While I'm not going to embed the video due to fear of crazy people, (and also b/c the video is a crazy angle in itself) I am intrigued by the fact that Liveleak staff had to pull the Fitna video from their site "following serious threats to our staff and their families." They eventually put it back up, with this message:
"On the 28th of March LiveLeak.com was left with no other choice but to remove the film "fitna" from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don't consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted."It's sad that people running a website, especially a video sharing one, received such serious threats to their lives that they had to remove a video hosted on their servers. Definitely a sad couple days for the internet, but kudos to Liveleak for sticking it out in the name of free speech.
Monday, March 31, 2008
While I'm not going to embed the video due to fear of crazy people, (and also b/c the video is a crazy angle in itself) I am intrigued by the fact that Liveleak staff had to pull the Fitna video from their site "following serious threats to our staff and their families." They eventually put it back up, with this message:
Sunday, March 30, 2008
SUCHMANN found a funny article from Newsweek circa 1995, pretty much passing off all that internet buzz as hype. I mean, did we really think the internet was going to accomplish silly things like e-commerce, virtual communities, and digital classrooms? Baaaaah. Noooo waaaay.
"Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.NEWSWEEK via SUCHMANN
Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
New York City artist, Justin Gignac, has abandoned all hope in the pursuit of finishing his portfolio one day and resorted to selling clear cubes of our city's trash. He's also selling limited edition collections like this one, Yankee Stadium's opening day in 2006, which is admittedly pretty cool.
"New York-based artist Justin Gignac is the creator of NYC Garbage cubes, clear plexiglass boxes filled with garbage he collects from the streets. Gignac says NYC's garbage is superior to other cities' trash, and is amazed at how each neighborhood has its own distinct rubbish. "Greenwich Village has nightclub flyers, broken bottles, and cigarette butts, while Times Square has playbills and McDonald's wrappers," he said. "And my limited edition cubes from the Republican National Convention or opening day at Yankee Stadium show what the people that are there are like." "NYCGARBAGE via THENAUGHTYAMERICAN
Sacha Baron Cohen went on a sexy spree in Kansas this week, as he was spotted a few times running around in "hot pants" and "chains". Just when everybody was all boo-hoo after he killed off Borat last year, we finally get confirmation that he is indeed filming Bruno! If what happened in Kansas is a clue to the movie, then I can't be any more excited. I can't think of anything I'd rather watch than the heartland losing their shit over a gay man in hot pants.
"Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen has sparked outrage in Kansas--by stripping down to a pair of hotpants and terrorizing locals.HOLLYWOOD
The actor is currently filming his latest movie Bruno--a mockumentary about a homosexual Austrian TV host--and gathering footage of his interaction with locals.
But the oddball character's outrageous dress sense has not gone over too well with respectable Kansans, and local newspapers have reported that a "European man" was "putting security on red alert" by "stripping down to tight shorts and dancing in the lobby of Wichita Airport."
And the hijinx hasn't ended there--Cohen and his crew are reported to have disrupted an Easter play at a Kansas church by turning up in "chains."
Posted by $ries at 11:33 AM
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Each of these prints contains one frame per second of an entire film (Deep Throat) arranged in a dense grid. This grid is ordered not by the narrative, but by the overall luminosity, as the films are rearranged and represented in their entirety as abstractions.
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Posted by $ries at 4:33 PM
"It's not often that I miss vinyl, but today's track brings back fond memories. Playing singles at the wrong speed was a favourite of teenage boys everywhere. Want to make Atmosphere sound even more colossal? Play it at 33. Want to savour every last note of the Bill Nelson guitar solo? Play it at 33. It was the answer to everything.CYBERINSEKT
John K. Fitzpatrick had a similar idea. I used to be on a mailing list with the guy, and when browsing his webspace, I found the alluringly titled Crazy on You @ 33rpm. A single by Heart, I had never heard it before. I had certainly never wanted to hear it before. But there he file sat, taunting me, as if it knew how perversely curious about it I was.
If you share that sort of curiosity, if you wish to know why someone would encode an mp3 of a dodgy '70s band played at 33rpm, then there's only one way to find out. You'll just have to download it and discover why. It compells you."
