Mom Always Said, “Don’t Play Soul in the House!”
Posted on September 30th, 2009 at 3:20 pm by Steve

Jamie Foxx… singing the theme song to The Brady Bunch. In a variety of soulful styles.


This. Is. AWESOME.
Posted on September 29th, 2009 at 6:14 pm by Steve

Serge Brunier has created an incredible 360-degree panorama he calls “The Sky of the Earth:”

The images were collected from two exceptional astronomical sites, the Atacama Desert in the southern hemisphere and the Caldeira de Taburiente in the Canary Islands in the northern hemisphere.

It is the sky that everyone can relate to that I wanted to show — its constellations, its thousands year old stars, whose names have nourished all childhoods, its myths and stories of gods, titans, and heroes shared by all civilisations since Homo became sapiens. The image was therefore made as man sees it, with a regular digital camera.

You have to check this out.

The Five ‘W’s (and One ‘H’)
Posted on September 28th, 2009 at 2:10 pm by Steve

Every cub reporter learns that a news story has to answer the five ‘w’s (and one ‘h’): Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?

Google has answers:

Yes, An Accident
Posted on September 26th, 2009 at 2:17 pm by Steve

Sometimes the Associated Press really, really confuses me:

BIG CREEK, Ky. — A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago. The word “fed” was written in felt-tip pen on 51-year-old Bill Sparkman’s chest, but authorities have released very few other details in the case, such as whether they think it was an accident, suicide or homicide.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally stripped someone naked, hogtied them, bound them with duct tape, written “fed” on their chest, and left them hanging in a tree! It’s so easy to do, those rolls of duct tape should come with warning labels!

Hope * Change = NULL
Posted on September 21st, 2009 at 10:16 pm by Steve

Well… I know it’s been “only” nine months since the inauguration of President Obama… and I know I’m supposed to give him the benefit of the doubt (because, after all, he only has a majority in Congress)… but really, this just takes the cake:

“Habeas rights under the United States Constitution do not extend to enemy aliens detained in the active war zone at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.”

That’s the Obama administration’s Department of Justice filing (PDF) in three court cases brought by “unlawful enemy combatants” who are challenging their detention by the United States at Bagram Airfield.

Note that these three detainees were kidnapped off the streets in places like Thailand and Tunisia, and were then flown to Bagram for detention. The OBAMA administration is arguing that the U.S. government has the right to kidnap people off the streets anywhere in the world, fly them to Afghanistan, and hold them incommunicado without charges or access to counsel for as long as they’d like, no questions asked.

As Glenn Greenwald so aptly noted, it was Obama himself who spoke these beautiful, stirring words last year:

By giving suspects a chance–even one chance–to challenge the terms of their detention in court, to have a judge confirm that the Government has detained the right person for the right suspicions, we could solve this problem without harming our efforts in the war on terror one bit. . . .

Most of us have been willing to make some sacrifices because we know that, in the end, it helps to make us safer. But restricting somebody’s right to challenge their imprisonment indefinitely is not going to make us safer. In fact, recent evidence shows it is probably making us less safe.

But, you know, they’re being held in Afghanistan, not Cuba: truly, THAT is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

What the Fluff?!
Posted on September 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm by Steve

It’s that time of year again: the Fluff Festival returns to Union Square, Somerville this Saturday, September 25 from 4-7 pm!

Like Visiting an Old Friend…
Posted on September 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm by Steve

Once upon a time, friend-of-the-blog D.S. in East Childrensburg turned us on to Overheard In New York. It continues to rock:

So This Is What Life Is Like for Ugly Girls!

Slutty girl: So, umm… like, can I just go in?
Bouncer: No. There’s a line to your left.
Slutty girl: But, like don’t girls get to just go in?
Bouncer: Um… this is a boy bar. You definitely have to wait in line.

–The Phoenix

Overheard by: Sean

An Astounding Font of Knowledge
Posted on September 21st, 2009 at 4:16 pm by Steve

Since 1993, The Deoxyribonucleic Hyperdimension has been bringing you esoteric and visionary knowledge (and a lot of other crap, too). That tradition continues with their recent posting of a six-part interview with Peter Lamborn Wilson, better known in some circles as Hakim Bey.

“I’m Gonna MyFace Your Spacebook!”
Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 4:58 pm by Steve

Looks like someone already beat Eric to the punch line:

Mad Men, Mass-hole Style
Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 3:26 pm by Steve

MA Men from Joey McIntyre

(language and content NSFW)

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