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Week 66


Nice thick nexus of gossip on the Bollywood Mafia here. It's not enough that the all-singin' all-dancin' thespians have got organized crime on their backs, now they get shaken down by Moslem terrorists, too. If there's a difference. Which there isn't.

The extensively talented Ajay Devgan's best role ever, as a Bollywood mafia don in Ram Gopal Varma's "Company." You might say the guy is getting a little too close to his material here, but he is genuinely scary in this film.



Woah! This Brooklyn guy's got a homemade desktop that monitors the whole, uh, universe. It's like the Watts Towers of streaming Internet mediosity.



Can you be a scientist goth? How about a scientist perkygoth? Maybe there will be a sudden run on black leather labcoats and chrome-studded pocket protectors.

You know, why do scientists dress so badly? White shirt, gray pants, black shoes… Do they think that makes them look more "objective," somehow?

They are trying to loosen up, but…



Boy, that's weird. Running a Linux desktop, live, on a Java applet, inside a Microsoft browser, through a dead and discontinued AT&T app.

Y'know, for ten bucks to mess around with Linux for a month, I may have to do this.  Ten bucks, that's like a hamburger and fries. A small price to pay for a computer that doesn't get "total information awareness" and DRM built into it.

It's not just a  commercial decision, any more.



Y'know, I've been hanging out with the Adbusters crowd for years. I have never seen them so chuffed and fired-up and blatantly gleeful as they are during this dark time. Will they finally put ol' Kalle Lasn into that sealed train for Moscow? Is The Revolution at hand?

Visualize a world without any goddamn advertising.


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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