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  • Bob Dylan - To My Fans and Followers

    05/13/2011 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 38 replies
    Bob Dylan dot com ^ | 5-13-11 | Bob Dylan
    Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn't happen most likely the promoter had to save face...
  • ABLE Commission To Halt Four Loko Sales

    11/05/2010 9:04:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies
    KOCO ^ | Nov 5, 2010
    A cheap drink that combines alcohol and caffeine will be off Oklahoma store shelves next month. Alcohol regulators said they want to stop sales of Four Loko and will target other alcohol drinks that contain energy additives. The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission put a moratorium on all alcoholic beverages containing caffeine, guarana and taurine. Experts said one can of Four Loko is like drinking a six-pack of light beer and two cups of coffee. It also sells for less than $2 per can, which makes it popular with cost-conscious young people. "This malt beverage is actually half as...
  • An HTML5 experiment with Arcade Fire

    08/31/2010 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 31 August 2010 | Maggie Shiels
    Music and technology have long been willing bedmates. Now the band Arcade Fire has jumped in with search giant Google to create an interactive video for the song We Used To Wait aimed at answering the question "What would a music experience designed specifically for the modern web look like?" Aaron Koblin said that Google Creative Lab's answer was to devise a "project built with the latest web technologies [which] includes HTML5, Google Maps, an integrated drawing tool, as well as multiple browser windows that move around the screen". Billed as the Wilderness Downtown, you are asked to insert your...
  • Top 50 Guitar Albums: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed

    08/19/2010 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 149 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson ^ | 7-30-10 | staff
    The top 10 1. Van Halen, Van Halen (1978) 2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967) 3. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971) 4. Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) 5. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987) 6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969) 7. The Allman Brothers Band, At Fillmore East (1971) 8. Cream, Disraeli Gears (1967) 9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968) 10. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980)
  • How Pitchfork Struck a Note in Indie Music

    08/16/2010 6:03:53 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 63 replies
    Time ^ | 8/15/10 | Claire Suddath
    Big Boi isn't indie. Or is he? As one-half of the rap duo OutKast, he has sold some 18 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and appeared on more hit songs than even he can keep track of. Yet there he was on July 18 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, playing alongside bands only a fraction as successful. As thousands of writhing, fist-pumping fans swarmed the main stage and climbed on top of fences to get a look at the hip-hop megastar, thousands more were across the park, stomping and dancing to the largely unknown noise-pop act Sleigh...
  • Oracle sues Google over Android and Java

    08/13/2010 5:48:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | August 12, 2010 | Tom Krazit
    Two Silicon Valley heavyweights are about to reenact the Java wars: this time, in a court room. Oracle issued a press release late Thursday saying it has filed suit against Google for infringing on copyrights and patents related to Java, which Oracle acquired along with Sun Microsystems earlier this year. The terse release claimed Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property." A copy of the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says that "Android (including without limitation the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and devices...
  • US vs Iran in Wrestling

    08/03/2010 6:58:22 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 15 replies · 5+ views
    CNN ^ | Aug. 2, 2010 | Michael Holmes
    Video at link.
  • Google, Mozilla, And Opera Take On H.264 With The WebM Project, A New Royalty-Free Video Codec

    05/19/2010 4:47:39 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Tech Crunch ^ | May 19, 2010 | Erick Schonfeld
    Just when the H.264 video codec is starting to take over a large portion of new Web videos, along comes Google to shake things up again. Today, along with Mozilla and Opera, it is launching the WebM Project, an open, royalty-free codec that can run in HTML5 browsers without the need for Flash. Up till now, the battle between Flash and HTML5 video has centered around the H.264 codec, which is gaining broad adoption. Apple supports H.264 in all of its devices such as iPads and iPhones, and it is one of the technical reasons Steve Jobs cites for why...
  • Rolling Stones re-release 'Exile on Main Street' in Cannes

    05/18/2010 7:04:58 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 30 replies · 608+ views
    Gulf News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Randy Lewis
    Keith Richards remembers the period in the early 1970s when the Rolling Stones were working on Exile on Main St as a fairly down time. The parts he remembers at all, that is. That's partly due to the fact that the recording sessions took place as the Stones guitarist and songwriter's heroin habit took hold in a big way, a habit that took him nearly a decade to shake. But it wasn't strictly the drugs he was referring to when he spoke recently about that fabled phase in his and the group's life. It's a period he and Mick Jagger...
  • Jack White's Record Label: Old Sounds, New Tricks

    04/29/2010 3:13:30 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 11 replies · 317+ views
    NPR ^ | 4-29-10 | CRAIG HAVIGHURST
    Jack White has spent the past few years adding chapters to a career that flowered as founder of The White Stripes. He produced a Grammy-winning country album for Loretta Lynn and launched two new bands. He also moved to Nashville and opened Third Man Records, a label that's been widely praised for innovation, even though most of its tactics are decidedly old-school, like putting music out on vinyl 45s. In last year's documentary It Might Get Loud, White says he keeps creatively fit by contriving difficult situations, like wrestling with the shortcomings of a guitar others would discard. "I keep...
  • Death at 25: Blogging the end of a life

    04/28/2010 10:15:14 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 1,343+ views
    CNN ^ | 4-27-2010 | Madison Park
    The former beauty queen stared into the camera, but this was no pageant or performance. She looked frail and thin, and her hair was rumpled. But Eva Markvoort smiled weakly. "Hello to the world at large," she said in the video. "To my blog, to my friends, to everyone. I have some news today. It's kinda tough to hear, but I can say it with a smile." Propped in a hospital bed, Markvoort sat surrounded by her family. "My life is ending."
  • Leah Ward Sears, African-American Woman, on Obama's Short List for High Court

