Thursday, June 24, 2004
First off, did you even imagine there was a Pizza Weblog?
Now that you have digested that factoid, consider the "piPod:"
Slice, America's Favorite Pizza Weblog™, is very proud to bring you piPod, a field guide to pizza that takes advantage of the Notes Reader in the latest version of the iPod operating software.
The guide is organized by borough and is meant to be a quick-and-dirty on-the-go reference tool. As such, entries are brief (some not so brief), covering the basics while focusing heavily on how to get to featured pizzerias.
In version 1.0, we've included our favorite pizzerias, most of which are in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Queens, Staten Island, and (especially) the Bronx are underrepresented, we know. A couple entries are included not because we've been there but because we wanted the info in our iPods for future trips. If you see a glaring omission or factual error, send us the relevant information [adam (at) sliceny dot com] and we'll include it in future releases.
piPod Key: C = Coal-oven; P = Pies only; + = Recommended; ++ = A Slice favorite. Hence [CP]+ = Coal-oven, pies only, recommended.
This has to be something Steve Jobs never anticipated . . .
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Perfect for Exhibitionists - A public toilet in Switzerland that has an enclosure made of one-way glass, so that no one can see you doing your business but you could see them while you’re inside.
via Sensory Impact
Water Cooled PC
Collision Detection notes: This is the best casemod I've ever seen in my life. G-nome, an Australian dude, spent seven months hand-tooling the plexiglass, chrome, and piping necessary to produce this water-cooled desktop masterpiece. It looks like what you'd get if Ridley Scott channelled the ghost of Leonardo da Vinci and the two designed a computer together. Check out his web site -- it's crammed full of lavish pictures and specs. You really have to zoom in on the zillion different details to appreciate the stunning gorgeousity of this thing.
More proof that casemodding is the signature folk art of our times.
(More photos here)
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Banned Album Covers
Here are my two favorites
The Beatles, Yesterday and Today
When Capitol released Yesterday and Today, cobbled together from other albums including Revolver and Help! the Fab Four, reportedly outraged that their art was being "butchered", posed for this photo. Capitol released it in June 1966, but faced with rejection by distributors, they had to recall thousands of "Butcher" LPs. Panicked, they rustled up a gloomy and unflattering photo - ever since known as the Trunk Cover - and pasted them over the recalled jackets. In that process, they created one of the holy grails of record collecting.
Roger Waters, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
When Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters stepped out in 1984 with his first solo album, it grabbed the attention of feminist activists. After enduring charges that he was a sexist, and assertions that the graphics "encouraged rape", a new cover was issued with the offending buttocks covered by a black bar.
Taboo Tunes, by Peter Blecha, is published by Backbeat Books
via The Joint
Iraq, 9/11 and Bush
Where ever did so many Americans get the idea Iraq was related to 9/11 ? Oh, that's right, the Presidential Letter to Congress requesting authorization to invade Iraq.
This is likely the single most important document of the Bush Presidency. It was created caregully, with incredible focus and thought placed on every word, sentence and paragraph.
It is unimaginable that the placement of 9/11 into the 2nd half of this authorization request was anything but a conscious, deliberate act:
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
March 18, 2003
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed byIraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Oh, and just in case it ever disappears from WhiteHouse.gov, heres a pdf:
Presidential Letter (HTML)
Monday, June 21, 2004
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Saddam Hussein, and Al-Qaeda
click for larger graphic
via San Francisco Chronicle
"Nous sommes desoles que notre president soit un idiot. Nous n’avons pas vote pour lui."
This translates to:
"We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We did not vote for him."
The French "Easter egg" began as a joke on Tom Bihn, President of TOM BIHN.
(Yah, sure it was. Nice try . . .)
All profits will go to the Seattle Vet Center to benefit the Homeless Vet Program
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Psilocybin for Silly Scion?
"Toyota has axed its controversial series of online ads for its Scion tC model after the company concluded that drug-induced hallucinations may not be the most politically-correct way to promote its youth-oriented brand. In the cartoons, called "303 Caliber", a young man's face, gestures and voice alter (in the time-honored Hollywood fashion) after eating a magic mushroom. His hallucinations then form the basis of the continuing plot of the following ads.
Toyota officials initially argued the hallucinations sprang from the character's dehydration. There was no comment on whether the lack of adequate air conditioning in the Scion B might create the same mind-bending effect."
via The Truth about Cars
Saturday, June 19, 2004
BBC News Online looks at some of the contrasting views held by senior US officials and organisations over claims of a link between Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
US President George W Bush - 17 June 2004:
"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al-Qaeda is because there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda."
9/11 Commission - 16 June 2004:
"We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda co-operated on attacks against the United States."
US Vice-President Dick Cheney - January 2004:
"There's overwhelming evidence... of a connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq".
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - January 2004:
"The most intensive searching over the last two years has produced no solid evidence of a co-operative relationship between Saddam Hussein's government and al-Qaeda."
US Secretary of State Colin Powell - January 2004:
"I have not seen smoking gun, concrete evidence about the connection, but I do believe the connections existed."
US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice - September 2003:
"Saddam was a danger in the region where the 9/11 threat emerged."
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - November 2002:
"Within a week, or a month, Saddam could give his WMD to al-Qaeda."
Who was in charge on 9/11 ?
Truth Out Editor's Note:
"The release of the 9/11 Commission report on the terror attacks of September 11 has sent an earthquake rolling through Washington D.C. Beyond the repudiation of the Iraq-al Qaeda connections so often touted by the Bush administration as a proper cause for war, the panel has opened a bright window into the actions of the administration on the day the attacks unfolded.
For three years now, many have wondered how it was possible for four commercial airplanes to pierce the most formidable air defenses in the history of the universe. Now, we hear from the commander of NORAD that, indeed, those planes could have been stopped had there been order within the chain of command. For three years, we have been told that George W. Bush was absolutely in command on that day. Now, we hear that Bush sat reading a story about goats as the second plane struck the Towers. Most shockingly, we now hear that it was Cheney who wound up giving the too-late shoot-down order, an order that should have been given by the President himself."
• Air Defenses Faltered on 9/11, Panel Finds
• Cheney Authorized Shooting Down 9/11 Planes
• Questioning Nearly Every Aspect of the Responses to Sept. 11
• Panel Says Chaos in Administration Was Wide on 9/11
Presidential Classroom Videos:
Below, you will find links to videotape of George W. Bush sitting in the Florida classroom described in our lead article. You will see White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card come forward to inform Bush that the attacks were underway. You will see George W. Bush do absolutely nothing in response.
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