Saturday, December 12, 2009

The National: "Apartment Story"

I love how well-dressed everyone in this video is. This is always my fantasy in awkward social situations -- that someone will put on a good song and start dancing.

The National also have a pretty nice website, which loads a different photo each time you visit. Here are my favorites:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Parks & Recreation: Ron and Tammy

Whoever edited the diner scene (and the drive to the hotel) is a genius!

God I love the Simpsons Halloween episodes.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

SNL Promo: Taylor Swift & Kristen Wiig

So good.

Parks and Recreation: First Date Practice

Parks and Recreation
has become one of my favorite shows. I have a first date tomorrow and thought of this scene.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Subtle Sexuality!

The best part about this song is how honest it is.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where Immigration Detainees Are Kept

I went to Varick Street a lot last summer as part of my work at the Bronx Defenders. I recommend reading this article about the conditions there.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Girls: "Lust for Life"

I'm seeing this band on Friday! Their video kind of reminds me of Nan Goldin.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Save My Home State!

I'm not a political news junkie, but Matt Bai's piece on the upcoming New Jersey gubernatorial election is just fantastic. A preview:

[Corzine] can no longer conceal his own defensiveness. With voters, [he] sometimes punctuates his answers with a single word — seriously — as if they otherwise might take him for a jokester. During our conversation in his office, I prefaced a question by acknowledging that Corzine had, indeed, gotten quite a bit done in his term. To my surprise, the governor leaned forward and cut me off. He seemed to think I was patronizing him. “No, Matt, I don’t know whether you believe this, but I think we have gotten a lot done!” he said, clearly exasperated. “That’s the thing people don’t get.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vineyard near Lake Leman, Switzerland

Click on the photo to see it lifesize!
Photo by Denis Bailbouse for Reuters

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Forever Wedding Dance

I know everyone's seen these, but I had to have them on my site.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Andre J.

I remember seeing Andre J. on the cover of French Vogue and thinking, "Hey, there's that guy from the neighborhood." I think he lived near my former apartment in Greenwich Village because I would see him all the time. I wasn't a huge fan of the beard, but I liked his long hair and that he always seemed to be walking with a purpose. I also liked how confident he was with his identity.

For Halloween this year, I almost considered dressing like him. But we'll leave that to the truly fabulous.

If you can think of a Halloween costume for me, I'm all ears!

(By the way, I don't mean to disrespect Andre by saying "him" -- I just used the pronoun because it was less creepy than saying "it.")

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bjork: Oceania

Music Videos by VideoCure

I'll be honest: I think the glittery face is kind of creepy. But I also love looking at the jellyfish and the water-flowers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Television!

This is exactly what happens when I ask women out.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Community has potential

It's the new TV season! Lots of shows look good -- too many in fact (and as a proud couch potato, I feel obligated to watch all of them). This is a clip from Community, in which Senor Chang challenges your Asian stereotypes. Hasta luego!

Mr. Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Another video courtesy of Anna. Incredible! Mr. Rogers knew: You don't need snappy delivery when you're presenting material this good.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Creature Comforts: Cats or Dogs?

My roommate just got a cat!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mike Tyson on the Tonight Show

Mike Tyson is just as amazing to watch in interviews as when he's boxing. I like how Conan's willing to let the segment turn a bit serious in Part II -- it reminds me of late-night shows from the 70s, like Dick Cavett or Tom Snyder.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I still love Better Off Ted

Ted has touted a project that doesn't exist, Jabberwocky. Now he and Veronica have to present it to their co-workers. Amazing -- it reminds me of this (and, of course, The Emperor's New Clothes). Ah, modern corporate culture...if only the dancing were as good as Portia de Rossi's.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Another video about Dolly Parton

My favorite part is watching Dolly's mother sing on the TV about 30 years ago (at the 10:20 mark). Also, don't miss Morley Safer's shirt-and-tie combinations! Amazing.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Ties

I love how matter-of-fact this woman is. Best of all, there's still hope for my recent shipment from eBay!

You can watch more how-to videos at

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Some photos from my friend Colleen's flickr page.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hands off, Conan

God I love Jack McBrayer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Truer words

Two quotes from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -

"[W]hat happened to me, happens over and over and over to black men in America, and you sure don’t read about it on A1.”

"If you wonder why blacks seem particularly susceptible to rumors and conspiracy theories, you might look at a history in which the official was a poor guide to anything that mattered much, and in which rumor sometimes verged on the truth."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

It's still smarter than CNN or Fox.

New Live Poll Allows Pundits To Pander To Viewers In Real Time

I love how Duncan's numbers go down as soon as he says "It's not that simple." Also, Lauralee Hickok is not one to be trifled with.

[Note: On certain browsers the video is cut off on the right-hand side; just click on the link to see it on ONN if that happens. You want to make sure you're watching the poll results in real-time.]

