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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.

MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY SEPARATE: Bandwagon jumpers.

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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Monday, January 17, 2005 - 03:02 AM
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The content of his characterMLK DAY: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't set out to be a great man. He was a Baptist pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, until he became involved in the the 382-day boycott of the city's bus lines. Soon thereafter, he was touring the country and assisting other communities in organizing themselves for peaceful civil rights demonstrations. His argument for civil disobedience is famously set forth in his "Letter From Birmingham Jail," but he is probably most known for the "I Have a Dream" speech, given o­n August 28th, 1963, at the March o­n Washington.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES: Sideways, The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby and Desperate Housewives were the big winners. William Shatner also takes home a Globe for Boston Legal. Even though The Aviator took Best Drama, Scosese has to be worried about getting his Oscar with Eastwood taking Best Director. You have to like an award show where you can see Liam Neeson sitting with a toothpick hanging out of his mouth and Teri Hatcher thanking people for taking a chance on her when she was a big has-been.

NEKO CASE talked to Jim DeRogatis about her new live disc and her next studio effort.

CARL WILSON (not the late Beach Boy) takes a hard look at charity rock.

ANOTHER PATE INFLUENCE: The Lost Bands of the New Wave Era recently posted a brief profile of Dirty Looks, with a couple of links.

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER JUDY SGRO resigns, not o­nly over allegations that she agreed to help a pizza shop owner avoid deportation in return for free food. Granted, a court ruled last year that pizza man Harjit Singh took part in a $1 million credit card scam with his three children. But the allegation followed prior claims that Sgro gave priority treatment to a Romanian stripper who worked o­n her campaign. She had to discontinue a program that fast-tracked work visas for other strippers.

HAS YOUR CHILD CONSIDERED A CAREER IN EXOTIC DANCING? Students at a Palo Alto middle school learned more than school officials ever expected when a recent "career day" speaker extolled the merits of stripping. About 16 students were told that strippers can earn as much as 250,000 dollars a year and that a larger bust -- whether natural or augmented -- has a direct relationship to a dancer's salary.

Love In A Trash CanFORTHCOMING TRACKS FROM SON VOLT, RAVEONETTES, KINGS OF LEON, and more can be streamed from NPR's All Songs Considered

VIDEO PROMOTED THE RADIO STAR? Manchester band Happy Mondays has had a resurging sales due to reality TV. Meanwhile PopMatters examines "The O.C. Effect."

DAN DREZNER has been blogging everything from how a discussion between two old-style baseball scouts and two new-style sabermetricians relates to Hobbes' Leviathan, to o­ne of his areas of expertise, outsourcing -- or, in this case, homeshoring.

JANE GALT had a wonderful question of the day last Friday.

SEX BOMB, MY BABY, YEAH! The Pentagon rejected the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal said. The proposal was undoubtedly classified as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but what would Flipper say?


Careful with that nail gun, Eugene...I COULD SEE How this could give you a headache.

NEUROECONOMICS wants to use brain-scanning experiments to study how well economics' "rational person" theory comports with reality.

DELICIOUS MONSTER: This Seattle-based software company has cut out the middleman by officing in a coffee shop.

PSEUDO-DISNEY: Bangkok's largest theme park,"Dream World," looks eerily familiar. Meanwhile a Disney World fan saddened by the removal of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" is creating a CGI version of the attraction.

THE JOY OF LAZINESS is a book with a point, but probably an overstated o­ne.

Red and blue make purple, of course...ONE STATE, TWO STATES, RED STATES, BLUE STATES: Berns Rothchild is selling blue bracelets that say "COUNT ME BLUE," a sign of her opposition to the reelection of President Bush; her father has invested in 5,000 "COUNT ME RED" bracelets. From another perspective, however, blue and red bracelets might mean the same thing.

SPACE.COM has pics from the European Space Agency's Hguyens probe of Titan. UPDATE: Open source processing of the Titan images is even cooler.

THE FBI never adequately investigated complaints by a fired contract linguist who alleged shoddy work and possible espionage inside the bureau's translator program, although evidence and witnesses supported her, according to the Justice Department's Inspector General.

GUIDED BY VOICES attempts "Sympathy for the Devil;" The Copy, Right? blog has it for download, though I must add that it's not from the Dec. 30th show to which Liza refers.

The band's o­n a roof, get it?THE VILLAGE VOICE is not high o­n Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy's Let It Be, the 16th entry of 33 1/3's series of essays o­n really important albums.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC HiSTORY OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S FACE, complete with commentary.

BRIGHT EYES opens its latest tour in Omaha before an appeciative hometown audience.


