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The Letter U and the Numeral 2

For the longest time, I’ve preferred Bono the spritual guy versus Bono’s band. With the occasional bright spot, U2’s singles have really failed to really grab me since The Joshua Tree, which I exchanged for a copy of The Smiths’ Louder Than Bombs,

a decision that I do not regret even to this day (more tracks, less suck).

I reiterate: U2 have

occasionally come out with singles that I liked, but not in that same

way that every track in their early albums such as Boy, October and War got me. It may have been my youth (I was a spiky-haired teenager when those albums came out, and I got them on vinyl), but their later work has often left me feeling rather like His Holiness in this photo:

“Forgive them, for they know not how much they suck.”

However, the new single, Vertigo,

impresses me. In fact, it impresses me to the point of my wanting to

say “All right, impostors: where are U2 and what have you done with


Nicely done, gentlemen. I’m interested to hear what the rest of the album sounds like.

Bonus link: The Negativland single, U2, featuring studio outtakes of Casey Kasem swearing during a recording session of American Top 40 over the tune of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.


Quite Possibly the Shortest Tech Note Ever

[via] In case the proper

method has eluded you: How to Pick Up and

Carry Your iMac G5.


Even the Parody Gets the "Special Edition" Treatment

Remember the Star Wars Gangsta Rap Flash video? There’s a special edition version with re-done animation.


Thankfully, This is a Problem That Solves Itself

Let me first warn you that I’m saddling up the high horse.

I have no problem with the childfree — if you don’t want kids, don’t

have ’em — but geez, are the human-only-by-biological-classification

folks in the Childfree LiveJournal community seem as petulant, self-centred and simple-minded as the children they despise.

In the News

A Little Short on Those Risk Assessment Skills (or: Expectant Mom of the Year)

Bonus reading: Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article Big and Bad: How the S.U.V. ran over automotive safety, in which the author talks about what people worry about when they worry about safety: “not risks,

however commonplace, involving their own behavior but risks, however

rare, involving some unexpected event.”


Guest Starring Roles in Other People’s Dreams

Both Wendy and I ended up in a dream Kim had the other night. Weird.