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13 January 2010
12 January 2010
[life] What boyfriends and girlfriends search for on Google‘how can I get my girlfriend / boyfriend to trust me?’
11 January 2010
Conversations About The Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee … an interview with a Facebook employee about internal practices at the company …

Q: When you say “click on somebody’s profile,” you mean you save our viewing history?

Facebook Employee: That’s right. How do you think we know who your best friends are?

[books] Kurt Vonnegut Reviews Joseph Heller’s Something Happened‘The book may be marketed under false pretenses, which is all right with me. I have already seen (British) sales promotion materials which suggest that we have been ravenous for a new Heller book because we want to laugh some more. This is as good a way as any to get people to read one of the unhappiest books ever written. “Something Happened” is so astonishingly pessimistic, in fact, that it can be called a daring experiment. Depictions of utter hopelessness in literature have been acceptable up to now only in small dose, in short-story form, as in Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” or John D. MacDonald’s “The Hangover,” to name a treasured few. As far as I know, though, Joseph Heller is the first major American writer to deal with unrelieved misery at novel length. Even more rashly, he leaves his major character, Slocum, essentially unchanged at the end.’
9 January 2010
[comics] Load Runner #3 … scans of the Galaxy’s greatest British computer comic from 1983. Containing such gems as the adventures of Andy Royd and the specifications for the Mattel Aquarius.
8 January 2010
[comics] Grant Goggans On 2000 AD‘Andy Diggle famously described 2000 AD, at its best, as delivering you shot glasses of rocket fuel. You may not like every episode of every tale, but all five episodes each week should try and knock you on your backside with excellent characters in fast-moving, over-the-top stories. Nothing else in comics can give you that thrill, and it’s the highwire, anything-goes weekly nature that makes reading 2000 AD so fun.’
7 January 2010
[comics] Why Chicks Cry … according to 66 romance comic panels … [via MetaFilter]

Never Trust A Sailor
Always Remember: Never Trust A Sailor

6 January 2010
[wire] 100 Greatest Quotes From The Wire‘All the pieces matter.’ [more…]
5 January 2010
[crime] Yorkshire Ripper loves Wii Bowling‘[Peter] Sutcliffe – convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women – has a fondness for Wii Bowling, a source at the Berkshire-based hospital told the newspaper, adding that the murderer has played the game while watched by Robert Napper, the killer of Rachel Nickell.’
[funny] Worth a look: Some QuestionsGive-A-Fuck-O-MeterCan Fail (Isn’t this a visual metaphor for life in some way rather than a fail?)
4 January 2010
[batman] xkcd: Lease‘I don’t know what you just said because I was thinking about Batman.’
[london] Darling At War With “Bully” Brown … apparently this was the last Evening Standard Headline Board produced on December 12 – Can anybody confirm that?
3 January 2010
[london] 2009 in Evening Standard headlines … Samizdata.net on the Evening Standard’s 2009 Headline Boards … ‘At first the guys giving it away carried on with the billboards, but I knew that this practice would soon fade away. If no money is being made in the street from these newspapers, why go to all the bother of advertising them in the street. So it is that if you click on the last picture of all, you see that where there used to be informatively alarming stories about doom and disaster, now there are only forlorn signs saying that the ES now costs nothing.’ [thanks Phil]
2 January 2010
[moore] Comics Won’t Save You, but Dodgem Logic Might … an Alan Moore interview in Wired … ‘I think the comics medium could play a big part in addressing our problems. It’s such a wonderful medium. You can talk about anything, and talk about it in a very powerful and informative way. I’d like to see comics become a medium in which new ideas could be expressed in new, compelling forms, but I don’t really see that coming from the industry’
1 January 2010
[funny] WiFi for Passive-Aggressives‘YourDogShitsInMyYard’
31 December 2009
[funny] The Perfect Billboard‘My God, it even has a watermark.’
[crime] Madeleine McCann… part of a series on Icons Of The Decade from The Guardian

Late in 2007, Gerry McCann gave an interview to an American magazine and talked about the decision to publicise the eye defect. “Certainly we thought it was possible that [the publicity] could possibly hurt her or her abductor might do something to her eye . . . But in terms of marketing, it was a good ploy.”

It is this unsettling mix – of the incredibly intimate and the coolly tactical – that has made the mystery of Madeleine McCann arguably the biggest and most extraordinary child abduction story in history…

30 December 2009
[london] Evening Standard Headline Crisis 2009 … another years worth of the best of the headline boards from the Evening Standard – and probably the last due to it going free …

images of the evening standards headline boards in 2009
Click on the images for the full set

29 December 2009
[blogs] The Annotated Weekender … a blog of doodles all over the Weekend Guardian / Observer Magazines. [via qwghlm.co.uk]
28 December 2009
24 December 2009
[twitter] Tweeting Too Hard … a blog collecting the most self-important tweets from Twitter … ‘fan belt light came on in the 911 so now I’m driving the Cayenne Turbo S – the backup, backup car. Trying not to think about the Tesla…’ [link]
23 December 2009
[comics] Robert Crumb Thinks God Might Actually Be Crazy … another Crumb interview promoting his Illustrated Book of Genesis‘As a Gnostic, yeah, I would say there’s a bigger design. Sometimes you have a split-second glimpses of it. For a second you catch the greater meaning, but then it’s lost.’ [via Neilalien]
[movies] Great Overview Of The Best Of Asian Cinema … my friend Steve has been looking at Asian Cinema from some time now on his blog Things Fall Apart. His review of progress so far is a great jumping on point … ‘The blog has not run the way I thought it would. I started with a list of 15 movies. I still have to cover my favourite 7 (Oldboy, My Sassy Girl, Infernal Affairs, Uzamki, Battle Royale, Suicide Circle and Kairo). I have at least another 20 movies that I know I want to talk about.’
22 December 2009
[comics] Mike Sterling On Watchmen: ‘…there’s a part of me that wishes the Watchmen film had been an enormous hit, enough so that a sequel would have been inevitable, and that even possibly new comic book follow-ups and tie-ins would have been published. Because really, the fanguish that would have caused would have been epically awesome.’
[comics] Dave Sim Goes Partially Print On Demand; Industry To Follow? … this makes a lot of sense for Sim – and it fits in with his past as a champion of self-publishing … ‘The important thing to take away from this is that POD is now being used for comics as a way to keep backlist available, without having to print thousands and thousands of comics at a time that may take years to sell through. That’s about the best use of POD I can think of, actually, following up a high-quality print run with digital copies for latecomers.’
[comics] Complete Set of Opening Credits to the Marvel Cartoons of the 1960s with Lyrics‘The musical intros to these cartoons have left an undeniable splash on American pop culture. Now, as a case in point, I have a 6 year old nephew and he knows the words to the 1960s cartoon Spider-Man theme song. How is that even possible?’ [via Metafilter]
21 December 2009
[tv] Thomas The Tank Engine Attacked For ‘Conservative Political Ideology’‘In one episode, Thomas whistles impatiently at a police officer and is replaced with a different engine as a punishment for showing dissent.’ [via Graybo]