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June 30, 2001

He inspired this pothead to

He inspired this pothead to go to law school.

originally posted by xowie

Funky comet A2 is visible

Funky comet A2 is visible in the early a.m.

originally posted by xowie

June 29, 2001

BREAKING NEWS This just in!


This just in! randomWalks has learned that the Virginia Supreme Court suddenly and without provocation transformed Washington and Lee University into an all women's institution, effective immediately.

The Honorable Cynthia D. Kinser, whose term does not expire until 2010, released only this terse statement: "Turning Washington and Lee into an all Women's university will greatly enhance the scope of options for young women in Virginia and the entire country. I am ecstatic we have been able to make this transition, and we expect full cooperation from the institution and the citizens of the great state of Virginia."

Men who were currently enrolled at W&L or who planned on enrolling in the coming year should remain at their jobs. "There is nothing for them [Men] here. Try somewhere else, or better yet just stay in New York," Justice Kinser said.

I'll miss you soul! love,


It is as if a sandlot baseball player not only got a chance to play in the majors but got to be Cal Ripken Jr. A young man whose life for a decade had revolved around a particular persona had been given license to assume that identity.

I know nobody cares about Judas Priest, but I can't stop re-reading Metal-head Becomes Metal-god from the New York Times (August 15, 1997). Predictably, there's now a movie called "Rock Star" based on the story.

June 28, 2001

Later, they started handing out

Later, they started handing out fake parking tickets to drivers they thought were dangerous. The concept was to actually create a people's database of dangerous drivers. The uses of such data was never clearly worked out. That and the many hostile encounters with drivers after handing them the "tickets" led to the project being scrapped.
Carmageddon, from Collision of Interests, a NY-oriented anti-car archive.

originally posted by xowie

Drudge in Miami.

Drudge in Miami.

originally posted by xowie

I'm not a cultural translator.

I'm not a cultural translator. White folks can run along and catch up. If they get it, that's fine. This strip shows them how much they don't know about black people, but it doesn't teach them about black people.
In The New York Times Magazine, a look at the remarkable success of Aaron McGruder's 'Boondocks' comic strip.

New York is constantly

New York is constantly under re-construction. Roads and subway lines are shifting. Over the next three years we are losing the beloved BDQ line and gaining the new W line. Biking home from the Veg City Diner & St. Mark's Bookshop last night, I realized I could take the new Manhattan Bridge "Commuter" Bike Path.

I was excited about the possibilities of the path - this should cut my commuting time between home (4th ave in Brooklyn) and all of Manhattan north of Chinatown by at least ten minutes. I went down Bowery and then cut across traffic to get on the ramp, which is wide and slightly curved. Aside from a few other bikers the bridge was completely empty, a nice change from the usual tourist crowd on the Brooklyn Bridge. The bike path is much less arched than the Brooklyn bridge, although it's still not flat by any means. This is because Brooklyn Bridge's path is elevated above the regular road, which allows for the breahtaking views of the skyline. But biking on the Manhattan bridge is almost like biking on a highway - you can't see any of the city north of Canal st, and all of the views of downtown are through a thick chain link fence.

I had envisioned taking my momentum from the downhill of the bridge into Brooklyn and just blasting down Flatbush Ave - but that's not how the bridge was designed. At the end of the bridge you actually have to stop, dismount and carry your bike down about twenty stairs onto Jay St. There's not a stop light, stop sign or even cross walk - you have to cross the street in front of a off ramp hoping that a car doesn't roar around the corner and shatter every bone in your body.

All in all, I'm glad we have the Manhattan bridge bike path, but besides the convenience of being 10 blocks north and having no tourists, it doesn't have anything on the Brooklyn Bridge. At the end (or beginning) of a work day it's worth it to go a little out of the way.

June 27, 2001

He's sorry. (c/o Unk. News)

He's sorry. (c/o Unk. News)

originally posted by xowie

I love and Please, someone,

I love


Please, someone, make this happen.

Adam Engst on MacHack 2001.