Run for the hills! Last night we heard from a dude, covered in red splotchy & itchy bedbug bites, that 255 McKibbin is under attack. The word is they started out in the basement over a month ago and have been working their way up to the fourth floor, where they are now. They are currently on the West side of the building, but are slowly making their way East towards the Bushwick side. If you live in the building, don't bring in any trash aka "awesome couches", because if they are outside they are probably infested!!!
And now, a totally unrelated video of the 255 McKibbin basement flooded from last year:
This is awesome.
"It's "Fellowship of the Ring" "Sweded" or spoofed in the style of Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind"!
The Fellowship begins with the discovery of the ring of power. Grand treks and shocking betrayals await our party. Wise counsel is given and at long last, the gates to khazad-dum! But are these gates unguarded? Our intrepid heroes fight their way through the mines of Moria, encountering various creatures along the way. Sacrifices are made and choices choosed...along the road to Gondor.
If you want more, slake your thirst on the EXTENDED editions!
Starring Shannon Hall, Guy Branum, Michael Leffler, Michael W. Shaw, Carl DeGrazio, Derek Bledsoe & Brad Jones. Directed by Daniel Loyd. Written by Michael Leffler and Michael W. Shaw. Produced by Daniel Loyd, Michael Leffler and Brad Jones. Props and Costumes by Jeremiah Dockray"
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign released the details of the annual subway report today, and the L train came first in overall cleanliness, while the Q and the E trains totally "chicken-bone" failed. The L train went from a 61% in 2007 of clean cars per line to a whopping 88% this past year. While the 3,4,5,6,A,C,D,and Q all got dirtier.
"Wet, sticky spots on the train floor, chicken bones, nut shells, spilled coffee, hot dogs and “lots and lots of rolling bottles” often greet subway passengers who travel on the E and the Q trains — rated the dirtiest lines in the New York City subway system in the latest survey by a rider advocacy group."At least on the L train all you have is the wet, sticky spots; but that goes for most of the working 20-somethings who ride the train from Brooklyn every morning. Dealing with sticky spots and shifty eyes is common-place, as we all tend to stay in our little world under iPod/iPhone headphones, trying not to fall into a conversation at the ungodly hours between 9am and 11am.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
If, like me, you've got friends and family in Pennsylvania's 7th district, tell them that their representative Joe Sestak has become another boring and old-school politician ignoring change and the flow of the year's democratic primary. in this recent article on The Hill, joe was mentioned as "Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who was asked about the flap on MSNBC, referred to it as a “small incident that happened 10 to 15 years ago.”
Below, my message to Joe:
dear joe,Let's wait and see if I get a response. If and when I do, i'll post that too. If you want, email Joe Sestak and let him know he's lame. EMAIL JOE.
i am particularly bummed and disappointed that you continue to speak out on Hillary's behalf, most recently on TheHill.com, and later featured on Drudge Report, as downplaying Hillary's lie about her Bosnia flap. i voted for you because you represented change. i even convinced my mom, a republican, to vote for you because you represented change, and excitement, in a district that was really set in its ways. now, here you are, putting your neck on the line for another old-school candidate. i won't be voting for you in future elections, and i will be recommending the same for all my friends and family in the area. i'm sorry, but you have gone back on your campaign promises and have become yet another stagnant and pandering politician in washington d.c. you've really disappointed us, joe. i really hope i receive an email back with some kind of understandable reason to why you are endorsing hillary so publicly, and some solid reasons why you won't switch over to barack's camp. i doubt that will happen though. i assume this will be read by an office volunteer who will copy and paste some boring response pulled from a generic template of constituent responses. when that happens, i'll throw it up on my blog so that my friends and family know how old-school you've become in such a short amount of time.
Hillary's a liar, or at the very least, an insane exaggerator. Watch this clip to see CBS expose Hillary Clinton's slip-up over her experience in Bosnia. She claims to have landed under heavy sniper fire and running to her car to avoid certain death. What really happened, is she shook hands and smiled for the cameras, shortly before heading over to a sing-along with Sinbad and Sheryl Crow.
