Archive for May 2nd, 2006

My New Hero

I mean, yeah, Stephen Colbert is pretty cool and everything, but this here is pretty hard to top:

After performing his hit “Gold Digger,” with its old Ray Charles sample, [Kanye West] played old-school D.J., giving the crowd a snippet of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” then Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.”

“I’m going to play you one of my favorite songs,” he then said. “I swear it’s not a joke.” It was “Take on Me,” by Ah-Ha, one of the most fey radio hits of the 80’s. Mr. West did a New Wave dance around the stage, looking as serious as he said he was, and the crowd… appreciated the perfection of the counterintuitive cheesiness.

Awesome. I don’t get real excited about live shows, but I wish I could’ve seen that one…

4 comments May 2nd, 2006 at 11:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Music,Weirdness

Serendipity

I’ve had an interesting mixed bag of unexpected pleasant (or at least peculiar) surprises over the past couple of days, and have decided to pass the savings on to you, as follows:


Serendip 1) Normally, I don’t bother with special effects or gimmicks, because I want my photos to stand on their own. But when I saw this during an unsuccessful attempt to do some contrast masking, I… kinda liked it.

Serendip 2) I was looking for something entirely different (if someone can find me a bizarre filmstrip-style short film called “Das Clown,” please let me know), and I found this. The only explanation I can offer is… it’s Crispin Glover.

Serendip 3) I just happened to notice this on MSN.com when I signed out of Hotmail (I couldn’t get the MSN/iFilm video to work, but Youtube came through once again): Meet The Worst Weatherman In The World.

Enjoy!

2 comments May 2nd, 2006 at 07:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Photoblogging

Eine Kleine Wankmusik

Well, all things considered, Joe Klein’s online WaPo chat wasn’t nearly as awful as I expected. Fact is, I actually agree with his basic premise that politicians’ increased reliance on amoral focus-group hacks has turned Americans off of politics. I just don’t agree that this is primarily a Democratic problem and that the Republicans are the party of authenticity. Their consultants have simply done a far better job of crafting an aura of authenticity, even to the extent of transforming a drunken silver-spoon Connecticut preppie cheerleader/draft-dodger into a straight-talkin’, brush-clearin’, rootin’-tootin’ Texas cowboy.

There were, however, some… interesting moments. This is simply spectacular:

I never said that the left hates America. I said the Left sometimes indulges in “hate America” rhetoric, especially when it comes to foreign policy. I’ve said that some on the left have the knee-jerk assumption that America is always wrong when it uses force–and that others on the left seem to assume that America is a malignant force in the world. I respect your patriotism and your right to criticize the government–I do it myself just about every week in my column. But I have no time for those who assume our country is somehow evil.

Shorter Joe Klein: “I never said the left hates America… but they do.”

And then there’s this:

I do believe George w., Bush is a politician who doesn’t always follow the polls. He’s been willing to go up against the base of his party on immigration, against popular opinion on social security reform…and if he were a creature of the polls, he’d be skedaddling out of Iraq right now. I disagree with most of his policies, but he does have the courage of his convictions.

This is complete bullshit. Bush has never done anything that he did not think would A) Shore up his base, B) Hoodwink everyone else into thinking he’s an indispensable tough guy, or C) Reward his wealthy and corporate sugar daddies. He isn’t staying the course in Iraq because of the courage of his alleged convictions; he’s staying the course because he is pathologically incapable of admitting error. It’s not even perversely admirable – it’s just perverse.

May 2nd, 2006 at 06:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Favorites,Media,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

Yo, Joe!

Hey, everyone!

Joe Klein’s going to have a WaPo online chat today at 3:00 EST to promote his new Big Book Of Wanking or whatever it’s called.

Be sure to drop by and tell him what a great job he’s doing.

May 2nd, 2006 at 12:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Wankers


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