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:: Saturday, February 08, 2003 ::
Doesn't Oliver Stone look an awful lot like Saddam in this picture? Talk about the makings of a conspiracy theory...
:: Jason 9:38:00 PM [+] ::
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Corey also tags a nice poll from Salon showing the affect of the Bush Administration's propoganda war against Iraq:

1,200 US citizens were asked: "To the best of your knowledge, how many of the September 11 hijackers were Iraqi citizens?"

Of those surveyed, only 17 percent knew the correct answer: that none of the hijackers were Iraqi. Forty-four percent of Americans believe that most or some of the hijackers were Iraqi; another 6 percent believe that one of the hijackers was a citizen of that most notorious node in the axis of evil. That leaves 33 percent who did not know enough to offer an answer.

:: Jason 9:36:00 PM [+] ::
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Corey Doctorow has a great little bit about the absurdity of the TSA's current airport policies re: banned products that you can still buy at airport gift shops.
:: Jason 9:29:00 PM [+] ::
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Tara's out of town tonight (hence the large number of postings), so I'm on my own for dinner. I've decided to make what I consider one of the most perfect meals in the universe: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. I look in the fridge and notice that we're out of jam. I look in the cupboard and spot an unopened jar of Knott's Berry Farm Blackberry (light) Preserves. I don't know where the (light) came from -- both Tara and I are adamantly opposed to diet foods.

Anyway, I pull the jar out and immediately notice two things: (1) It's been given a Gold Medal Taste Award by The American Tasting Institute and (2) the ingredients state that it includes Aspartame, which it notes for Phenylketonurics contains phenylalanine. This message, unlike the rest, is bolded for the reader almost like a warning.

A little web research later and I find out that:

(1) Knotts Berry Farms isn't on the list of companies or products that the ATI has given Gold Medal awards to recently, but a number of other interesting products are.

(2) Turns out that the bolded label is a warning. Phenylketonurics are a group of people with a disorder where if they ingest aspartame, they build up acid that eventually (literally) eats their brain and can cause physical discoloration to skin, eyes, etc. The affliction is sometimes called Aspartane Poisoning. Ewww. Turns out its something of a rare disease, but still.
:: Jason 9:14:00 PM [+] ::
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The New Yorker has a great piece in Talk of the Town about the DVD Premiere Awards.

This "oddly glamorous" event honors the best movies and original programming that appeared first on DVD format from the previous year. In other words, Straight to Video.

The article notes a number of commical ironies resident in giving awards to movies that admittedly weren't good enough to make it to the theaters. E.G., the Hanson brothers were nominated (collectively) for best supporting actor for their work in Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, best supporting actress was a tie between Lindy Booth for The Skulls II and Cynthia Stevenson for Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch.

One thing the article doesn't mention (although a quick google search shows) is that Treat Williams is well on his way to becoming the Jim Carey of these awards, having starred in at least two films that were up for honors this year -- Venomous and Gale Force.

Despite its somewhat laughable premise, the awards program is among the first to honor a contribution to film making and culture that is near and dear to my heart: Best Audio Commentary. A good audio commentary on DVD is a thing of beauty (see, e.g., the Fight Club commentary with Fincher, Norton, and Pitt minus HBC's ravings) and should be rewarded over the miserable umms and ahhhs that many directors/actors/writers throw down at the last minute ("Ok.. here's the scene where.. well.. see.. the actors read the script.. and I shot the scene.. and then we edited it.. and man, I was good!") without considering the power and potential of this new medium.

p.s. winners of Best Audio Commentary were Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese for their work on a reissued DVD of The Last Waltz which, sheepishly, I must admit I haven't seen.

p.p.s. Kudos to the New Yorker for putting content online and making it accessible. Someone there must realize that it only promotes their status as a premier publication and increases both interest and value in their content.

:: Jason 8:36:00 PM [+] ::
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My friend Andy snooped me out and linked to this blog. Now I suppose I'll actually have to worry about a real audience instead of the imaginary one that has been so complimentary to date.
:: Jason 8:11:00 PM [+] ::
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The Detroit Project has two great anti-SUV ads that spoof some of the recent anti-drug ads that link drugs to terrorism.
:: Jason 7:37:00 PM [+] ::
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As mentioned below, Tara and I have been going back and forth on whether to make this a joint-blog or just my blog. She thinks she'll post only every once in a while and only when we do something interesting and/or significant (like perhaps posting pictures from a month long trip to Africa we want to take this Fall). I, on the other hand, find far too much pleasure in posting interesting but relatively insignificant tidbits on a semi-daily basis.

Solution: Two blogs. Look for the joint one to arise in the near future once we've decided on some of the groundrules.

:: Jason 7:18:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 ::
The future of licensing
:: Jason 12:49:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 ::
My cousin, an aspiring LA actor/producer/writer has a cool new site for himself.
:: Jason 2:26:00 PM [+] ::
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From Papa Schultz: The European edition of Time magazine has been conducting a poll on its Web site: "Which country poses the greatest danger to world peace in 2003?" With 318,000 votes cast so far, the responses are: North Korea, 7 percent; Iraq, 8 percent; the United States, 84 percent.
:: Jason 2:24:00 PM [+] ::
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