Saturday, August 31, 2002

More on News Aggregators

Ben Hammersley writes in the Guardian:
I don't mean to brag but it's 8.30am and I've already got up to date with 75 different websites. I've read all their headlines, perused the articles of interest, and I'm only half way through my coffee.
I'm also cheating. I'm using an RSS newsreader.
Look here and here for more on news aggregators at Dartmouth.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Unsolicited Commercial Email

Received today in the Dartlog inbox (bold emphasis mine):

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Wonder if this has something to do with it?

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

New Dartlog Logo


Monday, August 26, 2002

The One-Party Academic System

Paul Cella on the recent American Enterprise article:
The results are, very simply, devastating; they quite thoroughly document an American academia full of �virtual one-party states, ideological monopolies, badly unbalanced ecosystems.� A few samples. Cornell University, in the eight departments tabulated, includes 166 professors registered with parties of the Left and six registered with parties of the Right; the history, sociology, and women�s studies departments all do not have a single professor among them registered with a party of the Right. At Harvard University, the numbers for economics, political science and sociology are 50 to two.

SLA fascists

I guess I'm out of the loop, but who are these famed "Student Life Advisors"? Frankly, no student should have to suffer the "advice" of these clowns...let's all sing in unison from Jonathan Edwards "Sunshine"--"[He] can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if he'll run mine"...someone put the mp3 up here, ah, a grand tune

"Take Care of Yourself and Pick Your Battles"--picking battles with these yahoos is like picking lint from one's navel
Good clip...just ignore the inane music.

Sunday, August 25, 2002


Christian Science Monitor: "About 34 percent of the 50,000 undergraduates at 900 institutions surveyed earned C's and D's or worse."

Women's E-News: "[C]ompanies have gotten a lot savvier putting mentoring programs in place" for women, says Tuck's Ella Bell.

The Cranky Professor: Commentary on the case of a Dartmouth '99 who, because of mental illness, will be graduating this year - after nine years in Hanover:
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act she has been provided with the help and facilities necessary to complete her degree.

NPR interviewed at least one person - a Harvard administrator - who asked if the run-of-the-mill psychological support services were being neglected in favor of the traumatic cases - kind of the question people ask about 'special education' in government elementary and secondary education.

No one asked about academics. The brave young woman at Dartmouth said that one of the best things about the support she has received is that on those days when she's so depressed she just doesn't feel like getting out of bed she doesn't feel so guilty about skipping class.

So what do I, the classroom teacher do?
(The original NPR story is here.)
The Professor makes a raises a good point, albeit inconclusively. Any responses? Yes, we can post correspondance anonymously; just ask.

The Weekly Standard:
Competition under the new SAT will be fairer, at least in that everyone will know that the college entrance exam is an achievement test and that the best preparation truly is studying hard in a demanding high school and reading and writing as much as possible. Still, as long as there is unequal access to excellent college preparatory schools, equal opportunity as Conant conceived it will not be realized.

Salon: "[W]hen we recognize how relatively easy it is for ordinary people to become involved in [genocide], that just takes the discussion to a different place," says (Correction) Whitworth College's James Waller. "Susannah Heschel from Dartmouth College...[tells] us two things. One is there were a lot more female perpetrators in the camp systems in Nazi Germany than we ever thought before. Thousands more. The second thing is that these female perpetrators had the capacity to be just as brutal, just as sadistic, as any of the male perpetrators that we have records of."

Sevi Responds on "Inter-group Dating" (and some of us are above calling names)

Michael Sevi responds to Alison Jeffe's take on the "Inter-group dating" discussion (Alison had reported on the event for the Review):
Ms. Jeffe - I thank you for so precisely summarizing the complexity of our conversation: "How can someone be on principle open to all races and religions [and yet] make an arbitrary choice to date only people within their race or religion? It just doesn't make sense."

