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Monday, January 24, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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IT'S THE MOST DEPRESSING DAY OF THE YEAR, according to Dr. Cliff Arnall, so take a few moments to cheer yourself up with the following:

Ironically, probably less adventurous, but goodRILO KILEY is profiled in advance of the UK release of More Adventurous. It's already out in the U.S. At Amazon, Reihan Salam (who writes for The New Republic and blogs at The American Scene) gives it five stars: "Look, Liz Phair has been a disaster post-Whip Smart, but we liked her because of her brashness and the way she (at her best) made tracks that were both conversational and melodious. That's tough. Jenny Lewis does exactly that, but with less posturing."

ON THE PITCHFORK: William Powers compiles an imaginary box set named Louder Than Moms.

BUT WHEN THEY KISSED: An Italian pensioner committed suicide after his wife fell into a coma, but just hours after he killed himself the woman woke up. Fortunately, no sign of a happy dagger.

Probably has touched the hem of His garmentSAM COOKE, the son of a preacher man, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi o­n January 22, 1931, and raised in Chicago. A star singer of gospel, Rhythm and Blues and pop music, he was shot to death under still-murky cricumstances in 1964. His beautiful voice still sends people.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE: Someone's Mom has got it goin' o­n. Way. Too. Much. A Colorado woman who allegedly supplied sex, drugs and alcohol to high school boys told police she did it because she wanted to be a "cool mom," according to an arrest affidavit.

FBI HOLDS MEI XIA DONG for an immigration violation after being identified as o­ne of 14 subjects allegedly involved in a Boston terror plot. The investigation thus far does not tie her to any terrorist group. To date, none of the original and anonymous information linking Mei Xia Dong and the 13 others to terrorism has been corroborated.

MIDWESTERN ELECTION WIERDNESS: I've posted a few links before about problems with the Washington state Governor's election. In the interest of balance, I note that there seem to be problems behind the Cheddar Curtain. In Milwaukee, a "review of city computer records indicates that 269,212 people are recorded as voting, while 277,535 votes were counted." In Illinois, the wierdness is surprisingly not in Chicago, but downstate East St. Louis, where a city official allegedly plotted to kill a witness in a federal vote fraud investigation.

If you can't say something nice...FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL POWELL plans to step down in March. Powell will likely be remembered for the FCC's crackdown o­n broadcast indecency after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. However, the Hollywood Reporter notes that Powell o­nce said he didn't want "my government to become my nanny" and that pressure to crackdown o­n indecency came from the left as well as the right, which suggests things may not change under the next chair. The Hollywood Reporter article gives a detailed analysis of Powell's mixed legacy, noting in particular that he understood technology much better than he understood politics (which may surprise folks like Howard Stern, who thought Powell got the job solely because he is Colin Powell's son). WiFi Networking News further notes Powell embraced competition and innovation in the wireless spectrum. The Powell FCC also championed digital TV and helped loosen restrictions o­n low-power FM radio.

ALZHEIMER'S BRAIN DAMAGE reversed in mice. Prior to the study, it was thought that o­nce the damage had been caused to the brain there was no way of repairing it.

U.N. OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL: The names of former President Jimmy Carter and former Veep Candidate and Congressman Jack Kemp pop up in the investiagtion.

IRAQ ELECTION: 80% of Iraqis intend to vote in the election o­n January 30th, even as insurgents press attacks aimed at rendering the elections a failure. The Washington Post reported the story o­n page A13. In Sunday's New York Times (registration or BugMeNot req'd), Tom Friedman argues that Europe may have more of an interest in the election succeeding than the U.S. does. The Nation has pronounced the election "lost" already. Those without time machines may wait until the end of the month to decide.

Technically, sponges are asexualSPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: An editorial at the ToonZone takes issue with Focus o­n the Family and the New York Times article linked here o­n Friday. A pox o­n both their pineapples! o­ne can o­nly imagine what ToonZone will make of the coverage from the National Enquirer...

DEMOCRATIC DIAGNOSIS: In the L.A. Weekly, John Powers writes that Democrats -- and the left generally -- need "A Vision Of Our Own."

INAUGURAL BALLS: What was favored by bands playing at the Texas-Wyoming Ball? "Super Freak." Jeff Goldstein also reports, as o­nly he can.

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR rounds up world media reaction to Prez Bush's Inaugural speech.

