Errol Morris, on his interview style:

“I put my face on the Teleprompter or, strictly speaking, my live video image. For the first time, I could be talking to someone, and they could be talking to me and at the same time looking directly into the lens of the camera. Now, there was no looking off slightly to the side. No more faux first person. This was the true first person.”


[via Kottke]

Van Dyke reunion

I used to watch the Dick Van Dyke show in reruns all the time, and I still think it’s among the best sitcoms. Now, reunion shows usually suck, but what I like about this idea is that it’s just an episode–presumably, just a single half-hour episode. One reason reunions normally suck is that they’re just overlong. You might be able to squeeze an hour, at most, out of even the best sitcom, but not two.

We’ll see how this works out. I’ll TiFaux it for sure.

To hell with Orkut

I’ve been invited to join Orkut, and I’ve tried to register a username, but every attempt I make craps out. I enter a username and jump through the first couple of screens, and then I get an error screen that the server’s acting up, so I quit and come back in a few minutes. I try the username I’ve just used, and it says that one’s registered already, but when I try to log in with that one, I can’t get in. I have now blown through nearly every username that I normally try: mdietsch, mtdietsch, dietsch, michaeldietsch, michaeltdietsch, sodietschy.

What an annoying, useless piece of shit. It might be alpha software, but it’s hard for me to believe that anyone would willfully publish alpha software THIS buggy. And this is from Google people?

Teen Titans, NASCAR, and Black Cinema: Unsuitable for deaf audiences

Television Captioining Censorship

“The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urged President Bush to overturn a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education to declare almost 200 television shows inappropriate for captioning by the Department’s Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program, effective October 1, 2003. According to NAD President, Andrew J. Lange, the Department’s action is government censorship and contradicts President Bush’s promotion of family values and parental accountability.”

[More and still more; via Boing Boing and Neil Gaiman]

FCC to investigate boob flash

FCC head Michael Powell, already under pressure from Congress and conservative organizations to tighten its policies on obscenity, vows to investigate the puerile stunt Janet and Justin pulled during the Super Bowl half-time show. Janet might sell more copies of her new single thanks to the publicity, but the climate of outrage she’s sparked will likely make it easier for the FCC and Congress to crack down on televised speech.