Tuesday, May 29

No No No

It's like something out of Atlas Shrugged:

We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says
Clinton: Shared Prosperity Should Replace 'On Your Own' Society

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

Live free or die!

Monday, May 21

the Amero

Ever heard of it?

It's coming. It's like the Euro, but more North Americany.

The Amero is a proposed common currency between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. We've already got NAFTA so why not, I guess? It would speed up trade and commerce.

However, we would be giving up a large chunk of our sovereignty. Doing this would start the process of eventually mushing together one country out of our three. The United States would end up just being averaged in with all of the rest of the countries. I could see us and Canada doing something, but why would we ever want to be more open with Mexico?

What would be a first step in implementing a new currency? Perhaps, devaluing the dollar so that this could be the solution.

Sunday, May 20

In the year 2000 (and 7)

Is the GOP in the midst of a major shift? This article goes further to say:

"The Republican Party is falling apart," said one insider to me recently. "The GOP has become the party of neoliberal corporate globalism, not the party of conservatism," said another. Perhaps election 2008 will be the last hurrah. Other than Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter, the GOP presidential candidates are a joke. The rest are all neoliberal, interventionist globalists.

Look how we've derailed...

Iraq is a huge mistake, a neocon experiment in utopianism, and we are paying the price. Bush's foreign policy is not conservative. It is Wilsonian nation building. The transformation of the Middle East to liberal democracy is Jacobin, not conservative. And it is because of the neocon war machine in the Middle East that we are hated.

The point of this article from Britain says that basically, these last few years are the high water marks of the Neocons. I can't really single out what the ideology of Neocon is other than it's a major force in the current presidency.

The article says this is the end of an era. It points to two events: the ousting of Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank and the death of Falwell. Their importance according to the article: Paul Wolfowitz used to be number two at the Pentagon, or an insider, and Jerry Falwell got this whole thing started by organizing the Bible Belt into a voting block. Trouble doesn't end there, the attorney general is under pressure to resign, Tony Blair, Bush's biggest international ally is leaving in the next few weeks, and in search of a legacy, the President threw an immigration bill, that no one apparently seems to like, at the wall in an attempt to get something to stick. But, as the article doesn't say explicitly, the President seems to be going down like a leaky rowboat.

From the Times:

If Bush and Dick Cheney, his vice-president, are the last men standing with responsibility for the Iraq war it is only because they are protected by their four-year terms of office. One former Bush stalwart told me: “If we had a parliamentary system, Bush would have lost a vote of confidence and have resigned by now.”

The perception I have, as a young person, is that the Republicans are made up of two main groups: the Constitutionalists for small government, and the Bible folk for telling everyone what's right and wrong. Lately, the Bible folk have been dominating and the situtation that we're in now is from their lead. For the sake of winning elections, perhaps the one side has been quiet and just went along, after all, both groups have more in common with each other than with any democrats.

Look at the presidential debates. There's Ron Paul and the rest of them. He said, without justifying 9/11, that the attacks may not have come completely out of the blue and all the rest of them, led by Guiliani deny it. Since then the people on Fox News, have all tried to paint Paul as a conspiracy theorist. If the Republicans can't recognize their own mistakes or at least confront them, then they're never going to win any more major elections, which is a pity.

(Fox News has been annoying me lately. As of late, their agenda seems less veiled than usual and their news seems more like tabloid material.)

The young conservative Politically Upwardly-mobile People I know (would that make them "Pups"?), many of whom are on the blogosphere, seem to be oriented much more towards the Constitutionalist side. Not very many young people really want to go around telling other people whether they're right or wrong or how to live. After all, it's my generation and future ones that have to live with gay people, for instance.

Like the Titanic with the iceberg of Iraq, it seems now the GOP is splitting into two groups and the Bible people are staying GOP while for the Constitutionalists find libertarianism and classic liberalism much more attractive.

I don't know what the future political landscape will look like. Two parties? Three? I think 2008 seems particularly well for 3rd party candidates as both parties lack strong leaders people like.

The Republican Party of Lincoln, Teddy, and others is a grand old party which would be a shame to see evaporate. However, in the grand scheme of things, for better and worse, political parties aren't permanent fixtures. After all, back in the 1850's and 60's, the Republicans were the liberal activists and the Democrats were the conservatives. Nowadays, it seems hard to tell both parties apart.

