8/1: Morning Communique

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Representatives of Hollywood's top movie studios say they have agreed on technical specifications that will make it easier to distribute and display movies digitally. Digital Cinema Initiatives, the industry consortium created in 2002 to unite studios, theater owners and tech manufacturers in planning the shift to digital, released version 1.0 of its requirements and specifications for digital cinema last week.

Australian officials effectively banned the computer game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and ordered it removed from stores Friday because it contains hidden sex scenes that can be viewed with a special Internet download.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Happy third anniversary of blogging to Eric at Blogenheimer!

TIME WASTERS

If you're commuting in the New York subway system, you can buy your Fourth Amendment messenger bag here.

Via AllDumb, a few tricks you can do with your Zippo lighter, including fan favorite "The Hand on Fire!" It burns!

An amusing little commerical spoof for vegans who'd like to stuff themselves like an omnivore!

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It looked like we would challenge last year and then we lost a few players and we weren't able to sustain after those injuries occurred. A lot of people might say, 'You're blaming it on injuries.' But I'm not blaming it on injuries. Facts are facts. We weren't able to sustain after we had some key injuries."

-- Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice, blaming, rather not blaming last year's meltdown on injuries, in yesterday's Strib

"It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can't get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile."

-- Powerline blogger John Hinderaker, clearly in love


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