Categories: Food | Travel | Beer | Wine | Boston | Humor | TV | Tech | Pop Culture | Politics | Golf | Video | Photo | Auto
Sponsored: Samsung | Cadillac | Volt | GMC | AT&T | Gear List: Cameras, Lights, Microphones, etc.
More: | Steve Garfield's Video Blog (archived 6/19/2013)
“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” | Mastodon

Monday, March 31, 2003


Salty Beer.
Greg Schirf to Protest New Utah Beer Tax By Dumping 64 Gallons Of Beer Into The Great Salt Lake on April 3.

He demands, "Give me liberty or give me a cold one."

The Phraselator.
American troops in Iraq are using the Universal Translator Phraselator to talk to Iraqis.
Stop or I'll shoot.
Get out of the taxi.
Take me to your leader.
Would you like some macaroni and cheese?
I wonder if it has AIM installed?

Here's a story about it and another.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

It's a Giant Bicycle!

Citybike: It's a Chainless Bicycle!
Random Abstract Listening to BBC World Service.
You wanna get a feel for this war?
Listen to BBC World Service for several hours.
They are interviewing Iraqi people again and again.
Basically Iraqis hate Saddam but, they hate war/invasion/invaders more.
Oh oh, I'm listening.

The Latino Jewish Hip Hop Band, The Hip Hop Hoodios has a new Hanukah video, Ocho Kandelikas, that was added to the playlist on MTV.

Oy Vey!

The Onion: Point-Counterpoint: The War On Iraq.
Man arrested for insider trading attributes his financial success to time travel.
True or False?

Click the link to find out if Andrew Carlssin really turned $800 into $350 million in two weeks.

Ravi Jain: First Over New Zakim Bridge on a Motorcycle!
For self-proclaimed ''transportation pioneers'' Ravi Jain and Stefan Economou, yesterday was a beautiful day to tool around Boston's streets on a 1980 Yamaha motorcycle, hoping they could be the first members of the public to cross the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge... Jain said afterward, '' was breathtaking coming up onto the bridge. The workers were so excited. I just gave them the thumbs up.''
My friend Ravi Jain becomes a part of history again.

Hear all about it on the Matty in the Morning radio show on Kiss 108 in Boston on Monday morning at 7:00AM.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Iraq Vows More Suicide Attacks on Troops.
Iraq's vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, identified the bomber as an Iraqi army officer and said suicide attacks will now be "routine military policy". We will use any means to kill our enemy in our land and we will follow the enemy into its land. This is just the beginning. You'll hear more pleasant news later.
Not good.


Worlds Cutest Kitty.

David Lawrence has a copule a Internet/Radio shows: Net Music Countdown and onLine Tonight.

He has just created a web site that features Legal MP3 Downloads.

He also uses MarketBanker to add sponsored links to his site, interesting.

This is great, someone else out there who doesn't steal mp3s!

Friday, March 28, 2003

Epitonic Radio.
Try Epitonic Radio. Just click the genres you're interested in, select the number of tracks to play (up to 500), and go for it. You'll hear high-quality non-stop music, with no commercials. And it's very likely you'll find some new artists that you'll want to check out.
Looks very interesting. Now if I can only get it to play on my Mac!
via J-Walk

Adam Curry gets to test drive a Carver this weekend.

PROTEST records.
I was checking out my inbound links over at Technorati and found East-West magazine where there was a post that said that Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth launched protest records as a place to get free anti-war mp3's.

Jamaica Plain T-Shirts.
Dr. Bob Arnot Translates.
You are my friend if you stand there, but your are my dead friend if you step forward.
Dr. Bob Arnot just filed a report, from Iraq, on the Imus in the Morning show. It was an amazing report. In the end he told us that he's doing a little translating for the marines.
The Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator.
I haven't gotten much done today. Nothing seems worth bothering with, but pfft. Whatever. I haven't been up to anything lately. I've just been letting everything wash over me recently. Oh well.
This could also work as a college radio DJ talk break generator.
via [ Wozz ] by way of [ Gary Hart ]

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.
Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense.
They want to live long and die out.
via [ J-Walk ]
A Different Enemy
"The enemy we're fighting is different from the one we'd war-gamed against," - Lieutenant-General William Wallace
Oh oh.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Major Part Of Big Dig To Open Sunday.
Along with the opening of the Lenny Zakim Bridge, the whole expressway that travels though downtown Boston is going to be replaced by a tunnel that runs underground from the southern part of Boston to the Northern part!

I must have been living in a cave, not to have understood that this was happening this weekend!


Napkin Folding For Dummies.
Don't Zoom.
If you are doing any kind of video editing, you've gotta get Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro by Michael Wohl.

He says:
When you physically move the camera closer to a subject, the relationship between the subject and the background changes in an organic way - similar to what you'd see in real life if you walked closer to an object. On the other hand, when you zoom in, the background is compressed in a way that our eyes cannot simulate. This odd visual effect can distract the viewer.
Ahh, so that's why using a zoom is bad.

I'm only on page 45 out of 457 and I've gottn my money's worth!

