Thursday, March 31, 2005

This is not a rebel song...

I can remember seeing the "Gloria" video on MTV in junior high and thinking, these guys are the coolest thing ever. Apparently, several million fans agree even after 23 years since that happened to me...

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Finding Gold in a Glass of Pilsner

Adobe to launch Photographers Directory

Miramax duo form new media posse

Harvey and Bob Weinstein, whose exit from The Walt Disney Company was sealed this week, are close to raising as much as $1 billion to hatch a new media group that will be advised by the actors Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

Times Business - Miramax duo form new media posse

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

iTubes For Your iPod

For the hard to buy-for iPod enthusiast who has everything...

Stereophile: iTubes For Your iPod

Higher prices for imports make U.S. wines a better deal

I'm all about the bargains - Bless you Dubya & your (unofficial) weak dollar policy......

Higher prices for imports make U.S. wines a better deal

Here, kitty kitty / Wine critics love cat pee, but hate wet dog. We explain why.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Starbucks "Way I See It" quotes


It's a cup of coffee people. If you don't like what it says on the cup, vote with your feet and head to some other coffeehouse that has pictures of Karl Rove or Jerry Falwell on the cup and offers pithy quotes on supply-side economics or the benefits of drilling for oil in Alaska's national parks...

Click here for "The Way I See It- Letters to the Editor"

Funk-master's flex: Fred captures TPC title

Pictures of Pennies

File this in the "Misc. Hobbies" file....

Misc/Pennies - Pictures of Pennies

McDonald's wants rappers to mention Big Mac

"Though it's not offering money upfront, the fast-food giant is willing to pay rappers $1 to $5 each time songs with the plug hit the radio, according to today's Advertising Age. McDonald's hopes to have its signature sandwich in several songs by summer, the mag says."

Maybe 50 Cent will change his name to "Dollar Menu" for true synergy purposes....

New York Daily News - Home - McHip-hop name-drop


"What will we hear on Radio David Byrne?

DB: Basically, whatever I'm listening to. I'll update it every couple of weeks. People sometimes ask me what I'm listening to, and I'll reel off a list of records. About halfway through the list, their eyes usually glaze over, and it's apparent they've never heard of the artists. So I thought -- well, let's make this easy. If people have any curiosity, let's make that stuff available, let people see for themselves what they think."

It's also available via iTunes in the "Eclectic" category.


DeLay's Dirty Dozen

A scandalous round-up of Tom DeLay's flagrant trespasses against decency.

AlterNet: DeLay's Dirty Dozen

Monday, March 28, 2005

It Takes More Than a Living Will (

Pimp my Crib

"We got a bunch of baby lullabies on multiple CDs and I thought it would be cool to rip them all, put the MP3s on a spare iPod and “Pimp His Crib” with a JBL OnStage."

My First iPod : Gizmodo

Organic Wine Movement

Eco-friendly practices bring `green' movement to winemaking

Back to nature
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Friday, March 25, 2005

Sumos split over shorts squabble

I think I'd rather see the butt-floss (mawashi) vs. the "Sumo pants" (e.g., cycling shorts)...

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Sumos split over shorts squabble

BBC NEWS | Europe | Prince Rainier health 'worrying'

Great, as if the world needs any more instability. Actually, I thought he already WAS dead...

There's actually a nice profile page of the country here as well.

BBC NEWS Europe Prince Rainier health 'worrying'

The Greatest Job in Business

"Clawing your way to the top of the corporate ladder has its appeal: The chairman and CEO get gobs of money, the power to move markets, the keys to the Gulfstream, and minions paid to nod their heads in awe. But really, it's so much work. Wouldn't it be better to be vice chairman?"

The Greatest Job in Business - Vice chairman. By Michelle Leder

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Guitarist Rod Price of Foghat Dies at 57

Wonder if it was a "Slow Ride"?...

Yahoo! News - Guitarist Rod Price of Foghat Dies at 57

British Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top NY Museums

Yahoo! News - British Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top NY Museums

See his site also - for pictures and details on how he did it.