    04/12/2010 6:49:08 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 43 replies · 1,453+ views
    ABC ^ | 4-12-10 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama will soon personally begin reviewing the legal records and writings of potential nominees on his short list of candidates to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court, White House officials say. ... Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears, an expert in family law and the first African-American woman to serve as a State Supreme Court chief justice, was on Obama's short list last year. A member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society, she is also a friend of conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Multitasking tops tentpole features in iPhone 4.0

    04/08/2010 11:10:20 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 30 replies · 630+ views
    Macworld ^ | 4-8-2010 | Dan Moren
    Apple on Thursday gave a sneak peek at a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next major version of its operating system for mobile devices. Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasted over 1500 new application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers in iPhone 4.0, letting them access features like the iPhone’s calendar, photo library, video-camera data, and more. App creators can also take advantage of OS X features like Quick Look, in-app SMS, and more. Plus, there are over 2000 APIs for hardware-accelerated math functions. In addition, iPhone 4.0 boasts more than 100 new user features, such as playlist creation, 5x...
  • How Treme Can Get It Right

    04/03/2010 12:54:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Village Voice ^ | March 30, 2010 | Larry Blumenfeld
    'Price was twelve, bruh.' 'Say bruh. Them twelve hundred was for eight pieces.' A deal's going down, yeah. But not the sort we're used to witnessing between black men on a television show set in an American city. Certainly not a David Simon drama on HBO. Yet before even a word of dialogue is uttered come clues. A saxophonist licks, then adjusts his reed. Valve oil gets applied to a trombone. Soldiers and cops stand guard. Two little kids dance to a faint parade rhythm, which is soon supplanted by the bass booming from an SUV. An unseen trumpet sounds...
  • Matt Stone & Trey Parker Are Not Your Political Allies (No Matter What You Believe)

    03/03/2010 7:08:56 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 50 replies · 1,382+ views ^ | 2-25-10 | Alex Leo
    News broke this week that a Blackwater subsidiary was arming violent drug users in Afghanistan. They took hundreds of weapons intended for the Afghan National Police and at least one of them (probably more) signed for the shipments with the name "Eric Cartman." When I asked "South Parks"'s creators what they thought of these men co-opting their character they were completely unfazed. "It makes perfect sense. It's the name I would use," Trey Parker said. "Our first reaction to any story is 'How do we put this into the show?' and the second reaction is 'Did Cartman do that?' because...
  • All New South Park...Episode 1313: "Or Does She"

    11/11/2009 3:24:41 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 131 replies · 4,828+ views
    South Park Studios ^ | 11/08/09 | Parker and Stone
    CARTMAN WILL NOT BE SILENCED IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF "SOUTH PARK" PREMIERING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 10:00 P.M. ON COMEDY CENTRAL NEW YORK, November 9, 2009 – Cartman has a daily forum for his agenda when he is chosen to do the morning announcements in an all-new "South Park" titled, "Dances with Smurfs," premiering on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL. Eric Cartman seizes the opportunity to become the voice of change at the school when he takes over the morning announcements. His target is South Park Elementary’s Student Body President, Wendy Testaburger. Cartman is...
  • HBO’s “The Wire” Earns Credits

    11/02/2009 7:24:14 PM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | STEPHANIE B. GARLOCK
    Harvard students will be able to watch the “The Wire” for class credit next year. At a panel last night, stars of the HBO hit series joined Harvard professors in discussing the applications of the show—which depicts the struggles of urban life in Baltimore—in understanding and combating real urban social issues. “‘The Wire’ has done more to enhance our understanding of the systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the poor than any published study” Sociology Professor William J. Wilson said. African American studies chair Professor Evelyn B. Higginbotham said that there would be a new course in which...
  • Report: French looking into Astana

    10/13/2009 9:12:55 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 12 replies · 419+ views
    ESPN ^ | 10-13-2009 | AP
    French prosecutors have reportedly launched a preliminary investigation against the Astana cycling team to examine syringes belonging to the squad during this year's Tour de France. L'Equipe newspaper reported Tuesday on its Web site that prosecutors opened the case after "the discovery of several suspicious syringes in a container given by organizers to all the teams in order to collect the medical waste." Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and third-place finisher Lance Armstrong rode with Astana on this year's Tour. The Spaniard is still under contract with the Kazakh-funded team, but the Texan left to launch his own squad,...
  • Abortion bill is challenged

    10/08/2009 8:17:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 330+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 9-30-09 | Barbara Hoeberock
    A lawsuit challenging a controversial abortion bill was filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The lawsuit alleges that House Bill 1595 by Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, and Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, covers more than one subject and thus violates the Oklahoma Constitution. The measure requires physicians to provide detailed information to the Oklahoma State Department of Health about the abortions they perform. Information to be reported includes the age, marital status and education level of the woman; the number of previous pregnancies; a reason for the abortion; the method of the abortion and method of payment; the cost of...
  • That Glourious Basterd

    08/28/2009 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 8 replies · 601+ views
    Reason ^ | August 27th 2009 | Jesse Walker
    (Note: The following article about Inglourious Basterds contains spoilers. Significant spoilers. Giving-away-the-ending spoilers. If you intend to watch the film but haven't done it yet, see it before reading further. The article will still be here when you're finished.) With Inglourious Basterds, his genre-scrambling film about vengeful Jews killing Nazis, writer-director Quentin Tarantino has had his strongest opening weekend ever, finishing first at the box office and taking in about $37.6 million. His movie deserves to do well next weekend, too: It is witty and suspenseful, smart and entertaining. It is also controversial, which ought to boost its receipts even...