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The Incredibles, Kathleen Edwards, M.I.A., Darth Vader, Charlie Rich and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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IT'S SHOWTIME! The Incredibles and End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones are out o­n DVD today. If you need more convincing, you can check out my review of The Incredibles in the Reviews section (see the "Modules" linked to your left). ALSO: Incoming Disney CEO Robert Iger's first big decision will be whether to make up or break up with Pixar Animation Studios.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS AND M.I.A., both previously noted here, are among those featured in Time magazine's "5 Great Albums With Foreign Accents." Both are also o­n the Pitchfork: Edwards' Back To Me gets a good review, while the enigmatic M.I.A. is interviewed.

ALSO ON THE PITCHFORK: A review of The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 1, the debut of of a new series from Rhino/Hip-O Select, which reviewer Joe Tangari deems "truly essential" for showing the label's early misses as well as its hits.

SXSW ON YOUR COMPUTER: KarmaDownload and Internet radio station WOXY (a Ken King recommendation) are co-sponsoring a live music event Thursday at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The performances of all seven bands will be played live o­n WOXY.com, and o­n-air talent will be conducting interviews with artists and audience members. ALSO: DJ Frodo was working it at Maggie Mae's o­n 6th Street.

MEN AND WOMEN have different dreams, according to a new study. Women, for example, have more emotion in their dreams and dream about food, clothing and personal appearance. Men, o­n the other hand, dream about other men, violence, sex, cars and weapons.

MAN LOSES FINGERS, TOES TO MEET GIRLFRIEND: A Los Angeles man who sneaked into Canada in February to see his Internet girlfriend will be deported -- minus all his fingers and some of his toes -- which will be amputated because of severe frostbite suffered during a 100-hour trek from Pembina, North Dakota, across the border to Emerson, Manitoba. The man could not enter Canada legally because he was convicted of robbing a Pizza Hut in Arkansas in 1984, according to the Winnipeg Sun.

LEBANON: Nearly o­ne million people gathered for an opposition rally in Beirut, city officials say. It surpassed recent pro-Syrian rallies and is thought to be the biggest in Lebanese history. Lebaneseblogger is ecstatic. Publius has more. I'm just digging the Lebanese protesters' knowledge of Madonna and Mel Gibson.

KYRGYZSTAN: Gateway Pundit blogs early news from the second round of parliamentary voting held Sunday. Registan has even more, including word that "[v]oting was postponed in four districts because of protests and protesters are continuing to cause headaches for the government, especially in Jalalabad, Naryn, and Osh."

AT-HOME GENETIC TESTING is cheap, easy to administer and private, but as the popularity of at-home genetic tests soars, so do questions about whether they will be correctly interpreted.

AOL PRIVACY UPDATE: AOL is trying to explain its new terms of service for its Instant Messenger service, stating that it refers to IM content an IM user might post o­n a public area of AOL or the internet. An AOL spokesman says that said that AOL does not monitor AIM traffic, and does not store it. A record of an AIM communication is not saved in any storage medium at AOL. Nevertheless, AOL may have to revise its TOS to clarify the matter.

I DON'T KNOW whether this AOL link will work outside AOL, but Entertainment Weekly is touting A Girl Called Eddy and Nellie McKay for people who are sick of Ashlee Simpson. If only we lived in that dimension...

THE JAYHAWKS used to cover Chris Bell's post-Big Star minor hit "I Am The Cosmos." Chromewaves has it available for download at the moment; just check under the RCA Nipper in the leftmost column on the site.

COOLFER is finding that the Early 80s-Gang of Four-Cure influenced niche is getting saturated.

THE SO-CALLED ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME inducted its "Class of 2005." Congrats to U2, The Pretenders, O'Jays, Percy Sledge and Buddy Guy. But to appreciate how lame the Hall ultimately is, consider the graf buried at the bottom of the story in Rolling Stone:"Approximately 700 music-industry figures vote each year on eligible nominees. Among the list of first-time candidates who did not receive enough votes for induction were Randy Newman, the J. Geils Band, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Past nominees who were again passed over this year include the Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Stooges."

THAT'S MY VADER: At The Morning News, writer Rob Eccles imagines what it would be like if Darth Vader spent a day in his shoes, speaking o­nly in memorable quotes from the original Star Wars.

TV NEWS IS SCHIZOPHRENIC: The Michael Jackson case proves it, according to Broadcasting and Cable magazine.

A CAPITALIST MISTAKENLY ENROLLED AT HARVARD. A protest was inevitable.

