Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Why is their opinion so important?
Anyway - I'm having a hard time getting back in the blogging groove since I've returned. I'll get back to normal soon enough.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
3 TV Finales (Desperate Housewives, 24, and Lost - comments to come)
537 Songs played on my iPod
I'm back to Conshohocken with still a 3 day weekend to go.
The best things I saw on my vacation:
Proof I was in the South
Finally saw some wild horses
Monday, May 22, 2006
Had this brilliant plan to replace Kristen's menu with a menu I had written up. It was personalized and brilliant. The only problem is - she didn't read the menu - kind of just skimmed it. So I'm sitting realizing "wow, I'm going to have ask her." Which I did in ham-handed way, but it worked. We were also sitting at half-moon tables, so getting down on one knee was out of the question (thank god).
Then we went to see a filming of "Decades in Rock" - Elvis Costello with Fiona Apple, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Death Cab for Cutie. Great show that almost brought me to tears when Elvis did Fiona's song I Know. Maybe the single best performance that I've seen.
We then headed from AC to Duck, North Carolina for the week (so maybe not a whole lot of updates this week).
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I would love CBS to do an Amazing Race reunion after every season end - the same way Survivor does.
Still too many finales to go.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The following message was sent to the Radiohead fan list...
this is just a note to say that something has been kicking around in the background that i have not told you about.radiohead, Thom Yorke, 2006 Music
its called The Eraser.
nigel produced & arranged it .
i wrote and played it.
the elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished & i have been itching to do something like this for ages.
it was fun and quick to do.
inevitably it is more beats & electronics.
but its songs.
stanley did the cover.
yes its a record!
no its not a radiohead record.
as you know the band are now touring and writing new stuff and getting to a good space so i want no crap about me being a traitor or whatever splitting up blah blah...
this was all done with their blessing. and i don't wanna hear that word solo. doesnt sound right.
ok then thats that.
i think its out in july and im pretty certain XL are going to put it out.
My prediction: I'm not feeling the hippie love, although I'd like to see them win - they make crucial mistakes. Ray and Yolanda - maybe but I'm going with the frats - then they can come out of the closet as they star in the next season of Queer Eye.
amazing race, television
Monday, May 15, 2006
Hillary Rodham Clinton apologizes to Chelsea
This past weekend Senator Clinton apologized to her daughter Chelsea because she implied that she doesn't work hard. What Clinton said was "young people have a sense of entitlement after growing up in a "culture that has a premium on instant gratification." She also said that young people today "think work is a four-letter word". Chelsea called the Senator upset, saying "Mom, I do work hard and my friends work hard,'" - and then the 26-year old returned to her six-figure salary job. Seems like Ms. Clinton might have taken this a little too personal?
To be serious - what Senator Clinton needs to realize is that there isn't an aversion to work - but an aversion to what the government and specifically corporate america has to offer. I'm sort of in between at 37 years old - but I count the friends that are happy with their job on one hand, And what might appear as an aversion to work might be better characterized as apathy and disenchantment. Someone send her a copy of Office Space.
Walking the streets of Philly
Walking to work from the train station this morning, my path was blocked by a SEPTA construction vehicle that decided at the last minute that it wasn't a good idea to run a red light. The city of Philadelphia is installing traffic cameras, talking about getting countdown pedestrian signs, but when it comes to the simple pedestrian laws - there's no one enforcing them. Crosswalks are where cars wait for the light to change. It's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured. And in a city that is grappling with homicides, no one cares.
Gun violence in Philadelphia
In today's Inquirer columnist Nate House wondered where is the outrage with all the young people being killed by gun violence in this city. As of May 8, 127 people have been murdered in Philadelphia - and while this rate is down, I bet that people that live in North Philadelphia feel more threatened than ever. Let me tell Mr. House why there is no outrage - the people that are being killed are predominantly young black males and the majority of those in this state still believe blacks are worth a fraction their lives. The rulers in this state simply don't care. They see this as a city problem, a democrat problem which means it's a black problem - and they will get no heat from their backwater constituents to do anything to save the lives of the children who die every day on our streets. Want to know when there will be outrage - when some young, pretty blonde girl is killed. Then all of a sudden, there will be a problem with guns.
Libya is off the known terrorist list - but Cuba...
