Today is mp3 day. Two tracks from Radiohead's forthcoming Amnesiac, "You And Whose Army?" and "Pyramid Song," are available here. It appears that the tracks were played at a Sundance-related event and someone was in the crowd with a DAT recorder. So the quality's about what you'd expect, but hey, new Radiohead. In unrelated news, I yesterday received Cows With Guns (5 mB download) via email from Grantino. I don't know where it came from. But like the power utilities, I pass the cost on to you.
"There is not a single person in this state that does not benefit from this."
-California Assemblyman Steve Kuykendall, 1996, immediately after the passage of energy deregulation.
Lengthy Salon article explaining who's to blame for the California energy debacle. (Answer: everyone.) Note that SoCal Edison, at least, was making out quite well for a while. An odd footnote is that state Senator Steve Peace, the chairman of the committee that formed the deregulation bill, was previously best known as a screenwriter and cast member in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
The National Book Critics' Circle 2000 nominees are out. I haven't read any of them because I'm lame and poor and can't buy stuff in hardcover.