Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer RIP (1918-2009)

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Monday, February 23, 2009

"It Just Doesn't Matter"

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Friday, February 13, 2009

"Eliza Dushku Show" premieres tonight

Joss Whedon's new sci-fi TV series The Eliza Dushku Show (aka Dollhouse) debuts on Fox tonight. It's his first series since Firefly in 2002-2003. Reviews so far are mixed. They say it's missing the customary Whedon humor. Regardless, I will definitely be watching.

Did I mention that it stars Eliza Dushku?

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy birthday, Abe!

The famous "Mr. Lincoln" malfunction at Disney's Hall of Presidents -- priceless.


Monday, February 09, 2009

Pessimism vs. optimism

Wendy McElroy examines the cases for pessimism and optimism during these troubled economic times and decides that liberty can survive either approach.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Happy birthday, my dear Watson

Nigel Bruce, the most beloved movie Watson of all time, was born on this day in 1895. He died in 1953. Somewhere, the game's still afoot!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The day the music died...

Buddy Holly died 50 years ago today (with the Big Bopper and Richie Valens). Rave on, Buddy!


Sunday, February 01, 2009

"It's not news, it's fark"

Drew Curtis is my new hero. He’s the CEO of and author of It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News. What inspired the book and accompanying website? Listen:

“Initially, I noticed that a story about German condom sizes being too large would reappear occasionally. Then I noticed other stories that reappeared on a regular basis, like Seasonal Articles that come out every year (“There Will Be Traffic on the 4th of July,” “People Procrastinate When Filing Their Taxes,” and the inevitable combo article of “Where To Get Your Halloween Candy X-Rayed — By the Way, It’s a Hoax”). Then I noticed other patterns like Media Fearmongering, Out of Context Celebrity Comment, and so on. But the kicker was noticing that when actual news does occur, all these types of stories vanish completely. Until the event ends, and then media returns to its old ways.”

Most “news,” Curtis says, is negative, trivial, manufactured, and unactionable. So he’s on a low-information diet. He saves a lot of time by NOT reading a newspaper and by NOT watching TV news. And he’s a happier guy because of it. His attitude is first-rate.

But Curtis doesn’t stay ignorant of the “important” stuff. He counts on friends to alert him to things that might affect him personally or affect his business. His advice:

“Take two weeks off. Don’t watch any news, don’t read any news, don’t listen to any radio talk shows. Then tune back in. Did you miss anything? Nope. It’s the same old crap, different days. That’s what I’m talking about in my book — the media patterns that are used to fill space. It’s 95% or more of the content of any given news show.”

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