Adam Engst on MacHack 2001.

originally posted by xowie

City of Angels, Great City

City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of the Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra's Behest

originally posted by dm8k

These men live privileged 21st-century

These men live privileged 21st-century gay lives, complete with live-in boyfriends and jaunts to Black Gay Pride weekend in Washington, D.C. They enjoy all the benefits of gay liberation while colluding in the popularization of primitive ideas about gay people. They don't set out to make this music, but neither do they object to it in any way.
Hip-hop wouldn't be hip-hop without the "gay managers, publicists, songwriters, clothing designers, magazine editors, and lawyers [who] keep the rap juggernaut moving."

NYT: Entrepreneur Envisions a Cat

NYT: Entrepreneur Envisions a Cat That Doesn't Cause Allergies. You just can't make this shit up!

After the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

After the Smithsonian Folklife Festival packs up it's taste of the five boroughs, DC Metro folk can find a bit of New York flavor at Fair Lakes shopping center in Fairfax which features a New York-style bagelry, a deli, and a pizza joint.

The public face of convert

The public face of convert Buddhism in America is predominantly white and male and middle-class. Historically, the presence of blacks and women within this developing scene has been largely glossed over or ignored. Martin Baumann in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics estimated there were between 3 and 4 million American Buddhists as of 1997, and concluded that only 800,000 of them were "Euro-American."
The Village Voice talks to bell hooks and Jan Williams about Black women and Buddhism.

June 26, 2001

Beyond Kaycee: more on-line Munchausen

Beyond Kaycee: more on-line Munchausen hoaxes.

originally posted by xowie

My brother found a fansite

My brother found a fansite about the greatest show Nickelodeon ever aired, You Can't Do That On Television.

A while back the Russian

A while back the Russian artists Komar and Melamid polled Americans and determined what paintings we would like the most and the least. Then they created these paintings. They didn't stop there. They also determined what song we would like the most, and what song we would hate the most. The "most hated" song is actually, in my opinion, the best. It features a female opera singer rapping, and little kids singing about Labor Day. (You can hear parts of it on Episode 88 of This American Life.) The song reminds me of how randomWalks editor dj used to try to distract me during our Scrabble games together by singing Public Enemy songs opera-style. Not surprisingly, his ploy worked.

Jon Langford's NPR production Along

Jon Langford's NPR production Along for the Ride will probably interest you if you like punk music. I did not know I knew (and liked) a Mekons song.

The lucky slaves live on

The lucky slaves live on corn paste and bananas. The unlucky ones are whipped and beaten to harvest the almond-sized beans that are made into chocolate treats for more fortunate children in Europe and the United States.
Mmm, chocolate.

For $99, this A/V transmitter

For $99, this A/V transmitter looks like a great toy.

Before my brother heads off

Before my brother heads off on his road trip (I love you, I hope you have a blast!) he ought to consider investing in this MP3-playing head unit.

There are so many places

There are so many places it's hard to choose one. There are so many regrets. I think Our Town is such a great spiritual and deeply existential play -- it became a meditation for me when I was in the production of it seven days a week. I only see through loss, death and my right eye (my left eye is very impaired). I only start to see the color of everything, the intensity of everything when I'm leaving it.
Another Spalding Gray quote and another Spalding Gray link. Google's cache is the Net's Hamlet.

If I'm not present in

If I'm not present in the act of skiing, or if I think, "Hey, I'm skiing," that's when I go down.

In my life, when I'm not performing or working on something new, all I'm doing is walking and thinking. In skiing, I have no room for thought, I'm too busy doing. It terrified me because I love skiing so much, but I didn't know how to make a living at it and I'd always prided myself on making a living at what I loved.
I am fairly sure that Spalding Gray is important, though I am not sure why. My friend who does not read randomWalks probably knows why.

New Pixar Film (Monsters, Inc.)

New Pixar Film (Monsters, Inc.) in November. I'm there.

June 25, 2001

GW grows 50,000 cannabis plants

GW grows 50,000 cannabis plants a year, at unspecified sites in southern England under glass structures described by Dr Guy as a ‘cross between a spaceship and an operating theatre’.
London stock market goes wild over GW, Britain's only legal cannabis grower.

originally posted by xowie

There's a misogynistic message here.

There's a misogynistic message here. Apparently FCC standards state that it's ok to call a women a bitch, or a ho-- but clever feminist dissent is not tolerated and must be censored from the radio.

