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Dustin LindenSmith

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Miscellany from popurls.com

A Rube Goldberg-inspired Honda Ad which involves a gazillion little steps (an elaborate domino-style effect) and which apparently took 606 takes to film properly.

Driving directions from California to Sweden. Steps 32-34 are my favourite.

Kermit the Frog covering Hurt, by I think Nine Inch Nails originally, then covered really well by Johnny Cash.

Why I get nothing done (pic, SFW).

On Wal-Mart's consistent inability to break through into New York, the CEO has finally given up on trying anymore. Says it's too expensive and no longer worth the effort, given the extreme opposition from New Yorkers: “You have people who are just better than us and don’t want a Wal-Mart in their community.” Right ON, New York!

And, on how to be a superpower with humility AND responsibility (isn't that an oxymoron?), Zbigniew Brzezinski, former advisor to Carter, I think it was, was recently interviewed on The Daily Show, and what Stewart says at nearly the halfway point cracked me up. My edited transcript:
You talk about [G.W. Bush not having a] grand vision, but what could be a grander vision than 'I will be the Johnny Appleseed of democracy, which is not my gift to the world, but in fact God's gift to humanity, and I shall start here in Iraq with my Genesis machine...' I mean, you can't get a grander vision other than in a Star Trek movie.

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baal_kriah March 29th, 2007
I would have to disagree with Brzezinski's opinion of Bush I. His administration's "hands-off" approach at a crucial time when Yugoslavia was breaking up led directly to the current mess in the Balkans. His political capital was sky high after the Gulf War and yet he timidly refused to invest any of it in calling a conference (possibly under OSCE auspices) to manage a decentralization of Yugoslavia into a very loose confederation that could have guaranteed minority rights and avoided civil war.

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