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Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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It's like Tony Levin meets Earl ScruggsMUSICTHING: It's like Gizmodo or Engadget, but musical. If you need info o­n a headless folding banjo, this is the place.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Wilco announces an expanded version of A Ghost is Born. The trend of expanded albums is one that seems cool at first glance and annoying at the second.

ROBERT POLLARD releases his first post-GbV album and it is... unusual.

DOGS are being shocked by electricity shooting up through the sidewalks of New York.

CURIOUS AMICI: The Eagles, the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson have filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court; who knew you could learn something here?) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing file-sharing in the Grokster case.

NOW THAT WE KNOW THE OSCAR NOMINEES, Defamer points to the sites where you can see them naked.

IRAQ ELECTION: CNN finds generally good karma in Karma, about nine miles northeast of Falluja. Powerline has the translation of a poll from the Arabic media showing about 72 percent intend to vote and 75 percent rating security good or average. Granted, Power Line is a conservative blog, but it's also Time magazine's Blog of the Year. USA TODAY has a column up comparing Iraq, Vietnam and... Austria.

KEANE has something in common with John Madden.

THE SAN FRAN CHRONICLE has a column o­n the rich topic of band names.

FLAGPOLE looks at state of Camper Van Beethoven with David Lowery.

...though it took your mind off the drinking and smokingHARRY AND THE HOLOCAUST: Although the controversy over his Nazi costume has abated somewhat, it may be interesting to view the aftermath of the Prince's extreme wardrobe malfunction in light of ceremonies commemorating the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex to be held today. In the U.K., the House of Commons announced it would probe how the aides of Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William were recruited. Almost three out of four Britons believe Prince Harry was wrong to wear the Nazi costume, according to o­ne opinion poll. However, a poll conducted for the BBC found that 45 per cent of adults had never heard of Auschwitz, though the figure rose to 60 percent among women and people under 35. Another poll published earlier this week in Canada found 30 per cent of Canadians surveyed couldn't identify that Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust. In Poland, that number rose to about half of the population, according to a recent survey conducted there. British Muslims plan to boycott this week’s commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz because they claim it is not racially inclusive and does not commemorate the victims of the Palestinian conflict. The European Union may consider a ban o­n Nazi symbols. The UN broke with years of protocol and commemorated the 60-year anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, "a watershed event for a body that has repeatedly been accused of an anti-Semitic agenda." France has recognized anti-Semitism has flared within its Muslim population and begun Holocaust education programs. Most Germans would prefer to forget the Holocaust and are tired of hearing about Nazi crimes during the Third Reich, according to another newly released poll. In the German parliament, the Home Affairs Committee is urging de facto limits o­n Jewish immigration. In Russia, a group of nationalist lawmakers have called for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism.

At least he didn't start with the Tomahawk chop againTED TURNER compares the popularity of the Fox News Channel to the prewar popularity of Hitler. In return Fox put out a statement: "Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind — we wish him well." Turner has had to apologize twice before for this sort of comment.

AN ASTEROID is named after Douglas Adams, author of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

WHICH WOULD CONCERN YOU MORE: The fact that surveillance cameras are all over the public square or a technology that would allow someone to blur their faces in digital photographs?

You can see the video at the Wired linkCLOCKWORK CREATURES stroll the beaches, powered o­nly by the wind.

STROKES MARRIAGE RUMORS are clarified at Gawker.

MICKEY KAUS decries the trend of cable news to go wall-to-wall with a crisis du jour.

JIM WALLIS: The Boston Globe profiles the self-described "progressive evangelical" leader and editor of Sojourners magazine who has lately been discovered by Democrats in DC desperate to learn the language of "moral values."

Not to mention BJ HunnicutIN VARIETY: Diane Keaton, Carlos Santana, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Jackson Browne and "Million Dollar Baby" writer Paul Haggis are amond those putting their names to an ad asking Gov. Ahnuld to support legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The implied threat: if undocumented women cannot raise our kids, we celebrities would have to do it ourselves; you know that's a tragedy waiting to happen.

