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We maaaaaaa-aade it! Fox News goes after cookstove research.

“First, they came for your lightbulbs… Now the EPA, using taxpayer money to target kitchen stoves… Soon they’re coming… not just here, in third world countries. Why? Because climate change.”

A Klubeck here, a Klubeck there

Continuing the trend of Wes Anderson related posts, I noticed the following in Fantastic Mr. Fox:

and we know about this in The Grand Budapest Hotel:

What (or who) the hell is a Klubeck? Screen Forever tells us that Rich Klubeck is a Partner at United Talent Agency… and that one of his clients is Wes Anderson:

Rich Klubeck is a Partner in the Motion Picture Group at United Talent Agency in Los Angeles where he has worked since 2003. Rich’s clients include Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Ewan McGregor, Uma Thurman, Mike White, Scott Z. Burns, Drake Doremus, Lynn Shelton, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Paolo Sorrentino, Nicole Holofcener, Craig Gillespie, David Mackenzie, Miranda July, David Michod, Mike Mills, Dror Moreh, Sam Gold, Sergio Sanchez, Ziad Doueiri, and Fatih Akin. He also represents leading video developer and publisher Electronic Arts.

The Elvis Impersonator, the Karate Instructor, a Fridge Full of Severed Heads, and the Plot 2 Kill the President

Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in Mississippi for the crime? Well, as Wells Tower discovered when he traveled to Tupelo and started poking around, the story is a thousand times crazier than you thought.

This is the most insane thing I’ve read in a while. Highly recommended.

Thomas Prior's Insane Photos from Fireworks in Tultepec, Mexico & El Torito de Antigua

Kottke linked to Thomas Prior’s collection of celebrations laden with fireworks in Mexico. Madness.

The original article at Wired tells us a bit more:

The annual nine-day festival attracts more than 100,000 people to bathe in the glow of pyrotechnicians’ expert displays. The main event is the Pamplonada — a seven-hour running of the (wooden) bulls in which more than 200 timber-framed toros of fire roll through the streets with up to 4,000 fireworks on each in perpetual explosion.

Tultepec is the center of the country’s firework industry, accounting for half of all fireworks made in Mexico. Approximately 30,000 of the 120,000 Tultepec townsfolk work in the pyrotechnics industry building frames, supplying parts and distributing goods. Two thousand work daily in the 300 registered workshops manufacturing fireworks.

The National Pyrotechnic Festival takes place in honor of Saint John of God, the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters and alcoholics — quite fitting given the occasion’s flaming revelry and danger.

Those photos reminded me of some revelry I encountered in Guatemala. Witness El Torito de Antigua:

The video actually captures it pretty well. The nonchalance of the fellow who’s got explosives strapped to a wooden bull he’s wearing over his head. The nervous, bemused excitement and terror of the crowd. The madness of the entire endeavor. Not quite the same level insanity as in Tultepec… but of a similar. Mothers, don’t let your babies grow up to be pyrotechnics.

We also monitored air pollution in the plaza (of course) during the march of El Torito.

Whuck: Alec Baldwin interviews Thom Yorke on Here's The Thing

This shouldn’t work, but Baldwin nails it. Listen below or read the transcript here.

For Star Trek Geeks: Riker Ipsum

Need to fill a space with a block of text? Tired of the usual Lorem Ipsum? Now you can fill your space with bonafide Riker-isms.

Fate. It protects fools, little children, and ships named “Enterprise.” When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book? Yesterday I did not know how to eat gagh. Smooth as an android’s bottom, eh, Data? Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. Maybe if we felt any human loss as keenly as we feel one of those close to us, human history would be far less bloody. You did exactly what you had to do. You considered all your options, you tried every alternative and then you made the hard choice. Come on. Let’s get out of here, Commander.

Via kottke.org

The Awesome Insanity of Del Popolo

Image from gBlog.

Take a 5000 pound, imported wood-fired oven. Put it inside a shipping crate. Add glass, metal, and beautiful branding. What do you get?

Del Popolo (“of the people”), Jon Darsky’s new, mobile, super-food shipping-container. Read more at eater.com, gizmag.com, grubstreet.com, and Inside Scoop SF.

Follow Del Popolo on Twitter.

Relative Expense of Retina Macbook Pro

Most of the reviews on the web note how much more expensive the new Retina Macbook Pro is relative to the newly-upgraded ‘standard’ MBPs. Thought I’d do a little comparison to see how things shake out when we look at equivalently configured machines, considering the entry-level Retina MBP as our baseline.

Caveat: It doesn’t seem necessarily reasonable to compare the two base models — they’re different machines (same processor, but different storage technologies/ capacities and different amounts of ram, etc). But to hell with it.

2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz

8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB (+$100)

256GB Solid State Drive (+$500)

SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display (+$100)

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support (+$34.95)

Total Price: $2,533.95

Now, let’s adjust the Retina MBP into an equivalent configuration.

2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz


256GB Flash Storage

Apple USB SuperDrive (+$79)

Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (+$29)

Total Price: $2,307.00

Of course, this also isn’t really fair. The addition of the SSD on the standard MBP bumps the price up significantly and reduces the storage capacity from the default configuration.

Going in the other direction — increasing the “flash” capacity of the Retina MBP to 768GB on the higher end model to match the HDD capacity of the standard model (750GB) — adds a hefty $500, pushing the total cost upwards of $3400. In that case, the standard model comes out looking like the winner (but without a Retina display and solid state storage).