Rachel is a 30-year-old gun-totin' capitalist oppressor college student with two jobs. She sells stuff over at

Howard Dean at the JFK Library in Boston.
(08:50) Steve: i saw howard dean yesterday at JFK
(08:50) Steve: i was anticipating being excited by his oratory skills
(08:50) Steve: I was not
(08:50) Steve: too bad
(08:50) Dan: oh
(08:50) Dan: I like JFK
(08:50) Steve: seems like a nice guy though
(08:50) Steve: he tried
(08:50) Steve: but failed
(08:50) Steve: he's no JFK
(08:51) Dan: yah
(08:51) Steve: that was the place to invoke memories and stand out yet he was kinda dull
(08:52) Steve: one quote he said was , "I'm not afraid of taxes" OUCH
(08:52) Steve: that hurts

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance, by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade.
The full text online.
via [ J-Walk ]



Christina!'s official, we're living "Starship Troopers."

Lenny Kravitz: "We Want Peace." [ Windows Media Download page at Rock The Vote ]
Lenny Kravitz released a peace anthem today, with Iraqi pop star Kadim Al Sahir.

There's an mp3 version over at wbcn. Thanks Adam 12!

This song rocks!

Let's see if it ever gets played on the radio.

*Update* - Adam 12's gonna play it on BCN!

Today's Front Pages from around the world.
Interesting to see what the main photo is on the front page of newspapers from different countries.

I wonder if this little girl will show up in your newspaper today?
via [ NextDraft ]

Buy a Peace Sign Button T-Shirt.

It's a classic peace sign button on a shirt without buttons!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Got Video? Publish it with CustomFlix.

Basra: Why they are not cheering.
The Agonist is the hot war blog right now.
How to make Netscape Mail display the Recipient instead of the Sender in the Sent Mail folder.
1. From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
2. From the Mail & Newsgroups preferences category, select Copies and Folders.
3. You should see the Copies and Folders Preferences dialog box. Select where to store copies of your outgoing mail and newsgroup messages. If you don't want to use the default "Sent" folder, click "Choose Folder" to specify a folder location.
So basically, you just reselect your SENT FOLDER in Preferences.

That does it.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Yulia is a Russian bride looking for a groom. She's calm, smart, honest, modest, kind, elegant, communicative, sensitive, and responsible.

She likes pop, disco, and romantic songs.
Mapping Iraq.
via [ fimoculous ]

Friday, March 21, 2003

New: Get Your War On.
Who needs Ashleigh Banfield when we've got Kelly O’Donnell.
The Collier Brothers.
"…They lived in terror that they would be poor (after effect of the Great Depression), that people would steal their possessions, and they hoarded everything, including a car they kept in the basement. It was too big to get in, so they disassembled it, then reassembled it in the cellar."
Al Roker just mentioned The Collier Brothers when discussing all the newspapers that Katie has piled up on the anchordesk.

It's New York City trivia that I hadn't heard about before.

Gotta go throw away some newspapers!

Thursday, March 20, 2003

CBS: 'Senior Officials' Think Saddam May Not Have Survived.
...evidence that put him in the bunker last night was very reliable, and they are confident that the cruise missiles and bunker-busting bombs that were fired at that bunker last night hit the target. So now, intelligence experts are studying the tape to determine if it is really Saddam, or a body double which he is known to use from time to time.
Well, he didn't hold up a newspaper like in Proof Of Life, so maybe he taped the message days ago?
via [ drudge ]
Odd Todd has a new cartoon.
Watch the outakes too!
via [ greengrl ]

NY Times: Hold It Right There, My Camera's Ringing.
Nokia also designed a new keypad for the 3650 in which keys are arranged like numbers on the face of a clock. The company says the new layout makes one-handed use easier.
Aren't a clock's numbers arranged clockwise?
A weblog in Baghdad.

The Adam Ezra Group: Free Show tonight at The Paradise.

SoundClick: Band History.

Vote for Adair Howell in Cosmo's amateur covermodel search.
via [ Fark ]

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Evrybody's talking about Mark Romanek's Johnny Cash Music Video: Hurt.
via [ kingblind ]
Free Speech Means No Media.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from an appearance where he received an award for supporting free speech.

Star Spangled Ice Cream.
Iraqi Road?
Howard Dean 2004 Call to Action Weblog.
Those Americans who opposed our going to war with Iraq, who wanted the United Nations to remove those weapons without war, need not apologize for giving voice to their conscience, last year, this year or next year. In a country devoted to the freedom of debate and dissent, it is every citizen’s patriotic duty to speak out, even as we wish our troops well and pray for their safe return. Congressman Abraham Lincoln did this in criticizing the Mexican War of 1846, as did Senator Robert F. Kennedy in calling the war in Vietnam 'unsuitable, immoral and intolerable.'
Howard Dean is running for president and has a weblog.

Another one - Howard Dean 2004.

Reuters Raw Video.
Reuters Raw Video, the free service will stream unnarrated footage of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq.

Exactitudes: Tattoo Babes and others.
Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity.
This rocks!
via [ J-Walk ]
Between Iraq and a Hard Place. [ Real One Video 12:39 ]
Timely comedy segment from England.

History repeats itself.

