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Thursday, July 31, 2003


Oh crap, now I have a button!

Thanks Nate.
My Button Museum is in The Museum of Online Museums Annex.

The Annex is a great place to visit, trust me.

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, ON EMPTY: By Will Leitch.
Will Leitch gives you 14 pages, I clicked the space between the elevator and the arrow controls on my browser to check, of political commentary about the Democratic contenders for President.

I gotta run, but after skimming the article, it seems that he gives a lot of space to Dennis Kucinich.

Kucinich makes a mess eating a seaweed sandwich in the front of a rental car.
via [ lindsayism ]

Gallery of the Absurd: Advertising Absurdity.
Kim Davis was right, I love Erik Wegweiser's web site.
What's their phone number? I can't find two fourths (or one half) on my telephone! And why not affix the sign so the trim doesn't cut through the word "taxi?"
Erik's also got Ergonomic Absurdity, Shopping for Absurdity, Absurd Signs Everywhere!, MBTA Absurdity: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority gets its own section, Madness in the Streets, Something Absurd in the Air, General Absurdities, and Visitors' Contributions.

Lot's of good stuff.

I'm going to contribute!
I'm On The Radio: Playing Independent Music.
I'm on WZBC today from 2-5 and tomorrow from 2-4.

My recent playlists are here if you want to see what kind of music I play. It's all good and NO COMMERCIALS!

For those of you who had trouble logging onto the stream to listen, I'm told that it has a limit of 25 listeners at a time, so you might have hit that limit last week.

The address to check the status of the stream is:

http://204.193.154.47:8200/

To listen over a cable connection:

http://zbconline.com/wzbc2.pls

If you have a modem connection:

http://zbconline.com/wzbc1.pls

If you have a radio:

90.3 FM in the Boston area

Indecent Proposal by Scott Quigley. [ Video ]
I was the 161,992nd person to see this.

Does that mean I'm a trailblazer?

Probably not since he made it in 2001.

Scott is a graduate of the LA Film School and made this tense sexual parody of the Mastercard commercial.

Nice job.
San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store is open and has a weblog!
via [ bitter-girl ]

The Wrong Girl.
Teen Feels ‘Violated’ After Being Wrongly ID’d as Kobe Bryant’s Accuser.
Katie Lovell says her picture ended up on dozens of Web sites that were falsely identifying her as Kobe Bryant's accuser.
If you've got a picture of this girl on your web site, please remove it.

You've got the wrong girl.
101 Things Removed From the Human Body.
TONIGHT on FOX.
The special blends shudder-inducing footage and still photos of accident scenes, X-rays, objects in formaldehyde jars, etc., with interviews with victims and the doctors and emergency medical techs who saved their lives.
I am NOT kidding you!

Here's the proof, and here too.

I Can't Believe It's Not Jesus!
Communion wafers that not only taste great, but can reduce the risk of heart disease by 40%! Can you believe it?


Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The Pilot Project: Where you create the TV show.

It's like a Project Greenlight for TV.

Now that I've seen how an amazing show like Family Guy: When You Wish Upon a Weinstein can be axed by newtork TV, I wonder what type of show will move ahead in a series like this.

Visit the web site and learn things like:

Beginners Guide to Writing for Television.

Don't start if you want to eat.

Seven Steps To A Successful Spec Script.

Make sure your characters are loveable, sexy and out of work.

The Seven Laws of Comedy Writing.

Law #1: K sounds are funny. M,Kay?

via [ metafilter ]
Family Guy: When You Wish Upon a Weinstein.
I just saw this Family Guy episode that never aired on TV.

They say it might have been offensive to Jews if it aired. Well let me tell you, I'm offended that it never aired!

I saw it at the Lizard Lounge, at The Other Network showing hosted by Kim Davis.

Family Guy, Vol. 2 [ warning: amazon.com link ] is coming out on DVD on September 9, 2003, so make sure you buy this DVD. It has When You Wish Upon a Weinstein on it!

Also showing tonight was Bad Haircut by Tom Perotta and Rob Greenburg. Another failed TV pilot that should have been picked up as a series on some forward thinking cable network like Spike TV.

Tom also wrote Election. This pilot was based on a chapter from his book Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies [ warning: that's an amazon.com link too ].

