May 10, 2003

Warning: Blogging Ahead

I made this sign at the St. Claire Sign Builder, a terrific piece of programming that builds an industry standard warning sign based on your text. Highly recommended. [Thanks for the tip, Veer, graphics powerhouse.

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May 09, 2003

"Saddam": Media Critic

I didn't notice anyone remarking on how much of a media critique was contained in this week's message from "Saddam". Fully half the message seems to be blaming the "media" for his downfall, as if the 7th Cavalry was there just to hold the coats of Al-Jazeera, CNN and Walter Rodgers.

I addressed some messages before, many messages before. Some of them were by my voice and some were addressed to the mass media, but we know and you know very well the mass media in the whole world is controlled by the Zionists, and especially by its headquarters in the White House. Therefore we have tried hard to address our messages by many, many ways and some of them reached you people in the Iraqi governates, and some will reach them sooner.

In any case, it sounds as if we have to go back to the secret style of struggle that we began our life with. Through this secret means...

Some of these people admired the West and described it as the free world, but it is not. And genuine people would never care about the Western media, because it is controlled by Zionists. Especially the two administrations in Washington and London, which are controlled by the Zionist media.

They tell many, many lies...

So let's see if we can deconstruct this message. "Saddam" believes that there are no true national governments in the world, only fictitious entities created and controlled by the Zionist media. So the Zionists control all news flow in the world and it is the absence of countervailing news sources that led to the loss in Iraq.

"Saddam" is apparently a fan of The Matrix:

Morpheus: You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

And all those Genuine People, they can discern an alternative reality behind the lies.

What does "Saddam" prescribe to fight the Matrix — Graffiti:

The Zionists are baffled how to fight the Palestinian people and you the Iraqi people, men and women, stand together against the invasion and show your stance as much as you can by writing on walls, or making positive demonstrations or not selling them anything or buying anything from them, or by shooting them with your rifles and trying to destroy their cannons and tanks.

I would think destroying their television broadcasting equipment would be more to the point. No wonder Saddam got angry with Al-Jazeera. Apparently, they were insufficiently separate from their Zionist controllers and weren't piercing the veil of lies. This may also explain Mohammed Said Al-Sahhaf's seemingly insane announcements: He took the Red Pill.

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May 08, 2003

A Different Time

There once was a time when the Canadians had the fourth largest army in the world and were loyal allies of their southern neighbor. But recently, dumb national defence strategy and dumber international politics have reduced both to shreds.

Because of the political calculations of their civilian leaders, Canadian commanders at Central Command were frozen out of vital planning during the run-up to the Iraq war. And now there's this:

Canadian soldiers are back in Afghanistan, but this time, they don't have any weapons to help protect them. In Ottawa's rush to put Canadian troops on the ground, 25 elite Canadian soldiers arrived in Afghanistan only to find that they are not allowed to carry guns. What makes the situation particularly embarrassing is that the troops have been assigned German bodyguards to protect them.

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The Oxford Comma and Other Trivia

Who would know better than Oxford? What is the 'Oxford comma'?

The 'Oxford comma' is an optional comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list: We sell books, videos, and magazines.

It is so called because it was traditionally used by printer's readers and editors at Oxford University Press. Sometimes it can be necessary for clarity when the items in the list are not single words: These items are available in black and white, red and yellow, and blue and green.

Some people do not realize that the Oxford comma is acceptable, possibly because they were brought up with the supposed rule (which Fowler would call a 'superstition') about putting punctuation marks before and.

I like that "which Fowler would call a 'superstition'." Just the right note of haughtiness from the Oxford Dictionaries.

There is some interesting reading over at the Ask Oxford web site. The word origins pages cover "codswallop, lukewarm" and other gems, although it disappoints by mostly saying that the common beliefs on the origins of most interesting terms are not very credible. Ah well, there go all those bar bets.

One word I had never heard before is nous, pronounced "nouse":

It appears in our dictionaries of current English, such as the New Oxford Dictionary of English (1998), where it is labelled 'British informal' and defined 'common sense; practical intelligence'. In philosophy, it means 'the mind of intellect'.

Guess I'm not running in circles where common sense or the mind of intellect abounds.

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May 07, 2003

Fu(t)ur(:E)])

On the streets of Manhattan, there are thousands of plastic boxes that contain free newspapers and brochures. Recently, someone began leaving cryptic messages in some of them.

They look like small bits of an artist's sketchbook, but they are covered with complex symbols and formula — like a logician's notes. They have been made as though torn or cut from a notebook, although they are also obviously photocopies. As I look at the page, words and phrases start to form through the odd punctuation, but a coherent sense never gels. Here's a small example, about 1/2 inch worth on a page covered in similar phrases:

The ramblings of a demented metaphysician seeking to proselytize his theories? An artist's stunt? A clever advertising gimmick by some movie company looking to promote an upcoming apocalyptic film about a paranoid madman? A combination of the above?

Anyway, there was something very intriguing about a number of the glyphs, so I decided to set the one above in type:

Wow! Not bad at all. I'd say this qualifies as the logo for THE FUTURE.

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May 06, 2003

More on Haag-Drugulin

The Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and Development of the Book at The San Francisco Public Library owns two volumes that seem related to the book I am scanning:

Haag-Drugulin. Nachtrag zur Schriftprobe der Offizin Haag-Drugulin AG. Leipzig: 1930.

Haag-Drugulin. Schriftproben der Offizin Haag-Drugulin A.-G. Leipzig: 1929.

Next time I'm in San Francisco, I'll try to get a look at these. Has anyone seen them?

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May 05, 2003

Damn, Now You Tell Me

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