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Links 'o' the (Hump) Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 11:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

ROPE AROUND THE MOON: An unusual version of the holiday classic: It's a Wonderful Life in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.

IT'S THE MOST... DEADLY DAY... OF THE YEAR...

LAW STUDENTS IN LOVE: Go here, read the comments. So good that I shut up.

REMARRIAGE: Remarried men eat better, exercise less and gain weight. And they drink less.

ROB REINER FOR GOVERNOR? The Daily Kos says probably not until 2010.

RICHARD LACELYN GREEN was way too into Sherlock Holmes.

GIRLS GONE WILD: The CEO plans a pay-per-view special during this year's Super Bowl halftime show with "guaranteed wardrobe malfunctions."

IRAQ: Its main Sunni Muslim party apparently will join in the January election.

HOLLYWOOD TO SUE BIT TORRENT SERVERS, which is sorta what I predicted a day or two ago.

I ACCIDENTALLY COIN THE TERM "TIRE-BLOGGING" at Althouse; it then spreads to Instapundit, where it will be read by hundreds of thousands of people.

BBC RADIO FOUR polled for the novel that "has spoken to you on a personal level; it may have changed the way you look at yourself, or simply made you happy to be a woman". The Guardian is clearly unhappy with the results.

SOAP OPERA DIGEST tackles the abortion issue: "In six decades of daytime television, ...there have been exactly six abortions (one illegal, five legal). To put that into perspective, there were more characters who came back from the dead in this year alone."

TOM WOLFE wins a prize for bad sex. Ouch.

GOOGLE TO DIGITIZE LIBRARIES, though Harvard seems less forthcoming in this project than the others.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS is being turned from a potential loser into a modest hit by using endorsements drawn almost entirely from the "700 Club," religious-based broadcasters Good News TV and Family Net, and the Film Advisory Board, whose aim is to promote family-oriented and children's entertainment. The link requires (free) registration or BugMeNot, but worth it for the surprise ending.

MORE RELIGIOUS MARKETING: God endorses Moe's. I'll bet He loves the Flaming Homers.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 11:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

AND THE CROWS STARE UNAMAZED: Turns out that crows (and other members of the corvid family -- jays, ravens, etc.) may be as smart as chimpanzees and gorillas.

GOLDEN GLOBES: Given that I haven't seen all of the nominated pictures and shows (The Aviator isn't in general release yet), I will say in the spirit of Bill Murray that, looking over the list of noms, I'd say that the Foreign Press did a half-decent job.

Sure, it's bizzare that The Incredibles has to compete with Sideways, Ray, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Phantom of the Opera, but The Incredibles was really good (and probably better than another retelling of Phantom), so this may be a case where it really is an honor to be nominated. Natalie Portman probably will not (and probably should not) win for her supporting role in Closer, but if it encourages her to take more roles as a stripper, all the better. [Note: Do I have a link or two for that Portman comment? You betcha, but that wouldn't be family-friendly, now would it?]

For screenplay, I'd be torn between Eternal Sunshine and Sideways, and would guess it will go to the writer(s) least honored in past Globes.

For TV Drama, 24 didn't hold me this year and Lost may be too new (though the FP may pull a Jenny Garner here). Nip/Tuck was good, but maybe not as good as the first season. The Sopranos marked a return to form. If Nip/Tuck didn't win last year, it could this year; otherwise, I'd pick the mob.

In Best TV Actress, the nomination of three of the Desperate Housewives will probably split their vote, making the number of nominations that show received a little deceptive. I guess they left out Eva Longoria either because she's the youngest, or because she's the hottest and thus can deal better with disappointment. I'd bet on Sarah Jessica Parker's swan song. But ironically, since everyone will anticipate the vote split, Nicolette Sheridan may take Best TV Supporting Actress over Drea deMateo, who was great on The Sopranos, but now has the Joey stink on her. And it may help the housewives overtake last year's critical fave, Arrested Development. And while discussing the latter, I would gratuitously note that the story about Portia de Rossi hooking up with Ellen DeGeneres is sad on more than one level.

Finally, in Best TV Supporting Actor, I must note that William Shatner was nominated for Boston Legal. He might just win; as Ann Althouse discovered, you don't cross the Shat.

