Everyone knows Fatlip rules and N.A.S.A (North...
More strangely, the Spirit had no memory of what it had done for that part of...– Mars Rover Disoriented Somewhat After Glitch I love the quirk of humanity that can send a robot to a human-hostile foreign planet to explore small details, but can’t help but assign personality to it. Similarly, Tierney’s blog has a nice quote from a New Yorker poem by the late John...
Karaoke rage (Brian Raftery in Slate) →
Drinkwine’s sad, stupid plight wasn’t an isolated incident: In August 2007, a Seattle man was assaulted onstage during a karaoke rendition of Coldplay’s “Yellow,” while last December, a San Diego man encored his karaoke set by walking toward the crowd and attacking an audience member. And in Asia, there’s been a string of karaoke-bar stabbings and shootings,...
“A Latin passage has been used for years by...
The Scariest Blog Post Ever « The Baseline... →
What’s scary is that the author of the post claims that the chart shows “federal borrowing,” called it “the scariest chart ever,” and concluded, “Anyone still think there are not some rough patches down the road?” … and then this became the most popular post on the most popular financial blog in the world. And even though a few people (including me) tried to point out the basic error, the...
My [Brother’s] Front Flip in Honeycomb on Vimeo (via Vimeo)
The Media's Role In The Financial Crisis →
givemesomethingtoread: Journalists were grossly deficient when it came to covering the reckless behavior, sleaze and willful ignorance of fundamental economics, much of which was reasonably obvious to anyone who was paying attention, that inflated the housing and credit bubbles of the past decade. Their frequent cheerleading for bad practices — and near-total failure to warn us, repeatedly and...
Andrew Bird - Fitz and the Dizzyspells →
From KEXP song of the day podcast.
The Lost Art of the Complex Narrative Metaphor «... →
How America Lost the War on Drugs : Rolling Stone →
I’ll read just about anything that opens with Pablo Escobar, Chernobyl, elephants, the rejection of the physical world or submarines. I know that’s a weird list, but I have a treasured book or two for each item. More if I count online pieces. This one goes on the list. Three years later, when lawmakers finally regulated tablets of pseudoephedrine, they created an exception for...
Inside the ingenious hoax that fooled the British... →
slateinbrief: “Sometimes, sportswriters do not know what they are talking about.”
How I Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address (David Bergman). Via seoulbrother and texburgher.
Senator: Microsoft should cut foreign guests... →
In a letter made public today, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa addresses Microsoft’s layoffs and asks CEO Steve Ballmer to give Americans preference over foreign guest workers brought to the country under the H-1B visa program. “My point is that during a layoff, companies should not be retaining H-1B or other work visa program employees over qualified American workers,”...
Protectionism by Another Name? (Baseline Scenario) →
N.A.S.A. - Whatchadoin' feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A... →
“There’s also this tune from N.A.S.A (Squeak E. Clean and DJ Egon) whose album The Spirit of Apollo features everyone ever in music.” From…
[Collaboration] is always risky. You don’t have total control. Also, with...– Alonzo King | design mind
Track Obama's promises here →
Steve Jobs and Me →
slateinbrief: Steve Jobs didn’t have the same kind of pancreatic cancer that Patrick Swayze does, and that’s why he’s not dead. I adore the tense of this.
Wavves - So Bored →
“How many Vs is too many? I haven’t got my hands on Wavves newest album Wavvves yet (note the 3 Vs) but I have been listening to the promo single ‘So Bored’ and the previous album Wavves (2 Vs) a…
By Switching Their Charters, Banks Skirt... →
The moves, known as charter conversions, highlight the tremendous leverage that banks hold in their relationships with government supervisors.
naked capitalism: Thain Forced Out, NY Attorney... →
Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis gave former Merrill chief John Thain an unceremonious heave-ho earlier today, a mere month after the Merrill deal closed, after one too many nasty surprises: the deterioration of Merrill in the fourth quarter, the revelation that Merrill effectively stiffed BofA by paying bonuses early, thus depriving the bank of the opportunity to review the payments and ascertain...
The Onion Radio News - CEO Lays Off 5,000 Workers... →
ABX - Lump Sum Of Paris →
Bon Iver v. Friendly Fires & Aeroplane from http://www.thehoodinternet.com/2009/01/bon-iver-vs-friendly-fires-aeroplane.html
"And Then They Came for Me" : CJR →
But Wickrematunge’s assassination garnered a relatively incredible amount of foreign press coverage—partially because of a posthumous editorial written by Wickrematunge himself, in which he predicted his own death. Entitled “And then they came for me,” Wickrematunge wrote that journalism was a profession whose “calling” is above “high office, fame, lucre and society. It is the call of...
footnoted.org: Reading between the lines at The... →
So what’s the change in language in the Slim agreement all about? Seems like an extra layer of protection in the event someone tries to figure out a way to break up the Sulzberger family and get some of those powerful Class B shares, kind of the way Murdoch was able to make his deal for Dow Jones. Then again, that’s why lawyers are paid big bucks to write this sort of thing: to make it hard for...
fred-wilson: Taste - Animal Collective -...
Animal Collective - "My Girls" →
From the 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion on Domino Records, and KEXP.org’s “song of the day” podcast. Probably my favorite off the new record. Some of the other songs are too Fleet Foxes for my…
Akamai, which helps many media companies keep up with visitor demand on their...– News Sites Struggle to Stream Obama Video - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com