A FATWA ON OSAMA BIN LADEN has been issued by Spain's leading Islamic body.

ORPHAN WORKS: Freeculture.org and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have teamed up o­n the issue of what happens when it's impossible to find out if a particular work is still under copyright, or impossible (or extremely costly) to find the copyright holder. Their site allows you to submit your comments directly to the U.S. Copyright Office which is seeking such comments in deciding whether to propose regulations. The comment period ends March 25th.

SIN CITY: Entertainment Tonight kicked off its Sin City week with a piece focusing o­n Jessica Alba. It's also a nice summary of the project, including the appearance of "special guest director" Quentin Tarantino, a longtime friend and collaborator of main director Robert Rodriguez. But if you suspect that this was really just a pretext to post that Jessica Alba promo again, you would be absolutely right.

CONGRESSIONAL CREDIT CARD DEBT: As the House is poised to take up a bankruptcy bill giving banks and credit card companies more power to seek repayment from debtors in bankruptcy, The Hill gives us the lowdown o­n Representatives and Senators carrying at least 10,000 bucks in credit-card or charge-card debt in 2003 and parts of 2004. I wish I was surprised to read that several members received campaign contributions from the same bank or credit card company with which they held an account.

WaPo EDITOR SPEAKS TO THE CHINESE PRESS and may end up regretting it. Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett gave an interview to the People's o­nline Daily that is chock full 'o' nuggets, not the least of which is: "No, I don't think U.S. should be the leader of the world." No doubt bloggers will be chewing that o­ne up over the next few days. But perhaps the funny aspect of the interview is Bennett's characterization of the U.S. media: "We have a little bit different roles in newspapers compared with our counterparts in Europe and other countries. We don't have any political point of view that we are trying to advance." Yet the Chinese reporter asks questions that make it seem that he does not believe Bennett.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer's rehab efforts may have won back the heart of Kate Moss.

KUDOS TO XTINA: Drrrty girl Christina Aguilera will not launch her own clothing line, calling the practice "tacky" and suggestive of a failing career.

BRITNEY SPEARS promises to shut up about her personal life. We can o­nly hope this commitment lasts longer than her first marriage. "In the future, I will refrain from discussing my private life in interviews," Spears wrote o­n her website. "It will be expressed solely through art." So we may never hear another thing about it.

CHARLIE RICH: PowerLine, the conservative outfit named Time magazine's "Blog of the Year," takes a break from politics to pay tribute to the career of the country singer-songwriter.

NO FLIRTING, JUST DISASTER: Danny Joe Brown, a founding member of Molly Hatchet, and singer and co-writer of the band's biggest hits, died last Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 53.

LINDSAY LOHAN AND BRUCE WILLIS deny gossip that Willis was groping Lohan at the launch party for his new movie Hostage. And so would you.

FREE CREDIT REPORTS are just the beginning: you can also get copies of "specialty reports" or "other consumer reports" that track other information like medical records, bankruptcy filings, driving records, criminal or civil case records, insurance information and banking information.

MARTHA NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES: Robert Yeganeh, the flamboyant owner of the Love My Shoes shops, has designed footwear for Martha Stewart that will hide her ankle bracelet. When the Post uses the word "flamboyant" about a male shoe designer, is that code for something?

MORNING TV BATTLES: The rivalry between Good Morning America and Today escalated to the point of requiring police intervention after GMA booker Mike Nagel tried to interrupt NBC's interview with Atlanta hostage Ashley Smith Monday morning.

CULT OF THE iPod: i285 writes: "It is simply unbelievable that the great prophet Nostradamus not o­nly foresaw the amazing iPod but the advertising campaign as well." I agree. Stephen Green of the Sky Captain-themed VodkaPundit joins the cult, suggesting it's worse than Scientology. BusinessWeek magazine lauds Apple's in-house design as reason for the success of the iPods.

IRAQ: The London Telegraph recently published the story of Abdallah Al Jibouri, a 45 year-old dentist from Manchester who planned merely to check up o­n his elderly mother when he visited his home town of Muqtadiyah, 60 miles north of Baghdad, shortly after Saddam Hussein's fall. Much to his astonishment - and, he says, to the dismay of his British wife, Sharon - he also became governor of the province of Diyala, whose population is 1.8 million. The insurgents have tried to kill him 14 times already.

IRAN, having rejected U.S. incentives to halt its nuclear program, apparently did so because the Iranians want more.

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Rilo Kiley, A Girl Called Eddy, Blind Boys of Alabama and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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RILO KILEY: Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett, former child actors, former lovers and the singing and songwriting partnership behind the California quartet, are interviewed separately by the Belfast Telegraph.

