August 21, 2006
Stephen Colbert enlists the aid of wikipedia in making his own reality.
I wonder if he knows that the process for defining reality that he defines is a true process?
For more interesting analysis please see Jessamyn's post.
July 21, 2006
It seems Pilgrim is not alone in having new feathered friends and neighbors. The Volpe Transportation Center in Kendall Square has a new mascot.
Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to introduce Mr. Gobbles:
December 20, 2005
I Am A Big Fat Nerd
Check out my Librarian Trading Card. That's right, I've got special metadata related powers.
Thank you to flickr for letting me let the whole world know (as if there was any doubt) how much of a geek I really am.
December 19, 2005
It's the Chronic - WHAT - cles of Narnia
Just a bit of metablogging here, and as usual I'm late in the game.
Seems I'm gonna have to start watching SNL again.
The "Internet Famous" comedy troupe The Lonely Island was hired as writers and actors this season and apparently they've sparked a return to glory.
You have to check this short video they did for last week's episode.
Lazy Sunday (via YouTube)
Read more about it:
And, just because it's one of my favorite interweb videos:
December 14, 2005
How many Smoots is that?
Today's making with the funny stuff comes straight from the 'we couldn't even make this stuff up if we tried' file.
All the Cantabridgians who have wondered what are those strange markings on the Mass Ave Bridge raise your hand.
Okay, put your hands down, I can't really see you.
Now, go check out this wikipedia entry for Smoot!
Apparently, the kid who let himself be rolled end over end over the Mass Ave Bridge grew up to become Chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Now THAT is taking a joke way too far!
December 12, 2005
You Do Not Want To Test My 'Powers of Philosophy'
Many thanks to Richard Zach at LogBlog for giving me a reason to get back in the game here at Metametaland.
So you think that philosophers are some type of girly men, and that you can just kick sand in their faces with impunity?
Thank again, little-minded man.
For now, the true Ubermen will reveal themselves. I give you:
My favorites are:
Powers: remarkably original, ahead of his time
Notes: The reader may wonder, "Why is Kant blue with red tiger stripes?" Well, why twelve categories? I don't know. It was decided that a toy representing as important a philosopher as Kant ought to be unique in some way, that there ought to be some kind of toyly manifestation of his philosophical greatness. Blue with red tiger stripes was deemed sufficiently bad ass.
Notes: As these Leibniz figures are painstakingly manufactured to be exactly alike (even in regard to spatio-temporal location), collectors will be disappointed to discover that there is only one in existence, in accord with Leibniz' Law. Also try Leibniz' delicious cookies!
September 21, 2005
Librarians to the Rescue
Some quick metablogging:
I'm going to be using this personal log to mull over some big picture issues in my profession. This will likely bore everyone to tears, so here's some funny/cool library stuff to mitigate the nerdiness. I'd prefer to discuss professional stuff in a separate log, but we haven't worked out the policy issues of hosting such thoughts from a work domain. On top of that I am too lazy to set up another weblog at my personal domain. So, I'm taking advantage of the fact that it's no mystery to readers of this weblog what I do for a living by testing the limits of everyone's patience for pure workspeak. Who knows, maybe people will come to read this just for the insights into the future of the library profession.
On to the good stuff:
Proof from Metafilter why librarians make the internet go round.
This is what I'm talking about, how many of you out there actually edit song information in Itunes? Okay, of that number how many of you knew that there was a real information organization problem in not being able to apply more than one genre tag to your songs? Now that you know, how many of you are going to start coordinating tag groupings with smart playlist to create dynamic, flexible playlists targeted to everday activities like commuting, working out, chillin', etc.? Wouldn't it be cooler if you did?
This is what I'm talking about.
That's it folks, you heard it here third or fourth or maybe even fifth.
April 26, 2005
The Time Traveler Convention
Spread the word, not through space, but time.
The event of the forever is Saturday, May 7th, at MIT!
For more info: The Official Time Traveler Convention FAQ
April 20, 2005
This video is nerdlicious.
