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January 28, 2006

the ninja's lament

New York Times correction:

A film review in Weekend on Friday about "Le Pont des Arts" misspelled a word in the title of a Monteverdi madrigal that a character sings on a recording. It is "Lamento della ninfa," not "ninja."

January 27, 2006

This FM

Adriana wanted to hear some records tonight. This is what I played for her:
  • Camu Tao / El-P - WMR Everytime I listen to this I think "I should like this more than I do." It's just boring after a couple listens.
  • Method Man - Bring the Pain
  • Camp Lo/Run/Kid Capri - Come On - We listened to that "kiiiiiid uh-huh" part around 100 times. (that part is like 2 seconds long)
  • Gary Numan - Cars
  • LL - Rock the Bells We started with the Original mix, but I flipped it quickly. Then I cut the record with my fingernail.
No one else is posting to randomWalks, so y'all are stuck with this. hi.

January 21, 2006

Árbol de luz

Árbol de luz
Originally uploaded by dgr.

January 19, 2006

Good Coffee

The Clover is a completely new mechanism for brewing coffee

Not to get too grandiose, but once you've crossed over into accepting only flawlessly brewed cups of coffee, a new horizon appears. The majority of coffee in the world is regarded as an interchangeable commodity - coffee is coffee. This has historically been bad news for coffee farmers. The best cared for, sustainably grown coffee from a small farm must compete in the marketplace with all the other coffees from their country and world."

Sewage overflows threaten London Olympics

Sewage overflows threaten London Olympics:

The Olympics site is close to the biggest sewage overflow pumping station in London. The tideway group warned last November that there was currently a 100% chance of sewage overflows in the area between May and October.

To cope with the problem the tideway group recommended that the government build a £1.7bn "super sewer" under the Thames, stretching 22 miles from Hammersmith to Barking.

But the water regulator Ofwat has urged ministers to look at other options, because building a super sewer would add £45 to the annual water bills of Londoners. A separate study, commissioned by Ofwat, warned that the super sewer would be a risky construction project.

You had me at "super sewer."

Most Star Wars Actors in a Non-Star Wars Film

"For some reason, the possibilities of the data connections one could make with IMDb caused me to wonder what non-Star Wars film has featured the most Star Wars actors?"

January 16, 2006


Clinton Slams Bush, White House in Harlem:

The House "has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," said Clinton, D-N.Y. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

"We have a culture of corruption, we have cronyism, we have incompetence," she said. "I predict to you that this administration will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country."

Hmm. Maybe she's our next President!

Full text of Al Gore's speech on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Here's an excerpt from Al Gore's exceptional speech today.

For example, CIA analysts who strongly disagreed with the White House assertion that Osama bin Laden was linked to Saddam Hussein found themselves under pressure at work and became fearful of losing promotions and salary increases.

Ironically, that is exactly what happened to FBI officials in the 1960s who disagreed with J. Edgar Hoover’s view that Dr. King was closely connected to Communists. The head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence division said that his effort to tell the truth about King’s innocence of the charge resulted in he and his colleagues becoming isolated and pressured. "It was evident that we had to change our ways or we would all be out on the street". The men and I discussed how to get out of trouble. To be in trouble with Mr. Hoover was a serious matter. These men were trying to buy homes, mortgages on homes, children in school. They lived in fear of getting transferred, losing money on their homes, as they usually did. " so they wanted another memorandum written to get us out of the trouble that we were in."

The Constitution’s framers understood this dilemma as well, as Alexander Hamilton put it, "a power over a man’s support is a power over his will." (Federalist No. 73)

Soon, there was no more difference of opinion within the FBI. The false accusation became the unanimous view. In exactly the same way, George Tenet’s CIA eventually joined in endorsing a manifestly false view that there was a linkage between al Qaeda and the government of Iraq.

In the words of George Orwell: "We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."


I mentioned that along with cause for concern, there is reason for hope. As I stand here today, I am filled with optimism that America is on the eve of a golden age in which the vitality of our democracy will be re-established and will flourish more vibrantly than ever. Indeed I can feel it in this hall.

As Dr. King once said, "Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us."

Some randomWalks editors will tell you he's just like bush. He still may be our next president.

January 14, 2006

Jonathan Greene, November 04, 2005

I’d love to pull my photos from Flickr right to my iPod.

notes from a teacher, Dec. 30, 2005

A thought: photocasts should be possible.

January 13, 2006

Fozzie mp3 waka

Does there exist a situation that cannot be improved by the addition of a puppet bear saying 'waka waka'?

January 6, 2006

man attacks fountain

A performance artist has again vandalized Fountain, the urinal Marcel Duchamp claimed as art in 1917. The same vandal urinated into the Fountain in 1993. Via the WFMU blog. Related: the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., opens a Dada retrospective Feb. 19.