Friday, March 28, 2003 UD Spoken Here

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Other People's Stories The Specialist turned around and started to walk away. I turned and followed him. As I usually was him, I was both terrified and impressed, and I remembered the words.

Never fear the mighty.

The weak must be defended, the innocent protected.

The truth must be honored and esteemed.

Trust must never be violated.

Be just and fair.

All men and women are created equal and deserve to be treated with respect and compassion.

When respect and comapssion are lost, and revenge is required, an eye for eye is never enough.

Crap. Other people get all of the good assignments.

The CNN Factor ( "This was the world's first $100 billion television commercial," says a business executive I know. "President Bush and his team couldn't get the message across on al-Jazeera or Egyptian television. This is Uncle Sam's way of buying airtime to tell Iraq that change in an iron fist is coming."

In this sense the journalistic "embeds" and the media at large are not "a weapon of war" for the Pentagon, as an op-ed writer claimed in the New York Times on Tuesday in egregious overstatement, but a method of trying to avert destruction. It has not worked instantly. But that does not mean it will not eventually, or should not have been tried.

Just proving that the French are less intelligent than dolphins.

No word on that earlier camel mine sniffing program. - Dolphins aid Iraq mine-clearance - Mar. 26, 2003 Dolphins aid Iraq mine-clearance

Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Posted: 8:05 AM EST (1305 GMT)

The dolphins carry special sensors that record their response to underwater objects.

CNN's Richard Blystone reports on British search for mines at Umm Qasr.


DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- A coalition team of Australian and British navy divers aided by specially-trained dolphins have completed work to clear mines from sea lanes around the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, opening the way for humanitarian aid shipments, military officials say.

i think Osama has much more interesting hair than Saddam.

and that Kim Il Jong looks a little like Gene Keady's hipper younger brother. Both are wacky as a loon in heat. - Page2 - Page 2's '03 NCAA All-Hair Team

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

the Patrick Swayze comeback bandwagon begins here.

LAUNCH - Your Yahoo! Music Experience (3/25/03, 4 p.m. ET) -- The onetime king of Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze, has joined Ja Rule for his latest video, "Reign." The rapper's new clip parallels many of the real-life events that have dogged Murder Inc. Records in the past few months--specifically, an ongoing federal investigation into possible money laundering.

Swayze plays the role of Detective Fitzgerald, an overzealous police officer who is investigating Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, and Murder Inc.

"Reign" is the third single from Ja Rule's latest album, The Last Temptation. The rapper recently shared that the song is a reflection record. "It's different," Ja Rule said about the song. "It ain't the party all the time. It ain't female driven--it's a reflection record. And you know how it is in hip-hop--you know we can't make reflection records and win. We got to be partied out."

-- Yves Erwin Salomon, New York

Monday, March 24, 2003


Other People's Stories Revenge is not about violence. It is about taking what someone loves and destroying it.

this is the best fucking website ever. or at least that's what my friend Johnny says. other people's stories

Friday, March 21, 2003


Wednesday, March 19, 2003

ESPN Insider: Tourney Guide: Secrets If anyone ever tells you they have a foolproof system for filling out the NCAA Tournament bracket, just nod politely and look away like you would from some wild-eyed lunatic on the subway. Don't make eye contact. And, whatever you do, don't listen to them.

There is no single set of rules that will guarantee your filling out a winning bracket sheet for the office pool. What works one year -- picking the eastern-most team in every questionable match-up, going with the more experienced coaches, etc. -- invariably leads to embarrassment the following year. No matter how elaborate a system you construct to predict who will advance in the tourney, no matter how well that system reflects what happened in past tournaments, you simply couldn't depend on it working in the current year. It's like the fine print that zips past you on a stockbroker's TV ad: past performance does not guarantee future success.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death...

hey, this is practically a blog in and of itself. no comments necessary.

Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - Printable Version - The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business To: Dean Kamen. Re: Vibrating Segway?
Shortly after Mattel (MAT) releases its Nimbus 2000 broom as part of its line of Harry Potter toys, the vibrating device begins getting the wrong sort of customer raves. "I'm 32 and enjoy riding the broom as much as my 7-year-old," says one enthusiastic mother on Amazon. "My only complaint is, I wish the batteries didn't run out quite so quickly." Mattel stops making the toy, but denies that the unintended value-add is the reason. Says a spokesperson: "It's just not a continued product in our line."

I hear Pete Townshend has a similar site for 'research'.

Business 2.0 - Magazine Article - Printable Version - The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business Because nobody understands 12-year-old girls quite like a cattle rancher.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. launches, a site designed to "steer" young girls away from vegetarianism. Featuring enlightening articles and insightful quizzes ("What type of beef do you most like to eat with your friends?"), the tweener-empowerment site also has recipes for snacks like Easy Beef Chili, Nacho Beef Dip, and Beef on Bamboo

Monday, March 17, 2003 - Study: Male sweat brightens women's moods - Mar. 15, 2003 Study: Male sweat brightens women's moods

Saturday, March 15, 2003 Posted: 1645 GMT (12:45 AM HKT)

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) -- Sweating it out over a big date this weekend? If you're a guy, that could be just the ticket, according to a human biology study released by the University of Pennsylvania.