And the mefi post responsible for bringing this to our attention (lot's more goodies inside).
Update: Even more NERDCORE (it's real hip hop, it's just smart)
Especially look for "Vicious battle raps".
And for heaven's sake, check out MC Frontalot. Nobody fronts more than MC frontalot.
March 30, 2005
Can motion induced blindness be used to target for the logical possibility of zombies?
This is really what philososphers do. Any wonder why I got my undergraduate degree in the first science. That's right, I'm extremely concerned with the metaphysical existence of cryptozoological entities.
Blogosophy has also started a "Top Five Philosophers" Meme. Here are my lists.
Top Five Philosophers I'd bring with me on a desert island (chosen for my interest and their readability)
Philip K. Dick
Robert Anton Wilson
Top Five Philosophers of which I wish had read more:
February 03, 2005
Ma Ya Hi
It's O-Zone! (My google fu failed me in trying to find the band's website. Actually, I only made a half-hearted effort.)
I really wanted to post this, like, three weeks ago, but was too busy (read lazy). Now that Chhavi's beat me to it, I've got to bring it on and like, make sure she get's served.
Nothing could possibly beat the Kung Fu Crew's performane in downtown Brooklyn on New Year's Eve. But, as I (thankfully) don't have the video of that seminal event I can't share it. So instead, perhaps an afternoon's amusement to entice the current holders of said video to make it available to an appreciative audience?
And of course there must be imitators:
We could NOT have taken TRAVIS!!! Not without a lot more work and extra effort! I want to see all of you at all the extra pracitces after classes!!! I mean, we've gotta put in the time if we want to take STATE!!!
And yes, I did go straight to the Itunes music store and buy the single of Ma Ya Hi, so we can all get right to work in Romainian, Italian and English! (There's even a dub version) We're gonna rock a routine to this that's so tight it won't let go of ya!!!
January 19, 2005
Why couldn't they just build a massive catapult?
First there was this:
Then there was this:
And now we have more at this thread:
January 11, 2005
We're reading on a dream!
November 16, 2004
K-Blogs, Wirelessness and the Cult of Personality
Today's ASIST Annual Meeting entry should have appeared much earlier today. I attended the presentation "Blogs for Information Dissemination and Knowledge Management" happily prepared to do what Metametadata do in real time while experts discuss what it is metametadata do. I mean the metameta opportunities were OFF THE CHARTS!
But no reliable wireless connectivity in that particular conference room. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! Everywhere else in the hotel but conference room Providence II?!!! The presenters couldn't even access the internet to show in real time their own blogging efforts. Without internet access, why even talk about internet technologies? It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now how fundamentally important the basic infrastructure of the internet is and how it should be a common trust supported and enjoyed by all. It shouldn't even be a question, it should just ... be ... there.
So now I have to talk about blogging for oneself vs. for others and for knowledge capture vs. infotainment without the benefit of a punditry soundtrack. I mean at least I'm attending "Diffusion of Knowledge in the Field of Digital Library Development: How is the Field Shaped by Visionaries, Engineers and Pragmatists?" In other words how to develop your own cult of personality, a topic of interest to all bloggers (including myself) who hope to reach a wider audience.
I want to be one of the few lucky ones who get read by everybody. I feel qualified to be an arbiter of "cool." And I'd love people to pay me to pontificate on the future of the information society. Basically, as all readers of this blog are again painfully aware, I'm totally ready for Guruhood. Now I just need to find some people to hang on my every word. I think I've already started to cultivate the appropriately eccentric personality traits. I've stockpiled my somethings to say and now I just need some people to listen to me.
Any takers? (If so, feel free to link to this website!)
WOW, did I use enough emphasis in this article, or what. Don't you just want to sign up for my new lecture series?
October 27, 2004
Grip it and Clix it
From the pages of ESPN Page 2, the Worldwide Leader in all things Geeksport.
Such a funny, touching, frightening admission from some of the folks who target my demographic.
I solemly swear that I do not plan to go out and buy any Clix in the near future.
My heart swells.
