Archive for July, 2007

Independence Day: Hot dogs and melons

First, I have some, uh, breaking news: Today, at the Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan’s Famous at New York’s Coney Island, the meatstick consumption title was brought back to America. That’s right, the mustard yellow belt of champions has returned to the land of obesity where it belongs. A [...]

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Transformers, Zeitgeist, music festivals, Wimbledon

Today I have eight random things to mention:
1. I went to see Transformers on Thursday night, hoping to reengage with one of my favorite childhood cartoons. I’m not even sure how to articulate the live-action movie experience. I did write a 15-word review for Filmometer, but it doesn’t really capture how hilarious [...]

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Blended iPhone, Smashing Pumpkins, carbon fiber blades

As you may have gathered from the title, I have three things to write about today:
1. Blended iPhone
Excited about the iPhone? Of course you are!
Not excited about AT&T exclusivity through 2009 (or maybe even 2012)? Of course you’re not!
Nevermind battery life, my only question about the iPhone is: Will it Blend?
I love the way [...]

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Roswell, kitten neutering, Epsom salt, helium balloons

Today is the 60th anniversary of the Roswell incident, the most famous UFO sighting in American history. Read more from MSNBC: The Roswell Experience. I was kind of obsessed with Area 51 conspiracy theories when I was a kid. I visited Roswell during the summer of 2001, a few months before I moved to Oregon.
My [...]

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Pink Martini concert (and Google wireless, obesity)

Friday night I went to see Pink Martini at the da Vinci Days festival in Corvallis on the Oregon State University campus. I also caught some of the opening act, Sneakin’ Out. It was all very good stuff. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Pink Martini is an adventurous multilingual lounge [...]

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The death cat and professional sports scandals

I’ve always been interested in the so-called “sixth sense” of animals and humans. I used to read those Globe mini mags (the ones you can pick up while waiting in line at the supermarket) about “uncanny cats” and other similar eerie and paranormal topics. I am curious how animals are able to sense geologic [...]

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Wikia Search, Boston Celtics, Iraqi soccer, “diabeetus”

I read an interesting analysis of Wikia Search and Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales in this past April’s issue of Fast Company. The cover of the magazine read: “Google’s Worst Nightmare: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Has His Sights Set on the Search Business.” One of the coolest parts of the “Why Is This Man Smiling?” cover story [...]

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