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Facebook founder and CEO, if the move "The Social Network" is to be believed, can be a kill-or-be-kille businessman and entrepreneur.


But there's no denying his killer instinct when it comes to dinner.


Zuckerberg, in an email clarifying a discussion he had with Forbes' Patricia Sellers, said he's delving deeply into the idea of sustainable foods, and to a degree vegetarianism, by only eating meat he kills himself.


Yes, that's a completely serious statement from the billionaire wunderkind. Here's the email he sent on the subject:



To start, let me give you some background on what I'm doing. Every year in recent memory, I've taken on a personal challenge -- something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline. I spend almost all of my time building Facebook, so these personal challenges are all things I wouldn't normally have the chance to do if I didn't take the time.


Last year, for example, my personal challenge was to learn Chinese. I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far. I've always found learning new languages challenging, so I wanted to jump in and try to learn a hard one. It has been a very humbling experience. With language, there's no way to just "figure it out" like you can with other problems -- you just need to practice and practice. The experience of learning Mandarin has also led me to travel to China, learn about its culture and history, and meet a lot of new interesting people.


This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.


I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.



Zuckerberg has already killed and eaten a goat - with a knife, apparently, a pig and chickens. And he says his new diet not only allows him to appreciate how his food is sourced, but alos maintain control over quality.


I'm eating a lot healthier foods," he said. "And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."


News of Zuckerberg's new dining habits broke, of course, via Facebook, when he posted to the 847 friends on his private page: "I just killed a pig and a goat," on May 4.

For when you go Thanksgiving caroling ...

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thanks.jpgHeidi Hartwig, 15, of Genoa (who performs under the stage name of Glory) performs her original songs at "A Sycamore Thanksgiving" at the Sycamore Public Library on Monday. (Curtis Clegg/For the Courier-News)


It's almost time for mistletoe and holly. Almost -- who are we kidding? WLIT has already switched over to full-time Christmas tunes, and my corner CVS has had Day Glo-red stockings and cheap "gift ideas" for weeks already. But normal people like you and me, we'll wait till Friday to start really thinking about Christmas. We certainly won't sing about it till then.

But, in the meantime, what to put on the iPod to get you in that feasting mood?

There are Christmas carols galore, of course, but foolishly no Thanksgiving carols. Turkey Day, however, possesses a handful of tunes. Here are a few of our favorites (alas, some of these are stingy 30-second samples, can't be helped):


"Thanksgiving Day" by Ray Davies
Leave it to a Brit, the lead singer from the Kinks, so ably sum up America's feast with a nice backbeat ...


Click through for the whole playlist ...

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Picture 2.pngApple's iPhone store has rolled out it's share of hits and misses in the hundreds of thousands of apps stocked on the virtual shelves.

And this one definitely fits the "hits" category.

Cannabis - the app - is now ready to download to help you find cannabis, the smokin' weed. For just $2.99, the Cannabis app will help you track down marijuana near you! Though, the $2.99 does not cover the purchase of the sherm itself. Of course, this is for medicinal purposes only, according to the creators of the app, Ajnag, and not for when desperation sets in at midnight at the frat house.

Sorry, kids, but it looks like a prescription is the next thing you'd need to make this app useful, and Apple currently doesn't not offer that in download form.

But let Ajnag explain the goals themselves:

There's nothing worse than being a qualified patient with a physician's recommendation to consume cannabis-- commonly referred to as marijuana. You never know where to find cannabis resources near you. Sure, you could search the web but that's as tedious as flipping through the phone book or browsing through the advertisements in the latest cannabis publication.

That's why Cannabis is the latest "must-have" iPhone app. Not only does the program give you the nearest medical cannabis collectives, doctors, attorneys, organizations, and other patient services, it also gives you real-time, door-to-door directions sent right to your phone.

