Saturday, August 14, 2010

This Week

Videos: MSNBC

Video: Marketplace Minute 8/13/10

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Recap - Week of 8/10/10
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Recap - Week of 8/10/10
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News

Dysfunction Junction

Video: MSNBC

Don't Cop Out

Video: MSNBC


"Ethereal" - Central Oregon Coast photographed by Marc Adamus
Lisa Gerrard singing is music's equivalent of speaking in tongues.
Audio Embed: Echoes, an ambient music program on public radio with an extensive archive of audio for download via subscription.

Picture This

They're Not Photos

Portraits by London based hyper realist painter Simon Hennessey

Push Pin Pixelation

Eric Daigh's 5-color portraits dazzle Serena Altschul

Riding With Mr. Mileage

Chang Ho Kim's champion CRX / Val Wang
While automakers brag if their vehicles go more than 40 miles on a gallon of gas, mechanic Chang Ho Kim just chuckles. Kim won a fuel economy competition using a low-tech modified 1989 Honda CRX and driving techniques taken from bicycle racing to achieve a stunning 118 miles per gallon.
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 8/10/10, Host: Robin Young.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Getting Personal

If as the late House Speaker Tip O'Neill said "All politics is local," the equivalent statement has to be that "All economics is personal." And it gets very personal if a news organization, or when any politician, cites you by name as a bad example!

The Unemployed Who Aren't Counted

The official unemployment rate does not count a huge number of Americans: People who are out of a job and have given up looking. With millions of people out of work and competing with each other for open jobs, some portion will call it quits – at least for the time being – and cease searching for employment all together.

So why don't they count? And how would the numbers look if they did?
Audio Embed: PRI & WNYC's program The Takeaway 8/11/10,
Hosts: Celeste Headlee & John Hockenberry.

Bob Seger - Feel Like A Number - Stranger In Town (1978)

Videos: MSNBC

Ghosts Of WW II

The brilliant photography of Russian Sergey Larenkov superimposes images from history onto contemporary shots of the same scene.

Berlin 1945/2010: Wrecked "Tiger" tank in Tiergarten park.

Prague 1945/2010: Greeting liberators' tanks at Powder Tower.

Vienna 1945/2010: Senior Lieutenant Vladimirskiy sketching at Parliament.

Billy Joel - Leningrad (1989)

Anchor Babies Away

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center (pdf) estimates that eight percent of all the babies born in the U.S. in 2008 had at least one parent who was in the country illegally. And 4 of 5 children born to families where one or both parents is an "unauthorized immigrant" were born in the United States during long term stays.

For conservatives thinking of ending birthright citizenship by an overhaul or repeal the 14th Amendment, those are the kinds of numbers they can stump on. Add that Latinos have more children than Anglos, and start reproducing at an earlier age... You've got a lot of demographic fuel to throw on the fire of xenophobic fear.

Video: MSNBC

Read the Pew Hispanic Center's report.

Einstein@Home Works!

"Extreme Planets in Pulsar System" from
An international astronomy project, which began at the Milwaukee campus of the University of Wisconsin in 2005, made its first discovery using the combined power of a quarter-million home computers. The project found a rare type of pulsar — a dense star that emits pulses of radiation.
Audio Embed: The World 8/12/10, Reporter: Rhitu Chatterjee. website.

No Computer Required

Time-lapse photo: Adcuz/Flickr
Perseid meteor shower spectators can expect to see up to hundreds of streaks across the heavens tonight during the annual sky show.

Survivor: Nicaragua

Survivor's 21st season set in Nicaragua premiers on September 15th.
Entertainment correspondent Jill Dobson spoke with producer/host Jeff Probst and gave Erica Hill a sneak peak.

Video: CBS Early Show

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABC

Mug Shots

A mug for those who outgrew kid-sized cookies, but not their desire to dunk... The TAÇA Mug by design studio Entresuelo1a. A jutting extension lets you dunk the whole adult-sized cookie into your milk.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Insanity Defense

Despite an enthusiasm gap between Democrats & Republicans, the good news for the D-team is that Tea Party influenced R-primaries keep producing the kind of candidates that make them salivate... Ones easily portrayed in TV ads as whack-job wing-nut extremists.

General elections are about who can take the middle, not a TEA Party.

Videos: MSNBC

Oh Snap

Employee's Best Revenge = Staying

Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 8/11/10.
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Alpha Dog of the Week - Steven Slater
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News
Also see the Daily Beast's Best Movie Meltdowns.

Videos: ABC, CNN & Comedy Central

Mc Rage

No Nuggets For Breakfast

Surveillance Video from CollegeHumor.

Supersize Fries Forever

Ads of the World captured this at the Zurifest celebration in Switzerland.

