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Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request

From The Ottawa Citizen: VANCOUVER — Today Hunter S. Thompson is remembered as a literary icon, whose classic works and impetuous personality firmly stamped his place into the hearts, minds and graphic T-shirts of a malleable generation. With his seminal classics — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail(…)

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Kvetch via Twitter — Kvetch.com

Kvetch via Twitter — Kvetch.com

"A Kvetch is a funny complaint. This site randomly displays kvetches sent via Twitter." Link

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Sparrow Guitars Print Ad Campaign

Sparrow Guitars Print Ad Campaign

Shine on stage. Not in the basement. Stop playing games. Start playing guitar. Advertising Agency: Rethink, Canada Creative Directors: Ian Grais, Chris Staples Copywriter: Keri Zierler Art Director / Designer: Rory O’Sullivan Via ads of the world.

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Texts from last night…

From http://www.textsfromlastnight.com/ (615): Waitress cut us off at Chili’s bar. New low (580): White Russians with skim milk. Fuck I’m healthy. (706): Apparently I think casual Friday means I can show up unshaven in yesterday’s clothes and reeking of booze. (703): Just woke up wearing a top hat and simpsons boxers. i also found more(…)

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Great news! They’re stealing our books!

Great news! They’re stealing our books!

Clip: FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition — the unofficial "most stolen book" index. Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands(…)

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18258 Anagrams for ‘Quantum of Solace’ — Some sound like better titles…

Macaques Fun Tool Macaque Fool NutsFactual Mosque NoCanal Mosque TofuAqua Clef MoutonsComa Equals FutonMacs Loaf Unquote Cams Unequal FootA Calfs Tuque MoonA Qualm Scone TofuA Squat Column Foe Link  via

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China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

China frees 3 Canadian activists after Tibet protest

Very little coverage of this story in the US Media. Link to YouTube clip of a story CTV ran on the banner unfurling From CBC article:  Three Canadians arrested by Chinese police following a protest at the Great Wall against China's presence in Tibet have been released. The British Columbian activists — Lhadon Tethong, Sam(…)

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After one year, the code atop of an Adobe® building is cracked

After one year, the code atop of an Adobe® building is cracked

Adobe, very clever (as usual) and witty to boot.  From the SJMercury news: The code is cracked. And for anyone who thought a simple message was being transmitted by the rotating disks atop the Adobe tower in downtown San Jose, boy, were you wrong. The message of San Jose Semaphore is the entire text of(…)

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Restaurant sorry over F word bill

Restaurant sorry over F word bill

From BBC: A restaurant owner has apologised after diners had their very own F word experience – without Gordon Ramsay. Ten friends found the abusive and sexually-explicit message on their bill at Joe Delucci's Italian restaurant in Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Link

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Happy Birthday Scrabble.

Happy Birthday Scrabble.

It is 60 years ago tomorrow that Scrabble was registered as a trade mark by Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect from New York state, and his businessman friend James Brunot. Scrabble AD by PES: Link to The Independent's article on the inventor and origins of Scrabble  

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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker: Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon! It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had(…)

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French Rugby World Cup 2007 survival guide

French Rugby World Cup 2007 survival guide

Contains supposedly useful phrases, however "Who's your father referee?" (scroll down to #44) and "Scottish kiss" seem to be missing. From book: – 'Le coup d’envoi est à 15 heures' The kick-off is at 3pm – 'Où en est le match?' What’s the score? – 'On prend une bière?' How about a beer? – 'C’est(…)

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Les’ bizarre record

Les’ bizarre record

He spent 15 years, from 1983 to 1998, typing out all of the numbers from one to one million (in letters not numerals), simply because he “wanted something to do.” Link

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ABC3D — Excellent pop-up book of the alphabet

ABC3D — Excellent pop-up book of the alphabet

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands, all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention.(…)

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In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic…

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic…

named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances(…)

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Happy 40th Monty Python

Happy 40th Monty Python

Monty Python was first aired on British television screens on October 5 1969. Famous for the ministry of silly walks and the dead parrot sketch, the legacy of the series lives on.

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Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’

Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’

From BBC article: Author Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books during an unannounced visit to a shop in Australia, according to local media. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said staff at the Alice Springs book store did not initially realise the writer was autographing his own novels. Bookshop manager Bev(…)

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Read Print online

Read Print online

This is pretty amazing, among the authors whose works are available here: Alcott, Louisa May Alighieri, Dante Andersen, Hans Christian Austen, Jane Balzac, Honore de Barrie, James M. Bierce, Ambrose Blake, William Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bulfinch, Thomas Burnett, Francis Hodgson Burroughs, Edgar Rice Byron, Lord George Gordon Carroll, Lewis Cervantes, Miguel de(…)

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