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Archive for August, 2005

Robertson According to Wolcott | Hitchens Broods? | Buchanan: U.S. May Attack Iran | Music Snobbery & the iPod

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

James Wolcott’s blog boils down the Robertson/Chavez snafu: Pat’s the leader of the Christian Coalition, one of the nation’s largest and most powerful special interest groups. Belittling Robertson’s influence by painting him as a doddering and irrelevant fanatic is just disingenuous, or plain ignorant. Wonkette links to a New York Observer article on Christopher Hitchens. [...]

Off-the-Record Drinks With Novak: $595 | So You Want To Be A Reality TV Star?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

This essay on Bob Novak’s exclusive little cottage industry appears in the latest Village Voice. It’s hard work going to Reality TV auditions all day. Look, you’re busy, we’re busy, why waste each others’ time? Get schooled and get back to us, okay?

Google’s Vertical Integration

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

mediachannel.org speculates on Google’s recent wholesale fiber channel purchases, and its plans for a WiFi network.

Women’s Rights In Iraq | Google Keeps Pushing | 6FU Ends | Goodbye, Hunter

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

James Wolcott wonders why women’s rights are being rationalized in Iraq. Google Sidebar appears to be a throwback to “push” technology. This LA Times [registration required] article explains how Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and Google are squaring off in the battle for a piece of your desktop. And yes, I have all the old episodes stashed [...]

Chris Rock Wastes Time on Real Time

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Chris Rock was one of the three panelists on the season premiere of Real Time With Bill Maher this evening. He spent all the first half of the program and a good portion of the second interrupting with simplistic, crowd-pleasing crap about the price of gas– no matter what subject was being discussed. As a [...]

BTK Coverage | New Tool For Crowd Control In Iraq | Party Photoblog Friday!

Friday, August 19th, 2005

TVNewser covers John Cafferty’s rant yesterday on CNN’s Situation Room. AlterNet has the story on some new technology that will be put to use in Iraq next year. If it’s Friday, it must be time for Tale of Two Cities’ party photoblog rundown.

Some Of My Best Friends Are “Marijuana People,” But… | Slipknot Sues BK | NYT To Reality TV: Thou Sucketh

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

It’s a slow news day, so here in foggy Brisbane, CA, lazy aim is taken at popkulture fishes in barrels. NY Press’ Mark Ames sharpens his hatchet on Chuck Klosterman’s latest book. I have not read it. I’m not sure I will, but not as a result of this review. I have nothing against “marijuana [...]

John Loder (1946-2005)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

John Loder, head of Southern Records, died Saturday. He was 59. For a sense of what John meant to the independent music world, please be sure to read the comments linked at the bottom of this page. John’s kindness, strength, experience, wisdom and sense of humor will always be remembered.

“Total Chaos” At iBook Sale | “You Know How, When Someone Barfs…?”

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

A riot ensues when a school district dumps used iBooks for $50. Apple can’t buy this kind of publicity. Dooce brings some characteristic dignity and clarity to the concept of blogging.

Slow Pundit Day | MP3 of Hitchens on Air America

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

You know it’s going to be a slow day when The Note reports that “today’s only must-read” is a Washington Post story reporting that the democrats won’t stand in the way of the Roberts nominiation. I haven’t listened to this MP3 linked on this page yet, but I can’t imagine a debate between Christopher Hitchens [...]