Category: "culture/news"

What is New Orleans?

I just finished listening to the latest episode of Le Show with Harry Shearer. He has recorded the show in New Orleans several times over the last year, so I knew he was going to have a lot to say about the hurricane. It wasn't what I expected, though. Railing on the Bush administration is a normal part of the show, but there wasn't one word about that. There was no blame, no outrage, not really even any sadness. It was a whole show celebrating the culture of the city. This was a refreshing surprise. The episode features several songs from the city (which is surprising again, because the podcast edition of the show usually cuts out the music, but not this time). Here's a direct link to the mp3 file, and here's the feed if you want to subscribe to the podcast.

"I Don't Want Your Freedom"

As much as I hate to admit it, I am often a follower. So, as I read Dave and Kyle's posts about the horrible songs in 1998, I felt I just had to reciprocate with a horrible music post of my own, but with a twist: I actually like this artist(s).

The other day, I was watching Behind the Music: George Michael (I know, gag), and it made me remember how much I loved him when I was in Jr. High. I loved WHAM! (where is that other guy, anyway?)and even convinced my parents to listen to "Faith" in the car. (They liked a little known song called "Kissing a Fool" because it had a jazzy feel...OMG, I can't believe I am reviewing a George Michael album. I also can't believe I said OMG.)

Anyway, I downloaded some of my favorite songs and am currently reminiscing about the days before teen angst and Eddie Vedder set in. Times were so much simpler when the hardest question to answer was, "Who is your favorite New Kid?" (Mine was Jordan.)

There you go, boys. Someone with relatively good taste in music extolling the virtues of 80's pop. If you were brave, you'd admit the horrible songs you liked, too.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

40 Year Old Virgin movie posterSara and I went to see The 40 Year Old Virgin last night. If you're someone who is easily offended, you may not want to see this movie. Ok, let me rephrase that. If you've ever been offended in your life, just steer clear of this movie. It's quite crass. That said, Sara and I laughed through most of the movie. We laughed hard. It's a very fun movie. We're fans of Steve Carell's work on The Daily Show and The Office and I'm glad to see him in the lead of a major motion picture. It looks like he's got a few more projects already under production. And the second season of The Office will begin soon.

Subtly Simpsons

Subtly Simpsons is a good collection of quotes from the Simpsons. Here are some of my favorites.

Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.

Homer: Weasling out of work is important to learn; it is what separates humans from animals. Except for weasels.

Jebediah: [on film] A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
Edna: Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield
Ms.Hoover: I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Faith: Lisa, I'm Faith Crowley, Patriotism Editor of Reading Digest.
Homer: Oh, I love your magazine. My favourite section is How to increase your word power. That thing is really, really... good.

Milhouse, on falling in love: It was just like Romeo and Juliet, only it ended in tragedy.

Teen1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He's cool.
Teen2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
Teen1: I don't even know anymore.

Principal Skinner: Mr. Burns, what is the secret to your success?
Mr. Burns: Family, religion, friends... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.

Homer: And what if we picked the wrong religion? Every week, we're just making God madder and madder!

Also, apparently a bunch of the Simpsons writers are Harvard grads, so the show is littered with Harvard references.

Confirmed: is a hoax

Walken '08?

Stephen Baxter

I'm thinking of reading a book by sci-fi author Stephen Baxter. Can anyone recommend a good book to start with? He has done several series, but I have no idea which would be good introduction.

Bunkface + RSS

JaredThis is Jared, creator of, a very funny website. He has a blog that he handcodes, so it doesn't have an RSS feed. (RSS: What it is and why you need it.) If I can't check a site for updates through an RSS feed, then I have a hard time remembering to check for updates. So, I created a php script that scrapes his site and creates an RSS feed. Subscribe to this link in Bloglines and you'll get all of the updates as soon as they're posted.

Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Anticlimactic Twilight Zone Episodes.

Where Is Everybody?

A man emerges from his office to find the hallways mysteriously devoid of co-workers. He wanders the silent, empty building looking for signs of life but finds no trace of humanity other than coffee brewing, purses slung over chairs, and folders lying open on desks. Suddenly, he remembers a mandatory meeting in the first-floor conference room.

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