Tuesday, March 31, 2009


From BW:

Here's a photo which I took the other day at CVS Pharmacy.

Given their obvious marketing strategy (i.e., to reach a pirate customer base), should the store change its name to:

1.) CVS Ph-"aaaargh...."...macy?
2.) "Sea"VS Pharmacy? or
3.) "Can't See"VS pharmacy?

Mr. Tuten Goes To Washington

From Margasak:

Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten is headed to our nation's capital next month to work for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Among his responsibilities will be coordinating events and school visits for Duncan.

Tuten, who's worked for the Chicago Public Schools for almost 23 years--he began teaching high school in 1986 and joined the administrative staff in 2005--says there's a saying at his bar: "Nobody ever quits at the Hideout, they just go on tour." Though he'll be looking for an apartment in D.C., his wife, Katie, will remain in Chicago, and he says he'll be back often. So never fear: there's still a chance you'll be subject to, or the subject of, one of his endless band introductions in the near future.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Happy Birthday David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To celebrate, share your favorite David story. It could be a story he's told (there are many) or one that you experienced with him.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Remember when you didn't know everything? If you wanted to know what the names were of the Apollo 13 crew, you had to ride your bike to the library, look up a subject in the card catalog, find the most appropriate title, go to the stacks, find the book, go to the index, thumb to the page. And THEN write it out longhand on a piece of paper. Which you had to keep track of.

Well, when we explain that shit to our kids, it's going to sound as ridiculous as phrenology and home ice delivery. What do you think the chances are that sometime late in life you'll be asked the question: "What's a book?"

I'm not complaining. I'll buy one of those motherfuckers so fast it'll make your head spin. It is a major EVOLUTIONARY MILESTONE FOR OUR SPECIES that we are moving ever closer to constant interaction with all recorded human knowledge and information. Which begs the question: "Who controls the stream of information?" Is there any question that competition for search results position will be the primary focus of corporations in the years to come?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another Idea She Stole From Gaultier

Project Runway's Kenley Collins Arrested for Assault

Project Runway season 5 finalist Kenley Collins was arrested in Brooklyn Tuesday after allegedly attacking a male with a laptop.

According to the New York Police Department, Collins, 26, remembered by Runway fans for her brash manner and 1940s style, was charged with two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment after potentially striking a male in the head and face with a computer.

According to earlier reports from TMZ.com, the reality star allegedly attacked her sleeping ex-fiancé with her pet cat, water, several apples and the laptop. The Web site also reports that Collins is currently being held in jail.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dee-Fense! Dee-Fense!

Iraqi shot dead attempting goal

BAGHDAD -- Police say an Iraqi soccer player has been shot dead just as he was about to kick what could have been the tying goal in a weekend game south of Baghdad.

Police Maj. Muthanna Khalid says a striker from the Buhairat amateur team was facing only the goalie during a Sunday match in Hillah when a supporter of the rival Sinjar club shot him in the head in the final minute of play.

Sinjar was leading 1-0 when the shooting occurred. Khalid said a spectator was arrested.

More Iraqis are turning out for sports events now that security is improving. Major matches in Baghdad are heavily guarded but security in amateur games in smaller cities is often lax.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Who wants to buy a car?

Not Sure if this is legible so here's the link. Anyone have any good suggestions? 

Live Mic Alert

Check out what Britney says after the number ends (NSFW. Does anyone work somewhere where their internet activity is semi-public?).

Guess they forgot to turn the mic off. Or maybe it's part of the song...

It's Inevitable

To our new chimp overlords, I salute you.

Zoo chimp 'planned' stone attacks

A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers.

Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles.

Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles.

The findings are reported in the journal Current Biology.

There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can plan for future events.

Crucial to the current study is the fact that Santino, a chimpanzee at the zoo in the city north of Stockholm, collected the stones in a calm state, prior to the zoo opening in the morning.

The launching of the stones occurred hours later - during dominance displays to zoo visitors - with Santino in an "agitated" state.

This suggests that Santino was anticipating a future mental state - an ability that has been difficult to definitively prove in animals, according to Mathias Osvath, a cognitive scientist from Lund University in Sweden and author of the new research.

