Rob sez: “if you go to www.benandjerrys.com and promise to vote they will give you an iTunes song.” It’s true.
Monthly Archives: April 2004
Love at first sting. Sort of.
In a development sure to excite German metal fans everywhere, it appears that some wealthy Indian youths are using scorpion stings to get high.
I mean, damn, can’t they just do bong hits like everyone else?
Dept. of Unfortunate Historical Resonance
Hey, kids! See if you can find the unfortunate — and hopefully inadvertant — historical reference in this fishwrapper headline!
Dept. of Shit We Thought We’d Posted Before
How could we have overlooked the sublime madness of Crazy Drunk Guy?
We’ve been to GUM, and it wasn’t this good
How ’bout some Soviet lingerie? You know you want some.
Can you defeat the 1000 Styles of Rumsfeld?
Donald Rumsfeld’s New Fighting Techniques Are Unstoppable!
(Yeah, it’s been around for a while, but Rob said I should post it anyway.)
We’re pretty sure they hate the Vietnam memorial, too
The Sinclair Group has ordered its seven ABC affiliates not to air Friday’s Nightline, which will consist largely of the names and photographs of men and women of the US Armed Forces killed thus far in Iraq.
On the off chance you didn’t realize how evil PATRIOT is
The ACLU filed suit a few weeks ago challenging the FBI’s methods of obtaining some business records, but provisions of the act itself prevented them from announcing the suit.
“It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the public in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had been filed in court,” Ann Beeson, the ACLU’s associate legal director, said in a statement. “President Bush can talk about extending the life of the Patriot Act, but the ACLU is still gagged from discussing details of our challenge to it.”
(WaPo story; use email@example.com / nogators for access.)
How much do we want one of these? A LOT.
Tag Heuer has released the first wholly new mechanical watch movement in years in the form of a belt driven treatment of their famous Monaco watch. Tag’s own site is a Flash-heavy abomination, but luckily Gizmodo has coverage, too.
Oh Dear God WHEN WILL IT END?
IKEA Claims Another 10,000 Lifestyles.
“For me, it started slowly,” Westin said. “I had Poang — it’s a form of chair — and I just couldn’t seem to get rid of it. That led to a lot of other things I’m not particularly proud of. I indulged in Leksvik, Branas, even a Svingen. If you don’t know what those are, consider yourself lucky.”
Dept. of Quizzes
So, how much do YOU know about the separation of Church and State? We got a 12, which is apparently average.
I suppose we should be grateful she didn’t impose her middle name on her son
This story about the birth of Marcia Gay Harden‘s twins includes pronunciation guides for the names of two of their three children.
In which we wonder just why the hell we’re spending so much money on nukes
Or, more accurately, Slate wonders, and we agree.
Having eaten there, I’m in no way surprised
Restaurant Magazine has announced its ’50 Best Restaurants in the World,’ and for the second year running, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry took the top prize.
Other US notables include five New York establishments, none of which are surprising: Gramercy Tavern (No. 11, also singled out as a great value), Daniel (12), Jean Georges (18), Balthazar (40), and Craft (44). American cuisine matriarch Alice Waters isn’t neglected, either, but we expected her influential Berkeley bistro Chez Panisse would come in higher than 37 (or at least higher than LA’s Spago, at 35). Our Jackson office will be pleased to note the inclusion of Charlie Trotter’s eponymous eaterie in Chicago (32), which also has the distinction of being the only listed American restaurant not in California or New York.
Of course, I’m sure there’s no reason to worry about this
It’s not news that Bush has finally agreed to testify in front of the 9/11 commission. What you may not know the conditions for said testimony, among them:
- Bush and Cheney will appear and be questioned together;
- Said questioning will be behind closed doors;
- No transcript or recording will be made; and
- Neither official will be under oath.
But don’t worry about that last part. Scott McClellan has already assured us that they will “tell it exactly how it happened.”
Right, Scott. Right.
Because, at some level, our geek cred would be questionable if we didn’t blog this
The BBC has a nice long story about the 30th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons.
Goofball fundie preachers, take note.
Best news we’ve heard all week
Wired News reports that Diebold may face criminal charges in California over its touch-screen voting machines.
Because, you know, sometimes they get cold. Or maybe because some people want them furry. We don’t know.
In New Zealand, you can buy possum fur nipple warmers.
We know what you’re thinking, though. “But Uncle Heathen, if I wear those, they won’t match my panties!” You’re fashion conscious. Of course you are. And you should be. Fortunately, the Kiwis have that covered, too.
(Links are to images only, since the website won’t allow bookmarks to specific products; the store link is here.)
Have a look at www.JohnKerryIsADouchebagButImVotingForHimAnyway.com.
Life is Pootiful
Pootpoot poot poot “poot?” Poot!
The Chemistry of Dessicants
Silica Gel: Do Not Eat.
In which we discuss how to properly behave on “Cribs”
Or, at least, we point out that RockAndRollConfidential.com has it covered.
