Archive for August, 2006

Shoes NOT to get shot over

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006


Starbury by Stephon Marbury offers $14.99 sneakers. The Carolina Blue and Knick shoes are definitely acceptably fashionable. Along with Shaq’s sub $20 shoe, it’s a refreshing trend.

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Hollywood Hellion

Thursday, August 24th, 2006


I really like Crispin Glover. From his first time on David Letterman’s couch to the overlooked Williard. So to find out that for the latter he directed a video of himself covering Michael Jackson’s “Ben”(which I’ve always found very haunting for some reason–maybe from a childhood of many dead hamsters), I was overjoyed. Bring on Grendel!

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Kill even more hours online

Thursday, August 24th, 2006


Play “Over 800 video games from the famous NES console”

Includes many classic games from other systems and history on many of them as well, including some great vintage marketing posters”

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RIP Reggae Legend Joseph Hill

Monday, August 21st, 2006


“On August 19 the reggae world lost one of its most prominent figures. Joseph Hill, the leader of the veteran reggae group, Culture unexpectedly passed away from a sudden illness. At the time, the group was in Berlin, Germany at the mid-point of a European tour.”

“Joseph Hill will probably be best remembered for the impact Culture had on the reggae scene when they first appeared in 1976. During this period the group had a string of highly successful singles for producers Joe Gibbs and Sonia Pottinger. Perhaps most well known was the song ‘Two Sevens Clash’ which, due to its infectious rhythm and apocalyptic imagery, left a lasting impression on both Jamaicans and UK punks. The ‘Two Sevens Clash’ album was a landmark in reggae music and was named by Rolling Stone magazine in 2002 as one of the ’50 Coolest Records’ – the only single artist reggae album to make the list. The group also scored a major hit with ‘Stop Fussing and Fighting’, a song that addressed the chaotic political climate of the late 1970s and the attempt on Bob Marley’s life.”

House music IS that bad for you

Monday, August 21st, 2006
    “In a startling new study, researchers from Columbia University in New York City have concluded that boys’ choice in music can predict their future risk of HIV infection. Specifically, boys who prefer gospel, techno and pop music have the highest risk of HIV than do fans of other styles, including hip hop, reports Agence France Presse.”

Yelp for help

Monday, August 21st, 2006


A plastic box with a siren. Simple, but effective

Bypass Napa

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Above: Dry Creek Valley

As one poster on the messageboard declares-

“The town of Healdsburg is a great base because:

It is the centre of Sonoma County wine country.
It is 1 hour and 15 minutes north of San Francisco.
It is the wine country destination closest to the coast (only 45 minutes).
It is surrounded by the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and the Alexander Valley.
It is a great base for hiking or biking (you can rent bikes in town).”

You may want to visit soon as Francis Ford Coppola has apparently purchased land in the area.

A few of the wineries I recently visited:
Lambert Bridge

Beam me a different service

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Movie Beam

Pay $199 for something you probably already have! Movie Beam is another box for your entertainment center that pulls films from a selection of 100 delivered via an encoded PBS signal from your local station. 10 new movies swap in each week. New releases run $3.99 per and others are $1.99, $1 more for HD. I guess they are planning to capture the market that doesn’t have InDemand, Pay-per-view and/or a tivo. If they haven’t gone out of business within a year, expect the coming explosion of internet downloading to finish them off.

This Beat Is…

Saturday, August 5th, 2006


I write a gadget column for the monthly magazine Six Degrees. Right now you can find it throughout South Florida, Detroit and Atlanta. Hopefully coming to your city soon.

What makes or breaks a neighborhood?

Friday, August 4th, 2006


This fantastic book will give you a completely new perspective of where you live and even how you behave. Often assigned material for urban planners, it’s great leisure reading. Traveled a lot for work the past few years, often finding myself alone. I found that wandering a city told me a lot about it. The recently deceased Jane Jacobs addresses many of the thoughts/questions I had during those walks.

Husky bags use goatse marketing

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Noticed these while wandering through Home Depot Sunday morning. A sign I should have been in church? Caught Clerks II later that night, and the donkey scene confirmed this earlier sign.
Husky Bags with goatse

Twister has grown up

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Karmasheetra is quite the clever name. Should make identifying stains a cinch. Might be a little creepy to have on your bed if you’re single though….