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Links 'o' the (Thurs) Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 30, 2004 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade



DER SPIEGEL: Bloggers at Front Line of Relief Efforts.

A CANDLE GOES OUT: Jerry Orbach, dead at 69. Prostate cancer is generally treatble if caught early; if only this technology had been around sooner...

THE ECONOMIST has a survey of nanotechnology that helps explain what Jon Pratt does for a living without a lot of jargon.

OSCAR HANDICAPPING: You can get the odds for some catagories at Intrade, which was a pretty good indicator for the 2004 election.

A USED BRITNEY SPEARS on eBay. Still cheap, just like the "real" one.

PARIS HILTON vows to be more annoying in 2005, in hopes of topping the aforementioned Britney.

TWIN CITIES, TWO SITES: Given the contingent of Blockheads clustered in Minnesota, I thought it worth linking to Slanderous Minneapolis, a local gossip blog, and Crap From the Past, the site for a St. Paul radio show featuring...

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S Best of 2004, fwiw.

TERRY HEATON sees "A Year of Trouble for Broadcasters," especially local broadcasters.

QATAR bans child jockeys in camel races, a big step forward for human rights in the oil-rich Gulf state. The children are to be replaced by robots. No, really.

NIKKI FINKE has her favorite showbiz quotes of 2004, including one from director Cameron Crowe.

ONE MAN LORD OF THE RINGS: 40 characters. 3 masterworks. 3600 seconds.

BUSINESS WEEK looks at video blogs.

SIZE MATTERS IN REPRODUCTION, according to this excerpt from Carl Zimmer's article for The New York Times.

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL RAMSEY CLARK will help defend Saddam Hussein. I guess the bang-up job he did for Slobodan Milosevic sealed the deal.

PORN is no longer the top spam category, though the way a particular type of junk e-mail was classified may be debatable.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


TSUNAMI: Okay, I'm giving in to my better nature. If you're feeling like Lennon at the end of Sgt. Pepper's, there are many groups to which you might donate a few bucks. USAID lists a bunch of them. The Command Post has even more. You can even give to the Red Cross at Amazon. If you want more info -- including amateur video -- on the story, you can look here, here, and here. BuzzMachine has a quick hit on the blogging of the tsunami. For my part, I intend to console injured supermodel Petra Nemcova over the loss of her boyfriend. After all, if Indian sex workers can pitch in, it's the least I can do.

BTW, if you check out those lists of groups providing aid, it may occur to you that Americans provide a lot of help to people around the world through non-governmental organizations. So when some U.N. stooge implies that we're stingy (and has to backpedal), it should be noted that the number he's using for foreign aid represents cash payments to other governments, which is a fraction of what Americans give. It also excludes aid given in the form of food; for example, the U.S. gives 57 percent to the budget of the World Food Program to help feed 104 million people in 81 countries. So the next time someone making a tax-free, six-figure salary from an organization that let Saddam Hussein skim some 21 Billion dollars in food aid into arms and bribes wants to deliver a lecture on foreign aid, he might want to remember the old saying about attracting more flies with honey than vinegar.


CATS AND DOGS: get armor.

HAD I RECEIVED MONEY for Christmas, I might have gotten this before the tsunami hit.

THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY recognizes an eclectic group of movies, from Schindler's List (full disclosure: a family friend adapted the screenplay) to Jailhouse Rock, from Unforgiven to Eraserhead. Ann Althouse covers the inclusion of the classic 1951 civil defense film, Duck and Cover.

SUSAN SONTAG, dead at 71.

STEAM-POWERED CAR: It looks cool and goes pretty fast, but is impractical for regular travel, sadly.

OSCAR HANDICAPPING: The Hot Blog notes that the likely Best picture nominees have not had such low box office since 1989. I don't know whether that's a bad thing, however.

THE INVENTOR OF CDs AND DVDs made very little money. Neither did Tim Berners-Lee, who created the world-wide web, but some group just wrote him a big check to say thanks, iirc, so this other guy can hope his story gets wide circulation.

