Chloe, 10, and older sister Asy, 12, make up the coolest little indie band in Seattle right now: Smoosh. They’ve already gotten great local press, opened for Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney and The Presidents of the United States of America and given a live radio performance on Seattle’s KEXP. Don’t miss their hits RAD, It’s Cold, or Pygmy Motorcycle. Not just a novelty, they rock beyond their years.
Archive for August, 2004
To overcome her mother’s frustrations with sending email through a computer, Aparna Rao designed a typewriter that sends email. Currently completing her thesis at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, she is focussing on using her family and how they interact with objects and their contexts. Along with her mother’s typewriter, Rao’s designed an Internet Manual for her father that is connected to a computer and launches corresponding lesson as its pages are turned.
While John Kerry’s war medals have been getting a lot of scrutiny lately– as they should, I mean hell, Kerry got hit with such small amounts of schrapnel and shot at with so few bullets. It’s only fair that maybe someone should take a look at the hard-won war medals George W. Bush was awarded.
The New York Daily News reports that thousands of snowbirds are register to vote in both New York City and Florida.
Novelist Tibor Fischer explains what it’s like to evaluate fiction for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in literature. He also lets us know what it’ll take to get on his list for contention. My rates are as follows:
As a crowd of museum-goers looked on, The Scream was stolen from the Munch Museum in Norway. The priceless 1893 work by Edvard Munch, was stolen by masked gunman who took advantage of weak security. The paintings were simply attached by wire to the walls, said a witnesss. All you had to do is pull on the painting hard for the cord to break loose - which is what I saw one of the thieves doing.
The new Wes Anderson movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is set for a Christmas release.
Type in a word in Toogle and it uses your search term to recreate an image from Google’s Image Search. Quite cool.
Physicists in Austria have successfully completed quantum teleportation of light particles across a distance of 600 meters. Researchers from the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Science fed a fiber optic cable through a public sewer tunnel under the River Danube to teleport the particles between labs.
In the strangest vortex of politics, marketing, consumption and democracy every seen, New York City will offer special discounts to RNC demonstrators who protest peacefully. Apparently city officials believe that discounts for the Bronx Zoo, Whitney Museum, Applebee
Poor Lynndie England. She was only trying to ridicule and humiliate Iraqi prisoners. And now drunk men and women the world ’round mock her. And laugh at America.
Somebody talking too loudly on a cellphone? Blocking your car in? Blaring car alarm? Maybe you should hand them an urban asshole notification card.
2004? It’s taken until 2004 for this to happen? I’ve been wanting this from the Internet since about 1994. Amazon has put a browseable database of restaurant menus online. Right now, it’s only for some places in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. But at least now I can checkout the restaurants in my new neighborhood. Madison Valley is some kind of foodie ghetto or something, I guess. Already checked out Chinoise last weekend.
It started in Cardiff as an obsessive listing of Col Needham’s favorite movies. And now it’s an industry and a verb. The LA Weekly has a nice look behind the curtain at the Internet Movie Database.
Sotheby’s is auctioning off the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. There are a lot of nice items like June Carter Cash’s childhood shoes and a autographed 1959 concert poster for Johnny Cash and his Tennessee Two. The best prize would have to be a pair of custom made knee-high black alligator Lucchese boots. They’re my size too.
For a nice up to date look at the numbers in this year’s Presidential race, check out Electoral Vote Predictor 2004. Rollover the states to get details of latest statewide poll numbers. Somebody needs 270 electoral votes to be President, but what if they both get 269? That’s the worst case scenario and it could indeed happen this November.
Canadian Superrealist Karel Funk paints the heads of young men wearing hoods, parkas and hats. Her work is showing at 303 Gallery in NYC.
Rick James was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Friday. He was 56. His CNN obit notes this scene from earlier this summer: James was honored in June at the 17th annual Rhythm & Soul Awards. As he surveyed the smooth glass surface of the award, he said, “Years ago, I would have used this for something totally different. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”