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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
ENGLISH SNARK: For the second time in a few weeks Graham Parker, working under a nom de plume, has released a smart alecky (but funny) song taking a few jabs at the electoral process. This time he takes a jab at Joe the Plumber. (RL)
THE LOGICAL CHOICE: Having a tough time deciding who to vote for today? Maybe casting a ballot for Capt. Kirk and Spock would be more logical. Here are 10 presidential tickets taken from the sci fi universe. (RS)
VAN THE MAN SPEAKS: It's not often that Van Morrison gives an interview, much less a lengthy look into his creative process. But he recently gave this interview to the L.A. Times in which he explains that the influential critics-fave "Astral Weeks" is about as incomprehensible to him as it is to the rest of us. But we love him anyway. (RL)
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IDOL ATTACK: American Idol has turned its sights on former castoff Josiah Leming. Leming, 19, didn't make the show's top 24, but a strict contract all "Idol" contestants must sign that makes them promise to record only with the "Idol"-preferred label, Sony/BMG. Pay the man. (KC)
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