Monday, June 30, 2003

Oh my.

If you're a little girl looking for a site about Barbie Dolls, then you are in the wrong place.
Please do not go any further.

This site is about Barbie Dail, a male heterosexual crossdresser who loves to dress up in women's clothes. If that subject offends you in any way, then do not continue.

new cirque du soleil show looks rather wet t-shirt contest and burlesque.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Oh. This sorta explains it. But not really.

The Marketing of No Marketing But the growth started and is most pronounced in Portland -- a city best known in the cosmology of beer as a haven for fancy microbrews -- where most agree that bike messengers have been in the P.B.R. vanguard. The lowbrow brew has risen to the No. 5-ranked beer in town and is still the fastest-growing of the top-50 domestic beer brands. In local supermarket sales it trails only Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light and Corona.

Of course, not even bike messengers can drink enough beer to explain this. So what does? At first, even the people at Pabst -- which has barely advertised for more than 20 years -- were at a loss. But any trend with even the slightest commercial implications in the American marketplace immediately becomes subject to two iron laws. The first is that it will attract a swarm of consultants, marketers and journalists, trying to deduce the trend's origins. Second, efforts will be made to amplify and prolong the trend, profitably.

The most interesting theory is that P.B.R.'s fan base grew not despite the lack of marketing support, but because of it. The beer industry as a whole spends about $1 billion a year to pitch its product. Most of this advertising, through huge TV campaigns and relentless logo-slathering, is devoted to image-building (not surprising, since Consumer Reports concluded a few years ago that even devoted fans of the megasellers Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft could rarely tell them apart by taste). Long-neglected P.B.R. had no image. It was just there.

New worlds reopening (is that possible?) and still the wanderlust tick hasn't bitten. I do think the ability to add comments will be added soon. Maybe a site redesign.

I love the title of Rolf's blog. BTW, wasn't that the piano-playing dog's name on the Muppets? - Rolf Potts Rolf Potts on traveling slowly
Travel Quote of the Day

"Vagabonding is not like bulk shopping: The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home -- and the slow, nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries."
--Rolf Potts, Vagabonding (2003)

Some of us were just there for the good wine and good, good people...

OWAB - Announcements A friendly group gathered Saturday, the longest day of the year, to celebrate the Organic Food and Wine Festival at Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton. Live music heated things up while visitors learned about ways to help sustain the earth and tread lightly in the lifestyle of one's choice. The festival was also sponsored by Willamette Week and New Seasons Market, with proceeds benefiting The Oregon Food Bank.

A number of organic products were presented as picnic foods and adults sampled Cooper Mountain wines or enjoyed organic juice from the Columbia Gorge Juice Company. Children chatted and watched several frolicking dogs. The bluegrass sounds of Higher Ground entertained the crowd. Later in the afternoon, Rosewater, a funk sound, closed out the afternoon. Warmer weather would have been welcome but all were glad to learn more about topics such as Oregon Tilth, Emerald Valley Kitchen, organic sauces, Biodynamic Farming, Manic Organic produce delivery, Salmon Safe stream protection and other.

Monday, June 23, 2003

New advertising method. I wouldn't call it viral or bacterial but it might possibly be sexually transmitted.
Yahoo! News - Sports Photos - Reuters An unidentified female streaker is escorted from the 11th green where tournament leaders Jim Furyk (news) and Stephen Leaney (news) of Australia were playing at Olympia Fields Country Club in the final round of the U.S. Open (news - web sites) outside Chicago, June 15, 2003. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

And more here.Iran: Back the Freedom Fighters ( registration required)

Moved to tears by some people's brave struggle.

Here. and this story:Protests in Iran Spread, and an Imam Urges Severe Punishment The nightly protests in Tehran have now moved from the area around Tehran University to other parts of the city. Large numbers of people drove to the Ressalat neighborhood tonight, causing traffic jams, despite roadblocks operated by paramilitary forces carrying Kalashnikov rifles. Witnesses said vigilantes and the police, in riot gear, had clashed with protesters.

The executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, Hanny Megally, said in a statement that Iran's leaders had not taken any real steps to halt attacks by vigilantes on protesters.

Earlier, at Friday Prayers in Tehran, Ayatollah Muhammad Yazdi, former head of the judiciary, said the protesters should be punished severely. "I asked the head of the judiciary and public prosecutors across Iran not to treat these people with compassion as they endangered the country's security," he said.

