Edwards out


It’s a sad day. It will be even sadder if neither Obama or Clinton picks up Edwards’ challenge to make a serious commitment to poverty issues.

Edwards will make an official announcement in a 1 p.m. speech in New Orleans.

More here.

“Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare”


…and hope they don’t have blasters

Let me preface this by saying that Driftwood, Texas not only has a very small population but also that, unless you count the Salt Lick, it’s not that close to much of anything that might be of interest to the Galactic Empire.

Imagine my surprise then, at encountering a sizable cadre of Imperial Storm Troopers this afternoon at the usually deserted intersection of FM150 and Elder Hill Road.  A unit of the 501st Legion, perhaps?


Of a feather

I have a confession to make.

I’ve started using Flock full time instead of Firefox.

Even at work.


Whether this says more about me or about Flock, I don’t know or care. And not that anyone else gives much of a crap what browser I use. It’s interesting to me, surprising even, because I tend to be fairly loyal once I find a tool that works. However, loyalty often is just another word for entrenchment and I’ve been trying (it’s been difficult) to get serious about productivity and efficiency, mostly for my own sake, to enhance my own experience, to waste less of my own time.

Give all that, plus the more photos I upload and use online, the more bouncing between updates on two blogs, the more reliance on RSS feeds, and yeah, I admit, the more I play on Facebook, using Flock makes more sense than before. Also, I find Flock is much better than it used to be. I’ve tried it off and on for a couple of years and was burned enough to drop it before I ever got attached. It’s still not all the way there, but after a month or so of side-by-side use with Firefox, I like what I see enough to commit. Flock 1.1, out in a few weeks, will bring webmail support and make it just that much better.

Yes, it’s Firefox/Mozilla that’s under the hood, and yes, I probably could do most of what I need in Firefox with the right extensions, but frankly, just using Flock is easier than that.

Friday night jukebox: take yer money

M.I.A. Paper Planes

I guess I overestimated the complexity


I used to get overwhelmed trying to understand the ‘big picture’  of the problems facing the US economy, not to mention realistic solutions to those problems.

Silly me…

Ooh, American Gladiators is on.

If you only do one thing today

Do this.  Now.

Remind your Senators that they work for you, not the President, and not the telecom corporations.  Remind the Democratic presidential candidates, two of whom just happen to receive telecom funds by the bucketload, that they need to get their asses back to DC and protect the Constitution by keeping retroactive immunity from becoming law.

Hey, where’d everybody go….

No, this isn’t turning into a Rachel Maddow fansite. However, this one is too good not to post. Rachel goes Nancy Drew and ponders the fascinating mystery of the Missing Republican Voters….

You are so hot

Looky, it’s a picture of you! Every one of you. This is the who’s.amungus heatmap view of page hits to virgotext.


Uncle Wiggly in 2008?

“Our infrastructure is made of sugar”

What a relief to see Rachel Maddow on television AND not doing “point counterpoint” segments with Pat Buchanan!  Maddow was on Countdown last night discussing the recession-protection economic stimulus plans being floated by the presidential candidates.   I very much like how she highlights Edwards’ focus on trying to identify and mitigate “Unamerican bad behavior in the economy,” especially since none of the mainstream pundits ever give him any credit, for that or anything else. In addition, she challenges the candidates to focus rescue monies on the crumbling American infrastructure.