Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Mark Felt (a former FBI official) claims that he is Deep Throat. Apparently he has long been the leading candidate and is coming out simply to beat Woodward to the punch (i.e. before he dies so that his family can make some money out of the deal). (via MeFi)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


People telling secrets. Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Hey guys, check out this painting:

This was made in MS Paint. For actual. It took the dude an Olympian 500 hours. But I'm sure he's getting mad beav out of it.

Link (for much larger size) (via BoingBoing)

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Movie of Japanese animatronic cat toys. Almost, but not quite realistic enough not to be utterly frightening. (via BoingBoing)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Anthony Lane cheekily trashes Episode III in the new New Yorker. A funny antidote to A.O. Scott's rave. I guess we'll find out in a few hours. . .

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I need to share

I need some of you to experience this horror with me. Take a look at the free chapter provided on the website. Read such gems as "the Law of Conservation of Energy is one of the most unbreakable laws of physics" and "oval-shaped ellipses." Then realize that is book is in the top 3,000 in Amazon.com sales.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Arrested Development has been renewed for another season.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

To Those Who Scoff

Mobile phone over-use leads to premature aging - study
Mobile phone over-use leads to premature aging - study
CAIRO, May 14 (KUNA) -- Use your mobile phone too much and you would risk health problems associated with old age, a bio-physics and radio-physics study indicated.

The study, conducted by researchers at Cairo University headed by Professor of bio-physics and radio-physics Dr. Fadhil Mohammad Ali, said much of today's technology that uses short and micro waves poses threats to the human biology and bodily functions.

Exposure to this kind of waves in the home and work place causes damage to human cells and red blood cells in particular. Performance of blood enzymes is also affected as a result of damage in the enzyme-producing cells, the researchers said.

As for recommendations, the team said it is best to re-set international safe limits for both exposure and resulting damage with use of microwaves and kin technology. They specifically urged the public to return to the usual phone lines whenever possible to limit use of mobiles.

This was a 15-year study of three phases that included surveys of the electromagnetic and electric fields in certain areas like homes and offices near high-voltage towers and plants where powerful electric currents are used. The safe distance from such a strong field or power tower was found to be over 20 meters. As for radio broadcasting towers, it was advised to stay a kilometer away.

Exposure to such conditions in plants was proved to have led to health problems among the workers like heart problems, tension, allergies and other ailments.

The voltage used in Egypt was examined and the researchers found the magnetic and electromagnetic fields have affected liver enzymes, glands, muscles, hormone balance, the heart and bone-marrow. Exposure affected fetuses in lab rats and the pregnant rats developed blood and lymphatic cancers, the study showed.

The researchers analyzed their findings and the manner the human body cells are affected and formulated a new theory they hope would help manipulate and reduce the harmful effects of microwaves. They even aspire it would make it possible to correct cancerous cells' behavior without the usual surgical, radiation or chemical intervention. (

A.O. Scott (NYT Film Critic) says Episode III is the best of the four Lucas-directed Star Wars movies (including "Star Wars")!

Friday, May 13, 2005

The H(W)uffington Post

I don't know if you guys have been reading the Huffington Post - Arianna Huffington's new parade of various celebrities waxing about politics and society, but I've been enjoying it. As I was combing it tonight, I found that two of the invited contributors are former associates of ours:

Naomi Foner - Jake Gyllenhaal's mom
Mike Piscal - the former Middle School teacher who went and founded some progressive public schools in SC LA

How are you guys doing lately? I'm definitely overloaded these days with At Dusk, PDXPOP and teaching, but that's all great stuff. The summer - specifically, the free time and the weather it will bring - is looking pretty good right now. In good news, Meri and I are planning on taking a 2-week-or-so trip to Greece in early July to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We're hoping to make it a cycling trip as well. Has anyone been there and have recommendations? In worse news, you might have noticed I am not playing Learned League this season. I registered a day late and didn't make it this round, which is too bad.

Lastly, has anyone heard any good records this year? We of the Portland persuasion have found it slim pickins. My favorite reccord so far this year is "Tranistor Radio" by Portland M. Ward. Two great discoveries I've made are pop music from 60s and 70s Ethiopia (there's a great series of these called Ethiopiques - start with vol. 3 - and the album "The Lemon of Pink" by "The Books"

Hope you dudes are doing it fine.

HW teacher Mike Piscal has an article on The Huntington Post right now. It is definitely the same Mike Piscal. Sounds like he's doing good things.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

New David Lynch movie in the works: INLAND EMPIRE. With "Laura Dern, along with Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Jeremy Irons and a host of others Lynch won't specify." It's being shot on DV (definitely) and will premiere at Cannes next year (probably).

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Will, I know you will appreciate this Tiny Mix Tapes review of With Teeth. It consisted of this image and nothing else:

Law School Update

Okay. So now I have heard back from all of the law schools to which I applied, so I can give you a general update. I was accepted at Cardozo (in New York) and Northeastern (in Boston), and am on the wait list at: *deep breath* Columbia, U Penn, Boston Univ., Northwestern, UC Hastings, UCLA, and USC. Those schools have assured me that they will give me a final decision some time between now and the end of August, so I really don't have any news for you at all about where I will be going. Right now I have sent my deposit in to Cardozo, and I think that I would probably accept a spot off the wait list at any of the above schools except for Hastings. From what I have heard, schools maintain pretty large wait lists, so my chances of getting in off any of them fall somewhere between slim and completely indeterminate. As happy as I would be to go to any of the schools on whose wait lists I am sitting, I would also, I think, be happy at Cardozo. I went out and visited a couple of weeks ago and I got a very good feeling about it. Of course, that would mean that I would have to be in New York for a couple of years, but I guess that there are worse things. Further updates as events warrant.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Dash Bloggin'

So, I'm just running a test on Dash Blog. If I had a blog to myself, I'd try it there. But I don't. So bear with me. Thanks.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

First Narnia Preview

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Mike Doughty, from Soul Coughing, has got a blog. Here's a little taste of the post that happened to up when I just found it:

"The girl I lost my virginity to in 1987 came to the show last night. !!! I joked onstage that I'd sign titties after the gig. She had me sign hers. I wrote my email address there. Yep."

Apparently he's also got a new album coming out.

(via MeFi)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Witness the last thing I would ever watch on television, ever. Seriously. That NBC Revelations miniseries is looking pretty sweet right now. A Fear Factor marathon? Bring on the popcorn.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

An Eagle in Your Mind

This fourth-grade class drew pictures of the literal meaning of idioms. They're really kind of incredible.

(Via Boing-Boing)

Follow up to the banana case: the cup-a-cake (via somewhere I don't remember)

Japan in a Nutshell

Check out these images from this awesome japanese blog. I can't read a word of it, but it's worth it for the images alone.


(via We-Make-Money-Not-Art)