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Broken Link? I see nothing but a sign up for Salon page.
posted by gus at 2:56 PM on August 19, 2005


Want to read the rest of this article and all of Salon for FREE?
posted by ori at 2:57 PM on August 19, 2005


Want to read the rest of this article and all of Salon for FREE?

NO
posted by angry modem at 3:07 PM on August 19, 2005


When will companies learn that it is not FREE if I have to give them something. My personal information is worth something to me, so it had better be worth something to them, or they won't get my business. I'd like to read the article, but it's too expensive.
posted by blue_beetle at 3:16 PM on August 19, 2005


Just watch a brief advertisement to get a FREE Site Pass for today.

I would. But I have to smash my toes with a hammer.

Sometimes a firewall or Internet security product will block some of the information that is passed invisibly between Ultramercial and Salon. Try temporarily disabling these products if you can
.

Kinda defeats the purpose of having a firewall or Internet security product, doesn't it?
posted by Smedleyman at 3:19 PM on August 19, 2005


tabs. launch the ad in another tab, surf elsewhere (or type this message), voila, back to the article. ...which brings me to ... top 10 things? The lamest top 10 things ever. unless you're a Xiu Xiu fan, maybe.
posted by tomplus2 at 3:24 PM on August 19, 2005


Well, I like Xiu Xiu, but I don't know how you're supposed to pronounce it... Anyone know?
posted by crank at 3:27 PM on August 19, 2005


1. Cactus collection -- there are 27. I am obsessed with numbers. The next acceptable amount would be 34 so I will have to buy 7 more if the forest is to expand.

2. Plastic feet purchased from a shoe store in Hanoi, Vietnam. Three are left and one is right.

3. Mousy toys chewed up by the cat Roberta. They were artfully framed in Seattle by a fading Goth dude.

4. Papier-mâché Mexican doll hanging over the sink in the kitchen. I have to be careful not to splash water up to it.

5. View from the bathroom window. It is so California it hurts.

6. Silkscreen art on paper towel by James Morrison. Before we became friends he mailed it to me.

7. Ceramics I inherited from my grandfather. He was a merchant marine and smuggled people from Asia to the U.S. in exchange for antiques.

8. Colorform vegetables on the fridge that my niece rearranges every time she comes over.

9. Black beanbag that my sister gave me for Christmas. It is perverted and silly looking.

10. Tiny white tuxedo presented to me for my 33rd birthday from my bandmate, Caralee. It is the best gift I have ever received.
posted by dreamsign at 3:29 PM on August 19, 2005


For those that can't see the article, use this to bypass the nag screen: http://www.salon.com/news/cookie.html
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:31 PM on August 19, 2005


"Shoe Shoe", more or less. Anyone seen the movie they took the name from?
posted by hototogisu at 3:35 PM on August 19, 2005


Also, the Salon cookie shortcut doesn't seem to work anymore. Which is a shame, because I like sitting through all the interior-ad interruptions, in addition to the day-pass one. Hoo boy...
posted by hototogisu at 3:37 PM on August 19, 2005


hototogisu writes "Anyone seen the movie they took the name from?"

Yeah. It ruined my day. Most depressing thing ever....
posted by mr_roboto at 3:42 PM on August 19, 2005


Anyone seen the movie they took the name from?

Sent down girl? Yeah, that was a barrel of laughs . . .
posted by hackly_fracture at 3:42 PM on August 19, 2005


For anyone wondering whether they want a free site pass, be aware you might encounter photographs of dying African children with the headline CLICK TO SAVE ME before being directed towards the article, which is an irreverant look around one persons ironic thrift store purchases and how cool they are.
posted by fire&wings at 3:46 PM on August 19, 2005


Well, that seems to be the consensus...
posted by hototogisu at 3:46 PM on August 19, 2005


Wow, that's a pretty stupid list. Thanks for saving me the time, dreamsign. Why in the hell would Salon post this crap and why in the hell am I supposed to care?

