was an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1993 to 2002, first on Comedy Central and then on ABC. Four guests (usually including at least one comedian) would debate topics across the political spectrum in what Maher once described as “The McLaughlin Group on acid.” Of the 1300+ episodes produced, 190 can be viewed on YouTube. [more inside]
The Manitoba government's Bill C-18
compels all publicly-funded schools to accommodate students who want to form gay-straigt alliances. This bill has been met with resistance by religious schools
, federal ministers
and local clergy
. Despite the furor, Education Minister Nancy Allan
is not backing down, nor is sixteen-year old activist Evan Wiens
SHIELD Act introduced a second time
to combat patent lawsuits that rely on those being sued going for settlements because the cost of defensive can be prohibitive. Though still a gamble, if SHIELD were in place and the defendant victorious, the patent holder would have to pay the legal costs. The bill is being reintroduced by Peter DeFazio
(D-OR) and Jason Chaffetz
(R-UT). Arstechnica interviews DeFazio
Reliving Groundhog Day
: On the 20th anniversary of the beloved Bill Murray comedy, it’s time to recognize it as a profound work of contemporary metaphysics.
Is there a man (or woman) among us with pluck enough
to wear Big Bill Haywood's
? [more inside]
How an apology from someone I had never heard of left me in tears.
Bill Corbett (MST3K's Crow T. Robot) apologizes
to the transgender community, in a damn classy fashion.
Apparently, the USHOR Appropriations Committee feels uncomfortable
about permitting convenient
bulk access to THOMAS
database of bills.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
) is a controversial
surveillance bill that proposes broad legal exemptions
for the U.S. government and private companies to share "cyber threat intelligence" that go well beyond the FISA Amendments Act
which legalized the NSA's warrantless wiretapping
program. [more inside]
Malaysia is proposing a Computing Professionals Bill
, based on the Registration of Engineers Act
[.PDF] which makes it mandatory for all practicing "computing professionals" to be registered with a government body. Dealing in the IT industry, including sending “proposals, plans, designs, drawings, schemes, reports, studies or others to be determined by the Board to any person or authority in Malaysia” without being registered
will incur a fine not exceeding RM20,000 (~US$6380) or 6 months in jail. Malaysian IT professionals
are up in arms, and similarities have been drawn to Nigeria's law on computing professionals
COSBY NIGHTMAREZ [SLYT]
David Lynch-esque Cosby Show mashup.
"Internationally, the league has never been stronger: It's the only American sports league that attracts stars from every corner of the world. Digitally, the league has been light years ahead of everyone else, embracing the revolution and staying ahead of the curve with social media and video content. It's also spent the past two decades carefully (and successfully) selling mostly black players to a mostly white audience, an ongoing conundrum that nearly submarined the league in the late-'70s and early-'80s. Throw in a killer 2011 Finals and everything looks fantastic on paper … except for the part that the league is losing money." - Bill Simmons analyzes the NBA labor dispute
for his new website, Grantland
In his easily digested and insightful summary of America's long term outlook, Bill Gross
writes that we're all living in Billy Joel's Allentown
now and that the easy solutions, as is often the case, aren't necessarily the right ones.
"There was hookers, and hustlers, they filled up the room."
It's a Phish Halloween tradition
to play a costume set as another band. Last Sunday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, they paid tribute to Little Feat's
1978 live album Waiting for Columbus
. "Phish are repaying," David Fricke says in his Phishbill essay
[pdf] "a lifelong debt to the band that has inspired and influenced them above all others." [more inside]
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to The Beulah Show
. "After Beulah
was cancelled, the three networks and independent television producers, fearful of being accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes, stopped casting Blacks in their shows almost entirely for the next fifteen years."
Bill Maher's criticism of Obama? Be more like Bush. ...And just like Lindsey [Lohan], we see your name in the paper a lot, but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something. Follow up
of his statements with Keith Olbermann. ...But where's the beef? And it's easy to make speeches; what's hard to do is stand up against corporations. Corporations and their incredible strength are what have ruined this country so far, and this president -- we thought -- might be the one to stand up to them. I'm losing hope. I still have audacity, but my hope is fading.
(born Bill Peed) 1915-2002
, was a Disney animator and children's book author. His work defined the Disney style, served as an inspiration for the movie Cars, and has amazed readers with the depth and expression of its characters. An exhibit of his work
is running at the Art Institute of Chicago
through May 24, 2009 (this Sunday). [more inside]
The House passed H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
a few days ago
. The bill would put regulation of tobacco under the jurisdiction of the F.D.A.
of this bill, pointing out that Philip Morris is behind it. But the bill does contain many positive elements
. Manufacturers would be required to disclose product ingredients to the F.D.A. and marketing to children would be further restricted. [more inside]
Breakfast at Sulimay's with Bill, Moon, Joe and Ann: 1
featuring reviews of The Thermals, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, and Clipse. l
with The Knife, Deerhoof, and Paul Wall featuring 'lil Keke. l
with Asha, TI, Toby Mac.
with the Shins , !!!, and Common. l
with Bjork , Wilco , and Black Reble Motorcycle club. l
with Santogold, Portishead and Death Cab for Cutie!
