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Some Links for You

Since I’ve been fairly lazy lately and haven’t really been updating much I decided to write up another links roundup. These are all stored in my del.icio.us bookmarks, and normally these links would be shown on the right side of the page. However, for whatever reason my links aren’t working at the moment and I’ve been too lazy to figure out how to fix them. So without any futher ado, here’s some links that might be worth checking out (with excerpts from the pages):

Real dish on life after ‘The Real World’

As MTV’s The Real World enters its 15th season Tuesday, what better time to recap several significant seasons and catch up with some of the more popular alumni? USA TODAY’s Susan Wloszczyna gets the scoop on what they’re doing, and how they were affected by having a camera document their lives while they share a groovy pad with young and restless strangers.

Freddie’s Blog

Ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff!

KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic

Morning Becomes Eclectic is committed to a music experience that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity by combining progressive pop, world beat, jazz, African, reggae, classical and new music. Recognized nationally as a forum for promoting a wide range of music ahead of the curve, the three-hour show has become a very attractive whistle stop for both established and emerging artists from around the world.


There is for all practical purposes no real difference in the stated objectives of Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry. It’s tweedle dee or tweedle dumb. Why waste your vote on one or the other when the effective end result would be the same?

If you believe that our country should embark on a different, more positive course then consider making the effort to write in Mel Gibson for President on Nov. 2.

Motley Crue Members Set for Reality Shows

Motley Crue members Tommy Lee and Vince Neil have signed on to star in separate reality shows.

Yury and His MagicBike

Thanks to this week’s protests of the Republican convention, the streets of Manhattan have become an outdoor gallery for the latest trends in the fusion of art and digital technology.

A loose network of tech-savvy activists has been working for months—in some cases years—to construct intriguingly bizarre electronic contraptions for creative resistance. This new breed of wireless activists is moving the Internet’s power off the screen and into the streets.

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes by Stephen King

THAT’S RIGHT. I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.

The Jews vs. The Drug Dealer

What follows is a true story sent to me (and a few other friends) by a friend who we’ll refer to as Bob. Only names have been changed. I laughed my ass off while reading it. You may or may not, since you do not know Bob. But I couldn’t let the story remain in obscurity.

The Boys From ‘South Park’ Go to War

After 9/11, they, like many others, could not understand why people around the world seemed to hate America, nor why so many liberals seemed bent on criticizing everything it does. Three years later, Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone say they hate the war in Iraq, but suspect it might be necessary. They think President Bush is stupid, but they can’t stand John Kerry either. “We hate both of them,” Mr. Parker confirmed. “They’re both retards. We have to choose between a” — four-letter word — “sandwich and a” — same four-letter word — “sandwich.” O.K., so they’re not exactly nuanced.

What is RSS?

A basic tutorial introduction to RSS feeds and aggregators for non-technical people from Software Garden, Inc.

Tricks of the Trade

For every occupation, there is a catalog of secrets only its employees are aware of—such as how waiters with heavy platters know to look straight ahead, and never down. Armed with a bag of reader mail, Matthew Baldwin unfurls a whole lot more true insider knowledge.

September 5, 2004