Posted by $ries at 1:17 PM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
"Notes left by Mr Tovey — who was born in England — revealed that he had scoured the internet for plans before constructing his complex machine, which involved a jigsaw power tool and was connected to a .22 semi-automatic pistol loaded with four bullets. It could fire multiple shots once triggered remotely."Woah...
From the Mount Snow, Vermont Events Calendar:
"The Golden Easter Egg HuntBlack jellybeans? Guns? Just what kind of hidden critique on society are you trying to get across Mr. Easter Bunny? I'll show you a golden easter egg!
This note just in from the Easter Bunny:
Hi Boys, Girls and Grown-ups! After I finish delivering all the Easter baskets on Easter Eve, I'll be heading to Mount Snow to hide a Golden Egg. The lucky person who finds it the next day will win a 2008-09 Nor'easter Season Pass!
To get you started, I'll give you a few hints. One place you won't have to look is on any closed trail -- I'm not a rule-breaker! It will be hidden in a very special place, so you'll have to look hard to find it. You'll probably need some extra energy, so be sure to eat some of those jelly beans from your Easter basket. Personally, I don't like black jellybeans at all -- my favorites are blue and green. Another thing I don't like is guns of any kind -- they make me nervous, so I don't touch them. I'll leave more clues for Mount Snow staff to give out starting at noon on Easter Sunday. Good luck!"
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Came across this map earlier today by someone looking to rent in Brooklyn, but like most New Yorkers, she was unfamiliar with any neighborhood other than Park Slope and Williamsburg. Parts of it are inaccurate (especially the morgan/monstrose/jefferson L neighborhood, which is about as safe as your 7th grade Art class), but nonetheless, check it out. I guess we'll call this the Brooklyn Real Estate Neighborhood Guide Google Maps Plug-in.
Oh, and don't get offended if your little neighborhood is in the 'Hood or Don't Even Think areas. I didn't draw it. I found it. Don't like it? Make a better one, send it over, and i'll post :)
Click on the image to view a bigger map:
This retard who consults for three of four major labels wants Internet Service Providers to collect a $5 monthly fee from its customers to compensate for file sharing losses. That money would then be divied up amongst the artists featured most prominently on p2p sites. While this is lame and something I dont' want to have to do, it isn't totally unprecendented.
Wired noted, "The concept of collecting a fee for unauthorized use of music was developed in France in 1851 as a way of reimbursing composers whose work was being performed without their permission in cafes and the like. The practice spread to the United States in 1914 and currently applies to radio airplay and webcasts in addition to live performances."
The RIAA even went so far with this as to have a secret, behind-the-scenes and locked doors meeting about it all.
"An invitation-only meeting on the subject drew about 50 people, including representatives of IFPI, Sony BMG, T-Mobile, the giant European ISP and mobile-carrier Orange, and performing-rights organizations like BMI. The response, according to Jenner, "ranged from 'What do we do now?' to 'It sounds good, but can it possibly work?' A lot of people are like rabbits in the headlights: They're terrified they're going to lose their jobs. No one dares to feel that this might be the solution."This is stupid. I already pay too much for shitty internet thanks to Verizon (also thanks to Comcast for not recognizing the McKibbin lofts), so I definately do not want to pay $5 more! The major labels continue on in their fruitless war on terrorists and pirates, while we keep on sharing. Don't stop sharing music! Give a friend a track!
Maureen Dowd's op-ed column today speaks to the fact that Barack Obama knocked it out of the park with her with his speech on race yesterday while John Stewart summed it up by claiming, "on a Tuesday at 11 a.m., a Presidential candidate actually spoke to Americans about race as though we were adults." This shows people on the fence about Barack's handling of crisis, or morality breaches, that he can handle it better than most. He didn't retreat down and hide behind some excuses for things that weren't in his control. He stood up, and gave one hell of a speech.
Here's the video from the "A More Perfect Union" speech:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
An aide says science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke has died. Rohan De Silva says Clarke died early Wednesday after suffering from breathing problems. He was 90.Clarke is the author of more than 100 books, including "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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Bummer. Here is a midi file, old fashioned i know, for Also Sprach Zarathustra, the theme from 2001.
