche, a ridiculous man whose most visible crimes seem to be sins against our notions of good taste. He builds gilded gaudy palaces; he wears silly hats; he fires rifles in the air; he does the obligatory dictator-swimming-in-cold-river bit to prove his virility. He looks almost goofy when he smiles. His rhetoric is larded with mythic grandiosity that amuses the jaded Western ear. Simon from "American Idol" would cut him to shreds: "first, lose the moustache; we're not shooting a porno movie and it's not 1979. Second, I don't believe your gestures. I believe you believe them, but that hardly counts. I don't hear passion. I don't hear hate. I sense hate, but I don't feel hate."

Perhaps this is why so many oppose his ouster by military means - why, it's like bombing a McDonald's to get the Hamburglar.

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Lileks really hit it dead-on: Saddam looks /silly/. It's darned hard to take him seriously. Send our /army/ out to take him down? That's like sending the army to my apartment to kill all the ants. (Hm, now there's a thought...)
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Catlove, sneakers, etc

Funny the difference a slight shade makes. http://www.hot-hot-hot-catlove.com/ I adjusted the background color just a *tiny* (I mean seriously tiny) little bit, and it pulled everything together. Suddenly the buttons and the main graphic all work together. Somehow the purple banner even almost fits. I'm really thinking about keeping a (deeper shade of) purple and yellow for that top banner, it'll keep everything from being too grey-blah-washed out, I just want to make sure it doesn't pull too much attention to itself.

In other news, I ran out and bought a pair of sneakers at lunch. Now, I haven't bought sneakers in five or so years, so I could be misremembering, but isn't $70 a hell of a lot of money for sneakers? These were 30% off, so it helped a little, but still. Nearly $50 for /sneakers/? Sheesh.

I guess there's no 'etc' really... Generic Friday afternoon stuff: Wanna go home, not sit here at work for another hour and a half. Want to SLEEP. Tired. Would you believe there were /ants in my bed/ last night? I wanted to scream. My cat came in very handy: She kept finding them and staring at them and so I could spot them and kill 'em. Ants. In my bed. No wonder I can't sleep at night...
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