snap culture: June 2005

  1. Hey, um, Vladimir, can I have that back? William, 6/30/2005 19 comments
  2. Ian, 6/29/2005 1 comments
  3. Ouch William, 6/29/2005 1 comments
  4. thanks, beautiful ben, 6/27/2005 1 comments
  5. Breaking (up the) News William, 6/27/2005 0 comments
  6. First "South Park Conservatives" William, 6/27/2005 0 comments
  7. he's got my vote ben, 6/25/2005 0 comments
  8. the 6-year-old is always right ben, 6/24/2005 0 comments
  9. Poor Oprah William, 6/24/2005 0 comments
  10. the dude abides ben, 6/23/2005 0 comments
  11. debate settled ben, 6/22/2005 0 comments
  12. Where have you gone, Danny Almonte? William, 6/22/2005 0 comments
  13. It's about time ben, 6/21/2005 1 comments
  14. Sunshine-Propelled Craft Is Set to Sail in Space William, 6/20/2005 0 comments
  15. obvious ben, 6/20/2005 0 comments
  16. They play the sitar on their MTV William, 6/20/2005 0 comments
  17. What's in your pleasure dome? William, 6/20/2005 0 comments
  18. big shot Rob ain't so big shot ben, 6/17/2005 2 comments
  19. mountain's majesty? ben, 6/16/2005 0 comments
  20. Director Wars William, 6/15/2005 0 comments
  21. Start your life together on the right foot, so to speak... William, 6/08/2005 0 comments
  22. Don't ask me why I just now discovered this... William, 6/06/2005 1 comments
  23. always the contrarians ben, 6/03/2005 0 comments
  24. Hooray for Bollywood? Not really. William, 6/03/2005 0 comments

6/30/2005 Add a comment

During a meeting between business executives and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pats owner Bob Kraft showed Putin his 2005 Super Bowl ring. Putin put it in his pocket and walked out of the room with it. Kraft later said it was a gift to the Russian president, but the circumstances seem a little shaky. Given Putin's past as a KGB agent, Kraft made a wise move in not asking for it back. William

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6/29/2005 Add a comment

I'm unsettled by a sexually aggressively sandwich, but McDonalds admen think otherwise. Knock the burger around and as it loses lettuce, it tells you that 'my buns demand both hands' and 'bite me like it's your first time.'
One they missed: 'whose your Mac daddy?' Ian

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  1. Blogger littleboxes: Our favorite hamburger ad line is from a Rally's commercial:

    If it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face]

    apparently, that was one messy burger.
    6/30/2005  

6/29/2005 Add a comment

Six SEC underclassmen go undrafted. Way to throw it all away, guys. On a positive note, Illini PG Derron Williams goes #3, ahead of Chris Paul and Raymond Felton, and G Luther Head goes in the first round! Thank goodness Dee Brown got hurt and is headed back to campus. William

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6/27/2005 Add a comment

This is what happens when your husband is the (constantly injured) shortstop of the Cubs:

July 3 will be Mia Hamm Day at Wrigley Field.

Huh? ben

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  1. Blogger littleboxes: Given his groin injury, is Nomar on the bedroom DL as well? 6/30/2005  

6/27/2005 Add a comment

A delightful little story about Newsbreakers, a group of ne'er-do-wells who get in the backgrounds of live local TV reports and do crazy things in order to disrupt and, perhaps, point out the foibles of television news. My favorite idea: dressing as a print reporter and accosting a TV reporter for stealing his scoop from the morning paper. William

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6/27/2005 Add a comment

Next? Maybe "King of the Hill" Democrats. William

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6/25/2005 Add a comment

Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. I'd vote for Obama in basically any capacity available. Senator, President, Supreme Dictator of Earth, I'm on board. ben

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6/24/2005 Add a comment

Based on the suggestion of his niece, the director of community relations for the Kansas City T-Bones (and Bill Veeck wannabe) has created a monster:

The first two innings of the game between the T-Bones and the Schaumburg Flyers will be played on X-box and projected onto the outfield scoreboard. Then the next seven innings will be played as a continuation of the "virtual" game.

Is this an exhibition game? No. Do the statistics count from the first two innings? It's unclear. What if a player gets hurt in the video game, or gets hit by a pitch and has to leave the game? Do they have to hit him with a baseball and bench him to make the last seven innings realistic? This promotion has opened up a can of worms, blurring the line between video games and reality. Thank you, six-year-old girl. ben

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6/24/2005 Add a comment

She couldn't shop afterhours at ultra-luxe Hermes in Paris. William

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6/23/2005 Add a comment

I haven't figured out a use for this website yet, but it's pretty cool,The Internet Movie Script Database. They've got the Big Lebowski, and many, many more. I guess you can use it to settle debates about who said what, or stage your own re-enactment of the film, or see how many times David Mamet uses the word "fuck" in Glengarry Glen Ross. Be creative! ben

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6/22/2005 Add a comment

The Sports Guy settles the Bob/Rob debate:
Did we ever settle whether it's "Big Shot Rob" or "Big Shot Bob"? I always thought it was Big Shot Rob, but my editors kept changing it to Big Shot Bob. Then Horry himself demanded to be called Big Shot Rob, which made me want to call him Big Shot Bob because nobody should be able to decide their own nickname. So I'm offering a compromise – from now on, we should refer to him only as "Big Shot Brob."


