Last Friday, my father-in-law Mike Fitzpatrick collapsed after his normal morning walk by the beach near his home in Santa Cruz. He suffered a heart attack and died. He was 68. His passing is still a great shock to all of his family and friends. He had a great big heart and was a gregarious individual that seemed to have a friend in every corner of the world and down every city block. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and father-in-law. He would give me a great big hug every time we parted ways and would tell me I love ya, man! with a hearty chuckle. Mike, I love ya, man and I'm going to miss seeing you, but I'll carry your spirit with me always. [update: Michael Joseph Fitzpatrick's obituary]
Rainier 'McBain' Wolfcastle is the cartoon parody of Schwarzenegger on The Simpsons
I'm seeing a trend. Any time that I think a candidate is ridiculous, has no chance in hell of winning an election, he or she does in fact win.
California has just elected cartoonish, action hero type, Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. Besides wanting to have a special election to create a new state line below Carmel, I'm trying to learn from this win. Below I've listed a strategy for the Democratic candidates in the 2004 presidential election. I think it's a winner.
Democratic Presidential Plan BAbandon current high brow debates. No one likes an egghead.
Hide all copies of current strategy. Your actual opinions can only hurt your chances. Save those for after the swearing in ceremony.
Begin making wild outlandish claims about wanting to be the 'peoples president' and that you want to work with 'everyone'. Try something original like 'I want to give ev…
Howdy sports fans - I have some non-scandalous confessions and disclosures to make. I hope this post won't get too long but when you are weeks behind in posting then there's nothing like a lightning round post like this one. First up, the geeky stuff:I accepted an offer to join the RSS Advisory Board two weeks ago. I know what you are asking yourselves, 'Can I get a Friends and Family discount on angle brackets and rel tags?' Some of you might find my joining the board as odd since I'm one of the core folks to start the Atom initiative. However, Atom was originally started to help foster a universal publishing protocol in addition to it's better known feed format. I'm very proud of both and see a future where RSS is improved as a result of Atom.As a decidedly pro-Atom member of the board, I should mention that I designed (and pay the bandwidth bill) for atomenabled.org. I also designed the Atom logo and the associated buttons and badges currently appearing …