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a random roundup of recent news.

Hello, faithful readers! Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the world in brief, easy-to-digest tidbits. In no particular order…

  • Bono has been named the godfather of Brangelina’s new babies. Which is exciting, except that godparents don’t really do anything. [Rediff]
  • Wikipedia will soon be obsolete because Google just introduced their own, more legit online encyclopedia thinger: Google Knol. (I must say, they really dropped the ball on the name.) Now, when you want to avoid sifting though microfiches or — gasp! — books, you can get info about Joseph Stalin from an actual historian, instead of from that stoned kid in Oregon who got bored and decided to add facts like “He was a phenomenal dancer” to Stalin’s Wikipedia page. [ZDNet]
  • According to the folks over at book publisher Hachette, the cassette tape is officially dead. (They had a funeral for the tape. Seriously.) But how can it be dead when I still have a humongous radio in my room with not one but TWO cassette decks so that I can get all fancy and record from one to the other? HUH?! I will never give up my Ace of Base tapes. Never. [New York Times]
  • LifeStyles Condoms reportedly offered Miley Cyrus $1 million to be their rep. Poor Miley just can’t get a break. [AOL News]
  • Senator Ted Stevens was indicted today on “seven counts of failing to disclose thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home.” Sometimes a guy just needs a wraparound deck and a new grill. [MSNBC]
  • Barack Obama and potential veep Governor Tim Kaine, of Virginia, are getting all hot and heavy, but in a secret way. [CNN]
  • Online game Scrabulous has been shut down “in the face of a lawsuit contending the game infringed on Hasbro’s copyrighted Scrabble game.” Uh oh. I never played Scrabulous, but I know a bunch of people who were obsessed and will be quite upset by this news. Back to Minesweeper, I guess. [The Mercury News]

[Posted by Mallory]

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she only drinks coffee at midnight.

Today I heard the song “Meet Virginia” on the radio and was reminded of how much I love it. It’s one of the few songs that I have absolutely loved since it came out; it’s never gotten old. It must have come out when I was still in middle school (like ten years ago…eek), so I think it’s pretty impressive that I’m still digging it. Wikipedia tells me that “Drop of Jupiter” was technically Train’s bigger hit, and I find that surprising, because even though I love that song as well, I think “Meet Virginia” takes the cake. So, boys and girls, let’s take a listen:

I didn’t know that Train looked like that until about five minutes ago. Also, the lyric “her brother is a fine mediator for the President” has always bugged me. Today I had the revelation that the lyrics might be “fine media aide for the President,” which would make more sense to me. I mean I understand what it might mean to be a mediator for the President, but is that even a real job? And if it is, it sounds pretty important, so why can’t the brother loan Virginia some money so she doesn’t have to work in a diner getting hit on by creepy guys? Just saying.

[Editor’s note: It’s in the offical video for this song that Virginia is working in the diner, but of course that video is “no longer available” even though it was JUST AVAILABLE FOR ME. Ahem. Technology, you slay me.]

[Posted by Mallory]

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