LOW CULTURE notices an odd pattern at The New York Times.

KATE BOSWORTH: Gawker excerpts some of her wit and wisdom from a GQ interview.

THE NEW YORKER notes the impact of the murders of Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn on the Netherlands. Which is more than can be said for most of the big media outlets in the U.S.

I'M A COKE ADDICT. Okay, a Diet Coke addict. Imagine my glee in seeing an op-ed defending soft drinks in the Boston Globe.

ELVIS PRESLEY, wherever he is, would enjoy this approach to computers.

PSYCHIC PREDICTIONS FOR 2004: Not so psychic. Who'da thunk it?

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - 08:00 AM
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LOCAL PRATT MAKES GOOD: Jon Pratt apparently too humble to notify anyone that The Quad-Cities Times covered his Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Pratt’s grandmother, Louise Pratt of DeWitt, said, “I’m so proud, I bet I couldn’t get a hat o­n my head.”

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME MUST DIE. Still timely; probably timeless.

FORTUNE MAGAZINE covers Ten Tech Trends, beginning with "Why There's No Escaping the Blog," which examines the impact of blogging o­n business. o­ne quibble: the story identifies InstaPundit, run by Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, as a "conservative" blog, when "libertarian" would be more accurate (indeed, iirc, Reynolds is registered as a Democrat).

WHAT MOVES TABLOID SALES? Nick and Jessica's troubled marriage. What doesn't? Brad and Jennifer's troubled marriage. Too soon to call: Shannon Elizabeth's troubled marriage.

FREDDIE PERREN, who helped produce the classic hits of the Jackson 5 before moving o­nto "Love Machine," "Shake Your Groove Thing," "If I Can't Have You," "Boogie Fever" and "I Will Survive" (which he also co-wrote), dead at 61.

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE: Frequent readers know this isn't about serious earthquakes and tsunamis. If you want those links, you could start with Daniel Drezner's blog. I will note in passing that the quake moved the island of Sumatra --which is larger than California -- 100 feet. Anyway, these updates are more about things like the asteroid that could have hit Earth in 2029. As recently as last week, the odds that it would strike the Eastern Hemisphere were as high as 1 in 37, but the most recent observations produced predictions that essentially eliminated the possibility that it will strike Earth.

BRIAN WILSON'S SMILE is the top-scoring album of 2004 at Metacritic.

SEVEN DWARVES: Downsized. Happy renames himself Grumpier; Dopey files disability claim.

CHEESEHEADS: Feeling the squeeze from Western factory farms.

PRESIDENT BUSH makes The Nation magazine profitable.

GIFT CARDS: So popular, they may skew holiday sales statistics.

LLOYD GROVE collects kudos for his decision to ban someone named after a French hotel (put that way, she seems aptly named).

THE IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN has an interesting article o­n "Operation Fastlink," a multi-national investigation of software piracy. It's a story that would probably get much more press had it happened in a big city.

LILEKS recounts his Christmas. Make sure to catch the pics near the end.

PORN DRIVES TECHNOLOGY. Just ask companies that made VCRs. Here's another (safe-for-work) example, involving real-time tracking for internet advertising and wireless transmission of streaming video.

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO N THE HOOD: The New Statesman reviews a book o­n movie subtitles that actually sounds interesting.

MICHAEL LIND, a conservative turned liberal, has an interesting take o­n the red-Blue divide in America. I disagree with some of it; you probably will too, though maybe o­n different points.

ROSS DOUTHAT has an equally interesting mini-essay o­n Democracy at War up o­n Andrew Sullivan's blog. It's not about the red-Blue thing, at least not directly.

TERROR SUSPECTS: Taking the company jet.

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Monday, December 27, 2004 - 08:00 AM
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IF YOU SKIPPED the site over the holidays, be sure to check the surprise stocking stuffer below for more links...

