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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps reviews

May 14, 2010

Who is this Mr. Beerland bouncer and how can I be like him?

March 19, 2010

funny pictures of dogs with captions

The bouncer at a place called “Beerland” is apparently a man of the written word. A NY Times blogger posts that he tacked this to the door:

“Once we are at capacity, it will be a one-in/one-out situation. I don’t care how many hits your [naughty language] blog gets a month. [More saltiness] Google analytics. And besides, bloggers aren’t real writers. Sorry, I just don’t respect you.”

What kind of conversations happen in the lines at SXSW? Do people really go around telling each other their hit stats? I can see getting annoyed by that. In fact, that’s about the least “rock and roll” thing I can think of. Don’t let them in. But, not knowing this guy, I’m imagining a Techno Viking type with a large collection of unread Stephen King novels and an issue of Vice kept conspicuously on his coffee table at all times. (Can you see him right now, pointing his finger at you and snarling “I’m sorry, I just don’t respect you.”)

Funny thing is, they may or may not be “real writers,” but SXSW is not a real music festival. It looks like one, and it consistently gets great lineups, but it’s actually a marketing gimmick for an industry that just so happens to have great things to market. This dude fills “Beerland” to the brim once a year and he gets to be surly to the masses of student journalists filling the streets. I’d love to be there, but let’s call it what it is: a herd of bloggers going to “Beerland” to see bands whose labels paid SXSW.

C-SPAN puts archives online

March 16, 2010

That’s 23 years of Congress online. There has to be at least one nugget of wisdom in there. Read the NY Times article here.

Best reaction I read to Conan/Leno: Shut up Jerry Seinfeld

January 12, 2010

Two things are standing out in this Conan/Leno mess-up. The first is the way Conan is handling this. No one else since Carson could have written the type of heartfelt-but-funny resignation memo Conan wrote, and I believe Carson himself would have done something similar had this happened to him. The show has been in its time slot since time began, and part of taking over on the Tonight Show is preserving it for future generations. Conan seems to be the only one at NBC who understands this.

The second is the disparity in the comments people are leaving on different news sources and blogs. I expect the comments to have a different flavor on each site, but this topic is surprisingly polarizing. New York Times blog readers favoure Conan with great vigoure, belabouring the fact of Conan’s top-shelf personality and bandying about  “classy,” “brilliant,” “class-act” “bravo.” Readers of Business Insider, a funny right-leaning finance blog, are generally in support of Leno doing whatever the hell he wants. Huffington Post readers would gladly feast on the spleen of any who dare touch a red hair on Conan’s head. Fox News reader opinion is a mixed bag, and many seem to think Leno should have retired rather than force this situation in the first pace. CNN readers’ comments are similar to comments on viral Youtube videos—many off-subject, off-color comments in ALL CAPS, and as with Fox News sentiment is a mixed bag. Breitbart, which happens to be the source Drudge Report links to, focuses on politcal insults, Harry Reid, Bush, and Beck, with many of them saying “who cares” about Conan/Leno (Conan the “Elitist Liberal” made me laugh… not sure where that’s coming from). My favorite commentary was the videogum blog:

First of all, shut up, Jerry Seinfeld. You should stop weighing in on things that literally have NOTHING to do with you, and spend some of your copious amounts of wealthy free time trying to figure out a way to explain what your new TV show is, since apparently that’s the next great mystery facing mankind. Everyone is on the edge of their seat wondering if it will ever be possible for a human being to explain a shitty reality show-game show hybrid about marriage. But also, you should shut up for a more important reason, and not just because who asked you.

You should shut up because:

your own historically successful TV show didn’t gain actual popularity until its fourth season and was almost canceled numerous times, but held on long enough because a) NBC decided to give it a chance to develop an audience and b) you had fucking CHEERS as a lead-in.

I know that Wikipedia is not the coolest source for FACTS, but this is just the most concise description of what was going on back then:

[Seinfeld] premiered as The Seinfeld Chronicles on July 5, 1989. After it aired, a pickup by NBC did not seem likely and the show was actually offered to Fox, which declined to pick it up. However, Rick Ludwin, head of late night and special events for NBC, diverted money from his budget, and the next four episodes were filmed. These episodes were highly-rated as they followed Cheers on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., and the series was finally picked up.

