-Rolling Stone comes through with a long article about how America is losing the drug war and wasting money.
-Here is the The New York Times Magazine List of Ideas and the
The 2007 Esquire 100. I had grand schemes to read both of these all the way through so that I could comment more thoroughly, but alas.
-Huzzah!!! The Big Dig is finished! There’s a stat in there about how the average trip through Boston has gone from 19.5 minutes to 2.8 minutes. Which is true and beautiful.
–Someone is killing musicians in Mexico. Probably the drug cartels.
-Two movie relate links from kottke.org. Ebert’s 10 Best Films of 2007 and a list of movies coming out in 2008. Ironman and Batman both look great!
–Long profile about Scott Boras, the superagent, in the New Yorker. Since this was published, at least 2 of his bigger clients this year had to negotiate their own contracts with teams who didn’t want to deal with him.
–Sort of long article about place kickers by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side) in the New York Times. Focuses on how a kicker can never win because he’s always supposed succeed.
–Not so long article in the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink) about criminal profilers. Basically, they give profiles filled with contradictory, half facts, so that regardless of who is caught, the profile rings true.
–Super long profile about David Simon, the creator of The Wire. It’s so long, I haven’t read it yet, but if it’s anything like the show, I’m sure it’s good.
–Not very long article about a guy making Hummers with engines that run on anything but gasoline. These converted Hummers have more horse power than regular Hummers.
My last name is the 247th most common in the United States, while Rachel’s isn’t even in the top 1500. I never would have guessed that mine was so high, or hers so low. I even beat my illustrious cob-logger.
I’ve never been a huge Springsteen fan, but I know some of you are. Clearchannel is telling their stations not to play his new record.
It’s time for another post of interesting links as it’s been a while. More importantly, one of the Vanity Fair links is turning my Firefox into a memory sink and I need to shut some tabs.
*The Darjeeling Limited is out in most markets by now. I’m excited for it as The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my favorites.
*One of the reasons our country is so messed up is because the Bush administration creates their own reality and expects everyone to live in it. At least that’s what this 2004 article by Ron Suskind says.
*We’re going to attack Iran and the marketing press is going to be the same as it was for Iran. And besides, Clinton did it, too.
*Send $12B into a warzone. What could possibly go wrong? Well, we can’t account for $9B of it.
*The REAL Stephen Colbert.
*And finally, an article about the traditional media going after Gore during the 2000 election. I wonder if they’re happy now?
This list of entrance music for baseball players shows me that 1) baseball players aren’t very original and 2) baseball players don’t have very good taste. I guess I shouldn’t judge.
I was going to go through and pick a couple to point out, but there’s too much ridiculousness going on. Needless to say, many pitchers consider themselves “The Jungle” and enjoy welcoming hitters to themselves.
Dinosaur Comics is usually pretty funny, but I thought this was especially good:
I think, just to spite T-Rex, I shall now go make scrambled eggs for breakfast.
My friend Matt got BoingBoinged for an interview he did with Femi Kuti. Femi says not to feel sorry for Africa, but to visit instead.
Sheep in Japan refuse to eat dog food and never bark. This wouldn’t be such a huge problem if the people buying the sheep knew they were sheep and not the poodles they thought they were buying.
You can put lipstick on a sheep, but that don’t make it a poodle.