L.A. TIMES: People blamed incoming DCI Porter Goss and his staff for the resignations of some top CIA officials, but the same thing is happening at the FBI.

MY KIND OF TOWN: Chicago police evict a man from the home he built in the underside of the Lake Shore Drive drawbridge -- a lair that boasted a space heater, television, PlayStation video game and microwave. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times continues to report on Mayor Daley's towing program, under which the city of Chicago sells about 70,000 cars each year to an allegedly politically-connected company for no more than the going scrap-metal price, regardless of the car's age or condition.

MADAME TUSSAUD'S CELEBRITY WAX CRECHE, mentioned here a few days ago, has been attacked -- literally.

HOWARD WOLFSON, one of Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign managers, delivers his Top Ten Albums of 2004!

MARC RICH, the fugitive Swiss-based billionaire commodities trader who received a controversial pardon from President Bill Clinton in January 2001, has emerged as a central figure in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal and is under investigation for brokering deals in which scores of international politicians and businessmen cashed in on sweetheart oil deals with Saddam Hussein, according to the New York Post.

SWARMSTREAMING: Hollywood is already freaking about BitTorrent's ability to ease movie file-sharing; swarmstreaming may turn out to be more powerful and robust.

FILE-SHARERS have already begun to hijack the second-generation version of the internet.

WHAT IS LIFE? "Astrobiologists will tell you honestly that this question has no simple or generally accepted answer." But at least George Harrison wasn't sued over that one.

GARY WEBB, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter whose controversial series of stories linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles were largely discredited, has died at age 49. Conspiracy theorists are undoubtedly on red alert.

KOBE BRYANT accuses Karl Malone of hitting on his wife. Too. Many. Glass. House. Jokes.

GOIN' MOBILE: Mozilla is readying the next version of Minimo, its browser for PDAs and set-top boxes.

iTUNES now accepts PayPal.

JERRY SCOGGINS, who sang The Ballad of Jed Clampett, has died at 93.

PAGE SIX harshes on the Pixies reunion.

MICHAEL CRICHTON: His new book, State of Fear, questions global warming, which is an unexpected stance from the author of The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.

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Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

RADICAL MOROCCAN PIZZA COURIER arrested after the police were tipped that Islamic extremists were allegedly planning an attack on the Red Light District in Amsterdam. This story, following the murders of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn and, more recently, filmmaker Theo van Gogh (who made movies about Islamic treatment of women and about Fortuyn), are prompting the Dutch middle classes to leave the Netherlands. And perhaps worst of all, it looks like Amsterdam is going to have a a Charlie Brown Christmas.

TOP 11 WAYS GEEKS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS: It's like a "Top 10" list, except this one goes to... eleven.

WHAT'S THAT SONG? A streaming version of the old game show, in which you can play by band or decade. Sadly, Claude Pate is not in the database, which causes the server to put up some decidedly un-Claude choices.

MY ALMA MATER (Barrington High School) is pioneering "while you wait" college admissions.

IOWA CAUCUSES: Their first-in-the-nation status is threatened by a Democratic Party commission.

LEMONY SNICKET FANS (and their parents): Count Olaf has a blog.

I used to have shoes sorta like these, but they don't make them in my size anymore.

THE REV. BERNICE KING, MLK's daughter, joins a march that in part opposes same-sex marriage, causing tension in the traditional civil rights leadership.

SAME-SEX DIVORCE comes to Massachussetts, months after legalizing same-sex marriage. For one such couple, most difficult part of the settlement appeared to be custody of their three cats; one man ended up with sole custody.

COOKING WITH GOOGLE and other fun Google hacks.

FILE-SHARING: The Supreme court will review a lower court ruling in favor of Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. over their liability for copyright infringement. Meanwhile, BitTorrent, a more robust file-sharing method, threatens Hollywood, as some of the software-based methods record companies have used against Grokster, KaZaa, etc. do not work with BitTorrent. That fact will push the entertainment more toward lawsuits, I think. At issue before the Supreme Court will be the scope of their prior decision that VCR makers were not assisting violations of the copyright laws.

PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL may bar adults from bringing children under 6 to a movie after 7 p.m. unless it is G-rated.

