Friday, June 29, 2007

Lonely Too Long - The Young Rascals
A few thousand science fiction magazine covers
(via coudal)
Paul McCartney interviewed by the AVClub
Worst. Cocktail. Ever.
But the Sourdough Saloon is most famous for a drink far more lurid than beer: its “sourtoe cocktails” are the drink of choice, garnished with a genuine severed human toe.

Gallery of GM concept cars, starting beautifully with the 1938 Buick Y-Job and ending with Satan's own Hummer H2 SUT piece of shit.
Traffic - Light Up or Leave Me Alone

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Last gasps of a dying argument:
"P2P is hurting corn farmers."
Their idea is that if more people went to the theaters to watch movies then more people would therefore buy popcorn and put more money in the pockets of farmers who could then "...earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment."
Ah, leave him alone.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Unlock your car with a tennis ball

Blondie Unlocks Car - video powered by Metacafe
An explanatory page on google that deals with linguistic connotations, anti-semitism, and unintended outcomes of their ranking algorithms.

Monday, June 25, 2007

A nice designobserver piece on Sun Ra
If you were in Chicago in 1958, you might have happened into a jazz club on the South Side to find a band of musicians dressed in outer-space costumes, chanting “rocket number nine, take off for the planet Venus,” and setting loose battery-driven robots. On another day, on a stroll through Washington Park, kitty-corner from the Baptist preacher and across from the Nation of Islam representative, you could have come upon a street-corner lecturer in a flowing faux-leopard cape and black beret, detailing the etymology of the word “negro” and the coded meanings of the Bible. In both cases, the same mastermind was responsible: Sun Ra.
Life Undercover as one of DC's Sleaziest Lobbyists
Box makes a movie of itself being mailed
I know that Sopranos speculation is a couple of weeks old at this point, but this guy makes a really good case that Tony got whacked.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Yeah! Daft Hands!!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Thomas the NJ Transit Train (McSweeneys)
Thomas is a passenger train who works on the Northeast Corridor Line, shuttling commuters between New York City and Trenton. One day, in the Trenton station, Thomas sees two passengers quarreling. It appears to be a Trenton man and a woman from the city. The man wants her purse bad. He runs away with it, and Thomas speeds up to catch him. After a long chase, the man runs to Centre Street, commonly referred to by the police as "Cocaine Avenue." The Fat Controller tells Thomas to stop immediately and turn around. It isn't worth going into that area for one purse. Thomas goes back to the city, his head hung low. "Guess it should be, 'The World Makes, Trenton Takes,'" thinks Thomas.
A Month of Sundays: 31 writers; 31 churches in Seattle
Tom Kenny - the mouth behind Spongebob (avclub)
Interview with MoveOn's Eli Parser (mojones)
The Generals Report (New Yorker)
How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties
Homemade mini B-29 powered by 4 chainsaw engines
(.wmv vid)
Top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills (computerworld)
After much travel, the Jive is back.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This guy really hates taxes.
"Do not under any circumstances make any attempt on this land. We will not accept any tomfoolery by any criminal element, be it federal, state or local," said Ed Brown in a press conference from the stoop of his concrete-clad home in Plainfield, N.H. "We either walk out of here free or we die."
Origins of MS Surface?
Looks like Microsoft bit this guys ideas.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Jive will be out for a few days.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Now, however, economists and other social scientists are as likely to be interested in the quirks and inefficiencies of auctions -- and the irrationality of bidders -- as in their elegance. And since eBay, the hugely successful online auction site, offers a mountain of data about sellers and bidders every day, its glazed-eyed devotees are the guinea pigs for this new wave of research.The new work -- call it "eBay studies" -- highlights the degree to which human psychological quirks, and not just supply and demand, drive auctions.

Some people collect floaty pens

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Why DRM won't ever work
(via /.)
13 Ways of looking at a typeface

DuPont marked Corian's 40th by commissioning work from 40 designers.
Winslow Homer in the Tropics
How not to display your artwork on the web
(lines & colors)

The London Olympics logo is some designer's joke, right?
Looks like the took the 'edgy' thing literally. I see the SS, or an unsolved child's shape puzzle. 400,000 pounds. Tell me it's a joke. Really.
Archive of 60's Realist satire magazine
(via boingboing)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Putting a face on corporate greed.
If you've ever wanted solid evidence supporting all of the complaining that citizens groups do about how lawmaking has been utterly compromised by special interests, look no further than AT&T chief Ed Whitacre's parting rant to his board on the topic of outlawing Net Neutrality:

“With all of our generous campaign contributions, I’m quite certain that Congress will see it our way,” he said during his farewell speech. “Who else they gonna listen to? The public?!?”

and how about this little gem?:

“Will Congress let us do it?” Whitacre asks his colleagues. “You bet they will — cuz we don’t call it cashin’ in. We call it ‘deregulation.’ ”

''We are in a war with terror, we will do whatever is necessary to fight terrorism.''
Now the Turks are using this B.S. line to march into Iraq to kill their bogeymen - the Kurds.
Stop King Coal

In the next few weeks, Congress could vote to DOUBLE the amount of greenhouse gases America produces from our cars and planes.1
It's the greatest single threat to solving the climate crisis in a decade. It sounds crazy. But Congress is rushing through a package that could lock us into liquid coal as our country's new energy source for transportation. For every mile driven, coal-based fuels produce as much as twice as many greenhouse gases as petroleum.2 That means even a Prius would drive like a Hummer

Sign the petition to make Congress reject it's gift to the coal industry:

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

In other news, distrust-inspiring Bush tries to convince Russia that he knows what he's talking about, and comes off looking like a total amateur with a string of quotes so simultaneously stupid and arrogant, it boggles the mind.
“My message will be Vladimir — I call him Vladimir — you shouldn’t fear a missile defense system,”
(really? I thought he called him Pootie-Poot?)
After this display of buffoon-statesmanship, we're lucky if Moscow doesn't double their missile order.
List of places blurred on google maps
The Profit Calculator (NYMag)
This city makes money, loses money, houses money; lately, with luxe condos stacking up like casino chips along the waterfront, the city looks like money. What’s amazing, then, is how little we truly know about the inner workings of this beast we feed, and milk, daily: How does New York make its money?

Monday, June 04, 2007

The bill to make gasoline price gouging a federal crime has been weakened by oil industry lobbyists and their Republican cronies to the point that it would be unenforceable in it's current state.
Send a letter to congress (via moveon) requiring them to strengthen the language of the bill.
Putin: Partying like it's 1959

Some amazing pen and ink work from GoldenAgeComicBookStories. The site features pulp and ad-art as well as the eponymous content.
Is Apple watermarking their DRM-free iTunes songs? (EFF)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

screwy (via rivets)
Act Naturally - Buck Owens and the Buckaroos
New Instrumental video from the Beastie Boys:
Off the Grid
In the U.S., doors are something of a lost art.
Asian Doors