I always thought it was more like Zu Zu than Shoe Shoe but they're both pretty close, it just depends on how drunk I am.
posted by fenriq at 3:47 PM on August 19, 2005


What the heck is Xiu Xiu? And what is the significance of their ten favorite things? Can I post my favorite band's ten favorite things too?
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:49 PM on August 19, 2005


Wait, you expected profoundly deep content from Salon? Heh.

Xiu Xiu is a noise-pop band, for lack of any better qualification (when you've got as much gamelan in you as Robert Smith, what can ya do?). Capable of inspiring only love or hatred inflected with the sweetest strains of hyperbole, Xiu Xiu is a fragile creature in the wild, with the poison glands of a platypus.

Yeah.
posted by hototogisu at 3:54 PM on August 19, 2005


why in the hell am I supposed to care?

Well, the actual article does have pictures of the crap in question.

Wait, you expected profoundly deep content from Salon?

I kinda liked the "I Did It For Science" series by Grant Stoddard, though "profoundly deep" it was not.
posted by dreamsign at 4:13 PM on August 19, 2005


I love their cover of Ceremony.
posted by deafmute at 4:13 PM on August 19, 2005


the cover of "fast car" is pretty great too. what was her name (google lapse)...ah, yes, tracy chapman. but I could give a shit about his tchochkes.
posted by TonyRobots at 4:23 PM on August 19, 2005


Can't believe I got guilted about starving children for that crappy list. :P
posted by knave at 4:37 PM on August 19, 2005


When I saw Xiu Xiu at the Wire/Empty Bottle modern music fest, I was touched by how much the girl in the band looked like she was cradling a retarded baby when she played the autoharp. I think, though, that's the way everyone looks when they're playing an autoharp standing up.

I will say this: Jaime Stewart can produce some pretty interesting vocal noises.
posted by kenko at 4:52 PM on August 19, 2005


YOUR FAVORITE'S BAND FAVORITE THINGS SUCK
posted by matteo at 5:23 PM on August 19, 2005


So close, matteo...
posted by kenko at 5:34 PM on August 19, 2005


I don't know why I thought this was interesting.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 6:01 PM on August 19, 2005


Xiu Xiu takes their name from the noise lasers make in the GI Joe cartoons. SHEUUUUU SHEUUUUUUU
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 6:45 PM on August 19, 2005


*cough* greasemonkey+Salon Premium Pass *cough*
posted by quiet at 7:05 PM on August 19, 2005


Also, the Salon cookie shortcut doesn't seem to work anymore.

Worked for me. *shrug* Not that it was worth it to read that list.
posted by DakotaPaul at 1:17 AM on August 20, 2005


The new cookie shortcut seems to be http://www.salon.com/news/cookie756.html. At least for me.
posted by Bezbozhnik at 5:14 AM on August 20, 2005


Metafilter: cradling a retarded baby
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:45 AM on August 20, 2005


I don't begrudge people their detritus, but some folks really do seem to fill their homes with the most amazingly meaningless crap. I guess I just don't have the requisite "Look at this random object! It's a material non-sequitur! I'm cool!" aesthetic to appreciate this fully.
posted by majick at 10:09 AM on August 20, 2005


I quite liked it. I can relate to his tale of moving at least once a year to a new apartment which isn't necessarily all that great, and since he moves so often, his idea of "home" is now focused more on the odds, sods and trinkets he brings with him. I'm currently living in a sub-let apartment in Vancouver's Kitsilano, and while it's nicely furnished enough, it's a little too girly for my tastes - ok, it's a girl's flat, so it's not all that surprising, but there is nothing to make the place my own apart from a laptop, midi keyboard,currently-useless snowboard, and my admittedly bachelor levels of general tidiness. I've never been a random trinkets person - or even posessions, really, but my urge to come home and feel home is becoming increasingly powerful...
posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:02 PM on August 20, 2005


I didn't get starving kids; I got a Corvette ad.

I mean, yeah, most MeFites are socially-conscious Bohemians, and I am instead your basic garden-variety yuppie scum...

..but how did they KNOW?
posted by ikkyu2 at 4:46 PM on August 21, 2005


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