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February 26, 2004

The Washington Post reports on the politics behind how computer viruses get their names.

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February 23, 2004

Comics legend Will Eisner, still going strong in his 80s, sets out to combat anti-Semite propaganda with his latest project.

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February 20, 2004

If Roy Disney wins the Oscar for "Destino" -- the animated collaboration between his uncle Walt and Salvador Dali that he completed after the project was abandoned over 50 years ago -- will he use the occasion to strike back at Michael Eisner?

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February 19, 2004

Information architects are fond of citing Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial as an example of effective IA. Planners for the WTC memorial are now facing IA issues of their own in figuring out how to display the names of the deceased.

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Here's a look inside the design process that produced the TiVo remote.

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February 18, 2004

This profile of Christopher Kimball notes that 40 percent of Cook's Illustrated subscribers are men. I take it that's a lot for a cooking magazine.

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The Decemberists, "Castaways and Cutouts" and "Her Majesty the Decemberists"

I had a friend in college who said the music I liked was "too brainy". He would hate the Decemberists.

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February 15, 2004

Here come the perfect synthetic diamonds.

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February 13, 2004

Guided by Voices, "Human Amusements at Hourly Rates"

My long-standing theory about Robert Pollard is that he can't tell his masterpieces from his failed experiments. I've often thought that if he could just bring himself to hold back from releasing one mixed record every year and instead pick the best stuff for one amazing record every three years, the band's reputation would be unassailable. But he doesn't listen to me, so this compilation will have to suffice.

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Superchunk, "Cup of Sand"

Can somebody explain to me why Superchunk's rarities collections (this is the third, following on "Tossing Seeds" and "Incidental Music") are so much better than their "real" records? I've been lukewarm (at best) on their last few releases, but I find this much more engaging. I haven't yet done the analysis to determine whether my favorite tracks are also the oldest.

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