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Forbes has up their annual top 100 companies. Who made the list?

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I’ve often wondered (hypothetically and from afar, because I don’t pay for music from the internet), what happens when a person buys a song from iTunes, and then later they decide they want the whole album. I guess people have been buying the album in its entirety, creating a duplicate of the single and spending a little more than they otherwise would. Now iTunes has come up with Complete My Album button, that will download whichever songs you don’t have from an album and charge you the difference. Of course, you have to have bought the original song through iTunes, and, after an initial grandfathering period, you have to have bought it in the last 180 days to be eligible. Still, it’s something, and should be good for Apple/iTunes from a marketing standpoint. Nevermind that anyone who buys multiple songs and albums from iTunes probably doesn’t care about a $2 price break.
On a side note, I wish the ‘Complete my album’ button was a real thing, in real life. Kind of like the Staples’ Easy Button, only, as I said, real. For all of those genius but not so prolific artists. It could produce all the songs, get the liner notes in order, and just generally get musicians’ collective shit together. I’d give it to Jeff Mangum.

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I think it was Fuzzy Lumpkins and the meat gun and not Doug Sohn who was responsible for selling hot dogs to all the innocents in Chicago. Too bad it was Doug Sohn who got the $250 fine. The “NYT” saves us all from foie gras.

The city imposed a fine of $250 Thursday on Doug Sohn, the proprietor of Hot Doug’s, a restaurant on the city’s northwest side that describes itself as a Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium. Menu items cost under $10

So crime and danger is being haulted for a $10 foie gras hotdog. I already feel safer. Any bets on when the speakeasies open? Imagine all that meat.

The City Council, citing concerns over the force-feeding process, overwhelmingly approved the ban in April 2006, making Chicago the first city in the country to outlaw the sale of foie gras. The ban infuriated Mayor Richard M. Daley, who opposed the measure, as well as many restaurateurs, some of whom openly defied the ban when it took effect last August by serving foie gras specials.

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overheard in DC:

:a guy who works for the U.S. treasury department about how he spent time in a meeting with government officials discussing whether they should/could get Ali G. to make fun of Al-Qadea as a “strategic communication” initiative

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I joined Media Bistro this past fall. I love it. I get “Wired” every month and I get “New York Magazine.” First of all, I miss read that second part. I thought I was getting the “New Yorker.” Slight difference. “New York Magazine” little by little has been annoying me to the core.
Anyways, this month’s “New York Magazine” has done its job. The article is about how a wonderous NYC family decides to move to the country and settle.

Here were some of my favorites:

The next day, they stood at the end of our driveway.

“How many people live in your house?” asked a girl.

“Three,” I said. “How many people live in your house?”

“Eleven,” she answered.

Hm. That never happens in NYC. Silly country people with big families. Don’t they know birth control?

She thought a moment. “Well, deer season starts Monday, so it’s going to be hectic for a while.”

I felt myself deflating. “Why is that hectic?” I asked.

She turned those innocent eyes on me. “Because that’s when we get our meat,” she said.

My jaw dropped slightly open. “We freeze what we don’t use,” she elaborated. “We hardly ever buy meat at the supermarket.”

For the first time, I made myself confront the fact that in moving upstate, I had quite possibly done something stupid. The tremor of fear buried in my initial e-mail came a little closer to the surface. I was worried about myself. Maybe I wasn’t going to make it here, after all.

Just when I thought the article couldn’t go any further.

Yet, for me, all of these issues pale in comparison to the central issue of assimilation. I can deal with bugs, a barn that a strong gust of wind could knock over, and even subzero temperatures, but the neurotic city achiever in me can’t stand to be unloved, misunderstood, or ignored. A remark made by a former New Yorker, the friend of a friend, recently found its way to me. She was discussing her decision to pursue options other than public school. “I visited the public school,” she said, “and I looked around and I thought, I just can’t assimilate.”

I supose in the end, I need to be more open and less annoyed. I mean it is difficult to move to the country where there are Walmarts and McDonalds.

“Her reality is just different than my reality,

For me, it’s just the author’s over all attitude of being forced to live in the country. Her story talks about how people that are leaving the city now, must because they can’t afford to live there anymore. She mentions those who are flocking not because they don’t want to live in the city but because they can’t afford to. Anyways, here’s the six pages of “I, Citiot: A Family’s Move Upstate”. I need a midol now.

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When do you get too old for keg stands or power hours? It’s open for debate. Unless of course you have the pictures up on your Facebook, Myspace, Friendster, Imeebo, or plastered on your apartment building for all to see. Valleywag gives some dos and don’ts for those of us searching for the beacon of light, a job.

Before you prune, realize that an employer’s angst isn’t really about what’s online; it’s about your real life as the web represents it. Do you want to be part of a company that doesn’t let its employees goof off on their own time? Or say there’s a photo online of you smoking up. Most major companies have every reason to reject an illegal drug user. But not everyone — for instance, smoking up and getting trashed is a requisite for many startups. Even megacorp Google was started by two guys who still attend drug-friendly Burning Man.

So before you clean up your image, see if someone will hire you just as you are. Where would the world be if Hunter S. Thompson had cleaned up for Rolling Stone?

The list is pretty generic.
1. Google yourself
2. Make your profile private
3. Check your blog

So there you go. Remember private it better. We all love seeing you drunk and sometimes nude, but here’s a healthy reminder that the Internet remembers everything. Everything.

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From WaPo today:

It’s called the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, and the Bush administration doles out up to $50 million annually to fund its programs to build job skills and help fathers connect better with their children.

Washington City Paper had a feature article about the initiative a few weeks ago. Part of the DC group’s efforts include reaching out to unmarried, low-income fathers who are expecting children and counseling them and getting them classes and other things to attempt to convince them to stick around.

Obviously, what’s good for fathers is good for entire families, in the same way that what’s good for mothers is good for entire families. But for some reason, NOW and Legal Momentum are suing for women to have access to some of the funds devoted to these fatherhood initiatives. This just strikes me as … silly. Sure, it’s frustrating when the FDA decides to take away $1.2 million dollars worth of funds devoted to the health of women and children in order to make an elaborate sort of abstinence-only point. And we all know that there are far too many things in place in this country that are unfriendly to mothers, especially working mothers, and that it is way to hard for low-income women to have access to contraception and things that might actually make a difference. That the whole country — workplaces, etc. — needs to become a much more supportive of families if it’s going to pretend to actually care so much about families.

But fathers are a part of families, too. And as much as I’m generally one of the first ones to criticize wacky FRAs (father’s rights activists) who generally try to couch misogyny and a sense of entitlement in some sort of equal rights farce … well, the fatherhood initiative seems like something that might actually be doing some good, and suing a fatherhood initiative on the grounds that it doesn’t provide funds for mothers seems about as stupid as FRAs complaining that child support infringes on their civil liberties to get as many bitches pregnant as they want without having to cough up on any dough for any, uh, unintended consequences, or MRAs bringing lawsuits against the oppressive and discriminatory drink pricing at ladies’ nights.

Administration officials and grant recipients say the challenge is misguided. The programs may target men, they say, but helping men become better fathers will benefit women and children, too. Moreover, HHS officials say they have told grant recipients they must open their fatherhood programs to women.

I hate to say that I ever agree with “administration officials,” but …

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