A Magical Mystery Tour

Beatles Fans Get Rare Chance to Go Inside Abbey Road Studio

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Motorola E725 announced, music phone

Not exactly an iTunes phone, but ME LIKEY!!!!
MobileTracker - Motorola E725 announced, music phone

National Gallery of Art - Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception

Brief, but great set of black & white landscape photography. Watkins was a forerunner to Ansel Adams with regards to photgraphing California and other parts of the West Coast.

National Gallery of Art - Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception

NYPL Digital Gallery

"The New York Public Library provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more."

Once you see the site, don't make any plans for a few hours, as the array of choices is stunning.

NYPL Digital Gallery

Re-Imagining Apple

Series of 5 images on what Apple could produce and what these products might look like.

Business 2.0 :: Online Article :: Photoessay :: Re-Imagining Apple

"Podwatch. A wrist-worn iPod would keep time and play music, using Bluetooth to wirelessly beam tunes to earbuds or headphones."

Fun with Final Cut Pro

Homemade homage (or is it parody?) of the opening credits to the "Brady Bunch"

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Fun with Final Cut Pro

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on the power of the mix tape

"Trying to control music sharing - by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along - is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it."

The Best 90 Minutes of My Life

eBay's Idiot Auctions

"The stuff that gets publicity has an X factor that makes it irresistible. Here's some of the most over-exposed merchandise in six years. "

Wired 13.04: EBay's Idiot Auctions

Don't Stand in Front Of Smiling Woman

"In short, Mona Lisa has become like so many pop icons: a prima donna who puts outrageous demands on her handlers." - Job One at the Louvre: Don't Stand in Front Of Smiling Woman

Cubicle Culture

"if you hold people to a higher standard, there will be nobody left to run the world." - Cubicle Culture - A Boss's Bad Behavior
Can Forever Influence Employees Starting Out

Shatner video

I concur. Has Been is good album. And this reminds me more of Joe Jackson's music in the "I'm the Man" era...

Shatner video from the Tonight Show


fishbowlDC: a gossip blog about Washington, D.C. media

mediabistro: FishBowlDC

latte art - a photoset on Flickr

How to Spot a Dictatorship

Interesting take..
"You Know its a Dictatorship When they are a member of the UN Human Rights commission (not 100% foolproof but getting closer every year)"

Coyote Blog: How to Spot a Dictatorship

Social Security & Titanic

Al Franken produced parody ad on the Bush Social Security plan.

Democrack: Social Security & Titanic

Giving Microsoft the Boot

A look at how to live a Microsoft-free life. Doable, but not easily done...
Giving Microsoft the Boot--ExtremeTech Feature

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

McDonald's Commands a Real Estate Empire in Russia

Wonkette - Bush's Incredibly Immense Brain

Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibit

More than 250 works by fin-de-siecle Parisian master Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and some of his contemporaries. On display at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. through June 12th.

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre

Executives Cash In, Regardless of Performance

"High-profile meltdowns aside, it still pays to be the boss."

See also "Tracking Pay for Performance" - Click Here for the Graph

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Big Music's Last Waltz

Awards Salute Best in Blogging

Monday, March 21, 2005

Documentary Offers Insight Into Ramones

A Harvard Fantasy - The most fatuous argument for privatizing Social Security

Onion Infographic: Wi-Fi Access

Ricky Gervais's Life, After 'The Office'

iPod Linux page

Want to run Linux on your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Gen. iPod? Read on...

Main Page - WikiPodLinux

Southern Dialect Quiz

Yankee or Dixie? Check on your dialect and see if you might have crossed over to the "other side"! (thanks Jules!)
I scored 49% (barely into the Yankee category)

Southern Dialect Quiz - What to Pack on Your Next Vacation

"Ah, the essentials of summer vacation: swimsuits, beach towels, sunglasses -- and enough gadgets to fill an electronics superstore.
These days, vacationers are stuffing their luggage with high-tech gear that makes it easier to entertain the kids, stay in touch with the office and find sights to see on the road." - What to Pack on Your Next Vacation

On the Wrong Track

"Digital-music junkies love the convenience and flexibility of music software, which lets them quickly fill an iPod with a week's worth of tunes or painlessly create the equivalent of mix tapes for a party. But as they stuff more and more songs onto their computers, listeners are discovering an unexpected drawback to the system: bad data." - On the Wrong Track

The Election Past, President's Message Gets a New Accent

Home Sweet Studio

"Making an album used to mean booking time in an expensive professional studio; now, it can be a matter of rolling out of bed and pressing a button."

