The Campaign Starts Here.

David Tennant must light the Olympic flame in 2012. IT’S IN CONTINUITY, PEOPLE.


Welcome To Wal-Mart UK

The decision to alter the text came after supermarket chain Asda announced it would stop selling the book.

currently playing: Los Campesinos! – Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk

Should We Be Worried?

The usual caveats apply: Zogby’s record isn’t great, and it’s only one poll. But last month ago, it looked as if all Obama had to do was show up in November, and now he’s on the wrong end of a five-point lead. Even worse is that people trust McCain more on the economy, despite him admitting that he knows little about the subject, and that his platform consists of continuing the last eight years of Bush’s policies. Ask Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac how that’s going. I’m just hoping that Obama’s vacation in Hawaii has more to do with this than any deeper problems in the Democrats’ campaign. It’s looking a bit too much like Kerry 2004 at the moment.

Meanwhile, next week is the beginning of convention season! Hurrah! (really, I have problems) Four years ago, I sat and watched both conventions from start to finish. Many, many problems. Today, I find myself gainfully employed, so I probably won’t be able to do that this time around, but I am planning on watching the final night of the Democratic Convention. Monday at the RNC seems like a fun line-up: Bush, Cheney, and Lieberman! Together as you demanded! But perhaps not in a courtroom like you also demanded!

(seriously, guys, I think it’s time you threw Lieberman out of your party. It’s getting embarrassing now)

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Making a Johnny Boy ringtone is all sorts of wrong, isn't it?

Futurephone Activate!

This can only end badly.

The North Will Rise Again

Inspired Casting #342

The Actor Kevin Eldon as an EVIL HYPNOTIST in New Tricks.Next week: INTERNATIONAL STARING!

Note To Eastern Europe

The USA may speak loftily of ideals, but you should know by now that they will not come to your aid in times of serious trouble. And it doesn’t help if you shoot first at an enemy that really wants to remind the world it’s a superpower.

(really, I know it's a complex situation and the Russians are no angels in this, but Georgia did start this off last week, so I'm wondering why it seems to be all Russia's fault in the eyes of the media?)


  • Photochromatic inks on postcards
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  • Lilypads
  • Stealing the last bendy-bus in London and taking it on a tour of the UK...
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  • SexyRobot @ Franklin. Sometime after The Great Grits Getaway!
  • Job security in SF.

This Is England

Forgive me. I seem to be addicted to concrete. And LEDs. In the past year, my bookshelves have been swelled by works on architecture, radical typographical manifestos, the mystery of the Factory Records numbering system, and computer processing. It’s got to lead somewhere.

Saint Etienne at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September for a start, I guess.

"Did you know you can rent a generator for $52 and set up and play ANYWHERE until the cops come?"

I was in the Prague Centre for Contemporary Arts and trapped on certain floors due to a bizarre ticketing method. I found myself confronted on all sides by beautiful brutalist models of Soviet architecture from the 1960s and was reminded, of all things, of the start of The Likely Lads; the old pub being demolished to make way for high-rise flats. The urbanism of the 1960s failed in this country, but why? Failure of upkeep? Building the high-rises while neglecting the other parts of Le Corbusier's vision which made Unité d'Habitation a success where others failed? Or are we just bad at doing things?

"I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul"

Or perhaps he just saw Georgia burning. An awkward moment in Beijing today, I imagine.

"Turn on the real drums"

Online dating sites are just odd. Though my faith in the country is heartened by people that are even more left-wing than I am. Watts Breakaway on iTunes, which is probably a sign that I should stop typing and return to Nixonland.

We all knew there was something about John Edwards, didn't we?

Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he'd never told anyone else—that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he'd do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade's ideals of service. Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two before—and with the same preface, that he'd never shared the memory with anyone else. Kerry said he found it chilling, and he decided he couldn't pick Edwards unless he met with him again.