USA TODAY runs a column declaring that "Blogging is similarly the latest [media] revolution — e.g., it's not. Which, in a way, makes it cooler." Agreed.

FBI DECLARES BOSTON TERROR PLOT BOGUS, cooked up by a smuggler looking to hurt his competition.

MORE TROUBLE FOR CBS NEWS? A document examiner for the 60 Minutes Wednesday story about President Bush's TX Air National guard service claims he was defamed by the independent report regarding the authenticity of memos used in the story.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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Not to mention the Fugs!LUCINDA WILLIAMS, TIMOTHY LEARY, LEADBELLY, THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS AND A CAST OF THOUSANDS: MSN Music has teamed up with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make nearly 35,000 historic songs available for download. The Suburbs Are Killing Me has details and recommendations, plus info o­n how you can also buy custom-made CDs of material from the Folkways vaults (including tons of stuff not o­n MSN yet).

WE LOVE IT WHEN RAPPERS GET INTO COPYRIGHT LITIGATION: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling that Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" does not infringe o­n D.J. Jubilee's "Back That Ass Up." Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King, who wrote the opinion, says she listened to both rap songs. "I don't know that I had to," says King, who admits she's not very familiar with rap music. "I'm interested in Brahms, but I did listen to it."

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS are announced. Daniel Drezner has a good list of the snubbed; Gawker has a different list. While I agree with Drezner that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind deserved more nominations, the real crime here is the snubbing of Paul Giamatti for Best Actor, because Paul Giamatti is The Man. Why nominate Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland when he really deserved it last year for his turn as Captain Jack Sparrow? And Natalie Portman really should have been nominated for Garden State instead of Closer, despite the fact that she wears less clothing in the latter. Apparently, Mike Nichols has more clout in Tinseltown than Zach Braff; who knew?

Actually, the nominations say a great deal about the politics of the Oscars. In o­ne sense they are conservative: controversial movies like Fahrenheit 9/11, The Passion of the Christ and even Kinsey are less likely to get many nominations. Vera Drake recieved a couple, but few people watching the Oscars will know its subject matter. Indeed, I would not be surprised if the fine folks at Miramax (backing The Aviator) will not quietly put out word that the theme in Million Dollar Baby might prove controversial o­nce the movie opens in wider release and people learn of its plot twist.

Life imitates ArtIn another sense, the politics of the Oscars is not unlike high school. Thus, if you are popular, you stand a better shot at nominations and awards. The Aviator may be Scorsese's best movie in years, but it is not as good as his best and may not be the best movie of the year. Nevertheless, the odds favor both the picture and Scorsese. Similarly, the snub of Paul Giamatti for Best Actor probably has something to do with the popularity of Clint Eastwood and Don Cheadle. It probably also has to do with the fact that movie critics may have loved Sideways in part because Giamatti's Miles reminds them of themselves. It would follow that Academy members may have not loved Miles in part because he reminded them of movie critics. Conversely, the Academy might nominate Thomas Hayden Church for Best Supporting Actor in Sideways in part because his portrayal of an insecure actor probably struck close to home.

You got the right o­ne, baby...Also, as a rule, the Academy prefers movies about show business: Ray, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, and Being Julia all fit into this category. It also tends to prefer movies and roles that project the image that Hollywood is filled with Great Artists doing Deep, Meaningful Work, which is why comedies almost never win Best Picture. Thus, while Kate Winslet was rightly nominated for Eternal Sunshine instead of Finding Neverland because she was better in the former, the latter is more the type of role that gets an Oscar, which suggests she has little chance of winning. Jamie Foxx was great as Ray Charles and probably deserves the Oscar; the fact that Ray Charles was blind helps Foxx also. There is at least o­ne other major award that I think will be similarly influenced, but I won't give it away.

SUNDANCE turns out to be a showcase for tech companies marketing to low-budget filmmakers.

THE WILSON QUARTERLY reviews The Shakespeare Comany, 1594-1642, which assesses the importance of Shakespeare's team of fellow actors to his work. It turns out that Will was o­ne of Lord Chamberlain’s Men, along with Richard Burbage, which means that Shakespeare In Love is not a documentary.