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For 'Code' Author, 24 Months in a Circus

"Two years and 25 million copies later, Dan Brown, the author of "The Da Vinci Code," has all but gone into hiding."

The New York Times > Books > For 'Code' Author, 24 Months in a Circus

Saturday, March 19, 2005

More PR Than No-Holds-Barred On Bosses' Corporate Blogs

With all of the SOX 404 rules and regulations in place & the potential for shareholder lawsuits, is anyone really surprised? Duh.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

The history of yelling "Freebird" at concerts (

I'm partial to "Play Some More Honk!!" myself, but alas, the classics never die...
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How To Become a Legend of Rock - On getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By Daniel Engber

A Tour Inside Pixar Studios

A Tour Inside Pixar Studios
Check out the "cottages" in place of the typical cubes. Sweet!

'Monty Python's Spamalot': A Quest Beyond the Grail

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Hughes's Role to Be Outreach to Muslims

Gee, I can't think of a better way to improve our image in the Muslim world then hire a white, christian woman..
Don't get me wrong, I think Karen Hughes is OK and I admire her for stepping down during Dubya 1.0 to devote more time to her family back in TX. The rub is that this really strikes of crony-ism (in D.C.? what a surprise...) and why didn't Rice just give the job to Dina Powell, who at least is Egyptian-born and could offer a little more street cred to the Muslim community abroad.
But then again, this appt. of Hughes could keep Karl Rove in check as Dan Froomkin wrote on
March 11th, "Hughes' Return Is a Blow for Rove". And that's a good thing...

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Fake News Gets White House OK

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Apple's Blueprint for Genius

On the Run With Dean Karnazes: A Runner's Quest for the Ache of Life

Bean Counter

Profile of the new SBUX CEO Bean Counter

Forbes' List Has New Names

The rich and some not so famous have been updated. Quick, name the founder of IKEA who's the 6th wealthiest person in the world?* Thought so...

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* 6. Ingvar Kamprad, Sweden, 78, $23B, Ikea

A Few Tips to Cope With Life's Annoyances

Passive Agressive behavior? Probably.
Do I like the approach? Absolutely!!

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The BARISTAS respond here.

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Genius of Dr. Dre

A Fahrenheit 9/11 for Oenophiles - The wine world gets its own incendiary documentary

The 91-Pound Acid Trip

"How many hits of acid is that? The usual dose of LSD has fallen to about 20 micrograms in recent years, so at that dosage level, Pickard and Apperson possessed 2 billion hits of acid—enough to give every person in the Western Hemisphere two doses and still have 250 million hits left over. 91 pounds of LSD would be worth between $2 billion and $10 billion on the street."

The 91-Pound Acid Trip - The numbers touted by the government in its big LSD bust just don't add up. By Ryan Grim

How the iPod Ran Circles Around the Walkman

"The predigital Walkman evolved over the years into more than an astounding 1,120 models. But its essential nature remained unchanged: it was dumb hardware. When Apple Computer introduced the iPod in November 2001, Steve Jobs described his new player as "the 21st-century Walkman." With 98 years remaining in the century, that was an early call. But he was correct. The iPod in 2001 was a Walkman successor, but smarter, its hard drive easily navigated with well-designed software."

The New York Times > Business > World Business > Digital Domain: How the iPod Ran Circles Around the Walkman

Which Big Lebowski Character Are You?

Everyone has a little Big Lebowski in them. This quiz is designed to reveal your inner Lebowski...

Which Big Lebowski Character Are You?

Ante Up at Dear Old Princeton: Online Poker Is a Campus Draw

Having just played a night of cards with some old fraternity brothers last Friday night, I can appreciate how hard it is to win consistently.

On the other hand, I think it's pathetic that this kid's parents keep paying his tuition for Princeton. Does he not realize how lucky he is to be attending a school the caliber of Princeton and the opportunities that brings? There are thousands of hard-working, smart, ambitious kids who would kill for a chance to attend an Ivy League school and this guy is pretty much pissing away a top-notch education. I'd have his butt yanked out of NJ and let him live off his ability to generate money of on-line gambling.

