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Nota Bene #111: Mmmmm… Beeeeeer

Sorry for the long absence. Let’s carry on, shall we? “If you listen to the guys up in the stands, pretty soon you’ll be up there sitting with them.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “I stood in this forest the other day filming and I started to cry” … “A reminder to Internet nutjobs: your IP address can and will be used to hunt you down” … “To be able to apply a magnetic field to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing” … “The future is no longer boundless and the window that keeps The End at bay is closing fast” … “The prospect of the Arctic being navigable during summer months has impelled the Chinese government to allocate more resources to Arctic research” … “After a long illness and years of neglect, Adm. Michael Mullen finally euthanized the Powell Doctrine” … “Name a cash cow in this sprawling city of ragged slums and glass-walled office buildings and it’s almost certain there’s an organized crime syndicate behind it” … “I’m protesting against a corporation being allowed to rewrite the rules of copyright and the laws of my country” … “After years of trying to find each other, two long-lost brothers have discovered they live just metres apart” … “Try making a dentist appointment with a name like Mankiller or Crow Dog or Pretty Shield” … “A 1200 baud, acoustically-coupled, wardialing catalyst in a Hollywood blockbuster gave phreakers mainstream cred and a real chance at Ally Sheedy” … “Researchers said items found inside the gray whale included small towels, sweatpants, plastic bags, surgical gloves, a golf ball and small bits of plastic” … “At first the holy man was reluctant, but eventually he agreed to perform a series of rituals designed to kill Mr. Edamaruku live on television” … “Finding the resources and tenacity to continue fighting the ‘two-party system’ is very difficult and discouraging most of the time” … “I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually” … “Every American needs to watch ‘Collateral Murder,’ heartbreaking as it is” … “I am talking about something much more dangerous, much deadlier to the health of cinema” … “Mysticism is a dirty word for some Christians” … “It’s an epidemic that’s cutting down a generation of Americans” … “What am I doing piloting a Japanese personal-mobility device through the streets of Manhattan?” … “Either capitalism dies or Mother Earth dies” … “Riverdale High is getting its first gay character” … “We want ordinary people to feel like stockholders in the process of building a state” … “Shimon relies on complex algorithms to identify tempo, beats, chord progressions and melodic dissonance and consonance” … “Drink your way through this list and you’ll instantly raise your beer IQ” … “This is discouraging for those of who still want the truth about more recent events like the financial crisis or the torture regime under Bush and Cheney” … “Rajon Rondo must have been acutely aware of this fact” … “That simple dream of me being on TV—a dream shared by me and perhaps a dozen of you—has come true” … “It’s still blooming Stevie Wonder we’re talking about here” … “The real obscenity is war” … “Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome” … “After a troubled and turbulent decade, one of the most iconic faces on the planet during the post-punk era is returning to active service” … “The private boarding school now led by Autumn Adkins would have excluded her in years past” … “Some of the world’s biggest, most profitable corporations enjoy a far lower tax rate than you do—that is, if they pay taxes at all” … “We were not prepared for how deteriorated the place had become, both due to vandals and nature” … “We need to get these toxins out of our river water” … “Oddly enough, Sandlin remembered that this much sought after game wasn’t really all that great” … “The first women to serve on U.S. Navy submarines are expected to be on the job by fall of 2011″ … “Over the years they have been used as dungeons, beer cellars, cess-pits, tanneries and air-raid shelters” … “What are the 10 most famous stolen bases in baseball history?” … “There is still plenty of hurt surrounding the Wounded Knee massacre” … “Whether the planet saves itself or not, he argues, all we can do is to ‘enjoy life while you can‘” … “For hours he writhes in the burning pain from the back heat of the world’s hottest pepper” … “I would not say that this announcement is the equivalent of seeing the face of God, but it might turn out to be the toe of God” … “When I get on planes, every so often the stewardess or the pilot will come out and ask me, ‘Do you want to fly the plane?'” … “He enters his 81st year warning us that we have little time left to save our anemic democracy” … “These pictures alone terrify me” … “Who would win in a battle, By-Tor or the Snow Dog?” … “Nobody knows if the person sitting opposite to one is from the future, or not” … “There are no bigger bastards than the Republican Party” … “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet” … This issue’s quote was from Bobby Knight … And finally, “Yeah, what they said.” ∞

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6 replies »

  1. Ahhh, welcome back. I’ve missed you. And for everybody out there who hasn’t seen Rush live, get in line now. Awesome live band, and consummate professionals, even on a Tuesday night in Greensboro (when I first saw them).

    I’m more of a PERMANENT WAVES guy myself, though…..

  2. Agree with Dr. Slammy. Welcome back! This column might just be the most thought-provoking 5 minutes on the internets. If this week’s episode were only a link to the Ursula K. Le Guin article, that would still be great.

    As for Rush, I can’t decide if their high watermark was “Exit … Stage Left” (because they were a live band above all else) or “Power Windows”. They assimilated electronics better than just about any other rock band of the day. Was “Power Windows” really released just a year after Van Halen’s “1984”?

  3. Sorry for late reply, fikshun… thanks for the kind words. ‘Power Windows’ had some tasty stuff on it, but I’ll always love ‘Signals’ the best in that period, cheesy-sounding keyboards and all.

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