Friday, June 29, 2007
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The book that uses the Twinkies ingredient list for its table of contents!
Dream Home Diaries - Great Homes - New York Times Blog
The Star Spangled Banner
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Walt Mossberg | AllThingsDigital
2007 O. Henry Pun-Off - Round 1 - Topic: Desserts (no candy)
2007 Pun-Off - Round 2 - Topic: Wheeled Vehicles
30th annual O. Henry Pun-off 2007 World Championships
Arts & Letters Daily - ideas, criticism, debate
Welcome to this personal website. Students interested in graduate or undergrad study-abroad work here in New Zealand should look at the relevant links starting here. Our Philosophy Department offerings are described starting here. Prospective students in aesthetics and the philosophy of art are welcome to contact me here.
Information about my beginners' courses, Arts & Ideas and Classical Concepts of Beauty, as well as the stage-two Philosophy of Art, can be accessed by clicking on the name of the course. Thanks to everyone who just finished my newest beginners' course, Philosophy 110, Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
The Baby-Name Business - WSJ.com
Monday, June 25, 2007
EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS BEFORE LEAVING
THIS IS THE HOME OF A CONSERVATIVES NIGHTMARE. I AM A LIBERAL WITH THE FACTS...http://clublefty.blogspot.com/
Alive In Baghdad
Alive in Baghdad is a weekly video blog. Our limited staff is able to post a video every Monday morning, so if you're looking for more material please look through our archive.
Alive in Baghdad was formed to counter the sound-bite driven, "Live From" news model. Through the work of a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground, Alive in Baghdad shows the occupation through the voices of Iraqis. Alive in Baghdad brings testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments from Iraq to you.
Here comes Veracifier
Welcome to Veracifier, which we've launched with one simple objective to start: providing a place for original ideas, reporting and commentary.
There's not enough of that these days, at least, not enough for us.
So in the days ahead, you'll see a couple of interpretations of that promise.
Mondays through Thursdays, Joshua Micah Marshall and his team at TPM Media bring you TPM TV, a new videoblog with the insights they've come to be known for at talkingpointsmemo.com. TPM Media are a new kind of journalist outfit; the kind that wears its independence on its sleeve and has an army of thousands of readers and contributors helping them get to the root of a story. Over the past months, for instance, TPM doggedly pursued and published information on the US Attorney scandals, and simply put, owned the story, as admitted by no less than the LA Times. We're incredibly thrilled to be launching a video venture with them.
On Fridays, we'll be posting exclusive episodes of Alive in Baghdad: A New Look, a new series from the team of citizen journalists behind the acclaimed Alive in Baghdad and Alive in Mexico videoblogs. The series adds new context and information to episodes of Alive in Baghdad, updating on what's happened since, and sharing details about the report we may not have learned at the time.
Most importantly, we want to know what you, the viewers think. That's why there's a comments link under every video. An email address on every page. And a link to upload your own video. Whether its your own commentary, footage, an original report, or simply your thoughts recorded on a webcam, we want to see it, hear it, and put it on the network.
Veracifier is part of Next New Networks, a company creating micro-television networks over the internet for targeted communities. Thanks for checking us out. We hope you'll stick around.
Some handy ways to subscribe to our episodes (with more coming soon):http://www.veracifier.com/post/287/here-comes-veracifier
Veracifier on YouTube: Political news
Welcome to Slate V
And now we'd like to introduce you to Slate V, the online video magazine where you can see Slatey-ness, quite literally. Every weekday, we'll be posting new video, much of it produced exclusively for Slate V. Some segments will be familiar to regular readers, featuring writers you've known for years; others will be brand-new. They'll cover politics, the arts, science, business, and anything else that seems ripe for the Slate V treatment.
We also have a section called Did You See This?, where you'll find our picks for the best short videos from around the Web. Think of it as a way to procrastinate better.
Check back over the coming days and weeks as our offerings expand. And jump into the Slate V Fray discussion board, where we look forward to hearing your unvarnished opinions.
Andy Bowers, Editor
Bill Smee, Executive Producer
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Leonard Cohen - So long, Marianne
Jonathan Coulton is a folk rock singer-songwriter. He is now the Contributing Troubadour at Popular Science as well as the Musical Director for The Little Gray Book Lectures. Coulton is best known for his light-acoustic cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot hit song "Baby Got Back" and an original piece entitled "Code Monkey." A video set to his song "Re: your brains" was a featured link on Good Morning Silicon Valley. His work has also been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."
He is the author of a 5-song set called Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms that was commissioned for the September 2005 issue of Popular Science. His most recent work at Popular Science is on a podcast for the magazine, entitled the PopSci Podcast.
Coulton accompanied John Hodgman on his list of 700 Hobo Names promotional track for The Areas of My Expertise as the guitarist (he was referenced as "Jonathan William Coulton, the Colchester Kid" in said work). Coulton has also been referenced in Hodgman's work with The Daily Show; a Jonathan Coulton of Colchester, Connecticut is Hodgman's pick to win an essay contest on defeating the Iraqi insurgency. The winning entry, as set to music, was then played on the program; this song, about dropping snakes from airplanes, was written and performed by Coulton.
Most of Coulton's songs focus on intellectual, "geeky" topics such as a man who is "de-evolving" into a monkey, a strange loner who dreams of destroying the world and who gives half-monkey, half-pony monsters to his girlfriend, and the dangers of bacteria. They generally feature Coulton's characteristic crooning vocals accompanied by guitar, drums, and occasionally the accordion, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele, or glockenspiel.
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The Mets Are Better Than Sex
Kelly Clarkson's Vitamin Water Commercial
- May 25 - 26: DC
- May 27 - June 2:Dubrovnik, Croatia
- June 2 - 4: Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We've recently been informed that the State Department has issued a travel warning about landmines for Bosnia. Neat!
- June 4 - 7: Sarajevo
- June 7 - 12: Budapest
- June 12 - 15: Athens
- June 15 - July 20: Paris. How many crepes do you think I can consume in 5 weeks? I'm guessing roughly seventeen gagillion.
- July 20 - 25: London
- July 25 - 28: DC
- July 29 - 30: NY
- July 31 - August 8:Roadtrip to northeastern locales TBD.
- August 9 - August 10: NY I get to see Daft Punk play live in Brooklyn! I'm so excited I've already got my outfit picked out. (It has big crazy rhinestones, because what else do you wear to a robot rock concert?)
- August 10: San Francisco. My triumphant return.
The Assimilated Negro blog
By Ken Levine
The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy
Ice Road Truckers
The Human Touch That May Loosen Google’s Grip - New York Times
Engines like Hakia, Accoona and Powerset are trying to grab market share by writing a more sophisticated algorithm. A growing number of entrepreneurs are placing their bets, however, on a hybrid system that puts humans back into the search equation. They are grouped under a newly coined rubric, "social search," and it is becoming a crowded field.
Newcomers like Squidoo, Sproose and NosyJoe offer search results based on submissions or votes by users. Bessed also relies on users to suggest the best Web pages for a topic, but then has editors refine them. ChaCha gives customers the opportunity to have an online chat with a human being who can provide search assistance.
Sometimes a small variation on an existing idea is enough to make it stand out. In October 2006, when Bessed began its search service with the manually edited results pages, it had only two editors and covered just a few hundred search terms suggested randomly by users.
Last month, another company, Bessed (Hawaiian for "thank you"), inaugurated a search service with manually edited results. It started with several advantages: venture capital backing, 30 editors, systematic focus on the most commonly requested search terms, and the added idea of supplying Google's search results for any search not covered by its own best-of-the-best lists.