"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson

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The world is a poorer and blander place without Joe Strummer in it. Meanwhile Trent Lott and his bionic hair will probably go to work for Lockheed Martin (based in his former district) for umpteen dinero lobbying Congress to buy crap we don't need or want.

Keeping track of John Poindexter
Keeping my metaphors well mixed, I too jump with both feet onto the bandwagon.

I don't do crack...
But I have a serious used-cd monkey on my back. So with a nod and a wink to gmtPlus9 and a shout out to the mojobodaddy, Big Weaverkins living large in Portland, OR-who introduced me to a whole 'nother world of good taste-here's what I scored today:

The Best of Cold Blood-Cold Blood
Truth-Jeff Beck
Veni Vidi Vicious-The Hives
Electric Mud-Muddy Waters
Trouble Man-Marvin Gaye

I have sources
Dad sends a fine link to Weird Science!. No Kelly LeBrock recipes though.

I'm still not cynical
"Jim Reese said he was standing in his kitchen when he heard a noise at 7 a.m. and found a housing inspector and police officer standing in his living room.

"I wanted to know who walked in without permission," he said. "They didn't answer me. They just started walking through the place."

Such aggressive enforcement of a city law designed to prevent overcrowding violates the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unlawful search and seizure, legal experts say."
Via Metafilter

Eye in the Sky
I drive the delivery van for a book wholesaler in Seattle-a city who ranks somewhere in the top 5 for worst traffic in America. So I pay close attention to traffic radio. I noticed awhile ago that KUOW (the University of Washington NPR) and KOMO (commercial news) share "Metro traffic reporters". I didn't give this much thought, I just assumed they were functionaries of Metro Transit-the King county transit authority. But since they've been bugging me by failing to report at least 3 traffic jams I happened to be sitting in I did a little Googling. So it turns out that the traffic news is provided by a company called Metro Networks. What isn't explained is why they can give information for I-5 from Everett to Tacoma but largely ignore Highway 99, which carries 25% of the north-south traffic through Seattle.

The Memory Hole
Missing goodness restored
Via Robot Wisdom

Nobody tells me anything
Miguel Ferrar is on "Crossing Jordan", and he's insanely cranky and caustic! I'm just bathing in his impolite bluntness. And Wendy and Lisa (of Prince's band fame) do the music. Nice to see them getting paid. Too bad the show isn't all that good.

According to a number of people, the no-fly zones are not authorized by the United Nations, and in fact violate International Law.
Via Liberal Arts Mafia

Thoughts on "Black Hawk Down"
1: Somalis are using cell phones. Who was running the cellular phone networks?
2: Earlier I wrote about how much I dislike the trend of tinting movies and commercials green or brown. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, this movie is a prime example. Once I noticed this stuff I find myself constantly asking myself "where is all that green light coming from?" and "why is that sunlit beach colored like Kermit?". Maybe now this will bug you like it bugs me-you're welcome.

This guy isn't cynical either
The Kafkaesque Police State of the USA-Patriot Act
Via Craig's Booknotes

Watch a DVD on Linux, get arrested
After a request from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Norwegian Economic Crime Unit (ěKOKRIM) charged Jon Johansen for unscrambling DVDs using DeCSS in 1999 when he was 15 years old.

Johansen is charged with violating the Norwegian Criminal Code section 145(2), which outlaws breaking into another person's locked property to gain access to data that one is not entitled to access.

Johansen's prosecution marks the first time the Norwegian government has attempted to punish individuals for accessing their own property. Previously, the government used this law only to prosecute those who violated someone else's secure system, like a bank or telephone company system, in order to obtain another person's records.

"Jon owned the DVDs and he's never been accused of copyright infringement or assisting in copyright infringement," noted EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "Instead, he's facing criminal charges for taking the necessary steps to view his own DVDs on his own computers."

Via Boing Boing

I'm not cynical
"After approximately an hour of interrogation, Maginnis was allowed to make a telephone call. Rather than contacting a lawyer, he called the Denver Post and asked for the news desk. This was immediately overheard by the desk sergeant, who hung up the phone and placed Maginnis in a holding cell.

Three hours later, Maginnis was finally released, but with no explanation. He received no copy of an arrest report, and no receipt for his confiscated possessions. He was told that he would probably not get his camera back, as it was being held as evidence.

Maginnis's lawyer contacted the Denver Police Department for an explanation of the day's events, but the police denied ever having Maginnis - or anyone matching his description - in custody. At press time, the Denver PD's Press Information Office did not return telephone messages left by 2600."

Via Metafilter

Starlings love the shiny
From my friend Megan comes this illustrated tale of the lengths starlings will go to get something sparkly.

I think the title speaks for itself
Infant rat heads grafted onto adults' thighs
Boing Boing