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Monday, June 06, 2005

 
We're smart, we're stupid:

What I'm reading: A.J. Jacobs' The Know-It-All. Interesting book about an Esquire writer's quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Interspersing random facts with funny anecdotes about how the quest turned him into a fact-spouting jackass, and mixing the depressing stories of humanity with the uplifting, Jacobs manages to turn a dry topic into an interesting read. Couple of nitpicks: the 2003 humor seems dated, only two years later, and I'm not 100% keen on reading about a Manhattanite and his travels of the world -- it makes Jacobs seem very elitist, but at the same time, that's what happened in his life during the Britannica quest, so it's gotta be in there.

What I'm watching: The Discovery Channel's The Greatest American. This show makes me sad. The top 100 Americans, according to Americans, and we end up with people like Madonna, Brett Favre, and John Edwards? Every president since FDR with the exception of Ford, and only 4 before FDR? (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt). I may continue to watch this train wreck, and I DON'T KNOW WHY. But check the link for the stupidity, because it's there in droves.

Elite 1250 watch: 344, 452.

Link of the day: Michele at ASV gives last rites to New York's WCBS. In a time of changing formats, I didn't expect CBS to go. Even when it tweaked forward a decade or so a few years back, I didn't mind, because of all the New York stations, it was the old dependable. And now it's gone for something mimicking an IPod. What crap.

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