This robot will eat you while you sleep one day. From now on, we must all keep a baseball bat and a large tub of water under our beds to keep this smart walking freaky thing out of our rooms! This video, called "Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)", was uploaded to Youtube yesterday, and already has over 700,000 views. Cuh-razy!
Monday, March 17, 2008
"Happy St Patricks Day!! At SeaWorld San Diego, Clyde and an award-winning Irish dancer go flipper to toe in one of the most unusual yet hilarious dance contests this St. Patrick's Day. Clyde (or, "McClyde") shows his stuff and strives to elevate traditional Irish dancing to an entirely new level. At first, the two competitors attempt a few basic dances steps. The contest kicks into high gear with some fancy foot and "flipperwork." Finally, Clyde literally dances circles around his competitor. Concluding the festivities, O. P. Otter, SeaWorld's own honorary leprechaun, awards a special "shamrock trophy" to the dance-off winner"DAILYMOTION
Apple's "Staff Pick" today...Office Wars! Office Wars is the toned-down yet hilarious version of Dope Wars (instead of heroin and coke you're trading staplers...yes!). Thanks again, Andy The Designer!
"About Office Wars
Think you got what it takes to own the office marketplace? Office Wars is a game about buying low and selling high. You start the game by picking a loan. You have 32 days to pay back the loan and earn as much money as you can by selling office supplies to co-workers. After 32 days, you’ll be ranked on how well you did and have a chance to add your score to the top 10 best players.
Still think you got what it takes to become upper management? Give Office Wars a go!
Visit the link on APPLE
Friday, March 14, 2008
Check out this really cool Flickr photoset called "Beneath the Neon" of life under Las Vegas. It's from a book by Matt O'Brien. The photos are from Nov. 23, 2006. Interesting, kind of like Dark Days. This first one proves that all of the Las Vegas strip is held up by one single solitary dude.
I support any artist who drinks their own pee. I also support an installation properly titled "drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee". That's not beating around the bush. That's being honest. They could've called it something abstract and stupid like "Watersheds", or "Hyrdyoushon, or "Flow". But they didn't. So i respect that, and I will support that by donating piss for my own mouth. I just might do it in the comfort of my own home. But YOU should go to Eyeybeam and drink your own piss! It opened yesterday, and goes through April 19th.
Also, a note of coolness, say the title of this exhibit very fast.
"drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems.
The project includes an installation and a diy kit for turning your pee into fertilizer. The installation will be on view and the DIY kits will be available at the exhibition:
540 W. 21st St. (between 10th and 11th
March 13 - April 19
Opening March 13th 6-8 pm )
The project was created by britta riley and rebecca bray, two artists and collaborators who also own a company called submersible design.
What happens when we think of our bodies as their own ecosystems? Are they open or closed ecosystems? Where do we draw the boundaries? Before we take medication, do we ask ourselves how it will affect our internal organs, our friendly bacteria? What is our medication’s future, beyond our bodies, in the sewage system and out in the waterways we swim in and eventually drink? What are the possible futures of our personal waste? What do sentient ecosystems eat and drink?
In this work we can see our urine become a source of overfeeding, mutation, and disease or a fertilizer in a new lifecycle economy. Waste can spur death or growth."
Now, I have nothing to back this up other than a A.M. New York article this morning (which is hardly real journalism), but apparently, the Spitzer prostitute / call-girl "Kristin" has made over a million dollars selling singles of her music off of MySpace's Snocap music service. She was an aspiring singer, having moved to New York after a rather sad upbringing in the Dirty 'Jerz. In a few days, views to her profile went from a few thousand to five million, with a fifth of these visits buying her single. This just goes to show that in the entertainment industry, no publicity is bad publicity.
Some info on Snowcap from MASHABLE.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The great TI-83 game has finally made it over to iPhone. Head over to this link on your iPhone to play some DopeWars and start wheelin' and dealin'! Thanks to Andy the Designer for putting it together.
Here is a screenshot of the game from my PC's browser:
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From MSNBC today comes a story about a woman who sat no a toilet seat for so long, that her skin actually had managed to grow around it. When I was a kid, I used to sit on the toilet for a while and kinda lean over, so that my elbow would make red indents on my knee caps. This would always freak me out, as I'd usually pass it off as a problem with the actual sitting and shitting process. But yea, this story is a lot more f'd up.
