oct 27

tv world

 Here's the first (and maybe last) bit of media coverage I've read about the NBC-IBS partnership.

 I haven't tested this, but the concept is ingenius: TV Eyes. You select words or phrases that you want to be notified about if spoken on television.

 Yup, anthrax ties.

 A very fine collection of foreign candy cigarettes.

 Remember Zork? I sure do. Metafilter provided me with Zork link that appears to be the original game word-for-word.

 Killing The Buddha is new to me. Based upon the manifesto, it looks like a promising publication. I enjoyed both Metal God and Muhammad Speaks.

 Even the Olsen twins are covering Weezer.

 Ooo-ooo, this is even better: Axl Rose and Jenna Bush on a date together! I don't care if it's probably untrue gossip; I love the idea.

 Wonderfully simple flash games.

 Slate.com has redesigned. Interesting organizational technique. They're using the rollover left navigation to organize the content in a different way (categorially) from how it's displayed down the middle column (chronologically). I'm not convinced that it's effective.

 Noam Chomsky already has a book out on the most recent chapter in U.S. history: 9-11 (Paperback: $8.95, eBook: $4.20). Counterpunch has a long MIT interview with him.

 V.S. Naipaul doesn't do a very good job of warding off the suspicions that he's anti-Muslim in a new New York Times interview. Particularly disturbing is his assessment that "nonfundamentalist Islam" is a contradiction.

 It looks like Salon has updated Don DeLillo for the new age. Two of the many DeLillo aphorisms that today glimmer with prescience: "Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, need them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else." And: "In a society that's filled with glut and repitition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act."

 Textism.com is scoring double points this week with a condemning Just Stop It rant and An Annotated Manifesto for Growth.

 Some people are making a big deal out of text ads. Google pioneered them, and now Metafilter is using them to great effect. Even Jakob Nielsen approves.

 Homesite 5.0 is out. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

 Site news: I have the "email this day to a friend" function working now. It's the little icon below each day's entry.

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