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karma top ten

Two months in, and here is my Karma Top Ten ... the most played tracks on the machine, with last month's ranking in parentheses:

1. Queen Latifah, "Ladies First" (1)
2. Donovan, "Riding in My Car (Car Song)" (2)
3. Marianne Faithfull, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (4)
4. En Vogue, "Don't Let Go (Love)" (5)
5. Buffalo Springfield, "Kind Woman" (3)
6. Des'ree, "You Gotta Be" (-)
7. Simon & Garfunkel, "Cecilia" (-)
8. Bruce Springsteen, "Glory Days" (-)
9. Spirit, "Nature's Way" (-)
10. R. Kelly, "Ignition (Remix)" (-)
Falling off the list are the Tymes, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (last month #6, this month #12), Bruce Springsteen, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (#7, #13), OutKast, "Ms. Jackson" (#8, #20), Andrew Gold, "Lonely Boy" (#9, #22) and Jefferson Airplane, "Embryonic Journey" (#10, #26).

I'm not certain how accurate these lists are. I know the Karma remembers how often something has been played, but my guess is "Ladies First" and "Kind Woman" have been played the same number of times, but the Karma ranks one above the other for some obscure reason.

Anyway, here's to Queen Latifah, number one for the second month in a row!

[edited to add Spotify playlist]

semi-occasional list o' links

I do this once in awhile, and I know of at least one person who reads this blog who has a new computer at home and thus might be interested in some links to stick on the Firefox browser. A lot of these are listed on the left side of the blog under "good web stuff," but calling particular attention to them doesn't hurt. So here are some of the places I visit online regularly. [edited 7/31/20 to remove bad links]

The Best Stuff ... you should all be reading these sites:

Baseball Prospectus (OK, only if you like baseball).

Daily Kos, "political analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation."

Eschaton, home of Atrios.

Tim Goodman, the best writer on teevee today.

Salon. The best whatever-it-is on the web. If you don't have a subscription, get one.


GmailForums, where I get my Gmail info.

The Office Weblog, "tracking office software suites and groupware."

WinPlanet Windows Updates

Current Affairs:

Brad DeLong's Website. "The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist Brad DeLong: Fair and Balanced Almost Every Day."

Kevin Drum, formerly Calpundit.

LiberalOasis, "where the Left is right and the Right is wrong."

Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall


MaxSpeak, You Listen!, Max Sawicky.

Reason, if you have to know what the libertarians are thinking.

Spinsanity, "countering rhetoric with reason." "The nation's leading watchdog of manipulative political rhetoric." They're most famous for arguing with Michael Moore, but these folks are equal opportunity debaters.

Friends and Family:

De File. "The Passages of Charlie Bertsch."

Michael Bérubé Online. One of my heroes.

Jo Rittenhouse's Journal

So What? Kim Dot Dammit Live

David Rubio's 15 Bytes. My brother.

Internet Movie Database.

Metacritic. Reviews.

Movielens, "helping you find the right movies."


Acclaimed Music, "the most recommended rock albums and singles of all time."

Allmusic. The new interface sux, but it's still invaluable.

Robert Christgau, "Dean of American Rock Critics.", for stuff about my Karma.

SF Gate, where I read my morning Chronicle.

Plastic. "Recycling the Web in Real Time."

Romenesko. "Your daily fix of media industry news, commentary, and memos."

Sports: If you don't use Usenet, you're not using all of the Internet.

Big Soccer, "your #1 soccer community."

ESPN Baseball

ESPN Soccernet


AVS Forum, where I get my info about high-definition TV.

Television Without Pity. "Spare the Snark, Spoil the Networks."

TVtattle, "a weblog of TV news and criticism."

The Rest Stuff (doesn't fit anywhere else):

Arts & Letters Daily. "Ideas, criticism, debate."

Bad Subjects. Best when the website is actually working. I'll link to it again whenever my piece about Reagan gets posted.

News From Me, "a weblog about tv, movies, comics, theater, news, politics, and other forms of fantasy" by Mark Evanier.

giants are screwed

Not for the reasons you might think, but because the hated Dodgers have someone in charge now who knows what he is doing. The Giants, you see, have Brian Sabean ...

Over on, Buster Olney wrote the following about today's Dodger-Marlins trade. "Choi hits homers and draws walks, but ..."

What's the old saying, the world is divided into two kinds of people? One kind, like Buster Olney, thinks it's appropriate to stick the word "but" after "Choi hits homers and draws walks." Brian Sabean is probably that kind of person as well. Paul DePodesta, who runs the Dodgers now and just acquired Mr. Choi, is the other kind of person.

lipstick vogue

Oh, to be young again:

Don't say you love me when it's just a rumor
Don't say a word if there is any doubt.
Sometimes I think that love is just a tumor;
You've got to cut it out.
You say you're sorry for the things that you've done.
You say you're sorry but you know you don't mean it.
I wouldn't worry. I had so much fun.
Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being
-- Elvis Costello, "Lipstick Vogue," 1978

kerry's speech

My favorite parts:

"Our plan will cut the deficit in half in four years by ending tax giveaways that are nothing more than corporate welfare."

"What if we have a president who believes in science, so we can unleash the wonders of discovery like stem cell research to treat illness and save millions of lives?"

karma 2600

Added song #2600 today: Naughty by Nature, "Hip Hop Hooray." That's the second Naughty by Nature song on the Karma. I can now play 46 minutes and 44 seconds of Pop-Rap music, or I can listen to music from 1993 for 3 hours, one minute and 45 seconds. If I were to play every song on the machine without stopping, it would take me one week, one day, one hour, two minutes and ten seconds to finish.

I still have 2.7 gig of space to go!

who gives

Don't go here unless you have some time to blow:

Newsmeat Hall of Fame

Just wandering around, I found stuff like this:

Angie Dickinson gave money to Ted Kennedy.

Tommy Lee Jones gave money to Republicans, but also to his old buddy Al Gore.

Kelsey Grammer gives to Republicans, except he also gave money to Barbara Boxer.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog gives to Democrats, which is ironic if the rumor I heard was true that Triumph got thrown out of the Dems convention.

Bart Simpson gave to Republicans, but Homer gave to Boxer.

Bruce gave to Bill Bradley.

Every tennis player on the list gave to Dems except Chrissie Evert, who gave to Sonny Bono.

Most sports figures give to Republicans, but Jon Miller gives to Democrats.

[edited 7/20/14 to remove link for Newsmeat, which seems to have disappeared]