"Deputies said a woman in western Kansas sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years, and they're investigating whether she was mistreated.They also went on to add that they had to pry the seat of with a f'n crowbar, and that she was totally disoriented when authorities finally arrived, telling them she was OK, didn't need help, and quite frankly didn't want to leave. She was semi-clothed, with her pants down to her mid-thigh.
Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said a man called his office last month to report that something was wrong with his girlfriend.
Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital."
I can't help but wonder how the heck this thing started. At which point did she sit down with no intent to ever get back up, and imagine that the last time you pulled your pants up was over two years ago. Crazy, crazy people.
Read the full story:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
From Improv Everywhere:
"For our latest mission, 16 agents staged a spontaneous musical in the food court of a Los Angeles shopping mall. We used wireless microphones to amplify the vocal performances and mix them together with the music through the mall’s PA system. We filmed the mission with hidden cameras, mostly behind two-way mirrors. Apart from our performers, no one in the food court was aware of what was happening."
Fans of general hootenanny descended on Daytona this past week to get a taste of the crazy tradition known as Bike Week, where hard-knuckled Americans descend on Daytona Beach to race, drink Budweisers, and...wrestle in Coleslaw?
"In Coleslaw Wrestling, fierce ladies get steeped in cabbage and oil and compete to win $500. The hallowed tradition of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., inspires half-naked ladies to drop their Harleys in favor of dropping opponents in a bucket of the green stuff."While none of the ladies pictured below are actually attractive, what is beautiful is the "Caricatures" sign in the background of the Cabbage Match, proving that these girls are indeed caricatures of themselves and no better than cartoon people.
Rock on Daytona.
It's loading very, very slowly - probably from all this 2008 traffic time travelling to 2004 - but here is a link to the Emperors Club VIP site archived from 2004, via blog.suchmann.com
And here is a screenshot of The Emperors Club website, in case it loads slowly. In case you live in a bubble, this is the prostitution company that Eliot Spitzer used when he was busted.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Who pays over $5,000 for a prostitute anyways?
"The governor learned that he had been implicated in the prostitution probe when a federal official contacted his staff last Friday, according to the person briefed on the case.
The governor informed his top aides Sunday night and this morning of his involvement. He canceled his public events today and scheduled an announcement for this afternoon after inquiries from the Times.
The governor’s aides appeared shaken, and one of them began to weep as they waited for him to make his statement at his Manhattan office. Mr. Spitzer was seen leaving his Fifth Avenue apartment just before 3 p.m. with his wife of 21 years, Silda, heading to the news conference."
Update (3:30pm): Or not?
Update 2 (5:00pm): I'm not going to update this post anymore. This will only get crazier, and there are plenty of other places on the internet to read about this story as it develops.
In what just might be the worst attack on U.S. troops yet, Myspace is hosting "the largest MySpaceLive Concert to date, webcast live from a military base in Kuwait". The line-up includes: Jessica Simpson, the Pussycat Dolls, Disturbed, Filter, DJ Z-trip, and is hosted by bat-shit comedian Carlos Mencia. Pray for our troops, and let's withdraw now, before Carlos Mencia kills them all!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
kicked him out after throwing up multiple times throughout the
backseat. He said his name is White Zombie. He is now sleeping/dead/
passed out under a table outside the landlords door in some kind of
human pergarory. His real name might be ray.
Posted by $ries at 3:35 AM
Friday, March 07, 2008
This video on Youtube features a bunch of natives somewhere in the world eating a burnt, fried dog as part of a ritual. Notice the targeted ad to the right of the video, for the 'Most Valuable Pet Contest". Somewhere, someone's wishing their little Hot Dog could be a MVP!
And here's the video:
Sigur Rós has completely taken over the home page of Youtube, with all of the "featured video" spots being given to their feature-length video, Heima, as well as a number of contest submissions.
