Friday, February 29, 2008

Today's Reading - 02/29/08

Taste Test: Cheeseburger In A Can

Just because you can has cheezburger in a can doesn't mean you should. Here is an excellent reason not to go camping. Or if you must, at least stick to trail mix. In what has to be considered a public service, the Onion's A.V. Club is trying one of these canned monstrosities (which aren't available in the U.S. - yet) so that the rest of us don't have to. And they have pictures and video to prove it.

Some see streetcars in Ann Arbor's future

Obviously, I haven't done any of the studying and research that city planners presumably have. But my initial thought after reading that headline was, "You gotta be #@$%ing kidding me." I don't see the room on the streets for those streetcars. And then there's the little problem of the $50 million price tag (at least) for the project.

Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize

Bloggers can be journalists too - and win awards for their work in the process. Joshua Micah Marshall has provided a great example - through his work and business model - of what new media can accomplish in today's culture.

Just go

Joining in the chorus imploring Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign from office is this long Metro Times article that presents as thoughtful and even-handed an argument as I've read. The talent and opportunity that this man has squandered is shameful.

He Listens. He Cares. He Isn’t Real.

As a fan (or maybe "follower" is a better word) of HBO's In Treatment, I haven't had quite the same visceral reaction to Gabriel Byrne that many of the women quoted for this article have. But I agree that if Byrne's therapist character wasn't compelling, you wouldn't have a series. Depicting an active listener strikes me as something difficult for an actor to show convincingly night after night, week after week.