- WWTD: They would soon rollout the video-on-demand service we all know they’ve had in the works for a while now. – Now if they just get with Netflix and offer their full catalog it will really be something.
- WWSOD: What would Sinead O’Conner do? Apparently go Rasta in Jamaica.
- WWSID: What would the smart investor do? Go against, incorrect consensus thinking.
- WSWSSW? What sports would Sharon Stone watch? So-called “lesbian” sports”.
- WWMBAD? What would male Broadway actors do? Strip down more often than their female counterparts (4:1)
- WWYDIYHOTNCUSJ? What would you be doing if you had one of the newly create U.S. jobs? Unfortunately, you would likely be serving food, cleaning, transporting stuff, pushing papers, or working retail. Hypothesis: So you won’t need a college education to work in the U.S.
- WWBD: What will Ben do? Retire this tiring theme.
Here’s a few bits of news and links I have been collecting the past few weeks, relating to my home state of Minnesota. Don’t ever say I don’t represent!
- Christopher Riley plays Radiohead in a piano concerto at Minnesota Orchestra Hall.
- I almost forgot. MNSpeak is a great (new?) website that pulls together a ton of news pertaining to Minnesota. Who would have thought there would be so may posts to peruse?
- The Chicago Tribune has a great article comparing downtown Minneapolis with the Mall of America. “Minneapolis has 30 live theater venues, including two that have won Tonys…The Mall has 32 shoe stores.” People who get upset by the those visitors guides to the U.S. that mention only one stop in our poor “fly-over” state, will take heart in this article.
- Because “more people live in a revitalized downtown Minneapolis today than, we’re told, live in downtown Denver, Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis combined” (quoted from ChiTrib article above) this will be needed: The Nicollet is a huge new residential building set to go up downtown Minneapolis soon. It will still be a foot or two shorter than the IDS Center. Come on!
- hourcar is up and running in the Twin Cities and with prices as low as $2.95/hour and
$0.39/mile it may just convince a few to forgo the cabs or sell their second car.
- A Prairie Home Companion is filming now so there have been several Lindsay Lohan sightings in the cities. I can’t believe this is being made into a movie! But with Robert Altman and now Paul Thomas Anderson taking the directing roles can it be less than good?
- The Minnesota Center For Photography has, what looks like, an amazing exhibit that opened this weekend called: Musicapolis: scene & seen 1965-2005 that chronicles the rich musical history of the Twin Cities from performances by the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Prince and Snoop Dogg. Here is an accompanying story from the Star Tribune
- Battleground Minnesota is “hip hop documentary musical starring Chris “Shakademic” Johnson, Glenn Scott, former Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Norm Coleman, Senator Mark Dayton, and Governor Tim Pawlenty.” If that description doesn’t get you interested, this preview will.
- Rove talking points memos for GOP stooges
- Great looking photo of Toronto skyline – not only is this a great photo but all the photos on the site are – and the best part is he shares his secrets of how they are made in many cases.
- PostSecret – send in your secrets in the form of postcards. Some of these are very poignant.
- Fad Watch: Video Googlewacking with salacious videos like this one.
- Senate investigation into Grand Theft Auto sex games mod – Senator Clinton and the rest of you: stop harping on pointless crap.
- AutoStich – stitches together a pile of photos into impressive quality panoramic collages. I have seen things like this before but this is very cool.
- One of these “rockers” will be the next frontman/woman for INXS.
- Annual drug deaths in the U.K.:
- DEVELOPING: Karl Rove to be indicted. I feel like Drudge.
- Be your own hotspot – create a solar-powered Wi-Fi backpack. Sweet.
- Busmonster – another use of the Google Maps API, this time for info on bus routes.
- Transparent Google maps laid over satellite images – gotta love the API being out there.
- A9’s maps with block view photos – I know this has been out for a while but I hadn’t seen this particular implementation.
- Martha Stewart’s prison name: M. Diddy
- If Fiona Apple’s new video (click free link) is any indication of her new direction, I am thinking the Free Fiona campaign may free her from any future record deals once and for all. I am a Fiona fan but if her new sound is 20’s retro, I won’t be listening to much of it.
- Is greenlighting the next sex trend among teens and others, ala rainbow parties and sex bracelets
- Many designers are guilty of “Lazy, stupid and evil design” according to our favorite Swede Jacob Nielsen. I would have read this article but…
- Ricky Gervais’ top sitcoms of all-time (his top 3 are American shows) and his new show Extras
- 125 scientific questions in need of answering.
- Worst beers ever.
- Google Knows
Washington Nationals team logo is not sitting well with some fans.
- My War of the Worlds review, in case you missed it.
- David Eggers Interviews with the Onion A/V Club
- Minnesota too polite to ask for more federal funding.
- These collaborative “magnetic” letters are just too much fun. – I especially like the interplay if you know someone else who’s online.
- Free online Wilco concert on NPR
- Blackbox predicts the future? – The machine apparently sensed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre four hours before they happened and it also appeared to forewarn of the Asian tsunami.
- Donnie Darko Directors Cut [subscription] – director Richard Kelly should have left it alone
- Bush budget plan divorced from reality – why even listen to his promises any more?
- Living robots powered by muscle.
- This is god-awful ugly – why doesn’t netscape forget about making a new browser and stick to what they do well…oh sorry.
- Lawrence Lessig on Wilco being the future of music – or at least an example of how artists should think about and treat their fan base. Music doesn’t need to be about anything other than artists and fans – who says there needs to be a music industry?
- A virtual island has sold for $26,000 – Its in the in the virtual world of Project Entropia in which you are encouraged to convert real money into virtual dollars. [Source: /.]
- Google Maps is the best thing I have seen on the web in months! – the best thing about it (and there are many) is the cleanness of the maps. They are beautiful. And the arrow keys and double clicking and the balloon with the shadows! Right now my wishlist only includes a way to zoom with the mouse – like dragging a box to zoom.
- 43 Things you want to do in your life – in the vein of del.icio.us, friendster and flickr [Salon]
I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they’re perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay
True, it may seem like a stretch, but
Its thoughts like this that catch my troubled
Head when you’re away when I am missing you to death
When you are out there on the road for
Several weeks of shows and when you scan
The radio, I hope this song will guide you home
They won’t see us waving from such great
Heights, ‘come down now,’ they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away,
‘come down now,’ but we’ll stay…
– The Postal Service, Such Great Heights