Note to John:
Sometimes you've just gotta use an amazon.com link to illustrate a post, and you might as well put your own amazon.com associate id on there. :-)
Ads in a Blog.
Amazon recently sent me an email telling me that they had an easy new way to put ads on my site.

I figured that I'd try it out. Sort of a test market.

I've gotten my first feedback from John Walkenbach. It's not good.
I'm a regular reader of Steve Garfield's Off On a Tangent blog. More accurately, I used to be a regular reader of that blog. It is now so bogged down with "context sensitive" Amazon ads that it's not worth the effort anymore.

Good luck Steve. I'm barraged with enough advertising every day, and I don't care to see it when I read blogs.
UPDATE:
Context sensitive links to amazon.com are no longer featured on the blog.

Amazon told me that they are very successful, but my experience using them for a day has proven otherwise.

For those of you who are interested, I stashed all the ads over here. Maybe that's a better place for them anyway.

Please come back John!

UPDATE:
John's back!
No More Ads In a Blog

Man, am I ever influential!

This morning I complained about the Amazon ads that cluttered up the Off On a Tangent blog. And now, based in large part to my comments, Steve has removed the ads. Good move, Steve. The small amount of money you would have made just isn't worth the clutter.

Instantly Enjoy Reading the Bible.
via [ Harrumph ] from [ ecritures ] by way of [ apparently nothing ]
9 Coronas. [ wear headphones if at work ]
Musical animation sung to the tune of My Sharona.

Warning: Has sexual content.

Also, The Beer Bottle Organ plays The Beatles Eleanor Rigby.
via [ Eclectic Beverage Links from Grow A Brain ]
Soundtrack Lounge - soundtracking with Apple Soundtrack.
"303 Pattern 02" - A free mp3 file I created using Apple's new Sountrack software, part of Final Cut Pro 4.
Now that I've used Soundtrack I understand what all those musicians have been doing for years.

Not much.

Ha Ha.
Download it for free without fear of prosecution.
The Onion A.V. Club | Stella: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter & David Wain.
Go read the boring interview.

I bet they are really funny in person though.
Gigli Focus Groups Demand New Ending In Which Both Affleck And Lopez Die
"Focus groups at advance screenings for Gigli, a romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez set to open nationwide July 30, have demanded a new ending in which both stars die 'in as brutal a manner as possible,' sources at Sony Pictures said Tuesday."
That's harsh.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003


Fountains of Wayne: Stacy's Mom Music Video is Buzzworthy.
Now you can see the full version of Fountains of Wayne's new music video Stacy's Mom!

Technorati: Top 50 Interesting Newcomers.
Yay!

I made the list at #16.

Maybe I'll move up on the list if you link to me?

Here's the code to copy and paste:

<a href="http://offonatangent.blogspot.com/">Off On A Tangent</a>

Thanks!

Pretty in Pink: Live On Stage!
I wish I was in NYC to be able to go see this.

They play the music and re-create some of the scenes from Pretty in Pink!
After Blane exits the prom, Duckie addresses Andie.
Duckie: He came here alone. Okay, you were right. He's not like the others. If you don't go to him now, I'm never going to take you to another prom ever again, you hear me? I mean, this is an incredibly romantic moment, and you're ruining it for me.
Features Amy Miles and the the Stella Guys (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter & David Wain).

When they do Say Anything, I'm there.
"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed... or buy anything sold or processed... or process anything sold, bought or processed... or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."
-- Lloyd Dobler


Japan: Power politics.
Opposition lawmakers swarm Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Ryuji Matsumura to stop the passage of the Iraq bill by ruling party lawmakers at the Upper House in Tokyo.
Pow, Zap, Powie!

Vote no I tell you!
via [ tokyo-ouja ]
Cartoon 'Futurama' ending after 4 seasons
"'We recycle EVERYTHING,' Leela boasts to Fry. 'Robots are made from old beer cans.'

'Yeah,' adds Bender, hoisting a brew, 'and this beer can is made out of old robots!' "
Mmm... Beer.

Sunday's Futurama killed me.
via the blog made of old beer cans [ fimoculos ]
VOCALOID: Singing Synthesis Technology.
You input the lyrics and notes, Vocaloid sings!
via [ the Mirror's new iblog ] via [ bloggerheads ]

Sup Yo? Get Your Daily Jason Here.
He posts a picture of himself every day.

