Josh Ritter Live at The Showbox on 2010-06-27 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive I’m trying out embedding Archive.org’s streaming player. However, on a bigger note, a good show like Josh Ritter’s restores a lot of my appreciation for Seattle. …And not just because there’s still a good taper community.
Back Down the Toilet of History with Pynchon « The... →
There’s not as much scatology and not as many toilets in Inherent Vice as in Gravity’s Rainbow (but really, that’s the all-time champion in both categories, isn’t it?) But at one point, a remark sends “Doc off down the Toilet of Memory…” And that made me think about Pynchon’s toilets, and his historical novels, and what he’s been up to all these years with memory and history. Liberal...
McSweeney's Lists: Passive-Aggressive Driving. →
This could also be a quiz about WA standard driving tactics v. embellishment (hint: only 2 are embellishments).
In a few weeks I head for Europe for a bit, specifically Barcelona, Carcassonne, Tuscany then moseying from Venice to München to Prague. It’s my first serious vacation in nearly three years (goddamn work) and my first return to Europe since 2004’s Oktoberfest. In the interim, technology has changed quite a bit. I hope to use it well for this trip. I have two questions I’d...
Google music store could launch this fall | Media... →
Connects recent GOOG acquisitions to their early music efforts.
Objective, See: Android and the 22 Immutable Laws →
The Droid is not the same as Android. Android is an operating system made in part by Google. Droid is a brand owned by Verizon with hardware provided by Motorola and HTC, branded as Droid, Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, Droid 2, etc. There are 47 different Android phones on the market today and… Good reading, though I disagree.
Who are you dressing for? | Geek Feminism Blog →
Why do we women seem to dress up more than the men in geekdom? I’m guessing it’s not really peer pressure, when only a minority of our peers seem to notice or care. We can blame it on societal pressures that make us more aware of our dress than many male geeks, or we can blame it on the fact that often those hideous free t-shirts don’t fit us at all, so we don’t have as many opportunities to...
try to praise the mutilated world: in which Lady... →
The premise is key, so I’ll back up a little and summarize the previous post(s) you obviously should have read about my take on Lady Gaga’s feminist commentary but couldn’t because I didn’t write them, I just explained them to my long-suffering boyfriend and also my mother: Lady Gaga has, for… I need that multi-heart button, Tumblr, c’mon.
23 Things Not To Write In An E-mail : NPR →
One search [for recurring keywords drawn from Lehman Brother’s e-mail trail] in particular targeted a bunch of words and phrases that anybody might use in an incriminating e-mail. They are: … stupid huge mistake big mistake dumb can’t believe cannot believe serious trouble big trouble unsalvageable shocked speechless too late uncomfortable not comfortable I...
Media critics write as if the brain takes on the qualities of whatever it...– Op-Ed Contributor - Mind Over Mass Media - NYTimes.com (via hellbox)
Age has always been a dicey variable in the Karate Kid universe.– Review: The Karate Kid (2010) : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits via ascendingcoherence on Reader. (it’s a great review, go read it.) I now have my nomination for second-best movie review lead. First being—as always—Elvis Mitchell’s lead for his 2003 NYT review of...
Jock Jams: Defining The Soundtrack For Sports...
Eyes On Your Own Paper | Second And Park →
“Mass envy followed by active schadenfreude sounds apocalyptic. But I don’t think we’re facing the end of common decency, individuality or a healthy sense of alone-ness in the world.” — Tic Jones.
I admit to a predilection for certain female attributes—to put it precisely, yet...– McSweeney’s Lists: Rap Lyrics of the (17)90’s.
Shannon’s mom: “The little girls in these child beauty pageants all...– Gems from my friends’ parents that keep me checking Facebook once in a while.
Four Tet – ‘Angel Echoes’ (Caribou Remix) via...
The Pleasures of Imagination →
It is an open question how early this understanding emerges, and there is some intriguing experimental work exploring this. My own hunch is that even babies have some limited grasp of pretense, and you can see this from casual interaction. A useful way to spend time with a 1-year-old is to put your face up close and wait for the baby to grab at your glasses or nose or hair. Once there is...
Acupuncture may ease pain by triggering release of... →
“The view that acupuncture does not have much benefit beyond the placebo effect has really hampered research into the technique,” said Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York, who led the study. “Some people think any work in this area is junk research, but I think that’s wrong. I was really surprised at the...