DIRTY BOOKS: The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the o­ne-time owners of Penthouse magazine cooked the books, defrauded investors and illegally used an electronic signature of founder Bob Guccione Sr. o­n government filings that he never saw. Al Goldstein, former publisher of Screw magazine, saw his publishing empire evaporate for a different reason, albeit o­ne that also helped send Penthouse into bankruptcy: "The Internet made pornography available for free and I couldn't compete," said Goldstein, who is now a cold-calling bagel salesman.

ROLLING STONE decides to run an ad for the "updated" Bible, claiming that internal miscommunications led to a misstatement of company policy o­n the matter. Of course, the magazine claimed the policy was "unwritten," so we will never know, will we?

DAN GILLMOR, who has left a career in journalism to promote "grassroots journalism," argues that the policy of most major newspapers o­n the internet of allowing free access to recent news, but charging for archives, is exactly backwards.

RFK, Jr. will not run for New York state attorney general, taking him out of a race that could have set him against his estranged brother-in-law, Andrew Cuomo.

IRAQ ELECTION: Yesterday, I suggested that the New York Times misstated the level of interest in the January 30th election. Now the paper is reporting that "[t]he Iraqi Islamic Party's announcement of withdrawal [from the election] in late December was considered a big blow to the elections because the party is popular among Sunni Arabs. But the party never removed its slate of candidates from the ballot. Mr. Abdul-Hameed [the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party] said that if the slate won national assembly seats, he would not bar his candidates from taking them, as long as the candidates were not official party members." The NYT is also reporting that "[w]ith the Shiites o­n the brink of capturing power here for the first time, their political leaders say they have decided to put a secular face o­n the new Iraqi government they plan to form, relegating Islam to a supporting role." This second story adds that Iranians warned the Iraqis against putting clerics in the government. So perhaps the NYT is discovering that the election may not be a complete disaster. ALSO: ABC News has done another installment in its series on "Where Things Stand" in Iraq, covering security, availability of goods and jobs, water supply, electricity, health care, education and more. It's lengthy (even before you get into the sidebar pieces), but well worth a read.

Love me forever...CHA CHA BOOM: Consuelo Velazquez, composer of the oft-covered "Besame Mucho," died at 88 of respiratory problems in Mexico City o­n Saturday. The author of the lyrics "Kiss me over and over, as if this night were the last time," confessed in a 2003 interview that when she penned those words at the age of 25 she had never been kissed.

MADONNA brought her own lighting crew to the BBC's tsunami aid benefit show, so that she wouldn't look all wrinkly. But she paid for the crew herself, which is quite charitable.

MUSICIANS PICK THEIR "PERFECT SONGS" at NPR's All Songs Considered. The list includes songs from artists including, The Beatles, Pete Seeger and The Archies.

COMPUTER LEARNS to play rock, paper, scissors by observing and mimicking human players. And there actually may be practical applications for the technology.

GOOGLE is using its searching technology to find information and images broadcast o­n television. Search engine analyst Charlene Li of Forrester Research said Google's latest innovation is likely to disappoint many people because it doesn't provide a direct link to watch the previously broadcast programming. Li said Yahoo's similar service is flawed, too, because "most of the (video) that you can see o­n the Web isn't the stuff that you really want to see." I think the folks at BoingBoing would beg to differ.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES want a raise. In an interview with America's PEOPLE magazine last month, Nicollette Sheridan complained, "I'm the poorest actress o­n television." I dunno... she's a lame actress, but there's a lot of competition for that title.

Lose the necktie, bub!SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: Fashion mavens offer their advice o­n how he could butch up his look.

BRITISH POLICE called in a spotter plane, helicopter and video-equipped patrol car to help convict a woman who ate an apple while driving to work. "You would think they had better things to do," the woman said. If the new HBO film Dirty War is any indication, they do.

ILLINOIS ELECTION FALLOUT: The voter fraud/murder investigation moves forward, as the indictment of an East St. Louis official of attempted murder of a witness officially acknowledges for the first time that federal authorities are investigating voter fraud in the city.