Are any cute girls doing this?
via [ attu ]
KOBE? OR NOT KOBE? THAT IS THE QUESTION.
"Two guys started FreeKobe.com; one of them was my friend Jeff."
Jeff left freekobe.com.

I wonder if he has anything do do with this site.
MTV.com - Onair - Castingcall.
You must appear to be between the ages of 18-24 y/o and possess a kick-ass personality and a serious sense of style.
Damn!

I only appear to be 29.

Maybe I'll dye my hair, for free?

iGlassware: Automatic Mmm Beerglass.
"It is a common problem - you are in a bar or restaurant with your drink almost gone and you are desperately hoping that one of the staff will notice and offer you a refill. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't.
iGlassware: "Bartender, I'm empty. Please come over and fill me up."

Customer: Mmm Beer.
via [ Small Values of Cool ] by way of [ jenett.radio ]

Monday, July 28, 2003

attu sees all.
He sure sees a lot of interesting things, and posts them so you can go see them too.

Hey Attu, thanks for linking to me!

Paul Wagner: God Inc. [ this website plays music ]
Gonna Be Bigger Than Jesus.
BLOGGER: "Now there's One BlogThis!"
Keira Knightly is Robin Hood's Daughter.
Tucker Max: The Miss Vermont Story.
Case dismissed.
via [ Bradley's Almanac ]


Plastic Balls: Better than 4D Pong.
via [ jaggle ]
4D Pong.
All we need now is 3-D Pong.

Has that one already been done and I missed it?
via [ bloggerheads ]

Jamaica Plain 1928 License Plate T-Shirt Store.
Mr. George A. Parker was appointed Registrar in 1928 and was quickly embroiled in a conflict with Massachusetts fishermen. It was in 1928 that a depiction of a codfish, symbol of the Massachusetts fishing industry, was the first picture to appear on a plate. The image, which resembled an oversized guppy more than a codfish, sparked controversy among local fishermen. After suffering one of the worst years in fishing history, the fishermen blamed the RMV for representing the cod swimming away from the word "Massachusetts" which was printed on the plates. The controversial image was removed from passenger plates in 1929 and a more realistic and detailed codfish shown swimming toward Massachusetts appeared on truck plates in that same year.
via [ RMV History ]

Waltham on MTV!

Waltham's going to be at Strawberries on Saturday afternoon and at T.T.'s Saturday night.

They took the name Waltham because Boston was already taken.

Charlotte Ayanna stars with Adrien Brody in Love the Hard Way.

Here's the trailer. [QuickTime ]
Total Recall for images stuck on Fash Memory Cards.
This hasn't happened to me, but if you have a 100 pictures on a flash card from a wedding and can't get them off the flash card, this company can help.

They say so on their web site.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Panasonic KX-TG2560S is 'Out Of Range'.
My phone kept saying it was out of range even though the headset was right next to the base unit.

Also, the Caller ID stopped working. Funny how you can get used to something like Caller ID even though a lot of calls say 'Out Of Area'.

Hmm, maybe there's some karma to these messages. A bad karma.

So I found this Panasonc website and looked up the phone.

After following the tips on the page, my phone now works and I have no problems.

Good job Panasonic! Nice helpful website you have there.

Bill Simmons shares a bus ride with Trista.
via [ asmitty ]
The Weblog Blog.
Reports on Weblogging as journalism.
Lost Remote features TV News.

Some recent Headlines:
TechTV producer reveals topless pictures.
New "Battlestar: Galactica" will be interactive
NBC introduces "one-minute movies"
Camera phone video airs on TV
I'll be visiting this site.

Operation: Slaps.
You know that game where you rest your hands under of your opponents, then you either fake him/her out by slightly moving your hand, or really slap them?

Now it's an online game!
via [ The Ultimate Insult ]

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Phoenix: How Hot Is It?
It's so hot windshields are shattering or falling out, dogs are burning their paws on the pavement, and candles are melting indoors.
Please get those dogs some dog booties!
via [ Drudge ]

Friday, July 25, 2003

Beer Advocate.

Beer Church.
Now that's a church I can join!
shitkatapult.
I like this record label.