D. BOON: With classic punk trio the Minutemen back in the spotlight thanks to a new documentary, a former roommate of the band's late singer/guitarist, D. Boon, has refurbished and expanded a CD of previously unreleased recordings. At o­ne of the taped performances, D. Boon was o­n a bill with Spinal Tap. According to the roommate, Harry Shearer (a/k/a Derek Smalls) came up to D. Boon afterward and "said it was the greatest thing he'd ever seen!"

ON THE PITCHFORK: Tour dates for Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth and Built to Spill. If o­nly that was a triple-bill!

EARWORM: Scientists may have found what makes a tune catchy, after locating the brain area where a song's "hook" gets caught. They also confirm that "When you are recalling a particular song that will activate auditory brain regions but that may, in turn, lead to you having a very vivid visual memory as well. For example, you may picture yourself at the high school dance when you first heard the song." But we knew that already, didn't we?

A GIRL CALLED EDDY: Recently noted here, the Philadelphia Inquirer gives a thumbs up to the Dusty-esque song stylings of Erin Moran. And no, she's not that Erin Moran. You acn listen to song samples at her website.

CATS STRIKE BACK: The Wisconsin man who asked the state to allow hunters to kill stray cats says he's been getting death threats. At least, the meowing over the phone sounds very nasty.

FOUNTAINS OF CHOCOLATE: As the home base for Pate drummer Jon Hahn, I had to relay this account of the swank new Whole Foods store in Austin: "How about a four-tiered fountain of liquid chocolate the size of a large wedding cake, into which an artsy young woman continually dips strawberries and cookies. Oh, that doesn’t appeal to you? How about grinding your own nut butter (honey-roasted cashew?) and eating it at an outdoor plaza o­n any kind of bread you can imagine, from blueberry pecan to hempseed to striata?" And that's just for starters.

NANOTECH: An article at SciDev.net argues that those concerned about the potential side effects of nanotechnology should spend more time worrying about ways of ensuring that it meets the needs of the poor. The authors admit that those involved in any market-driven innovation will inevitably be drawn to regions and markets where profits are likely to be highest, but that the promise of nanotechnology — for example, in offering relatively cheap diagnostic or water filtration techniques — highlights the dilemma in a particularly stark way.

THE VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY is now bigger than the movie industry, but this blog post summarizing an industry panel suggests they have many of the same problems as the movie industry.

LEBANON: Publius has an extensive round-up of news from Lebanon, not least of which is the European Parliament branding Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently said that designating Hezbollah a terror group in Europe will mean "the sources of [our] funding will dry up and the sources of moral, political and material support will be destroyed."

WEBSITES STARS HATE: The Smoking Gun and Gawker are among the usual suspects named by The Insider.

GEORGE SCOTT, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, has died at 75 of complications from diabetes and a heart condition. If you have never heard the gospel group, you should take the occasion to do so. While believing he was called to sing by God, Scott also seems to have had the same self-reliant spirit as Ray Charles. "Back then, you'd see a blind person and they'd be begging o­n the street with a cup," Scott said in a 2003 interview. "I did not want to do that, and school was more like a prison, kinda rough. They taught us to cane chairs, make brooms and mops, but we couldn't see making no money doing that. So we left there, out o­n our own. God knew what he was doing when he put it in our minds to sing. I did not know it at the time, but he was fixing me up for this. We had no band until after we left school, so God did not want us to do rock 'n' roll or blues. He wanted us to come up hard, and we did. As I've gotten older and reflected, I have come to appreciate what he did for me."

BOOT LIQUOR RADIO, which streams from both Shoutcast and Live365, is music for "Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers."

FOLK MUSIC FANS may want to tune into the streams from WUMB, which is actually several stations affiliated with UMASS Boston.

MUSIC OF THE 80s: Dueling critics! Gemma Tarlach loves it. Jim DeRogatis hates it.

WHY WOMEN ARE LEAVING I.T.: NewsFactor examines a social issue not unique to, but perhaps more acute in the field of Information Technology. ALSO: The Independent looks at a generation of British women "reverting to more traditional social mores."

CUTE ROBOTS top the weekend box office, but in the future, biomorphic designs may be used for real world business as well as pleasure. BTW, Robots was pretty good, though nowhere near as good as The Incredibles, which comes out Tuesday o­n DVD.

BLOGS: Not in the media big leagues yet, according to the latest Gallup Poll. o­n the other hand, blog readers appear to be a desirable demographic, according to the latest blogads survey and an analysis of the Gallup Poll by Mystery Pollster (who is no longer a mystery, but is a pollster).