THE TWO JENNAS: RollerGirl compares Bush and Jameson.

Don't lose your groove supplyPOP MATTERS has "Seven Reasons to Buy the New Minus 5 EP." You can hear the opening track, "Lyrical Stance," at YepRoc.

CHICAGO MUSIC: Jim DeRogatis rounds up the DIY discs from his mail bin, with plenty of URLs. I kinda liked the Del Psychos after streaming a few MP3s at CD Baby.

THE ACLU, normally a defender of privacy rights, violated its own privacy policy and did extensive data-mining o­n its own donors. The ACLU's Board of Directors was scheduled to begin a debate Friday over whether to discipline - or potentially move to oust - two board members for speaking to reporters about the issue.If these Board members had been anyone else, the ACLU would be calling them whistle-blowers and treating them as heroes, wouldn't they?

The network made him break his backJOHNNY CARSON: Born in Iowa, raised in Nebraska. The gold standard in talk show hosting. A natural guy; the way he kept it up could make you cry. Terry Teachout views Johnny as once powerful, but ultimately ephemeral; Our Girl in Chicago calls Carson's Tonight Show "the show I mildly looked forward to being old enough to watch, but whose appeal had dwindled and been displaced by the time I was." Former TV Guide critic Jeff Jarvis notes that Carson globalized the talk show format. Around the time of the 10th anniversary of his retirement, he told Esquire magazine: “I think I left at the right time. You’ve got to know when to get the hell off the stage, and the timing was right for me. The reason I really don’t go back or do interviews is because I just let the work speak for itself.”

BOB DYLAN is among the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle prize in the category of biography/autobiography, his competition including two acclaimed best sellers: Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton and Stephen Greenblatt's biography of Shakespeare, Will in the World. "Who can possibly compete with Bob Dylan?" Chernow said with a laugh. In this forum, Chernow could, but it's nice to be modest.

CHEWBACCA found in a compromising position by Planet Dan.

IN GOOD COMPANY? While promoting his new movie, Dennis Quaid has been hanging at Scores West and the Hustler Club. At least he brings his wife along.

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Friday, January 21, 2005 - 06:00 AM
Posted by: kbade



Stan don't have to put on the red light...

VIRTUAL STAN: Web designer extraordinaire Jason Santa Maria is nicknamed "Stan."  As a gift, o­ne of his friends, Rob Weychert, created Virtual Stan.  Hear him sing "Roxanne."

DO YOU REMEMBER HUSKER DU?  They do at Metafilter.  Stop by for Mpls. memories, reunion rumors and to feel yourself age as someone asks, "Is there a toy so called by Hasbro?"  You bet your pop-o-matic!

If it's o­n the Fat Possum label...POPMATTERS gives a good review to the tribute disc, Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough.  It gets a seven o­n the Pitchfork.

ARCADE FIRE: The critical darlings perform and are interviewed on Turnpike, from Lawrence, Kansas.

GOLDEN FIDDLE has pictures of a rehabbing Courtney Love... or are they of Sally Struthers?  You be the judge. Also noted on the Fiddle: "Modest Mouse and Guided By Voices are o­n Austin City Limits this Saturday. Check yer local listings."

AMERICAN IDOL is the most-watched show of the 2004-05 TV season, drawing 33 million viewers eager to hear the atrocious caterwauling of the early rejects.  The same dynamic explains the popularity of Ashlee Simpson.

Wasn't the name a clue?SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS is targeted by the Rev. James Dobson's Focus on the Family and the American Family Association for appearing in a video they claim will promote homosexuality (though he apparently does not in the video).  A hard-hitting investigative report from the New York Times (as reprinted in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) notes that the celebrity sponge "has become a camp figure among adult gay men, perhaps because he holds hands with his animated sidekick Patrick." InstaPundit Glenn Reynolds nails it: "Not many people, forced to choose between SpongeBob Squarepants and James Dobson, are going to pick Dobson."

TOUCH MY ARMADILLO! Touch it, go ahead, touch it...

BURGLAR takes daughters to work in Van Buren, Arkansas.

PROFESSOR KEN KING checked in by e-mail.  I'm not sure, but I think he may be at Space Camp.

Get your mind together...ONLINE ATHENS reviews A Question of Temperature, by the Chris Stamey Experience. (Registration or BugMeNot required)  The reviewer seems to be a strict grader, but the review seems quite positive.

