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devilsdetails.com (I hate flash)

There was a little controversy recently, regarding the use of the Love park sign on http://skate.etnies.com/, which – coincidentally enough, was removed a couple of weeks ago…
Traffic skateboards was hating on the Love park recognition (read the blog entries on their site, can’t link directly to it based on use of iframes). I can see the pride at stake, but the idea was to raise recognition of Love, or so it seems, regardless of who etnies does & doesn’t sponsor. You’d think people would be excited to see it exposed to as many people as possible. Philly could use all the help it can get especially at a time like now . Had they dug deeper on the site, they would have found links to the various non-profit organizations in place to raise money & awareness for a public ‘plaza’ (skatepark) in Philly. I think those too, have been removed. Note the philly style garbage can still pictured in the banner.

Election 2004, LIVE coverage

Election, 2004 G-cool coverage

Thanks to php gallery, this handy iPhoto plugin, and my girlfriend, we’ve got some very serious election coverage.

Susan Lee is standing by (watching TV) in Philadelphia, the city that started it all; armed with a CNN sponsored map and a sheet of donkey & elephant stickers. As the votes come in, and the states are determined demo or repub, she will be adding her stickers accordingly and updating the election 2004 gallery. She’ll be updating this throughout the night (unless it runs too, too long) so stay tuned here for g-cools first ever, LIVE election coverage.

Little Gem Store

Little Gem Store

For those from the Goshen NY area, you may be familiar with Don Hickok, the guy who ran the local “Little Gem Store”, selling dog hair & Dead Kennedy’s albums… The same place that hosted Primary Skate Shop in it’s boiler room.

And yes, he is the same guy, as lore has it, who ran for mayor and opted for a pink bunny suit over traditional attire during the debates. It’s nice to know he’s stopped spending his time posing as a legitimate radio show caller for free Gem Store advertising, and is “On the Campaign Trail, With Trail Mix“. (Need a NYTimes login? – get one, from bugmenot.com)

Kerrys plan

Great article on Kerry’s actual plan in Iraq. I suggest you read it, lazy asses; some beautiful gems in there.

“In the liberal view, the enemy this time – an entirely new kind of ‘non-state actor’ known as Al Qaeda – more closely resembles an especially murderous drug cartel than it does the vaunted Red Army. Instead of military might, liberal thinkers believe, the moment calls for a combination of expansive diplomacy abroad and interdiction at home, an effort more akin to the war on drugs than to any conventional war of the last century.”

Debate debacle

For some reason, I recorded tonights presidential debate, and have made it available in mp3 format. The 90 minute speech came in at a rather large 60.6mb file. I’ve left it as is, If anyone out there is into optimizing things like this, please do, and send me the end results so I can repost it.

The transcript is also available from the washington post, the BBC has a cute little list of key quotes, democraticunderground.com has an article covering the low expectations of Bush, and a list of polls you should fill out, in favor of the democratic party naturally.

I TiVoed it too. What the hell was I thinking?

pre-Debate debacle

Freedom Balloons

As pre-packaged poised & prepared these top cats will be, I’m still psyched for tonights premier presidential debate.

US News & World Report has an interesting piece titled Acting, with No second takes, taking a look at debate drama from old & new schools alike.

A point I enjoyed:
“Bush has always benefited from low expectations… No one is ever going to imagine Bush cleaning the clock of his opponent. Instead, they will say, ‘The other guy didn’t do the knockout’. One of Kerry’s strengths – and problems in the expectations game – is that he is considered an impressive debater”.

Basically, when people expect little, they’re satisfied when they get little. One of these guys has got to slip up tonight, and my money’s on Bush, he’s due for a public embarrassment.

My recommendations for tonights festivities:

  • start out watching it on the Fox news channel, they’re the only ones filming the debate, and all other networks are using their feed.
  • Take note of all the rules the networks are supposed to follow, and see if they follow them.