Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Bill Clinton is having a passionate affair with a wealthy divorcee behind wife Hillary's back, says the Enquirer Interesting, but it's one of those - "The Sun says the Enquirer says that an insider says" - so take it with a grain, no, a few pounds, of salt.


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Page 3 girls get topless to support UK soccer.


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Various home-made programs to make g-mail more responsive to your own needs. Example 1: when you click on a mail link on a web page, it uses g-mail. Example 2: use g-mail through Outlook. All Beta stuff, so don't mess with it if you aren't into that kind of early adapter experimentation.


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Andy Rooney in Running for Sexiest Newscaster. Playgirl magazine wants to know "which anchorman would you most like to see in Playgirl?" Andy is one of the nominees. Here is the actual voting home page.


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The 1,000 Best Movies Ever Made. A complete crock. Instant credibility check: The Lord of the Rings films are NOT on the list. The Shawshank Redemption is NOT. There's Something About Mary is NOT. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut is NOT. The recent movies to make the list include modest, soon-to-be-forgotten-if-they-aren't-already films like The Hours, In the Bedroom, and You Can Count on Me. Desperately Seeking Susan is on the list. Most telling is the fact that Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (an absolutely awful movie by any possible standard of measurement) IS on the list. How did he miss Manos: The Hands of Fate? Let's summarize: Lord of the Rings: NO; Sweet Sweetback: YES. In other words, it is a list that makes no effort to assess whether the movies are actually among the "best", but takes historical significance, political correctness, and literary snobbery into account. Bottom line, it is a list of 1000 films often considered good by people who think books are way better than movies.


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Clinton book claims Hillary named after Sir Edmund Hillary . Clinton and Hillary may really believe that, as we often believe our own family legends, but it just ain't so. As Sir Ed points out in his own autobiography, View from the Summit, he was a humble, unknown Kiwi beekeeper, just discharged from the wartime armed services, an amateur mountaineer with no international reputation, when Hillary Clinton was born. He would climb Everest some five and half years later.


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That Jepoardy! dude is now over $500,000,


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The Devil Rays' win streak is over at 12. They played well again, however, losing 2-1 in extra innings, as Zambrano pitched Halliday to a standstill.


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Lots of new stills from King Arthur


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The Daily Show looks at the Philadelphia "gay tourism" plan, and its opponents.


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The Daily Show's Stephen Colbert interviews Don King, who makes pretty much no sense at all.


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The Daily Show's Lewis Black looks at "mourning in America" - profiteering from Reagan memorabilia.


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The Daily Show - Good time Ralphie chooses the man who will be a heartbeat away from finishing a distant third.


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Here's the trailer for Taxi , a comedy starring Jimmy Fallon as an undercover cop and Queen Latifah as a Taxi driver pressed into service in a pursuit.


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Teen cheerleaders shocked by the sight of a penis. Cheerleaders sure have changed since my day.


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Did Syphilis originate with some English monks? It has been widely assumed that Columbus brought the disease from the Americas in 1493, based on the first known European outbreak in 1495. This story discusses the strong possibility that scientists have identified a case in England between 1400 and 1450.


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Porn star Rocco Siffredi retires after making 1300 films. Jeez, you'd think he want to make 308 more movies so he could break Michael Caine's record.


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Gentlemen prefer brunettes.


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Teenage girl learns nothing from Dodgeball, fails to dodge balls in theater.


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Montreal Alouettes Cheerleaders - Photo Album


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Dollmaker to add Ah-nuld with kung-fu grope.


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Kidney Infection Forces Jessica Simpson To Cancel Show. Jessica says she'll never eat those darned kidney beans again.


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8 clips from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle


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Nader urges Kerry to pick Edwards for VP. Kerry urges Nader to STFU, and wear his tinfoil hat at a more rakish angle.


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Florida governor doesn't plan to read Clinton's autobiography President Clinton's new autobiography might sell millions of copies, but Gov. Jeb Bush isn't buying. Bush said Tuesday, "It's just 947 pages is a little more than my threshold". Eeee, doggies! Plus, that gol-dang Clinton, he uses some mighty hard words. The Governor did not define the precise size of his reading threshhold, but he also ruled out George Foreman's Big Book of Baby Names and The Amish Guide to C++.


