White Fox News House

CNN.com: "Fox News is popular with at least one highly placed person in the White House. According to the Web site "The Smoking Gun," whenever Vice President Dick Cheney stays in a hotel room, he requests extra lights, copies of five newspapers and the television tuned to Fox."

Andy Borowitz: Fox News - White House Merger Complete: "The merger between Fox News and the White House can be summed up in one word: synergy," Mr. Snow said. "The two entities have been working in lockstep for five years now and this merger is a formal acknowledgment of that fact."


Heh, Securesingles.com allows you to send yourself sms to get out of bad dates. That's certainly worth a few clams ...

"Our Timed Release Notification system enables you to share folders about contacts with family members and/or friends should the need arise. Our photo and document storage allows you to create detailed contact profiles to share as a safety precaution (your timed-release messages will be sent ONLY if you do not cancel them prior to the scheduled delivery time)."



The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: Little Rock of Horror wherein Billy befriends an alien meteor that eats everybody's brain to the tune of 'BRAINS!' by Voltaire (which can be found on his CD Boo Hoo).

"Well, hello there, little boy, don't be shy,
Step right up; I'm a reasonable guy!
Don't be frightened by the look in my eye,
I'm just your average evil meteor from out of the sky."

Skelly Dance

JohnK has articles about rubber hose animation from 1928-1993.

Fun to see The Silly Symphony Skeleton Dance

In the The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Hill Billy "Billy wants to learn how to juggle chickens, so he visits Uncle Chokey, the chicken juggler legend. Soon, the farm turns into that of a retro black-and-white cartoon."

When the black and white format overtakes Grim, he looks down at his altered bones and says in disgust, "Oh, great. There goes my whole design ethic!"

Then Grim goes on to do the the Skelly Dance!


delicious people

del.icio.us: it's made out of people: "You can add other del.icio.us users to your network either by visiting their del.icio.us pages or from the your network page itself. Once someone is in your network, you can keep track of their latest saved public bookmarks."

Much nicer than the subscribe/inbox model that was there before ...

Coolest Beers

Forbes.com: "As Harper and Oliver so pithily put it: “…many of these beers are marvels of technology and quality control that, when combined with successful mass marketing have allowed big American brewers to make beers with virtually no taste at all.”"


Saturdays In the Park!

SFist sez : "Yesterday, the Board of Supes approved by a 7-4 vote a measure to close off part of Kennedy Drive on Saturdays just as it is on Sundays. All eyes now turn to Gavin to see if he'll veto the measure. How or what will sway him nobody knows-- we're guessing it'll be whatever gets him another photo spread."

Yay! Death Monsters have to go away, far away, for to stay.

Top Chef

Sheesh, SFist has a huge write up on Bravo's Top Chef. And really, the SF cityscapes alone are worth watching the show.

"Lee Anne is distraught -- she's teamed with "the big thinker" (Lex (a.k.a. Stephen), naturally) and the "no thinker" (Miguel). Chef Tom says that the competition ain't called "top sous chef.""



PerlWar is inspired by the classic Corewar game. In this game, players pit snippets of Perl code (called 'agents') against each other in order to gain control of the vicious virtual battlefield known as... the Array.


Joss Whedon

Joss Sez: "And what of me? My short-lived series Firefly was the basis for the epic action film Serenity (now available on DVD! I have little or no shame), and the future will see even more incarnations of this visionary work, as it returns to TV as Serenity: The Firefly Years, then back to film as Firefly: Serenity's Sequel, back to TV as SereniFly, and finally end as the direct-to-eyeglasses series Choose a Damn Name Already. I promise it'll be as heartwarming and exciting as the original Serenity, now available on DVD. (Explain again this thing you call shame....)"

Amy at TVbloggin' sez: "Dear Joss --- Please come back to TV! We miss ya.

This was the obsession that started it all for me, and I will always feel that the television universe is not complete without a show from the Whedonverse included in the Prime Time TV listings."

Funny, the DVR suddenly started spitting out old Buffy's and I just can't seem to avert my eyes ...

Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

Who Wants To Be A Superhero?: "The SCI FI Channel, Nash Entertainment, and legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee will produce a six-episode, one-hour weekly competition reality series that will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero. The winner of this six-week competition will walk away with their superhero immortalized in a new comic book created by Stan Lee himself. It gets better: The winning character will also appear in an original SCI FI Channel movie!"