Heima is Sigur Rós' first live film, filmed over two weeks in the summer of 2006. It's beautiful, awesome, inspiring, and of course, free online! They are selling hard versions at their respective UK and US sites, visit the links below the video for more information.
From their website:
"this friday, march the 7th, sigur rós will be taking over the front page of youtube for the day. the band will take over all twelve slots on the sites home page and the centrepiece of this will be “heima” in full. this is the first time a full-length music documentary is available to view on youtube.
Sigur Rós - Heima
From their Youtube page:
"go get a free download of an unreleased clip from 'heima', go to http://www.sigurros.comUS: http://www.amazon.com/Heima-Dean-DeBlois/dp/B000W1USNQ/begrus-20/
'heima' is sigur rós's first ever film, filmed over two weeks during the summer of 2006 when the band undertook a series of free, unannounced concerts in iceland. they hauled 40-plus people round 15 locations to the furthest flung corners of their homeland for their debut venture into live film, to create something, well, inspirational.
on their way they went to ghost towns, outsider art shrines, national parks, small community halls and the absolute middle-of-nowhere-ness of the highland wilderness, as well as playing the largest gig of their career (and in icelandic history) at their homecoming reykjavik show.
'heima' (icelandic for "at home" or "homeland"), truly, shows sigur rós as never before. whereas seeing the group live is normally a large-scale and sometimes overwhelming experience, making full use of lights and mesmeric visuals, 'heima' was always intended to reveal more of what was actually going on on stage. it does this via long-held close-ups and a rare intimate proximity, without ever once breaking the spell.
loosely based on a documentary format - and including personal reflections from the band - 'heima' also serves as an alternative primer for iceland the country, which is revealed as less stag destination-du-jour and more desolate, magical place where human beings have little right to trespass.
'heima' features performances of songs from all four sigur rós albums, many radically reworked, as well as two exclusive new songs in 'guitardjamm', which was filmed inside an abandoned herring oil tank in the far west of the country, and the traditional 'a ferd til breidarfjardar 1922', performed with poet steindor andersen.
'heima' was directed by dean deblois, a long-time fan of the band and director of the oscar-nominated animated feature 'lilo & stitch', using an icelandic crew."
FUH2, "Fuck You and your Hummer 2", is an awesome site bashing the Hummer for it's obvious douchebaggish qualities. Among them:
"The H2 is the ultimate poseur vehicle. It has the chassis of a Chevy Tahoe and a body that looks like the original Hummer; i.e. it's a Chevy Tahoe in disguise.It encourages user submissions of pictures of you, your friends, or whoever flicking off a Hummer! So awesome. I'll definately be submitting as soon as I encounter one of these beasts.
The H2 is a gas guzzler. Because it has a gross vehicle weight rating over 8500 lbs, the US government does not require it to meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. Hummer isn't even required to publish its fuel economy (owners indicate that they get around 10 mpg for normal use). So while our brothers and sisters are off in the Middle East risking their lives to secure America's fossil fuel future, H2 drivers are pissing away our "spoils of victory" during each trip to the grocery store.
The H2 is a polluter. Based on G.M.'s optimistic claim that it gets13 mpg, an H2 will produce 3.4 metric tons of carbon emissions in a typical year, nearly double that of G.M.'s Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
The H2 is a death machine. You'd better hope that you don't collide with an H2 in your economy car. You can kiss your ass goodbye thanks to the H2's massive weight and raised bumpers. Too bad you couldn't afford an urban assault vehicle of your own. Or could you...?
The H2 is a tax loophole. Under the current tax laws, business owners can deduct nearly half the cost of their H2s. If you are in the highest tax bracket, that's a tax savings of nearly $10,000! The government rewards you more savings for buying an H2 than you'd get for buying an electric car."
Thursday, March 06, 2008
GREENPOINTERS have been contacted by some New York City dartsmen, inquiring about interest in a darts league around Williamsburg. Read the below, and comment here or email greenpointers (at) gmail (dot) com if you're interested. From Greenpointer:
"I've been contacted by someone who runs dart leagues mostly in Bay Ridge as well as Downtown and Flatbush about possibly helping me get an official dart league started in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg area!GREENPOINTER
He's asked me to get a list of bars in the area with dart boards and although I have a few in mind I'd like to get as many as possible so here I am asking for readers, bar owners and patrons to get in touch with me if you're interested in being in a weekly dart league.
