Sunday, October 29, 2006

Freak Fest a Success…

…here in Madison, according to CNN at any rate. To see their story on one of our favorite haunts (State Street) and learn about a Mad City Halloween with no cars torched or shops plundered, click here.

Sandman Refugees

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Viva la causa (Web 2.0)

This week’s video: The Pixies, re-imaged and lipsynched.

At 10 million hits, this is one of YouTube’s all-time most popular videos.

Go figure…

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lan Su Yuan Tea Garden

Maybe I imbibed too many Crouching Tiger type wuxia films when I was a twentysomething, but standing in Portland’s Chinese teagarden I wanted to fly up to the roof and slug it out with Bridget Lin or Chow Yun Fat, Northern-Shaolin style.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Make’n Videos in Anbar Province

Wow. When 2-63 Armor went to Macedonia back in ’99, the battalion had two issued laptops and probably a dozen or more personal platforms that individuals like me had brought along to entertain ourselves.

My slab of plastic was certainly not Internet capable, and it strained and huffed and bitched just running “Word.”

Seven years latter: IT allows Joe to cut quality parodies of Saturday Night Live videos right in the heart of the Sunni Insurgency.

Without further ado:

Lazy Ramadi

The original SNL video can be found here. That and Natalie Portman serving up thoughts on Jack Daniels, brawling, and live’n high at Harvard. Then there's the whole Laser Cats thing...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Today’s Epistemology

Life is as oft Black and White as it is shades of Grey.

Where I’m coming from with this: A child of the 70s and 80s, I grew up reading that life is most often shades of grey. Robert Heinlein among others argued for the relativity of not only culture, but of value itself. Mostly shades of Grey was the view I subscribed to, and Grey has certainly been the case in many of situations that life has taken me through. Many times there have not been clear cut better options, and the good was often freighted with costs to be weighed and contrasted.

On the other hand, I’ve lived through simple, clear cut times just about as often as I’ve been through murky circumstances. Existence is some times simple, sometimes complex, in about equal measures.

Black and White, and Grey in like portions, thus far.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Funky Tornado Light

I'm sitting at home and writing when my computer flashes multiple weather alerts and the doppler-radar reveals a creeping red blob engulfing Madison’s airspace

Surf Candy

Diverse intellectual amusements and eye-candy sundries:

William Gibson’s blog:
  • Gibson Blog
    The man who made science fiction hip literature brings us surreal You Tube videos, weird and wonderful technology, as well as bleeding-edge underground culture.

    Political cartoons:

  • Cagel's politcal cartoons
    What’s more fun than the antics of a 50-year-old conservative politician in pursuit of his 16-year-old page? Watching the cartoonists make hay with the situation.

    The Washington Post
  • Washington Post
    High quality to noise ratio. And a mean selection of comics.

    US commentary, culture, art, politics -- slightly left.

    Arts and Letters Daily:
  • Arts and Daily Letters
    International culture high and low, art, essays -- a little right of center.

    Red Meat:
  • Red Meat
    Sick, surreal, subversive.

  • Dilbert

    Defense Tech
  • Defense Org.
    A goldmine of mil tech schtupf.
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    Devil's Lake

    Fall in the Wisconsin countryside:


    Us in the Windy City

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006