I should have done this yesterday

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Just wanted to send some props to my friend Amanda over at Pandagon. Regulars around here know how much I respect her writing on women’s issues. However, you probably don’t know how much of an impact she’s had on me, as a blogger and person.

I’ve had my share of friends in life, but Amanda was somebody who, when I first sent her an e-mail, was instantly responsive to my questions. Sha had no idea who I was, and had no reason to get back to me, except she’s a great person. And now, from a thousand miles away (or something like that), this person I’ve never actually met has become one of my best friends. She’s always there for me when I’m stressed, and always has the best insight in things going on in my life.

To boot, she’s a kick-ass blogger: witty, thorough, and passionate.

I doubt she know’s it, but I was reading Mouse Words before I started reading Pandagon — it wasn’t until she moved to her new cyber-home that I became a loyal minion of the Panda. I think the move was a good one, and think Pandagon is better for it.

Anyway, she’s celebrating two years of blogging this weekend, so, Happy Birthday Amanda. I hope there are many more in the future.

D.C. Trip review

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Flying Star DowntownSo, a little bit more about my trip. I awoke early last Thursday to grab a bite of breakfast with Jim Baca. We met at the Flying Star Downtown, which is a great building with some delicious blueberry pancakes. Props to the gang there!

Jim and I talked about politics, mainly here in Southern New Mexico, and about the future of news media. Specifically, we discussed the ways newspapers might have to change in the future, and how blogs have developed over the last few years.

After taking a lengthy drive around the Albuquerque area in search ofGail Chasey a Best Buy, I met up with Joe Monahan. We grubbed at Yanni’s on Central, which is apparently quite the politico hangout. Our discussion focused on many of the same issues I had covered with Baca in the morning: media ownership, blogging, local sports coverage. It was a good discussion, and I’m glad I had an opportunity to finally meet the guy. He also introduced me to a few folk who were eating at nearby tables, including N.M. Rep. Gail Chasey and Barry Bitzer, Abq. mayor Marty Chavez’s chief of staff.

After lunch, I caught a flight out to Chicago. The flight was a bit delayed, but all that meant was I had no layover in the Windy City. From Chicago I was off to D.C. I grabbed a pulled pork sandwich from the Capitol City Brewing Co. in Shirlington, Va., along with a pint of ale with my mom.

V for VendettaOn Friday I met with a few friends up on Capitol Hill to shoot the breeze, and then it was time to help my sister move. We got most of the big stuff piled into her Dorchester House apartment on Friday, leaving us free for dinner and movie after. We watched V for Vendetta, (see Pajiba for their review). I was entertained, though the editor could have been more useful. Still, a timely theme, and the Wachowski Bros. are still able to turn out a decent flick.

Saturday we slept in, and then my mother, sister and I all drove down to the Potomac Mills outlet mall in Virginia. It’s been three years since Aislinn had her own place, so we hit up the JC Penney’s and bought her a set of dishes, cooking utensils, mixing bowls, and iron and a toaster. We next stopped at Fuddruckers there, ate a burger, and headed home.

Aislinn went to get a few things from her old place, while my mom and I watched Head in the Clouds (another movie that needed an editor). Aislinn joined us, and we ended up staying in and watching a second DVD, Domino (which, again, ran too long).

Sunday was a treat. We moved the last of Aislinn’s things, including a chest that had been at my mom’s, and then stopped at the National Zoo to see the new panda cub. The cute little thing had climbed a pine tree and was lazing around for the photogs who were there early to beat the crowds.

Flying Star DowntownAfter, we drove downtown to the Corcoran Gallery of Art for breakfast. They feature a brunch buffet and Gospel music every Sunday, with entrance to the gallery included in the admission price. We all gorged ourselves on the excellent waffles, omelets, fruit, French toast and other fare, listened to some beautiful music, and then toured the gallery. The Corcoran is featuring a retrospective on Robert Bechtle which was simply amazing. Wow. In addition, the gallery was showing a series of prints from David Seymour, the renowned photojournalist.

From there, it was off to the airport. You can read more about that in the post below.

OOTO again

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Well readers, I must apologize, but I’m leaving for the weekend. My sister found a new apartment in Washington D.C., and I’m heading up there to help her move. For now, I’ll direct you to the LFSC Forums.