Saturday, May 19

What's that?

What do you think he's saying?

Schools out and I moved into my new lair (an old apartment) deep in the heart of the Greenbrush. If you're passing through, stop on by.

In other news, there are five years left until the end and the pot calls the kettle black. Check out the court case, Pot v Kettle.

Wednesday, May 16

Why not?

I guess I haven't explicitly mentioned it, but I'm supporting Ron Paul. Perhaps I'll end up voting 3rd party?

Check out the poll!

The picture made me laugh.

Tuesday, May 15

Quick thoughts

Here are some quick thoughts on tonight's Republican Presidential candidate debate, which I actually remembered to watch. It's quick because I was studying physics during it and I have to study fluid mechanics now.

For the most part the debate could be summed up as Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Thompson, Paul, and it was either Huckabee or Gilmore, I can't remember it's hard to tell names when they're all standing together like that and I was mostly listening to it. I'm probably a little biased with the last two. Thompson is representing the W, and I'm hoping for Paul.

Throughout the debate it wasn't too hard to tell when they were throwing out softballs to certain candidates. There were the mandatory casual and not so casual WWRD (What Would Reagan Do?) references as they all tried to be the Reagan. McCain referenced his experience in Vietnam in questions about Iraq and Arizona about illegal immigration. Giuliani played up 9/11, which led into the most memorable moment of the evening.

Ron Paul was talking about how he thinks that the fact that we've been in the Middle East for a while now interfering in their countries as more of a motivation for the terrorists to attack us on 9/11 than that they hate our way of life. That got some applause. Right away, Rudy interrupted the turn order saying something like "of all the crazy things I've heard, that's the craziest" to much applause. Then it turned into a feeding frenzy as all the other candidates tried to get into the spotlight.

Probably more than the last debate, the gloves came off. McCain and Romney went at each other right away. With the two of them going after each other, that left a gap open for Rudy. I hear Giuliani has been ahead in the polls right now (despite an Iowa faux pas) and it'll probably stay that way. Overall, I would say Rudy won this one, but I hope it gets Paul some more attention.

On a side note, Mr. Conservative Gilmore gets the McCarthy Award for threatening to start calling out candidates who have liberal tendencies. Also, one of the no-names, I think, even called for the enlargement of Guantanamo Bay. Tommy Thompson seemed to know about stem cells and he mentioned the University.

It was interesting to hear them twist language. Evidently torture shall now be referred to as enhanced interrogation techniques. Doubleplusgood, both Minitrue and Minilove would be proud. Only Ron Paul called it out, I believe.

How are these debates really useful for anything? They seem to be going more for sound bites and to stand out than to actually meaningfully figure out a strategy for running the country. Finally, I hope you don't find reading my blog to be like an enhanced interrogation technique.

Update, 12:45 am: Reason's got Paul's back against Rudy saying that he's either playing the crowd or "in a bubble so think it makes the president look well-informed". The actual debate video here!

Monday, May 14

Jamestown's Big 400

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. It was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. I think it's fair to say that it kicked off all of America since it was also the founding of the Colony of Virginia.

Not to be tooting my own horn (isn't that the whole point of a blog?), but a member of my mother's family founded Jamestown. That's right, one Edward Maria Wingfield. Wikipedia says that "he became the first elected president in what is today the United States of America.

Captain John Smith wrote that Wingfield was one of the early and prime movers and organisers in 1602-1603 in “showing great charge and industry” in getting the Virginia Venture moving: he was one of the four incorporators for the London Virginia Company in the Virginia Charter of 1606 and one of its biggest financial backers. He recruited about 40 of the 105 would-be colonists, and was the only shareholder to sail. In the first election in the New World, he was elected by his peers as the President of the governing council for one year beginning May 13th, 1607, of what became the first successful, English-speaking colony in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia. He chose the site, a strong defensive position against land or canoe attack, and supervised the construction of the fort in a month and a day, a mammoth task.

