Friday, March 04, 2005
- Hunter S. Thompson has the last word: "counselor." [Guardian UK]
- Exotica bandleader Martin Denny has gone to the great Tiki bar in the sky; he died in his sleep Wednesday...at age 94...at his home in Hawai'i.
- He probably did not eat Lutherburgers
- Listening: Neil Gaiman's BBC streamed radio play based on his graphic novel, Mr. Punch, and never-before-heard pre-fall-of-the-Wall Polish New Wave from 1983 [via mp3 Blogs].
- Watching: "Giant Steps," a film by Michal Levy that sets the classic Coltrane music to Flash animation. [via Wither in the Light]
- Tim at Freespace tips us to a bellwether CNet story [via Little Green Footballs] on the coming crackdown on blogging, which would apply the McCain-Feingold election campaign finance regulations to blogs, considering them "press outlets":
Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over. In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.
Q: What rules will apply to the Internet that did not before?
A: The commission has generally been hands-off on the Internet. We've said, "If you advertise on the Internet, that's an expenditure of money--much like if you were advertising on television or the newspaper."
The real question is: Would a link to a candidate's page be a problem? If someone sets up a home page and links to their favorite politician, is that a contribution? This is a big deal, if someone has already contributed the legal maximum, or if they're at the disclosure threshold and additional expenditures have to be disclosed under federal law. Certainly a lot of bloggers are very much out front. Do we give bloggers the press exemption? If we don't give bloggers the press exemption, we have the question of, do we extend this to online-only journals like CNET? [continue reading on CNet]
- The Friday Random Ten:
- Otep - Blood Pigs
- Lemon Curry - Lemon Curry
- Vic Reeves - Vienna (Ultravox cover)
- Harold Budd - The Room (Fila Brazilia mix)
- Oxford Collapse - The Money You Have Is Maybe Too Little [via 3hive]
- Orquesta RCA Victor - Bolihna de Sabao [via Sabadabada]
- Esoteric - Close Encounter
- The JB's - Soul Power '74
- Jon Sheffield - Carol's Cells
- Starfrosch - Cafe del Frosch
- "If you wanna ride...don't ride the Chinese Bus..." [via Suzette, Suzette!]
- Amanda at Mouse Words' take on the true symbolism of Ten Commandments statues displayed at government venues:
This has nothing to do with the gentle figure of Jesus Christ or his arguments to his followers not to worry overmuch about government because of the End Times and all that. Nor does it have anything to do with our actual laws. In fact, if people took to heart the commandment not to covet, we would shortly be facing economic collapse.
But you know what? I believe them that it's about "heritage", or at least taking possession of what Americans believe that our heritage is. Going back to the relational way that people think of dichotomies, it's easy to see. Conservative/liberal is to strict father/nuturant parent is to Old Testament/New Testament. A monument to the 10 Commandments is a symbol of the Old Testament and therefore evokes the multitude of things that we relate to that half of the Bible dichotomy--maleness, discipline, rules, favoritism, everything that is dear to conservatives. The heritage that is being asserted may not be religious at all so much as political. The Commandments symbolize a belief that American history adheres to conservative values and to make people think that liberalism is an uppity newcomer. It's a symbol--that's why the text of the Commandments is pretty much irrelevant to monument supporters. [continue reading at Mouse Words]