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This is sad news for many in Cardinal Nation because Jocketty was one of the best in the business. He made some great moves and decisions with trades. Here is part of the story from StLToday.

The Cardinals will begin an intensive search today for general manager Walt Jocketty’s successor while still awaiting word from free-agent manager Tony La Russa about whether he will return to an organization suddenly in flux.

Citing a widening front-office split, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. dismissed Jocketty, the longest-tenured GM in club history, during a Wednesday morning meeting at DeWitt’s Clayton home.

Jocketty had received no indication of a pending move regarding his status before DeWitt invited him to Wednesday’s 45-minute meeting.

Many within the front office were unaware of the move until the club issued a press release at about 3 p.m.

The move, which was first reported on STLtoday.com, occurred less than one year after the Cardinals secured their first World Series title in 24 years, but was more directly influenced by DeWitt’s installation of a new front-office model less than 13 months ago.

Jocketty’s refusal to embrace the new structure brought scrutiny that culminated in his ouster, according to DeWitt, despite a successful 13-year run highlighted by two World Series appearances and five trips to the playoffs the last seven seasons.

I can’t tell you how much I love this song. For those of you who don’t know this song, “Little Boxes” is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. The song’s best-known performance was that of Pete Seeger in 1962. Some legends state that it was in response to the Levittown developments after World War II. This was when everyone moved from the city to the suburbs. In Levittown, everything looked the same, much like modern suburbs. Having lived in the suburbs all my life, this song really rings true to me. I’ve always wanted to get away from all the monotony and move to the city, but never have. You can see modern American life reflected in a song that was written forty-five years ago. It still holds true today. Just look at these lyrics:

Little boxes on the hill side, little boxes made of ticky tacky.
Little boxes, little boxes, little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky, and they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes, little boxes, all the same.
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers, and there’s business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course and drink their martini dry
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp and then to the university
Where they all get put in boxes and they all come out the same.

And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
In boxes, little boxes, little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

Many of you may have heard this on the TV show Weeds. Starting in its second season the theme song was performed by a different artist each episode, with such artists as The Decemerists, Elvis Costello, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Newman, and The Shins, among others. Here is the original song by Malvina Reynolds.

I really hate how whenever they need to interrupt programming for a news break or weather warning they always wait until the commercials are over. God forbid they lose out on their advertising revenue to, I don’t know, possibly save lives. This happened while I was watching House tonight. It really drives me nuts when they interrupt TV shows that I actually watch, and look forward to, for the warnings. I get it, if there is something bad happening, by all means, interrupt. In return they should either suspend the program and pick it up where it left off or they should start breaking in during the commercials too.

I knew I couldn’t stay away for long. It was only a matter of time before I came back to you. What am I talking about? Ubuntu on my laptop. After spending a couple weeks back on WIndows XP on my laptop I had to switch back. I put XP on the laptop for work reasons, but now I don’t care. I want an OS that I like and that runs well on this laptop. That would be Ubuntu. Not only am I running Ubuntu, but I’m running the beta of their October release Gutsy Gibbon. I had a few troubles with screen resolution, but I think I have that all figured out now. Enabling the wireless this time was easy. All I had to do was click the use restricted driver button for my wireless card and it downloaded the driver and firmware and I have wireless on my Broadcom card with no problem. The one downside to getting back on Linux is the one wireless access point at work is far enough away to give me a really low signal (2mbps most times on Windows XP), but that was good enough for when the computer needed to be used by a student. Linux refuses to connect to that access point and I’m guessing it’s because the signal is too weak. I have no trouble connecting to other wireless networks when I pick them up.