Sunday, December 30, 2007
Usually when Gmail reads my correspondence and sends me ads, it's for Thai fisherman pants or 1-800-Lawyers (the pants I have no idea). Finally I get something useful.
95 miles per gallon! 95 miles!
A quick note about the photo: I know the car is hideous, but did they have to put it in a crappy suburb next to a Winnebago and some crabgrass?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
If you're not familiar with The Wire, each season they pick a different version of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole" to play over the intro. This is the one for all of the fourth season episodes, far and away my favorite version of the song. And until the soundtrack for the show is released on January 8th, this is the best way you're gonna hear it, in all its androgynous, God-fearing glory.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Two exams next week: I'm not allowing myself to have any fun -- blog-related or otherwise -- until they're over. This is a last gasp before next weekend, the preview for a movie based on one of my favorite books. Producers: if you want me to see your movie, end the preview with a montage - doesn't matter how short.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Almost. I tragically don't understand Spanish, even though I took, oh, seven years of the language. Still, I do understand game show music, and by the sound of things at the end she didn't quite make it.
You can just fast forward to the last 20 seconds. The best part is at the end, when she casually pops the bubble and sucks it back into her mouth. (Is she inhaling it?)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'm obsessed; it's stunning. I don't want to say what it reminds me of because I feel like each person should have an opportunity to draw their own connections (not always, just here). Watch it with headphones - trust me.
And for something completely different (and terrifying), watch the video for "Ted" by Clark. A warning though: the reason I'm not posting it is because it's absolutely grotesque. The director found the world's ugliest insects and filmed them up close. You can bet when people talk about God's creatures, they're not talking about these things. And yet, I can't look away...
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I'm strangely obsessed with this video, maybe because in New York you don't see sliding patio doors enough. Or maybe it's that the cat's name (which stands for "Orange Cat") reminds of these people. No, that's probably not it either.
Catch all new episodes here (it's a blog run by my friends Karen and Amneris).
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The world is in chaos, who's going to make it better? I have little faith in the curative properties of the American presidency, let alone in any of the candidates. Still, it's fascinating to see what their logos say (or try to say) about each of them.
Illustration by Ward Sutton
Friday, November 16, 2007
My friends Emily and Ryan are getting married in a library. Perhaps I could interest them? These are photos of the Billy Graham Library, taken by Jeremy Lange for the New York Times. Admission is free! And is that a silo in the top photo?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Never have I felt so guilty for mixing up Bonnie Raitt and Reba McEntire. The video is courtesy of Yuval Ben-Ami's blog (over there on the lynx list). I don't know why I'm still surprised when foreigners like American folk and country music. I should more just be surprised when Americans don't.
For a fine performance and explanation by the writer of the song, look no further:
These two photos are from "Defenestrated: An Account of My Semester in Prague," a blog by my friend Amneris's niece. The photos were taken in London and Berlin, respectively.
I like how many times the bottom one says curry...and the fact that they're eating french fries.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Like the song, this video gets old pretty quick. But for about a minute it's brilliant (in the case of this video, for about a minute and ten seconds - I love the guy with the bird mask).
"Crank that (Superman)" by Soulja Boy
Saturday, November 3, 2007
People are sometimes surprised to learn that I currently have no desire to visit Europe. My feeling is, I get enough culture in this blasted city, give me some open space to roam around in, preferably in shorts.
Both photos are from the New York Times. The first one is of Green Beach in Vieques, and was taken by Michelle Higgins.
The second photo is of the Texas Hill Country, which I've traveled through and is really great...to travel through (probably not to stop in is my guess). Maybe I'm just saying that because one of the towns in the region is named Slaughter. (Sidenote: There's also a town in Texas called New Boston - some guy killed a bunch of people in a KFC there.) The photo is by Mark Graham.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Dennis Kucinich's comment about seeing a UFO wouldn't seem so creepy if he didn't kind of look like an alien. As for Obama's response, it's like my friend Cornelia said: when you're asked a question like that, how do you not deflect it like hell?
Finally, I know this is really vicious, and I like to think that I dislike Hillary Clinton for better reasons than her laugh, but I'm genuinely surprised this video isn't more popular:
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
That's Welsh for "The Wales Millennium Centre." Random facts from Wikipedia:
- The inscription means "In these stones horizons sing."
- The Centre's appeared four times in Doctor Who so far.
- "On November 3rd 2006, a record breaking attempt to gather the most people with the same surname — Jones — took place in the centre, under the show banner Jones Jones Jones, filmed for television by S4C. The record was broken, with 1224 Joneses filling the Donald Gordon Theatre."
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Can I just say that I think Kate Moss would look much better as a vending machine? I would pay really good money to see a runway show of these designs.This is from an article about the designs of Aya Tsukioka. Apparently there's a good deal of anxiety about crime in Tokyo, and something like this would help people who are being followed trick their pursuers.
(Photo by Torin Boyd)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I'm not putting this video up because I want you to spend 7 and a half minutes watching Korean talk shows (though they are consistently the most watched videos of the day on YouTube). I just want you to admire the woman's eyebrows. From the looks of things -- it's a very hypnotic 7.5 minutes -- she's gotten some bad news but is ready to move forward. Good for her!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I hate it when movies with great trailers get bad reviews. The heavyweights haven't weighed in yet, so I'm hoping the film bloggers are wrong about Lust, Caution (same with Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Even if they're not, though, at least we can enjoy the previews, right?
If you want a sharper-looking version of this, click here.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
A friend of mine traveled the Indian Himalayas. He said that by the sides of the roads there are signs letting you know that the government department in charge of road maintenance "is praying for your safety."