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Alexandra Deshorties

This is a video of soprano Alexandra Deshorties singing "Addio del Passato" from La Traviata. David Sims photographed her for W Magazine. Do yourself a favor (a million favors) and check out the photos as they're arranged on my friend Anna's blog, Iwanttowearit. (The photos are towards the bottom of the post.)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Trailer: 500 Days of Summer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so exceptionally handsome in this movie. I need to take notes on his style...and his genetic structure.

Also movie-related: Director Kathryn Bigelow talking about a scene from her latest film, The Hurt Locker. A lot of people are calling it an action movie, maybe to entice people (like me) who don't generally like war films. There is a lot of action, but the movie is much heavier than, say, the Bourne Ultimatum or Minority Report. That said, I think The Hurt Locker is the best war film I will ever see, and that it would be unfortunate to watch it on the small screen.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I love Better Off Ted.

Go here to watch it on Hulu.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I knew this would happen

Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Assholes

On certain browsers, the video gets cut off on the right side. Just click on the link to see it on the Onion site.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kelefa Sanneh on MJ

Not quite as sad as the loss of Michael Jackson (even before he died) was Kelefa Sanneh's recent departure from the New York Times, where he was a pop music critic. He's now a staff writer at the New Yorker; I guess he was a little too amazing to focus only on music, but I still miss his recommendations.

Last week, Sanneh wrote a short tribute to MJ. You can tell it's by the same guy who came to the defense of Ashlee Simpson after her lip-syncing debacle on SNL. He sees the flaws, he doesn't condescend to Michael by calling him a hero, but he also reminds us that there are certain things you can't take away from him.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beck - Interview with Robot

This is a video that Beck put out to promote his 1998 album Mutations. Like a lot of things he does, it manages to succeed as both a gimmick and as genuine, holy shit knock-your-socks-off art. Plus (just as important), Beck is really cute -- check him out with the umbrella at the 6:29 mark. All of the photo montages are beautiful.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Man's World

Check out this video from the New York Times on the lives of Aghan widows.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nurse Jackie

This is the first episode of the new series. Overall, I think I'm in love. I recommend seeing it on the big(ger) screen over at Showtime.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


and coming soon.

The final way to make water taste the way it should.

As someone who sees flavored water as a sign of late society (i.e., the imminent collapse of Western civilization), I really appreciate this. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

If any good ever came of skinny jeans...

it's this video from my friend Anna and her partner-in-crime Beka about the quest to find good jeans for women with curves. It's from a site they recently started called Full on Style.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

$240 worth of pudding

I am sure this sketch from The State will get old, but I don't know when. Long live Barry & LeVon.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wild Thing

This is the trailer that everyone's talking about. I'm obsessed with it. It makes me cry. It literally makes me cry. Epic. (You shouldn't even watch the version that I've posted. You can see a much better version on the Apple site.)

I've seen this enough times that I could do a John Madden-style freeze-frame analysis (with telestrator and all). That would ruin it though. I just need to have this on my site. The song, in case you don't know, is a re-recording of "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire.

Other good things:
- The poster for the movie (thank you Donna)

- Sinner's Crossroads (a radio show of religious music on WFMU) (thanks Emily!)

- Not kidding: For my journal at school, I have write an analysis of a piece called "Change, Dependency, and Regime Plasticity in Offshore Financial Intermediation: The Saga of the Netherlands Antilles"

Thursday, March 12, 2009


So, this picture actually has nothing to do with the post, I just like it. It's Western Nebraska's version of Stonehenge, made from vintage automobiles. The photo was taken by my friend Cornelia.

I wasn't able to embed two videos that I want to share, but here they are.

The first one is brought to you courtesy of Sony BMG Latin, and is a music vid for "La Cumbia del Rio" by a group called Los Pikadientes de Caborca. It's basically a compilation of all the amateur dance routines that people posted on Youtube last summer (it was a pretty big hit in Latin America). I love it! (especially around the 1:00 mark)

The second one is of my Constitutional Law professor discussing the Supreme Court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas -- which struck down that state's anti-sodomy law -- with some right-wing asshole named Mike Carvin. The whole video's good, but there's a pretty awesome smackdown that starts a little after the 19:00 mark. (You really only have to watch for 3 minutes.)


Saturday, January 31, 2009


This is the worst way to begin the day, but it demands to be read. My favorite part:

"Justice Scalia cited the work of a criminologist, Samuel Walker, to support his point about increased police professionalism. Professor Walker responded with an opinion article in The Los Angeles Times saying that Justice Scalia had misrepresented his work."

In other news, the Republican Party's timing makes me just a little cynical.

Finally (and not bullshit), check out the beautiful photos on Yuv's blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

For the Love of Dolly

This is a trailer for a documentary about Dolly Parton fanatics. My friend Amanda got it from a $1 DVD vending machine the other night and loved it. She and I both like her a lot -- maybe not "everything but her bras and panties," but definitely a few of her albums.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I still don't understand why This American Life doesn't get as much love as Mad Men or 30 Rock. This episode is inspirational - take half an hour and treat yourself. You can purchase other episodes through iTunes.