Exactly! This is the very contradiction with which our conversation dealt. But the truth is that this contradiction does exist - take ten of the most "open-minded" people at Dartmouth and, as our discussion proved, nine of them would feel at least a little uncomfortable about bringing home a person of a different race. Simply pointing out that this is a contradiction does not negate its existence, especially in this case when no one questioned the fact that it is a contradiction, and the entire point of the discussion (at least as I saw it) was to explore this inconsistency and try to come to some kind of resolution about it. Thus, there is no need to point out the "contradiction of the discussion's apparent 'premise'" when investigating this contradiction was in fact the premise itself. Finally, I apologize for misspelling your name.
For what it's worth, I disagree with Sevi (well, not on the misspelling thing); if nine of ten felt "at least a little uncomfortable" about inter-racial or inter-religious dating, one could hardly call the group among "the most 'open-minded' Dartmouth" - they haven't even make it over the lowest hurdle. The "inter-group dating" discussion is a great example of the narrow and unreflective agendas that drive many of the seemingly-progressive efforts on campus. That's why we ran the story in the Review and why I am disappointed to this day that it didn't spark more discussion than it did.

Maybe some of last week's reactionary idiots will have something to say about this...unless, of course, they're already onto the next cause, like winning equal benefits for transgendered partners in the Vatican City or fighting the systematic discrimination against pedophiles.

Two great and free aggregators (and BlitzMail on your cellphone)

Several weeks ago, I wrote about news aggregators and recommended two, Radio and AmphetaDesk. A number of readers who responded to that post were interested in the technology but dissatisfied with these options. Radio, probably the best aggregator for Mac or Windows, costs $40 per year and includes a number of features (like content management, blogging, etc.) that many don't need. AmphetaDesk, despite its (unexplainable) popularity, is somewhat unpolished--many basic features (like knowing when a news item has been read) are unimplemented and the program is a bit too utilitarian in its design. Further, the two aggregators use the web browser for all user-interface, and thus sacrifice much interactivity.

So, with a bit of work and some asking around, I have found the two best free aggregators for Mac OS X and Windows:

- If you're using Mac OS X, you should definitely try NetNewsWire. The program is fast and simple to use and boasts a well-constructed Macintosh interface. Of note are its color highlighting options, configurable toolbar, and informative dock-icon (it shows how many new items are unread). Also, if you have Jaguar (that is, OS X 10.2, released on Friday), try this...pretty cool, eh?

- If you're running Windows (98, ME, 2000, or XP), then you should use Aggie. It is lightweight, fast, and surprisingly full-featured (given that it is a < 100 kB download). Aggie requires the Microsoft .NET framework, which can be gotten here for free (note that this is a 20 MB download) if you don't already have it. Like NetNewsWire, Aggie uses its system's native interface to its best advantage; this is to say that Aggie works well for a Windows application but lacks the sublime usability of NetNewsWire. Also: Aggie was written by Joe Gregorio, a Dartmouth alumnus.

A quick reminder of how news aggregators could be useful to Dartmouth students and alumni:

- You can read your BlitzMail in an aggregator.
- DartLog and both have RSS feeds (i.e., they can be read in an aggregator).
- Several hundred thousand (that's right) public news feeds are available on the Internet. If you want to stay up to date with the NY Times, CNN, the BBC, and Fark, an aggregator is the easiest and fastest way to do it. A few thousand of the most popular feeds are in a directory here. You can create your own news feeds (e.g., all stories containing the word "Dartmouth" in major publications) here.

Also: In a few days or a week, WAPBlitz should be ready for testing. WAPBlitz (WAP being "Wireless Application Protocol") will let you check your BlitzMail on most any cellphone, with most any service. If you are interested in testing WAPBlitz before it is released, email me. Be sure to note your cellphone's make and model and your service provider. Up to a point, the more people who test it, the sooner it will be released.

Friday, August 23, 2002

In response to Michael Sevi '02

I read Mr. Sevi's response to the criticism on the "inter-group dating" discussion he organized last winter. I am indeed the writer of the article published in The Review last winter on this discussion. I was also present for the discussion. I must say, regardless of the plan for the discussion, I was forced to report on what actually took place. The discussion was not advertised nor conducted under any assumption that it was a "group of individuals who generally do not let race or religion bias their behavior towards others" but "when it comes to dating and marriage they suddenly allow these factors to become relevant." During the actual event, those who spoke made the general point that basically they could not fathom marriage or dating outside a group of people who were not similar or exactly like themselves with regard to religion and race. Nobody spent time discussing the contradiction which was the "premise" of the talk. Therefore, the theme of my piece reflected what I heard. How can someone be on principle open to all races and religions make an arbitrary choice to date only people within their race or religion? It just doesn't make sense. I'm not passing judgement on the actual choice itself, but on the contradiction of the discussion's apparent "premise." Either race or religion do not affect you or race and religion affect you and it isn't something that you're liberal and open to in one case and close-minded in the next. It is much more complex and the discussion did not address this dilemma. Also, on a side note, I would like to mention that my last name is spelled "Jeffe" NOT "Jaffe."