Monday, March 17, 2003

“US officer” Joins Lebanese ex-President for Last-Ditch Mediation.
”When do you intend to attack and try to kill me?” Saddam asked.

”Basically, after the March 19 deadline passes,” came the reply.
I guess that's clear.

Did this conversation really happen?

Is it a TV movie script?

London: Golden times for black taxi cabs.
Looks like a cross between a New Beetle and a Mercedes to me.
Simpsons Ringtones.
HBO's Six Feet Under: Music Credits.
Song 02: David and Keith are excited and playful as they drive off to their vacation get-away.
Frou Frou: Must Be Dreaming

This song is from my favorite CD of 2002: Details!
Download the last Bis song.
"Today Of All Days" is the last output the band will produce, and you can download it now.

It rocks!
via [ grooveymother ]
NCAA Tournament Catfight!
Miller Brewing Co. unveiled 10 new ads Thursday for the company's wholesale distributors at their annual meeting in Las Vegas. The new spots, a continuation of the Miller Lite "Story Tellers" campaign, include five ads that are spinoffs of the "Catfight" spot that stirred controversy last fall.
Brooks says the "Catfight" sequels will debut during the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Go Cats!

MPEG-4 Videos from SXSW 2003.

Saturday, March 15, 2003 reporter Ben Arnoldy is on assignment in Kuwait.
via [ Poynter Online ]
via [ Laquidara ]

What if the 'Challenge Question' is too challenging?
I just opened up a new account online and they asked me to pick a challenge question, in case I forget my password.

I think that most of these challenge questions are too tough to answer!

Favorite cartoon character is a battle between Dilbert and Doonesbury. Do the Get Your War On characters count?
Favorite fictional character is too hard. I watch a lot of fictional TV. Does Trista count?
Favorite restaurant is a tough one, it's a toss up between Doyle's Cafe and Dogwood.
Favorite book has a few contenders,
The Stand: Complete and Uncut
, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and The Conversations by Walter Murch.
Best friend's last name is tough, since I have more than one!
Dream occupation. Hmm... I'd say what I'm doing now is it, Video Producer. But what if that changes when my screenplay gets optioned by Hollywood, or when Jay Leno hires me as a fulltime writer?
Favorite pet's name is tough since I didn't have one. :-(
First date. Can't remember my very first date. I wonder if that's a good or bad thing?
Don't you think we have enough things to think about these days?

Now there are reports of a Killer Flu!

I'm looking forward to spring.
Oh Shi'ite.

Hmm.. I'd think there would some other way to celebrate a birthday.

No wonder why kids are afraid to get their haircut. [ Warning: Do not click this link if seeing a child being tortured makes you ill. ]
Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m
Former Governor Howard Dean, presidential candidate in 2004, will discuss his positions on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues facing the nation.
JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, COLUMBIA PT., (close to Route I-93), BOSTON. FREE. (617) 514-1643.
via [ DexterOutlook ]

Amber Alert.
The Amber Alert is an early warning system to help find abducted children. It uses the Emergency Alert System to send out alerts to Radio, TV and Cable TV Stations who then broadcast an alert.

Code Amber.
Code Amber is a project that puts the Amber Alert information onto web pages.
During an Amber Alert all of the relevant details provided by the reporting Authority will be scrolled in the Code Amber ticker window.
You can even add the Code Amber ticker to your site. It's easy.

Kevin Sites | blog.
First-person account of a news correspondent's life on the front lines.
This morning we will leave Tehran, Iran and drive ten hours to the border of Kurdish-controlled Northern Iraq. There are eight of us from CNN making this trip to the city of Erbil, a mix of shooters, satellite engineers, producers and reporters--we will ride in a 12-passenger tour bus with a microphone mounted to the dash.
Hey babe, we'll be back to pick you up later.

Let's Not Ban Therapeutic Cloning Too.
Two weeks ago, the US House of Representatives voted to ban all forms of research that involved the study of human cells, including reproductive cloning and so-called "therapeutic cloning", whose technical term is Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT).

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said:
... "it is clearly immoral to criminalize using so-called 'therapeutic cloning'"
Now the Senate has a bill, S 303 IS: Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act of 2003, that proposes "To prohibit human cloning and protect stem cell research".

My friend's daughter has Diabetes, and asked me help them protect stem cell research. I'm in favor of protecting stem cell research, but why does the govenment tie the protection of this research with the banning of human cloning?

Use this link to contact your representative to tell them how you feel.

Friday, March 14, 2003

Globe Staff Photo by David L. Ryan
Big Dig plans March 30 openings.
Boston Globe Staff Photo by David L. Ryan
Ravi Jain, the Jamaica Plain resident who has succeeded in becoming the first civilian to drive in the Big Dig's new turnpike connector tunnels from Logan Airport, as well as the Leverett Circle Connector bridge, said he considers the next milestone to be the most important. He has been working on plans to be the first across the Zakim Bridge.

''It's like being the first to go to Fenway Park. You know it's going to be a symbol of Boston for decades,'' said Jain. ''We've all been living with this for more than a decade now, and the bridge is gorgeous. I can't wait.''
Watch for my friend Ravi to be the first one across the bridge!