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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

Karl

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: ”[It’s] 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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Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

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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Monday, November 22, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

TERRY MELCHER: Producer for the Byrds ("Mr. Tambourine Man," "Turn, Turn, Turn,"), Gram Parsons, The Mamas & Papas.  The real target of the Manson Family.  Dead of melanoma at 62.

FWIW, Matt Drudge blurbs Sunday night: "Military commanders say need for more troops in fight against insurgents in Iraq increasingly likely..."

U2, seizing the moment, threw in an impromptu cover of the Beatles' "Rain" at the opening of the Clinton Library. But why didn't they ask President Bush to sit in on "Sunday Bloody Sunday?" His version isn't bad.

SPIELBERG plans to shoot War of the Worlds in 75 days and have it theaters next summer.

CHURCHGOING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH, according to Holland's Maastricht University.

ANN ALTHOUSE blogs the 400 nominees for greatest movie quotes by the AFI.  Yours truly makes an uncredited, but unmistakable, cameo near the end.

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: After the locusts in Egypt and the toads in Austraila, more locusts in Israel.

BRITNEY AND SILICON: Yes, that is spelled correctly.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE'S "GREATEST 500 SONGS OF ALL TIME:" The point of such lists seems to be to generate the inevitable disagreement and discussion.  Plus, the mag gets to have Brian Wilson, Jeff Tweedy and others generate content for free.  I'll just note the essential dishonesty of the title, given that the voters were instructed to select songs from the rock & roll era.  And it seems that Richard Thompson was not among the voters.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE: Doesn't like the British much.

UMA THURMAN is moving into the Penthouse.

PRESIDENT BUSH: bodyguards o­ne of his bodyguards.

THE SENATE WILL LOOK AT PORN: It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.  Apparently, some believe porn is as addictive as heroin or crack.  Sadly, the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce is unavailable to testify, but they could listen to his work.

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Friday, November 19, 2004 - 12:00 PM
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Karl

POEM OF THE DAY: "If I owned the sword Excalibur"

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: First, the locusts in Egypt; now, it's hundreds of thousands of poisonous toads Down Under.

MATTHEW SHEPARD: ABC's 20/20 is preparing to report that the horrific 1998 murder was not a hate crime but something more complicated involving methamphetamine and robbery among possible acquaintances. And that a judicial gag order prevented people from discussing it.

HISTORIC CROSS-PROMOTION (Not that there's anything wrong with that): With a DVD release and NBC special airing next week, Jerry Seinfeld donates the famous "puffy shirt" to the Smithsonian.

KOFI ANNAN: The United Nations' employees union is expected to issue an unprecedented vote of no confidence in the Secretary-General after he pardoned the U.N.'s top oversight official over a series of allegations of favouritism and sexual harassment.

SEARS HOLDINGS ACQUIRES FRANCE

SLATE: Human Guinea Pig Emily Yoffe temporarily becomes an armed liberal.

THE CLINTON LIBRARY OPENS:

"From the moment the current first lady and three former first ladies stepped out of the library and onto the stage under umbrellas, followed by their husbands, without umbrellas, the mutual generosity was as gripping as the choreography.

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"President Bush first stopped under Chelsea Clinton's umbrella, putting his arm around her and posing for pictures. As Clinton, 58, who underwent heart bypass surgery in early September, gave the drenched crowd a big wave, President Bush peeked under the umbrella that obscured his wife's face, as if to make sure he was standing next to the right person."

Do our living Presidents know enough to come in out of the rain?

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: A Hero For Our Time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A federal court in Denver ruled that the government must return 30 gallons of "ayahuasca," a hallucinogenic tea used for religious purposes to a Brazilian religious sect in New Mexico. But don't think about converting until you read about the side effects.

THE SOPRANOS head for Iraq; a quick end to the war now expected.

GREYHOUND RACING, and the fate of the dogs when their racing days are through, will be examined o­n HBO's Real Sports next Tuesday.

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS like The Damned.  Okay, maybe this.

KIM JONG IL: Fading, or just rebranding?

POP QUIZ: Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character Are You, Really?

MTV NEWS asks: Was Music Legend Ray Charles Really A Legendary Womanizer? (Short Answer: You betcha!)

CIA plans riskier, more aggressive espionage: "The risky new strategy would be a sharp departure from the CIA's traditional style of human intelligence, in which field officers under flimsy cover as diplomats in U.S. embassies try to recruit foreign spies and gather tips from allied intelligence services. Those methods don't work with terror groups or in countries where the United States has no embassies, such as prewar Iraq or present-day North Korea and Iran."  The CIA also missed things like the implosion of the Soviet Union, so maybe some actual spying might be useful.

THIS IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY-related PR somehow landed o­n the front page of Google News Thursday night.

ROCK 'N' ROLL (POSTERS) PART II: Scads of indie-rock show posters to ogle at Gigposters.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

A PAIR OF STONES: Oliver Stone is asked by Rolling Stone whether he ever had a gay experience. He doesn't give a straight answer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

LOU REED lets you listen to his pre-Velvet Underground work, including "Do The Ostrich."

LILEKS on Looney Tunes, Monday Night Football, and more.

THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BREWING COMPANY offers beer for the return of Jesus.

SEN. ARLEN SPECTER, already battling conservatives who don't want him to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, picks this moment to try to slip through legislation that could make criminals out of digital video viewers who use a remote control to fast-forward past commercials. A political masterstroke from the man who came up with the "magic bullet" theory for the Warren Commission.

WILL THIS SITE sell out to some big corporation?

NOW THIS IS NEWS: one sleazy story about R. Kelly turns out to be a hoax.

NYDN sums up a GQ poll on men.

MICHAEL EISNER once considered hiring Colin Powell for a top slot at Disney. Given the grief Disney is getting from the FCC (which is chaired by Powell's son Michael), Eisner must be kicking himself.

IF IT'S THURSDAY, IT MUST BE THE O.C. :  Over at Low Culture, "matt" claims he has never seen the show, but he has captured its appeal.

XMAS COMES EARLY for phone ad girl:  Every picture tells a story.

THOSE WHO HAVE MY CDs know why Dooce brings a smile to my face.

BERKELEY is spending so much o­n putting the abandoned shopping carts of the homeless that even the executive director of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project would like the money spent o­n other projects.

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (channeled by Billy Crystal) would ask, "Where's your Messiah now?"

TODAY'S QUIZ: Dog toy or marital aid?

WONKETTE notices that Washington can't keep its Condi Rice rumors straight.

UPSTAIRS AT LARRY'S is a techno remix of Lawrence Welk tunes.

TRUST THE MAN looks like it may be an interesting movie.

QOTD: "In my next life I'm going to be a guy and I'm going to be a slut" — Gwen Stefani, clearly not making a veiled reference to hubby Gavin Rossdale.  Not at all.

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