PANDAS get help with the birds and the bees at the National Zoo in DC.

SCIENCE BLOGGING: Girl Scientist presents Tangled Bank, a round-up of blogging about Biology, Zoology, Natural History, Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Psychology and Behavior, Neurobiology and Learning, Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology, Physics and more.

AMERICA ONLINE IM SERVICE NOT PRIVATE? AOL has quietly updated the terms of service for its AIM instant messaging application to give AOL the right to "reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote" all content distributed across the chat network by users.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer never fails to surprise, as he decides to open for The Streets as a solo act after his band cancelled due to a death in the drummer's family.

INDIES VS. MAJORS: Billboard examines the hard decision faced by rising indie artists as to whether to jump to a major label, particularly given the success of some acts that have stayed indie.

ROD STEWART GETS ENGAGED, AGAIN: Third time's a charm, right? Wonder if he'll make her sign a prenup, now that he has all of that Nelson Riddle money...

THE THRILLS are profiled at icWales, which correctly notes that the Thrills are the most California-sounding Irish band you have ever heard.

THE DOUBLEMINT TWINS are back. And drinking Coors beer. Just kidding about that last bit.

KYRGYZSTAN: Registan has plenty of o­n-the-ground reports from the tiny republic struggling for democracy. Gateway Pundit blogs the beginning of the second round of parliamentary elections.

TROOPS IN IRAQ are probably receiving better medical care than ever, thanks to better body armor, battlefront mini-hospitals and quick flights back to the United States for treatment, according to a series of reports from NPR.

TERROR ATTACK IN THE U.S.? A top aide to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi taken into U.S. custody last year has told U.S. security agencies that al-Zarqawi has talked about hitting "soft targets" in the U.S., which could include "movie theaters, restaurants and schools."

THE UNITED NATIONS is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct by U.N. personnel in Burundi, Haiti, Liberia and elsewhere. Peacekeepers in several Liberian communities routinely engage in sex with girls, according to an internal U.N. letter obtained by the Washington Post. The letter also stated that community leaders in the town of Robertsport have accused Namibian peacekeepers there of "'using administrative building premises and the surrounding bush to undertake sex acts with girls between the age of 12-17.'"

CULT OF THE iPod: An article at iPod Garage looks at using the device for music therapy. Prof. Ann Althouse explains why she ordered an iPod Shuffle.

JOURNO SHOT BY U.S. TROOPS: Italy's justice minister urged former hostage Giuliana Sgrena o­n Friday to stop making "careless" accusations after being shot by U.S. forces in Baghdad. "Sgrena, I think, should perhaps be more careful. She has said a load of nonsense, speaks somewhat carelessly and makes careless comments," Justice Minister Roberto Castelli told reporters in Bologna. I'm sure he'll be thrilled to hear that Sgrena has gone back to claiming a tank was involved. ALSO: U.S. forces might not have known that slain Italian secret agent Nicola Calipari was in Iraq to secure a hostage's freedom, Italian papers say. And unnamed italians are saying that Sgrena's car was swerving around cement blocks in the road.

IRAQ, WMDs AND OIL-FOR-FOOD: In the weeks after Baghdad fell in 2003, looters systematically removed tons of equipment from Iraqi weapons facilities, including some with components capable of making parts of nuclear arms, The New York Times reported o­n Sunday. Meanwhile, the London Telegraph reports that Saddam Hussein's regime offered a two million dollar bribe to the United Nations' chief weapons inspector to doctor his reports o­n the search for weapons of mass destruction. The news that Iraq attempted to bribe a top U.N. official is a key piece of evidence for investigators into the scandal surrounding the oil-for-food program.

ANGELINA JOLIE denies having slept with Brad Pitt. Which I'm sure is literally true. And there's plenty more about her sex life, which apparently includes plenty of women and friends with benefits.

WARD CHURCHILL UPDATE: The University of Colorado professor who called those working in the World Trade Caenter o­n 9/11 "little Eichmanns" is accused of plagarism. The university wanted to buy him out for a few hundred thousand dollars. However, the negotiations were disclosed as the plagarism story made news, including the allegation that Churchill threatened Dalhousie University professor Fay G. Cohen, the author of the allegedly plagarized article. Now Churchill's critics are vowing to recall from office any regents who agree to pay Churchill to leave his job.

ELECTION CONTROVERSIES: In New Hampshire, a GOP operative is given jail time for jamming telephone lines for 85 minutes o­n election day in 2002. In Florida, Democratic Mayor Buddy Dyer was charged with violating state absentee ballot laws during last year's mayor's race and quickly removed from office.

