DNS problems

Something's gone screwy with my DNS and it looks like I'm not getting email at my usual address. If you need to email me, please use mhourihan -at- yahoo.com instead. This site may also disappear, and depending on what the problem is I may move my DNS, meaning everything will be down/broken/not working for a couple days. If possible, I'll keep you updated. Ugh. Sometimes I hate the internet.

Update: in the meantime, you can always access megnut at http://megnut.metafilter.com/.

Second update: UltraDNS deleted my account (thereby removing my records from their nameservers) through a series of billing and invoicing "errors" that are hard to believe (apparently their payment system and invoicing system are not intergrated?!). Suffice to say, I've left them. What that means in plain English is this: megnut.com will become unreachable for a period of time (24 – 48 hours) and then it will come back. If you're trying to send me email, it will probably queue on your mail server but I won't get it for a few days. By the end of this week, all should be well again. Damn you UltraDNS! Damn you!

Can you help me out with Seabiscuit?

Consider this an experiment in weblogs-as-PR machine, or weblogs-as-journalism…

If you've been reading this site for any amount of time, you probably know that I'm all gaga about Seabiscuit (the horse, because of the book), and am highly anticipating the film's opening on July 25th. What I'd like more than anything is to go to a preview screening before it opens. In return, I promise to write a review of the film here on my site on opening day. So if you, or any one you know, could get me access to a press screening, or some other showing, I'd super appreciate it. You can email me meg@megnut.com.

As proof of my passion/crazyness/obsession, here are older megnut posts about Seabiscuit: Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a book review; The Biscuit, an obsession; I see the film's preview and whine about its far-off release; and finally Seabiscuit is coming!, wherein I anticipate the American Experience episode about the Biscuit.

Also, ESPN Classic is showing a program called, Seabiscuit — The Making of the Movie with airings scheduled through the end of August. I saw it last night and it was pretty interesting, and further piqued my interest in the film. The camera work looks amazing, they have these really long booms that get the cameras right in between the horses during the race scenes. And I hadn't realized but jockey Gary Stevens plays jockey George Woolf in the film. My only concern still is that the film will be all about the men, and not enough about the horse.

And finally, last thing on this topic (at least for today), I promise: if you haven't read the article in The New Yorker, A Sudden Illness – How My Life Changed, by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, you absolutely should. It is beautifully-written and inspiring, and I find I am more in awe of her accomplishment with Seabiscuit: An American Legend than ever.

What the hell is going on?

So here's what I don't understand…say you're the President of the United States. And you give a very important speech, such as the State of the Union. And it happens that something you say turns out to be untrue. Wouldn't you be upset? Wouldn't you want to reassure the American people that what happened was an egregious error? Wouldn't you publicly say something along the lines of, "A speech to the American public carries the heaviest burden of proof. Though CIA Director George Tenet has apologized for the factual error in my speech, I would like an investigation into how such a mistake could have happened. Processes will be reviewed, the American people must never be deceived, and as your president I assure you this will never happen again." Etc. Unless of course, you meant to put that lie in there in the first place…

Similarly, there's an astounding quote from President Bush in an article from yesterday's Washington Post, President Defends Allegation On Iraq. In addition to claiming that the intelligence he receives is "darn good," Bush also claims Hussein wouldn't let inspectors in!

Defending the broader decision to go to war with Iraq, the president said the decision was made after he gave Saddam Hussein "a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in."

The president's assertion that the war began because Iraq did not admit inspectors appeared to contradict the events leading up to war this spring: Hussein had, in fact, admitted the inspectors and Bush had opposed extending their work because he did not believe them effective.

I feel like I'm living in a crazy world where people are just re-writing history as they go. Read the entire Post article for a good look at the Administration's changing story about the whole affair. [via Tom Tomorrow]

War flow review

It's been several months since I made the American War with Iraq Justification Process flow and it's time for a revisit. Looks like we've made it all the way to the end case, "The war is to liberate the Iraqi people." Now all I need to do is insert another box after it saying, "Hawks gloat, It was always about liberating Iraqis, America pretty sure it's great but soldiers are still dying and their tours of duty are being extended and at home their veterans benefits are being slashed." Whooh, that's a long one!

Winged Migration

Last night I went to see Winged Migration, an amazing film that follows various migratory birds on their journeys. Like Director Jacques Perrin's previous documentary, Microcosmos, I felt completely transported into the film's world. But I was really saddened by a scene towards the end, when a mean bird killed a baby penguin.

The penguins didn't seem organized to fight at all! I mean, there were only two mean birds and many penguins, and I think they could have totally taken those nasty birds in a fight (remember how Tsar vs. serfs turned out in Russia a while back?). All they need to do is organize. They've got sharp beaks and I bet they could do some serious pecking. Instead, they just squawked and squawked, and the mean birds were not deterred by this at all. I know we don't want to disturb nature's delicate balance, but I think we should help the penguins mobilize. Who's with me?

So it’s going to be that kind of day

First I went the wrong way out my front door, and walked several paces before I realized, "Hey! Where am I going? This isn't how I go to work." Then when I got to the station, I dug my keys out of my purse, rather than my MetroCard. I was a little perplexed as I stood there, wondering how to unlock the turnstile.

Designing the High Line

Starting today, the winners and finalists from Designing the High Line are on exhibition in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station, NY until July 26, 2003. Designing the High Line was, "an open, international ideas competition seeking visionary design proposals for High Line's reuse as 1.5-mile-long elevated public promenade." I imagine some of the entries will be similar to the Viaduc des Arts in Paris. I'm looking forward to checking out the exhibit.

Get your ROBOT groove on!

Looking for something fun to do in NYC this weekend? Eyebeam (a not-for-profit media arts organization) is hosting a four-day festival beginning Saturday July 12 called ROBOT.

The four-day event will examine current applications of robotic technologies on creative practices, activism, consumerism and physical intimacy. Eyebeam will conclude the event July 15 with a party from 6-10pm featuring music by DJ-I ROBOT, the first random-access, fully analog robotic DJ. All events are open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation.

There will be activist robots, marketing robots, personal robots, sensual robots (ooh!), artistic robots and even party robots! Hopefully everything wil stay under control and there'll be no outbreak of humans vs. robot fighting, machines rising, etc. because these robots sound so talented, I fear they just might win. I hope they don't hear me say this and get all cocky now!