Any bars that maybe don't have a dart board but would be interested in getting one to participate in a league - you're welcome, too. It's a good thing to get involved in considering the league night would likely be during the week on a night when you might not be as busy, it can bring in some extra boozers. Always a plus for business, no?
Feel free to comment or email me a greenpointers (at) gmail (dot) com and/or repost on your blog. The more people who hear about it, the better the chances to get it off the ground. Thanks!"
AM New York ran an interview from Metromix with Ra Ra Riot's Wesley Miles today, officially kicking off their invasion of New York this upcoming weekend. The band is playing tomorrow to a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom, and according to the article is just putting the final touches on their full-length debut, expected for release later this year.
In the article, Wes explains the reasoning behind naming their tour van "Mark Wahlberg", how they releate to the Funky Bunch, the pressure of delivering an awesome show, and the gifts & tricks Wes keeps up his sleeve for crowds that earn them.
"Each one of us has a style on the stage that comes through. I have this thing where I throw my arms all around uncontrollably and I clap behind my back and between one of the guitar players' armpits. I do stuff like that. But that's only when I'm really feeling like the crowd's deserving it. I don't just throw those around." For Ra Ra Riot, you gots to earn that love. The interview ended with Wes being told about Ra Ra Riot being compared to sex.
"Actually, someone described your shows as “the best musical lovemaking of my life.”Catch them tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom, if you can get any tickets, or coming up on April 23rd at Maxwell's.
That’s pretty nice. There’s a lot of emotions and excitement. I could see how someone would confuse it for some love-type thing.
What does “musical lovemaking” mean to you?
I don’t know. It’s difficult. I don’t think in terms of lovemaking when I’m making music. Definitely sometimes think about love as an emotion when I’m performing or when I’m writing. Lovemaking’s not something I think about so much when I’m performing."
Here's a screenshot of the AM New York article, and a link to the original Metromix interview.
PDF of AM NEW YORK
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
So, I'm a little late on this but I thought I'd share. It's described as either A. a commercial shot exclusively for the web, or B. a banned Super Bowl Commercial. The world may never know which is true, or whether the former was a result of the latter, but either way, it's enjoyable.
Who Cut The Cheese?
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This morning, Gawker is challenging its readers to hunt down one of four GTA4 murals around the city and snap a photo of them in front of it, then post it in a comment. The prize? One free copy of the game. The murals are located in Soho, Williamsburg, Harlem, and the LES. Only 20 free copies, so go!
- Williamsburg - Bedford & N5th
- Harlem - 112th Street & 1st Ave
- Lower East Side - 2nd St. & Ave A
- SoHo - Lafayette btw Spring & Prince Street
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Should our fine Senator from New York win every single primary from here on out (assuming she wins Texas tonight - she's currently leading Barack 50 - 48%), her delegate count still doesn't beat Obama's. This means, heading into the convention, Barack will still have the lead in delegates, and therefore should clinch the nomination. So, why is Hillary still in it to win it? Either her and her team really can't count, or they're still hoping on swaying those darned superdelegates to go against the will of the voters, and pledge their vote to Hillary.
Jonathan Alter at Newsweek did the math and came up with the fact that even if Hillary wins "still leaves the pledged-delegate score at 1,634 for Obama to 1,576 for Clinton. That's a 58-delegate lead."
"...no matter how you cut it, Obama will almost certainly end the primaries with a pledged-delegate lead, courtesy of all those landslides in February. Hillary would then have to convince the uncommitted superdelegates to reverse the will of the people. Even coming off a big Hillary winning streak, few if any superdelegates will be inclined to do so. For politicians to upend what the voters have decided might be a tad, well, suicidal."So there you have it Obama fans. No matter what happens tonight, Obama still comes out on top. Clinton fans, keep calling your superdelegates and sending them money. But really, it's time for a concession from Hillary. The Democrats need to unite and start concentrating on the bigger prize.
Quite possibly the coolest piece of jewelry EVER.
