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November 10, 2007

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Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* So what drugs is Amy Winehouse on? Hmm, maybe the better question would be, What drugs isn't she on? (UPDATE: Viacom has put the kibosh on this particular clip, so the link I've provided is now a stale one.)

* Marc Andreessen turns up some hilarious (if not exactly unexpected) facts about Boomers. Ning, Marc's own social-networking company, offers what many folks are sure to find an appealing and helpful service.

* Terrierman thinks that biologists ought to get out into the field more often. That Cuban Almiqui is one weird-looking animal ...

* Do you ever visit Luke Ford's blog? I find him brilliant and fascinating, if in a somewhat evil, blank-faced, Warhol-ish kind of way.

* Are you tempted by blogging but put off by the way it seems like too damn much work? (And, y'know, it can be a little demanding.) Then why not try Tumblr, one of the new "microblogging" services?

* Michael Eades tells the amazing story of Charles Tyrrell, the 19th century's enema tycoon.

* Culturebargain: Bernard Rose's 1992 horror movie "Candyman" (from material by Clive Barker) delivers both as a scare picture and as something deeper, more cultured, and more mature. In the way it combines effective cheap thrills with a disturbing psychological dimension, the film reminds me of the David Cronenberg / Stephen King / Christopher Walken "The Dead Zone," also a richly emotional pop movie. Many bonus points to Bernard Rose for featuring a very touching, young, and beautiful Virginia Madsen in the lead role. A used DVD of the film can currently be bought for around five bucks.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I discussed three books about sex by women authors.

Best,

Michael

UPDATE: Sometimes the mainstream media do actually start to get it. Don't miss Amy Harmon's article for the NYTimes about the way genetics research is generating all kinds of new information that the "we are all alike" crowd is sure to find unnerving. How are we going to deal with "the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA"? Half Sigma and GNXP's Jason Malloy win well-earned mentions from Amy Harmon.

posted by Michael at November 10, 2007




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Please note that your Amy Winehouse YouTube link has been neutered, with the accompanying note - "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Viacom International Inc."

Posted by: Don McArthur on November 10, 2007 5:54 PM



Don -- Thanks. Links do go stale. I'll note that.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 10, 2007 7:03 PM



Luke Ford is the greatest thing to happen to Judaism since the haskalah.

Posted by: James M. on November 11, 2007 4:24 PM



Andreessen's facts deal principally with Gen Xers.

Posted by: phil on November 12, 2007 5:26 PM






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