LILEKS has the perfect candidate to attract the younger demo to the CBS Evening News after Dan Rather steps down as anchor: Kent Brockman.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN; this is your brain o­n politicians.

WALKING DOWNHILL has different health benefits from walking uphill.

FBI ALERTS BOSTON POLICE about four possible terror suspects perhaps heading their way.  Maybe sorta kinda.  But better safe than sorry.

ALLEGED SPAMMER SUES SPAMEE for libel and interfering with the alleged spammer's business by reporting unsolicited e-mails to the ISP.

JULIANNA HATFIELD  is offering song downloads at her site, with payment o­n the honor system.

...but so is Brenda Lee...HE'S SORRY...SO SORRY...SO VERY SORRY: Harvard Prez (and Clinton Treasury Secretary) Larry Summers issues his third apology for remarks he made last week that scholars in the U.S. said was a message women lack the ability to excel at math and science.  RELATED: Pate fans will note that no such remarks will be associated with Iowa State University, which defines "derogatory or demeaning comments about women or men in general" as sexual harassment.

THE HASSELHOFFIAN RECURSION: View at your own risk. This site disclaims any and all liability for eye or brain damage suffered from clicking on the above link.

PC MAGAZINE: Columnist John Dvorak may have been the last person on Earth to discover that o­nline stories that mention porn boosts traffic to your site from search engines.  He's at it again.

...but Marge got left out of the TV ad...MARGE SIMPSON, Wilma Flintstone, Jane Jetson and Velma Dinkley land an endorsement deal for Dove styling products.

CLARE DANES neatly sums up the public interest in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

AMATEURS beat NASA and the European Space Agency in processing Titan probe pictures with inexpensive computer software.

ONLINE ADVERTISING: Video ads are in, pop-ups out for 2005.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


BLUES LEGEND ROBERT JOHNSON may have been recorded at the wrong speed.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN has its gear stolen...again.

FUEL singer Brett Scallion dropped the f-bomb at Tuesday’s Inaugural Youth Party (albeit in a Team America: World Police sort of way).  Jeff Goldstein reflects o­n the deeper meaning of this event.

THE NEW YORK TIMES denies that it's getting into bed with a Swedish porn distributor; others are skeptical.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Details of Sleater-Kinney's debut o­n Sub Pop.

LOW CULTURE has unintentionally funny photos from the Golden Globes -- o­ne of Hugh Hefner in particular.

E! NETWORKS apologizes to child actress Dakota Fanning.

BOB MARLEY AND VOGUE EDITOR ANNA WINTOUR were jammin', according to a forthcoming biography of Wintour.

PORTIA de ROSSI has been sitting in the audience for every taping of her galpal Ellen DeGeneres's talk show since on Jan. 5th, even communicating with Ellen during her opening monologue. Gay or straight, that's a little weird.

WD40 is not a normally associated with combating illegal drug use, but the Guardian newsblog reports that British police are advising bar owners to spray the cleaner and lubricant in their bathrooms to put an "invisible film" over toilets that absorbs cocaine when anyone tries to snort it off them, turning it into a congealed mess.

WHY ARE THE TV NETWORKS lavishly covering the Inaguration?  You might expect that question from a liberal journal, but it's being asked by the Washington Times.

DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER? Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey believes mankind can achieve virtual immortality by 2030.

ARTIFICIAL LIFE is brewing in East Lansing, Michigan.  I thought that when I went o­n a job interview there years ago, but this story is about something else.

QUENTIN TARANTINO VOTED FOR MEL GIBSON for the Golden Globe; Virginia Madsen cried at meeting William Shatner.

FBI DISCONTINUES CARNIVORE for internet surveillance; Orin Kerr explains why that's not a big deal...and maybe never was.

STAN LEE, creator of Spider-Man, is awarded ten percent of the proceeds Marvel Enterprises has received since November 1998 from movies, television shows and movie-related toys by a federal district court.  Marvel intends to appeal.  

PHISH HEADS AND NATIONAL REVIEW columnist Jonah Goldberg mull the possibility of President Bush quoting Phish lyrics in his Inaugural speech and parallels between Bush and Woodrow Wilson.  Strange bedfellows, indeed.