Transformers, mixed tapes in disguise. BLITZ Kiss has set the stage ready for Optimus Prime and Megatron to duke it out in a battle of the mixed tapes.
Available in Purple and Blue.
By BLITZ Kiss. BUY IT HERE! (update: no longer available)
UPDATE: Someone bought it! Link no longer works, but check out the store for more accessories like it.
UPDATE 2 (3/7/08): Came in the mail today, intact, with some bonus goodies! I <3 Tokyomade!
This video features a very tripped out Kermit and the Grump practicing a little abstract "visual thinking". It's described on youtube as: "A 1966 remake of "Visual Thinking", with Kermit taking the part of Harry the Hipster, and Grump replacing Kermit as the square."
From a NYTimes article:
The makers of Airborne, a line of popular herbal supplements that was marketed as a “miracle cold buster,” have decided to settle the false-advertising complaints in a class-action lawsuit for $23.3 million, according to one of the plaintiffs in the suit.
The company also said it had scientific evidence to support its marketing pitch. But the lawsuit that resulted in the settlement this week was sparked by an ABC News report last year saying that the clinical trial the company offered as proof of the product’s effectiveness was highly dubious:
"Airborne said that a double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted with “care and professionalism” by a company specializing in clinical trial management, GNG Pharmaceutical Services.
GNG is actually a two-man operation started up just to do the Airborne study. There was no clinic, no scientists and no doctors. The man who ran things said he had lots of clinical trial experience. He added that he had a degree from Indiana University, but the school says he never graduated."
From a post on NEATORAMA today, we learn of six seriously failed Pepsi ads of years past. Among them:
Keep On Truckin': Pepsi accidentally printed 55 winning tickets, instead of five, for their Pepsi 500 contest in 2001. As a result, they had to fly 55 people to the Daytona 500 (instead of 5), give away five brand-new Dodge trucks (instead of 1), and give away $20,625 in free gas (instead of $1,825). Estimated cost of mistake: $400,000
Over Stuffed: "In April 1996, Pepsi canceled its "Pepsi Stuff" merchandise giveaway campaign months ahead of schedule. Reason: Too many winners. The company underestimated how many people would redeem the points by 50%, forcing it to spend $60 million more than expected on free merchandise."
Jet Lag: Scholar of flawed promotions in Business School (they have that major?) John Leonard tried to redeem seven million award points for the fighter jet promised in a Pepsi ad. Of course, they refused, citing the offer being made "in jest". Leonard took them to court, but Pepsi won with the judge ruling that "no objective person could reasonably have concluded that the commercial actually offered consumers a Harrier jet."
The King of (Soda) Pop: After years of a successful Michael Jackson sponsorship, 1993 saw Jackson canceling his Pepsi "Dangerous" tour because of "1) stress generated by allegations that he had sexually molested a young boy, and (2) addiction to painkillers he took "to control pain from burns suffered while filming a Pepsi ad."
The Name Game: In 1983 Pepsi ran a promotion that it would reward people $5 per letter for those who could spell their last names using letters printed on Pepsi bottles and cans. Their control was supposed to be limiting the vowels. Of course, one dude named Richard Vlk turned in 1,393 three letter sets for a cool $20,894. He got so many letters by taking out a classified ad offering to split the winnings with anyone who sent him a matching set. Oh, and he was a diabetic. Didn't even drink Pepsi.
They Can See Clearly Now: Ah, Crystal Pepsi. I remember being offered free samples at a rest stop in New Jersey and hating the stuff. Which brings up another point. Is that a common thing - to offer free samples of new product at interstate rest stops? Weird. Anyway, from the post: "In 1992 Pepsi introduced Crystal Pepsi, an attempt to cash in on the booming popularity of see-through soft drinks like Clearly Canadian. Sales were less than half of what Pepsi projected, even after the company reformulated the product. Marketing experts point to two critical flaws that they say doomed Crystal Pepsi from the start: (1) customers balked at paying extra for a product that, because it was clear, was perceived to have fewer ingredients than regular Pepsi, and (2) after more than a century of conditioning, consumers want colas to be dark brown in color. "Clear sodas are about as appetizing as brown water," an industry analyst explains."