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March 31, 2006

I love this picture

The lyrics to the classic "Ca Plane Pour Moi," translated into English.

March 30, 2006

Old Friends, or, strip-mining the cultural landscape of my soul

Simon and Garfunkel "Live @ Central Park" DVD timecode for all the places where a liberal reading could indicate tension between Simon and Garfunkel (via Adriana)

March 29, 2006

veterans against war

We are very, very sorry for what we did to the Iraqi people.

Guardian Unlimited | 'If you start looking at them as humans, then how are you gonna kill them?'

March 28, 2006

Like the sole IT guy at a very busy company

I shuffle aimlessly about my living room (a central location for the missions I am called upon to perform), always within earshot of my family, at the ready to handle any crisis, like Superman hovering over Metropolis waiting for a cry of help.

Washington Post: This Dad Is Rerunning in Circles

music's defeat?

Sitting at home with the window open, listening to the tree branches brush against each other outside and the occasional horn-honks of Flatbush Ave, bark of dog and squeal of child... this uncomposed ambience is my creativity engine lately.

From a comment on Click opera - Ubiquity is the abyss.

woolgathering sketchblog

Not dead yet! woolgathering... "looking thinking drawing being"

March 25, 2006

Do we need TV in public spaces?

At some point, having TV in public spaces becomes more of an annoyance than a helpful service. And my guess is that if CNN and its airport partners don’t tone it down in some way, the brand they’re selling will lose its luster.

Mark Glaser and his readers criticize the proliferation of TVs all around us. Time for TV-B-Gone?

March 24, 2006

Run on TJ's

Run on TJ's
Run on TJ's
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The empty shelves of a brand new Trader Joe's in Union Square, NYC.

March 23, 2006

R. Crumb's Short History of America

A Short History of America in twelve panels by R. Crumb.

"Are you carrying any mangoes?"

Whether you buy the sweet-and-sour pale-skinned langras of Varanasi or the intensely yellow, sweet dussehris of Lucknow or the satiny, heavenly Alphonsos of Ratnagiri near Bombay, what you will be getting are mangoes that man and nature have perfected together.

Madhur Jaffrey relishes Indian mangoes in the New York Times. via Rebecca's Pocket

Der Struwwelpeter

Don't play with matches.

the natural oral-care category

We'll be a stand-alone subsidiary, and we have a commitment from Colgate that our formulas will not be tampered with.

Colgate will buy Tom's of Maine - The Boston Globe. "Other New England companies that focus on natural ingredients have also sold to bigger players in recent years. The list includes ice cream's Ben & Jerry's (Unilever PLC); Nantucket Nectars of Juice Guys fame (ultimately bought by Cadbury Schweppes); and Stonyfield Farm yogurt (Groupe Danone, a French company known for its Dannon brand yogurt)."

March 22, 2006

Ironic Sans

Weblogs not dead yet: Ironic Sans.

March 20, 2006

want to wreck my stockings in some juke box dive

Bill Anderson created a bowling alley in the basement when their daughter was growing up. Eventually, his daughter developed enough skill to amass several trophies in the sport which will be on display.

Portrait of young Joni Mitchell

March 18, 2006

dark star

Are we living inside a giant dark energy star?

March 13, 2006

an exercise in consecutive translating

What do you do if God is too fat?

seize the means of design

I think the DIY phenomenon is simply one of the most important things happening in the world right now, in every field. Design is just one of them. It's affecting how people invest in the stock market, how they get their medical information, how they do just about anything.

Washington Post: Making It on Your Own

born slippy

Rick [Smith] came up with a rhythm and I started singing over it. The vocals were done in one take. When I lost my place, I'd repeat the same line; that's why it goes, "lager, lager, lager, lager".

Guardian Unlimited: We asked 12 artists how they created one of their classic tracks.

March 6, 2006

larry summers et. al. 'victims' of political correctness

To align yourself with the powerful and then take aim at the powerless takes not one ounce of valour. To prop up prevailing hierarchies and orthodoxies rather than challenge them demands not a scintilla of bravery.
Gary Younge's columns in the Guardian are always superb; today on the abuse of the word brave, and more. I've always thought that majority discourses rely on claiming victimhood, while simultaneously posing as a victim of minorities.