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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

An eponym is a person whose name has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery or other item. (Scroll down for the list of lists. Eponymous adages is especially cool, despite being only a mediocre band name.)

Monday, January 30, 2006

"This IP has been blocked. It belongs to Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives and is responsible for a large amount of vandalism."

Spark that lit the news story. Digging through Congress's sorry edit history.

A slashdot poster puts it well: "What a funny reflection of the world (or at least the US) today; politicians meddle with something that belongs to the public, making it worse, using it to their own advantage, and the public has to kick them out."

Silver lining: the fact that it's news at all, that service providers will be contacted and, I hope, staffers fired or bitched out. Transparency breeding accountability. We'll see what happens as the election season draws closer.