Taking choice too far?

An article in Fox News a few days ago by David Boaz, Democrats and the Right to Choose – What?, criticizes Democrats for not supporting "choice" more broadly, as if it's hypocritical to support individual freedoms in one instance and support the broader interests of society in the next. Boaz writes,

Whether or not you support the right to choose abortion, surely that is a more difficult issue, involving more lives and more complexities than the right to choose a school for your child, to use marijuana, or to own a gun. And yet many of the supporters of "a woman's right to choose" don't support a woman's right to make those choices.

While we're at it, I'd like the choice to yield to pedestrians when I'm driving and to pay for purchases at the store. Oh what? You say that I can't drive all high on marijuana, shooting off my gun, running down children (on their way to voucher schools of their mother's choosing) in the crosswalk? Drat. I was beginning to like libertarianism. [via Glenn]

Tripod launches weblogs

You can now create your very own blog at Tripod. Too bad the, "ERROR: You must be a paid subscriber to access this feature." message only appears after you go through the account creation process and then click on the "blog builder" tool. Of course, if you read "Learn More" before starting — which I didn't do because I was too curious to read and wanted to get started blogging right away — you find out blogs are only available to paid subscribers. I wonder how it compares to Blog*Spot? [via Anil's links]

What is nanopublishing?

A Guardian article, New biz on the blog, looks at the ways in which people (people being Nick, with whom I'm working) are using weblogs to create new "thin media" or "nanopublishing" sites. The key with these new ventures is cost: because it's low, revenue requirements remain in a reasonable realm (oy, alliteration overload, honestly that wasn't intentional). By which I mean, it's easy to get into the black and stay there. Also, if you read the article closely, there's a mention of what I'm up to these days (the bit about the Lafayette project). More on that as things get less vague in the coming months. [via Gawker]

State of the Union

I tried to watch the State of the Union last night. I even thought about blogging as it happened, but I realized the post would be a reactionary, emotional tirade short on insight and reflection. So I tried to listen. But eventually I got so disgusted and annoyed that I shut off the television, missing the part I'd tuned in for in the first place — the justification for going to war with Iraq.

Buy low, sell high

Over at the Motley Fool, a question: Is there any silver lining to falling stock prices? Answer, "There sure is."

These words should ring true for anyone investing for the long haul — especially those just starting out. If you've just plunked your first thousand dollars into the stock market and plan to keep adding to it over the next decades, you'll benefit from falling prices in the short term. And, by investing for more than 10 years, you smooth out the risk of owning common stocks.

This counter-intuitive perspective is also important if you're someone who regularly invests in stocks. Since you're buying stock perhaps every few months, you'll be able to get more shares with each payment if the prices are falling. Remember: It's not timing the market that matters, but your time in the market.

Delayed Sidekick

Back when I posted about the Sidekick being available for only $49.99 from Amazon, I ordered one. Shortly after I placed my order, it was delayed, and now I've received notice of a further delay. Which means (from what I can tell), only one of the rebates can be activated now (luckily the $100 one, but not the $50 one). I placed the order January 10 and now Amazon is estimated shipping February 5 – 12. I think I'm going to go ahead and cancel and save my money. Word on the street is a color monitor in summer '03, so maybe I'll wait for that instead.