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Rex Sorgatz

I'm not passive aggressive. I'm aggressively passive.

oct 13
2003

big day coming

I'd rather be at ArtFutura right now. But I'm not, so let's check the jive:

ADVERTISING

 Wow, how's this for cross-over marketing? OuchTheWebsite.com is created by Tylenol "to showcase those individuals who face pain in order to create something positive." I stumbled across it via a weird 3D magazine-advert pasted inside of the new Fader (which should tell you they're going for an hipster audience). Is Tylenol the next PBR? Perhaps they could even cross-market?

POLITICS

 Did you see that Wesley Clark's campaign manager quit because "supporters who used the Internet to draft Clark into the race are not being taken seriously by top campaign advisers."

 Doonesbury is doing Flash Mobs again.

WORDS

 You don't get to see him, but Thomas Pynchon will be voicing himself in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

 Book Crossing seems to be the Friendster for the literati.

 Debate between Greg Easterbrook (The New Republic) and Dahlia Lithwick (Slate) on "no means no."

 Ulysses in audio.

MUSIC

 Ladies and gentlemen, hide the kids, cuz the earth just shifted. Here's a video clip of Cat Power doing karoake to Slim Shady.

 Looks like Palm Pictures put up a website to showcase it's big new DVD music video series with Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry: Director's Label.

 I bet Belle and Sebastian are elated to see the headline of their Times review this week.

 Buried in this good story about the historical and future pricing of music is a note that says iTunes will be available for PC this week. See also: New iPod TV Spot with Black Eyed Peas.

 I don't know about you, but I'm kinda excited about the 33 1/3 book series.

 Well, finally. Pitchfork reviews The Darkness. Surprisingly unsurprising surprise: they like it.

TECH/INTERNET

 Times story on Urban Challenge makes it sound more like a cross between a Flash Mob and Death Race 2000 than "one part Amazing Races, one part Where's Waldo." The stories about collective intelligence via mobile technology are acceptably interesting. And there's also a morsel hidden in there: a quote from the drummer of Slaughter (who is also, fittingly enough, part of the Blue Man Group).

 I've been known to talk about the merging of "online" and "real world" landscapes (you have to fill me with a fair amount of Guinness first), and I wish I had gone so far as William J. Mitchell and write a book (review) about it. His claim: the "trial separation" of bits and atoms -- the elementary units of information and matter -- is over. It sounds a little bit like Smart Mobs (which I just finished and recommend) with more emphasis reifying landscape.

 Creepy.

 Dismantling the Yahoo sign.

 iCube.us seems to be an American company that delivers the latest Japanese gadgets, such as this baby Vaio.

FILM

 Random idea for someone else who isn't me to do: a community blog that maps all the meta-filmic references in Kill Bill. There way too much for one person to know.

 New Magnetbox LazyWeb idea: Movie Friendster.

COMICS

 Art School Scum.

COMEDY

 Margaret Cho: blogger.

LOCAL

 I finally dived into the stack of magazines sitting by the computer this weekend, and at the top of the list was the new Rain Taxi. I can't overstate how much I recommend the Jonathan Franzen interview. It's not online, so go get it.

 Did you see the Guthrie will be involved in bringing Shakespeare to soldiers? Barding the Bases.

 Interview with Conrad.

 An oldie: Worst of the Twin Cities.




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