He added that the judiciary should deal with those people as those who fight Allah. The charge of fighting Allah can carry the death sentence.

Demonstrations took place in Tabriz, Zanjan, Shiraz, Yazd, Sabzehvar, Kermanshah and Isfahan. A student Web site reported that students at the University of Sistan-Baluchestan, in southeastern Iran, were demanding that the supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, cede power to an elected body.

hello again on a beautiful day for baseball

It's a beautiful day for baseball!

A Tribute to Harry Caray I hope and pray that
Harry is enjoying
a cool BUD
in the bleachers.

And here's Sean's blog.

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Should really just put the whole damn column here. I can't help but think that my writing is going to start slanting towards a combination of Mark Morford and Bill Simmons, and that the whole Hemingway/Douglas Adams style I grew up dreaming about will wither away like Lauryn Hill's career. Ah, well.

Stop The Gay Canadians! / First icky legalized homosexual marriage, then the apocalypse. Conservative America trembles

Stop The Gay Canadians!
First icky legalized homosexual marriage, then the apocalypse. Conservative America trembles

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist Friday, June 20, 2003

"As far as I'm told, Canada actually borders our fine upstanding nation," Bush managed to continue, after being hoisted upright, as a paler-than-usual Dick Cheney whispered desperately into Bush's ear while Lynne frantically tried to dissuade their secret lesbian daughter from splitting for Saskatchewan with her lover on the next flight out.

"This means we as a country are actually touching a bunch of gay married people right this very minute! Look at this map! It's like an adjacency thing! Like some sort of weird tidal wave of gay Canadian people in love, just waiting up north to ride big pink buses down here and open chains of well-appointed little erotic chocolate boutiques and buy up all the Cher Farewell Tour tickets. This will not do!"

Already, America's perspective has been affected. In a shocking new poll, fully 41 percent of Americans now believe the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 tragedy were, in fact, gay married Canadians.

Similarly, 23 percent are now convinced Saddam Hussein was either "somewhat" or "almost totally" Canadian. Or gay. Or a member of Loverboy.

Casus Belli: We had this cool ass truck and wanted to do sumtin with it.

Operation Freedom Truck

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Love to my new friends Jen and Sean.

Sean wants comment functionality added to the blog.

What do you think?


Sand in My Bra & Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write From the Road - Edited by Jennifer L. Leo "Bursting with exuberant candor and crackling humor, Sand in My Bra is sure to leave readers feeling that to not have an adventure to remember is a great loss indeed....will definitely light a fire under the behinds of, as the dedication states, 'all the women who sit at home or behind their desks bitching that they never get to go anywhere.'"

300 love letters

Friday, June 20, 2003

This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow: June 01, 2003 - June 07, 2003 Archives John Ashcroft, Genius-At-Large

(Note: this entry posted by Bob Harris)

Our Attorney General wants to make terrorist attacks against military bases or nuclear plants a capital offense.

Obviously. Nothing deters a suicide bomber quite like the death penalty.

Graz2003: The Shadow Clock Tower The Shadow Clock Tower
The Uhrturm And Its Twin

The Uhrturm (clock tower) on the Schlossberg will be given an extra three-dimensional shadow in the form of a steel construction created by the young Styrian artist, Markus Wilfling. This black double will attract added public attention to the popular landmark of Graz.

The question as to how space is perceived is of fundamental importance to Markus Wilfling. With his "Shadow Clock Tower" project he shows how this perception influences our view of reality. The Uhrturm is the city?s main landmark, and its position as well as its history (ransomed from the French occupying forces by the Graz citizenry in the 19th century and thus spared from destruction) are of considerable significance to Graz and its image. The artist?s work will place even more emphasis on the original, drawing the gaze of visitors strolling through the town.

a black shadow doppelganger testing our perceptions of light and reality.

AVL - Powertrain Engineering, Advanced Simulation Technologies, Instrumentation and Test Systems

Thursday, June 19, 2003

The Onion | What Do You Think? "Oh, crap. Now, both my local papers will carry Hagar The Horrible." - Page2 - Ramblings back, back again All right, I'll ask: Why couldn't they have just found the 2003 equivalent of Lou Ferrigno and painted him green? Who would have been against this? - Page2 - Ramblings back, back again
When it comes right down to it, even Larry Brown and Allen Iverson didn't have as strange and complicated a relationship as Meg and Jack White. - Page2 - Ramblings back, back again Even Jerry Garcia would have looked up to these guys.I don't want to jinx it, but Jack and Ozzy have a chance to be the Junior and Senior Griffey of drug rehab. They might break every record.

