New Domains

Saturday, February 14, 2004


Coté, doing his part.

A bunch of my domains have just gone live — now I need your help in deciding something good to do with a couple of them.

They are:

Both seem like they could be good, old-fashioned meme-of-the-week sort of sites of a political nature.

I registered after listening to Mr. Bush talk on the radio about something. (I forget exactly what.) During the 2000 election he billed himself as an education president, citing his “Texas miracle” that reduced drop-out rates in certain areas. And after the election he sent the apparently under-funded “No Child Left Behind” Act through Congress. But with all of his tripping over his words and fumbling through speeches, with his mispronounciations and too-common “Bushisms,” and with the sort of pseudo-Christian rhetoric that he spits out on a regular basis, a good joke would be that the people should band together to educate the President — that the educational energy shouldn’t be flowing from this guy to the world but the other way around. Clever shit. Anyway. This is what happens when you start registering domains after a couple of beers…

I registered around the same time, after hearing about the “Axis of Evil” for the four-billionth time. And I don’t know if Mr. Bush has actually used the term “War Against Evil,” but it’s clear that this is what he feels he’s doing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Taking a popular meme and registering a domain for it is a time-honored web tradition which now I can proudly say I have participated in with this domain. Really, it surprised me that it was even available this late after the coinage of “Axis of Evil” in January 2002.

These registration stories are both wondrous and beautiful, but now I don’t really know what to do with the domains. That’s where you come in.

I want your suggestions.

What should I do?

What to do

Posted Sun, February 15, 2004, 1:54am EST by Cote'

Clearly, that picture needs to go on both of them.

Posted Tue, February 17, 2004, 6:25pm EST by Ed

Educate-the could have a list of "Dubya's" political gaffes listed and explained in a narrative similiar to those, "Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten" posters and books. For example, you could link to a newspaper article describing Bush calling a reporter an asshole and say something like, "It's important to play well with others, you never know when the microphone will be turned on"

Whatever you put on there, you need to have a picture of Bush writing on a blackboard, "Strategery is not a word," over and over.

So Much Work...

Posted Tue, February 17, 2004, 8:49pm EST by Josh

Carl had a similar idea. It sounds cool in concept, but it also sounds like so much work. Having to make graphics, write stuff about stuff, etc.

Aren't there any better ideas, like the guy? Y'know, throw up an image, link to a Café Press site with some t-shirts and thongs with the logo on them, and then cash in? I want to become financially independent without doing any actual work. Don Lapre, where are you?!

More thinking...

So much work...(redux)

Posted Wed, February 18, 2004, 2:35am EST by Ed

Well, you could always photoshop the president's head into the picture.

Popping out, so to speak...

Mr. President

Posted Thu, February 19, 2004, 12:56pm EST by arley

What if Kerry wins? Will you switch the site to educating him? Or does the site only apply to Presidents with whom you have ideological differences? Is education necessary only for conservative presidents? Or "re-education" rather, ala the Cultural Revolution?


Posted Thu, February 19, 2004, 3:45pm EST by Josh

So far Kerry doesn't seem like he'd be as fun to mock as Bush II.

And yes, this is part of the Cultural Revolution, so hide your babies -- I'm voting for mandatory gay marriage for all Americans.


Posted Thu, February 19, 2004, 8:17pm EST by Christian

randomly extracting some quotations from bush's latest interview (MSNBC), I decided to try and see if I could interchange his discourse with someone else. this is the transcript:

stacy: hey, how's it going?
me: thank you, sir.
stacy: were you going to visit scottie at work? because I was thinking about coming with you.
me: Well, first let me kind of step back and talk about intelligence in general, if I might.
stacy: okay.
me: Well, the reason why we gave it time is because we didn't want it to be hurried.
stacy: are you and scottie thinking about going out?
me: There is going to be ample time for the American people to assess whether or not I made a ó good calls, whether or not I used good judgment.
stacy: are you pregnant?
me: We've got people working hard in intelligence gathering around the world to get as good an information as possible.
stacy: okay.
me: I have no idea whether we will capture or bring him to justice, may be the best way to put it.
stacy: did he go to jail again?
me: These are people that will kill on a moment's notice, and theyíll kill innocent women and children.
stacy: I really don't think that he would kill anyone.
me: You know, I'm not going to comment on that.
stacy: what do you mean?
me: Every potential harm to America had to be judged in the context of this war on terror.
stacy: okay, I'll talk to you later.

obviously it was not a success, but I think that this is positively crawling with possibilities.


Posted Mon, February 23, 2004, 12:37pm EST by arley

What if you pumped a bush interview into ELIZA, what would happen?

Property of W

Posted Mon, February 23, 2004, 2:31pm EST by Josh

One of the links above leads to a website selling this gem.


Maybe I should use the site to sell baseball caps that say "Property of Clear Channel and Rupert Murdoch" on them...