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January 31, 2008

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Finally, Bud may have topped the farting horse spot that ran during Super Bowl XXVIII…

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits — to You

January 28, 2008

the blurring of high and low culture

January 21, 2008

love letter to a busboy

At the moment I’m waiting for a pizza to be served to me at the Busboys and Poets in D.C. I have to say that I love this place. The walls are adorned with cool art and positive activist messages. The bookstore has an impeccable collection of fiction and non-fiction (though the selection in Shirlington is a little too slanted toward poetry with political themes, IMO). I feel good coming here and giving this place my money.

Also, I checked out the website of Teaching for Change, the nonprofit that operates the B&P bookstores. And I learned this:

We have just been informed that AMC theaters will no longer screen the Citizen Soldier commercial for the National Guard. The Loews/AMC national office called Teaching for Change to report that the commercial generated the second largest number of complaints they have ever received and therefore has been pulled from theaters nationally. Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets were among those who complained in person and in writing. In fact, Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal complained to the manager when the commercial was shown at a Loews in Washington, DC. Andy told the manager, “I paid to see the film, not be bombarded by Pentagon propaganda. I demand my money back.” The manager gave him a cash refund. Andy went back inside the movie theater and told the audience that he had just received a refund for the movie because of the Pentagon commercial, at which time a line formed at the cashier demanding refunds. They were given to whomever asked for it. Apparently this economic and verbal protest had an impact.

Kick-ass. I believe I’ve seen this same ad and was put off as well, though I didn’t say anything about it. The lesson here is Speak up!

January 18, 2008

dry goods in China or a comedy of translation errors

Language Log: The Etiology and Elaboration of a Flagrant Mistranslation

People who see signs employing the f-word all over China, even in large stores and fancy restaurants, are not only aghast, they wonder how the dickens such a gross mistranslation could have originated and proliferated. Theories abound, to say the least.

Amazing, fascinating, hilarious, and educational — I cannot recommend this link highly enough.

more on the black cartoonists action

I liken the situation about opportunity in this country to a Monopoly game—for the first 300 years, a certain subset of people were allowed to play. Now we’ve opened up the game and encouraged everyone to go around the board. But this newfound participation doesn’t take away from the fact that a lot of the real estate with its established green houses and red hotels is largely untouchable to the new players.

White cartoonist Hilary Price (“Rhymes With Orange”) supports the Feb. 10 comics page action: White Cartoonists Discuss Black Cartoonists’ Comics-Page Action. [via torchbearers] See also: Name that Peanuts character!

January 17, 2008

a dc story

What else can I tell you?
Today, a homeless man climbed into the sky.
And there, he warmed the city.
We felt it through the metal hulls of buses
but, ignorant of the origin,
missed a chance to marvel.

Then, something unexpected occurred.
Our bus driver turned around
in his seat—we were at a stoplight—
and offered wise counsel.
His tone was grave,
but his regard light.
And he said,
Casting a shadow is effortless.
But the real work is in the upkeep.

thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing?

This collection of Stan Lee Tribute Artwork repeatedly takes my breath away.

January 13, 2008

steal this bit

The RIAA has conducted about 26,000 lawsuits, and there are more than 15 million music downloaders. Mark Mulligan of Jupiter Research said it best: “If you’re a file sharer, you know that the likelihood of you being caught is very similar to that of being hit by an asteroid.”

Bruce Schneier: Steal This Wi-Fi

"black" comics

It’s like a weather forecast of mostly sunny with patches of racism.

Black Cartoonists Plan Feb. 10 Comics-Page Action: “At least eight African-American cartoonists plan to take part in a Feb. 10 comics-page action to draw attention to the way their strips are perceived and purchased.” The artists will each draw a version of the same strip, to protest being treated as interchangeable by editors. The irony here is that it’s highly unlikely—if not impossible—that you’ll be able to simply open up to the comics page of your preferred daily to see the action take place. [via Torchbearers]

January 8, 2008

fixing Peppermint Patty

For a school art contest, I proudly submitted a drawing of Peppermint Patty on a baseball mound. I played little league, I was the only girl on the team and I wanted to prove that girls could and did play baseball. … I had always thought her skin tone was strange, so I “fixed” it with a thin, tan watercolor mix that I had watched my mom use repeatedly on birthday cards for my friends. As far as I knew, all birthday cards needed to be “fixed” when you bought them home from the store.

My First Lesson In Being Black

January 3, 2008

the case for object-centered sociality

The social networking services that really work are the ones that are built around objects. Flickr, for example, has turned photos into objects of sociality. On del.icio.us the objects are the URLs. EVDB, Upcoming.org, and evnt focus on events as objects.

zengestrom.com: Why some social network services work and others don’t Or: the case for object-centered sociality. I hadn’t thought about it this way before, but in my experience it’s certainly true.

January 2, 2008

"the upgrade is empathy"

Alyssa described her project as an upgrade to traditional journalism. “The upgrade is empathy,” she said, with the severe humility that comes when you suspect you are on to something but are still uncertain you aren’t being ridiculous in some way.

“You Don’t Understand Our Audience”: What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC by John Hockenberry. “In the end, perhaps the work that I was most proud of at NBC marginalized me within the organization and was my undoing.” via Graham Leuschke’s bookmarks on del.icio.us