Monthly Archives: January 2004

German Heavy Metal

Lars-Erik Fisk: Volkswagenball at the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont view quicktime movie (698 kb)

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We Need to Work on the Parking

The Dowbrigade is off to give another driving lesson to his 19-year-old son, the one who wants a Hummer so he can crush other cars out of parking spaces, the one who eats frozen burritos raw to save time.  He … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible

Against his better judgment, the Dowbrigade has agreed to attempt one of the toughest tasks he has tackled in his entire teaching career – explaining NFL Football to a class of foreign college students who don’t know a forward pass … Continue reading

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Pander:n., & v.t. 1. go-between in clandestine amours, procurer; one who ministers to evil designs. 2 v.i. minister (to base passions or evil designs, or person having these) Japander:n.,& v.t. 1. a western star who uses his or her fame … Continue reading

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Wanted: Comprehensive Political Calendar

After an extensive search, we finally found an iCal calendar called American Politics and Government with most of the presidential primaries and some of the debates.  However it is clearly incomplete.  For example it lists only two primaries for next … Continue reading

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Cultural Dissonance

This article from the New York Times covers a company whose role seems to be to help business travelers avoid costly faux pas when traveling abroad. Reminds the Dowbrigade of the time we politely accepted a gourd filled with a … Continue reading

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Clinton’s E-mail Total – Two Messages

The archives of the Bill Clinton presidential library will contain 39,999,998 e-mails by the former president’s staff and two by the man himself. "The only two he sent," Skip Rutherford, president of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, which is raising money … Continue reading

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The Blogging Consortium

Although of course the Dowbrigade recognizes that part of the power and righteousness of the Blogoshpere derives from its lack of professionalism in the mercenary sense, like most serious Bloggers we sometimes imagine how nice it would be to be … Continue reading

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Porn Star Ignites Firehouse Fracas

KEYES, Calif. — No one quite remembers the last big fire to rage through town, but a firestorm — fueled by sex and the Internet — has engulfed this rural community. The source of the trouble comes straight from the … Continue reading

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What’s up with Technorati? As a devoted follower of the Blogosphere and our own position within it, the Dowbrigade regularly consults a number of specialized resources; Feedster to find blogs posting on specific topics of interest, the hit counters and … Continue reading

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A Breif Break Before Lunch

Taking a breif break before lunch in our Intensive Core Class, our mind refuses to budge from the delicious Eggplant Lasagna we whipped up yesterday in a cold-induced fit of domesticity. The secret to this dish, of course, is in … Continue reading

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The Dowbrigade has decided to finally weigh in on an idea that has been circulating around the Blogosphere for several weeks now – Adopt-a-Journalist. The concept was popularized by Jay Rosen, and then interestingly commented on by Al Giordano and … Continue reading

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