Performer, activist and feminist Sarah Jones' song Your Revolution is being censored by the FCC. Portland staple DJ Deena played the song on KBOO FM, and as a result the FCC fined KBOO 7,000 dollars. The original FCC filing and full lyrics are available, and you can also listen to the song on-line.

We [I don't know who - 5 or so forwards ago] ask that you contact FCC Chairman Micheal Powell at mpowell@fcc.gov or 1-888-225-5322 to voice your concern and support independent music and free speech.

Go Vegan! Destroy Kyosaku!

Go Vegan
Destroy Kyosaku!

June 24, 2001

There's this ugly tendency just

There's this ugly tendency just now for white heterosexual males to get all resentful and self-pitying, to whine about how they are supposedly being discriminated against, and consequently to vote Republican. It's high time we got rid of all that Michael Douglas-style backlash, and all that Woody Allen or Robert Bly 'sensitive man' horseshit as well. I'm not looking to define some new model of straight masculinity; I'm suggesting that we abolish such role models altogether. Make your life a work of art instead, as Oscar Wilde and Michel Foucault both recommend; try to be as singular and eccentric as free of models, as possible.
From an interview with Steve Shaviro, professor of Film, Culture, and English at the University of Washington. His "theoretical fiction about postmodernism" Doom Patrols can be read online.

We really shouldn't allow people

We really shouldn't allow people to vote on racism.
washingtonpost.com: Md. Indians Seek Help To Change Team Names

Late-80s stoner fave Jam Session

Late-80s stoner fave Jam Session is now a free download. (It's not unlike le piano graphique.)

Mac-nostalgists can also grab M.O.R.E., a still-great outliner of similar vintage.

originally posted by xowie

June 23, 2001

The image below is a

The image below is a finger labyrinth. You can "walk" it on screen with your finger or mouse. Print it for later use. Tracing the path in the labyrinth can be relaxing. It also can be balancing as you journey back and forth to the center. Repeat several times in succession to get the most benefit. Try it with your non-dominant hand for more of a challenge. It will help you to give up control and break out of your routine response pattern.
finger labyrinth
An article in today's Post about a recently-built labyrinth at a Maryland hospice worker retreat reminded me that I'd like to walk a labyrinth sometime. I don't have any particular expectations of the experience, but I am deeply interested in the value of rituals, and this one apparently dates back thousands of years, spanning many cultures and religions. The Labyrinth Society maintains a directory of labyrinths which are open to the public.

Even San Francisco Mayor Willie

Even San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown - who has been on the receiving end of some tough reporting by the Chronicle - got into the act. "I only wish the person who suggested Mr. Bronstein remove his shoes had advised him to go in naked,'' Brown is reported to have said.
Catching up on dragon jokes.

originally posted by xowie

Big Tobacco buys Ashcroft.

Big Tobacco buys Ashcroft.

originally posted by xowie

June 22, 2001

Faded black jeans hanging

Faded black jeans hanging in front of an anarchist-red banner, the words "INDEPENDENCE," "FREEDOM," and "WE THE PEOPLE" scrawled across display windows in fake black spray paint.

Despite the fact that Gap makes their clothes in sweatshops, and have been subject to many demonstrations across the nation, they believe that the growing movement against corporate power is now large enough to begin marketing on. Now the protest itself can be essentially sold to consumers as an image.

However ridiculous this new marketing scheme seems at first, due to the tremendous power of corporate advertising over consumers, Gap just might pull it off, trivializing the movement against free trade, and selling jeans at the same time.

The effect that this new marketing could have on the movement is tremendous. If Gap succeeds, it will mean that every protest that is staged will be building on their new image, in effect turning protestors and activists into living, walking ads for Gap. Further, if Gap succeeds it may become a trendsetter, and other corporations might follow...

For more info visit: gapsucks.org, globalexchange.org, and sweatwatch.org

Indymedia reports on the Gap appropriating radical imagery in it's new clothing line.

John Lee Hooker has taken

John Lee Hooker has taken his spine-chilling blues to the grave. My favorite thing said about John Lee Hooker: Miles Davis once told the bluesman, "You're the funkiest man alive. You sound like you're buried up to your neck in mud."