I’ve only hosted the discussion board for a week, but we’ve already got one thread started. Hopefully, by the time I return on Sunday, you’ll have all sorts of posts on all manner of subjects going. Don’t let me down.

Also, if you have technical problems with the board, send me an e-mail. The board is young, and still buggy, but I’d rather get all these problems fixed sooner rather than later.

I’m meeting with two fellow bloggers tomorrow in Albuquerque: Jim Baca (who’s also running for state Land Commissioner), and Joe Monahan. I’m hoping to pick their brains about blogging (they’ve been doing it longer than I have) and New Mexico politics (same thing).

I’ll try and log in from D.C., but no promises. Effectively, you’re on your own. Take care, and have a good weekend.

Past the Peak?

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Via Slashdot, I see that world oil production peaked last year:

Princeton University geology Professor Kenneth Deffeyes has been studying world petroleum production data and has come to the conclusion that the world hit peak oil last December 16, 2005. If he is correct, total world oil production will never surpass what was produced last December.

From the post (link may change) over at Hubbert’s Peak:

There are some interesting additional bits in the end-of-year statistics. Compared to 2004, world oil production was up 0.8 percent in 2005, nowhere near enough to compensate for a demand rise of roughly 3 percent. The high prices did not bring much additional oil out of the ground. Most oil-producing countries are in decline. The rise in production was largely from Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Angola. The Saudi production for 2005 was 9.155 million barrels per day. On March 6, 2003 Saudi Aramco and the government of Saudi Arabia announced by way of the Dow Jones newswire that they were maxed out at 9.2 barrels per day. In retrospect, that statement seems to be accurate.

Not much to say at the moment, so I’ll leave it to you guys… any comments?

Give to Neiwert

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My boy David Neiwart is looking for scratch (fundraising) this week, and I thought I would point you in his direction. David is simply the best guy out there reporting on the hate, fearmongering, and trickery that is so prevalent in Wingnuttia. While the subject matter he blogs about is usually beyond the scope of New Mexico, he’s commented regularly on the Minutemen in the Southwest, among other things.

He’s won several Koufax awards for blogging (if you don’t know, the Koufax awards are given to the best of lefty bloggers) for his series “The Rise of Pseudo-Fascism” and “Rush, Newspeak and Fascism.” He’s also published several books — his latest, “Strawberry Days” concerns the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He mentioned that internment in a recent post, highlighting the way FDR failed to live up to his own words:

Yet Roosevelt himself, as we’ve seen, was prone to believing many of the same fear-driven stereotypes of Japanese immigrants promulgated by the haters. That bigotry translated, during a time of great national trauma — when fear of the Japanese was being whipped into outright hysteria — into his own failure to distinguish between Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans in signing Executive Order 9066, which in the end became a great blot on his record as president.

It was also a clear failure on FDR’s part to live up to his own admonishment. Obviously, refusing to succumb to “fear itself” is easier said than done.

Yet I have often thought that, in today’s post-9/11 environment, progressives would do well to arm themselves with FDR’s old slogan. What better rebuke to the Bush administration — and the conservative movement that, as Tom Tomorrow’s cartoon beautifully illustrates, is nowadays positively driven by fearmongering?

After a steady diet of:

“9/11!” “9/11!” “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” “Bin Laden! Bin Laden!” “Boogadah boogadah!”

I can think of no better reply than this:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

David is an incredible writer, and offers the best coverage of right-wing shenanigans (the evil kind) that I have ever seen. So, definitely read his blog, and give him some money as well.

Chevron admitting peak oil?

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According to their latest ad campaign they are:

Energy will be one of the defining issues of this century. One thing is clear: the era of easy oil is over. What we all do next will determine how well we meet the energy needs of the entire world in this century and beyond.

So, um, wow. Go Chevron. It gets better:

We can wait until a crisis forces us to do something. Or we can commit to working together, and start by asking the tough questions: How do we meet the energy needs of the developing world and those of industrialized nations? What role will renewables and alternative energies play? What is the best way to protect our environment? How do we accelerate our conservation efforts? Whatever actions we take, we must look not just to next year, but to the next 50 years.

Thanks to No Se Nada over at ScienceBlogs for the tip.