Just when you thought Tiger Woods playing Ruthie in "Real World: Hawaii" would never be topped, you see Keith Van Horn playing Simon in "Real World: Paris." That show never ceases to amaze.

Mr. Skin - The Internet's Celebrity Nude Movie Reviews Hi. I'm Mr. Skin.
Not my real name, of course, but if all you did since you were a kid was collect nude scenes from PG and R-rated movies, you'd want to conceal your warped sophomoric tendencies too. I've probably viewed over 10,000 movies, but don't ask me what they were about. I just fast-forwarded to the good parts.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Ah, must remember to steal from more than one source....GRAND PRIX OUTDOOR WINNER PLAGIARISM CLAIMS REJECTED Claims that Grey Worldwide's Grand Prix winner in the outdoor competition at Cannes yesterday was lifted from a 1990s Gary Larson cartoon featuring the
On the left is the 'The last thing a fly ever sees,' a cartoon by Gary Larson from the 1990s. On the right is a portion of the image from this year's Grand Prix outdoor winner, which also uses a similar tagline. Click to see
larger image.
------------------------------------------------------------------------same tagline and honeycomb visual were rejected by the ad's New Zealand creators today.

'Clearly eligible'
International Advertising Festival CEO Terry Savage said no action would be taken. "[The ad's] eligibility is the only issue from the festival's perspective," he said. "It's clearly eligible. From then on it's a jury issue."

With the summer months upon us,
I'll probably going shirtless more than usual.
New Strong Bad email

Bushworld and Hillaryland This president has weapons of mass destruction problems, whereas the last president had weapons of mass self-destruction problems

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Post-It Gallery ?BURNINATE!!!!! ... hell... not quite poetry, but its what he does best! ?

How do you say, 'Bend it like Beckham in Espanol?' Feature: Down to the wire In Madrid, the family will find that the city, although it looks more gloomy and patriarchal at first sight, is actually much more cosmopolitan and friendly at street level. The Madrile?os have no side to them. What you see you get, and you don't have to be particularly cool to fit in. And on the pitch they make that fairly clear.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Greenfield, a brilliant editor of The Post's editorial page, asserted that "nobody, regardless of station, gets over high school -- ever."

All Too Prepared For the Real World (

Friday, June 13, 2003

Wow. And ouch.

Urban Primitive Body Design, Toronto, Canada 416.966.9155

My favourite animal is a good-natured dragon, because it's magical, unique and willing to fight for what it loves.

Urban Primitive Body Design, Toronto, Canada 416.966.9155

Damn evil kings.

Urban Primitive Body Design, Toronto, Canada 416.966.9155 My most recent and meaningful piece, and the piece of which I am most proud to date, is a depiction of Raven and the Sun. According to the ancient legend, Raven stole the Sun from the house of an evil king, who kept it tightly sealed in a box. As he flew higher and higher into the sky in order to escape the wrath of the king, pieces of Sun broke off to become the Stars and the Moon. Finally, Raven flung the Sun high into the sky, where it gave warmth and light to the World. Where once there existed a dull, flat depiction of a Tlingit wolf-head on my forearm, there is now a piece that ripples with energy and power, and that conveys a beautiful story in a way that I did not feel was remotely possible. In many respects, this story represents my belief regarding body art: that it is an expression, and release, of the inner self, made visible for one to see. One day, I hope to have Daemon place a representation of the Sun placed upon my back, memorializing my own ongoing, personal question - the exploration of my inner, spiritual self.

"Nature is ancient but surprises us all". Fucking June showers. Don't Puddle town know the rain must end?

Thursday, June 12, 2003

I'm bored and lazy. At least I don't have to move couches as part of my community service.

The Onion | What Do You Think? "Partial-birth abortions should absolutely be banned. It says so in The Bible, in Paul's Letter To The Corinthians Re: Partial-Birth Abortions."

The Onion | Area Man's Pop-Culture References Stop At 1988 FLAGSTAFF, AZ?According to sources, area resident Scott Marchand, 37, lives in a state of pop-cultural stasis, never making references to movies, music, or television shows that came after 1988.

Insanity. Wide-screen. Emotional. Bling-bling.

