As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* Little Brother and the Escape from Homeland Security -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* A Guerilla Ad Campaign Panics the Public -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
Little Brother and the Escape from Homeland SecurityContributed by Alex Shrugged
Today Cory is really, really pissed off. He needs to get his "mad" out, and since he is a writer, he is doing that by writing a book. He can't eat. He can't sleep. The words fly from his fingertips as he types. In 27 days his work is done, and it is frickin' great! The book is entitled, "Little Brother" which is a reference to the book 1984 and "Big Brother is watching you". It is the story of a high school student who has been playing an online game with his friends, but one day he is caught in the city during school hours when a terrorist bomb goes off. He looks guilty, so agents of Homeland Security take him into custody without benefit of a lawyer, nor much of anything else. He soon realizes that Homeland Security has been monitoring him, so he decides to monitor them back. Thus Little Brother is now watching Big Brother. It is an exciting story with a lot of detail on ways to avoid being tracked. Some of those anti-tracking methods are totally fictional, but others are entirely correct. A bibliography with hyperlinks is included. Unfortunately, Cory Doctorow is infected by the left. Nevertheless, the Left and the Right meet on issues like oppressive government surveillance. "Little Brother" is an intelligent book, and it is FREE for download! (click here.) I also recommend Steve Gibson's Security Now! episode 607 "Proactive Privacy, Really!".   
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A Guerilla Ad Campaign Panics the PublicContributed by Alex Shrugged
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a late night cartoon series on the Cartoon Network. It is a spinoff from the campy cartoon talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In order to sell it to the corporate suits, Aqua Teen Hunger Force began as a detective agency located in a South New Jersey neighborhood. The main characters are talking fast food products: a meatball, a shake, and a bag of fries, but soon the creators drop the idea of solving crimes and do strange, random stuff with the characters. Now the show has produced an animated film, so in order to promote it they hire a small ad agency to create magnetic signs that light up similar to a lite-brite toy of the 1960s, but what do they put on the sign? The show has two recurring characters, the Mooninites. They are boxy, pixelated characters who freely flip off the audience. Perfect. Signs with a Mooninite extending the middle finger are distributed around Boston. They hope the signs will generate a lot of talk. They certainly do that. Most of the public has never seen the cartoon series, so they have no context. Many fear that the pixelated characters might be bombs! (Yes. Every mad bomber places lights on his bomb, so that the police are sure to find it.) Panic ensues. The show's creators are brought to justice. They seem strangely unrepentant. Eventually, they are forced to apologize for endangering the public with signs. Boston has become a laughing stock.   
Notable BirthsNone that I can find as yet.--alexshrugged
- Yvonne De Carlo (age 84, heart failure): Lily Munster on The Musters. 
- Anna Nicole Smith (age 39, prescription drug overdose): Actress and TV personality. Her overdose is considered an accidental combination of prescription drugs. 
This Year in Film
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: . 
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: . 
- And...: Transformers, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and The Bourne Ultimatum. 
This Year in TV
- Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?: Jeff Foxworthy hosts a comedy quiz show. 
- The Big Bang Theory: Sit-com. Two physicists from Caltech share an apartment with a waitress. Comedy ensues. 
- Private Practice: A spin-off from Grey's Anatomy. (I watched it for a while. It was good.--alexshrugged) 
- Jon & Kate Plus 8: Reality show starring the Gosselin family and their 8 children made up of sextuplets and twins. It will be renamed Kate Plus 8 after their divorce. (I stopped watching at that point.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
This Year in Video Games
- Halo 3 on Xbox 360: It rakes in $170 million in 24 hours, the highest grossing opening day to date. 
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade: An expansion set for World of Warcraft on the PC. 
- Madden NFL 08: (Yet again.--alexshrugged) 
In Other News
- Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House: . 
- The Apple iPhone launches: . 
- A mentally ill Virginia Tech student goes on a shooting spree, killing 32: A debate on selling guns to the mentally ill ensues. (Generally speaking, the insane should not own guns, but how does one determine who is insane? Those individuals who are legally found to be incompetent by a court are a very small group.--alexshrugged)