- Yuval Ben-Ami
Sunday, September 9, 2007
This is like when I traveled from Bilbao in northern Spain to Toulouse in the south of France. There were all these terrifying cliffs that we drove near, but somehow, just because I was on a bus with so many others and I knew that countless people had traveled it before, I wasn't as scared as you'd expect. You probably don't get so much of that feeling driving in the Himalayas though.
Photo by Remy Bourganel for FILE Magazine
Friday, September 7, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
My friend Amneris's family lives in Tampa but this still made me think of her. I actually really want to go to Miami, which is ironic: I didn't back when it was the place to party, but once I saw shows like Nip/Tuck and Dexter, I was riveted by how cool and noirish it could be.
Same with Los Angeles. What gets me about LA isn't the third-rate celebrities you run into (my brothers were really excited about having their picture taken with Marla Maples), but the fact that in a place that sunny and curated and manicured, you have gutter punks and goth kids and even the Fishers from Six Feet Under.
Photo by Marcus Way, FILE Magazine
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"The piles of stones have nothing to do with strange ritual nor with freak geology. Kids play a game of piling the stones and seeing who can build a higher pile, what's left behind are quiet beaches of pillars. The bedouins of the Sinai build similar ones, called 'Rujums' to mark a way through the desert."
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I like the shining gold against the ominous sky. This picture reminds me of this nightmare I had a lot as a kid where I was stuck at the top of Epcot Center and couldn't get down. Maybe I didn't enjoy those family vacations as much I thought.
("Man and Golden Ball," Photographer unknown, taken in Salzburg, Austria)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
If you're familiar with the work of Diane Arbus, it's pretty hard to look at a picture of twins without thinking of her famous photo. After that association, I thought about when I was gothic and middle school and really wanted to look like this. I love it!
(Photo from FILE Magazine, by Rebecca Pendel)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
(By Andrew Kuo for the New York Times)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"Girlfriend" got the party started back in June when Lil' Mama added some much needed...non-Avrilness. Now it's time for the one thing the Iraq War's been good for: a first-rate power ballad! (There have been a few, including Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends.")
"When You're Gone" is shamefully addictive. Shameful because everything about Avril kind of is, but also because I can't imagine that it isn't the product of a marketing scheme: all those kids on Engaged & Underage need a wedding song, right?
Still, what's good is good. I'm just surprised at how right I was: despite lyrics that manage to be both generic and absurd, I knew the first time I heard it that it was (a) for weddings and (b) about the Iraq War. And the first 10 seconds of the video proved me right! Check it out here.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
And doesn't this really make sense? I mean, he has super strength and super hearing, it only follows that he would have super dancing skills.
(Courtesy of Neha - sorry for the resolution)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I can't help feeling that Blogger doesn't offer a spot in the profile for favorite TV shows because it's beneath our notion of what's "smart." With that in mind, here are some notes on TV haters that I've met.
1. Most of them don't watch TV.
My own father said to me recently that "cable has no redeeming value." He's never even watched cable! Oh wait, that's not true - I once caught him watching a bowdlerized TBS rerun of Sex and the City (so weird). And a lot of people who talk about how stupid television is have never even owned one or stopped watching after going to college (why? because Nietzsche didn't have TV so neither should they?)
My favorite are the people who say that TV is stupid but have absolutely horrible taste. One girl I worked with claimed that TV rots the brain (it apparently had rotted hers), but then named the one exception: Entourage. Entourage? Really?!? A featherweight comedy with no moral compass about aimless philistines in Hollywood? It's entertaining once in a while, but that's a pretty lame example of "good" television.
3. They're conservative.A lot of TV haters can't accept how truly new television is. By "television" I obviously don't mean electrons shooting from a screen or the concept of a filmed serial, but that we are in a golden age (some call it a renaissance, but when has it ever been this good? Mary Tyler Moore is hardly a match for Lucille Bluth). And it isn't just gritty shows like The Wire on premium cable either (Friday Night Lights! NBC!).
Some TV haters really do seem to hate the idea of synchronized experience - they're okay with being out of touch; they think watching a show is somehow less personal than being buried in a book or in a dark room with flashing celluloid. It's not exclusive enough. Thank God.
4. They're pseudo-intellectual.
"I don't watch TV, I watch Almodovar!" Oh brother.
(And yeah, that's like a verbatim quote. Nothing against Almodovar of course.)
5. They don't seem to really care about characters.TV dramas demand that you go in not just for a fast and furious experience like Children of Men, but stay with the characters week after week (and hopefully, year after year). While TV shows do tend to have more mass commercial appeal overall, they are also more daring in this way -- everyone on the set of a movie knows how the story will be resolved. Except in miniseries, there's no safety net in television.
Another paradox I notice among TV haters is that while they see film as "art" and TV as "entertainment," many of them go to films simply as a "break" between work and obligations -- as a recreational activity, not an artistic endeavor.
Final thought (a la television hero Jerry Springer) -People wouldn't have had to spend their money on Michael Moore's films if they saw the countless PBS documentaries that have explored the same topics less patronizingly and tendentiously.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I didn't really enjoy The Seventh Seal or Blow Up, and Tom Snyder's the one who was actually in front of the camera, so I feel like I knew him a little bit better. Watching his interviews was like a big glass of warm milk before bedtime. So soothing and so unhip, without any of the self-conscious nerdiness you find today. And yet, in spite of all that, he could go toe-to-toe with Johnny Rotten in a way that Dick Cavett never could.
May his warm brown eyes be gazing up at St. Peter right now, or (if you believe in reincarnation) may he come back as a cricket...or humidifier...or any of the other things that help you go to sleep.