Whither Azerbaijan?

"You're on, my friend. Whoever can imprison, murder, or otherwise disappear the most dissidents by November 1st gets Azerbaijan."

[Headline via The New Republic's The Plank; Photo via The New York Times]

Wise Beyond His Years

Manny Ramirez on the baseball playoffs, where his Red Sox trail 3-1:

"Why should we panic?" he said Wednesday in a rare clubhouse interview. "We've got a great team."

And then, this: "It doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."

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They Better Keep the Conveyor Belt

B&H Photo, world's largest/craziest conveyor-belt-equipped photo shop, is settling a $4.3 million Equal Employment Opportunity Commision suit alleging it doesn't pay/promote its few Hispanic employees as much as its Jewish ones.

Shot by karpfish on flickr

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iSuck: Unemployed Bloggers Turn Local Cafe Into New Apple Store

Williamsburg, Brooklyn-- 3:30PM on a Wednesday:

14 Mac laptops in one local coffee shop.

"Internet! Internet! Internet! That's what you like to do. Read a fucking book!"

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Jaguar Calling

The Washington Post has created a formula to determine the level of reputational damage to bands that lend their songs out to stooge for products.

The formula is, of course, named for Richard Melville Hall.

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What do Bobby Brown, M.C. Hammer, and Sinbad have in common?

They're not dead... yet!

Today, Bobby Brown refuted claims that he suffered a (probably crack-induced?) heart attack.

Also today, M.C. Hammer put the kabosh on rumors that he was dead.

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Contextualizing the War on Grammar

For those of you disturbed by President Bush's latest strike in the War on Grammar ("childrens do learn"), or for those of you concerned about the state of education in the United States, this video provides some context:

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The Retro Future Is Now

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Another Reason Not To Vote For Him: Giuliani Does a GREAT Billy Crystal Impersonation

[Via NY Times]

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I Don't Even Know What I'm Doing Here.

Kim Jong-il meets Roh Moo-hyun; seems unimpressed.

[Via NY Times]


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