A touch of Glass

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I once tried to impress a girl by putting Philip Glass on the stereo, she shot me a look of faint disgust - 'oh, architect music'. I was an architect at the time and most of my more anally retentive 0.1mm ink drawings were fuelled by the mechanical trance that onsets after six hours of Glassworks on repeat play. So Philip Glass came to San Francisco this week, and we went to see him play along to a series of short films which were mostly great, but then we had to sit through half an hour of turgid travelog and cutesy, derivative nature shots sponsored by Bulgari - sorry Bvlgari! Philip Glass is the apotheosis of modern, a musician that even dresses like a modernist architect, how weird then to be watching his troupe accompany silent films. How strange also that the only people wearing black polo necks last night...
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Microsoft’s ‘Mac deserter’ is a fake

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... One Mid Adult Woman Only, Caucasian, One Person, 20s, One Young Woman Only, Content, Coffee, Portrait, Human Hair, 30s, Sitting ... A nice illustration of the power of the masses: Slashdot debunks Microsoft's 'switch' (i.e. Mac -> PC as opposed to vice versa) PR bullshit, which rather sadly has to rely on fake people, by finding the Stock image of the model used. Microsoft then takes down the page, but it is captured by a blogger via scripting The page with the model Microsoft's ficticious Mac user
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Euro peacekeepers, would they work in Northern Ireland?

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Britain strips power from Catholic-Protestant hands, resumes sole control of Northern Ireland So runs the headline in the Boston Globe. It may be the fault of Sinn Fein, but the Brits look bad here. However it's the reaction of the Unionists that is worrying and they are going to become more and more of a problem for the UK government, with or without the indiscretion of Sinn Fein. As the Protestant majority in Northern Ireland wanes due to the higher birthrate amongst Northern Irish Catholics, the Unionists will increasingly be on the defensive and will be likely to overreact in future, if they are not already. So why can't the European Union do anything about this? We've had the predictably useless role of the UN in sectarian control in Bosnia, so admittedly the idea doesn't leap out of most politician's mouths - but hell, lets at least call the federalists...
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rascals

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And there are those that would accuse Bush of spending too much... According to WordNetDaily, the self proclaimed US government waste tracker 'In other words,' as Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune magazine says, 'the war on terror is being used as a ruse to justify all sorts of spending.' He points out that 2000-2003 spending
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blueish collar

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or could it be this... "...sentenced Rex to six years on her guilty plea to forgery, suspending four years of the sentence. The first of her four years on probation must be spent on house arrest. Rex admitted stealing a total of $500 from three elderly residents of the home in West Lafayette. But she paid a total of $700 in restitution."
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white collar

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So what's the bet for Koslowski's punishment, could it be this... "Federal judge stands by mild sentence of embezzler A federal judge sentenced a former bank executive convicted of embezzlement to serve eight hours in custody for a second time after an appeals court asked him to reconsider the sentence. U.S. District Judge Edwin Nelson on Thursday ordered Mari Sanders of Vestavia Hills to serve a day in jail, six months in a community corrections facility and pay a $10,000 fine for stealing $187,000." Which works out at a pretty good salary - 2 x 187 - 10 = $364,000 per year
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mr. potato head

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An $11,000 shower curtain, a $2000 waste basket, wait it gets better... "Dennis Kozlowski and two of his alleged partners in corporate crime were charged yesterday with looting their own company out of $600 million. The staggering figure was revealed in criminal indictments and separate lawsuits filed by Tyco and the Securities and Exchange Commission that accuse Kozlowski of using the plundered money to fund a lavish - and cheesy - lifestyle. Among other things, he allegedly spent $1 million in Tyco money on a birthday bash for his second wife, Karen Mayo, that featured an ice sculpture of Michelangelo's David - which sprayed vodka from its penis."
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