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:: Saturday, April 30, 2005 ::
Canadians are A-OK in my book. They're like Americans, but with sense and long vowels. Ever get sucker punched by a Canadian? I didn't think so. They also made this cool skateboardish segway.
Onemansafari: a nice photoblog with old found pictures.
Given enough time, anything can be made available in kit form. Here's absinthe. The professionally made stuff is supposed to taste downright nasty. I can't imaging how the bagged-specimen variety goes down.:: Friday, April 29, 2005 ::
Hey Kids: Philly Rock! A couple of unreleased studio tracks my band Puddle recorded a whiiiiile ago (early '95).
Treewave is a couple of musicians who uses old 8-bit computers for their backing band.
Virtual Beer Goggles (Nature)
University of California researchers calculate that in large urban areas, children riding in school buses with diesel engines collectively inhale more school bus exhaust than everyone else in the city combined. (NYTimes):: Thursday, April 28, 2005 ::
Mary appears in a freeway salt stain.
The Shouting Men of Finland (utterly perplexing video):: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 ::
Today is pants day. I've chosen sides, and I'm anti this guy, who features nothing, and pro this guy, who features some cool amateur bigfoot sketches.
Underpants by way of Toast
I'm always amazed at what people try to represent graphically with /,_,\, and .
How'd I miss Blogshares? How the hell is the Jive flatlining like a beached whale?
The Deliberately Concealed Garments Project. What the?! (from the ever-astounding Bifurcated Rivets)
ePodunk.com: Get the facts on any jerkwater cow-crossing you can curse through yer crooked teeth.
Ice Cream Truck Sound System Tech. "Turkey in the Straw" in screaming 8-bit digital; Repeat. All. Day. Long. Mister Softee got sick of it long ago and wrote their own tune.
uppers.org: Providing a mod angle on the contemporary world since 1997
[Put your Rock Foot Forward] When you've got a camera and front row tickets, you wind up with excellent photos of musicians feet. This gallery, comprising 20 years of A-List boots, proves it.:: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 ::
200 Free, DRM-less mp3 downloads from Amazon!:: Monday, April 25, 2005 ::
A free selection of 80's-00's punk and new wave videos available for download at ScreenEdge Music (no pops, bothers, or registration) (courtesy of RnYxR0)
The radical right seems to be inventing their own dictionary. When I first heard about the economic 'Bush Boom', I thought it was a lefty, sarcastic indictment of the worst economic handling in modern history, but it turns out the corporate GOP power-base believes we're living in a economic Eden. Paul Krugman (NYTimes) today on how when you're talking to your friends in the hammer business, there seems to be a big future in nails.:: Friday, April 22, 2005 ::
Some nice free fonts at Chank!
[Processing programming language] (w/ free download)
'K' Records' Calvin Johnson, and how his label managed to avoid the corporate ogre for 25 years. (PopMatters):: Thursday, April 21, 2005 ::
Often, when a band breaks up, songwriters will reach deep into their vaults in an attempt to scratch a few more bucks out of fans who never got enough. Robert Pollard, from Guided By Voices reached even deeper, and released an album of drunken stage banter. No music necessary.:: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 ::
You knew it was going to happen sooner or later (cnn). Now, apparently according to neofascist Republicans such as Tom Delay, the internet is a den of sin to be shunned by law and policy researchers. I wonder if Mr. Delay's outrage extends to such other atrocities of Christian thought as "books" and "academic research"? Approaching information published anywhere, the internet included, with a critical eye is certainly wise, but Delay's attack clearly goes beyond a "don't believe everything you read" warning. His message is clear: "modern" is "evil". Free information is heresy, and tools that can't be explicitly controlled by cash-wielding special interests and their administration pawns is a moral outrage. For all of their genuflecting to "freedom" as a partisan prop for ultraconservative submission, people like Mr. Delay often have a difficult time concealing their hatred of true freedom. Thank you again, Texas, for unleashing yet another villian on the rest of us.
Popesquatter! http://www.benedictxvi.com:: Monday, April 18, 2005 ::
The Ghost of Vice President Wallace Warns: "It Can Happen Here": A brilliant article I received in email. Thom Hartmann compares today's corporate-interest fueled policy machine with classical fascism. (Common Dreams)
Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.:: Saturday, April 16, 2005 ::
Emitt Rhodes still doesn’t know what hit him. Thirty years ago, he was the new Paul McCartney, an ambitious kid who craved the perfect pop song. Then he got blindsided into submission by the heartless business of music. Now he’s just another sad guy with a boatload of talent that got buried in a black hole of depression.
