June 29, 2003

Einstein's Sister

I was rifling through cd baby the other day and came across a great band (almost) in my backyard. Einstein's Sister have been around for years and apparently had a few brief moment's of pop stardom when various TV networks licensed some of their songs.

These guys sound very Squeeze-y, with some smarty pants Elvis Costello lyrics thrown in for good measure. Definitely recommended. Some tracks:

Of course, when I emailed the band to find out when they would be playing in the Chicago metro area, I got a note back saying, basically, "We're all sort of doing other things now, who knows...".

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June 28, 2003


My 15 minutes of fame are rapidly ticking away. The important bits:

While noise-canceling technology has created a buzz among corporate travelers, some audiophiles say the headsets are packed with expensive technology that clutters up the listening experience.

"It changed the sound of some of the stuff I listened to and added a little of its own flavor," said Patrick Kane, a Chicago-area information security consultant and self-described audiophile.

"It's not that they don't work — they do cut down a lot of noise," said Kane, who added that he also grew tired of lugging around batteries to power his old noise-canceling headphones.

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June 9, 2003

Ginger Altoids

So Nicco from the Dean campaign sent me some ginger Altoids.

They are oh so gingery. Much better than peppermint Altoids. And, apparently, hard to find. Google turns up tons of sob stories of people looking for the elusive mints.

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June 6, 2003

Duct Tape Fashion Accessories

Duct tape wallets, guitar straps and purses.

I'm speechless.

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June 4, 2003

Howard Dean campaign

The meeting tools that we put together for the Dean campaign have just gone live. These tools allow both self-organized and pre-planned meetings and will build on the successes of Dean's current meetup.com-based system.

Thanks to Zack Exley for his help wrangling this to completion and MoveOn.org for sponsoring the original development.

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June 2, 2003

Japanese Tech Brog

A great blog about tech by some random Japanese guy. Come for the content, stay for the Japlish.

(Thanks Barry!)

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June 1, 2003

Starlight Mints

Heard Starlight Mints on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic last week. Great Oklahoma band, currently opening for the Flaming Lips on their US tour.

The Mints live in that same alternative universe as The Sugarplastic, The Negro Problem and XTC. Y'know, that bizarro world where pop music doesn't totally suck?

Tasty tracks off their latest album, Built from Squares:

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