September 13, 2004
Intern of the Week
So, The Sports Guy, my all time favorite sports announcer and personal hero, has somehow conned the ESPN guys into giving him his own page and intern on ESPN.com. I've earlier recorded his ascent to the pinnacle of the working world, so I hope you all know who I'm talking about. If not, go here and here. This is a guy who sits on his ass and watches tv for a living. He's a hero for us all.
And he's sharing the wealth. He's given his intern a freakin' column on his page. And the intern is totally copping the Sports Guy's "literary" style. If they weren't both local boys I'd have to pull some sort of crazed and jealous fan routine just for the sheer injustice of these two getting to put out the drivel I'd love to be paid to produce.
In any case, I thought I'd share some of the intern's favorite links this week.
1. I'm lifiting the whole entry from the intern's page for this one. I post it, because I know the Fu Crew will not let itself get punked like this. All the bus routes in San Francisco in one weekend. Please, the Crew's got your muni right here.
"SF Gate (9/7) -- A group of Bay Area kids decided to spend their Labor Day weekend riding San Francisco's buses ... all of them. If I didn't know of some Wake Forest kids that spent Spring Break picking up a bucket of sand at Myrtle Beach, driving it to the West Coast and dumping it out, this would be the stupidest, funniest quest I've ever heard of."
And the link to the article, http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/07/MNGGC8KQNQ1.DTL
2. A little something I found while perusing one of the "links". I'm sure the censors removed this from the intern's list, so in the interest of the public something or other. http://badgas.co.uk/lynndie/.
WARNING! Not Safe for Work (NFSW) No Offense Meant (NOM?)
Check out the rest of the links, especially the spinkstech.com link and the Boston Globe articles about the curse of the Bambino.
September 12, 2004
Oh Lord, the Helmet's on Fire
Two funnies today.
1. Seniors Rule
June 10, 2004
It hurts me to be this Pimptacular
Y'all gotta get your pimp on.
Your Most Excellent Keeper in Pimpitude:
Macktastic Robb Slick A.K.A. Sticky Fingers Dog Beautiful A.K.A. The Keeper A.K.A. Rob E. Dogg A.K.A. Mr. Wolfe
(Don't y'all just see Mssr. Violette as a "Pookie"?)
And don't forget to drop your Mack Handle on her pimpness, the freakalicious Chhavizzle Sizzle Sachdizzle.
May 28, 2004
Jay Maynard's Tron Costume
This guy is a first ballot inductee into the "way too much time on his hands" hall of fame.
Overheard on metafiler, "Is there anything worse than male camel-toe?"
It's okay that I'm jealous, right?
May 25, 2004
Why I'm thankful I'm a Boston sports fan
The Sports Guy's back!
He left the Jimmy Kimmel show to return to giving us three columns a week on ESPN page 2, including this gem:
I insist you read all of his archived columns, I will not argue about this.
Here are five fantastic things that have happened during my tenure as a Boston Sports Fan.
Someone really needs to put this guy in charge of an espn channel.
If you don't believe me, check my favorite article of all time.
May 03, 2004
Why You Should Fall to Your Knees and Worship a Librarian
While constructing the roll I came across this site, so I added it and thought I give it its own post. Enjoy.
Addendum: I've used Wikipedia to provide encyclopedia references for unfamiliar terms in this entry and am going to try to continue this practice in future entries. Wikipedia is cool (you can find out about it at its entry about itself). Especially check out its self-healing systems.
April 23, 2004
Just in case you aren't as afraid of The Info-ninja as Michael Moore, an advance release of what we've currently got in development. You know, they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts.
A Guide to MRML
The Mind Reading Markup Language (MRML /mur'mul/) is a proprietary
extension of the HyperText Markup Language. This document, all MRML
tags, and any ideas you come up with while reading this information are
the exclusive property of the authors. This is an open specification
will be expanded as mind control technology is refined.
MRML tags can be embedded into any regular HTML document. They are
completely invisible to all browsers. No one will ever know you are
NOTE: MRML is not case sensitive. <fraud> is equivalent to <Fraud> or
Basic Markup Tags
The following MRML tags are used to read the client's mind for certain
kinds of thoughts and emotions about the contained text.
