Monday, October 10, 2005


Seriously. I go camping for one night, and I'm sick. I've got a headache, and can barely breathe, among other things. And the sneezing/oral projectiles are nonstop - I think I'm going to have to cover everything in my house in some sort of plastic sheeting. At least I don't really have a sore throat, which is about the only positive thing I can say this morning.

Anyway, you don't care about me, you're just looking for something else cool on the internet to read, right? Well, here's a short list of cool musicians who blog. I think my favorite artist on the list is Ted Leo, but I'm sure there are lots of interesting musician-blogs out there...

Also, UNICEF is including smurfs in their ads raising money for rehab for child-soldiers:
The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

It is intended as the keystone of a fund-raising drive by Unicef's Belgian arm, to raise £70,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi.

Philippe Henon, a spokesman for Unicef Belgium, said his agency had set out to shock, after concluding that traditional images of suffering in Third World war zones had lost their power to move television viewers. "It's controversial," he said. "We have never done something like this before but we've learned over the years that the reaction to the more normal type of campaign is very limited."

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