AMY'S ROBOT compiles the best albums of 2004 from an international list of lists.  I think I may prefer Amy's own list.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL admits it inflated the number of estimated obesity deaths in a much-hyped study claiming that obesity was poised to overtake smoking as the top preventable cause of death.  Some critics maintain the numbers are still too fat.

FROM THE "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" FILE: Thomas Dolby is creating and scoring ringtones for cellphones.

RELATED STORY: JENNA JAMESON is teaming up with Wicked Wireless to provide "moantones" to Latin American cellphone users.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Sen. Kinky, Gov. Kinky, there just wasn't time...KINKY FRIEDMAN, the "best-selling author, country singer and friend to the stray dog," will run for Governor of Texas in 2006.

NEW JIBJAB CARTOON, just in time for Inauguration day.

CATS AND DOGS are getting frequent flier miles o­n Midwest and United Airlines.

BRAD AND JEN AFTERWORDS: The couple reportedly did not have a prenuptual agreement.  Plus, the inevitable t-shirts.


CBS not ruling out the Daily Show's Jon Stewart as one replacement for departing Evening News anchor Dan Rather.

One snapshot, no revolverREVIEWS: The new live EP from Mission of Burma is given a good write-up o­n the Pitchfork.  PopMatters seems equally enthused about the forthcoming disc from Sea and Cake guitarist Archer Prewitt.

ZHAO ZIYANG: The Communist government of the People's Republic of China has increased security in Tiananmen Square, amid fears of protests related to the death of deposed Chinese leader, who opposed the violent crackdown o­n 1989 democracy protests in the square.

RFK, Jr. is looking to run for attorney general of New York, joining a field that includes his sister's estranged husband, Andrew Cuomo.

Have you seen Garden State yet? If not, why not?GOLDEN GLOBES AFTERWORDS: Page Six reports that Quentin Tarantino was seen "snuggling" with someone other than galpal Sofia Coppola.  Model-turned-actress James King was seen "working" actor-turned-director Zach Braff at the HBO afterparty.  Braff seems to be a bit of a player, having been seen recently with Kirsten Dunst and Mandy Moore.

THE NEW YORKER: Gadfly journo Seymour Hersh writes that the U.S. has been carrying out reconnaissance missions in Iran to identify nuclear, chemical and missile sites for possible airstrikes as soon as this summer.  The Pentagon issues a non-denial denial.  Identifying any such sites would seem to be a good thing to do before doing anything military, imho.

ANTI-TERROR TRAVEL: The Transportation Security Administration offers tips to help you reduce your wait time at airport security checkpoints.

You can't seriously be wondering why this picture is so big, can you?EVA LONGORIA: Wonder why the Desperate Housewife ditched N'SYNC singer JC Chavez?

LAURA CALLAHAN, the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy chief information officer, apparently got her Ph.D from a diploma mill.

ROLLING STONE magazine rejects an ad for a Bible.  That's entirely the company's business; at least o­ne TV network has a policy of refusing religious advertising.  However, the fact that Rolling Stone claims this was an "unwritten" policy may raise a question as to how old the policy is.  Meanwhile, some critics are upset over the updating of the Bible for a younger demographic.

SCORSESE AND DYLAN: Martin Scorsese -- who counts The Last Waltz among his directing credits -- has been working o­n a film about Bob Dylan for two years without speaking to Bob Dylan.

THE POLYPHONIC HUMAN MEDIA INTERFACE is a computer program that much of the record industry is using to predict whether a song will be a hit.  It groups U2 with Beethoven.

MLK DAY AFTERWORDS: The King family is split over the issue of same-sex marriage.

THE UNITED NATIONS is warned to get ready for sweeping reforms by man appointed to oversee a management shake-up.  Meanwhile, Samir Vincent pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, violating economic sanctions and other charges in connection with corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq.

COPYRIGHT IS KILLING CULTURE: The Globe and Mail notes that Eyes o­n the Prize and many documentaries may go out of print when the clearance obtained for copyrighted materials used therein.

THE KANSAS CITY STAR surveys the world of podcasting.

THE MURDER OF A FAMILY of Coptic Christians does not seem to be getting wide press, though there is evidence suggesting a hate crime, including the fact that the daughter was stabbed through her tattoo of a Coptic cross.  Oddly, there reportedly was a scuffle with anti-Muslim protesters at the family funeral.

KIM JONG IL, last seen in Team America: World Police, appears to be facing dissent from within.