"He'll be given a good

"He'll be given a good home," said Mike. "He will not be turned into a purse."
Mike Bailey, professional wrestler.

originally posted by xowie

Looking into the Chesapeake Bay

Looking into the Chesapeake Bay crater.

originally posted by xowie

Some of us work on

Some of us work on the plantation.
Some of us own the plantation.
Facts are facts.
This hat is for those who own the plantation.

As James Baldwin wrote,

As James Baldwin wrote, the white man here is trapped by his own history, a history that he himself cannot comprehend and therefore what can I do but love him?
Actor Carroll O'Connor on his groundbreaking character, Archie Bunker. O'Conner died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 76.thanks, reverend brian.

June 21, 2001

Most randomWalks editors have been

Most randomWalks editors have been able to see Willie from their bedroom windows at one time or another.

Deconstructing Harry, redux. thanks, george.

Deconstructing Harry, redux. thanks, george.

"I got real good at

"I got real good at talking to promoters or hall owners. They’d ask, ‘What kind of music do you play?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a rock group and a little bit of jazz in there.’ That’s a trick — the ‘jazz’ word is always useful when you’re stopped by police or authorities."
Many fine articles in the Weekly's annual music supplement, especially this one about the early days of L.A.'s definitive hardcore band.

originally posted by xowie

I hope you'll consider participating

I hope you'll consider participating in the "Roll Your Own" Blackout tonight. Just shut off all the lights and appliances that you (reasonably and safely) can between seven and ten p.m. your time. According to the Q and A, "your darkened house, and the utilities' lower demand figures, will signify your vote of 'no confidence' in the energy policies now coming from Washington." Realistically, it's unlikely that the power companies will even register the action, but I like the idea for two reasons. One, it will be a nice moment of political solidarity with like-minded folk across the country. And two, (two even works for those who aren't turned on by the ideology) this is an opportunity to get a new perspective on my relationship with electricity -- not to mention with our sun, Sol. This is his day, after all.

Jack Kerouac's "On the Road,"

Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the classic work of the Beat Generation, is finally coming to the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola confirmed to foxnews.com's Roger Friedman that he is producing the movie, to be scripted by novelist Russell Banks - author of "Sweet Hereafter" - and directed by Joel Schumacher. There is no firm casting in place yet, but word is Brad Pitt will play Dean Moriarty and Billy Crudup will play Kerouac.


SECRET UNDERGROUND CITIES: something to do the next time you're in Britain.

June 20, 2001

From Taiwan to Hong Kong

From Taiwan to Hong Kong to ChinaTown to the East Village to DC: boba, or bubble tea, the name for a variety of beverages served with little balls of tapioca or sweet potato flour.

From a list of 20

From a list of 20 ostensible Eskimo snow-words: igluqsaq. This is a compound word meaning 'house-building material' (note the familiar 'iglu' at the beginning): it can mean plywood or brick just as well as snow. If we pulled the same trick with English, we would start counting words like "etiology" (a slip on snow can cause injury), "projectile" (you can throw snowballs), "food" (you can eat snow as long as it's white), and so on. Hmmm.
Hmmm indeed. Steven J. Derose debunks the "Eskimo" snow words myth. Thanks, iceberg273.

Today I pass the time

Today I pass the time reading
a favorite haiku,
saying the few words over and over.

It feels like eating
the same small, perfect grape
again and again.
Billy Collins, poet laureate.

originally posted by xowie

Killing the Buddha is a

Killing the Buddha is a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches, people embarrassed to be caught in the "spirituality" section of a bookstore, people both hostile and drawn to talk of God. It is for people who somehow want to be religious, who want to know what it means to know the divine, but for good reasons are not and do not.
I thought I had blogged this, but I had not. Rumored to have been founded by some kids from my alma mater, Killing the Buddha says, "the medium is the messiah."

Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" makes the

Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" makes the OED. The dictionary defines it as "expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish."