Brainscan performs a light scan of the client's thoughts which may
include perceptions of their current environment. The Brainscan tag is
invaluable tool for establishing a user's identity as it is much more
reliable than checking REMOTE_HOST or USER_ID variables.
Thoughtsuck performs of deeper scan of the client's thoughts which may
included details of significant events within the past 24 hours.
Probes the client's mind for their fears about the contained subject.
Probes the client's mind for their deeper, more repressed fears about
Probes the client's mind for their deepest, most repressed fears about
contained subject. WARNING: This tag cannot be exported outside the US
Probes the client's mind for sexual thoughts about the contained
subject. Use of the Sexthoughts tag will likely be deprecated with the
release of the Freud and Jung specifications.
Freud and Jung Tags
Specifications for Freudian id, ego, and superego tags and Jungian
symbolic tags are not currently available.
The HYPNOTIZE Tag
Current technology enables very primitive mind control using MRML tags.
The so-called Brainwashing tags are delimited by the special
<!--HYPNOTIZE><HYPNOTIZE--> pair. Suggestions within the Hypnotize area
are completely invisible to all clients, but it is extremely important
that the tags are placed correctly. You are liable for any mental
inflicted by improperly placed tags.
HYPNOTIZE Area Tags
Within the <!--HYPNOTIZE></HYPNOTIZE--> area the following tags may be
Used for mild, easily acceptable suggestions. For stronger suggestions
PROGRAM and BELIEVE. Some examples:
It is warm for this time of year.
You need to upgrade your computer.
Republican policies aren't all that bad.
Information that you want the client to pass on to friends and
Some popular memes:
Cool ascii graphics
Things you want the client to forget. It may be desirable to have the
client forget the URL of your MRML documents.
Programs the client with a strong post-hypnotic suggestion. There are a
few optional arguments. <PROGRAM TIMES=3 INTERVAL="1 hour" DELAY="2
will trigger the suggestions three times at a one hour interval two
hence. <PROGRAM INTERVAL="after every meal" FOREVER> could trigger the
suggestion brush your teeth for an indefinite time.
Within the <PROGRAM></PROGRAM> area the following tags may be used:
Explicit thoughts to be planted in the client's mind. Beware of
contradictory programming! Try to remove previous conceptions before
To reprogram someone that thinks that Pepsi is better than Coke:
1.<BELIEVE>You have no opinions about the relationship between
Coke and Pepsi.</BELIEVE>
2.<BELIEVE>Coke is better than Pepsi.</BELIEVE>
3.<BELIEVE>You are thirsty.</BELIEVE>
Encourages the client to buy products on the World Wide Web. The
optional ITEM=item argument may be used.
<PASSWORD=keyword or phrase>
A convenient way to access the client's mind for future programming
sessions. Should only be used with a secure client-server connection.
Clarification: The BLINK Tag
The <BLINK> tag used in many popular browsers is not a MRML specified
Running Your Own MRML Server
The software needed to run a MRML-oriented server is freely available to
all persons and institutions. To obtain a copy of the server software a
representative for you or your company must attend a special 3-day
training session where they will be given the MRML software package.
training sessions are currently being held twice a month at an
location; requests for private training sessions will be considered.
April 20, 2004
What do you think about this?
Courtesy the Underlib
It started out innocently enough.
I began to think at parties now and then to loosen up. Inevitably
though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a
I began to think alone -- "to relax," I told myself -- but I knew it
wasn't true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and
finally I was thinking all the time.
I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment
don't mix, but I couldn't stop myself. I began to avoid friends at
lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and Kafka.
I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is
it exactly we are doing here?"
Things weren't going so great at home either. One evening I had
turned off the TV and asked my husband about the meaning of life. He
spent that night at his mother's.
I soon had a reputation as a heavy thinker. One day the boss called
me in. He said, "Skippy, I like you, and it hurts me to say this,
but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don't stop
thinking on the job, you'll have to find another job."