And finally...

Thank you, Col. Donovan '39!

More on "inter-group dating"

Michael Sevi '02 sends in his take on the inter-group dating discussion:
Being the person who concieved and helped organize the inter-group dating discussion that took place last winter, I am honored to know that it is still being discussed. However, the event is being mischaracterized for the sake of making a point... [A] group of individuals who generally do not let race or religion bias their behavior towards others gathered to discuss why when it comes to dating and marriage they suddenly allow these factors to become relevant. That this contradiction exists was the starting premise of the conversation.

The facilitators are taking over

That's the real lesson in all this.

I mean, who could take a statement like this seriously:
Respecting the needs of students on campus is not a militant movement. It is an effort to acclimate this campus to the diverse student body that it prides itself on. Different textures of hair require different care and treatment. It is a shame that many students come to Dartmouth only to find that some of their basic hygienic and cosmetic needs cannot be met.
And their suggestions are littered with words and phrases like "dialogue," "Awareness," "'I' statements," and "equity issues."

I'm starting to have some boundary issues. Can we discuss this in the third person?

Yes, the facilitators are taking over, and we're all doomed (well, those of you on campus are). Attending Mount Holyoke must be like this, except with a few more lesbians.

OK, somebody dump out the recycling bins. I want to have a drum circle, damnit!

Thursday, August 22, 2002


Why can't people get this right? I'm more embarrassed by the pervasiveness of this grammatical mistake than by Mr. Grossman.

Lighten up, eh?

Just received this reference to Andrew's comments:

">Date: 22 Aug 2002 16:21:51 EDT
>Subject: Call for Concern
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Dear Dartmouth Community,

Recently we received several emails from Dartmouth community members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) who have expressed concern about a message posted on "" on August 14th.

In further reviewing the statement, we are deeply saddened and concerned by the use of inaccurate, insensitive, and stereotypical statements made by a recent Dartmouth alumni.

Our offices strongly support freedom of speech and believe that this alumni has every right to express his personal opinions. However, we felt compelled to express our concern because we believe that these types of statements violate the Dartmouth Principle of Community and send a dangerous message that it is socially acceptable to make fun of and stereotypes One's race and culture.

We commend Student Assembly (SA) and the Student Services Committee (SSC) for initiating the process of providing better equity for hair care services for all students. Bringing black hair care professionals, who specialize in working with different hair textures, to our campus is only the first and important step in meeting Students' basic needs. SA and SSC's leadership symbolize how we, as a community, can work together to help create an inclusive and welcoming institution for all.

We encourage our community to use this incident as an opportunity to reflect on the things that many of us take for granted at Dartmouth as well as the importance of avoiding passing judgment on others different than ourselves.

For those of you who have expressed an interest in responding to this incident, here are just a few ways to assist with this effort. Please don't hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions or concerns.


* Keep the Dialogue Going- have individual or group discussions with your roommate, siblings, parents, friends, hallmates, etc. about this issue. Talk about how this makes you feel and why you think it is harmful?

* Raise Awareness -send this email to anyone that you know to raise awareness and encourage them to do something pro-active about this. This helps to challenge the myth that we don't have more work to do related to talking about equity issues.

* Take Action - use this as a learning moment and write an Op-Ed in the D (or send out a statement of your own) to help the entire Dartmouth Community understand why these types of stereotypes can really be dangerous even if they are meant as a joke.

* Agree to Disagree - share your concerns directly to the alumni as a way to express yourself but not to convince him he's wrong (remember to use "I" statements).

* Take Care of Yourself and Pick Your Battles - it's alright if you don't have the energy to do something proactive at this time. However, if this incident has bothered you... we encourage you to reach out to a trusted friend, faculty or staff member to talk about your feelings and reactions to this statement.


Student Life Advisors and Directors at Dartmouth College

Orion Gillette
Dawn Hemphill
Alex Hernandez Siegel
Pam Misener
Giavanna Munafo
Nora Yasumura


* The D article entitled, "Black hairstylists fulfill minority student need."