No greater example of political pandering than this. Libya has a history of terrorist attacks while Cuba not so much. Yet Cuba is still persona non-grata to the U.S. government. There is no reason for this. Our embargo keeps poor Cubans poorer. The only reason we continue to view Cuba this way is because of the political clout Cubans wield in Florida. Otherwise we deal with countries that are far greater threats than Cuba ever was.
Saturday night ESPN spent the first 10 minutes of Baseball Tonight talking about the the Giants/Dodgers game and the fact that Barry Bonds didn't hit home run 714. I am tired of this pre-occupation with Bonds. The media has spent so much time villifiying Bonds for damaging the sport, but yet is so fascinated with the story they are ignoring the rest of the league to cover.
West Wing ended last night and ended well. Loved the fact that even until last night, the show was written as if there was a tomorrow.
Hillary Clinton, Philadelphia, Libya, Cuban embargo, Barry Bonds, The West Wing
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Anyway today I pick up my car from service and plug my iPod in which is shuffling through all 6,000 songs on the player and the first song it chooses? The Go-Betweens' No Reason to Cry...weird huh?
The iPod has a way of knowing.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tangerine will be released May 16 on Tallulah Records.
Pre-order Tangerine Now!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Replace that guitar with a taser.
Could it be?
It could only be - yes it is - Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24 was slumming it up on Gilmore Girls last night. (I didn't actually watch so I can't tell you what she did other than sing and strum a guitar).
Maybe Kristen might?
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
The Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) and Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) campaign gave the writers fresh story lines and new characters and just a little shot of adrenalin; all desperately needed. Recent episodes have been excellent, wrapping up the show without making the proceedings seem like a final roll call. This past Sunday's episode did a great job bringing Toby and CJ back to the front without a rush to end. I know it's the end, but the writers are doing a great job of writing as if there will be a next season.
As I said - very rarely is a show's end unwarranted or untimely. The X-Files was a shell of itself, stumbling through it's final seasons. When people compare the current version of ER to Grey's Anatomy it makes me cringe because I remember how great ER once was. Hell, shows like Desperate Housewives and The O.C. are already having creative struggles. ABC's Commander in Chief sunk by mid-season.
So with all this, I want to thank The West Wing for not providing me with a season's worth of bad taste and "what ifs" to close things out.
Monday, May 08, 2006
(I've recommended my favorite songs on each)
The Emusic Section
Film School - Film School (emusic) - One of my favorite cds of this year (too bad their instruments were stolen here in Philly). (4 out 5 stars)
- On and On
- He's a Deep Deep Lake
- Arms Aloft
- All in a Day
- Coma Girl
- Secret Meeting
- All the Wine
- Interstate 5
- Long Walk
- We Choose Faces
- According to the Plan
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah (2005) - (4 stars)
- Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
- The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
- Is This Home On Ice
- The Youngest Was the Most Loved
- In the Future When All's Well
- I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
- Hey Chicken
- Pretty Sparks
- Girl in War
- Weight of the World
- Steal a Ride
- Rise Up With Fists!!
- Handle With Care
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
It is so cool to see someone do what they love without being convinced or believing that they can't.
I'm learning a lesson from someone 16 years my junior.
There are many people that hate the U.S. and in their own way have supported terrorism against the U.S. Zacarias Moussaoui hated us, our government, our way of life, everything American. He may have participated in the 9/11 plot, but it seems the evidence to support that was thin.
Moussaoui was convicted because we hate what he represents and that he showed no remorse. In that sense, he was always guilty and therefore this trial was simply a formality.
Alexander Santora's position shifted the other way. His son Christopher was a firefighter who died in New York on Sept. 11. Santora said he originally wanted Moussaoui sentenced to life imprisonment, but changed his mind when he heard the al-Qaida conspirator testify, showing no remorse.
Santora called Moussaoui "guilty as sin. A bullet in his brain would have been a just reward."
I for one have little respect for our legal system because it puts a premium on retribution at the cost of true justice. I hate this man as much as the next - but my hate doesn't mean guilt. The rules of evidence decide that. And in our country those rules are ignored to fit the desire of the people.
What good are principles so easily abandoned?
Monday, May 01, 2006
You can also join groups, one of which I created for Michael Penn fans. There currently is a Michael Penn radio station there - but it's only based on 4 members. Join up, it's really addicting and it's radio that doesn't suck.
Michael Penn Group on Last.fm