WHALE-BLOGGING: Yale Law Student and New Republic intern Will Baude's writing about a lone whale singing at 52 Hz spurred discussion along the blogosphere. The links are collected here. And when Will notes that "in the comments to Amber [Taylor]'s post folks muse about whether one is always lonelier than two," I think you can guess who those folks are. But where was our Richard Ness to keep the Nilsson flame alight?

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: It's definitely a Wes Anderson movie, so if you've seen Bottle Rocket, Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, you know what you're getting into. Some who have panned the movie think Anderson is verging on (or has crossed into) self-parody, but it didn't strike me that way so much as a continuation of his distinctive style of cinematography and art direction. If anything, the performance of The Life Aquatic is less mannered than Tenenbaums, and perhaps slightly less stylized in appearance (at least when it is above sea level).

That being said, I prefer Tenenbaums, as I think Gene Hackman was more sympathetic as a flawed patriarch than Bill Murray is in The Life Aquatic. The movie is more often tart to sour -- more like Rushmore in tone. Moreover, The Life Aquatic is more uneven than Tenenbaums, perhaps because it is Anderson's first script written with Noah Baumbach, rather than longtime collaborator Owen Wilson (who only acts here).

Nevertheless, I enjoyed The Life Aquatic, particularly the performances of Cate Blanchett -- who is almost as good here as journo Jane Winslett-Richardson as she is playing Kate Hepburn in The Aviator -- and Willem Dafoe, who practically steals every scene in which he appears. It was also nice to see Bud Cort, as I have always imagined that Wes Anderson was deeply influenced by Harold and Maude. And given the nature of this site, I should mention that the soundtrack is intriguing: primarily Bowie classics, often reinterpreted as Portuguese cafe music.

JOHN MAYER was stopped from running through the halls of his high school, even when he was to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. I can't believe the Associated Press missed the obvious joke.

CATS AND DOGS: getting their own coffins. DOGS: getting their own ice cream.

TEEN JESUS: The computer-generated portrait was created by Italian policemen from the Shroud of Turin.

ENGINEERS probably can explain these pictures. I expect it has something to do with leverage.

DENVER SAMARITAN hands out 35 thousand dollars to the homeless on Christmas Eve.

PHARMA COS warn employees about Michael Moore, whose next film is rumored to be about the U.S. healthcare system.

MY KIND OF TOWN: YMCA director fired after the parents of young children arriving for a morning swim meet clashed with participants in an overnight transgender fashion show and ball.

FARK: What if bin Laden made albums, not videotapes?

UKRANIAN ELECTION RE-RUN: Looks like a big win for Yushchenko. Probably good news for the West.

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR'S RACE: More ballots turned up in Alaska.

WEIRD NEWS: Sky News names its top stories for 2004.

THE SCREAM: Norwegian police have identified a suspect in the theft of a version of the iconic painting.

EARBAGS: Going on my list.

STONEHENGE: A fresh theory on how it was built was tested earlier this month. And where are they now, the little people of... Stonehenge?

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Friday, December 24, 2004 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


HERE'S A FEW shiny new links to tide you through the Yuletime...

PULP CHRISTMAS: Video by Rankin-Bass, audio by Quentin Tarantino, colliding in this Quicktime clip. Not for the kiddies!

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: "More is More" seems to be the slogan in Brooklyn, if this photo gallery is any indication.

CANDY CANES help U.S. troops find insurgents in Iraq.

SANTA SUIT gets boy barred from junior high school dance.

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Teenager accused of sniping at Santa with a pellet gun.

NORAD TRACKS SANTA here on Christmas Eve.

VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS? Here's the recipe.

HONG KONG CHRISTMAS, sporting a "Hello Kitty!" Christmas tree.

CAN SANTA GET ME an 18-foot mecha exoskeleton?


WEIRD NEWS of 2004.

CNN: The Year in Entertainment.

PARIS HILTON: barred from Lloyd Grove's gossip column. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

DECEMBER 26th IS BOXING DAY, whatever that is...

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