Archive: October, 2006
No, not the picture of the four-legged Yoda, left. Or the Dog Bride, below right. It's this number: we're forking over about $4.96 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations, candy and cards - about five times what we'll spend on elections this year, a BBC blogger figures, noting that mid-terms are an "an equally horrible occasion populated by some equally scary characters." (A number of U.S. readers promptly tell the British blogger what he can do with his outrage.)
And I'm not even sure that number includes the growing pet-costume sector.
Reports over the weekend had YouTube starting to pull Comedy Central clips from its video-sharing site, citing copyright infringement concerns. Add to that news of an announcement later today where MySpace will announce a partnership with Gracenote to block copyrighted music from being posted on member's pages.
The NewsCloud site reported that YouTube users were receiving e-mails from someone representing Comedy Central, and the service began removing clips from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "South Park." The New York Times wrote about it today.
is it just me or do the Eagles post game press conferences resemble those of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld? They are all so righteous in their belief that their way is the right way, they ignore the obvious: bad game plans, ignoring the need to change strategy and course, the way they have cowered the press (they respond to legitimate hard ball questions in such a way as to suggest that dissent is impermissible), etc.
We're nothing if not game here. So I went digging through White House transcripts, videos of Andy Reid's press conferences. Found a few things:
"Eagles Can Kiss Playoffs Goodbye" is the headline on the first post I read after the Birds' lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, 13-6. I wish I could say it is some bitter fan's opinion. It's from Eye On the Eagles, the Inquirer sports department site, where Marc Narducci writes the team off:
After each loss the Eagles have talked about what a great team they still are, but that conversation was missing after Sunday's 13-6 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now the Eagles are answering questions (and probably asking them among themselves) whether this season is over. ... The Eagles are in deep trouble.
Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey heard from a fan that the good seats were gone before tickets went on sale - having been scooped up by those looking to stock the house with shiny happy fans for a documentary Martin Scorcese is filming about the band. Others have been saved for those attending Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party. The Beacon holds a little more than 2,000 people.
Carrie filed this report for us:
They met in a refugee camp, six Sierra Leone musicians forced from their homes during a decade-long civil war. A documentary was filmed of their lives. Now they've attracted such diverse backers as Angelina Jolie and Ice Cube.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars come to the World Cafe Live Saturday, a stop on their first full-blown U.S. tour. Their music is a stew of West African goombay, roots reggae, traditional folk and rap.
Singer Reuben Koroma told NPR's Weekend Edition last year:
Go to Google and type in the Danish words that mean primitive troll. You'll find the home page of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Try looking for "mouton insignifiant" - or unimportant sheep - in French. That will bring you to the official biography of Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
Rush Limbaugh's attack on Michael J. Fox - he said the actor was exaggerating his Parkinson's Disease symptoms in an ad to better hit a politician opposed to stem cell research - has helped make the TV spot the toast of the Internet. It might help a couple of Democrats in tight Senate races, say some commentators.
Michael J. Fox's 37-second spot for Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Senate candidate who supports stem cell research, is now the most-viewed video on the Web, according to Technorati, with about a million and a half views since it was posted Oct. 20.