The highway turned into a parking lot? Then Roadcast. The idea is to share audio files with those stuck in traffic. A team at Carnegie Mellon dreamed up the idea, which they hope to see working among wireless devices within five years. I'm putting in some requests: "Tired of Waiting" by the Kinks into Groucho crooning "Hello, I Must be Going" into the Burritos' "White Line Fever" into ...
Speaking of casts, within 60 days the latest version of iTunes, Apple's music software, will make it easier to join the 6 million Americans who have downloaded a podcast, those ultra-niche audio shows made by mom-and-pop producers as well as giant media corporations. You would tell the iTunes what audio programs to look for, and they would wind up in your Mp3 player next time you sync it with your computer.
For those needing help with the menu: How to order food in a restaurant. Kottke.org poured through some best-selling zeitgeist tomes, searching for techniques to apply toward making successful cuisine choices. A taste: According to Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson, "order anything made with lots of butter, sugar, etc. Avoid salad of anything organic. A meal of all desserts may be appropriate..." According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book ... the title escapes me, it'll come ... order whatever catches your eye first...
Do you want to see something really scary?
Conan O'Brien on televisions so big they won't fit in the house.
What your member of Congress is really doing.
Lizz Winstead says she was fired from her hosting gig at Air America, the liberal radio station, and is owed $300,000. The radio network's first hire was co-creator of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. She left the network March 4 without fanfare. Her show with Chuck D and Rachel Maddow , Unfiltered, lasted through the month. Going in "a different direction" is an Air America spokesman's term of art for her departure. Winstead still has audience, however. Yesterday she posted in Ariana Huffington's group blog, a helpful piece on how to encourage your kids' chastity. Tell them about your sex life.
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