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Elbow Room Only

[ 2 Comments ]Posted on October 31, 2008 by admin in Music

Friday, October 31st, 2008

You’ll need some sharp elbows to queue up in my music collection…

If you care about me, stop introducing me to music I like. I’m rapidly running out of time and hard drive space. The other day, a friend sent me a link to some British band’s web site, asking me what I thought. I think my remark at the time was something like “it’s a good thing their web site’s so pretty, ’cause they’re a fugly bunch of fellows”. After giving their music obsessively repeated listens, I now officially retract anything unkind I’ve ever said about Elbow. Their newest release, The Seldom Seen Kid, is one of the solidest recordings I’ve heard in a while. Elbow somehow manages to maintain a fairly consistent “downtempo” vibe without actually sounding gloomy. Singer Guy Garvey’s voice is often compared (legitimately) to Peter Gabriel, but their style on this recording meanders from prog-rockish to jazzy to almost Brechtian, and the lyrics are simply brilliant. The video at left, for the song One Day Like This, captures one of my favorite feelings – staying alive and enthused in the face of the mindnumbingly mundane – with brilliant simplicity.

Monetizing Others’ Wasted Time

[ Comments Off ]Posted on October 30, 2008 by admin in Editorial & Opinion

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Time is money, but is YOUR time MY money?

Someone around here should do a little more actual writing. But ironically, people enjoy things like yesterday’s memory test, so I can tell them that things like this mind-reading web page, this laser reflection game, or this eyeball-the-geometry test will make them waste an hour of their life, they’ll go waste it, hate me for it, and come back the next day for more. I wonder if there’s a way to monetize this?

Presidential Race 2008: The Final Lap

[ Comments Off ]Posted on October 30, 2008 by admin in Politics

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Forget nation-building, we’ve got a BRAND to build

As we head into the last few days before the election, I’m consumed with bittersweet feelings. An Obama White House won’t offer much fodder for my political comic, but it would be nice having someone sane and intelligent in the White House. And all the fun of videos like Cindy McCain Claims She’s Just Like Any Other Female Human or info-graphics like Political Nascar (pictured left) will suddenly be rendered irrelevant. It’s all about charts, maps and polls now. So first up: If The World Could Vote, McCain would be pummeled into oblivion, with Obama taking around 90% of the vote in every country except Macedonia and Albania. And frankly, those few hundred votes out of half a million are probably coming from the only people with Internet in those countries: Republican-appointed diplomats living in U.S. embassies. For solid figures on votes that will actually count, has a mind-numbing collection of data, but a good place to start is their electoral map. Since the final results are heavily dependent on swing states (or vote rigging) you might want to bookmark’s Swing State Map or And don’t forget the power of opportunistic marketing-as-polling. The Dems have already won the Baskin Robbins race, but don’t forget we still have the Busken Bakery Cookie Poll and 7-Eleven’s

Short Term Memory Test

[ 4 Comments ]Posted on October 29, 2008 by admin in Editorial & Opinion

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

It’s a test of your short-term memory

Okay, you remembered the headline long enough to get this far. Now try this. And don’t hate me if you waste an hour failing. The short term memory test, that is. And come back and share your score. If you remember.

Worried That Your Candidate’s Going “Off Message”?

[ Comments Off ]Posted on October 29, 2008 by admin in Politics

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Synchronized debating

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