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The Grey Album is less great in retrospect

jul 8
2003

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FILM

 Trailer to the new Larry Clark film. (Heavy traffic; might time out.)

 On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights trailer. Is there a word signifying worse than vile?

 And somewhere in between, Mona Lisa Smile trailer, with three women who dominate about 90% of my personal fantasies: Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal (plus some chump named Julia Roberts as their teacher).

MEDIA

 Even if you're not a fan, the Tour de France map/app from NYTimes/AFP is cool.

 Finally, some good news. The Guardian is coming to America. Oh, and Michael Savage was fired.

WORDS

 Someone asked me the other day about my favorite writers, and I stumbled through saying Ron Rosenbaum was my favorite columnist, but only when he does culture instead of politics. His latest dissects the origin of the word dude. In other linguist notes, Geoff Nunberg discusses slippery slope (audio).

MUSIC

 Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and others are spurning Apple's iTunes, some because it contributes to "the demise of the album format." I like how people think they can stop change.

 Jewel "sold out" to a razor ad.

 The Bangles are back.

INTERNET/COMMUNITY

 The comments that Anil generated with his atomic elements of a blog post are really good. A lot of what's said informs my thinking about this blog, which a) has been experimenting categories and b) implicitly posits the "day" as the atomic element rather than the "post."

 Times: Blogging in the workplace.

 Sneak peak at AOL 9.0.

 One of those "candidate selector" applications.

 Cool thing to play with: microsimulation of road traffic.

 If you have some time, WashingtonPost.com has a massive project interviewing photographers who were in Iraq.

 Steven Berlin Johnson has a column in Discover about There.com, which is gonna be an ultra-cool community site.

 This story in the Times about multitaskers makes me feel all icky inside. I don't care how many studies tell me having three monitors, two phones, and one PDA is less productive -- go ahead, believe those LIES while you eat my hyperkinetic mental tread.

LOCAL

 Yikes! Wired News has a story about moblogs, with this line: "In Minneapolis, a mob is planning to gather at an as-yet-undisclosed location on July 22 at 6:25 p.m., according to the group's organizer, who asked to remain anonymous." Discussion group.

 On the newstand rack this weekend, I noticed that Aesthetic Apparatus (more info) has landed features in HOW and ReadyMade. Rumor is they're starting their own magazine too. Good job, fellas.




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