And just who is Ajnag? It's a grass-roots (sorry) organization that's a self-described "cannabis lifestyle network." Basically, a group looking to push the "legalize it" agenda, hemp cultivation, medical marijuana ideals, etc.:

AJNAG (Ahj-Nag) is an activism, resource, and lifestyle network cultivated by the people to help connect, educate, and empower individuals on the cultural, economic, and medicinal benefits of: decriminalization, production, regulation, distribution, and taxation of Cannabis sativa L. AJNAG is about raising the cannabis consciousness by using the power of the World Wide Web and Digital Media.

A quick search of North Side Chicago area codes prompted two listings of sympathetic organizations - Northwestern University NORML and Columbia NORML - but no cannabis for sale sites since, you know, it's not legal here. NORML, of course, is yet another pot-friendly national group looking to legalize.

Considering the staggering array of seemingly benign apps the iTunes store isn't offering, it's a puzzler how this got past the app Nazis at Apple. Makes you wonder what they've been smoking?

As for the app itself? A lot of folks complaining in the user reviews that it's sluggish and incomplete. Sounds like a weed app, alright.

Oh, and it also causes paranoia and they'd like to see listings for convenience stores with frozen burritos if possible.

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Edit: Changed to reflect track listing (5/21/09)

It's been quite a few days for unintentional streaming music news. First Wilco's Wilco (The Album) became (The Leak) when the band decided to stream it well before official release to thwart an illegal posting of the band's work.

But that's getting to be an old story. Leave it to Danger Mouse to put a new spin on things.

You know DJ/producer/artist Danger Mouse, right? Aside from being the guy who put together the brilliant "Grey Album," a mashup of Jay-Z's "Black Album" and the Beatles' "White Album," he's also half of the equally brilliant Gnarls Barkley and works with Gorillaz and The Black Keys.

Well, he's at it again. And this time he's taken the forbidden fruit approach to his music one step further with "Dark Night of the Soul." The "Grey Album" was a massive underground download hit that never saw the light of legal day because of the unsanctioned use of copyrighted Beatles material. The Jay-Z vocal content was distributed specifically for remixing, so don't call him the killjoy here.

This time Danger Mouse worked with psych-rockers Sparklehorse and the album features guests like the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop and the Pixies' Frank Black. Also on board are The Shins' James Mercer, Super Furry Animals' lead singer Gruff Rhys, ex-Granddaddy lead Jason Lytle, The Cardigans' Nina Persson, and singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Filmmaker David Lynch even throws in with some visual work in the form of still photos to be used in a 100-page book that was to have made up packaging imagery.

Here's a look at the track list:

01. Revenge (feat. The Flaming Lips)

02. Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)

03. Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)

04. Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)

05. Angel's Harp (feat. Black Francis)

06. Pain (feat. Iggy Pop)

07. Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (feat. Lynch)

08. Everytime I'm With You (feat. Lytle)

09. Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)

10. Daddy's Gone (feat. Mark Linkous and Nina Persson)

11. The Man Who Played God (feat. Suzanne Vega)

12. Grim Augury (feat. Vic Chesnutt)

13. Dark Night Of The Soul (feat. Lynch and Scott Spillane on horns)

Exciting, huh?

Too bad you may never be able to buy it. The label, EMI, apparently in a contract dustup, is refusing to release the album.

But don't worry, Danger Mouse has you covered.

Flinging an innovative middle finger at EMI, the 100-page booklet - illustrated by Lynch - is being put out with a blank CD-R inserted in it. Oh, by the way, the album material has found its way into various illicit file-sharing sites.

Hmm. What could that blank CD be for?

A statement put out by Danger Mouse's people makes it clear that they want the album heard, but gosh, don't do anything illegal!:

"Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is."

He added that the album, which comes with a limited edition, "100+ page book" of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music "will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R".

"All copies will be clearly labelled: 'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'"

Fortunately, you can listen legally. NPR's "Exclusive First Listen" series will stream "Dark Knight of the Soul" in its entirety here as the only official outlet for those seeking to hear the album fully.

And here's a taste of the Grey Album work, a video put together with Beatles and Jay-Z footage. Really quite a brilliant effort in itself showing off the song "Encore";

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