Category Archives: The Current Situation

Real Estate Roller Coaster Tycoon

This may just be is my favorite machinima so far. Speculative Bubble took the past 117 years of housing prices and plotted the graph as a roller coaster ride using Roller Coaster Tycoon. Look out for that 1985 drop! [via … Continue reading

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Evil Hateful Linguistic Trend Of Doom

My number one language irritation of 2007 isn’t vowel-less or cutsey bottom-of-the-barrel names of dubious Web 2.x sites. It’s not even moldy old hipsterspeak of “so-and-so’s joint” and “pimped out whatevers.” It’s the trend of adding “-ity” or “-ty” suffixes … Continue reading

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Biometric uselessness and security theater

Lorna of Lornamatic attempted to purchase a new BMW and encountered a Catch-22 of identity uselessness and privacy holes. She was requested to submit a thumbprint along with copies of her personal data, but none of it is checked for … Continue reading

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96 year old mobster pleads guilty

The old mafioso stereotype is Vincent Gigante who spent his later years wandering around Greenwich Village in his pajamas and mumbling to himself. At least supposedly. At 96, Albert Facchiano is still threatening witnesses… FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Lucky Luciano, … Continue reading

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alt.coffee closed

I’m a little sad, but not altogether surprised to hear that alt.coffee is closing. The past year has been pretty brutal on places that cater to the margins of NYC and alt.coffee was about as marginal as you can get. … Continue reading

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Things going on while I was reconfiguring the server

The only thing missing from the surveillance video of the SUV driver crashing through an Augusta mall is the Blues Brothers soundtrack. Bonus points to the deputy sheriff who barely keeps from laughing during his interview. The state of air … Continue reading

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Gerald Ford R.I.P.

In the long run, he’ll probably remembered as a Jeopardy answer but despite the Warren Commission, the odd quest to get William O. Douglas, the pardon, Chevy Chase, and being shot at by a Manson Kid, he was still a … Continue reading

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Breaking radio silence

Auto-posted del.icio.us links are the new way to say “hello I’m here, but I’m busy at the moment.” Think of them as the blog equivalent of on-hold background music. Anyway, I can’t be the first person to think that last … Continue reading

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Election 2006

This is about as good as anything else. See you on the other side, and HEY – let’s be careful out there.

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A selection of recent headlines

Make up your own “Author X meets Cultural Critic Y” combinations here, because things are just too strange… Classified nuclear weapons info from Los Alamos turns up in a trailer park drug bust. The NSA building that contains the U.S. … Continue reading

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