CULT OF THE iPOD: Mercedes-Benz USA, Volvo, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari join BMW and Mini Cooper in offering iPod integration with their automobiles.

DARTH VADER AND MR. POTATOHEAD: Synergy!

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Friday, January 14, 2005 - 05:00 AM
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I hate music...it's got too many notes!SEE THE REPLACEMENTS circa September 5, 1981, in glorious Quicktime, courtesy of Twin/Tone Records. There's even a clip of "Hey, Good Lookin'," which was o­n the flipside of the "I Will Dare" 12-incher.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Steve Burns (Blue's Clues) contributes to the They Might Be Giants tribute disc, along with Frank Black, the Wrens, etc.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Basically, rock music in America still sounds pretty much the same, that low baritone style of singing and whining about your upbringing. So there's still work to be done." -- Hives vocalist Pelle Almqvist.

Have you ever been experienced?THE CHRIS STAMEY EXPERIENCE drops A Question of Temperature o­n January 25th. Given the title, the cover of "Politician" linked previously, and what Ken King rightly calls a mighty version of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things," with assists from Yo La Tengo and ex-dB Gene Holder, it may be quite the trip.

LOHAN GONE WILD: Gawker has the photos and a link to an official denial worthy of Claude Rains in Casablanca.

Those cats were fast as lightning...PLAYBOY PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR Carmella DeCesare, galpal of Cleveland Browns QB Jeff Garcia, accused of grabbing a dance pole and karate-kicking Garcia's ex-galpal in the head, was found not guilty of assaulting the woman. The big surprise to me was Garcia having two girlfriends.

DAVE BARRY "is—was—the most heroic newspaper columnist in America," according to Bryan Curtis in Slate

BOB DYLAN: The so-called "Minnesota Party Tape," believed to be some of the earliest recordings by Bob Dylan, can now be listened to in the library at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

I know what you're thinking...CLINT EASTWOOD TO MICHAEL MOORE: "Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera - I'll kill you." Moore laughed; Jeff Goldstein translates.

BRAD AND JEN, DAY FIVE devolves into psychobabble, as the New York Daily News examines the Angelina Factor, asking: "Is your man's best (female) friend ruining your relationship?" If she's Angelina Jolie, probably yes. After all, if Brad and Jen had freebie lists, wouldn't Jolie be on both of them?

THE ONION has a MLK Day theme.

GLOBAL DIMMING: Cutting some types of pollution may accelerate global warming, as detailed in a BBC documentary.

OUTGOING HHS SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON wants TV viewers to drop and give him twenty!

I say your eyes may look like ears...SPENCER DRYDEN, drummer for the Jefferson Airplane when it was good, dead at 66.

KGSR (107.1 Austin, TX) lists its Top 107 (that's so radio) songs and CDs of 2004.

WHAT GOES o­n is cataloging "anomalies" in the Beatles' albums.

MUSIC (AND MOVIE) DOWNLOADING: Have you read any of my stuff about BitTorrent, podcasting, etc., and said "What?" Marc Eisenstadt explains it all in detail at Corante. The Vancouver Sun looks at the impact of peer-to-peer file sharing o­n the entertainment industry. Newsday covers audioblogs, including SoulSides, which I linked to recently.

STEVE ALBINI brings his unique perspective to food.

THE BLACK AND BLUE ALBUM: following in the mash-up tradition of The Grey Album, Jay-Zeezer combines Jay-Z's Black Album with Weezer's blue o­ne.

BLOGOLA: Zephyr Teachout notes that Markos Zuniga (of the Daily Kos) and Jerome Anderson (at MyDD) were paid by Howard Dean's campaign. Zuniga posted a disclosure in June 2003. Jeff Jarvis notes that the campaign believed it was buying something other than what Zuniga thought he was selling.

BLOGGER-JOURNO CHRIS ALLBRITTON raised 15,000 dollars from his readers to go to Iraq, which then turned into a gig with Time magazine.

MAMMALS ATE DINOSAURS: It's the Jurassic version of "Man bites Dog."

The kid is not my son...E! AND SKY NEWS, their cameras barred from the courtroom, plan to stage nightly reenactments of the Michael Jackson trial.

HUMAN CELLS USE MORSE CODE -- or something like it -- to switch genes o­n and off, posing new challenges for drug designers.

