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Links 'o' the (Mon) Day (P.M. edition)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 29, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


LILEKS notes that it's decoration season and solicits your input on Christmas songs for his Sunday newspaper column.

STACY'S MOM (Rachel Hunter) and Baywatch bunny Nicole Eggert are Gingers on The Real Gilligan's Island, which premieres tonight.

FILM STEW reports that people are upset that Natalie Portman will not be topless in Closer when it opens this Friday.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Warner Bros. to squeeze REM fans.

WILLIAM A. MITCHELL, inventor of Cool Whip, quick-set Jell-O, Tang, Pop Rocks and more, dead at 92.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY backed the Nazis. Who knew?

THANKSGIVING AFTERMATH: Dispute over turkey blamed for stabbings. Also, a car collided with a tractor-trailer carrying 11,000 pounds of frozen turkeys, killing three people.

BOFFO PR FOR OCEAN'S TWELVE: Julia Roberts delivers her twins. They are named Hazel and Phinnaeus, thereby ensuring that at least one of them will resent her in later life.

THE UKRAINE is still not a sitting duck. Daniel Drezner is blogging the story at length, with plenty of links to outside media.

MARTHA STEWART is a hit at her prison mess hall. But guess where Martha stashes her ingredients.

RECORD CDs on your own homemade gramophone!

ALEXANDER THE HORRIBLE: Oliver Stone's latest debuts at number six, beaten out by Spongebob; The Incredibles digs in at number two.

MINI-REVIEWS: Skipping Alexander, I caught Finding Neverland and Sideways. The former was probably greenlighted by Miramax after the success of Shakespeare In Love as Neverland uses the same parallel structure to show how the life of a famous author -- J.M. Barrie, in this case -- influenced the creation of a work of art. And with the darker aspects of Barrie's life dismissed as rumor, this movie bears as much relationship to reality as Shakespeare In Love. Nevertheless, there's plenty to like in this movie. Depp is fine as Barrie, though not a revelation, as the role calls for some of the same Keaton-and-Chaplin whimsy Depp served up in Benny and Joon, albeit with more subtlety and an accent. Better are Kate Winslet and Radha Mitchell as the women in Barrie's life. It would be cruelly ironic if Winslet is nominated for an Oscar for this role and for Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as she would split her own vote. Mitchell is good enough as Barrie's restrained, social-climbing wife that it took me a few minutes to place her as the spaceship captain in Pitch Black.

Sideways is also about an author... sort of. The main character, Miles Raymond, is also a middle school English teacher and oenophile -- a wine-tasting fanatic. Though both Miles and his friend Jack have plenty of bad traits, the audience comes to like Miles for what we see when he speaks of the passions that move him. Jack seems to be the more normal at the outset, but is ultimately seen as a man without passion. Sideways is a tour de force for Paul Giamatti; though my description of Miles may sound like Giamatti's take on Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, the actual performance is far different, but equally good, if not better. Thomas Hayden Church is good as Jack, though the backstory may not be much of a stretch for him. Virginia Madsen, who started her acreer in more intense roles, is charming as Maya; I even liked Sandra Oh as Stephanie (and I generally do not like Sandra Oh in anything). It's a romantic comedy or dramedy, I suppose, but there is nothing saccharine about it. Sideways continues a winning streak for director Alexander Payne, who previously directed Citizen Ruth, Election, and About Schmidt. I do not know whether critics will rate Sideways above About Schmidt, but I found it much easier to watch.

WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION, just a royalty check, please.

NO CHEERS: Shelley Long hospitalized for an overdose? UPDATE: Long's manager denies it was a suicide attempt.

THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA is bedeviled by blogs.

THE UNITED NATIONS OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL, in which Saddam Hussein's regime reaped over 21 billion dollars through oil surcharges, kickbacks on civilian goods and smuggling directly to willing governments, continues to fester and gets nearer to the top.

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Link 'o' the (Thanksgiving) Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

KarlQOTD: "I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (via Pejman).

And to briefly respond to Ron and others, the links are culled by scanning Yahoo! News, Google News, and a list of bookmarks accumulated over the years. Many of my bookmarked sites tend to be niche news sites or blogs that provide links to various types of stories: gossip, Hollywood, the media business, etc. Also, if I hear or see something funny on radio or television, I'll take a stab at finding it on the web and posting a link. There is a fair amount of stuff I don't post because, for example, it might be too political, or too pornographic, or both. Or not really relevant to the Pate site; for example, I often look at the sites of web designers, just for the artistry.

Also, having a government job, not getting married and not having kids (afaik) probably gives me a few more moments during the day for reading web sites than many people have.

Ron's post also makes me think that I may be a bit light on the tech-oriented links, other than the occasional nanotech link in case Jon Pratt misses it. I'll try to pick up some slack there. However, if folks have links of any sort they would like to share, they should feel free to submit them directly (as Ron and Dave Ewoldt have done) or send them to me for posting. I post the links to keep the site fresh and encourage folks to visit more often, but the more people want to add their two cents, the better!

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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 12:19 AM
Posted by: maxima2k

RonI am always amazed at how Karl is able to find so many tibits on the Internet. I find it challenging to post things here since I pay attention to computer related things. But I found this little tidbit on what you can do with your AOL disks that you get in the mail all the time.

The AOL Throne

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Links 'o' the (Hump) Day (v 1.1)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Y'ALL! I may not post much over the long weekend, but I'll be back by Monday. In the meantime, here's a bumper crop 'o' links.

