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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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The Anti-Oscars Thread

Fun thing to do instead of watching the Oscars

Okay, everyone, I'm drinking some coffee and getting my shit together to go see Gilly later this afternoon--will tag up an update. To everyone who has sent "guest articles" so far--THANK YOU. Will load them as drafts into Blogger as I can and have Jim our Web Guy upload them when I'm toiling away at work this week.

I feel about the Oscars the way that I feel about the Superbowl--everyone seems obligated to watch the damn thing, warts and all, and in NYC it occasions many stupid parties with high admission fees, overpriced booze, and crappy finger food.

So, to those of you NOT watching, what are you doing tonight instead?

And, for some giggles if you ARE watching and get bored during the Best Janitor on a Sound Set awards or somesuch, enjoy these two items from the very brilliant Joel Veitch, the guy behind some of the more fucked-up Quiznos adverts in the US.

Enjoy some very foul mouthed hedgehogs--my alltime Veitch fave:

followed by my second all-time fave, the Viking Kitties:

Have fun! Oh yeah just for good measure: Fuck the Yankees!