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    The Headmaster of British Rock Returns!

    March 24th, 2007

    Nick Lowe

    I am very jazzed about this! I’ve been a Nick Lowe fan for decades, and drove several hours to see him in a live concert just a few years ago. Now he is releasing a new album. If you’re not very familiar with Nick Lowe and his long career, you should start with Basher, a decent compilation CD; if you’re already a fan, go straight for The Doings, his career-spanning boxed set.

    For a picture of me and Nick Lowe, and more information about his new release, see more below.

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    “SHUTDOWN THE INTERNET”

    March 17th, 2007

    Here’s a Cruel Tech Trick

    Got clueless users? Reset their home page to TurnOffTheInternet.com and wait for the Help Desk calls!


    “THE STUPIDEST THING I’VE EVER DONE TO MYSELF”

    March 17th, 2007

    I have been reading Cecil Adam’s Straight Dope column for more than twenty years. If you are familiar with his work, you know that he has managed to cop a pretty good living crafting informative and entertaining answers to his readers’ many arcane questions (and man, would I love to have his job!). StraightDope.com is definitely a Website Worth Watching.

    In addition to a remarkable archive of Cecil’s writing, the website also hosts the Straight Dope Message Board, one of the livelier discussion forums you’re likely to encounter. My favorite is the MPSIMS (“Mundane Pointless Stuff I Must Share“) and a thread titled “The stupidest thing I’ve ever done to myself“. It began when a woman described punching herself in the nose while trying to put on her bra. After a few hasty inquiries from sensitive men who wanted to make sure that her breasts were all right, a long thread soon grew as more contributors described various self-inflicted bodily injuries. Something about this thread has inspired numerous tales, and there are now well over a hundred posts detailing all types of pratfalls, black eyes, blows to the skull and other precious body parts.

    Personally, I have too many of my own tales to recount here , but the thread reminded me of a time that I faced my own mortality with razor-like reflexes and a hearty “nyuck-nyuck“, in an incident I can only call:

    MY DEATH AS A STOOGE


    Wacky Pedia

    March 12th, 2007

    I love the idea behind Wikipedia, an online collaborative encyclopedia. Yes, the site has its critics, but the promise of a publicly available and “editable” repository of collective knowledge is a very 21st century concept.

    Not surprisingly, in this age of targeted information, other groups with focussed interest have set up their own Wiki repositories, such as Wookepedia, the Star Wars encyclopedia.

    It therefore shouldn’t be surprising to learn of a conservative wiki called Conservapedia. Started in November of 2006 (before or after the mid-term elections, it does not say), the site describes itself as “an online resource … where we give full credit to Christianity and America (with) concise, clean answers free of ‘political correctness’…” (of that last promise, I have no doubt).

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