Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Repeal Prohibition of Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages at Stores in the State of Georgia Petition

Repeal Prohibition of Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages at Stores in the State of Georgia Petition
I'm not terribly optimistic this will work, but it might.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA

If 2004 was the year of Modest Mouse and Danger Mouse...

From the top 100 sellers this week at Criminal Records

Friday, February 08, 2008

Google SketchUp - Home

Google SketchUp
Something I would try out if I have the time. It's a CAD system that looks like it woulud be helpful if you get tired of the limitations of the IKEA one.

The Autumn of the Multitaskers

The Autumn of the Multitaskers by Walter Kirn in the Atlantic "Humans just sort of did stuff. And what they did was not influenced by metaphors about what they ought to be capable of doing but very well might not be equipped for (assuming you wanted to do it in the first place), like editing a playlist to e-mail to the lover whose husband you’re interviewing on the phone about the movie he made that you’re discussing in the blog entry you’re posting tomorrow morning and are one-quarter watching certain parts of as you eat salad and carry on the call." (hat tip, Mind Hacks, which also has a link to this article on the cognitive psychology of film

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Media Matters - Gone with the wind

Policy Differences: Clinton/Obama

From Altercation:

Speaking of saturation election coverage, when you're waiting for Super Tuesday returns tonight, instead of watching the 52 different screens in The Situation Room or listening to a Hardball panel ponder all the reasons Hillary may express emotion, here are five articles to read about the candidates that might tell you something useful:
  • Ezra Klein on Clinton and Obama's differing visions on how to fix the economy, from the The American Prospect.
  • Mark Schmitt, also in the The American Prospect, on Clinton and Obama's very different ideas of the presidency as an office.
  • Obama v Clinton: Who's Greener? from The Nation.
  • Timothy Noah's breakdown in Slate of Clinton's and Obama's respective health-care plans, here and here.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Books of 2007

UPDATE--added authors' names

I reviewed some best-of-2007 lists published by newspapers and magazines, specifically the ones that didn't go on and on, and tabulated which books appeared on more than two lists. Here, dear reader, are the results. I would advise caution. I watched a couple of stupefying independent films last year because they had the highest average reviews on Metacritic. In fact, I'm quite sure I'm going to avoid the Ann Pratchett book below.

These books appeared on five lists:
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson

Four lists:
On Chesil Beach: A Novel by Ian McEwan

The Savage Detectives: A Novel by Roberto Bolano

And three lists:
Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Run by Ann Patchett

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

The Shadow Catcher: A Novel by Marianne Wiggins

The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel by Michael Chabon

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

If you're curious, the periodicals I reviewed were the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post (which cheated and published two such lists), the LA Times, the NY Times, BookSense, the Economist, Entertainment Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Times.