* What the alumni, Andrew Grossman '02 wrote:

* A letter to editor in the D titled "Call for Concern" by Sam Stein '04 on 8/21/02

* A statement that a student has distributed via blitz.

Freedom of speech? Yes by all means. Bigotry at MY Dartmouth? Absolutely not!

Such a destructive, close-minded, racist attitude as the one expressed on on August 14, 2002 has no place in a culturally enlightened learning
environment like Dartmouth College. Or at least I would like to think so.

We claim to be progressive and diverse. Yet how is it possible that one of our
fellow students could have gone through four years at $38,000 per year and
graduated with such astounding ignorance?

Respecting the needs of students on campus is not a militant movement. It is an
effort to acclimate this campus to the diverse student body that it prides
itself on.

Different textures of hair require different care and treatment. It is a shame
that many students come to Dartmouth only to find that some of their basic
hygienic and cosmetic needs cannot be met. Bringing a black hair specialist
from Burlington, VT is a significant step but still shows that we have far to go
before such service is available in Hanover more than one day out of the year.

Clearly the ignorance expressed on is rooted in deep insecurities
and lack of respect for differences among people. Associating "New York based crack
dealers" and an "authentic 'Ghetto Party'" with the needs of African-American
and Latino students on campus is a clear act of racism and ignorance.

This type of destructive attitude should not be the goal of any student at
Dartmouth College on their graduation day. Apparently our effort to provide a
progressive, diverse environment to grow in has failed miserably. We have to
work harder.

I urge you to join me and say that this form of racist expression will not
be tolerated at Dartmouth College and on any form of literature associated with
our school.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know.

Paola A. Peacock-Villada
Dartmouth College class of 2003


--- End of forwarded text ---

Keira S. Kant
Community Director
Dartmouth College
HB 6112
Hanover, NH 03755

I have posted on DartLog practically never. But, I heard my name was mentioned and I began reading it again. I would like to comment on something Mr. Begley said. Recently he wrote, "Incidentally, if you and I are posting at 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning, we really need to get lives." I have to say that perhaps the conservative voice on campus is working overtime and needs to take a nap!

Ah, to feel like a jackass

Sorry, Steve. I got a little over-excited when I thought I could actually argue against you, and the sarcasm went right over my head.

Returning to the more mundane topics that Dartlog is more accustomed to, do you think really Smith can beat Shaheen?

Earth to Dartlog

As I wrote to an irate emailer yesterday, if some sarcastic remark on a chat website can cause so much anguish to people and embarassment to the college, then there's something seriously wrong with those people and that college. This Stein person found a silly comment he didn't like online and decided to launch a call to arms for the "progressive community" at Dartmouth. The only appropriate response to that is to snicker. And, finding it funny, that's what I did. But you people need to lighten up.

Ah, to be a 's�f-"mOr

There was no outcry when a discussion came to a consensus against the concept of intergroup dating, but we thought there should have been, so Alison Jeffe wrote (and you published) an article on the topic, hoping to stir an outcry. You and Stein may not be so different.

Stein�s remarks were based on the information he had, and he repeatedly stated that you have the right to say what you did. As such, his comments were not �in disregard of [your] rights� or �preconceived.� Perhaps he should have gotten more information about you before launching a personal attack, but, based on the information in front of him, his comments were also not �irrational� or �without just grounds.� Hence, I�m not sure that the definition of prejudice that you linked to really applies here.

In regards to your claim that Stein was nowhere to be seen when TDR published the intergroup dating article, you�re right, I don�t recall seeing or hearing anything from him. But so what? You and Alison were right that it�s a bunch of BS that the multicultural groups would apparently be opposed to intergroup dating. Stein, on the other hand, has chosen to fight this battle, and he�s right in that you should �rectify this mistake and demonstrate to us all that this was an error in judgment� (although I grant you that that�s a pretty vague request).

Incidentally, if you and I are posting at 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning, we really need to get lives.

Remember this, Rollo

How much of an outcry was there when a (very progressive) panel discussing "intergroup dating" concluded against the practice? There was none.