This gave me a lot to think about.
I came home early after my conversation with the boss. "Honey," I
confessed, "I've been thinking..."
"I know you've been thinking," He said, "and I want a divorce!"
"But Honey, surely it's not that serious."
"It is serious," He said, lower lip aquiver. "You think as much as
college professors, and college professors don't make any money, so
if you keep on thinking we won't have any money!"
"That's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently, and he began to cry.
I'd had enough. "I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped
out the door.
I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche, with NPR
on the radio. I roared into the parking lot and ran up to the big
glass doors . they didn't open. The library was closed. To this day,
I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night.
As I sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering
for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye. "Friend, is heavy thinking
ruining your life?" it asked.
You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard
Thinker's Anonymous poster. Which is why I am what I am today: a
I never miss a TA meeting.
At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was
"Porky's." Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking
since the last meeting. I still have my job, and things are a lot
better at home.
Life just seemed ... easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.
Soon, I will be able to vote Republican.
April 18, 2004
This week's episode has been filmed entirely on location in NYC.
Coming to ya straight out of the Upper West side. Welcome to the humble abode of the rare, reclusive Dressler.
In the spirit of ALD's enourmous nerdom I bring you some funny meta-geek. Video game characters playing Dungeons and Dragons.
With thanks to Chhavi for finding this clip.
It is just too funny not to record here and send again.
April 15, 2004
The Thinkin' Man's Rap (Nerd Hop)
Okay, Check it, two rap websites. One Old Skool, the other decidedly New.
First, The Foundation
The history of Rap's Old School as told by interviews one Jayquan conducted with the artists themselves.
Especially check the Kool Moe Dee interview.
I've currently got Kool Moe Dee, KRS-One and the Getto Boys on heavy rotation. Gotta go get me some of that Mellie Mel.
And, now for something competely different.
Warning: Smart people wrapping, with like words and stuff, like written down and everything.
The mp3's okay, the lyrics are better than they sound.
Gotta check the comments.
You just gotta.
April 12, 2004
I have no idea what this really is, or means, but it kind of creeps me out. I hope it creeps you out too.
The BoingBoing posts:
And just for YellowRiver
April 09, 2004
Vegas baby, Vegas
Courtesy "The Boston Sports Guy," my favorite sportswriter of all time.
He's a Boston product, went to Holy Cross, worked for the Globe, started a website, got picked up by ESPN Page2, became a household name among the ESPN set (that's me), and then jumped over to become a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. He still occassionally submits these unbelievably amazing stories for Page2 (one day they'll put him in charge of ESPN6 and Sports and Entertainment Television will never be the same, it will actually be entertaining, and sportsy).
Anyway, I've been harassing The Kenj with these stories for the better part of a year now. So, enjoy your first installment.
I know you'll want to do more reading, so here's the Archive.
And just because the nerd in me can't resist, a Sports Guy Index. I assure you I did not create the index, though that's likely only due to a lack of free time.
March 29, 2004
Damn it feels good to be an uber-nerd (1)
This is just what librarians do, for fun I guess. I mean, not me. I do way stupider stuff.
February 23, 2004
Making with the funny stuff
A couple of quick amusements that wandered across my desk via the email.
First, courtesy of Dragonfly, thank you very much.
Check these out:
Second, via The Underground Libraries.
Very cute, non-allergenic, and very low maintenance...
And now a message from your keeper.
I'm still working on the personal part of this website, metametadata. I'd like to add some of you folks who comment and post weblogs to the contributor page. Please go there and look at the metadata on the right. You need to write your own funny description, such as "This date misrepresents the last time <Your Name Here> pleasured him/herself." Of course your descriptions will actually be funny, right?
February 19, 2004
Effective Information Food
So conversation with The Kenj has identified a need for The Keeper to shorten his posts.
Apparently, The Keeper has unreal expectations for his readers concerning their information gathering behavior in an electronic environment.
In other words, y'all skim.
So, The Keeper'll be brief, or here's a quickie for ya.
