A turd in the punch bowl

OK so I had this lovely alternative new site design worked up. Looked good on paper – very attractive design based on an idea Eric Meyer presented in one of his books. Tested in Safari – check. IE5 Mac – sweet. Mozilla/Camino/Firefox – choice. Opera on a PDA – not bad. Now MSIE 6 on Windows – Aaaaargh! Infidels! Assassins!

Well fortunately it seems to be just a problem with the right margin of my main div covering up the background and stretching all the way to the right, so I have to beleive that there is a simple enough workaround that can be found here, or some kind of compromise. I think I’m pretty close otherwise, so hopefully we can walk this girl down the catwalk in the next couple of weeks.

Shaolin Soccer

QuickTime Trailer: Shaolin Soccer

I already saw this one on a VCD purchased in Taiwan – I laughed my ass off. A must see. Hopefully they leave it in Cantonese with the English subtitles and don’t try to overdub it – that way just never works for me. I saw a recent TV broadcasting of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with English overdubs and it sucked compared to the original subtitled version.

The Scars of Democracy

CNN.com: Chen sets stage for recount – Mar 27, 2004

Yes, by all means a recount is in order in such a narrow election. But the conspiracy rumors and extremism of the pan-Blue camp is way over the top. I wonder if the opposition supporters can ever accept an outcome that doesn’t put their candidate in Taiwan’s presidency at this point. They have been so radicalized and frenzied by the overheated rhetoric that I doubt they would ever concede–no matter how fair or how thorough a recount was performed, or how obvious it ever becomes that the poorly-executed assassination attempt was authentic and not just some bizarre and pathetic ploy to win votes. (WTF? I’m sorry, but that whole notion of a fake shooting is just absurd.) For them, I fear the conspiracy theories will forever be the truth, and will probably remain a prominent feature of Taiwan’s political scenario for years to come.

One Nation

Slate.com: One Nation, Under Hallmark, Indivisible

It is a wonderful thing when one single person with a belief, in the face of daunting obstacles and violent opposition, has taken his case all the way to the Supreme Court and persevered. This just goes to prove in the end that what is right and what is just, even if it is wildly unpopular, cannot be ignored if the ones that care are persistent and truthful.

Newdow’s argument before the Supreme Court has been well thought out and carefully prepared. To quote the article: “…whatever you may think about God or the pledge, if you really apply the case law and really think “God” means “God,” then Newdow is right.” And I agree. However, I am afraid thought that with a congress, Supreme Court, and White House that is practically one-hundred percent Judeo-Christian, the personal beliefs of the judges and lawmakers will interfere with the outcome of this case. They would have to see past their own religious beliefs and put themselves into the shoes of a non-monotheist for a moment to give this thing a fair shake. And that is a very hard thing to do, even for a Supreme Court justice that is supposed to be the embodiment of impartiality. But if Newdow does win out, then he will have accomplished something most impressive.