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This Lunch Brought to You By the Letter Mmm

October 31, 2005 at 9:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Is there any finer sandwich than a delicious peanut butter and baloney sandwich? I think not.

Yum!

It’s Over

October 31, 2005 at 8:54pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

That’s it, my work day is ruined. There’s no way in hell I’m going to be even the least bit productive now that DHL called to tell me that my new Canon PowerShot A620 has arrived. It’s a good thing I already finished all my important tasks for the day.

An Outsider Says: “Play Him!”

October 31, 2005 at 3:26pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Matt Hayes of the Sporting News wants Harrison Beck to play.

Rotten Apples

October 30, 2005 at 7:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Whose idea was it to make a dog shampoo that smells like apples? Who in the world wants to eat apples that have a distinct wet dog undertone? I’m not sure which is worse, a dog that needs a bath, or a bathed dog that smells like rotten apples. It’s a tough call.

iTunes Headache

October 30, 2005 at 3:35pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Having a weakness for gadgets, I ran out and purchased a 4 GB iPod mini when they first came out a while ago ($250). The iPod itself I love. It is durable, easy to operate and contains enough space to carry a ton of my favorite songs (about 1000 or so) at one time. It was a good investment especially since three mp3 players I had before – 2 nuvo brand players and 1 RCA – broke after a few months of use.

However, I can’t say my luck with iTunes has been the same. Over the past year, a number of my songs have simply disappeared, as if I had moved them out of my iTunes library. The strange thing is, iTunes recognizes the song titles, but when selected an exclamation point appears next to the song title along with the phrase “The song ‘(name of song)’ could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?” When clicking on “yes” it simply takes me to the My Music folder and the song is no longer there.

This has happened periodically over the past year to a few handfuls of songs, but last night, I checked my iTunes to find that literally 95% or so of my songs in iTunes had disappeared in such a fashion. This was close to 600 or so tracks I had burned off my CDs and an equal number of songs I had downloaded from music services. I know this sounds ridiculous, but apparently I am not the only one this has happened to. 

Does anyone know how this could have happened? More importantly, is there a fix to this so I can retrieve my songs? Needless to say, this is unbelievably annoying, and although I still have my CDs (but not the songs I downloaded from the internets) I worry about spending the time to import them again only to have them vanish into some blackhole. This really sucks.

A Chat with Jeff Crandon

October 29, 2005 at 12:18am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m going to chat with Scrumpy Jacks owner Jeff Crandon on Monday morning. Lincolnite is seeing a ton of hits from people searching for information about Scrumpy Jacks, so I’ve offered him a couple options for spreading information about his restaurant until their website goes online. Stay tuned.

Game 7: Mizzou 41 Nebraska 24

October 28, 2005 at 11:13pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Score look familiar?  Yeah it should.  Remember 2003 in Mizzou?  Look it up.  It’s the same.  Really they could have put in the 2003 tape and the only way you would have known it was different is that the ‘03 game was at night while the ‘05 game was during the day.

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Pedos and Peepers and Flashers, Oh My!

October 28, 2005 at 8:31pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln is in the early stages of a serious discussion about the rights of individuals convicted of sex crimes (aka “sex offenders”). Please humor me while I engage in a bit of a lunchtime stream-of-consciousness monologue.

Lincoln is in the midst of what is known as a “policy window.” The opportunity is ripe for modifying sex offender-related ordinances in Lincoln for several reasons. First is the fear that sex offenders will move to Nebraska from Iowa because communities there have enacted restrictions on where convicted sex offenders can live. Many individuals have effectively been forced from their communities. Second is the recent sexual assault at Arnold Elementary School. Those two events, among other factors, have increased paranoia among the general population, and especially among parents and grandparents of young children. Lincolnites are ready to kick all sex offenders out of the city, with Police Chief Tom Casady leading the way.

The comparisons to post-9/11 Americans’ willingness to sacrifice liberty for perceived security are difficult to ignore.

Indeed, it’s the “perception” thing that gets to me. Do these No Sex Offender zones actually work? Do they protect anyone? Are repeat sex offenders more likely to commit their crimes within 2,000 feet of their homes than outside of that zone? I suspect there’s a short-term drop in sex crimes after these laws pass—that’s just a hunch, not based on facts—but does the drop hold over time? Do buffer zone laws cause sex offender registration to drop, thereby pushing more people under the radar? Those aren’t rhetorical questions. I really want to know the answers. Does anybody have them? Can we as a society enact this sort of legislation in good conscience without knowing the answers to these questions?