But that's just my $.02

The New York Times > Education > Ante Up at Dear Old Princeton: Online Poker Is a Campus Draw

Study Shows U.S. Election Coverage Harder on Bush

Well let's hope so. When you're the President and you have an upopular war and a stop-start economy on your hands, what do you expect? A make-over session on Oprah?

Study Shows U.S. Election Coverage Harder on Bush

"them reporters is mean..."

Photos Show Climate Change

"A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world's biggest polluters meet Tuesday."

Photos Show Climate Change; Minister Meet in U.K.

Manhattan Preschools Become Harder to Get Into Than Harvard

- Avg. Number of NYC preschool applicants per spot in 200 preschools? 15
- Avg. Number of Harvard applicants per 2,030 freshmen spots? 11
- Cost of Dad using insider contacts for getting a preschool spot and going to jail for SEC violations? Priceless...

Manhattan Preschools Become Harder to Get Into Than Harvard

Fatter And Grayer, '60s Singers Help Raise Money in PBS Show

"At 90 minutes without funding pleas, a taped copy would make nice background entertainment for a cocktail/Lipitor party."

Fatter And Grayer, '60s Singers Help Raise Money in PBS Show

Brackets for Dummies

Outsourcing your fries

Even a McJob isn't safe from BPO anymore. Given the fast food industry's obsession with the bottom-line and efficiency, this isn't really too surprising. For a detailed look into the industry, read Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation" and you'll understand what matters most in this business (Hint: It's not the employees...)

From today's "Real Time" column..
BACK TO THE GRILL: Last week, McDonald's said it is testing a drive-thru system in which the food order is routed to a call center and then back to the restaurant, an effort to cut down on errors. "If you're in L.A. and you hear in a year or so a Spanish-speaking individual taking your order with a North Dakota accent, you'll know what we're up to!" noted a McDonald's executive, according to the Thomson StreetEvents transcript.

This, of course, is another one of the little miracles made possible by cheap telecom costs. But aside from addressing one of the great frustrations of modern life – I said NO special sauce … and where is my breakfast burrito?!! -- the McDonald's test is a bold new wrinkle to business-process outsourcing: Even if people are transacting nearly face-to-face, it may still be preferable to route the transaction through a third party hundreds of miles away, or ultimately overseas.

Quality of the call experience, rather than cost, becomes the driving factor – because the only way it makes sense is if the third party does a much better job handling the order than the person in the store – and the staff could handle multiple stores in multiple time zones to help juggle volume, and be multilingual to boot. And with the Internet still a fairly lousy way to order takeout in a hurry, we could see all sorts of food orders being outsourced to overcome language or transcription errors – pizza, Chinese, you name it. That's a pretty modest vision, we know – but throw in outsourced, GPS-enabled cab-driver directions and you start to see its power.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

D&D re-enactment vid remixed to Bon Jovi tune

Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

Here's the URL to the original video which is just so wrong. Then watch the re-mix" to "Blaze of Glory" for full effect. LMAO!!

Perma Link Boing Boing: D&D re-enactment vid remixed to Bon Jovi tune

Boycott “White” Runner’s World Magazine

Hmm, a little uptight? Yes. But, sort of valid from a cover perspective but not from a total coverage perspective.

Boycott “White” Runner’s World Magazine

Friday, March 11, 2005

"You've Got VOIP!"

Hmm, last time I checked, 80+ % of AOL's revenues came from dial-up ISP, yet VOIP requires a broadband connection and AOL broadband's efforts have been pretty lackluster thus far. Biting the technology hand that feeds them?

AOL Readies Internet Phone Service

Wag the Cow

Looks like hamburgers are more important to Dubya then nuclear proliferation in the Far East.
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Fetch goes wrong: 18-inch dog swallows 16-inch stick

iPod Shuffle Knock-Off

Flickr: Photos tagged with "whatsinyourbag"

TMI - But oddly fascinating nevertheless...

Flickr: Photos tagged with whatsinyourbag

What Would Jesus Drive?

How Long Can G.M. Tread Water?