Maybe we can do Lord of the bling-bling with marionettes.

Creative Planet Communites : Designinmotion - EyeballNYC Delivers Tiga 'Hot in Herre' Video


they danced down the 

street... and I shambled after 

as I've been doing all my life 

after people who interest me,

because the only people for me

are the mad ones, 

the ones who are mad to live, 

mad to talk, mad to be saved, 

desirous of everything 

at the same time, the ones who 

never yawn or say a 

commonplace thing, but  burn, burn, 

burn like fabulous yellow 

roman candles exploding like 

spiders across the stars and in 

the middle you see the blue 

centerlight pop and everybody 

goes 'Awww!'  "


 -- Kerouac 

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Moon Phase Calendar This is not just a display of the current moon phase, it's a real-time animated display. (I'm sure you're duly impressed.) Of course, the moon changes phase rather slowly, so unless you don't have much to do today, you'll probably not want to sit there and stare very long waiting for the exciting action to occur. If you click on the moon, however, you'll see a complete phase cycle at a somewhat brisker pace.

Monday, June 09, 2003

He Called, and Naked Came 7,000 Strangers Then it was over. Some people jogged nude up and down the boulevard. Others re-dressed. Inside, Scott Ansell, 31, an Englishman who had already taken part in an earlier work by Mr. Tunick, involving hundreds of naked people riding the escalators in a London department store, mused on the cultural differences.
"The English seemed a bit more giggly," he said. "I get the impression that half of the people here will be naked later today, anyway."
His friend Jane Hyde, 44, said of the apparent Spanish tendency to spank their own naked rear ends as a form of applause, "That bottom-smacking thing is rude!"
Mr. Ricart, the graphic designer, pronounced the experience "amazing."
"It probably has changed my life," he said. "But I haven't slept for 24 hours, so I have to spend some time thinking about it before I can be sure."

Learning to firedance...

#3 Forward Swing Now with the help of some animations (made from "The Art of Poi" Video) I will explain the beginner's correct way to swing the Poi. This will hopefully stop the crossovers and tangles
Put the Poi in your hands and start swinging them in the direction shown. Take note how she swings the Poi with the palms of her hands only facing down and forwards.
If you swing with your palms facing each other the Poi will come in together and cross or tangle. So always keep you palms facing down and forward. Pretend to push air away from you as the Poi pass over your head.

Home of Poi - Swinging Poi, Glowstick, Staff and Fire spinning/twirling "Our mission is to provide and develop extensive resources on and spread the art of spinning, swinging and twirling. To provide the best possible experience to people visiting our web site and provide quality equipment and information."

Friday, June 06, 2003

Our planner Scott turned to me and said, definitively, that Pavement is the #7 band of all time.

Pavement enjoyed covering Echo & the Bunnymen.

Much love. Incidentally, no, they're not foxy to me.

Pavement Lyrics - Range Life out on tour with the smashing pumpkins
nature kids, i/they don't have no function
i don't understand what they mean
and i could really give a fuck.
the stone temple pilots,
they're elegant bachelors
they're foxy to me are they foxy to you?
i will agree theY DESERVE absolutely nothing
nothing more than me

dreamin' dream dream dream....

Thursday, June 05, 2003

if i didn't bookmark it before, i was sleeping.

WEEN---AUDIO Where'd The Cheese Go?
Earlier in 2002 we were hired by the largest advertising firm in the country to write music for a Pizza Hut commercial. Pizza Hut had hired them to come up with a whole new image to promote their new Pizza, "The Insider" which had all the cheese inside the crust. In keeping in line with their new cutting edge image, the agency hired Ween to do the music, and we delivered in a big way. Unfortunately, they didn't like a single piece of the 6 tunes we submitted and they had us rewriting the song every day for a couple of weeks before they hired someone else. In my opinion, it is one of the best tunes we wrote all last year. Click on the links below to hear our 2 masterpieces.


when you woke up this morning, you knew that something was missing in your life. It wasn't the new car, the new job, the boyfriend or the girlfriend.

But now you know: it's the baby jesus buttplug.

Jesus is with you always.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

for shizzy, qusay and uday and udan and all of his other sons were in our camp last year.