The show was actually offered to FOX, which declined to pick it up. I’m just saying that the argument that it is entirely up to the entertainer to make people want to watch them is almost entirely false, especially when you are dealing with audiences on this scale. It is up to the network to give the entertainer the space and time for audiences to actually find them, and one of the ways in which they can do that is by offering the entertainer a successful and appropriate lead-in that carries momentum to their show rather than draining it by being a half-hearted bullshit rip-off of the same thing. It would be like saying Seinfeld had nothing to complain about during those troubled early years if his lead-in had been…well, The Jay Leno Show.

Ugh, Seinfeld. Go make Bee Movie 2, you jerk. Just kidding. Please don’t make Bee Movie 2.

Good NYT article on Big Lebowski dissertations and books

December 30, 2009

I liked the title too: ‘Dissertations on His Dudeness’ Here

Twilight cast does NOT look like the real people of Forks, WA

December 4, 2009

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I saw a poster* for the new movie and it got me thinking. I’ve spent a lot of time in the area Twilight is supposed to be set in (actually filmed around Vancouver, Canada, another place I spend time). My experience with Forks is that it’s a standoffish and rude little town.** I like it because it’s easy to drive through on the way to La Push.

And that is definitely not what the offspring of Forks, WA look like. Those vampires should have crooked buck-fangs. If we are inventing characteristics about vampires like making them sparkle then I can invent buck-fangs. The clothes are wrong too. The likelihood of finding six or seven Forks youth together and not seeing an Insane Clown Posse sweatshirt is zero. Z.E.R.O. Poor representation of Forks.***

Also, I hear the Quileute play a pretty big role in the film… I’ve spent time in La Push and they don’t walk around without a shirt on in the cold, rainy pacific northwest. I am glad for them, though, as they can use the added tourism. That area is very poor, and some of the area tribes have even come close to running out of drinking water. Too bad none of the other tribes got name-dropped in the book (maybe they did, I didn’t like what I read of the book so I stopped).

* I used a slightly different photo from the movie poster I saw because I don’t want to be charged with a felony (see my last post).

** I like adding footnotes. I’ve met nice people in Forks too. But I have stories.

** Statistical fact. Prove me wrong! It’s the same in Port Angeles. Port Townsend’s percentage is slightly lower. Another interesting fact is that these were the statistics in other areas of Washington exactly 10 years ago.

Movie industry to world: Do NOT F with us

December 4, 2009

A theater had someone arrested for recording her sister’s birthday party on a small digital camera because it included a little Twilight footage with the friends talking over it. This is a felony charge! Do not bring your own candy, they will go GITMO ON YOU!!

From the sound of the article, the theater called police on her, police were not that impressed with the birthday footage’s criminal content, but the theater insisted on pressing charges. Before this, another report says an usher saw her taking photos of her family in the theater but gave no warning. The alleged felon says police were nice to her and seemed sympathetic. She served two nights in jail before she could get out (no bond required), and faces three years! That would be about a year for each minute of grainy digital camera footage she took of the movie!

Why no articles name the theater, I do not know. There is no reason to protect the name of the accuser in this instance.

Copyright holders could use all of the help they can get right now. They do not need this! Message to theaters: wait till you find someone who was actually taping a movie before you make your strongarm move. We’ll all support you then. Till then chillax, a-holes.

Interesting tribute to Obama: sculpture in flames!?

November 5, 2009

Liu Bolin, the artist I mentioned a couple of weeks ago for his photography where he painted himself to become invisible against the city backgrounds, is apparently also a sculptor. Man, I have mixed emotions about this one: it sure feels disrespectful, with racist overtones, to me. I’ll leave it to someone else to argue the “on the other hand,” as I don’t think this is the most tasteful statement Mr. Liu has made. I’m surprised no one’s talking about this story.




November 5, 2009

Into Flight of the Conchords AND Virginia Woolf? No? Well I am and if I had this shirt everyone would know it.