Soundtrack Lounge.
The place for all things related to Apple's Soundtrack program. Join in and share your project files, your finished tunes, your loops or your samples.

A Complete Music Video In One Week.
My video production company has a new service for local bands. Check it out.

Cool Music Videos.

Music Video Wire.

I'm on WZBC today from 2-4.

You can tune in on 90.3 FM in Boston, or listen to the stream on the web at:

http://204.193.154.47:8200/ click listen.

Boston Globe Reports: Smart Mobs To Hit Boston's Harvard Square.
''What we're seeing is the early days of something,'' Rheingold said. ''We're seeing a revitalization of grass roots, democratic organizing, and it encompasses everything from peacefully demonstrating to having fun on the street.''
I was thinking that so many cool people are going to be at the Boston Mob, that instead of clapping and spinning around like a robot in a circle in a shoe store while watching a movie and then leaving in different directions, the Boston Mob should all meet up somewhere afterwards for a beer!

Thursday, July 24, 2003


Fountains of Wayne: Stacy's Mom Video with Rachel Hunter.
Too bad it's only a 60 second clip. But it gives you a look at the video.
via [ Michael at Safe as Milk ] by way of [ Bradley's Almanac ]

UMass Has A New Logo.
MovieJuice Review: Moulin Rouge.
Moulin Rouge is chuckle-worthy whenever characters burst into familiar power ballads of the 70s and 80s - which is almost every scene.
I waited to see this one until it showed up on HBO.

I told my friend Bill that I was 30 minutes into it, and loving every minute.

I had no idea that it weaved all kinds of 70's and 80's music into the time period of 1889.

Looking forward to continuing to watch and seeing what other music they sneak in there.

The Gay-O-Meter says I'm 40% gay and need to loosen up.

Beermat.
An English pub game about flicking beermats.

We call them coasters.
via [ jaggle ]

1984: Apple Macintosh Commercial [ QuickTime Movie ]
For today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths.

Our Unification of Thought is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!
Maybe 2004 will be like 1984?

via [ linkmachinego ]

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Mall of America Flash Mob.
Bose closed its 25-seat main theater in anticipation of the flash mob.
Rex was THE MAN in the wide brimmed hat.

Next thing you know, the Boston Globe will be reporting about the Boston Flash Mob before it happens.

That's because a Globe reporter already joined the mob.
Harvey Sid Fisher: Astrology Songs.
QUICK TO BE ANGRY AND QUICK TO FORGIVE
A WHOLE LOT OF SPARKS BUT THE FIRE'S SHORTLIVED
PASSION EXTREME I CAN LIGHT UP A DREAM
I WILL GIVE MY BEST TRY I NEVER SAY DIE
FOR ME LIFE IS FUN
CAUSE I AM NUMBER ONE.

I AM I AM I AM THE RAM.....
The famous song stylings of Harvey Sid Fisher!

Maxim Hometown Hotties.
CODE: 765, Rebecca of Waterbury, CT is the hottest!

Don't you think?

NOBODY KNOWS: CHRONICLE OF AN UNSIGNED BAND
World Premiere! Wednesday July 23 @ 8:00 at the Allston Cinema
Gordon, Joe, Jordan and Pete are four very different young Boston-area musicians who unite as Fooled By April to bring their energetic brand of power pop-rock to any stage, any audience, anyone who will listen. As they prepare for the 2003 South by Southwest Music Festival and possible impending stardom, the boys deal with the rigors of life on the road - driving hours to play empty bars, neglected girlfriends, loneliness and enough insecurity and doubt to fill a stadium. Will they survive the pressures of rock anonymity and make their major label dreams come true? (2003) dir. Brendan Clarke, 1h22m
I went and thoroughly enjoyed it.

It played at the Allston Cinema Underground which has two theaters at the Allston Cinema. One is now the Bombay Cinema 2 playing Bollywood films from India and the other is the Allston Cinema Underground playing cult, outré, and extreme foreign cinema films selected by Clinton McClung of the Coolidge Theater.

This documentary was great. It really told a story with a beginning, middle and end.

Each member of the band has a strong personality, which helped keep the film interesting.

These guys are quite the characters and play good music too.

The lighting and sound weren't the greatest at different points, but the content of the film overcame it's technical shortcomings.
The BloggingWorks Weblog covers the use of weblogs in business.