WISCONSIN ELECTION FALLOUT: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel finds over 1,200 ballots cast from invalid addresses in the city, including many cases in which the voter could not be located at all. A spot check of addresses that came back as invalid found cases where the address in question is a park, a baseball diamond and at or near the W. Wisconsin Ave. bridge. A baseball diamond? Did Elwood Blues break out of Joliet and move to Wisconsin?

THE FRENCH HOTEL: I've avoided mentioning her for a while but Page Six got its hands o­n her love letters to Aaron Carter, which are simply too good to pass up. If you thought that Paris was simply playing the role of the slutty skank for The Simple Life, read her undying declaration of affection: "You are the [bleep] and I love you to death."

THE DAILY ILLINI takes a look at record labels using "street teams" to promote their product.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - 07:00 AM
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She don't go for the two-faced lotharioCHARLOTTE HATHERLEY: Mojitos and a Fender Jag make her 80s-stylin' video for "BASTARDO" pop. You can stream it from her home page.

ON THE PITCHFORK: A review of the two new discs from Bright Eyes.

BONNAROO: The festival has announced its lineup. You could go see Rilo Kiley, M.Ward, Drive-By Truckers, Alison Krauss and Earl Scruggs, to name a few. But you risk running into Dave Matthews.

DOGS: One hound mix and one collie escape their shelters by winning parts in the upcoming Broadway musical of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The dogs will live on a Connecticut farm owned by the show's handler when the production closes. EXTRA TRIVIA: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. was written by Ian Fleming, who also created the James Bond series. Ian knew how to pimp a ride.

24 HOUR DETOX: Wired covers the "one-step program" with a claimed 65 percent success rate.

GLOBAL WARMING: A new report warns that the point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages. On the other hand, the findings from a team of American climate experts suggest that were it not for greenhouse gases produced by humans, the world would be well o­n the way to a frozen Armageddon.

He would never give up, never.WINSTON CHURCHILL died 40 years ago Monday; The Queen of England will open a Churchill museum next month. Last week, I noted that Raoul Wallenberg was one of two people made an honorary citizen of the U.S. -- Churchill was the other.

IRAQ ELECTION: In a country wracked by violence, a tiny bookstore in a dusty mall offers a quiet corner where customers can escape the misery and the owners can dare to sound hopeful. "We must live like other people," bookseller Attallah Zeidan says. "Let a million of us die. That's the price of freedom. Have you heard of any society that gained freedom without sacrifices?" A story in Sunday's New York Times is headlined: "As Election Nears, Iraqis Remain Sharply Divided on Its Value." The reader has to reach paragraph eight to find this sentence: "Granted, the opinions of 50 to 60 people, all told, hardly constitute a scientific sample." A scientific poll, on the other hand, shows between sixty-five and eighty percent are likely to vote in the January 30th election. The division found by the NYT was that Sunnis were not too enthused, but as the Sunni minority gained the most under Saddam Hussein's regime, that lack of enthusiasm is not shocking. [btw, the NYT story relies in part on"Iraqi employees of The New York Times from Falluja and Mosul." Would it be too cynical to wonder whether the NYT has any idea as to whether the info gleaned from Iraqis in the past and current bases of the insurgency is accurate? Okay, I'll get off the soapbox now.] There have been election-related security concerns in Nashville and outside of Chicago.

IN OTHER IRAQ NEWS, a top lieutenant of al-Qaida's Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been arrested in Iraq, along with the chief of al-Zarqawi's propaganda operations and one of his weapons suppliers. Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, a/k/a Abu Omar al-Kurdi, "confessed to building approximately 75 percent of the car bombs used in attacks in Baghdad," including the bombing of the U.N. headquarters that killed the top U.N. envoy in Iraq and 21 others, the bombing of a shrine in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf that killed more than 85 people, and the assassination of Izzadine Saleem, then president of the Iraqi Governing Council.

WISCONSIN ELECTION FALLOUT: Five men have been charged with felony criminal damage to property for slashing 40 tires on 25 vehicles used by the Republican Party on Election Day, including the sons of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and former acting mayor Marvin Pratt. The complaint against them is available for download also.

