February 29, 2008

Meth, cats, rats and Texas

I've been thinking of some of the phrases my parents use(d) on a regular basis. Things like:

+ "You dig, Lucinda?"
+ "Bedtime for Bonzos!"
+ "Connie, did 'Washmajigger' call the house earlier?"

Also, looks like NYC and D.C. got into a bit of a Metro war.
Who the f**k wants a sophisticated subway map? WTF does that even mean? I'm thinking something in an a nice font like Trajan with pictures of sea serpents around Rockaway with a scroll in their mouth that says, "Here There Be Monsters."

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Any baseball is beautiful

Design Observer shows some beautiful baseballs. Reminds me of what Silliman said about "beauty in brokenness" in this interview.

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February 28, 2008

It looks delicious…

Buy a medium or large drink at McDonald's tomorrow morning and get a free McSkillet Burrito.

Also: four cheap and quick DIY breakfast ideas.

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February 27, 2008

Roundup

William F. Buckley Jr. died this morning. He was famous for hating the Beatles and for unifying the conservative intellectual movement in the 1950s. (Five bucks says Fox News will not trash his legacy in their videobituary.)

Wired tells how Google got its colorful logo.

Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home aims to be the Strunk & White of email composition. A review.

A 16-foot python devoured a family dog whole, in front of two children, ages 5 and 7. Three things of note:

  1. It “stalked” the dog for “days”.
  2. There is an Australian Venom Zoo.
  3. The penultimate sentence: “The snake was still digesting the dog at the zoo Wednesday.”

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February 22, 2008

Fidel



Fidel stepped down the other day. UniWatch (who else?), has a rundown of his uniform history.

And I would post those videos of the Super Furry Animals concert but SOMEONE (ahem!) hasn't put them online yet.

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February 20, 2008

Two shocking developments

Stanford University: If income < $60,000 Then tuition + room + board = $0.

Christ Reedemer struck by lightning, captured on film.

February 14, 2008

Check it.

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February 12, 2008

To all budding cooks

SuperCook works like this: open your fridge and cupboard to see what ingredients you have in the house. Start punching them in to the website. SuperCook will give you recipes that you can make with nothing more than those ingredients you have on hand. Add more ingredients to the query to expand the list of possibilities.

This resource is invaluable to young people and smaller households, who often have a limited variety of ingredients in their home, as well as an infantile knowledge of what ingredients they can tastefully combine.

It's not very economical to work from a randomly-chosen recipe, then run to the store to buy a $7 bottle of maple syrup for the two teaspoons you need for that grilling sauce, or for the jar of organic shallots you need for a soup but will throw out after not touching the remainder for half a year. It's better to work backward, save money, and learn to appreciate the potential that even the most basic ingredients hold.

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February 11, 2008

Shared Experience 2

The Vonnegut 402 blog is ready. Each week, class discussion questions will be posted at http://pangalactichumbug.blogspot.com. The first post is underwhelming and aloof, but conditions will improve.

In the meantime, download The Narrows Sleepy E.P. at their site or MySpace.

Looksees
+ Sleeveface photos
+ Marrakesh market (scroll down to the comment by "Hourman")
+ World Press Photo announced this year's winners.
+ Lifehacker is bonkers. If you're wealthy (and hence 'on the go') and don't have time for software, take their advice and use e-mail based file converters.

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February 6, 2008

Stupid Fucking White Men

From Greil Marcus, ten reasons why Dead Man is "the best movie of the end of the 20th century."

Ebert, conversley, hated it.

Neil Young improvised it.

On an unrelated note, Les Savy Fav's new album intrigues me. It's like post-punk dance-punk or whatever other bullshit term you want to call it but without all of the stupid characteristics of said terms. I need to listen more to get a coherent idea of how to talk about it.

I also want to know how their lead singer is alive:

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February 4, 2008

Regarding Arnold Schoenberg:

His inflexibility was adamantine, reducing would-be interpreters to nervous wrecks. "I am delighted to add another unplayable work to the repertoire," he said of the 1940 Violin Concerto. "I want the concerto to be difficult, and I want the little finger to become longer. I can wait." Many in the audience at the Philadelphia premiere walked out.

http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/010708-NL-Schoenberg.html


Spatstache

Here's the article as promised: the popularity of spats in football.

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February 3, 2008

When you're 50

Apparently, when you're 50, you can pass gas in public without embarassment.

And now everyone can "drop a deuce" anxiety-free. Just try Just'a Drop, it's a big idea and we made friends with a publisher's wife this weekend who baited us with the stuff before sealing it safely back in her purse.

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