Tuesday, October 28, 2008
and -just for good measure- Chris Rock on Colin Powell, the the Black President, and jail...
love marriage crazy women men
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thanks to Jessica's recommendation I have been going to Sad Steve a lot lately to find random music... and how random it is, look at the listing on the main page, which looks lke a very organized clusterf%#k to the end of the universe:
1. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) by Various Artists
2. Tocatta and Fugue (remix) by Vanessa Mae
3. O Praise Him (All This For A King) by David Crowder Band
5. Stars by David Crowder Band
6. Fuck the pain away by Peaches
7. Mogwai and Summer at Shatter Creek 1 by Mogwai and Summer at Shatter Creek
8. If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz
9. Goodnight and Goodbye by Jonas Brothers
10. Danny And Evelyn by Soundtrack
11. But It's Alright by J.J. Jackson
12. I'm Your Man by Wham
13. Mogwai and Summer at Shatter Creek 3 by Mogwai and Summer at Shatter Creek
14. Forever by Chris Brown
15. Happy Songs For Happy People - 07 - Golden Porsche by Mogwai
16. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult by Elliott Smith
17. Everday by High School Musical 2
18. Hold You Down (Featuring Fat Joe) by Jennifer Lopez
19. Flirt by The Pussycat Dolls
20. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers) by Various Artists
21. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
22. Samba De Janeiro by Bellini
23. Hot Stuff (I Want You Back) by The Pussycat Dolls
24. Pokemon The First Movie Theme Song
Labels: Sad Steve clusterf%#k
Thursday, October 23, 2008
(also feat. Babymomma Palin Old Man McCain on NBC and Saul Tigh and Adama and Starbuck ans stuff...)
Post Subtitled: When dorks collide...
because I'd hate to dedicate an entire post to the Old Man, here is a valid and somewhat related correspondence of equal importance, dedicated to Alicia and Florian:
"So, as we were playing Uno, Florian and I were debating:
In a fight of Star Wars vs. Battlestar Galactica vs. Star Trek who would win?
Are they all existing in the same "space"?
P.S. Re: Battlestar Galactica (Which Florian has been making me watch ever since we found the free TV station - doesn't the one gray haired guy in Season 2 (who loses an eye in Season 3) look like John McCain!? (at least in season 2...)
show details (22 hours ago)
"the XO, one-eyed Saul Tigh, yep- you can even find photoshopped images of him as mccain and vice versa
ok- this other thing is a big argument-
Battlestar Galactica is in our future (but humans left earth so long ago that is has been reduced to a myth)
Star Wars is "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"
and Star Trek is in our future as well, but they still have a connection to earth (well, most of the storylines)
"Who would win?" really depends if we are talking about who vs. who i.e.: the Empire or the Rebels, the Cylons or the Humans, or the U.S.S. Enterprise vs. the klingons or the Klingons vs. the cylons -or the cylons vs. the borg or the Rebels vs. the Galactic Fleet, etc...
but they all exist in the universe... our universe
(more thoughts on this to come..)
I am so glad you are watching Battlestar!!!!!! it is my favorite (or has been over the past year or so) but beware of fracking internet plot spoilers!!!! I love almost all the characters, although... no, I can't decide. Most of them are just so interesting, Baltar, Chief, both Adamas, Starbuck, Tigh- great stuff
-did you start from the pilot episode???.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thanks to John Moe for the tip.
this was the first time i even noticed the helpless tragedy in "heard it through the grapevine" -thanks a LOT California Raisins...
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Tree man 'who grew roots' may be cured
An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an American doctor - and Vitamin A."
ohhhh. oh dear....
Labels: Tree man Indonesian fisherman
George W. Bush to appear in the role of Josh Brolin for upcoming "Goonies 2" film.
I just made that up but then I came across a video interview where Brolin admits to their being a goonies II and him being cast in it:
, which is nuts because I found a script for it online a few years ago---
I actually gave Goonies on DVD to my cousins (age 6-11) last year for Christmas- a bit hesitant because of the language and badassness of the film (if you are watching at age 6 in 1987 it is the cooles shit in the world), which is just so much more hardcore and raw then any of that shit disney poops out these days, (ok, like I might've said, I DID like Wall-E.) Anyhow, goonies sequel... was it necessary? Nö... will it be anything but another fluffy kids movie?...
lest we not forget, this film was cruelly foreshadowed by the Nintendo game "Goonies II" which had a mermaid and two guys who looks an awful lot like the blues brothers. Unfortunately this game was based on a film that never existed- but in second grade the rumor going around was that Goonies Two was only released in Japan... as was Mario Bros. 7 ...which is a very interesting psychology... everything being released only in Japan, and we were just stuck left to imagining how great it must be...
"Letter: Andrew Lahde, Lahde Capital Management
By Andrew LahdeFriday Oct 17 2008 13:15
October 17, 2008
Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.