THICKBURGER: The Hardee's sandwich is a as big a hit as its 1,420-calories delivers to your waistline. The usual suspects have attacked the contrarian burger as "food porn" and suggested that Hardee's list the calories on their menu board. That might be nice, but it shouldn't be required. In the UK, governmental diet advice was followed by incresed sales for cake, chocolate, biscuits, fats, yoghurts, lager and wine.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Surprisingly popular with kids in Damascus.

"BIG IN '04 AWARDS:" VH1 handed them out, but its own site makes them sound like you wouldn't want one.

UKRAINE UPDATE: Doctors confirm that presidential candidate Yushchenko was poisoned with Dioxin. However, Airbag Industries thinks it may have been cosmic rays.

BLOGCRITICS: It's a little old, but I enjoyed the treorizing over the meaning of Bono's Spanish "1, 2, 3... 14" count-off on U2's "Vertigo." The Lilywhite theory seems most likely, but the one involving the late John Ritter is my favorite.

MOM BROKE LAW BY EAVESDROPPING ON DAUGHTER'S PHONE CONVERSATION, as decided by the Washington Supreme Court. That may be a correct reading of Washington state law, but that won't stop people from finding it wacky.

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Friday, December 10, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

WONKAVISION: Yahoo! has the trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presumably so named because it looks like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are going to hew even closer to the book, which was a few shades darker than the Gene Wilder classic.

BRITNEY SPEARS AND HER TINY DOG: On the one hand, I want to say, "We already knew she was a skank without the Paris Hilton imitation." On the other hand, if dog ownership delays her own expression in the gene pool, I wouldn't want to discourage it. UPDATE: Page Six has the Britney story right before a story referring to Paris Hilton's "revolving man-door," which is a lovely little euphemism...

THE CHURCH OF SAINT SULPICE is a little weary over Da Vinci Code tourism.

THE GUARDIAN surveys the curse of the Christmas single.

ROMANIAN ROCKER TEO PETER was killed iwhen the taxi in which he was riding collided with an SUV driven by a U.S. Marine serving as an embassy guard. Romania has demanded the Marine return for questioning. A police breathalyser test showed the marine had a 0.09mg alcohol level in his blood, but under Romanian law, people are not allowed to drive after consuming any amount of alcohol. The Romanian foreign ministry also has asked that he be brought back to Romania and his diplomatic immunity be lifted to face trial. At this juncture, it seems that he may face a court martial instead.

SMOKES FOR SOLDIERS: Chicago sports-radio talker Mike North (about whom I have mixed feelings) is denounced by the American Lung Association for conducting a cigarette collection drive for soldiers in Iraq. I dunno. Obviously, smoking is unhealthy. But soldiers in country have bigger risks to deal with, so if they want cigs, perhaps they ought to be able to get them. The linked story also discusses more healthy items that are popular with the troops.

BLUES LEGEND ROBERT JOHNSON: A lawsuit over his estate drags on through the Mississippi court system.

NEXT-GEN DVD FORMAT BATTLE: Disney joins Sony in backing the Blu-ray format, which is said to be technically superior to the competing HD DVD format (championed by Paramount, Universal, New Line, and Warner Bros. because of HD's similarity to existing DVD technology). One question: Which type of disc will play on my Betamax?

CAT AND DOG take long journeys. And here's a disc of Dog Tunes

CALL IT "TOYS FROM T-TS": The Housing Authority in Statesville, NC rejects hundreds of donated gifts for needy kids offered by a strip club. The director of the authority said he rejected the toys because he was criticized last year for accepting the donation. But the complaints centered around a news photo showing two dancers from the club next to a Statesville police officer, inside a limousine loaded with presents for children. The director admitted elsewhere that [t]he community was outraged about the publicity. So the needy kids could have gotten those gifts, so long as no one required an exploitative photo op. Indeed, a local pastor supported accepting the gift.

ROB GLASER, CEO of RealNetworks, now will chair liberal talk show network Air America Radio.

MEL GIBSON is putting that Passion money to very good use.

MAN SMART, WOMEN SMARTER: That's right, the women are smarter, according to a British MP.

TERRORISTS MAY TRY TO DOWN PLANES WITH LASERS, according to a federal warning bulletin. But it's not clear whether the lasers would be based on the Moon, or mounted on their heads.

