Rock Freebase Solo Stuff

February 26, 2008

Rock Freebase, the legendary guitarist from Alabama 3 has just released a bunch of solo songs, which you can download now from Amie Street.

They’re not free, but the most expensive one is all of 47 cents, so how can you go wrong? Cheaper than iTunes Music Store, and none of that nasty DRM.

Go get ’em while they’re hot!

(via FreeA3)

Video comments now enabled!

February 26, 2008

Video comments have now been enabled on the site — to leave a video comment, you’ll need a webcam, and a free account from

It’s good clean fun, so let’s see your comments!

Tony Bourdain & Eric Ripert Podcast from the weeds

February 23, 2008

Apparently the promised “Tony & Eric work two shifts at Les Halles” episode of No Reservations is coming up. Here they unwind and talk about how lost they managed to get.

ICA Judge Speaks Out

February 21, 2008

Apparently, even though some of the program may be misleading, the competition and judging on Iron Chef America are fair — at least according to frequent ICA judge Ed Levine, speaking out over on Serious Eats.

“While I have always been told that the competing chefs know that the secret ingredient will be chosen from a list of three they have been given beforehand so that they can, yes, rehearse it doesn’t take anything away from how insanely difficult it is to produce five dishes in an hour in that kind of pressured environment. I have judged Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Cat Cora in action, and though they clearly know the drill, I can tell you they still sweat bullets and work their asses off because it is, in fact, a real competition and they don’t want to be embarrassed in front of their peers, the judges, the audience in Kitchen Stadium, and the viewers at home.”

Bo’kay. So the “secret” ingredient isn’t exactly secret, the Iron Chef is picked beforehand, and the actual food that the judges taste isn’t all prepared during the frantic hour we see on the program, but they do have to prepare five dishes in an hour, and the judges do judge fairly.

About what we all figured, I’m sure.

What else is left to say, other than maybe “Allez cuisine!“?

Random Nonsense

February 21, 2008

Mac users are teh snobs.
(for good reason, damn it)

According to this week’s “Official Lost Podcast”, this explains how a Dharma Polar Bear could end up in Tunisia.
(Sure it does… Wormholes? Time travel? What’s next, leprechauns?)

Music from the System Folder…

(Somebody’s got waaay too much time on their hands)

Up Above My Head

February 21, 2008

Alabama 3 performs “Up Above My Head” – from the 2007 Outlaw tour.
(via Free A3)

Chef in the Box

February 20, 2008

You’ve got to be among the more gullible of viewers if you think there’s much measurable “reality” in “reality TV”, and Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” has always been among the more obviously pre-rigged.
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Kindle First Impressions

February 1, 2008

My Kindle arrived last night, and I’ve had just enough time with it to form some early impressions.


Yes, the thing is butt ugly. It badly needs a pass through Apple’s industrial design group. Or even Dell’s. But that’s okay, it’s early days, and you buy it to read ebooks, not look cool. That’s why you have the iPhone.

I’m a little more concerned about the build quality — the buttons, particularly the Previous/Next/Back paddle buttons, feel a little fragile. I’m not sure if they are, but I’m a little nervous about how many times I’m going to click them before they stop responding.

Worse, you can’t avoid the things. Between the big navigation buttons, and the keyboard, there is very little room to grab or hold the unit without hitting a button.

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