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ESPN: A handful of teams in the NBA draft will consider choosing Chimezie Kudu, a 7-foot-11 center from South Africa. I would remind you that ESPN combines sports reporting with humor. You will have to decide which of those is represented in this article. "Kudu may not be willing to block shots, despite his height. 'He's a very sensitive guy, and he might not want to hurt the feelings of those playing with him'"


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The big headline from Norway today: Archeologists find chewing gum.


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Linguists choose the 'most untranslatable' words.


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A giant pile of municipal garbage will be the highest elevation in Indiana.


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The Condensed Bill Clinton - Slate reads My Life so you don't have to. Highlights:
  • "I was so exhausted I fell asleep while the stripper was dancing and the goat head was looking up at me."
  • (Clinton) didn't learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels until he was 22.
  • The actor Roberto Benigni leaps into Clinton's arms and shrieks, "I love you!"


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Kick back and enjoy a White Russian, because it's time for the dude to abide again at the third annual Lebowski Fest.


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The trailer for Sleepover, a PG film aimed at the young teen and pre-teen girl market. "In the summer before their freshman year in high school, Julie (Vega) has a slumber party with her best friends, Hannah, Yancy, and Farrah - and they end up having the adventure of their lives. In attempt to cast off their less-than-cool reputations once and for all, Julie and her friends enter into an all-night scavenger hunt against their 'popular girl' rivals. Hijacking dad's car, sneaking into clubs, evading Julie's mother, and even a first kiss - anything is possible at Julie's Sleepover."


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This week's movies. The Notebook - 38% positive reviews. Tear-jerker romantic drama.
  • It's a "tweener" week, with no blockbuster releases (although White Chicks is getting a Wednesday release, so the studio must be at least cautiously hopeful.) This week is the quiet before the Spider-Man storm next week. It appears that Dodgeball may hang on to the #1 spot, challenged by White Chicks.
  • Box Office Mojo is currently estimating 868 screens for Fahrenheit 9/11.


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This week's movies - Two Brothers - 70% positive reviews This is the flick starring Guy Pearce and two tigers (the "brothers" of the title), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.


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This week's movies: Fahrenheit 9/11 - 77% positive reviews. This is Michael Moore's new film.


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This week's movies: White Chicks - 17% positive reviews. Few liked it, but many reviewers admitted that it was better than they expected.


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Upcoming films: De-Lovely - 43% positive reviews (meaningless number - see comments) This is the stylized Cole Porter biopic, and the range of reviews is downright weird. So far, it has scored 0% positive from the minor reviewers, and 100% positive from the major print sources! So far it is rated an execrable 3.4/10 by men at IMDb, and a near-classic 7.8/10 by women! I don't think the distributors can figure out where to fit this in the summer schedule. I don't know exactly why Rotten Tomatoes has it listed among this week's films. Suffice it to say it is not really coming to a theater anywhere near you this week. Wide(r) release on July 2. Maybe.


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Comedy Central pulls the plug on The Man Show. The new hosts just couldn't hold on to the 1.7 million viewers they started with last August. Their current viewership is about a third of that. (Kimmel and Corolla peaked at about 2.5 million, but the show had already started to fall off even before the new guys took over.)


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Here's a one-page, fairly comprehensive, overview of the entire story on the Jenna Lewis "Stolen" Honeymoon Tape.


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Here's an even more elaborate version of the "tinfoil office" prank.


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Note: If you know how to use USENET, the full, uncompressed (188 meg) Jenna Lewis home video is available for free in alt.binaries.multimedia.nude.celebrities. This hyperlink goes to usenetbinaries.com, which is a pay site, but which I think is a generally good way to access movies and images out of usenet. (There are other good ways as well). These people do give free trial accounts, but I don't think they give you anywhere near enough bandwidth on the free accounts to get this entire enormous video. (I don't remember, actually, but I think the bandwidth allowance on a free trial account is quite small.) Their unlimited access accounts are a very reasonable ten bucks a month, and all of their content is thumbnailed. You just click on it and get it, right or left click, like any internet site. I hate dealing with multi-part files and other such USENET problems, so I have had an account with these guys for a long time, and I've found no reason to complain. (And, no, I don't get any commission if you sign up.)


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