Everyone knows Fatlip rules and N.A.S.A (North America South America) is like a Handsome Boy Modeling School for 2009 on crack. The album features:
Karen O, Lykke Li, Fatlip, Tom Waits, George Clinton, David Byrne, Z-Trip, Seu Jorge, Santogold, Krs-One, Cool Kids, Wu Tang (Method Man, Ghostface, RZA, ODB), Chali 2na, Gift of the Gab, DJ Swamp, John Frusciante, Amanda Blank, Spank Rock, Lovefoxxx, Sizzla, M.I.A, Nick Zinner, Kool Keith, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert. And probably a gazillion more.
The album is solid hip-hop party jams all the way through.
“More strangely, the Spirit had no memory of what it had done for that part of Sol 1800. The rover did not record actions, as it otherwise always does, to the part of its computer memory that retains information even when power is turned off, the so-called nonvolatile memory. “It’s almost as if the rover had a bout of amnesia,” said John Callas, the project manager for the rovers.”—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 Updike and a link to other pieces expressing similar affection for the mars rovers. The excerpted bit of poem:
Said Spirit to Opportunity, “I’m feeling rather frail, With too much in my memory, Plus barrels of e-mail.”
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, including a horrific incident in Bangkok in which eight amateur singers were murdered by their neighbor, reportedly due in part to his hatred of John Denver’s “Country Roads.”
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 vast majority of the comments pile on to the idea that this chart shows a huge spike in government borrowing.
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 relentlessly, of what was building — made a bad situation worse.
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 pills sold in blister packs. “Congress thought there was no way that meth freaks would buy this stuff and pop the pills out of blister packs, one by one,” says Heald. “But we’re not dealing with normal people - we’re dealing with meth freaks.…”
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,” Grassley wrote. “Our immigration policy is not intended to harm the American workforce. I encourage Microsoft to ensure that Americans are given priority in job retention. Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times.”
Seriously? Does every company laying off employees for the first time* get such disproportionate coverage and jingoistic rhetoric?
* The cyclical de-contracted contract workers obviously not counting one lick.
“[Collaboration] is always risky. You don’t have total control. Also, with choreography you have such a short amount of time to do it. If you’re writing a book you’ve got years; a film, you can shop it around; Broadway, take it out six weeks for previews. With most choreographers, you’ve got to create the thing now. So I like to pretend I have absolutely no deadline. So we can play [with] every possibility of stupid mistakes, which are fertile, before you close the box and say, “This is how it has to be.” There has to be a floating balance. And that’s the reality of life.”—Alonzo King | design mind
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 whether they were appropriate.
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 conscience.” Addressing President Mahinda Rajapaksa directly, he wrote: “For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too, depends on it.”
Good coverage of the impact of Wickrematunge’s editorial.
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 the rest of us to interpret.
“Akamai, which helps many media companies keep up with visitor demand on their Web sites, noted a 54 percent spike in worldwide Internet traffic tied to people hunting down news online. The number jumped to 60 percent in North America, with traffic peaking as Mr. Obama’s speech began.”—News Sites Struggle to Stream Obama Video - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com