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Sunday, April 09, 2006


Carpetblog has MOVED

You get what you pay for with Blogspot, which is a lot of technical problems, lost posts and limited features, so we've packed up the whole operation and moved over to Typepad. All you have to do is click here and change your bookmark or update your RSS with the new link. You subscribe-by-email folks hopefully will have to do nothing. Don't forget to update your links!

Expect some ugliness and some missing links until the monkeys who run Carpetblogger figure out the new system. You can continue to check this site but you'll probably get a little lonely.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Roots De Carpetblogger

Long before Issaquah, Washington became a place where bands came from, it was hardly more than a single exit off I-90 where mullet-headed kids drove camaros and smoked weed at the bus stop.


Accordingly, its architectural landmarks have remained largely underappreciated, until today, when BoingBoing featured the beloved XXX Rootbeer sign in a post about internet censorship that I didn't really understand at all.

Nevertheless, it makes a hometown girl proud to see an iconic childhood landmark get the recognition it deserves on the internets. More accurately, it relieves her to see that at least one iconic childhood landmark hasn't been paved into a CostCo parking lot or to make way for a gaggle of medium-density McMansions.

When I see that bright orange barrel from my couch in Kyiv, I crave a frosty rootbeer from the old XXX, even though I haven't eaten there since I was 10 probably. Anyone who's from Issaquah might be surprised to learn that XXX's signature product should probably considered "artisanal," according to the post. That level of attention to quality will certainly protect the XXX from Microserfs and their rapacious overlords.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Dangerous Divisions Cripple the AZ Seismological Department

So it turns out that this week's solar eclipse was not, in fact, responsible for yesterday's earthquakes in Iran, sez the AZ Seismological Department.

I feel adrift. I've often said that if you can't believe the Azerbaijan government, who can you trust? If those earthquakes were not caused by the eclipse, what could possibly have caused them? Mixing watermelon and water?

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