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The side-benefit of dating Jewish girls in this silly city: my Words With Friends gameplay has become much better!

mar 4
2005

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POLITICS

Another design contest from MoveOn.org: BushIn30Years.com.

DRINK

Adjectives Rarely Used By Wine Tasters.

MUSIC

Sasha Frere-Jones on ringtones in The New Yorker. Contains surprisingly detailed info about the development of polyphonic ringtone and true tone, and some good-to-quote-at-parties information about such topics as the most popular genre (hip-hop -- 56%). My personal ringtone right now is the theme to Cops -- "Bad boys, bad boys, what'chya gonna do?" It's instantly recognizable. My last ringtone was the theme to Six Feet Under, which was also surprisingly recognized by anyone in their 30s.

A strange mashup of The Beatles' Revolver, which includes tracks with Beck, Madonna, Portishead, Coldplay, Genesis, Hendrix, Deeelite, The Who, The Cure, The Monkees, and Goldfrapp. This is what the kids call "good."

Beck is debuting five new songs on The O.C.

Dizzee Rascal arrested (cops found pepper spray and weed).

Rafat at PaidContent.org has started a blog with Billboard on the economics of digital music.

FILM

You've been hearing me complain about movie trailers getting their own releases, and now we have an example of a trailer to a trailer. Madness.

Just noticed the Illegal-Art.org is selling a DVD-R that contains a bunch of good stuff, including that banned Todd Haynes / Karen Carpenter video.

The SXSW Film site has trailers to most of the films. Here are some that jumped out at me: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic | Childstar | Palindromes.

DESIGN

Amazingly cool visual representation (using Flash) of Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

Google Image Search Montage Maker. Fun.

TV

Lawrence Lessig on CSPAN's Digital Future Series (that link has an archive).

The "I Hate Arrested Development" Contest.

I wonder how many other people (besides me) googled "4 8 15 16 23 42" after this week's episode of Lost. Yep, nothing.

VH1's Best Week Ever has completely revved up their website. Includes lots of video and a new blog.

BLOGGERS

Video to last night's Daily Show segment on bloggers-as-journalists that featured Jay Rosen.

As a run-up to her keynote at SXSW, Wonkette interviewed in the Austin Chronicle.

Kottke interviewed in Newsweek.

MEDIA

Alright, who photoshopped all the real media celebs into the FishbowlNY Launch Party pics? Ariel Kaminer, Ira Silverberg, John Homans, David Carr, Maer Roshan, and whoever-the-fuck else? When the hell did launching a website make you famous enough to dine at Michael's?

Ten unmissable examples of New Games Journalism.

ONLINE

The guy behind GroupHug.us has written a book. Boston Globe interview.

Almost a year-and-a-half ago, I did a post about what Friendster can do to keep its users, and perhaps develop a subscription model. Sixteen months later, some of those features are finally starting to show up. Yesterday, they added a subscription-based blogging tool powered by Typepad. (It kinda sucks.)

MARKETING

Dunkin Donuts is trying to go middlebrow.

LOCAL

Best news since they tore down the plexiglass: First Ave redesigned their website.

Cool! Amusement rides as transportation!

New Patriot is delving into video blogging by interviewing a candidate for Minneapolis Library Board.

Club 331 quietly opened in Northeast this week.




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