Saturday, September 02, 2006

First Annual Governors Cup Tournament

Texas Flat Track Derby Review featuring:
Alamo City Rollergirls
Assassination City Derby
Dallas Derby Devils
Houston Roller Derby
Texas Rollergirls

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Playland Skate Center

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 01, 2006

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

"Leaving" - Field Mice
"Never Have To Guess" - Bears
"Work All Week" - The Mekons
"Sister" - The Ex
"Smile" - Luna
"Birthday Cake" - Cibo Matto
"Go To The Police" - The Toys
"Dreamer" - Tommy Bolin
"Black and White" - The DB's
"Where To Place Your Trust?" - Boyracer

Video Bonus: Malajube - "P√Ęte Filo"

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Salt Lake Rabble Rousers

A crowd of thousands cheered Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for calling President Bush a "dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights violating president" whose time in office would "rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure."

The group - including children and elderly and some hailing from throughout Utah - then marched to the federal building Wednesday to deliver a copy of a symbolic indictment against the president and Congress for abuse of power and failure to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

With their signs labeling Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld the "axis of evil," calling the Iraq war a "mission of lies" or comparing the invasion of Iraq after Sept. 11, 2001, to invading Mexico after Pearl Harbor, the estimated 1,500 to 4,000 protesters hoped their demonstration at the Salt Lake City-County Building sent a message about the reddest state in the country.

Bot Girl

'Bot Girl' creates action figures of Tucson Roller Derby skaters

Some things seem like they could happen only in Tucson.

Like when Amanda Jardee isn't studying studio art at the University of Arizona, she's taking Lego-type pieces and shaping them into action figures based on Tucson Roller Derby skaters.

Since last summer, she's constructed about 25 figures based on players from local roller derby teams — the Iron Curtain, Furious Truckstop Waitresses, Vice Squad and the league's traveling team, the Saddletramps — that you can view on her Web site.

"I love making people happy," said Jardee, now known as "Bot Girl" to roller girls.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Soldiers die

CEOs prosper


State Department investigators have found that the head of the agency overseeing most government broadcasts to foreign countries has used his office to run a “horse racing operation” and that he improperly put a friend on the payroll, according to a summary of a report made public on Tuesday by a Democratic lawmaker.

The report said that the official, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, had repeatedly used government employees to perform personal errands and that he billed the government for more days of work than the rules permit.

The summary of the report, prepared by the State Department inspector general, said the United States attorney’s office here had been given the report and decided not to conduct a criminal inquiry.


Mr. Tomlinson, a Republican with close ties to the White House, was ousted last year from another post, at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, after another inquiry found evidence that he had violated rules meant to insulate public television and radio from political influence.

Christianist fraud

The FBI is investigating allegations that self-styled "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade and some of his top executives fraudulently induced investors to open galleries and then ruined them financially, former dealers contacted by federal agents said.

Investigators are focusing on issues raised in civil litigation by at least six former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners, people who have been contacted by the FBI said.

The ex-owners allege in arbitration claims that, among other things, the artist known for his dreamily luminous landscapes and street scenes used his Christian faith to persuade them to invest in the independently owned stores, which sell only Kinkade's work.

"They really knew how to bait the hook," said one former dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case. "They certainly used the Christian hook."

(via CorrentWire

Monday, August 28, 2006

math rock

A new musical instrument exemplifies the love affair between math and music

In 580 BC the Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovered that harmonies could be expressed mathematically. His insight, which is based on the observation that doubling or halving the size of an instrument's string produces a new octave, is the cornerstone of the musical scale.

Twenty-five hundred years later, two Canadian mathematicians from the University of Moncton in New Brunswick have created an entirely new kind of string instrument that exploits a kind of mathematics owing more to Pythagoras's theorem for triangles than to anything he ever thought about music.

The Tritare is a Y-shaped guitar-like instrument, custom made by Claude Gauthier and Samuel Gaudet. The strings twist through three necks (Spinal Tap, eat your heart out), all of which project from the body of the instrument at different angles. When strummed, the result is a "network" of vibrations that yields a sound somewhere between that of a regular guitar and a gong.

(via stereogum)

...unless you are a congress critter

Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity

The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation. The drop has been especially notable, economists say, because productivity — the amount that an average worker produces in an hour and the basic wellspring of a nation’s living standards — has risen steadily over the same period.

As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation’s gross domestic product since the government began recording the data in 1947, while corporate profits have climbed to their highest share since the 1960’s. UBS, the investment bank, recently described the current period as “the golden era of profitability.”

Until the last year, stagnating wages were somewhat offset by the rising value of benefits, especially health insurance, which caused overall compensation for most Americans to continue increasing. Since last summer, however, the value of workers’ benefits has also failed to keep pace with inflation, according to government data.

At the very top of the income spectrum, many workers have continued to receive raises that outpace inflation, and the gains have been large enough to keep average income and consumer spending rising.