Sarah Rothe, an eighth-grader at

Sarah Rothe, an eighth-grader at Lake Braddock Middle School in Burke, said such words "are as common as the word 'like' " at her school. Classmate Christina Jagodnick said "there's a big difference" between anti-gay slurs and other derogatory terms. "If we were to say other words which we all know are wrong," she said, "someone would stop us."
washingtonpost.com: A Lesson in Cruelty: Anti-Gay Slurs Common at School

The way the book is

The way the book is arranged makes it all appear easy, a quick solution in an efficient microsecond. And yet, precisely because the users are ill-versed, and because the book makes utterly invalid assumptions about their knowledge, and offers no help at all in discovering what anything means, the word chosen with each presto! is often wrong. Sometimes very wrong. Often slightly wrong. And at the very least, frequently, curiously, and discordantly off. For example, a freshman student of mine, who admitted to using Roget, attempted to improve the phrase "his earthly fingers" by changing it to "his chthonic digits."
Simon Winchester (writing for the Atlantic Monthly) inveighs against Dr. Peter Mark Roget and his famed Thesaurus, which according to this article needs to be revealed as an imprecise and destructive force in the English language. Winchester also wrote The Professor and the Madman, a book that is a snappy take on the characters who created the Oxford English Dictionary. Highly recommended. I can't say this Roget article wholly merits its length, but it is interesting, and even funny at times, believe it or not.

Cops and ravers.

Cops and ravers.

originally posted by xowie

Polish woman says she

Polish woman says she was denied entry to U.S. because she has 'rough hands'.

June 19, 2001

Episodic Genovese wiretaps.

Episodic Genovese wiretaps.

originally posted by xowie

Les agradecemos y les decimos

Les agradecemos y les decimos que el pr ximo a o lo haremos otra vez.

originally posted by xowie

On lava lamps and random

On lava lamps and random numbers

originally posted by dm8k

What a man, what a

What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man.
Thank you, Cal.

I doubt it's true. How

I doubt it's true. How many times have we heard rumors of Mecca passing because of a heroin/cocaine/etc overdose?

While we're on the subject, why not pick up a Kiss coffin?

Mired is reporting that Butterfly

Mired is reporting that Butterfly of Digable Planets has died of a heroin overdose. I hope it's not true.

June 18, 2001

Lam's Garden is a delightful

Lam's Garden

is a delightful restaraunt two floors under the birthplace of randomWalks

For 3.25 you can get far more Szechuan Tofu than any normal person could eat, and for a dollar more the homemade tea is a treat. The chef always asks whether or not I enjoy the flavor (I do) and the proprietress always scolds me for not finishing my portion (I can't).

The po-po are like recruiters

The po-po are like recruiters around here, only they don't want us for the NBA or the NFL. They want us for jail," says 16-year-old Tarell, who was recently kicked out of Prospect Heights High School for fighting and spent two days in jail.

safer schools

originally posted by tragicM

Yup. Squaremelon.

Yup. Squaremelon.

originally posted by tragicM

"It's amazing how many calls

"It's amazing how many calls I've gotten from ladies trying to arrange behind-the-scenes tours with the Komodo dragons for their husbands,'' joked zoo director Manuel Mollinedo.
Clamor for zoo ball tickets.

originally posted by xowie

R.I.P., Feed. Now we're stuck

R.I.P., Feed. Now we're stuck with Plastic. Thanks.

Sea dogs.

Sea dogs.

originally posted by xowie

June 17, 2001

I'm a trip to Radio

I'm a trip to Radio Shack away from being able to surf the web and do email from my Palm.

The way in which authority

The way in which authority operates in the Potter books frightens me. It's part of their escapism: escapist in a way which naturalizes authority and makes it invisible, partly through the figure of the benevolent dictator, partly through the non-realist representation of Harry's Muggle life. At Hogwarts, almost pornographic attention is given to minor changes in Harry's mood. When he's living with the Dursleys, the boy spends years living in a cupboard under the stairs, and not only does he have no apparent emotional reaction, but where the hell are Social Services?
Harry Potter and Capitalism via hobbsblog. I'm sure a lot of people will find this article amusing, but I've been genuinely troubled by the lack of class consciousness in J. K. Rowling's work.

An astronaut will open several

An astronaut will open several mid-deck lockers, pull out some parts, assemble the Power Mac G4 and a small satellite, float out of an airlock, and deliberately throw the satellite overboard.
It says so right here.

Boston Review: On the Uses

Boston Review: On the Uses and Misuses of Photojournalism

For dmoz: oneworld.net: guides: racism.

