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|Wednesday, October 10th, 2007|
|Saturday, September 22nd, 2007|
|Leg it to oblivion
1899: French president Félix Faure died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.
1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.
1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was poisoned while dining with a political enemy, and supposedly he was given enough poison to kill three men his size. When he did not die, one assassin snuck up behind him and shot him in the head, and while checking Grigori’s pulse the mystic grabbed him by the neck and strangled him. He proceeded to run away, while the other assassins chased. They caught up to him after he was finally felled by three shots during the chase. The pursuers bludgeoned him, then threw him into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning.
1974: Christine Chubbuck, an American television news reporter, committed suicide during a live broadcast on July 15. At 9:38 AM, 8 minutes into her talk show, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a revolver and shot herself in the head.
1981: A 25-year-old Dutch woman studying in Paris, Renée Hartevelt, was killed and eaten by a classmate, Issei Sagawa, when he invited her to dinner for a literary conversation. The killer was declared unfit to stand trial and extradited back to Japan, where he was released from custody within fifteen months.
1987: R. Budd Dwyer, a Republican politician, committed suicide during a televised press conference. Facing a potential 55-year jail sentence for alleged involvement in a conspiracy, Dwyer shot himself in the mouth with a revolver.
1993: Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed by a prop .44 Magnum gun while filming the movie The Crow. A cartridge with only a primer and a bullet was fired in the pistol prior to the scene Brandon was in; this caused a squib load, in which the primer provided enough force to push the bullet out of the cartridge and into the barrel of the revolver, where it became stuck. The malfunction went unnoticed by the crew, and the same gun was used again later to shoot the death scene, having been re-loaded with blanks. However, the squib load was still lodged in the barrel, and was propelled by the blank cartridge’s explosion out of the barrel and into Lee’s body. Although the bullet was traveling much slower than a normally fired bullet would be, the bullet’s large size and the nearly point-blank firing distance made it powerful enough to severely wound Lee. It was not instantly recognized by the crew or other actors; they believed he was still acting.
1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was “unbreakable” to impress some interns.
1996: Sharon Lopatka, an internet entrepreneur from Maryland who allegedly solicited a man via the Internet to torture and kill her for the purpose of sexual gratification. Her killer, Robert Fredrick Glass, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the homicide.
1997: Daniel Jones, a 21-year-old from Woodbridge, Virginia died when the 8-foot-deep hole he dug at a beach in Buxton, North Carolina, collapsed on him, burying him under five feet of sand. (people who know me, know why this is funny/scary.)
1998: Daniel V. Jones was a former hotel maintenance worker in Long Beach, California who shot himself through the chin on the Los Angeles expressway on live television. His suicide was apparently caused by his resentment against his HMO for inadequately treating him when he was diagnosed with cancer and HIV.
2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then eaten by Armin Meiwes. Before the killing, both men dined on Brandes’ severed penis. Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten. This is referred to in the song “Mein Teil” (”My Part”) by German NDH band Rammstein.
2005: 28-year-old South Korean, Lee Seung Seop, collapsed of fatigue and died after playing Starcraft for almost 50 consecutive hours in an Internet cafe.
2006: Ohtaj Humbat ohli Makhmudov, a 45 year old Azerbaijani man, lowered himself by a rope into a lion enclosure at the Kyiv zoo, and shouted to horrified zoo visitors, “God will save me, if he exists!” Moments later a lioness pounced on him, severing his carotid artery and killing him instantly.
2007: Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old single mother from Sacramento, died of water intoxication while trying to win a Wii console for her kids in a KDND 107.9 “The End” radio station’s “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest, which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating. She placed second in the contest. Her children still do not have a Wii.
2007: An Australian woman was killed after her pet camel attempted to have sex with her.
|Wednesday, August 8th, 2007|
|Friday, August 3rd, 2007|
|Sunday, July 29th, 2007|
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2007|
|Friday, July 13th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 4th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 27th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 20th, 2007|
-All Fired Up
-Rest my Chemistry
|Sunday, June 17th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 6th, 2007|
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
|The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
DRM-Free iTunes Plus Launched; No Need to Cheer too Loudly
The wait is FINALLY over! Yes, yet another glorious day of innovation has come to pass in the scintillatingly exciting world of online music sales. Last week, Apple’s iTunes shop began offering higher quality files unencumbered by nasty DRM nonsense — as we reported a little while back. Of course, the files are nearly a third more expensive than the regular, low-quality shit you can get from iTunes, and out of all your favorite caring, cuddly major labels, only EMI (at least for now)is making its catalog available in the new format. But still, great news, eh?
Not really. Apparently, the whole business of Joe Schmoe from Idaho actually getting his calloused hands on high-quality versions of the entire Norah Jones catalog and other gems from the EMI vaults is sort of fiddly and crap. First of all, you have to update your iTunes to the latest version, then opt-in to the iTunes Plus service from a separate area of the site that’s not particularly easy to find — it’s not set as the default in the iTunes store. Switching back to normal iTunes means further grubbing about with Apple’s (beautifully presented) digital entrails.
Furthermore, and more importantly, the DRM-free banner that Apple and EMI have pinned above their king-sized conjugal bed is looking a little tatty tonight. An interesting little tidbit I just found out is that every track that’s downloaded from iTunes has your full name and e-mail address embedded in the file. And the new DRM-free stuff does as well. Sort of puts you off sharing that precious $1.29 worth of file with your chums, eh? And what about all the information that’s kept on your iTunes account, like your credit card number and where you fucking LIVE? If your file ends up on some torrent site and a brave RIAA freedom fighter picks up your e-mail address and name from an iTunes file — is he then in a position to grab all that other info prior to chasing your ass down the street?
Oh well, whatever. It’s not as if anyone who does upload a torrent to the web gets the files from iTunes anyway. Fact remains that the attempts of the record industry to curtail file-sharing have all been pretty much a total bust for the last five years, and you can be certain that this latest attempt to scare you into compliance is bound to fail miserably too. And for that, I guess we can all continue quietly rejoicing.
|Friday, May 18th, 2007|
|Sunday, May 13th, 2007|
Voxtrot: June 21 @ Common Grounds
El-P: June 2 @ Common Grounds
Battles: June 16th @ Common Grounds
People Noise: July 14th @ Atlantic
Save your pennies, pretty children
|Saturday, May 12th, 2007|
|Sunday, May 6th, 2007|
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
New Interpol, "The Heinrich Maneuver" :
|Monday, April 16th, 2007|
I was under Wayne Coyne.
Them Flaming Shits were mdma-zing
|Tuesday, April 10th, 2007|