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Entries from February 2007

“Nobody Summons Megatron”

February 28th, 2007 · 7 Comments

In case anyone had been wondering, here’s the sound clip from Transformers: The Movie. (The original classic, not what will, in all likelihood, be the Michael Bay abortion.) Fun fact: Megatron’s interlocutor in this scene, Unicron, is Orson Welles in his final screen role. Welles derided it as “a movie about toys who do horrible […]

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Tags: Personal

“American” Culture

February 28th, 2007 · 3 Comments

I somehow missed this earlier, but Tyler Cowen has a piece in the International Herald Tribune noting that American cultural products don’t enjoy the kind of monopoly on global attention spans some imagine. Now, while it may hearten those who spend sleepless nights worrying about “cultural imperialism” or creeping homogenization, some of the data he […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Can’t They Both Lose?

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Can’t They Both Lose?

D’Souza v. PowerLine catfight.

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Tags: Stupid Shit

I Hear the Ringtone. I Hear the Ringtone. It Seems to Say… Hello! Hello!

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on I Hear the Ringtone. I Hear the Ringtone. It Seems to Say… Hello! Hello!

Wired has posted a series of “snacktones” composed by probably the first band I was ever head-over-heels into, They Might Be Giants. The choice to name two of these “Devil Spawn” and “Friend or Foe” suggest that maybe the TMBG boys have a problem with unwanted calls, but my personal favorite is “Call Connected Thru […]

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Let My Mouseclicks Go!

February 28th, 2007 · 7 Comments

When I first heard Kriston Capps complain about the new “contextual dictionary” on the New York Times‘ website, I thought he was overreacting. Until I tried to read an article on the New York Times‘ website. Now I’m ready to join his Bring Back Free Clicking Campaign. The new “feature” truly is beyond obnoxious: If […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Feser’s on Stun

February 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Ed Feser responded to my post below in the comments a few days back, and I promised a reply, but didn’t get around to it until today. Here it is, in case anyone’s still interested. Feser writes: Re: the remark you find “truly weird,” you have simply ignored the context in which it was made, […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory

Go Check Out…

February 27th, 2007 · 3 Comments

…this band. That is all.

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Tags: Art & Culture

Swimming to Canada?

February 26th, 2007 · 2 Comments

So, I figured it was finally time I own Swimming to Cambodia, long one of my favorite films, on DVD. Except it appears that it’s only in print on DVD in Canada (fortunately also region 1, so it works fine on an unhacked U.S. player), meaning you can find copies easily enough on Amazon or […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Let the Challenge… Begin!

February 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Wow, this is beyond ridiculous. I’m hosting the libertarian end of a battle royale for BloggingHeads, with Will Wilkinson narrating while Megan “Jane Galt” McArdle cooks a sumptuous meal, in competition/debate with Spencer Ackerman and Ezra Klein. My “stadium kitchen” is lit up like Christmas, and the parties are arguing the merits of transfats and […]

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Tags: Washington, DC

AFF Panel Tonight

February 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

If you’re in the D.C. area, you can come out to a panel tonight where I’ll be debating the role of faith in politics: Don’t forget that tonight AFF will host a roundtable discussion on the topic of liberals and faith. Two years ago, Nancy Pelosi created a “Faith Working Group” for members of the […]

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