It's by 37signals, who do the fine Signal vs. Noise weblog and by Coudal Partners who among other things, runs the Museum of Online Museums which lists my Button Museum.
Get Off On A Tangent Updates By Email. [ sends email ]
Send an email to OffOnATangent-subscribe@topica.com and you'll get my new posts in an email as soon as I put them on the site.

Subscribe today!
eBay: Why Can't You Display My Time Zone?
I'm watching my eBay auctions that are ending at 10:19:37 PDT.

Why can't eBay display the ending times in my time zone?

Seems simple.

If Boston, add 3.
Minimum Picture Resolution For Quality Prints.
For quality prints, Kodak recommends these minimum resolutions for the following print sizes:


Save this handy table in your wallet!
Mac OS X: Mail - How to Delete Remembered Addresses.
1. Open Mail.

2. Choose Window > Address History.

3. Select the address(es) to remove, then click Remove from History.
Who knew Mail had an address history?

I assumed that the address was coming out of the address book and always wondered how to delete old addresses that came up in the autofill To: field.

This is how to do it!

Consider it your Mac OS X tip of the day.
Dan Gilmor: Voting machines need paper trails.
California is dealing with the same issue Boston is, upgrading their voting machines.

Hey, I have an idea, maybe the states should work together on this?

Tuesday, July 22, 2003


Installing Der Bike Computer 500.
Back when I was a kid we just hooked up a speedometer/odometer to the front tire and we were all set.

These days you have to program a computer.

Here's a tip if you get the Sigma Sport BC 500 Bike Computer
:

When you get to wheel size, read the number on the side of the tire.

My numbers are 26 x 2.125 which corresponds to a setting 1325 in the WS mph setting!

I installed the whole thing on my bike and then it started to thunder.

But I hadn't tried out the new bike computer.

So I took the bike for a spin, risking life and limb, and the bike computer registered 0.00 MPH.

Oh Oh.

Something's wrong.

I just watched the installation video and it conflicts with the installation manual. The video shows the sensor farther down the spokes. I'll have to change that.

Update:
I moved the sensor down lower and everything seems to be working fine. I'll take the bike out for a spin tomorrow to confirm.

Right now I need to send an email to Sigma Sport in Germany to tell them that their installation manual is wrong.

Update:
Here the response I got from Sigma Sport:

It can be mounted anywhere on the spoke & fork as long as it is 1/4" or less from the magnet to the transmitter.
Maxim Magazine found out about my Heineken Bottle Collection.
I think [ The Presurfer ] told them about it.
Report: A beer a day keeps bones hard.
Subtly Simpsons.
What follows is a list of lines from The Simpsons that we, your editors, have found to be particularly witty, often with their humor derived from subtleties of language, esoteric allusions, or just plain wit.
Mayor: "Ich bin ein Springfielder."
Homer: "Mmmmm. Jelly Donuts."

Explanation: "Ich bin ein Springfielder" is an allusion to JFK's speech in West Berlin in which he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner"). A "Berliner," however, is not only someone from Berlin, but also a German word for Jelly Donut.
Episode: 8F09 Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk
I am going to spend the next 24 hours reading this website.

Explanation: I'm not actually going to spend 24 hours reading the site, but am alluding to the 24 Hour Blogging Marathon that some of my fellow bloggers are taking part in.
via [ J-Walk ]

USA Today's Hip Click picks the American Brandstand website today.

The site charts the number of times that brand names are used in songs.

After reading chart I feel out of touch.

I had no idea that these are names for brand names:

Range, Lambo (opens in new window), Regal, Baby Phat (plays music), Iceberg.
Boston eyes new voting system.
Boston's Election Department wants voters to begin using new, optical scan voting machines in the Sept. 23 preliminary election, shelving the 900-pound lever machines that have recorded city's ballots since James Michael Curley was in office.
Wow. Exciting.

Boston wants to move from mechanical voting machines to paper ballots.

AccuVote-OS [ image ]
Boston chose AccuVote-OS, an optical scan system made by Diebold Election Systems of North Canton, Ohio. The machines generally cost about $6,000 each.
Couldn't we pick up a few Macintosh iBooks for that amount, or a bundle of Dell notebooks.