TIME-TRAVEL? Not quite, but Europe may be the next best thing. The EU Observer reports o­n a new study by a pan-EU small business organisation claiming that the US economy is 20 years ahead of that of the EU and it will take decades for Europe to catch up.

BASEBALL ON STEROIDS: House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis threatened to push contempt proceedings against some of the biggest names in baseball if they fail to appear for a hearing this week about performance-enhancing steroids that have rocked Major League Baseball. That could be a tough spot for Mark McGwire, as a New York Daily News exclusive reports that FBI sources claim that McGwire's name came up several times during "Operation Equine," a landmark anabolic steroids investigation that led to 70 trafficking convictions in the early 1990s.

ISRAEL HAS SECRET PLANS for a combined air and ground attack o­n targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear program, according to the Sunday Times of London. Of course, everyone suspects as much, which leads mystery writer Roger L. Simon to wonder about the timing of the story.

SPEAKING OF IRAN, you really should check out these photos of Iranian female police cadets.

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Friday, March 11, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW ROUTER, SO THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE (though you should check out Thursday's links also):

FRIDAY TIME-WASTER: The Babycal throw. I'm not sure what it is (and I know some Russian); I o­nly know it's hard to stop. It appears that you score more points by hitting a target repeatedly and by hitting more than o­ne at o­nce.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle -- a former Iowan -- is interviewed by the Ames Tribune in advance of their April 1st show at the M-Shop.

BILL WYMAN: The former charter Rolling Stone has taken up archaeology. Should I go for an Indiana Jones joke or the "he's going to be exhibiting Mick and Keith" joke?

SONGS TO PLAY AT MY FUNERAL: Not my funeral, really, but European funerals. The Germans -- choosing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and Queen's "The Show Must Go o­n" -- have a better sense of humor than their stereotype.

ROBOT ARM-WRESTLING UPDATE: Yesterday, I noted that three robotic arms were each beaten in a matter of seconds by a 17-year-old girl. It turns out that Panna Felsen has a lot going o­n.

HORTON HEARS HOLLYWOOD: 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have landed the rights to adapt Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who as a CG-animated movie. Blue Sky Studios launches its second feature, Robots, today. ALSO: Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze are working o­n a screenplay for Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are.

GOOGLE NEWS can now be personalized. And you can see a real-time picture of what's hot at Google News with the Newsmap.

IKEA is guilty of sex discrimination by showing o­nly men putting together furniture in its instruction manuals, according to Norway's prime minister. The global furniture store fears it might offend Muslims by depicting women assembling everything from cupboards to beds, but Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was quoted Thursday as telling the daily Verdens Gang, "It's important to promote attitudes for sexual equality, not least in Muslim nations."

IRAN OBTAINED CENTRIFUGES FOR ENRICHING URANIUM from the A.Q. Khan weapons ring.

LEBANON: Toppled Prime Minister Omar Karami reluctantly re-accepted the job, ten days after street protests in Beirut led to the collapse of his pro-Syrian Government. But his call for the Opposition to join a government of national unity was rejected amid fears that the country is heading towards prolonged political and economic uncertainty. The momentum in Lebanon may have shifted in Syria's favor following the huge Hezbollah-sponsored rally earlier this week. Former Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun and a spokesperson for Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party have both claimed that Hezbollah and Syrian officials used deceptive and coercive techniques to orchestrate the rally. Of course, both have political motives for making that claim. o­n the other hand, given that Lebanon has a population under four million, the idea that a rally of 500,000 may have included people brought in from Syria cannot be summarily dismissed, either.

SMITHEREENS: Move over, Guided by Voices -- Pat DiNizio is offering a a limited edition 21 disc set of Smithereens demos, outtakes, alternate versions and live tracks.

KINGS OF LEON: Rob G. of the Suburban Voodoo blog has six suggestions for you.

DAVID BYRNE loves PowerPoint.

THE MUSIC BIZ is threatened by the internet, where word of mouth can build a star.

PODCASTING: Since Sylvia Hauser alerted us to the podcasts from KCRW, the station has added "Le Show," a "weekly, hour-long romp through the worlds of media, politics, sports and show business, leavened with an eclectic mix of mysterious music," hosted by Harry Shearer.

HOWARD DEAN looks just heavenly in this picture.

SIN CITY: Yahoo! has exclusive photos and comic book storyboards from the movie, which gives me another opportunity to post the Jessica Alba promo.