"We've done experimental studies, and the chimps in my mind show very clearly that they do plan for future needs, but it has been argued that perhaps this was an experimental artefact," Dr Osvath told BBC News.

"Now we have this spontaneous behaviour, which is always in some sense better evidence."

Cracking show

Dr Osvath embarked on the study after zoo staff discovered caches of stones in the section of the enclosure facing the public viewing area.

Since the initial discovery in 1997, hundreds of the caches have been removed to protect visitors, to whom the caching and the aggressive displays seem strictly related; in the off season, Santino neither hoards the projectiles nor hurls them.
Ammunition pile (M Osvath)
The chimp stashed hundreds of stones in anticipation of throwing them

Most interestingly, Santino seems to have learned how to spot weak parts of the concrete "boulders" in the centre of the enclosure.

When water seeps into cracks in the concrete and freezes, portions become detached that make a hollow sound when tapped.

Santino was observed gently knocking on the "boulders", hitting harder to detach bits that were loosened and adding those to his stashes of ammunition.

There are a number of examples of complex behaviour in apes that suggest forms of consciousness.

Planning behaviour like that of the current work is connected to so-called autonoetic consciousness, where information due to memory can be distinguished from that from the senses.

"I'm personally convinced that at least chimps do plan for future needs, that they do have this autonoetic consciousness," Dr Osvath said.

"I hope that other zoos or those in the wild will look more closely at what is happening," he added.

"I bet there must be a lot of these kinds of behaviours out there, and I wouldn't be surprised if we find them in dolphins or other species."

Another Baby Themed Anecdote

So in the process of nesting and getting ready for Eva Jr., I've been having some great conversations with my mom. As you know, my mom was born in the Austrian countryside and my family is filled with do-it-yourselfers who live by the simple idea that if you really need it, you should make it yourself. This goes for food, clothing and even art. This particular tidbit truly underlines this ethos.

When I was a child my "security blanket" was a small pillow. I was obsessed with this pillow for a very long time and even took it to college with me. (Yes, a little weird). Last week, I found out that the pillow was made for me by my grandmother and grandfather and given to me at my birth. My grandmother stitched together the flowered fabric and my grandfather KILLED TWO GEESE IN THE BASEMENT AND USED THE PLUCKED FEATHERS TO STUFF IT. (Keep in mind that it was not Klagenfurt, Austria in 1940, but Chicago, IL 1970.)

Beat that Dr. Spock.

Buenos días, Lake Effectors!

To brighten up your Monday morning, a mariachi version of Beat It...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Parenting: It's About The Hardware

You think you're prepared to be a parent, then you go to a store and see this on a box.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wayne vs. Win

Now normally I would never reprint an article from The Stone or The Fork, but I made an exception because of A) Its juicy subject matter, and B) The comment, reprinted below, that KILLED me.

Wayne Coyne on the Arcade Fire

"I'm a fan of them on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness," says Coyne. "We've played some shows with them and they really treat people like shit. Whenever I've been around them, I've found that they not only treated their crew like shit, they treated the audience like shit. They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit. I thought, 'Who do they think they are?' I don't know why people put up with it. I wouldn't put up with it. I don't care if it's Arcade Fire or Brian Eno. If either of them walked into a room and treated people like shit I'd be like, 'Fuck you, get outta here.'

He continues, "People treat Arcade Fire like they're the greatest thing ever and they get away with it. Those sort of opinions change my view of their music. They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so fuck 'em. Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I've been around groups. I've been around the Edge from U2 and he's the fucking sweetest guy ever. I was around Justin Timberlake when he was young and he was just a normal, nice, kind person. Anyone can be polite and kind and people who have the privilege and money and attention should understand that. If they don't, then fuck 'em."


Jay | March 4, 2009 4:12 PM

I don't know how it works in New Foundland but you can get killed for dissing other rappers here in the states. Once, a rapper cut off a guy's whole body and just left the dick behind. In the end he was nothing but a dick.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

From the Archives

The Acro-Cats show also featured a groundhog and I was reminded of this guy.

Monday, March 2, 2009

By Request

Band footage at :49.

Cute Band Alert

(L-R) Pinky, Fiji, Darby