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Archive for August, 2006

Bromeliads, Heads and Mirrors

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

My Flickr page has been updated following a trip to Pacifica and Woodside this past Saturday.

Sleazefest Revisited

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

In review: Jon Benet Ramsey’s parents were sleazy for pimping their kid out to pre-teen “beauty contests”. The majority of news media outlets were sleazy in the way they luridly exploited the child’s death, and the manner in which they tried the sleazy parents on the air. The paid ‘experts’ were sleazy for endlessly speculating [...]


Friday, August 18th, 2006

This is an interesting article from the SF Bay Guardian on Wal-Mart’s campaign to repair its image.

Wal-Mart Posts First Quarterly Loss In 10 Years

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Smirk. Gloat.

Border Assault of Iraqi Kurds By Iran, Turkey

Friday, August 18th, 2006

There’s no mention of this on cnn.com and I could only find five pieces– all from overseas publications– via a Google News search. The senseless media swarm surrounding the Ramsey case takes priority, obviously. It’s a big story– it indicates an worrying escalation of warfare in the Mideast, and these are attacks on one of [...]

David Oistrakh plays Tchaikovsky Concerto (1st Mov.) Part 1

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

This was one of my father’s favorite pieces of music. I remember going on car rides with it blasting on a tinny old cassette player. (1st Mov.) Part 2 (2nd Mov.) (3rd Mov.) [thanks to Crooks and Liars for tracking these down]

Volcanos: Put The Lazy Bastards To Work!

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Idle hands are the devil’s tinsnips, and minds left in neutral can come up with some pretty interesting ideas, too.


Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

From Sara Rich: My daughter Suzanne is an Iraq veteran who was sexually harassed and abused daily during her deployment. When the Army forced her to redeploy she went AWOL. She was arrested 6 months later on a Sunday night in my home where she was taken to jail for two days then transported back [...]

Michael Ian Black Will Move to LA and Begin Hanging Out with Pauly Shore

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

…and Kato Kaelin. As soon as the *cough* reinvented CRACKED magazine folds. We need to band together and do everything we can to keep the guy busy and away from the word processor. Who’s with me?

Many Hummer Drivers Are Stupid, Insecure and Overcompensating

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Of course, I don’t know that for a fact. Let’s just call it an educated guess resulting from anecdotal research of their marketing. [thanks to the mighty Metafilter for the link]. The protaganist in the commercial should know what he has in store: people flipping him off, his paintjob being keyed, the general scorn and [...]