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]

In related news, Azerbaijan recently celebrated its Super Sweet Sixteen.

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."

Couldn't agree more, Manny. Couldn't agree more. (Incidentally, Manny might make a fantastic little league coach.)

Of course, this is the same guy who took the time to pose after hitting a home run that brought his team all the way back from trailing 7-2 to... trailing 7-3.

... and the same guy who once wore MP3-playing sunglasses in the outfield.

... and the same guy who regularly disappears into the scoreboard during the middle of the game [to get high?].

Few athletes garner our respect. This one does. The Red Sox should actually let him work from home.

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

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!"

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.

"Sellout Songs," or "The Moby Equation," from

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.

And in case you missed it, in March 2007 "Houseguest" star Sinbad reared his partay-ing head to let the three people reading up on the man's Wikipedia entry that day that he was, in fact, still alive.


UPDATE: VH1's Next Season of "Where Are They Now?" To Be Called "We're Not Dead... Yet!"

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:

The Retro Future Is Now

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

[Via NY Times]

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

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