Even ‘Ballers Keep Tabs Online

“He’s not going to tell you if he’s down or not, because he doesn’t want to do that to the team. I know some of the guys have e-mailed him, text-messaged him, called him and haven’t heard back from him because he knew we were coming home in a few days. That’s pretty indicative of how he really must feel.

That’s what Dusty Baker told the Trib Monday regarding Derrek Lee — on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

A decade since AOL Instant Messenger went live, texting and online status has become a way of life for many.

Three weeks ago, A front page Washington Post article was headlined: On IM, Keeping Tabs and Keeping Up Appearances: Status Icons Show Who’s Where When.
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Even my grandfather would understand what that means. This is how we communicate circa 2006. While the lines of communication are more accessible than ever, and the news cycle runs a hideous 24-hours, nothing says more than silence.

In my opinion, it’s a beautiful thing. When the team captain goes down, he can’t sit on the bench pouting… but in this age of post-cordless, post-laptop, post-palm communication, silence says it all.

Gehry to Skyscrape L.A.

Chicago / Pritzker Pavillion / Click for more from giantgingkoThe madman cannot be stopped. He was last seen promoting his own line of jewelry at a bash at Tiffany’s on Rodeo drive, and now the L.A. Times reports that Pulitzer Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry “has designed two skyscrapers as cornerstones of a huge project intended to lure night life to the downtown area.” A second Times critic chimes in as well.

Gehry not only MADE Bilbao with his designs on the Guggenheim there, but also lent a hand to the rebirth of downtown Chicago with his work at Millennium Park appears set to make his mark on the (for now) $1.8 billion Grand Avenue Revitalization project(.pdf).

Priztker Pavillion Millennium Park Chicago - click for more photos by crouch
(And what a great excuse for some Chitown springtime photos)!

Carolyn at LAist posted photos and details from today’s press conference announcing the “city of dreams” (– Mayor V.).

DJ Bobby D

Bob SimpsonYou heard about it earlier in the year — and now, the Observer UK has capitalized on an exclusive preview of Bob Dylan’s first DJ set for XMradio. This article gives the complete rundown, including the playlist. A second article adds even more — hello American media, Bob Dylan DJ-ing is worth at least ONE column, right? Get over the David Lee Roth / Howard Stern muck-fest.

The articles give a few examples of Dylan’s DJ persona, for example, the second article quotes his segue after playing Muddy Waters’ Blow Wind, Blow:

‘Chicago is known as the Windy City, but it’s not the windiest city in the US; the windiest city is Dodge City, Kansas. Other windy cities are Amarillo, Texas; Rochester, Minneso-taaa … all of which beat Chicago.’

The one hour weekly show, dubbed The Theme Time Radio Hour, launches May 3rd at 10am EDT on XMradio ch. 40. The British musicologist Charlie Gillett adds, “It draws you in and you never for a moment think he’s playing games, which he’s supposedly notorious for doing.”

One surprising fact mentioned in the article is that the program will apparently be broadcast online to U.S. internet users, via XMradio Online (a service that is noticeably absent from Sirius). Trial passes are available here.

Expecting Rain provides a key to access a preview of the show. (First entry under April 23).

In celebration of my recently expanded bandwidth, Here’s a cut from a recent Dylan performance:

L.A. Times: Fire Cheney, Rumsfeld

This was a refreshing unsigned editorial:

The secretary should go not because he has been criticized by a group of retired generals but because he embodies the smugness and inability to acknowledge error that has characterized both the Iraq war and the wider war on terrorism. Rumsfeld has been the pinched public face of an administration that has cut legal and humanitarian corners in dealing with people ? including U.S. citizens ? suspected of involvement with terrorists.

more at technorati, Reuters, E&P.