But after four months, on September 10th, because "he ever held the men to working, watching and warding", and because of lack of food, death from disease and attack by the “naturals” (during the worst famine and drought for 800 years), he was made a scapegoat, and was deposed on petty charges. On the return of the Supply Boat on April 10th 1608, he was sent back to London to answer the charge of being an atheist (and one suspected of having Spanish sympathies). Smith’s prime biographer, Philip L. Barbour, however, wrote of the “superlative pettiness of the charges…none of the accusations amounting to anything.” Wingfield cleared his reputation, was named in the Second Virginia Charter (of 1609), and was active in the Virginia Company until the age of 70 (1620).

Wingfield played a crucial role in 1605-08; and without his extensive contacts and his steady input, the USA might well have been colonized by France or Spain.

That's pretty cool. First elected president in America, take that Mayflower Compact, and the first coup!

By the way, he wasn't a weirdo with a girl's name. It's because "his father Thomas-Maria Wingfield received the added name “Maria” from his godmother, Queen Mary of France (who was Henry VIII’s sister), and passed it on to his son."

America's done pretty well for itself in 400 years. Keep it up.

Sunday, May 13


I've been posting a lot of videos and pictures lately. Why not keep it up? Here's the Fringe Candidate Debate from Saturday Night Live:

I'm bunkered down in the middle of finals, but I'll be back in full force by the end of the week.

Saturday, May 12

America's Dairyland

Wisconsin wants to re-brand itself.

Wisconsin spent $22 million on advertising in the fiscal year that ended in 2005, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

According to a 2004 national survey by brand consulting firm Landor Associates, when people were asked what came to mind when they heard "Wisconsin," cheese and the Green Bay Packers were the top answers.

The cheesehead image is the product of "50 years worth of culture," Steve Eichenbaum, creative director for Milwaukee marketing firm Eichenbaum & Associates, said in an interview. "You're not going to take an ad campaign and turn that around in six months."

I guess there's nothing terrible about the whole cheesehead thing, except the high water mark for that was in the second half of the '90's. And there's much more to the state than cows and cheese, as depicted on the back of our state quarter.

How does one sum up the entire great state of Wisconsin into one little catchy marketable phrase? What the other states have chosen is here, here are some highlights:

  • Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit
  • Maryland: Seize the day off [!?]
  • Nebraska: Possibilities...Endless [just like the corn fields]
  • North Dakota: Legendary [boredom]
  • Pennsylvania: State of Independence [true, but also a car commercial]
  • Tennessee: The stage is set for you [I hate country music, but they're one of the more beautiful states]
  • Washington: SayWA! [What? I don't want to]
  • Idaho: Great potatoes, tasty destinations [pretty good]
  • Delaware: It's good being first [well, no one can take that from you]
  • Arizona: The Grand Canyon State [this will be their slogan forever]

Illinois' current slogan is "Mile After Magnificent Mile" which singularly promotes the Magnificent Mile, part of Michigan Ave., the main shopping district, in Chicago. I don't go places for shopping. Besides if you've ever driven to St. Louis through Illinois, you'll already have witnessed mile after magnificent mile for 5 hours.

A few years ago, I was in the middle of nowhere Kansas, as big as you think, talking to a guy from Oklahoma. When I mentioned that I was from Wisconsin he immediately mentioned hunting and the beauty of our state.

What to market? The MJS also has a user suggestion page. Do we go with our beer and agriculture, research and quality educations, beautiful outdoors (forests & lakes), sports and recreation, or something else?

From the suggestion page here are a few I like:

  • Tradition on the Cutting Edge
  • More than you ever thought possible
  • As deep as our lakes
  • Research Wisconsin
  • Visit your friends
  • the Good Life

My suggestion is "Forward to something Great" or "Forward to Great Things".

Friday, May 11


Ron Paul highlights from the republican candidate debate.

Thursday, May 10

This is only a test

I saw this at the construction site of the Grainger addition.

I figure it's a mock-up on which to practice so the workers can go at the real building at full speed.

Wednesday, May 9

Does a 'rose' in any other typeface read as sweet?

How actively do you notice fonts? I used to be indifferent about them, but doing the layout and design for the newspaper has given me an interest in design and typefaces.

I'm sure it's huge that Helvetica is turning 50 years old. You've seen it a million times though you probably couldn't instantly visualize what font exactly it is. It's not among the default fonts that come with computers. You've more than likely encountered its ripped-off ugly little sister, Arial. From the BBC:

We live in a world where we are surrounded 24 hours a day by adverts and corporate communications, many in typefaces chosen to subliminally complement the message.