AccuVote-TS [ image ]

Since Boston is already working with AccuVote, why don't they take a look at their interactive touch-screen system, AccuVote-TS?

Try their system online.

I tried it.

On a Macintosh using Safari:
When you click the review ballot button the ballot is redisplayed and is blank, all my votes are gone.

On a Macintosh using Internet Explorer:
When you click the review ballot button the ballot is a black page.

On a Macintosh using Camino:
It works fine.

Now I see how voting over the internet from home could be problematic.

Where's wOzNet?
wOzNet also enables the wOzNet Community™ network that can transparently mobilize an entire community to help locate a person, pet or thing that’s not where it should be.
wOzNet, better than Skynet.

Monday, July 21, 2003

ThumbsUp 3.1
ThumbsUp is a simple, drag & drop based utility to create thumbnails for a bunch of pictures and supports all image formats of Mac OS X.

It works and it's free.

Changes a 1.7MB file into an 8KB Thumbnail.

Cool.
Comcast: We Seem To Have A Problem.
I just sent an email to Comcast customer service. I hope they listen.
I got an email from Comcast to go see my bill online. The text of the message is as follows. Note: the link does not work and gives an error.

--- copied link from email ---
To view your bill, go to http://www.comcast.com/payonline.
--- end of copied link from email ---

What happens is that the '.' at the end of the link gets sent to the browser and therefore displays an error.

PLEASE remove the trailing '.' from the monthly emails.

Thousands of people get this same error, I'm sure.

I hope to see this correctled next month.

--Steve
I hope they get the message.

My plans are all set for Friday night to go see The Information at The Milky Way in Jamaica Plain.

I'll also be on the air on WZBC from 2-4 in the afternoon.

Yay!
PVRblog by Matt Haughey of Metafilter.
TiVo rocks the party.
via [ fimoculous ]
The Squirrels Ate My Internet!
First, the damn squirrels tried to eat their way into my house. They actually did that, and we had to call the squirrel guy to set up a cage and trap them and take them to a meadow in western Massachusetts.

Then we put up a screen to keep them from eating the tasty part of our house.

Next, the birds tried to make a house in the place where the squirrels used to like to hang out. I guess it seemed safe up there since hte suirrels had left town. We had the bird guy come over and put up some wire to keep the birds away.

Then my internet connection started to drop out on me. All of a sudden I'd have no internet access. So I called Comcast and ended up talking to a guy in Newfoundland. He was patient while my computer rebooted.

In the end, he dispatched a Comcast guy to come over and take a look.

He just left.

Diagnosis: the squirrels were eating my internet!

I bet those squirrels we kicked out to western Mass sent a message to their city squirrel relatives to eat my internet cables.

Well I have new internet cables now, and we left the old ones up there so the squirrels could eat them and not disturb my new lines.

Die Squirrels, Die!
Bicycle Thieves: Loser of the Year.
The Washington Post has a Free mp3 download page and The Bicycle Thieves have the top download right now.

The Boston Globe has a free mp3 page too. The Control Group has the 26th most downloaded song right now with Turn Up The Radio (Autograph Cover). They should be higher. They've got some great tracks over at mp3.com.

ARMALON
THE SPIRIT OF MAN cannot endure when faced with the nasty prospect of decay. What hath God wrought? I'll tell ye verily what he hath wrought. Bad things. Things that neither you nor I enjoy, and which cling to the soles of our shoes. And yet God persists in filling our world with dirt and disease and food that doesn't taste that good. Stop it, God!
A religious document penned by three former Simpsons writers, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath and Conan O'Brien.

RIP: Exploding Hearts.
"Yesterday morning, the band was killed in a car accident on their way back to Portland from a show in San Fran. The van they were in rolled and three of the five riders, all members of the band, were killed. This is a terribly tragic end for a group of nice guys who were just starting to get some notice and praise." - Mike Brady WZBC.
Too young to die.

Check out their music on their website.

sniggle.net: The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia.

If you have a lot of time, The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia will keep you entertained for hours.

It features a lot of items that are similar to those I post here.

Dave Gross maintains The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia which has sections on News Trolls which features fake news, an imposters page, and tons more.

Check it out.