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As jazz fans know, fifty years ago on March 2, 1959, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
, John Coltrane
, Cannonball Adderley,
Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb met at the Columbia 30th Street Studios in NYC for the first session of Miles new album, Kind of Blue
. (Link goes to the 50th anniversary collector's box set edition page at amazon.) It was the touchstone for many other future recordings bearing its mighty influence and it fostered several high profile careers, and a new modal sound for jazz. Kind of Blue
went on to be certified platinum, selling 4 million records,
the most ever for a jazz album. Bill Evans had left the band in late 1958, but was called back by Miles for the sessions, which included his new pianist Wynton Kelly on one track only, Freddie Freeloader.
The tunes they did that day, "So What"
, "Blue in Green"
(written by Evans, though credited to Miles) and "Freeloader" all became standards as did "All Blues" from the April session. Documentaries and entire books have been written on this one album alone. The phenomenon lives on. (previously
on AskMeFi, but just on Trane and Miles.)
Tiny Art Director
Bill Zeman’s daughter is the Tiny Art Director. She tells him what to draw and then tells him just exactly how much she hates it. Bill has been recording her comments and posting them with his art since she was two and a half. via
In July of 1961, the bass genius Scott LaFaro
, perished in a fiery car crash after visiting family and friends in upstate NY, just ten days after doing the last gigs he would ever do with the great Bill Evans's trio (which became the legendary live recordings from the Vanguard
) . He was only 24 years old. But he was also developing as a fine writer as well, as this Evans trio track
- a mystical ballad in 9/4, shows. [more inside]
"Bishop contends that as Americans have moved over the past three decades, they have clustered in communities of sameness, among people with similar ways of life, beliefs, and in the end, politics. There are endless variations of this clustering—what Bishop dubs the Big Sort—as like-minded Americans self-segregate in states, cities—even neighborhoods. Consequences of the Big Sort are dire: balkanized communities whose inhabitants find other Americans to be culturally incomprehensible; a growing intolerance for political differences that has made national consensus impossible; and politics so polarized that Congress is stymied and elections are no longer just contests over policies, but bitter choices between ways of life.
Article about the book from the Economist
. Book's Website
. A review.
Photographs of esteemed Sydney artist Bill Henson
have been removed by police from the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
, and the debate over art vs pornography vs pedophilia heats up in Sydney this week.
Some of the debate is quite measured and intelligent
while other sides are descending to unruly levels
. [more inside]
Payback is a b*tch.
Former presidential scandal
Gennifer Flowers is putting the tapes of her recorded conversations with Bill Clinton -- which she was previously offered $5 million for -- up on the auction block. [more inside]
is a website for keeping track of the U.S. Congress. (previously)
But, now it also a social network
. So, sign-up
and see what your favourite Senator
has been doing, track bills
and, follow important issues
. Then, share that information with your friends
or write about it on your blog
” Charlotte (Johansson): “Okay.” Lost in Translation
's mysterious whisper finale revealed by audio processing. (via kottke
Fans of Flight Simulators and Michinima might be familiar with the adventures of Bill and John. If you're not, download episode 1 along with the subtitles and and familiarize yourself with a very funny piece of machinima, even more impressive because it's not only in Lock On: Modern Air Combat
, but in French to boot. Well they're back, winning Best Picture at the Machinima 2006
film festival, The Adventures of Bill Et John II
. Browse the rest of the nominees and winners on the Machinima.com festival page
Thomas White may collect 100,000,000's in loans
under the new energy bill
. Any bets on whether those loans will get paid back or not?
is a endeavor that is undertaken by many, using what's available.
Often, that is money. Sometimes simple
, and sometimes complicated
is often spiffy
and incorporates the bill's features into the design.
is quite possibly the best television show ever produced. Not only is it amazingly gripping stuff, it's also meticulously researched. (Pretty easy to do when the entire city
is a registered historic landmark
Sure, we all know that Wild Bill
and Calamity Jane
were real people. As it turns out, though, almost every
main character in the show (and many minor ones) had a real life counterpart, as did many of the events
Deadwood notables EB Farnum
, Reverend H W Smith
, Seth Bullock
and his partner Sol Star
, Colorado Charlie Utter
, Al Swerengen
with his Gem Saloon, and the crosseyed gambler Jack McCall
all lived and breathed in one of America's most storied cities.
Do you like fast-forwarding through commercials on a television program you’ve recorded? How much do you like it? Enough to go to jail if you’re caught doing it? If a new copyright and intellectual property omnibus bill sitting on Congress’s desk passes, that may be the choice you'll face.
Let's hope this legislation goes lame duck like this session of Congress.
This Cosby show is undeserved.
"These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids - $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics,''' Cosby said. "They're standing on the corner, and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: 'Why you ain't, why you is. '... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads.''
A call to rally to protect our digital rights
Legislation introduced in Congress to allow continued fair use of digital media. Other links at story site.
Senate Approves Canada Drug Imports!
"Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said, "If this proposal becomes law, we are just placing our country in the hands of foreign terrorists who could easily get hold of various prescription drug products and spread desolation and disease."
Really, Senator, what hallucinogen are you on, and which drug company is buying it for you?
I'm sure this bill still faces hurdles, but sounds great to me.
"The U.S.A. prides itself as being one of the most pluralistic societies on earth, with a stunning variety of houses of worship in many communities. But the right to engage in civic activities, and especially to engage in political speech, is severely curtailed among many faith groups because of the perception that the house of worship will lose its charitable status
if 'politics' is discussed." That may be about to change