Caught the end of one. Weird. Dunno if they're just going to expire off the the dvr before I get to them ...

TVGuide Blogs

TVGuide: "Over 65 entertainment blogs are now live on the site, featuring expert reporting and commentary from writers and editors from both TV Guide magazine and TVguide.com. Every user can create his or her own blog about entertainment using TVGuide.com's simple blogging tools."

HBO also busted out some Blogs



LiveJournal Ads

news: Introducing a new account level: "The Sponsored account level is an option for users who want access to premium features but would rather have advertising on their journal and Friends page and in the LiveJournal site than purchase a Paid account."

Read on (or flame-on as the case may be) at LJ Ads or LJ biz


Beer And Movies At The Red Vic!

SFist: "The Board of Supervisors has agreed to allow beer and wine to be served at the Red Vic movie theatre. "

The Independent has a good run of silly movies but you have to have a couple of drinks. (Darn!)


Star Trek!

G4 breaks out a whole set of Star Trek: The Original Series. Check out the action figure promos, the karaoke one cracks me up.

Jive Magazine sez "G4's four on-air promotional spots use stop-motion animation to bring Star Trek action figures to life in contemporary urban settings: a coffeehouse, a swimming pool, a karaoke bar, and Spock's "crib." In "Karaoke," the first of the spots to air on YouTube, Spock performs Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" -- complete with Vulcan salute -- to an enthusiastic, jumping crowd that includes Kirk, Scotty, Bones, Uhura, Sulu and Chekov. The characters are voiced by comedic actors, including Craig Kilborn as Captain Kirk, and Charlie Murphy of "Chappelle's Show" as Mr. Spock."

USGS Latest Earthquakes: Feeds & Data

USGS has real-time earthquake maps for Google Earth! As well as rss feeds that contain basic information (date, location, and magnitude) about each earthquake and a link to a detailed report.

My feed reader does the happy earthquake dance!

San Francisco Rising

San Francisco Rising

1906 Earthquake Centennial

SFgate: The Great Quake

Memorial at Lotta's Fountain, Market and Kearny Streets
Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.

Golden Hydrant Painting Celebration, 20th and Church Streets, Dolores Park
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 a.m.

The Golden Fire Hydrant at Twentieth and Church was painted gold and returned to service, where it remains. Each April 18, it receives a fresh coat of golden paint. To this day, nobody knows where the water came from."

Muni is offering Free Service on All Lines 3am Tuesday, April 18, through 3am Wednesday, April 19, 2006. They'll even open the Metro subway at 3:00am!

Da Slickster has asked that any "places of worship" and fire departments to ring their bells in a citywide cacophony ensured to wake up just about everyone in the city at 5:14 am tomorrow morning.



Bloglines | Clip/Blog: "There is a problem with the database. Please try again later"

Sheesh, bad week at bloglines. (wish that I could googlefight 'bloglines sucks' vs 'bloglines rocks'). Glad that I moved a stack of feeds over to rojo, even if their flag feature is a poor way of holding them until I can clip them to bloglines. Sheesh, they're even forcing me to blog. Bah!

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South Park

BBC NEWS: "Comedy Central prevented Matt Stone and Trey Parker from using the image after the furore caused by a Danish newspaper publishing caricatures of Muhammad.

"Either it's all okay, or none of it is," Kyle tells the executive. "Do the right thing."

It's all in the timing ... last week, South Park won US broadcasting's prestigious Peabody prize.

Seems like the banned episode is floating around ... as is Trey and Matt singing "What would Brian Boitano do If he was here right now?" and, someone actually asked Brian what he would do!

New lingo sweeping London

Aljazeera.Net: London's cockney rhyming phrases have been taken over by a new type of multicultural-influenced speech, dubbed Jafaican and Tikkiny.

Researchers found that a new type of speech, influenced by a dizzying number of foreign languages and pronunciations, rap music and popular TV programmes, have altered traditional cockney."

the Daily Mail: "What has emerged is a distinctive inner-London patois which borrows heavily from Jamaican creole, lifting some words unchanged.

But it has been influenced by other speech patterns, mainly Bangladeshi and West African, with a little South American and Arab thrown in.

An analysis of vowel sounds has shown the traditional long Cockney vowels are becoming shorter. The word 'face' sounds like 'fice' in cockney but more like 'fehs' in Jafaican."


