Month: June 2003

  • The Rise of Stock Footage

    Yesterday, I saw the excellent film, Atomic Cafe. Filmmaker Jayne Loader writes: The Atomic Cafe did have a big impact on one area of American culture—advertising. We made stock footage trendy and cool and this spawned a whole genre of advertising and the growth of the stock footage industry. For example, Roy Rogers (the restaurant…

  • No Uncles in China

    Dinesh D’Souza wrote a compelling Why I am an Anti-Anti American . (Thanks, Binkley). It is a little too rosy-colored (look at murder rate, CO2 emissions, failure to ratify the ICC and gross military expenditures). I have usually been surprised at how many of my European friends preferred living in the Netherlands, New Zealand or…

  • 9/11: An Interesting Day

    Here is a fascinating in-depth account of Bush’s actions and schedule on the day of the Word Trade Center terrorist attack. This is an amazing article. I don’t believe in the conspiracies hinted at by the articles (although they are not far-fetched). The article raises many puzzling questions. First, although the Secret Service in Florida…

  • Right-wing Bullying

    A Register article about Fox Network’s Attempt to Intimidate a Website Selling Parody T-shirts. Commentator Thomas C. Greene writes: We find it especially amusing that FOX would dare decry anyone’s ‘incredibly poor taste’, being the network responsible for such classics of taste and family values as “Married by America,” a lowbrow vox-pop-style mockery of the…

  • Derrida in Baltimore

    Michael Martone (who preceded me by several years at the Johns Hopkins creative writing program), wrote a reflective piece about Baltimore and literary history . 1966. Derrida arrives in Baltimore, twenty-nine city blocks north of where we are now, to deliver, for the first time on these shores, the obituary of the author. At the…

  • Orange anyone?

    I know that almost no one is reading this weblog, but you may have noticed that I have changed the font color to a ghastly orange. Actually, I was only doing this to see the scope of a style, but now that I look at it, I’ve become more comfortable with orange. Huysmans called it…

  • Get on the Raft With Taft

    An article by Martha Brant on presidential campaign songs. My favorite is “Get on the Raft with Taft.” Milestone court decisions, including the Harris County, Texas sodomy case. Aaron Swartz is a brainy teenager/programmer who I met briefly at South by Southwest. His Google Weblog fills a need about how to understand the most important…

  • Smug and God

    smug.com is one of the funniest, most smartly written site I’ve seen on the web. (get a load of those icons!). Unfortunately, they haven’t updated in at least two years. Two articles I stumbled on: Leslie at smug wrote a review of wacko divinity sites and LeTigre wrote about getting a massage from a male…

  • Yoda is Always Right

    Vital lessons learned from Star Wars. Yoda is ALWAYS right The only hot chick in the galaxy is your sister It is possible to blow up the world’s most powerful space station with no prior star fighter experience

  • World’s Worst Song and the Shaggs

    The world’s worst song. Of course, when looking at world’s worst musical group, the Shaggs, one discovers how easy it is to develop a taste for dissonance and atonality.

  • Smart Cards and RFID

    Article about Retail loyalty cards and embedded radio chips

  • Campaign Contributions

    Find the source of source of campaign contributions for your congressperson.

  • Senator Hatch’s Music

    Amidst a ho-hum article about another Senator decrying mp3 piracy, I was tickled to discover that Sen. Hatch was “a composer who earned $18,000 last year in song-writing royalties.” Holy cripes! Look at his music website. As much as I disagree with his political philosophy, I’ve grown to admire the man’s life story. Unlike other…

  • US Tortures Prisoners

    Accounts of mistreatment of Afgani prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are pretty shocking.

  • Man Woman

    Another geek T-shirt

  • Freedom: For or Against?

    Freedom: For or Against?, a commencement address, by Johns Hopkins president William R. Brody. Then she laid down some Tarot cards at his fingertips, studied them intently for several minutes, and said: “You will be poor, and miserable, until you are 45 years old.” “And then?” said my friend rather hopefully. “What happens when I’m…