6 Live Bloc Party radio sessions.
Listen to Beck's new album "Guero" (legal, streaming, entire album, NME)
Kiddie Records Weekly Great Kids-themed vinyl archive
Keroac poetry mp3s
One Brief, Scuzzy Moment - The East Villiage Art Scene in the mid 80's
Get a jump on the new White Stripes album with their first single "Blue Orchid".
A collection of Olivia Tremor Control Live, Demo, and boot recordings.:: Friday, April 15, 2005 ::
Punk Rock Picture Sleeves
As long as the music industry stays stocked with complete idiots, they'll never, ever get it. Now they're pissed off at Apple for daring to run a profitable business model with iTunes/iPod. For the past decade they've been walking around with huge targets on their heads screaming 'Pay the Middleman': just the kind of thing that technology was designed to irradicate. They can't go away soon enough.
These fundy maniacs are getting bothersome. Now they're planning an overt faith-based attack on Dems. Isn't it time to start fighting fire with fire? Why are Democrats so meek when it comes to self-defense? (NYtimes, pwd reqd)
P2P traffic is causing a global bandwidth shortage with estimates of 60-80% of packets going to swapping. Impressive.:: Thursday, April 14, 2005 ::
If scientific papers sound like random techno-babble, it may be because that's exactly what they are. Two MIT students got a randomly generated piece of nonsense excepted for presentation at the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.:: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ::
Beans Around the World (as in a single can of globetrotting beans)
Don't get me wrong... I'm all for artistic freedom. Still, these guys had to expect that the SS would show up with notepads.:: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 ::
I just saw something really strange - a snow white whale swimming up the Delaware river between Trenton, NJ and Morrisville PA. It was identified as a Beluga, which is even more strange, given its Arctic habitat. First spotted in the early afternoon, it's been swimming around the same area all day. I saw it at 7, and it came up several times for a really nice view.
A Realistic Assessment of How Many 12 Year Olds I could Beat Up Before They Overtook Me (McSweeneys)
Which online music service is best? (ExtremeTech)
Intrade lets you bet on pretty much anything, including papacy elections (Italy enjoys a huge lead), the American Idol winner, Olympic hosting (Paris out front), or even the weather.:: Monday, April 11, 2005 ::
Jeffords: The war was about oil. Iran is teed up next.
The Pitchman, Ron Popeil (New Yorker, a few years old, but a good read):: Friday, April 08, 2005 ::
The Pope's CIA files
Large pen spinning video collection. Can't remember if I linked this before, but it's worth checking out again. I'm working on the leigun, which would probably be most useful in a pinch.:: Thursday, April 07, 2005 ::
"The Democrats invented the game, and Republicans perfected it."
Sony patent looks to real-life Matrix (NewScientist) Yahoo on the same.
[Cynicism-a-Go-Go!] Project Censored 2005: The top censored stories.
More jive from the Christian Taliban under the auspices of the "Constitution Restoration Act" which is anything but. (from znet):: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 ::
The Republican fraud machine is in high gear this spring, mailing tens of thousands of "Physician of the Year" award solicitations to doctors who write checks for $1250 to the Republican National Committiee. Republicans confer this award with no assessment of work quality, no peer review, no patient, association, or community feedback. It is not buttressed by adherance to any empirical standard of treatment effectiveness whatsoever. It's simply bought.:: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 ::
Swiss Watchers (Guardian, UK) Defending the pope til death. If you want to be a member of the Swiss Guard, here's what you've need. Joining a Faction is encouraged. (from vaticanengarde)
[We're the RIAA and you're wrong] If you had fun getting lectured on morality by the GOP over the past few years, you're going to love what's coming up next: Free Ethics 101 courtesy of the music industry!:: Monday, April 04, 2005 ::
The World is Flat (NYTimes):: Friday, April 01, 2005 ::
[Good help is getting hard to find] Watch as this inept waiter screws up Pat Buchannan's salad order. It also appears that no ground pepper was offered. (vid)
The curious case of Sidd Finch (NYTimes)