Being Crockett Johnson

September 3, 2009

So, Spike Jonze apparently worked for more than a year developing a live adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Then, of course, it was scuttled by the studio. When will execs learn to just let Jonze be Jonze? Good things always follow.

About time a sitcom revolved around the exciting world of book publishing (jK!1!!1)

September 2, 2009

Hmmm… a show about a book publisher, you say? CBS, you’ve done it!  If there’s anything the American Idol set wants, it’s a show about book-toting yuppies by a “‘Will and Grace’ alumna.” Of course, never judge a show by its premise. A show about an uncouth book store could turn out to be Black Books (equals goood) or Stacked (that show with that lady Borat likes so much).

I knew it! Never trust a comic book collector

August 26, 2009

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Investigators in Colorado say they have broken up a massive methamphetamine ring in the Denver area that distributed pounds of the dangerous drug every week and laundered the profits using collectible comic books.

Bibliotherapy and The School of Life

August 21, 2009

I stumbled upon The School of Life web site today while looking into an author. It looks like an interesting place… sort of like an offshoot of the existential therapy treatment from I Heart Huckabees. I like the bibliotherapy idea. And I see lots going on, including Ruby Wax talking about loving your ego (didn’t know she was a psychotherapist now). But it’s in London. One more reason to make a trek there, besides the weather of course.

Speaking of golf…

July 10, 2009

Jim Horwat: “The Big Lebowski” Prints available here. [JH.via.] Earlier: “Save the Clocktower”

"The Jesus" from The Big Lebowski Licks His Bowling Ball on Black Velvet, A Custom Hand-Painted Tijuana Black Velvet Painting from Indignico Inc. by Indignico.

I like the Big Lebowski, but that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

Heavy Metal Farmer

June 9, 2009

When I miss Des Moines, all I have to do is watch this video and I’m back. This is what the Des Moines music scene sounded like for years. Really.

Kanye West: Proud non-reader. Readingarefun: Proud non-Kanye fan

May 29, 2009

I’ve never been big on Kanye, mainly because of his ego. He’s done some creative stuff; I respect his creativity and like a lot of his music (as in 3-out-of-5-stars-like). I’ve actually seen him live. But sooner or later his ego just gives me a headache. Nothing personal.

BUT, now he’s a “proud non-reader.” IT’S ON… IN ALL CAPS.  Here’s the best part: “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed,” West said. Self-absorbed? How would he know? He’s busy being self-absorbed. Can’t read a bit and still spend the rest of your time experiencing life? Prefer to get all you know from only the incredibly small number of people who are currently alive rather than from among all who have been alive? Perhaps find out that 99 percent of what’s being said now has been said hundreds of times before? Whatevs. Sounds like someone’s got to be proud about whatever he does, even if it’s something not really worth being proud about.

Shel Silverstein sings with Johnny Cash

May 21, 2009

The Daily What dug up this awesome video:

Muscle March–the WTF Wii game of the year

May 18, 2009

I don’t know… I don’t know.


I saw it on videogum

David Lynch’s new project gets odd, and the coffee in Twin Peaks really is damn fine!

May 16, 2009

I just got back from the diner from Twin Peaks. That’s a damn fine cup of coffee. We had the cherry pie too. It’s in North Bend, Washington if you are ever near Seattle. I really wanted the autographed Log Lady photo.

Anyway, by now everyone knows David Lynch has been at work with Danger Mouse and a member of Sparklehorse on an album/photography book project  called Dark Night of the Soul. Very limited release, and so far it’s been mostly word-of-mouth news on the project. What would have been awesome will now will be an odd affair: It’s reported that the album was scrapped because of a record label dispute. So apparently the book will now be released with a blank CD stating something like “For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.” For now, NPR has a stream of the album, which has input from the likes of Frank Black, The Flaming Lips and Iggy Pop on it. Really, why does anyone sign with a major label anymore? Buy DIY.

Atwood book to become movie

April 29, 2009

Another book by Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, is set to become a movie. We’ll have to see which is better, it or Wall Street 2.