So now the present matter: I think, at worst, my previous comments were only puzzling and not racist, as they don't indicate any sort of racial prejudice--far from it, they were intended sarcastically and might be as effectively replaced by an entry suggesting that J. Crew or Abercrombie will soon take over the Co-op and College athletic outfitting and that Kenneth Lay will be a visiting professor in the fall at Tuck. Slippery-slope sarcasm: get it?

It is apparent that I didn't make myself clear. In this day and age, resolving such things is what email is for. Right?

So both humorous and troubling are the wild conclusions to which Sam Stein leaps in the D. According to him, I am "narrow-minded," abusive of my rights (which Stein seems eager to take from me, anyway), pitiable, and guilty of having been "racist." Stein has made his uncharitable assessment of me on the basis of very little data, less than 100 words altogether. It's a Plato's problem, and this missing information (that which gets us from "numbers-runners" to "racist") must be coming from somewhere, right? Most likely, Stein thought it up himself.

Well, there's a word for this: prejudice.

Consider that when several black students made overly racist remarks--admitting, in fact, to racially-motivated behavior--Stein (now known to us as a racial activist, agitator, etc.) was nowhere to be seen. When a (former) writer for The Review publishes remarks that are less racist than incomprehensible, Stein is shocked and outraged (not to mention, as Menashi did, self-contradictory and seemingly-confused).

So what accounts for this discrepancy? Is Stein biased against white students, students who have written for the Review, or students (and alumni) who enjoy too many gin and tonics before posting things online, or is it some other group of which I am a member that he dislikes? Without one of these, Stein's accusations couldn't be.

Of course, I could be charitable and suggest a different motivation for Stein's letter. Look this one up.

Ah, to be a sophomore!

Wednesday, August 21, 2002


Yeah, there are some flaws in Stein�s analysis, but for the most part, I think it holds up. Of course Dartlog and TDR are a part of the Dartmouth community; Dartmouth is not a gated community where Parkhurst controls every aspect of our life (although it�s getting closer). By intending itself for the Dartmouth population and often devoting itself to the issues of campus, Dartlog (and The Review) become a part of our community, just as off-campus parties are a part of our Dartmouth experience. Dartlog�s legal affiliation with the college is irrelevant in a discussion on Dartlog�s impact on the students of the college.

Furthermore, Stein argues not that Dartlog �needs to be ended,� but that �heartless and racists comments� are �unacceptable behavior� and need to be ended. I�m sure Grossman can (and will) make a legitimate argument against the hairstylists, but his crack dealer comment fell somewhere on the wrong side of legitimate arguments. While I agree that it is slightly odd that Stein would argue that Grossman�s words �should not be posted for others to see� and then print them in the D, Stein can certainly make an argument that printing Grossman�s words are a necessary evil.

As for your �critical reaction� argument, the point of Stein�s article seems not so much outrage that Grossman�s comments can occur, but that Grossman�s comments can occur without reaction from progressives. As such, Stein�s article is less a straight �critical reaction� than a critical reaction to a (lack of) critical reaction.

While Stein�s article may be addressed to Grossman, you are perfectly aware that open letters tend to be published for an audience other than that to which they are addressed. While it tends not to be standard practice to explicitly state the audience of an open letter, I see no reason why it can�t be done.

While I don�t entirely understand your argument that leads to Grossman being described as progressive, I find the conclusion highly entertaining. The biggest flaw in Stein�s article, though, is that it is addressed to the progressive community. The implication there is that the conservative and moderate elements of campus are incapable of being outraged at racism.

Attn: Coulter fans

I know Rollo isn't the only one out there. George Gurley w/ Ann Coulter in the New York Observer. She says she's dated Dinesh and "every right-winger."


Good call Steven. He is an idiot. He's also a loser.


