National Review Tries to Ruin Music

Via Radosh, National Review posted a list of the top 50 “conservative” songs. Their definition of conservative leaves a lot to be desired, though: it doesn’t take much to get on the list. Anti-communist? Or even hinting at being anti-communist? You’re in. Making fun of teenagers? Welcome aboard. It’s pretty clear that the quality of the list is poor when the author of the #1 song on your list (“Won’t Get Fooled Again,” by The Who) bashes your article.

I guess if this list helps some conservatives enjoy their music better, ummm…. well that’s just sad, actually. For the rest of us, we can continue listening to music that we don’t necessarily agree with. Just Imagine*.


* That song sure didn’t make the list!

Ruby on Rails

I’ve been getting into Ruby on Rails, a web development platform based the Ruby programming language. Here’s a nice tutorial to get started.

Update: Oops – I forgot that I already wrote about Rails two weeks ago. But the tutorial link is new… And I’ve been thinking about what other stuff could go on “Rails” – Video Game development, natch. Any other ideas?



Mmmmmm… Acronyms. My friend T from work sent me this Boing Boing today – They Might Be Giants made a cute little ringtone (available for free as a stand-alone mp3): “Call connecting through the NSA”. Well, now you can’t say you didn’t know…


Oprah Takes a Trip…

to Auschwitz. Gawker posted a picture of the somewhat surreal billboard promoting her trip – maybe they could have picked a less smiley picture? The trip is with Elie Weisel, the author of Night, which is the book currently selected for Oprah’s Book Club.

Anyway, the show started (in NYC area, at least) 20 minutes ago – sorry… I just found out about it, though.



Makor is closing. All is lost.


Re-Re…Re-Releasing Star Wars

Lore Sjöberg has a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek take on Lucasfilm’s announcement that they are re-releasing the original versions of the Star Wars trilogy in September (Limited Edition, of course). Now, the more cynical among us (myself and Sjöberg included) may wonder about the timing of such a release, seeing as how Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are just about upon us, making the new releases almost immediately irrelevant. More likely, we cynics groaned about the fact that they are not simply releasing the original trilogy, but the modified additions with the original version thrown in as “bonus material”. Hmmmm. As Sjöberg puts it, “people who bought the special edition when they really wanted the original version will have to buy the special edition again, and people who didn’t buy the special edition because they only care about the original version will have to pay more to get the special edition anyway! Yes! Use your aggressive feelings! Let the hate flow through you!” He then comes up with some hypothetical future re-releases, such as “The All-Wampa Edition”. Check it out!


p.s. Lucas is really good at giving fans exactly what they want while completely pissing them off at the same time. It’s his inner Palpatine, I guess…

Can I Take Your Photo?

A nice article on the legality of photography these days, via Consumerist. Wired also has a piece this month on the topic, by Clive Thompson. Intellectual property laws being what they are today, it’s important to know what the law actually is (although it differs from country to country and even from state to state). But for the most part, common sense prevails – in the public domain, for non-commercial purposes, you can photograph just about anything without permission, as long as it’s not a security risk. Read the article, though, and/or consult your lawyer if you plan on making use of this information, though. Damned if you’re going to try to take me down with you, paparazzi pond-scum!


p.s. I’m being generous – pond-scum is the nicest kind of scum.