Der Googleg√ɬ§nger

Having a short, common name is good for privacy in the internets age. Commonness is about the only protective covering available for those of us on the paranoid side, in fact.  But it’s not without fallout. Take for example having an email account in your full, common name. On the one hand, people who know … Continue reading

Wondercon for the Adderall Set!

One of the earliest stories I read on CHUD was a group report about “the sights and smells of Dragon Con.” In that spirit, I humbly submit this disjointed and woefully incomplete photo tour of Wondercon. Wondercon is about a 10th the size of Comic Con, but run by the same great group of volunteers … Continue reading

I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

When the White House allegedly pressured CBS not to air its 60 Minutes report on the Don Siegelman case, the report had about as much hope of seeing the light of day again as its subject.  Well, CBS ultimately did air the report … opposite the Oscars (did they miss the deadline to play opposite … Continue reading

Tricky Dick’s Revenge

If Richard Nixon were alive today, would he get a Come to Jesus moment on Oprah?  Because the Senate has decided to not only make the Watergate break-in and cover-up legal, it has given retroactive immunity to today’s version of the Plumbers. From the Boston Globe: WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Tuesday to shield from lawsuits telecommunications … Continue reading

"24" Is Science Fiction*

Alex Gibney, the director of the new documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, agreed to sell the broadcast rights to the Discovery Channel because the people there assured him they would give the film – about an innocent taxi driver who was tortured to death at a prison in Afghanistan – a prominent broadcast. Now, … Continue reading

The Democracy You Save May Be Your Own

Even if you haven’t been watching the blow-by-blow on the various blogs or lying-by-omission corporate media, the 2008 presidential election is the most important in your lifetime. You may not realize it now, but the person who assumes control of the White House in Jan.09 will inherit the worst political, economic and social debacle in … Continue reading