Well, that's good advertising for Dartlog, I guess, but it strikes me that there are a few problems with this Sam Stein fellow's analysis. There is, for example, the assertion that "this unacceptable behavior exists and thrives throughout the campus community and that it needs to be ended." Of course, Mr. Grossman is no longer a student at Dartmouth or part of the "campus community" and Dartlog is similarly not affiliated with the College in any official way. So I would gather that by "it needs to be ended," Mr. Stein is suggesting that Dartmouth College block on-campus access to offensive off-campus websites or, perhaps, seek out and destroy all unacceptable opinions among its alumni. That can't be the case, however, because Stein acknowledges both "the right to opinion and the right to express your opinion." And, while Stein does insist that Grossman's words "should not be posted for others to see," he repeats them verbatim -- right there, in the pages of the Daily D! Surely, he's just exposed a whole lot of people to these words, who would have otherwise escaped the trauma of reading them. Sam doesn't even mean his letter to be a critique, for as he bemoans, "The fact that your ridiculous, opinionated comments can be posted on the internet and not precipitate a critical reaction is disturbing." So his letter, it turns out, is not even a "critical reaction," since no such reaction has yet been precipitated. Rather, Sam explains, "I write this out of pity for you Mr. Grossman" and then proceeds to address Mr. Grossman directly. Yet for some reason Sam feels compelled to explain that "This is not a call to the African-American community of Dartmouth." That caveat strikes me as quite unnecessary, since Sam has already explained that his letter is addressed to "Mr. Grossman," and I have never mistaken Mr. Grossman to be the African-American community. But then Sam abruptly alters course, announcing, "this is a plea for the progressive minded people on this campus. Understand that this unacceptable behavior exists and thrives throughout the campus community and that it needs to be ended. The good fortune that this event occurred towards the end of the term rescues you from the humiliation you deserve." And so it appears that, in fact, Mr. Grossman is the progessive minded people! Or Sam Stein is an idiot. Either way.

A Grossman fan

G-dog is still making the pages of the D.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Hope for Indian football?

Gene Orsenigo '34 edits the classnotes for his class in the Alumni Magazine. A football aficionado, Orsenigo mentioned two points of hope for Dartmouth in 2002 and beyond in the Sept/Oct issue. Apparently, Dan Shula '06 is coming in at WR (son of Dave Shula, former Dartmouth WR, of Ben Hart's "Poisoned Ivy" fame; grandson of Don Shula, former Miami Dolphins coach). Nice pedigree. We also are getting a transfer student who lettered as the third-string QB at Wisconsin last year. Wah-hoo-wah.


I bet not even Talcott could find this one online, so I might as well direct you myself to my seminal work on the 1990s, "The Empty Decade." The AFF site, on which it appears, also maintains a pretty good listing of DC jobs, for all you aspiring wonk-types.

Monday, August 19, 2002


The National Organization for Women has endorsed Shaheen. No word yet on their endorsements for the War Crimes Tribunal.

The UN: Axis of Evil

Libyan dictator and Terrorist from Tripoli Gadaffi to head United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Later in the week, bin Laden to be appointed head of War Crimes Tribunal.
On the Other Hand
President Bush supports Bob Smith, Rudy Giuliani supports Bob Smith, Bibi Netanyahu supports Bob Smith, Gordon Humphrey supports Bob Smith, everyone who matters supports Bob Smith.

Sunday, August 18, 2002

The Word of (my) God

The National Review supports Sununu in the primary. Here and here.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

The Wonk's Latest

Church, state and Menashi.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Is this a Joke?

"Black hairstylists fulfill minority student need."

Says Nilly, "This is quite honestly the first thing that's cheered me up in a long time...Quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever read..."

Future programs in a similar vein include bringing to campus a small troupe of number-runners and, in the fall, several New York based crack dealers. The Student Assembly is now in the process of creating a committee of New Black Panthers to replace the "Committee on Student Life." Expect an authentic "Ghetto Party" no later then by the end of the fall term.

Monday, August 12, 2002

Binge Drinking

DMS Prof Heinz Valtin on the dangers of excessive drinking: "There is also the possibility that if you drink a lot of water that happens to be polluted then of course you get more pollutants. Then there is the inconvenience of constant urination, the embarrassment of having to go to the bathroom all the time." (Reuters, Aug 9th)

Well, if the school says water is dangerous, I guess we'll have to drink something else.....

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Less Filling, Tastes Great

Blitz Lite is probably the fastest way to get your BlitzMail, especially over slow connections. It is built atop NetBlitz and uses the RSS hooks Dave put in over the past two days. It has absolutely no features at all, and there are no plans to add any.

Try it out (works for students and alumni now):

Again, thanks to Dave for making this possible; he really did all the work. "Blitz Lite" is written in about 4 lines of PHP and uses a couple perl libraries. It was developed in 15 minutes and debugged in about half an hour.
Send any complaints here.

Alternative Media

Tired of the standard liberal-media? Be sure to try

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

BlitzMail via RSS

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post.

