Daily Archives: May 14, 2002

Backfence: Yoda, shmoda! Lucas can’t direct Jam…

Backfence: Yoda, shmoda! Lucas can’t direct

James Lileks dares to speak the truth. (Via Possumblog.)

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The Miami Herald | 05/12/2002 | The high cost of c…

The Miami Herald | 05/12/2002 | The high cost of changing Panhandle’s name

Marketing types want to change the name of Florida’s Panhandle region to the “Great Northwest”. Which (a) sounds like a collegiate sports conference, and (b) also sounds like Oregon and Washington, or possibly even Canada.

Heck, they must really hate what we call the area — especially Panama City and Pensacola — around here: “Lower Alabama”. Culturally, it’s basically part of ‘Bama anyway, you know.

Body discovered in attic after resident complains …

Body discovered in attic after resident complains of blood dripping from ceiling

One of those things that seems to happen a lot in South Florida.

”It could be as innocent as someone going up in the crawl space and suffering a heart attack, or as sinister as a homicide,” Schwartz said.

Um… People who suffer heart attacks don’t normally start bleeding externally, do they?

Carter speech to be carried on local TV, radio …

Carter speech to be carried on local TV, radio

In Miami, anyway. The link says it will be available on the Internet as well, but the story doesn’t. Anyway, I don’t speak Spanish, though I can read it a little.

Bono To Tour Africa With Treasury Secretary I d…

Bono To Tour Africa With Treasury Secretary

I don’t think “Treasury Secretary” is a very good name for a band, do you? Oh, he’s touring with the actual Treasury Secretary, and they’re not doing concerts. Which is kind of weird, but OK, I guess.

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Starship dream moves closer …

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Starship dream moves closer

The Planetary Society is sponsoring a test of a solar-sail spacecraft, scheduled for this fall. Wow.

Stone Knives and Bearskins NASA needs 8086 chip…

Stone Knives and Bearskins

NASA needs 8086 chips

They’re also looking for eight-inch floppy drives. Heck, those were already obsolete in 1981, weren’t they?