JFKs: I try. I try really hard. I try really hard to eschew the political comments on this weblog as there is more than enough weblog server space devoted to that topic. But there was just something about that salute tonight that made me think of it in contrast to that earlier salute on the left: one a contrived photo-op that should embarass whoever came up with the idea; the other an innocent gesture that moved the world.

Update: Jeff Jarvis calls it the “john-john moment” in his insightful review of Kerry’s “competent” speech.

Make mook

Make mook: Mark Frauenfelder, one of the BoingBoing gang announced today that Make, a magazine/book (or Mook, as the Japanese — and now, the rexblog — call it), will launch in January. Mark will be editor-in-chief. O’Reilly is the publisher of the do-it-yourself vaporzine for geeks.


Make will have 5-minute tips you can use to improve your gadgets, networks, and computers, as well as much longer projects that might take several days (or weeks) to complete.

Up in smoke

Up in smoke: Favorite quote of the day about Ricky Williams (from The Sports Network):

Williams, who suffers from social-anxiety disorder and was a former spokesperson for the anti-depressant Paxil, claimed marijuana helped him once he had to stop using Paxil because it didn’t agree with his diet. Williams said that marijuana was better for him and did not see anything wrong with the drug since it was “just a plant.”

His diet?

Did we say ‘decline’? We meant sublime!

Did we say ‘decline’? We meant sublime! Favorite editor’s update note on a news story today, from fool.com:

“Editor’s note: In the first version of this article published on July 27, McGraw-Hill’s Education Unit was characterized as “very much in decline.” This was not accurate, and the article has been updated to reflect this. We apologize for the mistake.”