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Links 'o' the (TGIFri) Day (Noon update)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 03, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

IRAN has some... interesting criticism of Al-Jazeera.

THE CHRONICLE SCOOPS AGAIN: This time with grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds, who demonstrates why so many people don't like him very much. If you're interested in following the BALCO story, David Pinto's Baseball Musings will probably be on the case. Of course, if you're a baseball fan you probably already have that site bookmarked.

PROTEIN WISDOM has Holiday Wishes From Anna Nicole Smith.

THE MUMMY RETURNS: King Tut is coming back to Chicago's Field Museum in 2006 as part of a U.S. tour starting next year. I saw the first exhibit in 1977, but this time I hope to answer questions left hanging, like "How'd he get so funky?" and "Did he do the Monkey?" And yes, I did see Steve Martin in the same general timeframe, at the late, unlamented Universal Amphitheater.

NINTENDO is getting into the movie business. I don't know why, since there's much more money in video games.

THE HOLY GRAIL: What is your quest? British codebreakers join the search, but is the Grail elusive or an illusion? This article gets bonus points in my book for mentioning the Merovingians, because the Merovingian swore in French in the Matrix sequels, much as the French taunted King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Then again, my book is only read by other crazy people.

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Two of the Texas strip club murders, on videotape and phone conversations between Florida teacher Debra LaFave and the 14-year-old student with whom she allegedly had sex, on audiotape.

SONY IS HARASSING BLOGGER JASON KOTTKE for posting audio and text of Ken Jennings finally losing on Jeopardy. Fortunately, it has not come to a lawsuit... yet. Perhaps clearer minds will prevail.

THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL is trying to bring back the Round Table, but ten thousand dollars for a martini seems a little pricey.

REMEMBER THAT MISSING STOCKPILE OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES IN IRAQ? The Independent, hardly a right-wing paper, may have a partial answer to where they went... and when.

FANS MOCK PLASTIC SURGERY: Liz Hurley seems to have developed "trout pout." Nicollette Sheridan is pitching a skin care product, though many think her face is not kept in a jar by the door.

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION "is a disaster waiting to happen, according to one NASA flight controller.

BEHIND THE BURKA: a pictorial on The Women of Afghanistan.

ANN ALTHOUSE was a member of the Who fan club before their first album was released in the United States; now, not so much.

CAMERA PHONES will soon have lenses made from a couple of drops of oil and water.

JASON GIAMBI: Credit where it's due -- the S.F. Chronicle broke the story of his grand jury admission that he was on the juice in 2003.

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Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

HAHM AND HAHN ALIKE may enjoy The Drum Report.

JON PRATT (and others) may enjoy these cool nanotech movies.

JON SCALZI presents The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time.

RNA TESTING may be able to tell those CSI types when a suspect was at a crime scene.

OLIVER STONE does not like the DVD format; Ann Althouse delivers the smackdown.

CEREALITY: An all-cereal, all-the-time cafe featuring pajama-clad servers opens in Philadelphia.

ANNA BENSON, wife of NY Mets pitcher Kris Benson, tells Howard Stern that she will have sex with all of his teammates if he ever cheats on her.

NICHE GOOGLE: Now it has search engines for government and scientific papers.

NEW CELLPHONE TURNS INTO A SUNFLOWER: The future looks like a pretty landfill.

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: Those hordes of cane toads are now on the verge of invading New South Wales, threatening the dingo population. Some are blaming global warming, of course.

NATALIE PORTMAN: Although I noted the protests over the cutting of a topless scene from Closer, Portman expects the footage soon will turn up on the internet.

DAVID FELDMAN answers the imponderable questions of life, such as: "Why do women open their mouths while putting on mascara?" Or: "Why do doughnuts have holes?"

MILK IN VIRGINIA contains a special ingredient: rocket fuel.

A JAPANESE ROBOT makes small talk to keep the elderly from going senile.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

MAN KILLED BY EXPLODING LAVA LAMP: It looks to be a case of operator error.

MUSICIANS urged to register for royalty payments for certain digital and satellite transmissions. The Count Five and the Shangri-Las have collected already.