Helvetica's message is this: you are going to get to your destination on time; your plane will not crash; your money is safe in our vault; we will not break the package; the paperwork has been filled in; everything is going to be OK.

"When people choose Helvetica they want to fit in and look normal. They use Helvetica because they want to be a member of the efficiency club. They want to be a member of modernism. They want to be a member of no personality. It also says bland, unadventurous, unambitious.

As Wildenberg notes, its Swissness is part of the appeal. The land where clocks run meticulously and the streets are spotless carries the kind of cultural resonance that the logo makers and brand masters of the major corporations might like a bit of. For others, its neutrality is a platform for daring design.

Have you ever noticed that fonts fall into two categories? There's the serifs, which are the fonts with the little curlies and angles at the ends of the letters. And then there's the sans serifs which are more geometrically shaped. They say the serifs help the reader's eye move across the text by leading the eye from letter to letter. Typically it's best to use serif fonts for bodies of text and sans serifs for a few words at a time in titles or on signs.

I don't use Helvetica or Arial; they seems too common. You're reading Verdana right now. Most of my font use comes from the newspaper which uses Myriad for headlines and Garamond, a nice alternative to times new roman, for the text. Futura, a time tested sans serif font, is neat too but it gets hard to read more than a phrase at a time in its sharp and clean geometric letters.

Man, this is starting to turn into the font version of the Money Programme. It's kind of funny, I suppose other people are into colors or something.

Before I wrap this up, there are certain fonts that need to disappear. It's like fingers on a chalkboard every time I see these two:

What compels people to use these? Papyrus looks quite silly especially when it's on menus or signage. Ooo, look they're trying to be artistic or something! But, Comic Sans takes the cake. Yikes! It instantly dissolves any respectability the words have. I'm not suggesting Microsoft is a bad company, but they did unleash this font to the world.

Tuesday, May 8

The End

With the closing of Ogg Hall it's the end of an era here at UW-Madison. Until this school year, it had been one of the newest dorms on campus, built in 1964-ish.

I just dug this picture of 804 Ogg Hall all the way from 2005 out of my email archives:

I think I was standing up against the door and the camera was zoomed out as much as possible. That room was "cozy" in every sense of the word at 10' x 15'.

My side of the room was the left side, ironically. How I miss that green tile! I'll never forget all those sleepless nights with the window panes rattling in the wind. Or those elevators that kept you guessing if it'd be your last elevator ride. Or that funky smell in the hallway that never went away.

You may notice that all the furniture was already screwed to the walls. Really the only customization involved was whether to loft the bed or not and how far one sat from the desk.

One time last year, I was walking down State Street and I bumped into my high school principal. We got to talking and he told me about how he remembered living in Witte while Ogg was being built. He also said that a business seldom makes it more than a few years on State Street.

After this semester, the current Ogg will decommissioned. Evidently, not much thought was given in the 60's on whether to put sprinklers in a 14 floor building home to 1,000 people.

So they're going to remove the building, but how will they do it? Will Ogg finally go down in a blaze of glory or will it go quietly into the night? From the Badger Herald:

Despite the hopes of Chancellor John Wiley for a spectacular Discovery Channel-style implosion, Fish said Ogg will be systematically “deconstructed” piece by piece over four to six months beginning before October.

Ah, shucks. C'mon! Even the Chancellor wants to blow this puppy up.

“It would be very exciting, but it’d be very dangerous,” Fish said. “We actually explored whether this could be blown up, and we were very concerned with underground utilities beneath Ogg that could be significantly damaged.”

With the slower and more tedious approach, Fish said the university would recycle 75 to 80 percent of the materials, which will also offset some of the cost for the comprehensive undertaking.

Looks like they're going to recycle it as-best-as they can.

Turning heads in Chicago

Tower twirls and debate starts to swirl

It sounds, at first blush, like an oversize architectural joke — a skyscraper where each floor would revolve independently around a central core, not only making a 360-degree rotation but also creating a constantly shifting profile.

The little-known Italian-Israeli architect and developer who recently announced plans to build such a skyscraper in the desert playland of Dubai was making the rounds in Chicago last week and has designs on adding another rotating tower, housing condos, offices and a hotel, to Chicago's vaunted skyline.