TiVo may be terminal, according to links rounded up by Om Malik, senior writer with Business 2.0 magazine.

BOLLYWOOD launches a secure internet video-on-demand service for first-run movies.

FASHION: Prada pursues a "no-fuss" look for men.  It's a move that echoes Pierre Cardin's general complaint that modern clothes are "unwearable."

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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1,2,3,4...JOHNNY RAMONE memorial unveiled; Nicholas Cage, Vincent Gallo, Rick Rubin, Rod Zombie and others attend.

THE RASPBERRIES: Ken King will kill me for not noticing they were coming to Chicago (Actually, Ken will just be disappointed; Mark Flora would kill me).  They rawked, or power-popped, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

AWARDS SEASON: Ann Althouse simulblogged the Golden Globes. Drunken Stepfather has pictures of women in dresses. Dateline: Hollywood charts how red carpet coverage divides our country. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announces its nominees for the BAFTA awards.

CLEAR CHANNEL: The radio giant wants to get into the digital music biz in the next year or two.

WILLIE NELSON is getting into the alternative fuel biz. Not for tax reasons, I hope.

THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is showcasing some new material in concert; at least o­ne reviewer likes it.

He saved too many to have a list.MLK DAY AFTERWORDS:  Since MLK Day fell o­n the 17th this year, not many people noted that it was also the 60th anniversary of the disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg, who saved approximately 100,000 Jews from slaughter during WWII.  He was o­ne of o­nly two people in history to be given honorary U.S. citizenship.  Anti-slavery activists used MLK Day to protest the U.N.'s failure to recognize genocide in Darfur.  Columnist William Raspberry thinks that half of King's legacy is being continued by Bill Cosby.

THE NEW YORK TIMES is partnering with a Swedish pornography distributor.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO joins a growing list of colleges with a student-funded sex magazine.  The debut issue was a hit.

Two Golden Globes, no love.CLINT EASTWOOD is ticked over the failure of Warner Brothers to fully back Million Dollar Baby, noting that the studio did not want Mystic River, either.  Great films that make a ton of money, directed by a legend... yeah, who would want that?

LILEKS: The first part of his Monday Bleat pays tribute to Ember's.  Having known a few people with the same types of memories Lileks has, I also thought of the post-Pate show jaunts to Perkins.

NANO-TERMINATORS: Scientists at UCLA have created tiny robots powered by rat muscle cells.

DEEP IMPACT: The NASA probe scheduled to shoot a copper projectile into a comet next July may rank with the Wright brothers in 1903, Sputnik in 1957 and the first human lunar landing in 1969. It may even save humans from extinction some day.

AL KHANSA is Al Qaeda's online women's magazine, with articles including dietary advice for suicide bombers and tips o­n how to "dominate the passions" before blowing yourself up.

He was asked to provoke...and succeeded.HARVARD PREZ LARRY SUMMERS sparked an uproar at an academic conference Friday when he said that innate differences between men and women might be o­ne reason fewer women succeed in science and math careers.  Not mentioned is that Summers was Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration; I suspect that had he been in the cabinet of a Republican, it would have been noted in these news accounts.

SERIOUS: A Romanian couple name their son Yahoo!

BRAD AND JEN WIRE: Jen moves in with her hairdresser; Brad will hawk Heineken during the Super Bowl; Jolie denies rumors; an animated GIF tells the tale.

FACIAL NEWS: Duprey Cosmetics signs a promo contract with Traci Lords.

IRAQ: Aussie blogger Arthur Chrenkoff regularly rounds up good news from Iraq, stating that "[w]hat follows is not the full picture of Iraq--merely that part of it you don't often see o­n the nightly news or the pages of newspapers."

KRISITN HERSH,  formerly of Throwing Muses, discovers it's bad timing to name your new band 50 Foot Wave and your new disc Golden Ocean.

Smothered in hugs...ON THE PITCHFORK: An essay and review of those final Guided by Voices shows.

KATE STELNICK weighs 100 pounds, but polished off an 11 pound burger.  Now that's a thickburger.

BILL GATES IN TEEN BEAT?  The Monkey Methods blog seems to have dug up the photos [Warning: this site disclaims any liability for any eye damage cause by viewing said photos].

VODKAPUNDIT reluctantly notes that the new Battlestar Galactica is not terrible.  I reluctantly agree.

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