Reluctant Habits

Mel Gibson

Posted by in Gibson, Mel

There is little to be said about Mel Gibson that hasn’t been said already. But I have to ask why Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks, which shouldn’t have shocked or surprised anyone, have even the Hitch contributing a rant. Anybody who has been following Gibson’s paranoid answers to interview questions, the demented one-frame cameo appearance in the Apocalypto trailer, and his insistence that Jews be maligned (without the consolation of subtitles) in The Passion of the Christ should know by now that Mel Gibson is as feral and unstable as Martin Riggs….read more

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The Pampering Machine

Posted by in Responsibility, Speculative Fiction

You know that John W. Campbell series of stories, beginning with “The Machine” and continuing with “The Invaders” and several other stories in The Machine series? In this series, The Machine grants humanity everything it wants. Humanity becomes indolent. Ambition dissipates. And aliens easily conquer the planet Earth. I’ll never forget the way that Campbell describes the sense of horror that kicks in, where humanity, stunned by the fact that it has been coddled for so long and has never known anything in the way of self-sufficiency, lets out a…read more

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New William Gibson Book

Posted by in Gibson, William, Speculative Fiction

According to the Amazon Bookstore Blog, a new William Gibson novel is set to be released in the middle of 2007. Some portions of the new novel have been posted on Gibson’s blog.

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Speedy Snail Turns Seven

Posted by in Blogging

Happy Seven Years, Mr. Ewins!

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Boorish American Behavior Causes Outsourcing to Go Awry

Posted by in Call Centers, Telephone

BusinessWeek: “Like almost everyone, Indian operators dislike dealing with abusive customers frustrated by shoddy service. But more important, India’s leading outsourcing shops say their U.S. corporate clients continually try to ratchet down prices, which inevitably drives down the quality of service they can provide. So lately, Indian outsourcers have begun turning down call center contracts, preferring better-paying deals for processing mortgages, handling insurance claims, overseeing payrolls, and more.”

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Gorilla Warfare

Posted by in Animals

IOL: “The gorilla is threatened with extinction by the mid-21st century if poaching and destruction of its habitat continue at the current rate, the United Nations (UN) has warned. Within a decade, three of the four sub-species of the great ape could be wiped out, it says.” (via Number One Hit Song)

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Someone Should Start Paying Attention to What Manohla Dargis is Downloading

Posted by in New York Times

New York Times Corrections: “A film review on Wednesday about ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ referred incorrectly to contestants in the fictional children’s beauty pageant of the title. The critic intended to compare the contestants to underage prostitutes, not to ‘underage fleshpots.’”

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More Like a Life Preserver Ring

Posted by in Journalism

Editor and Publisher: “‘The online editions of newspapers are providing a bit of a life raft for newspapers,’ Kohut said. ‘But it’s a pretty small life raft.’”

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With That Title, One Can Only Imagine How Green Berets Perform Cunnilingus

Posted by in Military, Sex

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “Though romance writing remains an almost exclusively female vocation, some men have ventured into the field. Former Green Beret Bob Mayer, who has written many non-romance books under his own name and under the pen name Robert Doherty, teamed up with veteran comedic romance writer Jenny Crusie for a military romance called ‘Don’t Look Down,’ released this year.”

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Newspapers Confuse Print for Weblogs

Posted by in Blogging, Journalism

New York Times: “The Washington Post, The New York Sun and The Daily Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City, have contracted with an online news aggregator, Inform.com, to scan hundreds of news and blog sites and deliver content related to articles appearing on their Web sites, regardless of who published those articles. Links to those articles will appear in a box beside the site’s original article or within the text of the story.” I’m wondering if this is a desperate effort to hijack Technorati. Will weblogs be shut out or ignored, even…read more

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This Week in Sweeping Generalizations

Posted by in Beckett, Samuel

Benjamin Kunkel on Samuel Beckett: “Easy on the eyes, Beckett is, however, a hard read. His plays continue to be performed, but as a novelist—and he considered playwriting ‘mainly a recreation from working on the novel’—he is increasingly more honored than read.”

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eBullshit

Posted by in Language, Technology

Cerado: “In an exclusive e-mail exchange with our editors, the reclusive vowel talks about what he’s been doing since the year 2000, his investment strategy, and his thoughts on whether we’ve entered a new technology bubble.” (via Laughing Squid

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It’s Funny Because It’s True

Posted by in Blogging

Your Blog Sucks.

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The Best Desire Andrew Lloyd Webber Has Felt in Years

Posted by in Theatre

BBC: “Speaking to the Radio Times, the Evita composer said he did not have ‘a huge desire’ to write another musical.”

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Roundup

Posted by in Roundup

Pinky remembers Rupert Pole, who recently passed away. Pole was otherwise known as Anais Nin’s lover and (later) executor of her estate. But if it weren’t for Pole’s presence, I’d have to mention the story anyway, simply because any tale involving a barechested 70 year old man, asparagus and NPR is simply too good to pass up. Le Haggis asks Curtis Sittenfeld 20 cues. One response: “I know it’s sort of fun and frothy to imagine literary feuds, but I don’t think every negative review comes from the reviewer’s malice.”…read more

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Updike Misunderstood?

Posted by in Updike, John

The London Times: “And that, I think, explains some aspects of the critical response. They want their terrorists to be explicable in the most banal terms. Kakutani, for example, whines on about ‘factors’ that do or don’t explain Ahmad’s conversion to terrorism. But great novelists know that people do not act according to ‘factors’. Updike’s Ahmad is as clear an illustration as one could have. The public enthusiasm for the book is, I think, a matter that lies far beyond the terms of critical discourse. Since 9/11, the Americans have…read more

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A Michael Moore Publicity Stunt?

Posted by in Uncategorized

So there’s a mysterious publicity stunt that was announced over at Galleycat. Apparently, a book that will have an initial print run of 300,000, categorized as “Biography & Autobiography” and “Childhood Memoir” will be revealed on August 10. The book will be published under the William Morrow imprint and will be “a shattering, provocative and mesmerizing true story.” The ISBN number is 0061138959, but alas, there is no trace in this ISBN directory or this one. There’s nothing in the Library of Congress either. There are a few things to…read more

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San Francisco Marathon

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Cacophony Obtained

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This Chalk Outline’s for You!

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Dutch Angle

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Widescreen Tapestry

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Chalk on the Walk

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Innocent Bystanders

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Fuzz With a Funny Bone?

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Instructing the Troops

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Homegrown Elton?

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Art on the Move

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Cacophony in the Haight

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Last Days of the Leak

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