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Vogue and Subliminal Racism?

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Slate has an article regarding the cover to Vogue (seen above). What was Vogue thinking?

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Filed under: wtf

Large Hardon Collider and a Tiny Black Hole?

The New York Times has a front-page article about a lawsuit against the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN). Basically, two people are suing because they think that the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will cause a tiny black hole that will swallow the Earth and the universe.

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Are the two guys suing just zany or is there a real possibility of some unforeseen disaster? I sure as hell don’t know. But more important than the upcoming unraveling of reality, as I was reading the article in the cafe I noticed this:

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Filed under: hmmm, images, random

Mexico: Anti-Emo Violence Escalates

Holy fuck. I often think Mexico is progressing splendidly but then something comes out that makes me think we’re still a god-forsaken retrograde nation. First, this fucking idiot in Televisa rants against emos, then some idiot(s) take his message and expands on it. About 800 stupid youth show up in a plaza in Queretaro where emo youth congregate and then beat the fuck out of them. It’s completely “Lord of the Flies,” scary shit! See for yourself…

Read more about it here.

Thanks to Israel for bringing this to my attention.

Filed under: wtf

Messenger Bags

I’ve had this Timbuk2 messenger bag for almost 4 years now:

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It’s time for a change. I want something simple but handsome and slightly worn. Yes, I’m still talking about messenger bags.

I think I found the right one:

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It’s a little expensive but then again, I’m a yuppie right?

Filed under: wants

Spilling the Beans

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It’s always amazing to me that important figures are willing to talk openly about issues that can get them in trouble. First, Bill Richardson talked candidly about the displeasure of the Clintons over his Obama endorsement. I mean, this can’t be patching things up with the Clinton’s. The Clinton’s come across as petty, as if they’re entitled to his support. Now, a top Chilean diplomat is spilling the frijoles over the run up to the Iraq war and how the US tried to intimidate countries into supporting it. I can’t wait for the book to come out. Cynics would expect all these deliberations that occur behind closed doors to stay there. I’m always heartened when someone decides to speak up. Heraldo Munoz is either a hero or he got a great book deal!

In the days after the invasion, the National Security Council’s top Latin American expert, John Maistos, invited Muñoz to the White House to convey the message to Lagos, that his country’s position at the United Nations had jeopardized prospects for the speedy Senate ratification of a free-trade pact. “Chile has lost some influence,” he said. “President Bush is truly disappointed with Lagos, but he is furious with Fox. With Mexico, the president feels betrayed; with Chile, frustrated and let down.”

Filed under: politics

Martha Stewart’s New MacBook Air

I like Martha Stewart. I’m so glad she was able to rebound from the horrible incident. She’s an iron lady. She’s also tech savvy apparently, she just bought a MacBook Air. God bless her.

Filed under: random, tech

Napoleon Was Framed

So, about a week after ordering “Napoleon’s March” from Edward Tufte’s website, I had it on my desk. A couple of days later I went to have it framed. Here is the result:

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It’s now hanging in my office. Also, framing it was expensive but I figured out a way to deal with it. Every time I look at the piece I get .25 cents worth of satisfaction. I look at the graph a lot! Haha.

Filed under: hmmm, images

Mt. Pleasant in January

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Filed under: neighborhood

10,000 B.C.

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I want to see it, I’m serious. It looks kind of interesting. The Explainer over at Slate Magazine answers the question: “How realistic is 10,000 B.C.?” Guess what? It’s not very!

Also, who cares that it got dismal reviews and a metascore of 34? It still looks fun and I like to have fun.

Filed under: movies

Iraq War Protest

Administration at work sent us information on the protests that will be going on tomorrow. It gave us advice on alternate routes and told us to expect delays.

DCist has a pretty good summary of the actions planned for tomorrow:

  • “Blockade the IRS”: Participants will meet at 7:30 a.m. at McPherson Square Park and march south-southeast to the IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Ave. between 10th and 12th streets, NW. They will gather outside the main entrance at 8:00 a.m.
  • “Disrupt the War Profiteers”: Student groups and activists will converge upon the streets throughout the day to rally outside offices of large corporations such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel and the IMF/World Bank. Violent actions are not expected but participants may attempt to enter buildings and disrupt routine activities.
  • “Separate Oil and State”: Participants will meet outside the American Petroleum Institute at 1220 L St., NW at 13th St. Starting time for this event is not yet available.
  • “Veterans March for Peace”: The march will begin at 9 a.m. at 7th St., NW on the National Mall between Madison and Jefferson streets. Marchers will pass a variety of locations.
  • “Critical Mass”: Cyclists will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Dupont Circle (P St. and 19th St., NW). They will travel through downtown possibly riding south on Connecticut Ave., NW to the White House. It has been their intent in the past to intentionally disrupt traffic.
  • “Granny Peace Brigade Knit-in”: A sit-in is planned for noon outside the Veterans Affairs office at 810 Vermont Ave., NW. Violence is not likely and there should be minimal disruptions to routine activities.
  • “Funk the War”: Similar to Disrupt the War Profiteers, student groups will converge on the K Street corridor. Participants will meet at Franklin Square Park (14th and K streets, NW) at noon and travel down K Street.
  • “March of the Dead”: Dozens of activists will roam the city dressed in black representing those killed in the Iraq war. Minimal disruptions are likely.
  • “The World Can’t Wait”: Anti-torture rally at 1:00 p.m. at Lafayette Square Park on H St., NW at the White House.
  • “March on DNC”: Participants will gather at 5:00 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall and march to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at 430 S. Capitol St., SE.

Filed under: hmmm

Apollyon

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
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