By the way, the article says a fast turn would be 1 revolution every hour, and a slow is one every three.

I wonder if this is possible. Each floor would be prefabricated and then stacked. Some strength would be lost because obviously, no supports could be run outside of the central column. Water and power would have to connect to the rotating parts and it would be a quite a mess if the plumbing connection broke.

Britain: not just dentistry and cooking

The word on the street is that the Queen visited Jamestown to collect 230 years of unpaid tariffs. Just kidding. She's here on a state visit and CNN reports that a recent poll shows 8 in 10 Americans have a favorable opinion of her. Though we're not her subjects, as a former colony, she's the closest thing we've got to a monarch.

She doesn't exercise nearly as much control as she could, but I imagine, that as the Queen of at least 17 countries, she's up there as potentially one of the most powerful people in the world. Moreover, her ancestors have been ruling Britain for nearly a millennium now. That's quite remarkable. Obviously, they've been doing something right.

Besides Japan, Britain is the other major country to still have a continuous monarchy, compared to the Czars, Kaisers, Reys, and Louis's that ruled and were periodically taken to Dr. Guillotine over the centuries. As far as I know that only happened once in England.

Have you ever noticed that the English-speaking countries, England and its former colonies with their shared history, traditions, and culture, are the most successful areas in the world? Spain and the Spanish Empire had effectively kicked the pail by the 17th century, France lost its New World in the mid-1700's, Portugal got the short end of the The Treaty of Tordesillas, and the colonies of Sweden, Holland, Belgium faded away without much of a peep.

With the exception of Japan, there's something about Britain that they've spread around the world to their former colonies that have, at present, given them high standards of living. To name a few there's the big ones, like Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and the more subtle ones like Singapore and Hong Kong. All of them are at the top.

The ruler or government of a country always needs revenue. They had to get the money as taxes from somewhere. Countries that are resource rich simply get the money from developing their natural endowments. Take for example Saudi Arabia or Russia.

England, as a relatively small island nation, had its people as its biggest resource, up to the industrial revolution. England had to encourage them to develop so they could be taxed. And it happened. The historical centers of learning were Oxford and Cambridge, and the English invented the Industrial Revolution. London was the biggest city in the world through the turn of the last century until New York surpassed it. Even today, more dollars are traded in London daily than in New York City.

The opposite historical example would be Spain and its empire. They could simply go to Latin America and pick gold off the ground and take it home. The Spanish government didn't have much incentive to develop anything as long as the gold held out.

England was also for the most part, a decentralized government. Starting in the 1100's, they've had a strong tradition of separation of powers. Parliament, originally representing the nobles, has been increasingly powerful against the king ever since the Magna Carta and they've always had an independent judiciary. Without a strong central government, the country flourished with a laissez faire system. In comparison, other countries were centered on their palaces. The French king would sequester all the nobles at Versailles, and the Czar, himself, would singularly rule the serfs with an iron fist.

Furthermore, the English speaking world, the Anglosphere, has never been dominated by a tyrant or dictator, except for that brief stint with Oliver Cromwell in the 1650's. For the most part, all the other countries have had their cycles. An extreme example would be the Russians, who have for centuries had a very strong ruler and it's now so ingrained, they tried switching to a democracy but have drifted back to a strong ruler.

Historically the Anglosphere has been neither dominated nor oppressed. Compared to other countries, the turmoil of the 19th century didn't take root and radical ideas like communism never caught on. We are lucky. There really aren't any overlords against whom we can rebel.

Another aspect could be our language itself. We only have one word to address someone else, 'you'.

I know for sure that German and the Romance Languages, French, Spanish, Italian and others, all have a respectful, formal 'you' and an informal one. On the street, everyone you would have met, from the lowest chimbley sweep, to the tradesman, to the merchant, to the king, everyone was a 'you'. In any other language it'd be a major faux pas to address someone the wrong way. The Anglosphere's legal tradition of equal rights could very well be naturally ingrained in us because we simply know no different. For the most part, the English language puts us all on the mostly level 'you' field. That's one of the founding ideas of the United State--that no one's above the law.

