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Archive for January 2008

Sentence #28

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“Hello, 911? Yes, I have a Shania Twain song stuck in my head.”

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January 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

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Oh, Pretty Beetle…

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January 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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Greatest song of all time of the week: Amy Rigby, "Balls"

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It’s an all-out rock’n’roll barnburner that captures the frustration and excitement of desire with anger and a great punch line.

It’s nasty, it’s welcoming, it’s as confusing and wonderful and awful as your life.

Did I mention the slide guitar?

Did I mention how Amy tosses off the aside “this one’s gonna hurt”?

Did I mention it’s on two great albums: The Sugar Tree (along with “Rode Hard,” another greatest song of all time of the week candidate and perhaps the most convincing argument for bad behavior on disc this side of “Dead Flowers”) and 18 Again (a terrific greatest hits record, but all her records are greatest hits records)?

See her website, buy everything she’s recorded (February is sale month!), and don’t forget that she is one of the performers on the greatest tribute album of all time of the week.

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January 30, 2008 at 9:45 am

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Rudy can fail

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This isn’t a political blog, but since America’s Mayor is going down in flames tonight in Florida, I’d like to reference this post from a year ago.

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January 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm

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Jill Sobule rules

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January 29, 2008 at 8:47 pm

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"I’m going to be late for Davos because of this?"

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U23D

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January 29, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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Edward Tufte on the iPhone

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I’ve been an enormous fan of the work of Edward Tufte for decades. His notions about density of content are extremely relevant in this age of information overload, and he has just released a video in which he evaluates what works and what doesn’t on the device of the moment, the Apple iPhone. Before I give you the link, I should emphasize that the Quicktime file is enormous and may take many minutes to download, but its insights and presentation make it worth the wait. It’s here.

Tufte iPhone

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January 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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