Biologists said they found male perspiration had a surprisingly beneficial effect on women's moods. It helps reduce stress, induces relaxation and even affects the menstrual cycle.

"This suggests there may be much more going on in social settings like singles' bars than meets the eye," said Charles Wysocki, an adjunct professor of animal biology at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.

In a study to be published in the journal Biology of Reproduction, researchers collected samples from the underarms of men who refrained from using deodorant for four weeks. The extracts were then blended and applied to the upper lips of 18 women, aged 25 to 45.

The women rated their moods on a fixed scale for a period of six hours. The findings suggested something in the perspiration brightened their moods and helped them feel less tense. Blood analyses also showed a rise in levels of the reproductive luteinizing hormone that typically surge before ovulation.

Wysocki, a study co-author, said the research could point to a "chemical communication" subtext between the sexes that enables men and women to coordinate their reproductive efforts subliminally.

There was no sign women were sexually aroused by male perspiration. In fact, the women never suspected they had men's sweat under their noses and believed they were helping to test alcohol, perfume or lemon floor wax.

"The study was done in quite a sterile environment. It's not strange that they were not thinking sexual thoughts," said Wysocki. "In a more sensual setting, exposure to these odors might facilitate the emergence of sexual mood or feelings."

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers said the study could lead to new fertility therapies and treatments for premenstrual syndrome if the active agent in male perspiration could be isolated.

Friday, March 14, 2003

why do we have to put up with 'Behind the Music' of bands like Winger when we could have this lot.

And on the seventh day God created Manchester… Then you see the papers and it's like 'Fuck! Did I say that?' We didn't mean half of it and couldn't remember most of it." The backlash was about to begin.

The Honkey Donkey Gallery

a Happy Monday lyric: well, i might be a honkey, but i'm hung like a donkey...

- Andrew W.K. is releasing a new album in September, and some retailers have a problem with the set's proposed title. W.K. wants to call the album Blow Your Bone, even though some stores won't stock an album with that title.

W.K. insists the title has no sexual connotations. He says the name of the record came from the concept of a bone--as in a beef or chicken bone--being blown up with a stick of dynamite.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Grapes of Wrath Some things are true even if George Bush believes them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Mercury News | 03/08/2003 | In the wake of the week

Ever the optimist, Norway Mike prefers to see David Wells as being half-sober when he pitched the perfect game.

Friday, March 07, 2003

"I like things as honest as possible," he conceded, "even if sometimes they can only be an imitation of honesty."

White Stripes : Elephant

For one who talks so much about honesty, Jack White is a difficult man to trust. When last we hear him on 'Elephant', he is hanging out on what sounds like Lee Hazlewood's porch, but is actually Toerag Studios in Hackney, engaged in a giggly menage a trois with Holly Golightly and his beloved sister Meg. Holly is pushy, loving Jack "like a little brother". Meg opines, "Jack really bugs me". Jack is cagey, but eventually succumbs. "Well Holly I love you too," he admits, "But there's just so much that I don't know about you."
And just so much, Jack, that we don't know about you. Even after 'It's True That We Love One Another', Track 14 of the fourth White Stripes album, all remains deliriously unclear in the world of Jack and Meg White. Here are devious confusions between romantic and maternal love, a neurotic approach to the wiles of women, numerology, infantilism and, not least, some of the most obliteratingly brilliant rock'n'roll of our time.
In other words, business as usual at Camp White Stripe. Improbable success, old marriage certificates in the public domain, the New Rock Revolution - nothing has adversely affected the way they conduct their business. There are cosmetic changes, with longer hair and outfits fit for Grand Ole Opry goths. But, still, they look more suited to a night out in Detroit's ruins rather than restyled for celebrity.
In the recording studio, too, not much has altered. The location's shifted from Detroit to London, though only the presence of Holly Golightly and Jack brandishing a cricket bat on the cover signal it. 'Elephant' remains the work of champion Luddites, recorded onto eight-track tape using equipment built before 1963 - guitars, Meg's drums, the odd keyboard. The bristly frequencies that open the album aren't a bass, but Jack's guitar fed through an octave pedal. Review copies are exclusively vinyl. Jack and Meg still address one another as brother and sister. How sweet. How determined. How treacherous.
Musically honest - as in untainted by those hussies, computers - it may be. But Jack's definitions are slippery. The White Stripes' music has always existed in a fabricated reality, defined by Jack in his first NME interview. "I like things as honest as possible," he conceded, "even if sometimes they can only be an imitation of honesty."

Monday, March 03, 2003

"Joseph Pujol, the Fartiste"
It was then and there, in the army, that Pujol invented a nickname for
himself that would later become a stage name synonymous throughout Europe
with helpless, hysterical laughter: "Le Petomane" (translation: "The

the bedhead, combover picture of captured al-Qaida mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed makes me giggle.