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I’m going to be doing some phone calling this weekend for Max Cleland. Although I
always (and I mean ALWAYS) vote in every election, I’ve never done
anything like this. I’m not a political animal, I don’t take up
causes. At this point in time, though, I really feel like I should do
what little I can to avoid or minimize a Republican congress. I think
an opposition Congress is the only thing protecting the country from
the bastards in the executive branch. I don’t fear Saddam Hussein or
Osama Bin Laden nearly as much as I fear John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney
and George Bushes. His father was the first presidential candidate I
voted against after turning 18. So, I’ll drive out to Chamblee and sit
in a boiler room making phone calls for a couple three hours. At this
time, it desperately feels like I need to do something to try to
prevent the future I so fear.

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Turns out I’m reinventing the wheel on this Blogmax issue. I
installed Tramp, which allows you to do scp for actions that would
normally be ftp inside of Emacs. However, to get it working you have to do an SSH key
exchange such that you can log in without a prompt. This is a huge
pain in the ass. It either works flawlessly right away, or takes
forever. Once I get that solved, I think I’m done. I just use
Blogmax’s “upload-month” function to rewrite everything and then push
it to the web server and I’m done. It’s my failure to use this as my
transfer method that has been keeping the links from getting
updated. Oh well, live and learn.

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I really really need to brush of my Lisp programming skills (ha) and
figure out how to have this weblogging package go back through and put
in all the daily links in the calendar. It will add them when those
days exist, which means for any day, nothing in the future is linked
unless you are saving an old day’s entry after subsequent ones are
written. For someone who Googles to the entry for August 2nd, there
are no links if you wanted to read the next day and so forth. You
can’t navigate forward. If I were to go back and regenerate all these
pages now, the links would be there. What I want is for the Blogmax
package to do that for me. It doesn’t, so I might be modifying
slightly. Wish me luck.

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I really don’t know what All Saint’s Day is about, but today is
it. Way to go, saints. Stay beatific, homeys.

Ended up doing nothing last night, no shows, minimal trick or
treaters, no costumes. We watched a Sopranos episode, and I dropped
off DVD #3.3 at Blockbuster and rented #3.4, the last one of season
3. After a few days, we have a year to wait for season 4. I also got
some pumpkin gelatto at J. Ripples for my wife, who was jonesing for
something pumpkiny to get in the Halloween spirit. We bought a pint,
and I can’t eat mine until free day tomorrow. Can’t wait.

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Two silly links, forward on from friends and relatives via e-mail:

The lesser one, an online cat for those who want a cyber kitty (kind
of like an interactive version of those aquarium video tapes).

The better one is a Shockwave dealio of a singing
bug
– you have to see it.