AGE OF THE BLOG: The San Francisco Chronicle declares that "[o]ver the past year, these o­nline journals have gained clout as an important source of information, occasionally beating the mainstream media." Plenty of URLs at the end. The growing influence of blogs is also raising questions about whether they are becoming a new form of journalism and in need of more formal ethical guidelines or codes of conduct.

NAPSTER is considering entering the legal movie download biz.

ALCOHOL AND VIAGRA: The latest studies are noted by InstaPundit Glenn Reynolds -- and I'm not going to try to beat his punchline.

SO, TIMMY, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A GLADIATOR MOVIE? The "real thing" may have been as real as pro wrestling.

RAZZIES: The Oscar nominations are set to be announced Tuesday morning, but the noms for the Razzies, celebrating the worst of Hollywood, have been announced. In a bit of an upset, Catwoman leads with seven noms, while Oliver Stone's Alexander garners only six. The other worst-picture contenders were the family action comedy Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, the holiday debacle Surviving Christmas and the cross-dressing comedy White Chicks. Both Condoleeza Rice and Britney Spears are nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for their appearances in Fahrenheit 9/11.

...and he's not drinking merlotPAUL GIAMATTI IS THE MAN: Newsweek conducted a roundtable of the likely Oscar nominees for Best Actor and Actress which included the following exchange:
Q: Doing press is a big part of your job this time of year, and you've all done a great many interviews over the years. What o­ne question do you never want to be asked again?
HILARY SWANK: My most annoying question is, "Hilary, are you ever going to play a pretty girl?"
PAUL GIAMATTI: Yeah, that o­ne always pisses me off.

SUNDANCE: Robert Redford says that the film festival has become a magnet for "all the 'special' people who want 'special' attention, who want tickets at the last minute. When we say no, they get pissed off and start threatening to throw rocks at us." Not to mention celebrities stealing from the Humane Society of the U.S. At least you can avoid these by going to the Sundance o­nline Film Festival instead.

HOWARD DEAN ENDORSED FOR DNC CHAIR by Doug MacKinnon, former press secretary to Bob Dole, o­n the ground that Dean has been unfairly treated by the media.

JENNA BUSH: Gawker has a post-inaguration party picture that her Dad would not be happy to see.

Yeah, what do they get?BUZZCOCKS start working on a new album, according to Aversion, which also reports that the forthcoming M. Ward disc will cover the Beach Boys, the Carter Family and some dude named Bach.

CARL WILSON mulls the third death of indie rock, fingering technology as the culprit. I wonder whether it's dead or merely in the process of exploding.

NEW NEW ORDER: Stereogum links to streams of the first single, "Krafy." No Rock 'n' Roll Fun is ready with the poison pixels.

NICOLE KIDMAN: Undoubtedly bugged that her home in Sydney was bugged.

NANOTECH may be used to build better bombs, including "mini-nukes," making arms control all the more difficult.

NEVADA: Still safe for lap-dancing, for now.

HOO-HAH! State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) is sponsoring a bill to repeal Washington state's 1909 law that criminalizes "slander of a woman." The statute prohibits "false or defamatory words or language which shall injure or impair" the virtuous and chaste reputation of any woman over the age of 12. The law does say it's OK to slander a "common prostitute." What about the uncommon o­nes?

THE UNITED NATIONS: After the tsunami, a U.N. official suggested that wealthy countries were too stingy with reconstruction aid. Now another U.N. official suggests that wealthy countries just throw money at disasters, resulting in a "feeding frenzy" of corruption and profiteering. The latest rumor has Secretary General Kofi Annan being replaced by Goldilocks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE TWO JENNAS: RollerGirl compares Bush and Jameson.

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

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

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

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

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

CHEWBACCA found in a compromising position by Planet Dan.

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

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Friday, January 21, 2005 - 06:00 AM
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Stan don't have to put on the red light...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BURGLAR takes daughters to work in Van Buren, Arkansas.

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

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

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

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

WALKING DOWNHILL has different health benefits from walking uphill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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