Precisely what’s needed in times such as these
The Houston Press, among other sources, points out Islamica News, a sort of Muslim Onion. Headlines include “Man Blames Everything on Jews” and “Halal Butcher Loses Finger, Hopes No One Notices.”
Oh, well isn’t this just ducky
Diebold KNEW it was breaking the law in California.
The very apotheosis of snark
This review in the NYT may be the meanest thing we’ve ever read. Hit it quick (nogators/nogators), as the Grey Weasels take stories down after a few weeks.
Dept. of Terrapin Obituaries
Timmy the tortise, who found fame as a ship’s mascot during the Crimean War, passed away at his Devon castle home, where has lived since the late 19th century. He was 160.
Get Your War On strikes again
“That’s not a conversation! That’s Keno!”
The best damn Quentin Tarantino Story Ever
Once Erin reads this, we’re gonna have to go to LA so she can see who will admire her purses.
Confused? Just watch.
Best rant we’ve read in weeks
Mykeru has lots to say, and it involves the phrases “Commander Bunnypants” and “bone chewing psycho bitch with the ethics of a deer tick.”
Just in case you forgot where he stands
Bush is stumping for renewal of the PATRIOT act. Fortunately, even some in his own party disagree.
You know, if we weren’t so in love with our Powerbook, we’d want one like this
How about a Mini-ITX-based Underwood No. 5 PC?
What IS it with Florida, anyway?
In what can only be described as an attempt to legislate away spontaneous generosity, a group of young adults were arrested in Tampa Sunday for feeding the homeless without a permit.
Medical News: Land o’Goshen!
Jon Carroll’s readers are concerned about the prospect of ejaculations preventing cancer, among other issues. He offers counsel.
It’s amazing who reviews Hip-Hop these days
Or, at least, it’s fun to pretend who might.
For your perpetual reloading pleasure
This page collects the most recently posted pictures from angst-fest LiveJournal. It’s oddly compelling.
Update: The link above has been changed to a local mirror, as the original host quickly burned through its bandwidth allocation. Fortunately, he also released the script into the wild.
Dept. of Geek Toys
What’s a more basic geek toy than a yo-yo? Science News covers the state of the yo-yo art. I love that there are now yo-yos with ball-bearings.
Legislating academic conformity
This editorial is a bit dry, but stick with it. HR 3077 is more than a bit scary, and utterly at odds with ideas like “academic freedom.”
There is a great deal at stake for American higher education and academic freedom. If HR 3077 becomes law – the Senate will review the bill next – it will create a board that monitors how closely universities reflect government policy. Since the legislation assumes that any flaw lies ‘with the experts, not the policy’, the government could be given the power to introduce politically sympathetic voices into the academic mainstream and to reshape the boundaries of academic inquiry. Institutional resistance would presumably be punished by the withdrawal of funds, which would be extremely damaging to Middle East centres especially.
In which we revisit old friends
Remember that penguin batting practice game? As it turns out, YetiSports.com has much, much more.
A pleasant counterpoint to tormenting the afflicted
Supermodel Personals. (via Memepool)
Pay attention; he knows what he’s talking about
Read what security expert Bruce Schneier has to say about national ID cards, TSA-approved luggage locks (i.e., with a backdoor key), how to steal an election (hint: make sure there’s no paper trail) and related issues you ought to care about.
It’s amazing how much scenery one man can chew in two frames of video.
Wow! It’s Wrong AND It’s Flash!
This little game is truly twisted.
Your printer’s out of toner. Who ya gonna call?
LaserMonks.com, of course!
Remember that Army chaplain accused of spying?
All charges against Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain previously on duty at Gitmo, have been dismissed.
Recall that initially they were accusing him of out-and-out spying, then backed off to improperly handling classified material, and then did their best to fuck him with adultery and pornography charges, as the heavy stuff wasn’t going to fly. (The prosecutors made noises about how they couldn’t seek a court martial because of “national security” concerns, which sounds an awful lot like ass-covering to me.)
Now even those charges have been dismissed and expunged from his service record, which says to me that either (a) the Army was wildly off-base the whole time, or (b) they weren’t but still managed to bollocks-up the investigation to thoroughly that they couldn’t win even on even the reduced charges. Both of these possibilities have very disturbing implications; either they’re going on witch hunts, or they’re incapable of handling cases and investigations.
It occurs to me that both could be true. I need a drink.
Dept. of Neat Clocks
We really need one of these.
We’re not sure if this was a good idea or not, but it’s oddly compelling
I reckon it’s true that, eventually, everything gets a techno remix (7.2MB MP3)
Dept. of Neat Advertising
Tony said this was great, so I checked, and he’s right.
This, at least, is encouraging. But they’re still going to Hell.
There is at least some possibility that the original Exorcist prequel (shot by Schrader) and the Renny Harlin version will both see the light of day.
No word yet on this other version, however.
Why British TV is better than ours
Ali G interviews Posh and Becks. Example: “David, they say posh people talk as if they got a plum in their mouth. Does your missus sound posh when she got your plums in her mouth?”