What about an elf?

How excited am I that Ricky Gervais is starring in Christopher Guest's new movie? Very excited.

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I am also quite excited about Richard Swift, my next pick for Artists Ryan Will Like. He might not be the prolific and insane Ryan Adams, but he's good. Why not download his album and find out? (The second track is goofed.)

Richard Swift - The Novelist/Walking Without Effort


Cute is the new black

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I want a thousand, an army of USB drives.



Onegoodtum Fall Mix

Inspired by my friend lossless, I've put together a mix of music to take you through to the end of fall. Unfortunately, I lack his musical selection skills - usually his choices accurately capture the feel of the season they represent. The songs in this mix are simply ones I've been listening to a lot lately.

Track Listing:

1. Elliot Smith - Because
2. Wolf Parade - You Are A Runner and I am My Father's Son
3. Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
5. Richard Swift - Looking Back, I Should Have Been Home More
6. A-ha - Take On Me
7. VHS or Beta - Night On Fire
8. Atmosphere - Watch Out
9. M. Ward - Let's Dance
10. Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out
11. The Dead 60s - Just Another Love Song
12. Six Organs of Admittance - Words for Two

Onegoodtum Fall Mix

Post-xenophobic hooha

6. I read three years ago that you were fascinated by monkeys as a child and wanted to be a primatologist. Over the last 36 months, I have conducted an intensive comparative-morphology study of primates in Ghana; my candidacy to Columbia University's esteemed New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology has been accepted; and I have co-authored, with Jane Goodall, a groundbreaking article on variations in primate diet that appeared in the September issue of the American Journal of Primatology. Please still be fascinated by monkeys.

ME, TEDDY WAYNE. by Teddy Wayne

Hot dog - cha ching

My blog is worth $1,129.08.
How much is your blog worth?

And it's for sale. Oh yeah baby.


Thomas as ASCII

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Dean George Frederick Curtis


After almost eight decades of commitment to justice, may he rest in peace.


I ain't homophobic...

To paraphrase Screenhead, the great site where I found this story, you know there's high comedy ahead when someone starts a statement like that. In this case it was the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, who dropped by a school to bless plans for a new hospital. Earlier that week, the Rev. Wilson had let loose a scathing indictment of homosexuality, which included some real gems.

"“I ain’t homophobic, because everybody in here got something wrong with him. Whoever you point at, you can point at your own self. You got something wrong with your life. But when you get down to this thing, women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain’t real. That thing ain’t got no feeling in it. It ain’t natural."

And so on. Listen to the audio here and read a nice article on the good reverend here.


Cartoony Evil

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The always excellent OneGoodMove has clips from last night's Colbert Report and the opening segment of the Daily Show. I agree with Ryan - the Stone Phillips bit was priceless.

Stone Phillips and Steven Colbert in Gravitas showdown (Quicktime - opens in window).

Too cool for school?

The new issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern is so cool, some stores are refusing to carry it. Now that's cool.

Give the man a Nobel prize

Fortune.com has an article about Bram Cohen, the creator of Bit Torrent - possibly the greatest invention since free illegal downloads and America's Next Top Model. Cohen spent months crunching the code that makes Bit Torrent hum, most of that time funded by carefully transfering debt from one credit card to another.

"I didn't have any clear plans when I first started," he says. "I wasn't worried, partially because what I was doing was really cool, and partially because I'm broken and can't feel anxiety."

Bit Torrent: The Great Disrupter

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Horrton Hears a Heart is a mash-up of the famous Dr. Seuss story and Edgar Allen Poe's tale of guilt-driven madness. The end result is a mixed bag, but the illustrations are pretty spot on.


Pocket Rockets for the Lord

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I need these chips in a huge, HUGE way. There's no way around it - I must have them. Even better, Karusso, the site that sells them, also sells "edgy" Christian wear with the motto...wait for it...

"Change your shirt. Change the world."

Oh baby. Because when Jesus was nailed to a piece of wood he specifically instructed his followers to buy clothing featuring his name used in clever ways.

My two favourites:

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I love the pressure Christians put on girls not to form any meaningful relationships with boys. (Naturally "relationships" with girls is gross. Feeling on each other's titty balls - ugh). Apparently you just wait until it's time to get married, and suddenly everything will fall into place.

However, these chips are definitely brilliant.

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monkeys and smurfs oh my

Yes, it's true. Unicef has made a video of Smurfs getting bombed to show the horrors of war. Unfortunately, the only versions available are choppy, but you get the idea.

Unicef Bombs Smurfs

Also making the rounds is a bicycle safety video from 1963, where children in ape masks set off for a ride and disappear as they contravene the rules of the road.

Stream it here or download different versions at the Internet Archive.


Free Legal...damn

Salon is making 11 volumes of Dylan Thomas available for download. Definitely one of the most distinctive voices in poetry, and one of the only major poets to get drunk in Vancouver.

Dylan Thomas - As I Walked Out One Evening (by WH Auden)

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Dirty Secrets

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Found on PostSecret


The first analyst/therapist, an analrapi...

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Two-time professional.

Well on its way to getting itself cancelled, developing a cult following in England and eventually hosting its own FanCon, Arrested Development just gets stranger and stranger. And damned hilarious. In honour of a recent conference to discuss the RIAA suing 70 million people, here's the episode for download. That's right - FREE ILLEGAL DOW...aw I'm not getting that letter.

Arrested Development - 303

I'm all about the style

My friend Vanessa Richmond has an article on The Tyee about the recent increase in young girls who want to be "personal stylists."

Shopping for Fame and Fortune


The Beautiful Game

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One of us law students needs to make enough money to buy one of these beauties - they start at $45000 USD and the players have interchangeable heads. Added bonus: the table has a built in leveller.

Opus Table Football

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Wonderful night for a contractuary obligation

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A number of their more diehard fans have complained that Radiohead's Hail to the Thief sounds suspiciously like a contractual obligation album, that compilation of Z-sides that mark the parting of ways between a band and its record label. But you don't know contractual obligation until you listen to Van Morrison's Bang Records Contractual Obligation Sessions, as found on WFMU's Beware the Blog. Apparently done at the end of his relationship with Bang, these 31 tracks represent a hilarious and sometimes torturous look at an artist trying to create enough music so he can leave.

The first few tracks sound like genuine attempts by a lesser artist to write a song. They suck huge. But then he finds his legs, and eventually he starts to debate about whether to have a danish, a sandwich, or a seat. He also has a serious beef with a guy named George.

Van Morrison's Contractual Obligation Sessions

Van Morrison - Want a Danish

Van Morrison - Dum Dum George


One of these things is not like the other

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Actually, three of these things. C'mon people - stop being so damn freaky.


As successful as you wanna be

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