I'VE HEARD of being born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, but this is just... eeeew.

IRAN BOMBS GOOGLE!

FORMER NAVY SEAL acquitted of stalking Sheryl Crow.

TIME lists 2004's Coolest Inventions.

GO, GO GODZILLA: The atomically-mutated reptile gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. A throng of onlookers shouted "We love you, Godzilla!" and "Viva Godzilla!" as the monster posed for pictures, spewed bursts of radioactive fire and destroyed several buildings along Hollywood Boulevard.

DEBRA LaFAVE, a teacher was accused this summer of having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old student, will be using an insanity defense.

DAN RATHER: Is he too planning to invoke the insanity defense? He claims that has often spoken with the ghost of Edward R. Murrow. Everybody say it together now: "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

"BLOG" was the number one word looked up on Mirriam-Webster's web sites this year.

DENTAL PLAQUE can be fatal.

ARESA BIODETECTION has genetically engineered flowers to turn from green to red near landmines.

WMD ATTACK ON U.S. VIRTUALLY "INEVITABLE," says Yossef Bodansky, former director of the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.

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Links 'o' the (Tues) Day (P.M. edition)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

CATS AND DOGS, LIVING TOGETHER: A disaster of Biblical proportions in Provo, Utah... but that is about to change.

ON THE PITCHFORK: IGGY & THE STOOGES (with Mike Watt!) pay tribute to Delta bluesman Junior Kimbrough on a CD to issue in January.

WHAT IS HIP? Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver," as remixed by the Supreme Beings of Leisure?

FEMALE INFIDELITY may be linked to genetics. My bad eyesight also may be linked to genetics, but I wear eyeglasses. Just sayin'.

JULIA'S TWINS: I previously wrote that they might be boffo PR for Ocean's 12, but Defamer turns that joke up to eleven.

PROTEIN WISDOM has a unique definition of "agape." A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but a picture plus a few well-chosen words is even better.

HUCKAPOO: New York Magazine's piece on the making of a girl group reveals that there is something in a name.

BRIAN WILLIAMS, set to replace Tom Brokaw as anchor at NBC, thinks that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Tell it to Rather, Brian. UPDATE: Bill Ardolino, the blogger who got one of the country's foremost forensic document examiners to opine that he was at least 90% sure the memos Rather used were fakes, has a fun response to Williams.

PAGE SIX claims that Pam Anderson was "caught doing the 'walk of shame' on her way out of skirt-chasing actor Stephen Dorff's Malibu pad Sunday morning." I doubt Pam could find the "walk of shame" with a map.

TIME-WASTER OF THE DAY: Just let your eyes glaze over.

BRAIN SCANS may make lie detectors scientific. UPDATE: Jim Lindgren of the Volokh Conspiracy notes that either the study or the news story is flawed.

GROVER: BEHIND THE MUPPET

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: The locusts are now swarming the Canary Islands.

TRUMAN CAPOTE: His first, unpublished novel, long thought destroyed, surfaces for auction.

ROBOTIC AIRPLANE is doing remarkable work in Iraq: "It travels above insurgent positions and sends real-time video images to Marines on the ground. The unmanned device can relay facial expressions on enemy soldiers, and can transmit in such detail that it shows steam rising from their coffee.

TV ROUNDUP: Bravo has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters, another argument starter. Apparently, there's also a book out titled Prime Times, in which famous writers essay their favorite TV shows. And TV network execs are looking to shake up tired formulas: "Fox brass are said to be particularly high on a project that one could dub 'hat '70s B.C. Show': It imagines Jesus as a slacker teen under pressure from his parents -- God and Mary -- to enter the family carpentry business." Eek.

THE ELECTRIC SIX has a video for their cover of "Radio Ga Ga" that pretty much defies description. And the cover ain't bad, either.

THE CELL is a forthcoming multi-microprocessor ten times more powerful than conventional chips and able to shepherd large chunks of data over broadband networks.

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Monday, November 29, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

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

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

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

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

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

HARVARD UNIVERSITY backed the Nazis. Who knew?

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

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

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

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

RECORD CDs on your own homemade gramophone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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