E-bay got me again.

eBay item 2919501923 (Ends Mar-28-03 11:33:58 PST ) – Collectable FED-2 Russian camera copy Leica

I couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard such great things about FED-2’s that when I saw them going on e-bay for $25 I figured I couldn’t pass it up. FED are Russian copies of Leica, generally considered to be one of the best cameras ever. NExt on my list of cool cameras is an exakta. They’re just so pretty. :)


Sometime last year I got into a conversation with someone (Dan?) about the difference between a geek and nerd. This post on smilezone.com reminded me of that conversation… These are the points he made (also the same ones I made last year!):

Nerds are:

  • Generally socially inept
  • Usually not fit and not good at sports
  • Lacking in interest in and/or awareness of in popular culture
  • Extremely focused on and often very talented in academics
  • Not very well respected outside of nerd circles nowadays

Geeks are:

  • Fascinated by technology, but often in how it connects people and organizations
  • Intellectual but not at the expense of being able to make smalltalk
  • Generally comfortable with machines AND people
  • Often fascinated by science and technology, but not necessarily ‘experts’
  • Typically engaged in popular culture, but feeling more passionate about ‘alternative’ entertainment (e.g., “They Might Be Giants,” “Monty Python,” etc.
  • Often figuring out how to tie technology in with useful and or social endeavors (e.g., using a Palm Pilot to look up a restaurant review)
  • Probably seen as “the norm” in many places, including various cities (San Francisco) and demographics (Ivy League colleges).

Good list, but I’m sure there’s more, can you think of any? Personally, I think ‘geek’ is more of a compliment than nerd. No one wants to actually be a nerd, no matter how many 80’s movies show them getting laid. :)

That being said, I’ve been thinking about putting my BBS back on line, but I don’t think it’ll get much activity. Are people still into BBSes? Are there any still up in the New Orleans area? Does anyone still have modems in the computer? (Can you tell I’ve had a broadband connection for a few years?)

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?Why of course the people don’t want war. … That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship …Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.?

Who said that? Hitler?s accomplice, Hermann Goering (commander of the German Air Force and president of the Reichstag), at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals in 1946.

Phrase of the Day

I’m not sure if there’s an official way to do this, but I’d like to request that a new phrase to be added to the english language:

Pro?test the War Slang (pr-tst th w?r)

  1. To eject part or all of the contents of the stomach through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements.
  2. To vomit.


  1. Protest.


  • Drive the Porcelein Bus, Shout Dinosaurs, Hurl, Puke


  1. I think I had some bad seafood on Friday night, I was protesting the war all weekend.
  2. Jesus Christ, that’s fucking gross. I am so going to Protest.