August 25th, 2005

the only earth?

odds against

I sort of understand the backwards "R" in Toys "R" Us; much of their target audience is pre-literate. But the Target site, oddsagainstseven is meant to inspire pre- or current college students to buy things for their collegiate lives by getting them to watch movies and download indie rock music and ringtones and podcasts from a website.

So what's up with the dyslexic logo?
odds against seven
For extra credit: compare and contrast with Target's other advertising strategies, including the takeover all of the ad space in last week's New Yorker.
the only earth?

"I'm a blogger. I blog out"


I am now accepting pre-orders for this T-shirt, inspired by an article in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer titled "From Seattle's lively blogosphere, a group is born" [pi].

I think that getting them screenprinted at Oneoff Clothing would probably be much nicer than doing it at CafePress.

update: what does 'blogging out' mean to you? please share your definitons and real life examples!

seeing other people

Reading Steven Johnson's story [discover] about dodgeball reminded me that I signed up for the service a long time ago and never used it.

Maybe this is because I'm not so sure I'm keen on knowing where 2nd degree contacts are in relation to me. Although it does seem passive enough that it might be the sort of thing that I'd like.

Is anyone using it? Do you like knowing who you know in a ten block radius?
drinking in the dark

more re: blogging out

What does blogging out [<2e] mean to you? Please provide your suggestions with examples. This nonsense term demands definition!

At the very least, it deserves an entry in the urban dictionary.
i am not a stuffed tiger.

everything is illuminated trailer

The trailers for the film version of Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated [$] (September 2005) are now online [apple], with link to flash-heavy official site]. Is it just me, or do they seem mildly spoilery? It's been a while since I read the book, but from the preview it looks like the movie is going to be mostly about the Jonathan narrative.
i am not a stuffed tiger.

more killing yourself to live

Since I was kind of dismissive of the Chuck Klosterman book in my post last night, here's an experiment to highlight some of the interesting pages from Chuck Killing Yourself to Live [update: it seems like the links expire, but the book is still searchable.]

  • A discussion about the difference between marijuana people and cocaine people, illustrated through fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Interpol, takes place around on page 37 [amazon, search inside for "interpol"]

  • An explanation of why Led Zeppelin will always be the the most popular rock band of all time occurs on page 198 [amazon, "search inside" for zeppelin] almost made me regret my refusal to even consider liking old music. Maybe my few days of Led Zeppelin obsession are still on the horizon.

  • A section about the Cobain suicide gets going around page 223 [amazon, search inside for cobain]. His thesis is that Kurt Cobain's death incited a huge reverse engineering in the way people perceived themselves. Even though I think he has a point, I still felt sad about it when reading it.
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