For dmoz: oneworld.net: guides: racism.

rebekah jude - come to

rebekah jude - come to my house for a so-over-it Rent BBQ slash trampoline party.

June 16, 2001

"I don't think you

"I don't think you see anyone here not smiling," said Stephen Higginson, who makes his living selling computer equipment on eBay, after he took the Advanced Selling Tips class. "We know something that the average public doesn't know. We're free."

I'd like to go back to school some day, but not Ebay University, thanks. Ebay won't set you free, but the article is kind of sweet. I used to be a serious Ebay addict, until I was outbid on an incredible collection of Public Enemy records with 0:00 left on the Ebay clock. I felt so robbed, I was never serious about Ebay again.

Destination: Honduras!

Destination: Honduras!

June 14, 2001

I don't like the looks

I don't like the looks of this URL either. (c/o boingboing)

originally posted by xowie

The trials of Analog Pussy.

The trials of Analog Pussy.

originally posted by xowie

Nikon Coolpix 990 online resource

Nikon Coolpix 990 online resource guide. I don't like the looks of that URL at all -- it looks like it could blow away, or get scrambled by static cling or something, but there you go.

"Don't Let Disney Teach You

"Don't Let Disney Teach You About History!" vs.
"Did FDR Know?"

(Thanks Neil)

June 13, 2001

"I wanted to get

"I wanted to get the first Modern Lovers album, but I didn't want her to know I didn't already own it," said Jody Osbourne of San Diego. "To cover up, I told her some big, long story about how my friend is such a jerk because he borrowed it a long time ago and never gave it back. When I was done with this four-minute spiel, she just said, 'I hate Jonathan Richman.' I wanted to curl up in a ball and die."

Reprimand me for posting from The Onion if you will - but a nation of alternateen boys (myself included) really is in love with That Girl From the Record Store (tm).

I have a crush on Leanne from Honest Jon's Records (see Monday 01/22/01 - Thursday 02/08/01). She sold me the 10" of Junior 'Soul' Murvin singing Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love." It's an incredible 10", and I always hoped Leanne had given me a special pointer because she thought I had good taste in music. The Honest Jon's catalog came in the mail on Monday, and the 10" is listed as "by far the best selling record in the history of the shop." Oh well.

Heroes of computing

Heroes of computing

originally posted by dm8k

Happy birthday Rivers

Happy birthday Rivers

originally posted by dm8k

Where the Buffalo Go: How

Where the Buffalo Go: How Science Ignores the Living World: An Interview with Vine Deloria

You May Be An Anarchist And Not Even Know It: An Interview with John Zerzan

June 12, 2001

This week Bull Run Mountain

This week Bull Run Mountain Organic Farm delivered radishes, arugula, Red Sails lettuce, Salad Bowl lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, tatsoi, Yukino Savoy, Salad mustard, garlic flowers, and Pac Choi. Yummy salad tonight!

The lawyers dwell on small

The lawyers dwell on small details.

originally posted by xowie

OpenCola version 1.0 is exactly

OpenCola version 1.0 is exactly what it sounds like. How great would it be if all packaged food products became open sourced?

Now, I'm way out here

Now, I'm way out here in left field 'cause there's a Big Kid up
We're playin' in a tournament game for the Founders Cup
Now, that red ball's comin' at me
I make the winning catch down on my knees
Well, whoever said havin' fun had to be kid stuff?
Who can forget the resounding pound of a well-kicked red playground ball or the wallop of a solid catch in the outfield? With summer coming, visit the World Adult Kickball Association for information about your favorite sport (including an MP3 of the above song, "Everybody Loves Kickball").

June 11, 2001

In the desert on the

In the desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, charity becomes political protest as humanitarian groups seek to put hundreds of gallons of water in the form of "watering stations" -- a few gallons of water and a blue flag -- on federal, military, private, and Indian lands.

Whether you buy its

Whether you buy its this-is-a-story-about-love declarations or not is beside the point; it's abundantly clear that the film believes in them, and enjoying the resultant nakedly emotional ride may be largely a matter of overcoming your own cynicism. At its best, Moulin Rouge is outsized fun with a casual disregard for sanity that makes it more satisfying than a similarly daring but very tightly wrapped Hollywood picture like, say, Memento.