SANTA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG: Actually, the Godfather of Soul has been giving away turkey for 13 years.

THE CENTER FOR CONSUMER FREEDOM pokes some Thanksgiving fun at obesity lawsuits with their Thanksgiving Guest Liability and indemnification Agreement. UPDATE: The Centers for Disease Control has overstated obesity deaths by as much as 20 percent.

OVER THE RIVER, OVER THE WOODS TO BED OR WED: Nearly one in four Americans get on a plane over the holiday season hoping the person sitting in the next seat might be a future date or spouse.

AL JAZEERA plans to spend up to $30 million to launch an English-language news channel by the end of 2005 -- news that probably should not be announced by a dude named Jihad.

MARILYN MANSON guest lectures at Temple University. He opened the class with a question: Could he share a bottle of red absinthe with the students?

DAN DREZNER: The associate professor of Political Science from the U of Chicago tries his hand at a sex scene.

GET REESE'S ON THE PHONE: An ingredient of chocolate is nearly a third more effective in stopping persistent coughs than the leading medicine codeine. Can't we get a product with both?

IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT: Your bad habits are due to a chemical imbalance in your brain, your smoking is genetic. Being a night owl may be genetic, too.

DAN RATHER, under investigation over the authenticity of documents aired in a 60 Minutes II story challenging Bush's military service, resigns as anchor of the evening news in March 2005. In a semi-related story, former CBS News exec Jonathan Klein has been a> Klein referred to the bloggers who broke the story of Rather's forged memos this way: [Its] a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas. Starting in March, Rather will have time to bring Klein a cup of coffee to smell.

ON A RELATED NOTE: America's twentysomethings were asked whom they trust more to inform them on politics: Dan Rather and Peter Jennings lost to Jon Stewart.

SOUTH KNOX BUBBA'S 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is arguably better than the Rolling Stone list linked yesterday. Again, the argument is the thing.

SPEAKING OF ROLLING STONE, former Playboy exec James Kaminsky will join Rolling Stone as one of three deputy managing editors. If you're imagining a Lindsay Lohan centerfold, get a grip on yourself: the editorial troika "means Jann [Wenner] is the top banana once again and he is going to be running things," said Wenner General Manager Kent Brownridge. Which means you're more likely to see a Colin Farrell centerfold?

A NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM can detect art forgery as well as human examiners.

MARK CUBAN was fined by the NBA for some critical blogging.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Brian Wilson's Smile is issued on vinyl, with bonus instrumental versions of some tracks.

IS HOLLYWOOD OUT OF TOUCH with the heartland? Los Angeles and New York City account for just under half of the fictional settings for prime-time television shows going back to 1948, according to a new study by a media agency.

ODB REALITY SHOW TO AIR, extending those 15 minutes just a little bit longer.

TV BARN is cataloging local TV news sweeps stunts.

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Links 'o' the (Tues) Day (v 1.1)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade


WELCOME, JON HAHN! The wayward Pate joins us officially. As I once wrote him (albeit regarding Jon Pratt): "It just ain't the Archies without the Jughead beat." And this site could be another place to promote future projects, gigs, etc. (that goes for Mike and the rest, too).

WHILE ON THE SUBJECT of site business, I'll thank everyone (and one of you in particular) who helped make November the site's busiest by a wide margin, with a week or so yet to go.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES makes the cover of Newsweek. Among the more interesting tidbits: the show was created by a gay Republican and is shot on the street where Wally and the Beav grew up.

SOME COLOR LASER PRINTERS use technology that allows the government to track documents like license plates in counterfeiting cases.

ON THE PITCHFORK: A so-so review of the new U2 disc. UPDATE: However, it gets a rave from a Charismatic Episcopalian minister at National Review Online. Go figure.

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: Early reviews and a few new clips of the new film from Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) are up at Aint-It-Cool-News.

I LOVE COWBELL IN THE SUMMER: Anyone who did not understand my link to Dooce last week (Thursday, iirc) may want to watch some streaming video at Milk and Cookies.

NO JAIL TIME FOR FAST-FORWARDING: The Senate removes some of the controversial provisions of the copyright bill headed to the House of Representatives. It still has 50 pages devoted to regulating professional boxing, which may be a good idea, but not in a copyright bill.

ANTHONY HOPKINS, PATRICIA CLARKSON & JAMES GANDOLFINI are joining the remake of the political drama "All the King's Men." It's written and directed by Steve Zaillian, a family friend. Not mentioned is that Steve has retained James Carville as a consultant on Louisiana; don't be surprised if he ends up with a cameo.

GUILTY PLEASURE: The new holiday ad for OfficeMax is pseudo-Rankin-Bass goodness.

MICHAEL MOORE tops the Film Threat list of the coldest people in Hollywood. "The Frigid 50 ice pack have left audiences cold with their overbearing personalities, poor career choices and chronic inability to stop making fools of themselves."

THE OTHER NECKTIE: The Serbian who has created a gential cravat claims Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac are among his clients. Insert your own punchline here.

BRAD PITT goes up a notch by declining an invite to Inside the Actor's Studio.

TONY BLAIR: A motion to impeach the prime minister over the war in Iraq is scheduled to be tabled Wednesday, but is not expected to go anywhere.

JANE GALT: As the nickname suggests, Megan McArdle is pretty libertarian (both, actually -- and strikingly tall). But at Thanksgiving, she wants to tell you what to do. Or eat, anyway.

PARIS HILTON: Photographed with a woman and can't spell. Are either of these stories news?

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