And what of the rights of the individuals being punished? Like it or not, they do have rights, and most of them aren’t monst

ers. Most are willing and able to be rehabilitated. Some of them already have been rehabilitated and want nothing more than to become productive members of society. They should be punished, sure. When one commits a crime against an individual one forfeits some rights in proportion to the crime committed. But punishments, except in very rare circumstances, should not be perpetual. They should be limited and well-defined. And punishments should be meted out by the criminal justice system, not by municipalities, and certainly not by the reactionary public. I have no problem with a judge telling a particular criminal that he cannot live within certain boundaries or engage in certain acts during the course of his probationary period.

I don’t support the type of restrictions Mayor Seng and others are proposing. I can’t. They’re too shallow, too reactionary. They are bad policy.

I know I’m nowhere near the majority on this topic. Some people have genuinely thought through the matter and have come to different conclusions than me. I’m fine with that. But I fear most people never get beyond the superficial notions that “It’s for the children!” or “Sex offenders are icky!” Those are the people I have a problem with. The proposed ordinance deserves a long, difficult community discussion. I hope it gets one.

Place Yer Bets!

October 28, 2005 at 7:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Dell has given my order over to DHL for shipping, so I should get my new camera and accessories sometime next week. Maybe more than once, in fact. Why’s that? Well, I ordered four items: a camera, a camera bag, batteries and charger, and a memory card. Dell decided to ship those four items in four separate shipments from three opposite corners of the country. So I’ll be getting one package from California, one from Texas, and two from New Jersey. Anybody want to take a guess on which package arrives first? Place your bets in the comments.

Manhattan Smells…Good!

October 28, 2005 at 6:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Wouldn’t it be cool of New York City’s mysterious odor turned out to be some sort of art project?

Lincoln’s Best (and My Favorites, Too!)

October 27, 2005 at 7:38pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Wondering where to eat? In my latest Front Porch column I give you tips on where to eat When You Care Enough to Eat the Very Best.

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Two Thousand

October 27, 2005 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I haven’t commented yet on the death of the 2,000th American soldier in Iraq. In fact, I haven’t written much at all about the Iraq War. I’m not going to say much now, except: am I the only one who found it a little macabre how so many anti-war (and anti-this war) types awaited the 2,000th death with giddy anticipation? It seemed that many individuals—you know the type—were thinking “C’mon and die already so we can have our protests and pick on Bushitler!” Ugh.

Then there’s the folks on the flip side. The folks who say things like “Hey, it’s only 2,000 dead. We figured there’d be a lot more than that by now. So really, 2,000 is good!” Double ugh.

School Anxiety

October 27, 2005 at 2:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m not a student any more, dagnabbit. I shouldn’t be having these stupid dreams!

And yet I had one of my school-related dreams last night. I used to get them all of the time. Typically they involve procrastinating too long before beginning a project, sleeping in on the day of the final exam, or similar anxiety-invoking disasters. Last night’s dream involved me not being able to figure out my class schedule. I was never sure if I was in the correct classroom; most of the time I was not.

For some reason these dreams always take place in a completely fictional school. Whether it’s a dream about high school or college (last night’s dream put me back in high school), the classrooms and buildings are unlike any classrooms or buildings I’ve ever gone to school in.

I hate those stupid dreams. Back when I was a student they made sense. They usually reflected some sort of school-related anxiety I was already feeling. But now, all these years later, they serve only to stress me out and rob me of restful sleep. Oh well, I suppose I can’t complain too much. I haven’t had a true nightmare in years, so if that is as bad as my dreams get, I count myself lucky.

CA Waller at the Lied

October 26, 2005 at 8:53pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

From my inbox:

Hey y’all,

The folks at the Lied Center have decided that it would be better if I played the big house on Tuesday, November 15th, at 6 pm (hence the series name, FREE AT SIX).  Now, I had originally asked that the performance be in the Carson Theatre (smaller, more conducive to the blues), but the crowds have been larger than they had expected.  This is a concern.  Filling a 200-300 seat theatre less than full is not exactly great, but it is easier on the psyche than a much, much, much larger room filled with that same number of faithful.

SO, please spread the word that CA WALLER is playing the Lied on the above date.  Support live & local talent (or, in this case, me).  Thanks.

Craig Lowe, aka CA Waller

Consider the word spread.

Party Like It’s 1994?

October 25, 2005 at 7:26pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m beginning to notice more and more chatter comparing the 2006 elections to the 1994 elections. One distinction I notice right off the bat is that in 1994 Republicans had a mission—smaller government. (Stop that snickering! Stop it!) Do today’s Democrats have a similar unifying theme? Let me rephrase that: What the hell do Democrats stand for these days? Do they have any big names carrying the Democrat banner? There’s Barack Obama, I suppose, but so far the Democrats have done a terrible job marketing him (“He’s young, he’s black, and he’s not nearly as annoying as our other black guys like Jackson and Sharpton!”). The Republicans are practically begging the Democrats to take over Congress in 2006. Are the Democrats going to screw up again, like they have the past three elections?

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