Western Spaghetti, the latest and greatest from PES, is the coolest thing I've seen in weeks. These stills don't do it a smidgen of justice. Watch it. And turn on your speakers.
Today on the morning ride, I overhear the guy behind me rave to his friend about a realtime bus tracker on his cellphone. "There's another bus about five blocks behind us," he informs the friend, and he gains instant popularity with those around him.
"What is that? Where'd you get it?" I hear.
"It's a project by the University of Washington. Just go to mybus.org," he instructs.
Women on both sides of him are tickled pink. But one of them is still a little fuzzy, and keeps asking how exactly he's accessing this enigmatic treasure chest of knowledge. He tells her that she just needs a WAP-enabled phone, to which she replies, "Oh.... uh, well, I guess I need a new phone. So, um, how do you get to it, again?" He rattles off the web address another couple times, still wildly cheerful.
And then the woman exclaims, "I'll have to buy stock in this!"
To which the guy replies, "Well, um... you can't – it's not really – um."
This is kind of like saying, 'I'm going to buy stock in search engines!" But, you know, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, because things can come out wrong. I am no stranger to that. Sometimes I even switch the order of words and don't realize it until someone pokes fun. (On a semi-related note, I have to insert here that one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines is Man Accidentally Ends Business Call With "I Love You".)
Lastly, on another and completely unrelated note: for those of you intrigued by Takashi Iwasaki's work that I posted about a bit ago, check out The Duhks album over at Sugar Hill Records – his art is featured on the cover.