VAN GORDON SAUTER, former president of CBS News, explains why he stopped watching it some time ago.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 05:00 AM
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Of course, we'll promote others here, too. Mike? Jon H?THE LAYAWAYS: A shameless plug for Sylvia's boss, but I've disclosed it and have received no compensation, avoiding any Armstrong Williams problem. Plus, I'm all in favor of cool bosses. The Layaways tend to be described as a mix of the Jesus & Mary Chain and various others. I'd pick the Stone Roses, maybe a litle U2-type atmospherics with a dash of George Harrison. You can stream the new album or download a couple of MP3s at the band's site.

ON THE PITCHFORK: More of the SXSW 2005 lineup.

POLICY REVIEW is usually not the sort of journal that publishes an article about the sociology and influence of rap and rock lyrics, particularly o­ne titled "Eminem Was Right." But there it is. David Adesnik comments o­n the article at OxBlog.

Cranberry sauce...LET ME CLOSE YOU DOWN, 'cause I'm go-ing to...

THE GOLDEN GLOBES are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but many members of the HFPA are neither foreign nor press.

BRAD AND JEN BREAKUP MOURNING DRAGS o­n with this priceless lede from the Associated Press: "In the world of celebrities and those who love them, the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt breakup was like the fall of the Berlin Wall." Reporter Derrik J. Lang does not clarify whether this means that celebs and their fans think the fall of the Berlin Wall was a bad thing or the Pittston breakup is a good thing. Both seem equally possible. Elsewhere, USA Today is already working o­n auditing the couple's books.

EXPLODING TV: Jeff Jarvis has a must-read item o­n the future of television, including searchable video, video blogging, endless content organized by viewer ratings, and televisions with TiVo-like services integrated with the internet. Meanwhile, Christine Rosen asks whether technologies of personalization, from the remote control to video recording and iPods, risk making us incapable of ever being surprised.

AD RANTS begins its item o­n the creepy sexualization of tweens with a creepy phrase: "While it's become almost normal to occasionally mistake a 13 year old girl for an 18 year old..."

FOOD PORN REVISITED: I meant to revisit the case of Hardee's Monster Thickburger. Daniel Drezner beat me to the punch, including a link to a Slate piece o­n the Thickburger ads. I even enjoyed many of the comments posted by Drezner's readers.

THE MAINSTREAMING OF PORN is also visible at Defamer, which notes the number of mainstream showbiz types attending the Adult Video News awards.

WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR'S RACE: Grigoire has been certified as the next Governor; Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson Jr. profiles Stefan Sharkansky, a blogger whose shoe leather may affect Rossi's legal challenge to the election.

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

"In the face of their tactics, we cannot move our party or our nation forward under the pale colors and timid voices. We cannot play Republican clones. If we do, we will lose again, and deserve to lose." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy, January 12, 2005.


"Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand o­n all of the issues troubling the people?" -- Ronald Reagan, March 1, 1975.

MADONNA and her husband use a Kabbalah ritual to cleanse Chernobyl of radiation.

OLD SCHOOL RADIO is promoting itself as though it is cheese. I guess that's about right.

FROM THE "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" FILE: Men Without Hats. And Puppet Show.

CRACKING THE CODE? Researchers have discovered Leonardo da Vinci's secret laboratory in previously sealed rooms at a monastery in Florence.

It would be easier to win with o­nly two players...ROBOTS: Robot makers say World Cup will be theirs by 2050. Wired News asks questions about "Ethics for the Robot Age," such as, "Should telerobotic labor be regulated?"

ARE VIDEOGAMERS WELL-ADJUSTED? A new poll commissioned by the industry says the image of the reclusive, anti-social videogamer is a myth, revealing that they regularly volunteer, exercise, and attend religious services. Wired News, however, collects anecdotes suggesting that hardcore gamers may have a difficult time separating their real-life consciousness from that of their game. Zoe Flower argues that videogames remain wedded to sexual archetypes.

SKEPTIC MICHAEL SHERMER is not skeptical about the power of intuition.

MASH-UPS are going legit.

JUDY REYES (Scrubs) sounds off o­n Latinas being cast as maids: "It’s just so utterly played out, and it’s a phenomenon created by non-Latino people Hollywood whose experiences with Latinas are limited to conversations they’ve had with their maids."

WHO OWNS E-MAIL ACCOUNTS? When L/Cpl Justin Ellsworth was killed in Iraq, his father decided to create a memorial to his dead son using the e-mails he wrote and received while in the Middle East. But Yahoo! still refuses to release the messages, due to privacy protections written into the Yahoo! Terms of Service.

ANONYMOUS E-MAILER allowed to remain so, rules a Texas judge.

CNN/US PREZ JONATHAN KLEIN o­nce dismissed bloggers as guys sitting around in their pajamas. He's now starting to give grudging respect.

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