The New Newsmakers

Bloggers And Cable Pundits... Not So Much Bards

"Blogger's Dilemma" by Cox & Forkum (2004)
New media players, like ideologically motivated bloggers and their counterparts on cable news, have proven to have the power to drive the national news conversation. Their narratives force old-school news executives to play catch-up, research with real reporting and often bear the brunt of bias accusations for not having jumped on the bandwagon of uncritical repetition.
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 8/9/10, Reporter: David Folkenflik

Vegas Undeground

Under the bright neon lights of Las Vegas lies a dark world beneath the surface, as Seth Doane reports. The economic crisis has forced many without a home to seek shelter below the streets of Sin City.

Video: CBS

I'm Half The Man

HalfHeadby Victor Rodriguez
I Used To Be

Stone Temple Pilots - Creep - Core (1993)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mutual Frustration Society

The Administration knew they'd get no love from the wing nuts, but failed to appreciate that moonbats are not monolithic... Except when Robert Gibbs, the man who speaks for the President, criticizes them.

Videos: MSNBC
"I am not a member of any organized political party... I am a Democrat."
-- American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Flying Off The Handle

Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant facing criminal.charges for his meltdown on the tarmac, is being praised as an Internet hero. Michelle Miller reports.

Video: CBS

Attention passengers: Take this job and secure it beneath your seat or in the overhead bins, mofos.
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 8/9/10.

Video: CNN

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABC

Video: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon/NBC

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (1998)

Fully Loaded

Insulated "ammo pack" holster for 12-ounce cans

$30 from Keg Works
Keg Works says they're great for tailgating, camping, attending a BYOB party or sliding down an escape chute with more than 2 cans... But they also warn: Wearing this holster may result in your friends using you as a human pack mule that exclusively carries beer.

Perfect if you haven't installed a bottle opener on your bike.

The Road Popper, $40 from Shapeways

Patent Pending

The Butt Kicking Machine by Joe W. Armstrong (US Patent # 6,293,874)

Getting legal protection for any invention can often be the longest part of the process of bringing it to market.

The Osgood File

Same House, Another Show

Bachelor Pad airs Mondays on ABC... A good-looking train wreck.

Videos: Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABC

Blackberry Blackballed


Commerce has no conscience. Business goes wherever there's business to be done... Oppression doesn't create permanent obstacles, only minor adjustments when there's money to be made.

Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates are not alone in feeling threatened by what technology that's hard to spy on might do within their rigidly controlled societies... The usual suspects include Iran & China.

Blackberries aren't automatically super secure... That's optional at extra cost. And the makers of, or service providers for, other smart phones like Androids or iPhones are subject to the same kinds of scrutiny as matters of political/economic pressure, treaties or local laws... Staying away from Dubai does little to stop prying eyes.
Audio Embed: APM's Future Tense 8/9/10, Host: John Moe.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Easier Said Than Done

Making False Promises, Not Amendments

Video: MSNBC

Pleasure Principle

The Pleasure Principle (Portrait of Edward James) by René Magritte (1937)
What do people do when they are free to do whatever they want?
It’s not eating, drinking, sports, or socializing. It’s not even sex.

According Paul Bloom, our main leisure activity, by a long shot, is participating in experiences we know are not real, in worlds created by the imagination. Bloom is a professor of psychology at Yale University, and author of the forthcoming book, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like.
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now. Host: Robin Young.

NPR Book Review: "How Pleasure Works."

Too Much, Too Soon

A Cincinnati Children’s Hospital study says girls are hitting puberty as young as seven-years-old, and obesity may be a factor.


Unique Technique

She doesn't look that weird

Her art doesn't seem weird, either

"New Hope #225"

Until you see how it's made

Kira Ayn Varszegi creates paintings by coating her breasts with paint and then pressing onto, and dragging them over, the canvas.

She was initially surprised by the level of commercial interest in the abstract breast works, but after exposure in MAXIM and on YouTube she's sold hundreds of paintings.

Bruce Kaphan

New Frontiers for Pedal Steel

Sure it's country, but potentially so much more.
Audio Embed: Echoes, an ambient music program on public radio with an extensive archive of audio for download via subscription.

Boo Scouts

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kagan On The Court

Video: MSNBC

U of F. U. Over

Video: CNN

More Blessed To Give

Illustration via Truth Is Free blog
Huge charity commitments often get headlines.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett collected some for convincing 40 billionaires to donate at least half of their fortunes.

Dave Ross suggests instead of charitable giveaways, the billionaires' bankrolls go to fund a bank which would loan exclusively to job-creating enterprises.

Psychology researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted studies which show poor people are more charitable than the rich.

Got Him

We Found Waldo

Via Just Whatever blog

Global Warming's Birthday

Illustration via Air2Air
A chunk of ice broke free in the waters of Greenland a few days ago, and it's not just any ice cube: This one's four times the size of Manhattan, containing enough fresh water to supply the entire United States for 120 days... 35 years ago it was Wallace Broecker who, after examining an 80 year climate cycle evident in Greenland's ice, published a paper that gave a name to one of the most pressing issues of our time: global warming.
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 8/8/10, Host: Guy Raz.

Heat Causes More Than Dozen Deaths

Temperatures soared in to the triple digits in several states and caused more than a dozen heat-related deaths. Don Teague reports.