Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Video Game Violence

Christi sends along this article which has the same old take on video game violence, but with a a giant robot twist!

Fall News

Fun reading at Fall News (watered down about MES's run in with his (ex-?)wife/girlfriend/bandmate and the law. An excerpt:
According to a report filed on Rocktropolis Allstar News at the time, Mr. Smith spent the night in jail, was arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges the next morning, pleaded not guilty, was released and basically went AWOL. The group disbanded. Asked what caused the fracas, their tour manager replied, "Getting the truth out of [Smith] is basically impossible. He's pretty much inebriated all of the time. I don't think he's got a thread of reality running through his life right now."

It's Fine When Their Guy Does It

Salon article about the senior Bush's questionable pardons. Where's the media outcry? Will Poppy Bush be forced to face a panel of Senators? (link via Q)

Friday, February 23, 2001

All Your Base (link enriched)

All your base are belong to us ...
Somebody set up us the bomb.

Mighty UCONN

118-44 is nuts; even nuttier is seeing the Big Rig score game high.


Another article about video games and violence. This is about proposed CT legislation to ban those under 18 from playing games that simulate killing in public places (arcades) using the rationale that the games are training kids to kill by desensitizing them to violence.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Rent/mortgage payment too high?

Consider living in your car. The site doesn't have the desperate, poverty-line aesthetic I expected in following the link from kottke.

Thursday, February 15, 2001

Molly on Health Care

Molly Ivins writes about the health care privacy regs about to go into effect. She also comments on Warren Buffet and the estate tax, complementing Mark's link below.

They May Be On To Something

Russians attempting to outlaw commercials. Their reasoning: movies are art and shouldn't be tampered with, and, rich people don't need help deciding what they want and poor people can't afford the stuff anyways. (via tv tattle)

Monday, February 12, 2001

Lloyd Cole avec un beret

Lloyd Cole's new album, The Negatives has been released by a French record label. This is the artsy, wine and cheese equivalent of being so industrial/techno/rage-core that only a German label will release your records.

Stossel Is A Goon

FAIR on ABC's John Stossel. One of my biggest pet peeves is whining about the "liberal media." Apparently, one of Stossel's is being expected to cite facts.

Unsinkable Molly

A Molly Ivins article about Bush's cabinet: Rod Paige's credentials are discussed, including his support of Channel One in schools.

Home Security

Burglars caught on webcam. Works great until they decide they're going to steal the computer.


XFL ratings woes.

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

The Movie Of My Life

Have you ever thought about the movie about your life that some great director should be making? That sleazebag, Larry Flynt, got one … don’t you deserve one? I know I do. Who would direct it? Who’d play you?

For my story, I think I’d need a director deft at taking the mundane and finding the “hidden” drama/comedy in it. I think Bill (“Local Hero”) Forsythe might be able to do me justice. If he were unavailable, I think I’d pitch it to Jim (“A Night on Earth”/”Ghost Dog”) Jarmusch. He’s a bit of a space case and I don’t think I’d want to be on set and listen to his artsy, hokum-speak, but he turns out some good flix. He might not like the working title, "C-Dog", after having made "Ghost Dog", on account of not wanting to be stereotyped as a “Dog” director.

The big thing though is: who plays me? That’s a tough call. I think Duchovny might be able to pull it off, but he looks a little “weasely,” if you know what I mean. I think I might have to play myself. I like Peter Falk or Jeremy (the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes) Brett to play me in my old age. The young C-Dog is the hardest to cast. Haley (“I see dead people.”) Osment would be an obvious candidate, but child actors, not to malign the art, all seem pretty much the same. I think you could take pretty much any kid off the street, skinny with brown hair, and he’d fill the bill. It might be a little avant-garde, but I think it might be interesting to have the young me played by a chimpanzee with the voice dubbed in by a talented voice actor like James Doohan. I have some cruelty to animals based reservations about using a chimp though, so maybe it would be best to use the dead people kid, or, an animatronic chimp. It’s a toss-up.

The script, well, I think I’d have to work on that. I’d bring Christopher McQuarrie in to help, but I’d need final say.

Supporting characters:
Dat: Jackie Chan, with Garret Wang of Voyager as his understudy.
Mega: an orangutuan, animatronic.
Dionne: Benicio Del Toro.
Neil: Conan O’Brien.
Bea Fargo: Britney Spears.
Sean: Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez.
Desrosiers: Chris Rock.

Saturday, February 3, 2001

Helpul Hacker

Helpful Hacker Assists Cops. I wouldn't have linked this except the would-be suicide was wanted for domestic abuse, so I don't feel so bad for laughing. (link via 3na)

Thursday, February 1, 2001


Tennesse just beat UCONN. Groan. I never thought our girls'd lose two games this year.
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