Archive for August, 2004

You Rock Like a Little Girl

August 27th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Email on a Typewriter

August 24th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Always a Cold Beer

August 24th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Tempra Technology and Crown Cork & Seal has come up with the I.C. Can

The President’s Medals

August 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Voting Early and Often

August 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

The New York Daily News reports that thousands of snowbirds are register to vote in both New York City and Florida.

Booker Price

August 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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:

The Scream is Stolen

August 22nd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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 Life Aquatic

August 21st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

The new Wes Anderson movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is set for a Christmas release.


August 21st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Type in a word in Toogle and it uses your search term to recreate an image from Google’s Image Search. Quite cool.

Qubits in the Sewer

August 20th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Burn Cars, Lose Applebee’s Discount

August 19th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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

Doing the Lynndie Hop

August 18th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Congrats, You

August 18th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Somebody talking too loudly on a cellphone? Blocking your car in? Blaring car alarm? Maybe you should hand them an urban asshole notification card.

Menus Online

August 15th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Who’s Behind IMDB?

August 15th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Cash From Cash

August 13th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Off to College in November

August 12th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.

Karel Funk

August 11th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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, 56

August 11th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

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.”

Royal Highness

August 11th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

The bars close at 11, it rains all the time and much of the native food is lousy. So why are the English so happy? They have Prozac in their drinking water.