BRUCE WILLIS GROPES LINDSAY LOHAN: Two can play that game, Demi!

PORN STAR KARAOKE: Every Tuesday at Sardo's in Burbank. Just thought I would mention it to attract traffic from people searching for porn o­n the internet.

ARE BLOGGERS JOURNALISTS? Jacob Weisberg gets it over at Slate: "The old A.J. Liebling saw about freedom of the press belonging to those who own o­ne no longer obtains. These days, freedom of the press is available not just in theory but in practice to an unlimited number of individuals."

THE POLITCAL INFLUENCE OF BLOGS is the subject of a study by a researcher at Blogpulse. The summary says, "Curiously, 59% of the mentions of John Kerry came from right-leaning bloggers, while 53% of the mentions of George W. Bush came from left-leaning bloggers." That's not curious to me, given that most blogging is criticism of some sort.

BASEBALL o­n STEROIDS: Major League Baseball executives vowed to go to court to stop the House Government Reform Committee from making Jason Giambi, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, among others, testify next week o­n Capitol Hill. MLB lawyer Stanley Brand lashed out at the committee - saying it had no jurisdiction and was merely trying to "satisfy their prurient interest into who may and may not have engaged in this activity." Brand is the perfect choice for MLB; he's Vice President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the governing body of Minor League Baseball) and a veteran counsel of many Washington scandals -- check the link for how George Stephanopoulos describes him. However, I doubt the jurisdictional issue is a winner for him. Unless the rules for the Committee o­n Government Reform have suddenly changed, the committee "may at any time conduct investigations of any matter ***." Jurisdiction doesn't get much broader than that. Others agree. ALSO: Committee spokesperson Dave Marin told NBC News that the committee has gone out of its way not to ask for specific names attached to drug test results, contrary to what has been alleged by Brand.

ATTORNEY ACCIDENTALLY SUES HIMSELF: Madison County, Illinois, has been a hotbed of class-action litigation in recent years, but this would appear to be a first.

DID THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART get an NPR reporter taken off the air over his report o­n the long-running controversy over the ownership of Egon Schiele's painting, Portrait of Wally? Morley Safer suggests that the broadcaster "has caved in to intimidation by a large, wealthy and powerful cultural institution."

FINALLY, A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Here's a tip for all you kids out there: Don't eat home-baked brownies sent to you anonymously. Sure, they might have hashish in them. But they might not.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS will be playing the M-Shop in Ames o­n April 1st. Their new disc is not sceduled for release until the end of April, but you can sample their last disc at Tower Records (but not Amazon, for some reason).

THE DOVES have their own blog and are streaming their new disc, Some Cities.

FORMER CLASH PRODUCER SANDY PEARLMAN would like to stop the plague of unauthorized music downloads o­n the Internet by changing the entire music industry as we know it, including dropping the price of a legal download to a nickel.

GEORGE W. BUSH MASH-UPS can be downloaded at 3hive, including the President's version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and a medley of "Imagine" and "Walk on the Wild Side."

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND bus driver pleaded guilty Wednesday to dumping 800 pounds of human waste from the vehicle's septic tank onto a sightseeing boat on the Chicago River last summer.

M.I.A.: The mysterious singer is profiled in the Seattle Weekly. The article refers to an essay by Robert Christgau in the Village Voice, which can be found here. A response of sorts to the Christgau essay can be found at the Bliss blog. In turn, Carl Wilson responded to that blog entry at his site.

FAT ACTRESS is upsetting National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy and the National Eating Disorders Association.

LICKING YOUR WOUNDS is o­ne thing; a high school teacher and coach licking them is another.

VIDEOGAME NOTABLES now has a "Walk of Game" in San Francisco. Among the first round of honorees is Pong creator Nolan Bushnell. Somewhere, Frank Black is smiling.

WILL SMITH believes he could be the President of the United States. I think you have to be Governor of California first.

NANOTECH could learn something from biology, according to the recently-reviewed book, Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life.

ASHLEE SIMPSON tells her fans in Chicago, "I've had a tough year. But, I've learned a lot of lessons and the most important is that I don't have to be perfect." Or even good, apparently.

IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY: British Labour Party adviser Richard Layard argues for utilitarian public policies that create the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Robert McHenry, former Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopædia Britannica argues for the pursuit of happiness.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: The Israeli Army automatically gives low security clearance to fans of the popular role-playing game. "They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence," the army says.

ARM-WRESTLING ROBOTS: Not ready for prime time, as they are beaten by a teenaged girl.

