Thursday, August 30, 2007

Art Deco book covers
How vinyl records are made - parts 1 and 2

Inside the FBI Wiretap Net (Wired)
Gotta love that good ole'-fashioned American ingenuity! There's no problem that a dream and $40M in the right well-connected hands won't solve.
This guy made himself a really nice audiophile turntable for $50.
(Attn audiophile people who spent $6k on a Swedish boutique model - don't email me griping about specs or the benefits of cold forged titanium alloys over wood. It satisfies the basic requirements)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sail through the northwest passage unimpeded by ice. For the first time, like, ever.
This puts Exxon in a strange position. My bet is that they continue to deny global warming while running their supertankers through the new route, then issue a press release about how continental drift shifted the ice or something.
Leona's dog gets $12M inheritance - more than all of her grandkids combined (2 got nothing)
I'm trying to find the permission form required for this
In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Klutch's art on vinyl
I love the idea of these minicards. I'm going to have to think up a game or something.

95 Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship
20's toasters
from toastercentral

Monday, August 27, 2007

When the puppet master departed, the puppet collapsed in a heap.
(Salon on Gonzalez' resignation)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Great Iraq Swindle (RollingStone)
It was an awful idea, perhaps the worst America has ever tried on foreign soil. But if you were in on it, it was great work while it lasted.

Friday, August 24, 2007


Floating light bulb
Uberorgan - just what it sounds like
Vid of same:

Cover browser

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rich, Richer; Poor, More (sfgate)
More Bush Administration Villainy - measure this week to permanently legalize mountaintop coal mining - where mountaintops are blasted and rubble is dumped into streams.

Environmental activists say the rule change will lead to accelerated pillage of vast tracts and the obliteration of hundreds of miles of streams in central Appalachia.

“This is a parting gift to the coal industry from this administration,” said Joe Lovett, executive director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment in Lewisburg, W.Va. “What is at stake is the future of Appalachia. This is an attempt to make legal what has long been illegal.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google does space in the new version of Google Earth

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Capturing the Idgit Vote

A nice gallery of automotive stop and turn signals from the 20's-30's
from the Old Crow BellyTank Blog that tracks the making of a Bonneville racer from a WWII surplus fuel tank.
Creation Museum, meet Unicorn Museum
Internet commenter business meeting (slightly nsfw)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Top 10 most expensive paintings of all time
(via designobserver)
Glamping - apparently for effete neo-yuppie types

"We're just not the camping kind of people. We don't pitch tents. We don't cook outdoors. We don't share a bathroom. It's just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons."

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Something Awful's big chat stings

RaGnArOk: what law did i break!

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Adidas film series on color, via laughingsquid

Friday, August 17, 2007

More Talk Less Rock (OnionAVClub)
The software awards scam

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys - "My Sinful Days are Over"

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Data Visualization: Modern Approaches

Los Straitjackets - Casbah (live)
Kids review the OLPC

Friday, August 10, 2007

Chris Matthews loses his mind in 3-minute insane rant. We can only assume that this lunatic outburst was a prelude to his stripping down and rocking back and forth in fetal position while babbling more incoherent nonsense before being mercifully tranquilized by handlers.
Ha! Zoom all the way on Google Moon.
China might soon be able to provide better closeups.
Bush Regales Dinner Guests with Impromptu Oratory on Virgil's Minor Works
(onion, alas)

Paul Weller and Graham Coxon - This Old Town

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Art of Ward Kimball (via boingboing)
Kithaus modular office space (via coudal)
Phil Spector vs. The Wall of Sound (DesignObserver)
Until 1966, Phil Spector possessed perfect command of his material; he was an unstoppable machine, churning out “little symphonies for the kids.” The early hits with the Crystals, Darlene Love and the Ronettes were designed through fanatical attention to detail—angling microphones, stuffing drums with bricks—then filling Gold Star Studios with musicians and instruments—pianos, guitars, brass, strings. Spector started the recording sessions late and worked his singers and musicians overtime, ordering members of the Wrecking Crew, many of them virtuoso jazz guitarists, to play eighth notes again and again, wearing them down until you couldn’t tell any one sound from another.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

[Double Nickles Past Pickle Park] Trucker Slang
Mr. Starostin has posted a ridiculous number of record reviews, that are entertaining to read.
The Jam is "class C"? C'mon George!

Some beautiful oils on William Wray's blog
["WE HAVE ARMAGEDDON!"] Amazing Cramer meltdown on the fed and the sub-prime fiasco. (CNBC, youtube)
"Will somebody come on TV and tell the truth about how bad it is!?"

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Your Congress just passed another outrageous Bush domestic spying law. (Wired)
Internet and phone service providers now have 6 months to implement a permanent spying architecture into their service infrastructure. Thanks for nothing, Democrats. More on the outlandishly named "Protect America Act" here.

Monday, August 06, 2007

The truth about deniers (msnbc)
... As she left a meeting with the head of the international climate panel, however, a staffer had some news for her. A conservative think tank long funded by ExxonMobil, she told Boxer, had offered scientists $10,000 to write articles undercutting the new report and the computer-based climate models it is based on. "I realized," says Boxer, "there was a movement behind this that just wasn't giving up."
Our Town (NYTimes Magazine)
It’s in places like Carpentersville where we may be witnessing the opening of a deep and profound fissure in the American landscape. Over the past two years, more than 40 local and state governments have passed ordinances and legislation aimed at making life miserable for illegal immigrants in the hope that they’ll have no choice but to return to their countries of origin. Deportation by attrition, some call it. One of the first ordinances was passed in Hazleton, Pa., and was meant to bar illegal immigrants from living and working there. It served as a model for many local officials across the country, including Sigwalt and Humpfer. On July 26, a federal judge struck down Hazleton’s ordinance, but the town’s mayor, Lou Barletta, plans to appeal the decision. “This battle is far from over,” he declared the day of the ruling.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Joshua Davis's Dynamic Abstraction
Institute of Official Cheer

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Chinese Virgin Mary-themed urinals?
Always judge an album by its cover (guardian)
Fine Diner to RiffRaff: Tipsy Tales of 4-Star Benders (NYTimes)

It happens even outside the confines and privacy of the restrooms?

“Oh, yeah, in the dining room, all over the table, on their dinner companions,” Mr. Bastianich said. “You’ve never seen that?”

Um, no.

“Well, you go out to restaurants a lot,” he said. “Maybe you’ll run into it before you’re done. Hopefully, you won’t get splashed.”

Field guide for office politicos

Latte art
I hate being snobbish about things like coffee, but this site makes me want some of the fancy stuff.