jan 1

happy new year

 If you were planning to skip all the Top 10 lists this year, I ask you to try just this one: Smoking Gun's Favorite Mug Shots of 2002. My favorite will be the cover of my first novel.

 The Nation asks Boots Riley of The Coup, Tom Morello of Rage, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney to talk about the tradition of protest music.

 Schlotzsky's joins the wi-fi masses by adding free wireless.

 I've been trying to convince people to stop capitalizing internet for a while. Pleased to see M.I.T. is on my side.

 AdAge: The 20 Most Effective Ads Of 2002. (Toys R Us lands 3 of top 5.)

 Flyguy -- is it a story? is it a game? -- is da bomb.

 This year's Time Best And Worst includes a category for design, which I think is new, although comics is not.

 The Diary of Samuel Pepys. If you need a refresher, the one at The New Yorker will help. See also: The Pepys Project.

 A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia, such as "The longest word with the five vowels in alphabetical order is PHRAGELLIORHYNCHUS".

 Not sure what to make of NewsKnife yet.

 Metropolis has finally posted their Fiction Issue. The idea is that writers create narratives around pieces of architecture. Includes stories by Kurt Andersen, Bruce Sterling, and Rick Moody.

 The big Voice Film Critics Poll this year has this top 10:

  1. Far From Heaven
  2. Y Tu Mamá También
  3. Adaptation
  4. Time Out
  5. Russian Ark
  6. Punch-Drunk Love
  7. What Time Is It There?
  8. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
  9. Talk to Her
  10. About Schmidt

 I just took a look at last year's blog resolutions and it appears as though I did absolutely none of them in 2002. Except, perhaps, for "less talk, more rock."

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