SAUDI ARABIA is taking some small steps toward getting serious about terrorists... at least in Saudi Arabia.

POLITICAL BANKRUPTCY: At the Washington Monthly, Kevin Drum blogs about the impending passage of the bankruptcy bill, despite the fact that conservatives and liberals don't like it.

DOGS are dressed for "Barkoween" at photographer Mark Tucker's site. ALSO: A dog was subpoenaed as a witness in an Arkansas murder case. Later, the dog was denied entry to the courthouse under its "No Dogs Allowed" policy.

EDUCATION BLOGGING: The fifth Carnival of Education is o­nline.

LIMP BIZKIT'S FRED DURST apologizes -- with a nice note and flowers -- to Gawker Media for naming the blog company in his lawsuit over a hacked sex tape.

ROSIE O'DONNELL: The comedienne has started blogging in blank verse.

RUSSELL CROWE claims that the FBI told him in 2001 that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network wanted to kidnap him as part of a "cultural destabilization plot."

BUBBLE BOYS call it zorbing. Others might call it "imitating a hamster."

CULT OF THE iPod: The iPod battery, long considered to be iPod's dirty secret, is targeted by environmentalists. ALSO: An oldie-but-goodie asks, "Is the iPod better than sliced bread?"

GLOBAL MEDIA GIANTS claim Canada wants to rule the web in a Internet libel claim lodged in Canadian courts.

JOURNO SHOT BY U.S. TROOPS: According to ABC News, a senior U.S. military official believes the investigation into the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence officer by U.S. troops in Iraq will ultimately prove the officer's car was traveling in excess of 100 m.p.h. The driver almost lost control several times before the shooting as the car hydroplaned through large puddles, the official told ABC News. That would be consistent with o­ne of the versions of events related by Giuliana Sgrena, who described the car almost going out of control as the driver attempted to avoid puddles left by rain that day.

HISPANIC TEENS that primarily speak English have had sex at more than twice the percentage of those who speak primarily Spanish, according to a new study. The key question — why? — remains unanswered.

KYGYZSTAN: Opposition parties are stepping up their protests over the results of the first round of parliamentary elections. More people are reportedly making their way to the protests that have been under way in Kyrgyzstan for several days. Demonstrators have occupied government buildings in Jalal-Abad and Osh. They have also blocked a key road in the east of the country. As usual, there's even more at Registan.

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WILCO: If you own a copy of A Ghost is Born, you can now download bonus tracks from the band's site or iTunes.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Brian Wilson is extending the Smile tour through this Summer, including cities like Seattle. I highly recommend it. Prof. Ken King -- not a huge Wilsonite -- saw it and enjoyed it highly, too. ALSO: Sufjan Stevens' next disc, due in July, will be a theme album about Illinois.

THE ROXY MUSIC ARCHIVE is near-complete.

MOUNT ST. HELENS is erupting again, apparently.

DOGS are being electrocuted in Boston.

PETRA NEMCOVA is devastated after learning that the body of her boyfriend has been recovered in tsunami-devastated Thailand.

UNLICENSED CAPITALISM: A Long Island man was ticketed in Brooklyn for selling Girl Scout cookies with his 13-year-old daughter.

KYRGYZSTAN: Election protests continue, with calls for a special session of parliament to consider early presidential elections and an annulment of the results of last month's parliamentary election. There's plenty more (and who can get enough Kyrgyzstanian news?) at Registan.

IRAN: Student protesters -- deeming prior elections futile -- are demanding a referendum for the drafting of a new constitution that is compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all its associated covenants.

LEBANON: Nearly 500,000 pro-Syrian protesters waved flags and chanted anti-American slogans in central Beirut Tuesday, answering a call by the militant Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group to counter weeks of massive rallies demanding Syrian forces leave Lebanon. Interestingly, the protesters are waving the Lebanese flag, not the flag of Hezbollah. Hezbollah could easily have caused big, violent trouble for those demanding that Syria withdraw from Lebanon; the choice to promote counter-demonstrations instead suggests Hezbollah is hedging its bets.

VIDEO WIZ DAVID LA CHAPPELLE is responsible for this fantastically trippy Burger King ad starring Hootie, Brooke Burke and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (in QuickTime).

AN UNSTOPPABLE VOLCANIC SUPER-ERUPTION will chill the planet and threaten human civilization, though it may be thousands of years away. Yellowstone is a likely candidate for such an eruption.

PLAYGIRL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF explains why she voted Republican in 2004, Matt Drudge reports.

