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Thursday, June 28, 2007


DERRICKcomedy media

Here are some audio / video sketches for your listening / viewing pleasure. Spread them around the internet like wildfire.

DERRICK is a comedy group in NYC.

We are Dominic Dierkes, Dan Eckman, Donald Glover, and DC Pierson.

Dom, Donald, and DC write and perform in the videos. Dan directs and edits them. They're produced by Meggie McFadden.

We perform frequently at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC (

We love you.

Our website is and our e-mail is derrickcomedy at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The book that uses the Twinkies ingredient list for its table of contents!

The Origin of Cream-filled Species: Twinkie, Deconstructed

Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he often reads the ingredients label—without a clue as to what most of it means. So, when his young daughter asked, "Daddy, what's polysorbate 60?" while eating ice cream at the beach on a hot summer day, he was at a loss—and determined to find out.


In this fascinating exploration into the curious world of packaged foods, Twinkie, Deconstructed takes us from phosphate mines in Idaho to corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to oil fields in China, to demystify some of America's most common processed food ingredients—where they come from, how they are made, how they are used—and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they're often more closely linked to rocks and petroleum than any of the four food groups), Ettlinger reveals how each Twinkie ingredient goes through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name—all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake.


An insightful, entertaining exploration of modern food industry, if you've ever wondered what you're eating when you consume foods containing mono and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent of plaster of Paris), this book is for you.


Dream Home Diaries - Great Homes - New York Times Blog

About Dream Home Diaries
They've found an idyllic tiny town in Florida, they've bought a piece of land and now Paul B. Brown and Alison Davis are setting out to build their dream house. How hard can it be, they wonder, even though they live 1,500 miles away, they've never built a home before and they don't know anything about architects, builders, local zoning laws or financing? On this blog for Great Homes, they recount their successes and failures and will chronicle their adventures to come.


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

News, reviews, latest trends, breakthroughs, disputes, and gossip in arts and culture.

Nota Bene
Book Reviews
Radio News/Music


Arts & Letters Daily is a web portal owned by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It features links to a diverse array of high-quality news stories, features and reviews from throughout the online Anglosphere. In this, it has some of the characteristics of a weblog. Access is free, and it receives around 3.7 million page views per month. A&L Daily's motto is "Veritas odit moras," Latin for "Truth hates delay." This phrase is from line 850 of Seneca the Younger's version of Oedipus.


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.

Dennis Dutton


The Baby-Name Business -

The Baby-Name Business
Parents are feeling intense pressure to pick names that set their kids apart. Some are even hiring consultants. Alexandra Alter on the art of 'branding' your newborn.

Monday, June 25, 2007






Monkey Muck

Monkey Muck
"And it's the damage that we do and never know. It's the words that we don't say that scare me so."


Club Lefty




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

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 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):


Veracifier on YouTube: Political news




Slate V

Welcome to Slate V

For more than 11 years, has brought you news, analysis, and opinion with a distinctive, irreverent voice. Around here, we call it Slatey-ness, which is one of those amorphous qualities best defined as "you know it when you see it."

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

My name is Jonathan Coulton and I'm a musician, a singer-songwriter and an internet superstar. This site is chock full of music, news and me-related merchandise - if you're not that familiar with who I am and what I do you can use the links above to get started.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Who is Jonathan Coulton and What is The Jonathan Coulton Project?
Jonathan Coulton is a musician, he creates a new song every week. His music is available to be downloaded legally for free as part of the Creative Commons licence. He encourages people to not only download his music, but give it to other people.
Jonathan Coulton also encourages people to make videos for his music, and that is where the Jonathan Coulton Project fits in. The Jonathan Coulton Project (or JoCoPro for short) will produce videos for some of Jonathan Coulton's songs.
Initially, the videos will follow a similar format that was inspired by the Flickr song. The Flickr song is a song where the video is an important part of the song. The song words are about the video, that are pictures from Flickr. To see the Flickr song click here.


Coudal Partners | The Museum of Online Musems | MoOM


Coudal Partners

From Rob Walker's Consumed column in this weekend's New York Times Magazine, " is certainly a promotional tool for the firm, but just as certainly a constantly updated trove of interesting links and cleverly entertaining goof-off projects. Which is more or less how the Swap Meat started." Because we can't bear the thought of not getting cool stuff in the mail every day, we're making The Swap Meat a permanent part of our site, at least through the summer. So keep the stuff coming, new items are featured every day.


The Mets Are Better Than Sex


Kelly Clarkson's Vitamin Water Commercial


Anna Abroad


The Assimilated Negro blog


By Ken Levine

By Ken Levine
The world as seen by a TV comedy writer


The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy

Welcome to Indeterminacy, especially if you've arrived here the first time through the "Blogs of Note" link. Since so many people are looking, I'm going to try and go a whole week posting stories on a daily basis. First I will post a found photo (as I've done now), then anyone who likes can post their spontaneous mini-story, caption or any other comments that come to mind. My "one-minute short story" will follow the next day. In this case, it means Monday evening, New York time. See you then!


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.

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