It hurts me a bit to say this as a Catholic, but perhaps it's also some of that Protestant work ethic. Protestant countries Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia tend to be the more productive parts of Europe compared to Catholic Italy, France, and Spain. Though it may not be simply a Protestant thing, as Venice and some of the Italian cities originally led the Renaissance. Additionally advanced places like Hong Kong or Japan have never been either.

Some of Britain's greatest potential wasn't fully expressed until the founding of the United States. I think it's most certainly a good thing that we're such friends with the UK but then again, I'm sitting here thinking and writing in English.

Monday, May 7

A Brilliant Idea

Dear Mayor Dave,

We came up with, by far, the best idea ever for Madison at our blogger get together this evening (which Dorshorst, Brad, and Erik, who posted the infamous shoe video, covered comprehensively). This idea is big enough to blow the lid off of, something, that's well, really big and tightly sealed. This amazing idea, which regrettably I cannot claim as my own, is as follows: the Running of the Cows.

That's right: the Running of the Cows. Forget the silly trolleys or whether or not the city's drinking water is perpetually screwed up or scheduling fundraisers for the police, you need to get this in the city. Just imagine, cattle running, more likely a slow trotting pace, down State Street as some of the more daring spectators would risk even life and limb to run with the cows.

It would be the event of the century. A representative of every news outlet in the country, and probably the BBC, heck even Al-Jazeera and the Taliban Times, would be present to witness the spectacle for posterity. As someone said "it'd be rolling Mifflin, Halloween and the farmers' markets, everything [or something] all into one". Is there any possibly better way for this city to celebrate its Wisconsiness? I think not.

Madison could be known for something else other than the University, hippies, loopy state government, and alcohol consumption. Our newfound quirky reputation would spread far and wide throughout the land. Furthermore, Madison would be inundated with tourists as the masses from all around would converge on the route.

Mayor Dave, we all know you're a man of vision. This is a great idea for the city and it will help out businesses. You could even fence off State Street and charge admission after 8 pm (again).

Saturday, May 5

Mifflin Street 2007

It's that time of year again here in Madison. This year the weather was nicer, no rain, so there were more people there. All around, I think it's safe to say, spirits were high. All photos were taken between 2:30 and 3:45 pm.

The horse patrol emerging from behind the Kohl Center
The south end of Mifflin Street

Police were arresting people if they had glass, or if they stepped onto the sidewalks or streets with open containers.

At the north end of the party

The beauty of Mifflin Street: you can get all your business done, literally within a few feet.
Houses were taking proactive steps to avoid tickets. Some even had bouncers.

The officers tried to ride into the party, but several horses spooked and they never went in more than a few yards.
The police made off with some booty.
People who were arrested were taken to an awaiting city bus to be whisked away.

Wednesday, May 2

Beating the dead horse

Today is a nice day so I went for a walk. I conveniently walked up to the city building.

Everything's turned green in the past week. The flowers are out and so are the kiddies. My grade school's 4th grade trip is to the Capitol. That was 10 years ago already for me.

I got up to the city building and there was something going on in the street. The Tibetan flag was flying on two flag poles. This one:

And this one, in front of the city building (click for a bigger image):

Flying the flag doesn't really matter. Furthermore, what I've done is rather ironic. I don't like it when the media blows things up, yet I wrote a little about the flag last week and got linked to it (I'm not trying to flatter myself). So, naturally, I had to follow it up and post about it again, even though it's not important and will be history by the weekend. Simply by mentioning it, it's been given life.

Spring colors around the math building:

The end of the semester is a good time for some self-reflection (a la Brad):

Yeah, I am standing kind of weird, but it was very spur of the moment and there were probably people in the restaurant looking at me.

Tuesday, May 1

New Beacon Out

Today the last issue of the semester premiered. It's also my last issue as the Editor-in-Chief. I think we've ended on a high note.

We've got some interesting stories including the behind-the-scenes preparations of graduation and, as you can see, there's a story about how Madison's wireless broadband is hemorrhaging subscribers. If you're not on campus, here's a link to the pdf version. We're still working on getting a website back up. I hope that's settled by fall.

As for the personnel changes, they're mostly the normal stuff from graduations. The paper is in very competent hands all around. I'm not leaving completely. But, let me say, just wait until fall! (big hint)