January 2005

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An Open Letter to U2

It’s like this. U2 has made some great music, even in the last 15 years or so. But honestly, they stopped being a rock and roll band when they cancelled a chunk of their Zooropa tour because their GIANT SCREEN TV BROKE.

I’m glad somebody is posting their opinion like on the link above, though… because really, based on the sort of persona the U2 members have cultivated over the years, you’d think they would care. (I seriously doubt Radiohead would put up with this stuff, for example.)

But U2 hasn’t really been four guys in a band in quite a while. It’s been a major media force, a corporation, for years.

You’d like to think, though, wouldn’t you… that they’d not let things like “picking the pretty people from the line for the DVD taping” happen. That’s just awful.


The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson is synonymous with being curled up between my parents in bed, warm, safe, just barely awake after being asleep a while already, only to open my eyes some and see the flicker of the screen and hear those voices, and that friendly self-deprecating, wry delivery that always meant to me “go back to sleep, everybody’s laughing, everybody’s happy, everything’s fine.”

Yahoo! News – Late-Night King Johnny Carson Dies at 79

It is truly, truly amazing… the philistine buffoonery that has been allowed to masquerade as enlightened leadership in our country.

Scalia To Synagogue – Jews Are Safer With Christians In Charge

and this (even though it almost pales in comparison to the insanity linked above) …

Harvard President – Women Really Aren’t as Good at Math and Science


The Mac mini is gorgeous. Brilliant.

When I heard about it I was afraid it would be underpowered… not the case, at all.

Vice Mag

Vice Magazine is snarky potty-mouthed fun. I wonder if their style guide is so detailed that it actually makes all their writers sound like the same exact disaffected Manhattan 20-something? Whatever the case, it’s a good time.

For all you designers, check out Viceland – The Vice A to Z of Design. They roast everything from Drop-Caps to Tradition (and some other stuff before and after in the alphabet).