If Deep Focus wasn't around, rme.net would be here much sooner. DF is head and shoulders on another level from other on-line film sites. Anyway, I really liked Moulin Rouge. It's a perfect summer movie. Radiant Stars who don't mind crooning classics from the 80's (and before!) and can both act (no Memento fans, Carrie-Ann Moss and Mr. Blondie cannot act). Beautiful cinematography. A plot that is there but not so much that you get distracted from the eye candy and cinematic poetry on the screen. Go see it!

This Guide to Free Online

This Guide to Free Online Photo Albums is very handy for comparing the features of the various services. I have been a fan of photopoint but they've recently gone subscription.

June 10, 2001

TheExperiment is a source for

TheExperiment is a source for alternative/activist news.

Father's day surprise for stupid

Father's day surprise for stupid rich people. Keep your shoes on around the Komodo!

originally posted by xowie

Good Eats with Alton Brown

Good Eats with Alton Brown Fan Page

More comics links than you

More comics links than you can click at GLITTERDAMMERUNG! Comics Weblog.

Sample some great indy comics

Sample some great indy comics by downloading a pdf of the out-of-print NON number 3. thanks, bugpowder.

June 9, 2001

It's really an uncomfortable situation,

It's really an uncomfortable situation, since I'm not an illustrator, though I do get calls from morally indefensible businesses offering me money to decorate their ambitions.
The onion interviews Chris Ware, esteemed comic artist and author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth.



"I would like to see

"I would like to see it more like the wine industry where there are certain strains and varieties grown under specific conditions," he said pulling on a large spliff of a highly sought-after strain called Bumbleberry.
What are they smoking at the Vancouver Sun?

originally posted by xowie

June 8, 2001

Glib blog of angeleno news.

Glib blog of angeleno news.

originally posted by xowie

June 7, 2001

Dear Sir: Congratulations! You got

Dear Sir:

Congratulations! You got the job! That is probably what you were hoping this letter would say. But it doesn't, because you didn't.


Personnel Department

Rejection letters by Jack Handey, from the New Yorker. Yeah, I stole this from Metafilter.

June 6, 2001

Here is a reason to

Here is a reason to hate the world.

Here is a reason to love the world.

It was ruined when the

It was ruined when the director said "cut."

Thanks dj for ruining Memento

Thanks dj for ruining Memento for me.

"Just how scary is

"Just how scary is the Cyclone with its 90 foot first drop, and speeds reaching 68mph? Charles Lindburgh said it was "scarier than flying the atlantic solo". Then there was the 1948 tale of Emilio Franko, who supposedly had an ailment making it impossible for him to utter a sound. Riding the Cyclone, Franko miraculously found he was able to scream and when he got off he uttered the first words of his life "I feel sick." -The Daily News, July 1988

Meet the rW family at the Cyclone all summer long.

Also, duplicate Go Vegan's incredible memory with the help of DoLinux.org's mnemonic tricks. I didn't realize how poor my memory was until I lost my Palm last week, and I couldn't keep my schedule straight to save my life.

I love the movie Rushmore because I relate so much to Max Fisher - both his flaws and delights. Would I begin to like Memento (spoiler which I hate) if I lost my short term memory?

J. R. R. Tolkein would

J. R. R. Tolkein would have made a great Dungeon Master. thanks, Jennifer.

June 5, 2001

Those who drew up

Those who drew up this closed-door energy plan apparently know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Wilderness Society Press Release. (Thanks Simon)

June 4, 2001

Spearhead's Michael Franti on music

Spearhead's Michael Franti on music and Woodstock '99:

It made me realize that music in itself is not a beautiful thing. It's a decision made by the artist to either inspire a vision like Santana, or just go for the lowest common denominator and try to sell as many records as possible. Is our end goal to become adrenalized by conflict or to improve the lives of people around us?
From the "Music to My Ears" column in the May 19 Billboard. I'd link to the whole article, but the toads want us to pay for it.

June 1, 2001

Drug czar OK with MMJ.

Drug czar OK with MMJ.

originally posted by xowie

If you read Dr. Menlo

Steinhilber photo
If you read Dr. Menlo like you should, you would have seen the link to this article about Berthold Steinhilber painting photographs with light.