WALTER CRONKITE says Dan Rather should have been replaced long ago... a few days before rather steps down as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

THE GAY MAFIA: In 2002, when former Hollywood überagent Mike Ovitz blamed a "gay mafia" for his downfall, it was considered career suicide, prompting an apology. However, by 2003, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was entertaining the notion that there might be a generation of gay power-brokers in Hollywood, though they were not the cause of Ovitz's downfall. In 2005, Time magazine decides it's a story. So is it a slow news week, or just slow reporters?

SIN CITY: A new trailer for the movie based o­n Frank Miller's critically-acclaimed graphic novels, directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen and more is now online. Sadly, while Jessica Alba used to be into the meaningless o­ne-night stand, she now claims she's done dating around.

EDVARD MUNCH ART RECOVERED recovered by Norwegian police, who also made arrests in connection with the theft.

SCHWARTZENEGGER BALLOT INITIATIVES o­n redistricing, state employee pensions, spending caps, and teacher pay and tenure attract the opposition of California for Democracy, the state arm of the group that raised millions of dollars for Howard Dean's presidential run.

PRINCE CHARLES faced a bare-breasted anti-Monarchy protest in New Zealand. I'm sure it wrecked his day.

THE FIGHT BETWEEN CABLE AND SATELLITE TV may be won by souped-up PDAs.

CULT OF THE iPod: Yahoo! announces it will compete against the iTunes music store. Sony announces it will compete against the iPod Shuffle.

ARE BLOGGERS JOURNALISTS? The San Francisco Chronicle has its take o­n the case in which Apple wants to force a blogger to reveal his source for a story about o­ne of its upcoming products and even quotes someone with a clue: "Under the First Amendment of the Constitution, I would be hard-pressed to find any distinction between bloggers and journalists," said Paul Grabowicz, director of the New Media program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. But, he added, "There are some potentially really bad things that could come without any distinction. Principal among them is, if there is no distinction, things like shield laws that protect journalists go away, because they apply to everybody else." Others differ: "Bloggers may very well be entitled to protection as long as they are performing some editorial judgment, as I think most bloggers do," said Peter Scheer, executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition, which may file a brief o­n behalf of the bloggers if the case goes to an appellate court. "There needs to be an editorial screen or filter, an exercise of editorial judgment involved in the decision to publish information," Scheer said. "For example, a site that's effectively a bulletin board, o­n which anyone can publish or post documents at any time -- and that's all that happens in that site -- may not be entitled to special protection." Ironically, the telecom law passed by Congress in the 90s extends special protection to bulletin board functions (though not to those who post o­n them).

ARE COMICS ARTISTS JOURNALISTS? Maybe.

GREEN DAY AWAKENS SCHOOLBOY FROM A COMA: After two weeks o­n life support, American Idiot does the trick. If o­nly Morrissey had known...

SOLOMON BURKE gets by with a little help from his friends, including Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello.

WHAT IS FOOD? According to the European Union, chewing gum is food; an apple o­n the tree is not. Go figure.

IS MILK GOOD FOR YOUR BONES? Not particularly, says a new study, which is attacked by the National Dairy Council as conducted by a strongly pro-vegetarian group that advocates elimination of all animal products, including milk, from the diet.

IT'S VIRUS SEASON for digital devices: Commwarrior propagates through cellphones; A family of worms propagates over instant messaging services, especially MSN.

JOURNO SHOT BY U.S. TROOPS: Giuliana Sgrena, a reporter for the Italian communist newspaper Il Manifesto, has claimed that U.S. troops fired between 300 and 400 bullets at her car. That car has been recovered and shown o­n Italian television. The Associated Press has these two photos of the car. So why are there only a handful of bullet holes? There is at least o­ne investigation into this shooting incident; it should be done, as the shooting could be improper without firing 300 or 400 shots. But I suspect it will be concluded fairly quickly.

SEN. JOHN McCAIN became a warrior for campaign finance reform after he was ensnared in the Keating Five scandal. But now questions are being raised about assistance he gave to Cablevision in 2003 and 2004, which was sandwiched around two donations of $100,000 each from Cablevision to The Reform Institute, the tax-exempt group that touts McCain's views and has showcased him at events since his 2000 presidential campaign. ''If it was a PAC [political action committee] or if it was somehow connected to any campaign of mine, I would say to you, that's a legitimate appearance of conflict of interest. But it's not," McCain responded. ''There's not a conflict of interest when you're involved in an organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, nonpolitical." However, with the generally McCain-friendly New York Times reporting that the Reform Institute "may look like the headquarters of a nascent McCain presidential bid in 2008," the questions may linger.

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