First, what is an aggregator? An aggregator is a piece of software, often used through a web browser, that checks a bunch of sites for new content, usually every hour. These sites can range from the New York Times to the BBC to more or less any weblog to FARK to this site (a few thousand of the more popular feeds are listed here). For each piece of new content, the aggregator will display a headline, a snippet or summary of the article, and a link to the full article. Radio and Amphetadesk are aggregators for Mac and Windows.

Well, thanks to Dave Marmaros, your BlitzMail inbox can also be one of these news feeds, albeit a private one. And, it's really easy to set up. First, click this link. After you've signed in, just copy the link and paste it into the subscription form of your aggregator (here for Radio or here for Amphetadesk). That's it.

Now, why would you want to do this? First off, using an aggregator makes a lot of sense if you spend more than 20 minutes online a day; it will save you time, keep you better informed, and point you to a lot of interesting stuff you might not have otherwise found. Second, if you're using an aggregator anyway, why not throw email in there too? Especially for alums, email through an aggregator means there's one less thing to check: you can get your email more easily and less intrusively.

Dave's been really great about putting this together. It's a neat service and, so far, possibly unique. Maybe if Yahoo Internet Life Magazine hadn't gone under, Dartmouth would be it's number one college again.

Monday, August 05, 2002


John Bradley '81 edits Arab News. Is Arab News anti-Semitic? Bradley says not, and if you disagree, you must be "unable to distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism" like all the rest of his critics, too.

Gore MIA in NH:
But New Hampshire�s political territory may not prove all that welcoming for Gore. WNTK talk-show host Arnie Arneson, whose broadcast is a must-do for would-be presidential candidates (Kerry put in a call to her show while he was canvassing the state last week), says New Hampshire voters are still frustrated by Gore and the exhausting demise of his 2000 campaign. "We were around him forever," she says. "It�s not like he didn�t answer every question at Dartmouth College, for forever, including [one] from the guy sweeping the floor with a broom." His Granite State supporters remain disheartened that the candidate with whom they spent so much time couldn�t seal the deal. (Boston Phoenix)

On the recent Princeton-Yale admissions snafu:
"This report reflects the heightened craziness about admissions decisions," said James O. Freedman, a legal scholar and the former president of Dartmouth. "It probably wouldn't subvert the Constitution, but it is competitiveness taken to a dastardly length." (NY Times)

NPR on Animal House:
Miller wrote mostly adolescent, and sometimes futuristic stories -- one presaged Back to the Future. Once, under deadline pressure, he dusted off a chapter from his abandoned memoirs and turned it in. That story was "The Night of the Seven Fires," in which Miller recounted his college fraternity days. Those Alpha Delta Phis served as inspiration for the Delta Tau Chi brothers of Animal House's Faber College.

But I thought we were a College?!

Larry, Darren, Ryan, Rollo, Harry, Charles, Maru, etc. - are you all still alive? Sober?

Recognize this Joke?

This one here.

Maybe that's because we published it.

Update: Fred Ware gets some credit.

David Marmaros is way cool

I emailed Dave earlier today about adding a new feature to his already-cool NetBlitz. Why is it cool? Because it is the fastest way to check BlitMail from a computer without a BlitzMail client, and it offers some neat additions to the official BlitzMail clients.

Anyway, it's now 4 or 5 hours later and the new feature is already useable. If Dartmouth worked this fast, there would have been an OS X BlitzMail client a year ago.

So, what's this great new thing? Well, if you use Radio or Amphetadesk, you may never check your email again. Students might still stick with their BlitzMail clients, but I think that administrators, faculty, and alumni will find this to be much more useful than vanilla BlitzMail.

This will be the first substantial addition to the BlitzMail infrastructure since Dartmouth added file attachments. Well, at least since Dartmouth stopped shutting off the servers every night at 3 A.M. to fix them...that was pretty substantial and only five years ago.

If you don't use Radio, Amphetadesk, or another news aggregator, you should: it's a waste of time not to. Try Radio for 30 days for free.

Mac users can also try News XPress, but it isn't as nice as Radio or Amphetadesk.

Somebody could do a lot of neat things with this.

Thanks, Dave.

Saturday, August 03, 2002

Gorsche's Dream

Looks like the Army has finally agreed to send the Redneck Special Forces into Afghanistan.