From the digest of the ASIST SIGIA listserv, on websites (not this one!) that are the most effective from an Information Architecture perspective:
Apparently, the IA folks love the "usability" and "intuitiveness" of the "interaction."
And of course, as soon as someone recommended a British site for food and cooking recommendations, hilarity ensued.
Anyway, that's all The Keeper has to say about that. I bet The Kenj will even read this post and follow all the links.
February 18, 2004
More freaky shit
A couple of lists. Thanks to Chhavi and The Kenj.
- From Chhavi
start the day with wonder ...
--------From:--WLS-- Feb 10, 2004
Some presidential history!
Look what happens when a President gets elected in a year with a "0" at the end.
Also notice it goes in increments of 20 years:
1840:-- William Henry Harrison--- (died in office)
1860:-- Abraham Lincoln------------ (assassinated)
1880:-- James A. Garfield------------ (assassinated)
1900:-- William McKinley----------- (assassinated)
1920:-- Warren G. Harding--------- (died in office)
1940:-- Franklin D. Roosevelt------ (dies in office)
1960:-- John F. Kennedy------------ (assassinated)
1980:-- Ronald Reagan-------------- (survived assassination attempt)
2000:--George W. Bush------------ ????????????
And to think that we had two guys fighting it out in the courts to be the one elected in 2000.
You might also be interested in this. Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can:
-- Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
-- John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
-- Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
-- John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
-- Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
-- Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
-- Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Now it gets really weird:
-- Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
-- Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.
-- Both were assassinated by Southerners.
-- Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
-- Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
-- Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
-- John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
-- Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
-- Both assassins were known by their three names.
-- Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Now hang on to your seat:
Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'
Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
And here's the kicker...
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.
-- Creepy, huh?
- From Kenj
The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners.
1 - Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2 - Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
3 - Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4 - Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
5 - Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
6 - Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
7 - Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
8 - Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
9 - Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
10- Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
11- Glibido: All talk and no action.
12- Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13- Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
14- Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15- Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.
16- And the pick of the literature: Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an a***ole.
Random fun/cool shit
Alright, alright, alright, hey ladies, what's happenin'
Here comes the good stuff.
If you're not already, you should be checkin' out the Gothamist blog on a regular basis. Three recent posts.
- Dave Chappelle is way cool (from gothamist) Dave Chapelle is probably my favorite comedian. Unfortunately, living in the dorms means no cable! So I can't watch his show on comedy central. I'm just gonna have to get the dvd, <hint>maybe even for my upcoming birthday.</hint>
- Let's all hope the Chinatown buses don't go away (from Gothamist) Apparently they're no longer flying under the radar (and I mean that literally, less than 3.5 hours to New York!).
- DJ Danger Mouse: The Gray Album (from Gothamist) Especially check out the wired article. I'm checking this out today, I expect big, big things. This is the kind of cool shit that we should be able to look forward to from the current artistic scene and its wonderful new tools (heheh, tools). <rant>Instead we have major record labels subverting the copyright protection to try and control artistic output. A copyright owner should be paid whenever someone samples their work, but they should NOT be able to stop that sample. They shouldn't be able to say no. That's not what copyright is for. Copyright is supposed to encourage artists, both the originator and the sampler, to do their things because they know they will be able to make a living off of it. The only way you should be able to control the use of your music is by not making it public, never performing it. Do you see now what copyright is intended to do? To make it safe to make your music public? To make it so you don't have to jealously keep it under lock and key? Dumbasses want to be able to predict every big seller so that they can make sure they're gettin' their millions right from the start. This is why we get huge labels putting out schlock, cryin' over the cost to hype the damn thing, stiffin' the artists and tryin' to shove the digital music genie back in the bottle. Their own hype machine they can control. They know how to get 12-18 year olds to go buy a cd. They just haven't figured out how to take advantage of the file-swapping/remix-makin'/word-on-the-street hype machine yet. There's no reason they can't. I am unable to fathom their resistance to the new distribution/creation medium. It's not any different, its still all about what's cool and what's good. It's the same kids, just new toys. Get with the freakin' program here.</rant>
More freaky shit to come.