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Not psyched for the NCAA Tourney? You can always make your picks for TMN’s literary Tournament of Books. Same bracketology; different genre. I’m hoping for a smackdown in the final between, “And Then We Came to The End” over “On Chesil Beach.”


Admit it, you’re gonna put some money down on “Tree of Smoke” to take it all, but everyone’s saying that’s a shoo-in to win. Take a risk, man. Who’s your Cinderella Story this year?

Let’s dance.

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Arthur C Clarke Arthur C. Clarke died on March 18 – a visionary of the space age. He may be most remembered for ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’ which was developed from a 1951 (?) story “The Sentinel”. Kudos to anyone who knows what “The Sentinel” was about.

He also said:

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth. Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.

– (from Clarke’s foreword in 2001, A Space Odyssey, 1968)

He was a scientist whose work with satellites led to the coining of the term a “Clarke orbit.” He foresaw the use of communications satellites – without which we wouldn’t have GPS or TV…. He was a visionary award-winning science fiction author who influenced several generations of writers and became an icon of the SF subculture. He was a prolific writer of more than 100 books, several of which, “Childhood’s End” and “Rendezvous with Rama” were startling reading. Resquiescat Intra Astra (and a free trip to the Quicky Mart to anyone who translates that).

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All hail Paul Ford! – He did the impossible. He did the unthinkable. He did the why-would-anyone bother?

He downloaded the entire SXSW torrent file which contains more than 48 continuous hours of music, representing 763 different bands (which is less than half the bands that played).  Are you beginning to comprehend how ridiculously large the scale of South by Southwest is???


And he listened to each song in its entirety. And he reviewed each band. Succinctly. In 6 words or less.

He also provides a link where you can download their songs. Check it out. Comprehensive and kinda handy, huh?

Also, for those who care, The Raconteurs release their second full albun next Tuesday.

And NPR had some really good coverage of SXSW as well. Archives of concerts (some videos), including REM, Yo La Tengo, AA Bondy, Bon Iver and more. And really good blog coverage too.

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So, technically it’s been around for years. In the nineteenth century eyeball tattooing was used as a cosmetic correction in some cases of blindness. But this just doesn’t seem right.


Criminy! I am all for rugged individualism, but whatever happened to trekking the Appalachian Trail? Sitting on Walden Pond? Exploring the wilds of Alaska?


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A community on the outskirts of Los Angeles has banned swearing and cursing for a week.

An Irish bar has banned the most maudlin of tunes, “Danny Boy” for the month of March. (He doesn’t want that song, written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil to harsh the buzz on St. Paddy’s day).

And how did we miss this? Randy Quaid has been banned from the stage forever. Wow, when you piss off theater folks,  they take serious action.


So, no hopes of seeing him reprise his role as Cousin Eddie in the touring musical version of “Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure” at a community theater near you anytime soon.

Or Ever.

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Sign up for retribution! 


If you bought Airborne to keep all the germies out pre-flight, there may be a piece of the big settlement pie waiting for you. They’re on the hook for false advertising because maybe they didn’t do any testing involving actual doctors. But what does that matter? The product itself was invented by an elementary school teacher so, it was probably never based on real science (at least not any that involved science above a 2nd grade level).

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The News This Week

It’s not even Friday, so going back 5 days – Sheesh, There have been a ton of world events, Right?

  •  There was a lunar eclipse, next one 2010, hope you caught it!
  • Largest Beef Recall Ever– Unfortunately, most of it’s already been consumed.
  • Obama adds Che Guevara flag to his Texas offices, good call? Bad call?


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