I think it should still be Big Shot Rob, only Timmy Duncan can call him Big Shot Bobby. ben

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6/22/2005 Add a comment

To Miami, where he is still pitching well at age 18. Perhaps in the MLB draft next year? William

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6/21/2005 Add a comment

I was just talking recently with my family about how there should be a tour of Mobster homes in Oak Park and River Forest. Well, look no further than the Tribune for confirmation that it exists.

Unfortunately the tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of OPRF, is already sold out. But there are plans for more of them in the fall. Also, I should look into the book The Chicago Outfit, but the reviews on Amazon are so-so. There has to be a great book about the Chicago Mob scene out there...any suggestions should be put in the comments. ben

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  1. Blogger ben: This book, The Outfit looks better, as is in paperback for 14 bucks. 6/21/2005  

6/20/2005 Add a comment

This would be pretty sweet: a spacecraft propelled by the sun, and not in the typical solar-energy type way, but actually pushed by the sun's rays. William

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6/20/2005 Add a comment

For whatever reason, this has never been a problem for me. Oh, wait, it's probably my pit-stained Hartford Whalers t-shirt. Right.

Be sure to read the anecdote at the end of the article. ben

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6/20/2005 Add a comment

Or maybe not. MTV is soon to launch MTV Desi, aimed at South Asian-Americans, as the precursor to many hyphenated-American-themed MTV channels. William

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6/20/2005 Add a comment

Several wealthy famous men (and gender-neutrals, like Michael Jackson) own large homes that include are more than just homes. Seems like one has to have some affinity for exotic animals and exotic, over-the-top furnishings. William

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6/17/2005 Add a comment

Great Slate column on Robert Horry's undeserved reputation as "Big Shot Rob". He's missed over 400 three-pointers in the playoffs! His career numbers are horribly mediocre! He's missed threes that could have decided games! Nonetheless he has acquired quite a following as a clutch shooter.

But what still confuses me is the nickname. Is it Big Shot Rob or Big Shot Bob? Looks like based on the most google hits that the Rob's have it, which was what I would have said myself. ben

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  1. Blogger ben: Yes, yes, "Big Shot Bobby" as Timmy Duncan calls him had a HUGE game last night, making me quite the idiot for posting this. I apologize. 6/20/2005  
  2. Blogger Jerome C. Austriaco: I haven't heard "Bob" until this year. So I've gone with "Rob." Plus, "Big Shot Bob" sounds a lot cornier. 6/20/2005  

6/16/2005 Add a comment

Sure, there's an incredible view from the top of Mt. McKinley, and an amazing sense of accomplishment when you reach the mountain's high camp at over 17,000 feet.

But what they didn't tell you in the guidebook or at the base camp is that "piles of feces" are accumulated along the way.

Not just feces, but, as a scientist put it, virus-laden poo. Maybe we should stick to Yellowstone this summer. ben

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6/15/2005 Add a comment

A fascinating look at the friendship/rivalry between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. William

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6/08/2005 Add a comment

For anyone looking for the perfect place to hold a wedding--you know, if you're young, conservative, secretly tape-record conversations. William

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6/06/2005 Add a comment

But it is fantastic, and I'm slowly making my way through the archives of McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Expert Help for Your Fantasy Baseball Franchise. I don't read McSweeney's often enough. But I will make it a regular habit from now on. William

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  1. Blogger littleboxes: McSweeney's is wonderful! Check out McSweeney's recommends! 6/07/2005  

6/03/2005 Add a comment

I have a theory that Slate's headline writers do nothing except flip around "conventional wisdom" to encourage you to click on the link. Headlines are always things like "Is being fat actually GOOD for you?" So today's column by Robert Weintraub, Why Danica Patrick is Overrated, didn't even get an eyebrow raise from me. Of course, I did click on the link, though.

His whole argument is that she's racing in a talentless, watered-down league. And while I agree that the league is diminished since its glory days in the 60s and 70s, that doesn't lessen her accomplishments any more than the value of winning the Indy 500 has decreased over the years, after the split with CART and more talented racers in NASCAR and Formula-One. However, to claim that some woman bowler's achievement was more impressive, as Weintraub does in his last paragraph, is just splitting hairs. Neither of them are real sports! ben

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6/03/2005 Add a comment

Bollywood is a strange place. As of August 1, smoking won't be allowed in Bollywood movies, and only demure kissing is allowed already. William

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