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from The Boston Phoenix: The Cuteness Surge.

Very interesting article in this week’s Phoenix, about what the popularity of things like lolcats, Hello Kitty, Juno, and the like says about us as Americans in 2008.  (Hint: we’ve been infantilized by fear and angst and need to surround ourselves with brightly colored doofy stuff to stay sane.)

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, it’s just interesting that someone (i.e. Sharon Steel) pointed it out.  She even manages to work in McSweeney‘s and The Moldy Peaches.

 

things are gettin’ kinda gross…

All right – things may look funny around here this afternoon – we’re redesigning a tad.  (Oh, like you care.)

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

songs you don’t know: The Dresden Dolls and The Luminescent Orchestra covering “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

The picture quality here ain’t so good, but the sound is amazing. Also, they’re covering the Eurythmics version, and not the Manson version, because they’re that cool.

The Dresden Dolls, by the by, are the Official Punk Cabaret Band of GeekUSA.

(the Official Cereal of GeekUSA, by the way: Barbara’s Bakery’s Peanut Butter Puffins)

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2008 in music, songs you don't know, youtube

 

John Edwards to drop out

According to Yahoo! (via the AP), John Edwards will be dropping out of the presidential race today.

See, I’ve gone back and forth over the past few months between Obama and Edwards.  I find the way Obama speaks inspiring, but I find the things Edwards says to be equally inspiring.   He’s right: there are two Americas, and most of the problems with this country could be fixed by first admitting that, yep, class is important here, and that things are stacked against poor folk to an unfair degree.

I look at both Obama and Edwards, and I think that I want to live in a country where one of those two could be President, because not only are they charismatic but they actually seem to care.  Edwards seems to care just a little too much sometimes, but maybe that’s why I respected him and might’ve voted for him on Super Tuesday.

He’ll make a great Attourney General, though, won’t he?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2008 in politics

 

from io9: Five Ways 9/11 Changed Sci-Fi

Fascinating stuff.  Of course, me being me, I had to go and mention the Slitheen from Doctor Who in my comment….

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2008 in not here

 

niiice!: rob paravonian on Pachabel’s Canon in D

Jess sends this via Facebook:

I used to play this bit all the time on my radio show back at ol’ WMEB, 91.9fm (“Redefining Alternative For Orono, Maine!”) He’s updated it since, but it’s still one of my favorite comedy riffs of all time.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2008 in music, Niiice!, nostalgia, tomfoolery, youtube

 

the state of our union is…

Well, I watched the State of the Union address last night with fever2tell, and I guess the big thing to say about the experience is that we didn’t throw anything at the screen.

This is something I’ve enjoyed doing these past seven years, by the way. Never a fan of Mr. Bush, I will usually sit in front of the television on the last Monday of January, wad up some paper into little balls, and, as the evening progresses, proceed to chuck them at his televised head whenever he says something dumb. It’s not as if the President didn’t say anything dumb last night – it’s more that it was hard to care.

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Posted by on January 29, 2008 in politics