Mark Pincus Blog: Today marks the peak of social networking

Mark Pincus: "Today marks the peak of social networking at least that's my prediction. in the past week i've been pitched on three more social networking ideas. while i like and respect the people, i got a queezy (sp?) feeling hearing the ideas. painful reminders of march 2000 when the last people to show up were still pitching ecommerce it ideas."

Heh, Social 2.0. I think that I've signed up for one beta a week for months now.


Sex Sells in Second Life

Second Sex: "The May issue of Computer Gaming World looks at the online sex trade in Linden Labs' Second Life. The article, 'Escort Mission,' includes interviews with digital escort girls and johns.

However, the CGW piece isn't just a romp into the underbelly of Second Life, but also looks at the real world cost of sex in Second Life. The article points out that for clients a penis, simply to participate costs L$1500, (that's Second Life's currency) or a little under six dollars. Similarly, the CGW piece points out that an online brothel collecting 20% per 'trick' would net roughly $47,608 dollars a year. And that figure isn't in Second Life money.

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Britain's new FBI-style agency logo are all Thundercat!

SOCA: "If you're launching yourself as Britain's FBI and say you will make the lives of organised criminals 'hell' then you need a dynamic logo to match the job. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has chosen a fierce big cat bearing its fangs and leaping over a stylised silver globe, with a crown capping it all. It's bold but bears a striking resemblance to the logo of the 1980s children's cartoon series Thundercats. "

Someone with a brand clue rips the logo ...

SOCA are Go!


Wired News: Antisocial Networking Gets Hip

Antisocial Networking: "Snubster is among the latest in a series of sites created to poke fun at social networking. Others include Isolatr, a spoof site that claims to be 'helping you find where other people are not,' and Introverster, which bills itself as 'an online community that prevents stupid people and friends from harassing you online.'"
Snubster is among the latest in a series of sites created to poke fun at social networking. Others include Isolatr, a spoof site that claims to be "helping you find where other people are not," and Introverster, which bills itself as "an online community that prevents stupid people and friends from harassing you online."

head-banging bookworms

Heavy metal's unalloyed love for the literary: "So what's with all the head-banging bookworms?

The Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura latest release is 'Dante XXI,' an album based on the Italian poet's 'Divine Comedy.' And Mastodon recently became metal's newest stars with 'Leviathan,' a 'Moby Dick'- inspired album with songs like 'I Am Ahab' and 'Seabeast.'

Sepultura and Mastodon are only the latest metal bands to raid their Norton Anthologies for inspiration. Perhaps more than any other genre, heavy metal and the classics are joined at the hip.

With his clumsy prose and often meandering plots, H.P. Lovecraft still struggles decades after his death for respect in the literary world. But in the metal world, his weird tales blare from Marshall amps the world over."

Clawing to the top of the Lit-Core stacks, would be Bloodhag who even name songs after authors. "Our mission is to spread the gospel of Edu-Core. Bang The Head That Does Not Read. Everyone Smarter Than Everyone Else. Use Heavy Metal music to promote literacy and vice versa."



MySpace phones, rings.

Cingular to sell ringtones from MySpace bands: "Cingular Wireless said on Thursday it plans to sell ringtones from bands that put their music on MySpace.com, the social Web site that is popular among teenagers."


The Helio Mobile Phone, a joint venture between Earthlink and SK Telecomaa has announced plans to allow subscribers to read and post to the MySpace site for free."

The "wiki" in the swicki

swicki: "we released a nifty new feature on the results page that allows any user to delete, promote, edit or add search results right from the results page. Now, in addition to the 'implicit' votes that users cast by clicking on results, they can vote 'explicitly'."

Mucked around with a Strange Food swiki. It's cool, but, takes a fair amount of care and feeding. Dunno if I'll ever really get it tuned. I use it for researching posts and I can see how it could sing if you had a few people banging on it ...



tribe.net: "We need your help! Based on feedback from our members, it's pretty clear that the Members icon (in the masthead, with the smiling people) has got to go"

Heh, guess that they got tired of the 'corrections'.




I love the Weather Zombie in The Cron's 96 Hours. Seems like Sacha Eckes did the pix.

zombies also rule Consumating, probably because of the Feedback Zombie, "a 66-year old boy in san francisco, ca. He last logged in on March 31, 2006. He is in an open relationship."

Heck, they even asked "What would you do if zombies walked the Earth?" My fav answer being The power of Christ compels you!