FORTY DOGS, 16 cats, 14 chickens, seven ducks, two monkeys, four goats, two burros, a rabbit and a potbellied pig were rescued from a house near Akron, IA. Did the police check the pear tree?

MOVE ON says of the Democratic Party: "We bought it, we own it, we're going to take it back." It had better be in its original packaging or they are out of luck.

GIBBON WEDDING: A couple of days after gorillas conduct a human-style wake at the zoo, animal conservationists get hitched like they do on the Discovery channel.

THIS JUST IN: Most smokers don't know the facts about what's in their cigarettes and how these ingredients may be harming them.

EX-OFFICIALS of an historically black college have been indicted for defrauding and stealing millions from student financial aid programs. The feds also claim identity theft was involved.

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: Aussie snakes evolve to survive the cane toad invasion.

PRIVATE SPACEFLIGHT BILL passes the Senate.

BURLINGTON, IA: A man who police say smeared excrement on dollars bills used to pay a parking ticket has been fined 250 dollars. The best part? The guy is a psychiatrist.

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Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 12:00 PM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THERESA HEINZ-KERRY: "The job of a political spouse is to say, 'Hey, idiot . . .'" Ouch.

NEWS IS DEPRESSING, so leave now.

JANE GALT has penned a poem: "My Tivo has died, and I am sad."

SECRET SPY PROGRAM DANGER TO NATIONAL SECURITY, according to some Senators. But they can't tell you what it is: it's a secret, y'know?

NYDN cites the National Enquirer for a story that police found Michael Jackson's fingerprint and a fingerprint from the boy accusing him of sex abuse on the "same page" of a porno mag seized from the pop star's home. If true, Jacko's lawyers will probably argue: (1) so Jacko and the kid both read Barely Legal magazine -- it doesn't prove they read it together; and (2) Barely Legal may be a little creepy, but it's not gay porn, yer honor!

ALEXANDER THE TERRIBLE UPDATE: Maybe more people would go see it if this scene had been included. Maybe Ollie Stone is saving it for the DVD.

DAZED AND CONFUSED: Wooderson, Slater and Pink are suing filmmaker Richard Linklater because they're sick of people thinking they're stoners.

STARBUCKS: selling hundreds of thousands of Ray Charles CDs.

TARA REID - LINDSAY LOHAN CATFIGHT, with a faked orgasm. But only in print. Lohan's mother, however, is a different story.

MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY have a Kathie Lee Gifford problem?

PICTURES OF ELVIS hold up anthrax cleanup in Florida.

INDIE LABELS OF THE WORLD UNITE: TVT, Artemis, Spinart, Lookout and more form trade group to try to boost payments from online services like Apple's iTunes.

GORILLAS hold a wake for their alpha female.

ADULT SUPERSTORES: Proof that size matters?

IF IT'S THURSDAY, IT MUST BE THE O.C.: The show which brings out the best at Low Culture -- here and here and here, for example.

FAHRENHEIT 9/11: Its online video-on-demand premiere netted 89 viewers. Ouch.

WHAT IS HIP? Rock critic and author John Leland thought he knew where the word came from; Slate debunks the story.

HOT LAPTOPS may reduce male fertility.

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: The locusts reach Mexico.

PIXAR'S CARS TROUBLE? The release of the movie teased before The Incredibles is pushed from November 2005 to June 2006, prompting rumors of problems with the script. "Audiences were somewhat underwhelmed by the Cars trailer, which was released in theaters and online last month, further fueling fears of a Pixar bomb." Sadly, I was underwhelmed myself. But if anyone can work it out it's Pixar, which had similar rumors floated around Finding Nemo.

INTELL REFORM: There was much sound and fury leading to the passage of the intelligence reform law. "But some experts say it is not at all evident how, or even if, the changes will help America's spies obtain secrets and help analysts determine the intentions of terrorists or worrisome nations developing weapons of mass destruction." How about the creation of a National Intelligence Director? Will that help stop terrorists and WMD proliferation? "On that question, even some supporters of the overhaul acknowledge their own skepticism. Apparently, Congress wanted to pass (and the President wanted to sign) something, if only to avoid the political fallout from another terror attack had they done nothing.

HOLIDAY STRESS? Have you considered trepanation?

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