That's Allegra Coleman up there, she's real, but not really Hollywood's Next Dream Girl, Esquire made that up and Salon reported on it.

via [ Sdjotd ]

Saturday, July 19, 2003


Make mine a stubby!
via my beer loving friend [ The Presurfer ]
Wil Wheaton's Feet
Comic-Con Photoblog Project - These are Wil Wheaton's feet.


Sony Cybershot V1 - Looks like a cool camera.

iundress Nicole.
We at iUndress believe the beauty of the human form is inextricably linked to the beauty and health of our environment.
Click Nicole's clothes off to save the planet.
via [ Random Abstract ]

Friday, July 18, 2003

Steve is a DJ.
I just got a last minute call to go over to WZBC and fill in for the local music show today from 4-6 PM.

If you are in the Boston area, you can listen on 90.3 FM.

Otherwise you can listen on their webstream.

READING WHILE BEARDED

Marc Schultz shows off a souvenir from his encounter with two FBI agents.

This is a great story that I didn't want you to miss, even though it's on Metafilter and you probably already saw it already.

But just in case, here it is.
via [ Metafilter ]
Songs used to boost appeal of commercials.
Ira Antelis couldn't become a music star so he switched to advertising.

These days he likes to use popular music in commercials.

I don't know how you feel, but lately when a car commercial comes on TV with a popular song as the music, I get turned off.

I'd prefer that they create some new music or use something that I haven't heard before.

UPDATE: AdTunes.com has a database of TV Commercial music and more.

Seamless City - San Francisco - Sunset - 16th Ave #3.
Michael Koller is making a continuous visual image of San Francisco, made up of sequential photos of a walk through the city shot from a pedestrian point of view.
via [ J-Walk ]

Jack Hodgson's
My Mom's Guides
Step-by-Step Guides to using the Macintosh OS X system and its most popular applications.
A friend of mine from way back, Jack Hodgson has written a user guide to help his mom with her Macintosh.

His first guide is for iPhoto 2. You can check it out at his web site for free and if you like it, then you pay. Cool.

This would be great for my mom, if she had a Mac.


Spinmallow: The stickless marshmallow spinner cooker.
Spinning at a perfect 92 RPMs, the flames evenly toast marshmallows. With its unique stainless steel telescoping rod, double prongs, and battery operation, Spinmallow™ allows you to stand back almost 3 feet from the flames. Great for hot dogs too!
Save the trees and use a spinmallow.

The Sport Of Cup Stacking.

Movie: Emily Fox is a fast cup stacker. [ Windows Media ]
via [ Will's Thrills ]

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Stinking Badges.
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges.
I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"
If you've ever wanted to see every single instance of the use of the above phrase.
via [ lukwam ]
Bob Graham: Impeach President Bush.
He said if the president lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq it would be "more serious" than former President Bill Clinton's lie under oath about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Vote to Impeach - The VoteToImpeach Campaign was initiated by Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States.

Impeach Bush Campaign - The nonpartisan national Campaign to Impeach Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and Rumsfeld (CIBCAR) is led by Professor Francis Boyle at the University of Illinois.

Preemptive impeachment - International Law Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign stands ready to draft articles for any member of the House.
Ricky Williams Weblog.
Yes, I am writing again, and it's only been a couple of days. It's so amazing how much my life has changed in the past year, since I first starting writing on this site. One reason I was able to write so much more last year is because I sucked and no one wanted me for anything. I had a good year and now I barely have time to workout, let alone keep up with this site. I am also a lot happier and at peace with myself. Instead of staying home bored, working on my site, I am out doing new things, traveling the country, talking about social anxiety disorder, and actually doing stuff: cool stuff like going to the movies, daily visits to Wild Oats, and even an occasional trip to the mall. These things might seem normal to you, but before coming here to Miami, they were hardly bearable.

via [ Bradley's Almanac ]

The Monkey Bike Workshop makes a small motorcycle that can be disassembled, put in a bag and stowed in your boot (the trunk of your car) .

Boot is English for trunk.

ScooterMan is and English company that uses Monkey Bike's Puzzle Bike to go pick up drunk people and drive them home. The ScooterMan stashes the Puzzle Bike in the boot of the drunk person's car, and after delivering them to their home, the ScooterMan puts the Puzzle Bike back together and drives away!

I saw this on Dave Attell's Insomniac on Comedy Central.