The Internet Continues to Amaze

by Patrick on February 26, 2009

You can really find some great stuff on here.  Here’s what I found today:

A pretty depressing article about Eagle Rock in the New York Times.  There were some interesting bits about local businesses in the article.  I thought these paragraphs were particularly interesting.

In bad times, neighborhood idealism can be compromised with one trip to Wal-Mart. In terrible times, idealism goes the way of that baby boutique that just tanked.

“The problem is this,” said D. J. Waldie, a historian of Southern California, “if we truly believed that patronizing these places enlivened our neighborhoods, why aren’t we there — eating the omelets or shopping at the boutique?”

“Those places are important — they dissolve some of the cruel anonymity of everyday life,” he said. “They’re part of the equation of making the local real to us. But they’re not the whole equation. They’re not enough.”

Mr. Waldie added: “I’ve got enough handmade soap. I don’t need anymore.”

So the question then is how to bring people from other neighborhoods into your circle of customers. Good question.

On a somewhat lighter note, Boing Boing brings our attention to Nerve.com’s Twenty Weirdest Moments in Television History.  There’s a few gems in here, including Old Dirty Bastard on MTV News, the Jim “Chris” Everett fight with Jim Rome, and Tom Cruise couch-jumping on Oprah.  I do think they forgot my personal favorite, though:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQqIQyT-RuM[/youtube]

Come on.  He just wants to kiss you.

As Jacket Copy has noted, A Different Light Bookstore is going out of business.  While being an independent bookstore is pretty tough, being a store with a fairly narrow focus must be doubly so.  They were a part of the West Hollywood community for a long time.  In my podcast interview with David Sedaris, he spoke fondly of reading at the store.  They will be missed.

I never know whether I should write about a book that isn’t going to come out until June (I’m going to write plenty about it then), but for those of you who have read Emily St. John Mandel’s excellent debut novel Last Night in Montreal, you may find this Kottke.org post about dying languages (as well as the Seed Magazine article it references) fascinating.  I did.  If you haven’t read the book, I’ll bet it’s still quite interesting.