Often called a pension fund who happens to manufacture cars, GM is facing the same set of issues that the other Big 3 auto-makers - The majority of the profits come from the in-house finance units, not the cars themselves, yet the high debt loads come from the finance units selling bonds.

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Five Years After the Bubble, Have Its Lessons Been Forgotten?

"When the stock market fell to its post-bubble lows in late 2002, there was much talk that the lesson was that even if a technology is revolutionizing the world, the profits are more likely to go to those who use the technology than to those who develop it. Now investors are back buying hot technology stocks, and that lesson appears to be forgotten."

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Best of Napa Wine: A Report From Premiere Napa Valley Auction

"Here's the way it works. Attendance at the event, held at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Castle in St. Helena, California, is by invitation only to people who have liquor licenses (e.g. distributors and retailers) and select members of the media. Member wineries of the Napa Valley Vintner's Association donate special lots (5 cases, 10 cases, or 20 cases) of wine that are totally unique, and put them up for auction."

Vinography: a wine blog: The Best of Napa Wine: A Report From Premiere Napa Valley Auction

Wired News: Library Shuffles Its Collection

"Checking out a new iPod now applies to more than shopping trips or web browsing. This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles."

Wired News: Library Shuffles Its Collection

Dunkin' Donuts - A more perfect pastry. By Bryan Curtis

Cell Phone Ads that Consumers Love

10 Best Intranets of 2005

Let's hope their design asthetics were better than the site writing about them. Somebody needs to get Jakob a new copy of FrontPage or at least a CSS manual...

10 Best Intranets of 2005 (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

How to make a 160 ft. ice wall/sculpture

Giving good e-mail

David Byrne really does love PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

There is absolutely nothing intentionally funny about this photo (

Leaping a Cubicle in a Single Bound

Though Happy Worker's action figures may call to mind G.I. Joe and other childhood classics, Mr. Schantz acknowledged that few 8-year-olds would thrill to BossMan and his less-than-impressive superpowers, like "schmoozing." MoneyMan, for example, a young banker whose superpowers include "fuzzy math and figure fudging," was deliberately given a know-it-all smirk, the sort of irritating expression that rank-and-file workers bemoan over Friday-night margaritas.

The New York Times > Business > Your Money > The Goods: Leaping a Cubicle in a Single Bound

Monday, March 07, 2005

Readers' Letters The Email Disclaimer Awards

Read on at your own risk as I make no claims to the content contained within....

Readers' Letters The Email Disclaimer Awards 2001 | The Register

The Register: Odds and Sods for the world

A collection of off-beat from our British brethren..

The Register: Odds and Sods for the world

Maximize Your iPod

Apple Polishes the PowerBook Line

Headaches for Photo Filers

Well, I didn't think the organizer was that bad. But I basically agree with the reviewer. That, and no abilty to re-size within the program and a Windows-only paltform. But for a free program, it's pretty darn slick.

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Who's killing France's wines?

Yeah, but what about the adding of anti-freeze - where's that debate covered???

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LA Times Food and Drink

I am NOT drinking any [expletive] merlot!"

On the contrary. Merlots even Miles would drink.

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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Rapper 50 Cent to Get Richer with New Video Game

Can a Tupac & Biggie Smalls shooting gallery be far behind??

"SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Rapper 50 Cent likes to brag that he has been shot nine times and survived -- but it remains to be seen if he can survive getting shot in a video game over and over again.

The iconic rapper and game publisher Vivendi Universal Games on Friday said they have teamed up on a new game for the coming holiday season, "50 Cent: Bulletproof."

Written by "Sopranos" executive producer Terry Winter, the game puts the rapper in the role of a crusader taking on crime families in the New York underworld.

Winter also wrote the screenplay for 50 Cent's upcoming film "Get Rich or Die Tryin,"' named for his hit album.

VU Games is a unit of France's Vivendi Universal.

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Yahoo! News - Rapper 50 Cent to Get Richer with New Video Game

Enough About 'Gates' as Art; Let's Talk About That Price Tag

Friday, March 04, 2005

The Turnpike Prank: Avoiding Tolls On The Massachusetts Turnpike

Very amusing - especially the check cashing part...

The Turnpike Prank: Avoiding Tolls On The Massachusetts Turnpike