BONO'S FUNERAL: "I would like lots of weeping and wailing," he says. I know people like that. I'm not real big on it, but have been known to agree to do it.
LOU BARLOW is interviewed by Gothamist. My favorite question might be the last one:
"And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked you to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
i would do nearly anything for money at this point..we didn't have health insurance. i have no shame."
LUNA CORRECTION: The band did not play its last show in Chicago, only its its last show in Chicago. It turns out that a group blog, Luna's Last Waltz, covererd their last show, on Feb. 28th in NYC. Plenty of photos and memories there.
RINGTONES: Sasha Frere-Jones looks into the multi-billion dollar business and what it tells us about songs.
SOMETIMES, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE "O:" Slate reviews the ad for Overstock.com as an excuse to find out more about model Sabine Ehrenfeld.
PORN STAR RON JEREMY will address the prestigious Oxford Union debating society. "Ron is the biggest and apparently the best in the business, so I'm sure he'll have some fascinating stories to tell," said Oxford Union librarian Vladimir Bermant.
THE EAR WAX VACUUM: Jeff Jarvis traces it back to Japan.
LEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS: A price increase in the works? Coolfer says, "Nah."
CLOAKING DEVICES are on the drawing board at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania. Apparently, it's more Star Trek than Harry Potter.
THE PUTIN YOUTH: Seems like bad news in Russia.
LARRY SUMMERS UPDATE: This piece at Blogcritics is a joke... at least I hope so.
CULT OF THE iPod: Here's someone using an iPod to help cure their insomnia.
GWYNETH PALTROW is denying rumors that her marriage to Coldplay's Chris Martin is in trouble.
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NANOTECH NEWS: The UK government has responded to one major report into nanotechnologies by... ordering another review. Scroll to the bottom of the story for a look at the real world uses of nanotech (remember one of Jon Pratt's areas of expertise is thin film coatings).
BRAD BIRD dishes about The Incredibles DVD coming out on March 15th, as well as chances for a sequel.
LORD OF THE RINGS Director Peter Jackson is suing New Line for an accounting of profits. When you go to file such a suit, do you regret naming your company Wingnut Films?
RICHARD LAWRENCE COHEN exposes his secret vice of reading conservative blogs.
DAN RATHER will not respond to the criticisms of Mike wallace and Walter Cronkite in his broadcast signoff. Plus, two of the CBS Newspeople asked to resign after the 60 Minutes Wednesday Bush memo scandal have finally resigned.
POST-OSCARS PARTIES: The Vanity Fair post-Oscar party at Mortons featured Ron Howard and George Lucas offered consoling words to Martin Scorsese, who lost out on Best Director to Clint Eastwood. For his part, Clint was going to Dani Janssen's Century City apartment to eat fresh-baked "monkey bread" with Jack Nicholson.
PEZ REJECTS DEAD RAPPER DISPENSERS: Who'da thunkit?
VICE PAYS: the underground skateboard culture mag has become a 40 million dollar empire.
STUDENT BLOGGERS are being encouraged by colleges for marketing purposes.