Actually, I have a better idea ctually, i have a better idea. let's hold bman in baghdad this year. we'll sit larry down with hussein and get a little discussion going on what a wonderful thing it is to create social bonds through gift economies and participant based creative work. we could go through some old photo albums with all the naked girls, and then show him our new icon- that combined star of david and islamic moon logo the borg came up with this year for the religion theme. that should get him excited. oh boy o boy. larry could groove with him for hours about mesopotamia being the origin of everything and all that, and all our human hertiage being descended from the greatness of his ancestors. tell him about all the shrines we make everyear to obscure sumerian and babylonian gods. bathe in the glorious history of trade routes and writing systems and agriculture and even the wheel, cause you know, it was the old school ancestor husseins that came up with all that shit. i'm sure hussein would be thrilled to know we are wildly appropriating all the ancient symbols and stuff of his great civilization to promote good fucking and aggressive drug use out in *our* desert.

stop sprinkling when you're tinkling.

salon :: :: col :: roac :: Ladies who spray, By Mary Roach :: Page 1 There is no rational reason -- other than avoiding someone else's mess -- not to sit down on a toilet seat. You cannot catch venereal disease by pressing the back of your thigh and butt cheeks to a piece of plastic where someone else's thigh and butt cheek have been pressed. Catching VD requires direct contact. In order to catch VD from a toilet seat you would have to rub your crotch on the toilet seat in precisely the same place that someone else has previously rubbed her contaminated crotch.

"It's a lovely thought," says Alan Copperman, director of reproductive endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, "but it doesn't happen."

To be absolutely certain, I called the American Social Health Association -- "social health" being a euphemism for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) -- to see what they had to say on the topic. I had been referred to them by an editor at Self magazine, which recently ran a piece advocating crouching above the toilet seat to avoid contracting trichomoniasis, a common bacterial vaginal infection. (Thank you, Self magazine!) But neither ASHA nor the CDC's STD hotline said they knew of any study documenting the transmission of trich in this manner. They said it might be possible to catch trich from sharing the wet towel or bathing suit of someone who's infected, but not from sitting on a toilet seat.

new Disorient comments people will no longer have 15 minutes of fame, but be famous to 15 people.

Whilst contemplating my birthparents and Filipino jungle living.

TIME Magazine: What Makes You Special Fear of snakes, for instance, is the most common human phobia, and it makes good evolutionary sense for it to be instinctive. Learning to fear snakes the hard way would be dangerous.

Shout out to all my homies in the CB.

The Magic Land Where Race Doesn't Matter - In TV commercials, everyone can get along. By Rob Walker What happens next is that the woman pulls away and takes a left turn. And ? the hip-hop goes with her. It was coming from her car, not the guys'. As for them, they're still sitting on the corner and, we realize, waiting for the weather report on the car radio. "Whatever your groove," an announcer says reassuringly, "we'll be there."

So, as usual, all is well in ad-land, where appearances often deceive and where deep down we are all the same. This is not a path-breaking conclusion; it's standard procedure. The switcheroo?in which Dad turns out to be more with-it than we thought, or the kids are only sneaking out at night because they're planning a surprise party for Mom?is also familiar.

But the route that Chevy took us on to get back to Everything Is Fine territory is surprising to say the least. In setting up the viewer, Chevy has done everything but put in street signs indicating that we're at the corner of Florence and Normandie. We're pretty clearly invited to think of the guys in the car as music-blaring outsiders who represent a vague threat to a (presumably) virtuous white woman. For the punchline to work, in other words, we're asked to spend a few seconds thinking the worst. It's pretty startling.

Monday, June 02, 2003

Guide for Second Timers Don't Dress Like a Dork

It just isn't cool to wander around Burning Man dressed like a dork (unless, of course, you are mocking them). Take a look at Rusty Zipper Vintage Clothing for some used duds. They are listed by decade, so you can dress in zoot suits, Mrs. Cleaver's clothes, or whatever retro look you want. And check out the Zoot Suit Store for more retro clothes. And what's Burning Man without a ton of makeup and weird hair color? Fira Cosmetics has body painting pens, hair raisers, hair coloring, and more. In 1999, Ben Nye Makeup had an August sale on all their orders. The Web site has tips on special effects, fantasy make up and face painting. And guys, this is for you, too, not just women. Take a look at Body Painting Techniques and Materials for information on how to apply make up to your whole body (or someone else's). And guys, get your girl a mood bra. See the bizarre page for details. The bizarre page also has links on how to make tennis ball cannons, spud guns, and lots of other toys that you can have fun with on the playa. Just leave no trace, okay?