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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Courtesy dragonballyee‘s flickr stream, one of the best rally signs I’ve seen in a long time:

(translation: “My grandparents were illegal Irish Immigrants!”)

Roll On

Monday, March 20th, 2006

The Little Willies album cover

You can do worse than getting new music recommendations from a cab driver in Austin, Texas. That’s what I thought, anyhow, on the ride from Las Manitas to the La Quinta just before leaving town after SXSW Interactive last week.

We had just enough time in the short trip up Congress Ave. to hear the end of a song before the DJ came on and said the band’s name was “The Little Willies” — I had the forethought to send myself an email right away, and then I did a little Googling when I got home and I’ve been enjoying the album ever since. Heck, finding their page even gave me a reason to take a second look at MySpace (no, I still don’t think I get it).

The band features piano and vocals by Norah Jones on what I guess I’d describe as a collection of jazzy, country bluegrass. Finding The Little Willies wasn’t the most significant part of my fifth SXSW by a longshot — see Justin’s writeup for more — but right now, after returning to the real world recharged and full of creative juices, it makes as good a soundtrack as anything else while I figure out what comes next.


Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Hitchcock’s got nothing on this. The crappy video doesn’t do it justice.

Breakfast on Big Maho

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

A pelican dives in at Big Maho Beach.

Salomon Bay for a minute

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Salomon Bay Beach near Cruz Bay at the end of the Lind Point Trail.

15 more minutes of 24

Monday, January 16th, 2006

After reading Leia’s post I decided copying and pasting my comment into my blog counts as blogging. So thanks, Leia.

I was trapped waiting in the pick-up area at IKEA when I got a txt msg from Emily about tonight’s episode of 24 starting late because of the football game (is there anyone left who actually cares about who’s playing in the Super Bowl?), and then I started to panic that I wouldn’t be home in time to manually record the final 15 minutes of the show. My TiVo gets every episode of Rocketboom now and it lets me buy movie tickets and listen to streaming podcasts — but why can’t they push out an update to their boxes when something like this happens?

Update: Oh, no. This story from South Carolina is so wrong it puts my whining about TiVo to shame.

Apple plasma rumors

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Let’s hope Jason O’Grady’s anonymous source turns out to be the reliable type.

Sandwich Man proceeded to tell me that Apple was about to rock the consumer electronics world again with an entirely new product line that they’ve never sold before. After some prodding he told me that lexapro without prescription Apple would announce two new widescreen HDTV plasma displays at Tuesday’s keynote address at Moscone.

And I thought the new hot turkey sandwiches were the best thing you could get at a Wawa.

via What Do I Know

Secret White House recordings

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Here’s a curious snippet from a speech Bush gave on April 20, 2004:

Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.

(thanks to Atrios reader k for the quote)

That would seem to conflict with Bush’s recent adamant admission that the United States government does not, in fact, get court orders.

By the way, that admission, according to former White House counsel John Dean, makes Bush “the first President to admit to an impeachable offense.”

Update: Bush’s quote is making the rounds thanks to those pesky kids and their internets. A couple sightings: DNC blog, Hotline Blog and Brendan Nyhan. Pass this one on.

Sherwood writes a check

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words (and no, I’m not referring to this picture) — looks like Jesus’ General got his hands on a copy of the check Rep. Don Sherwood used to pay off his special friend Cynthia Ore:

Dig that mudflap check

Nobody said it was easy being the “family values” candidate. On the plus side, Sherwood’s probably locked up the mudflap aficionado vote with those checks — Chris Carney is gonna have a hard time beating that. (via: Crooks and Liars.)

Winning books in unreaderly times

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

A few months ago I had the opportunity to read a book put together by my friend Kevin Smokler called “Bookmark Now”. The book is subtitled “Writing in Unreaderly Times” and is a collection of essays by young authors about how they fell in love with reading and writing and decided to make a living doing it — despite competing media like television and the internet, and our increasingly short attention spans.

I really enjoyed the book, and reading the stories made me want to start reading a lot more — now, thanks to Kevin and his publisher, there’s a way to win a collection of great books chosen by the authors of “Bookmark Now.” It’s a cool idea: 15 of the authors have recommended their own favorite books, and they are holding a contest to give away copies of all 15 of those books.

All you have to do to win the contest is to recommend your own favorite book(s). If your entry is chosen at random, you win a library of books that come highly recommended. So what are you waiting for — click this link now!

Enter to win

Seriously, in an earlier blog post about the book I called Kevin a modern-day ambassador for the written word, and this is just one more thing he’s doing to earn that title. He’s doing some really cool stuff and I couldn’t be more excited for him. I’m definitely looking forward to reading some of the books on this list, and I hope you’ll check it out, too.
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