Recently, on the front page of Section C of the Wall Street Journal, a hedge fund manager who was also closing up shop (a $300 million fund), was quoted as saying, "What I have learned about the hedge fund business is that I hate it." I could not agree more with that statement. I was in this game for the money. The low hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale, and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America."
found in a post by Erik Larson at Now Public, nowpublic.com
The following is an email I received today:
"Below you can view the picture of a typical Obama supporter. It's a little unusual but very accurate as well.
I think we can all agree on that statement."
FIRST BOOK OF DEMOCRAT
OBAMA IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES
HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT
YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE BREAD LINE,
I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY.
OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,
MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME,
SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.
THE DEMOCRATS AND I WILL LIVE FOREVER IN A RENTED HOME.
BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN,
I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE.
BUT I WISH I WAS A DOG
AND OBAMA A TREE."
Poor guys have a very long and frustrating 8 years ahead of them...
The Golden Spike Landmark... because Sacramento clearly needs a giant golden spike landmark...
In the first through the third grades in Belleville, Illinois they would take us to the tiny subterranean library to check out books- but besides reading Dr. Seuss all we ever did there was look at the Guinness Book of World Records. We did manage to check out Roald Dahl, though, and read him with a passion... oddly enought I just learned that Jeff Tweedy of Wilco comes from the small town of Belleville, Ill.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Obama Roast McCain @ Alfred E. Smith Dinner Part TWO
emails from Barack and the McCain camp after the third debate: a review...
this post (originally just with the McCain email) was dull so i embedded some fracking Battlestar Galactica clips throughout...
Actually, no, but : Yes, McCain-über-SPAM-meister?
Last night, you saw John McCain win the final debate of the general election.
No, I was sleeping, it was 3-4 am here, but I did hear him on the radio- and honestly I preferred hearing him to seeing him. SEEING the Old Man is like watching some David Cronenberg/Lynch X-Men sh*t, man- all the licking and blinking- is there anything you or he or electrolysis can do about that? On every issue, he proved he is ready to lead and ready to take this country in a new direction. Ain' dat da Lawd's onnest troof.
We know that John McCain is prepared to bring bold solutions to solve our nation's challenges. He'll fight for the "Joe the Plumbers," Marios and Luigis? "Joe the Florists" gay dudes?? He'll fight for gay dudes? That seems a bit our of character for the Maverick... and "Joe the Carpenters" of America of Nazareth? to reduce taxes and allow more men and women to realize the American Dream. John McCain is the only candidate who has consistently put our country's needs above his own. There should be a joke about his arms here. Now, it's up to us now to make sure he wins on Election Day. Yes, go on...
There's been a lot of talk in the media about the massive field operation Senator Obama has built with unlimited campaign funds. My sister gave him $30 and I gave him $25. We're guilty. Our campaign is ready to match his operation, but we need you on board to do it. Ok, Captain, but it won't do you no good.
As we enter the final weeks of the campaign, we're launching our major volunteer effort to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin. Ok. As a volunteer in your home state, you will be making a big difference in bringing the McCain-Palin ticket closer to victory. Ok.
Please follow this link to sign up for a volunteer shift. This email is boring. No matter what your schedule is, we have available shifts for each day leading up to November 4th. As a volunteer for our campaign, you will be provided with training, so no prior experience is needed. What can I say...
There is a lot at stake in this election. Come on- throw me a bone here- As a volunteer for McCain-Palin, you can make a big impact in closing the gap in the polls and electing John McCain and Sarah Palin as our next president and vice president. Please follow this link to get involved today. Thanks for your support.
Deputy Campaign Manager
P.S. In addition to volunteering for our campaign, I'm asking you to visit the new website, www.RhetoricVsRecord.com. This site outlines the big differences between what Senator Obama says and what he does. Please take a few minutes to read through the site and pass it along to a few of your friends. Thank you.
I just finished the last debate before the election. I know, I saw, you played it pretty cool, man.
Now the outcome of this campaign is up to you. I need your help to get our message out -- and to get out the vote. Cool.
I wouldn't ask for your support if this campaign didn't urgently need it. Naturally.
Your donation of $5 or more today is essential to our unprecedented get out the vote operation in these final days. How's about a combined $55, that is 10 times more than you asked for- will you love us 10 times more?...The most dangerous thing you can do right now is nothing. Dude, I blog and -like I said- my sister and I donated to your campaign yesterday. Your support and hard work are exactly what we need between now and Election Day.
While he didn't mention the middle class, John McCain chose to repeat the false, negative attacks that make up 100% of his advertising these days. Harsh, bro.
The truth is that his choices say more about his campaign than they do about me. I can handle the truth.
But John McCain and his allies are not going to stop fighting -- or attacking -- until the very end. I think he mentioned as much in his email...
We're doing this a different way. Right, go on... Tonight I talked about the real problems ordinary people face during this economic crisis and concrete ways that I will create jobs, cut health care costs, build a new energy policy, and get our economy moving. Word.
But time is running out. 'Tis, ain't it, not like that Stones song... Our strength and our success in these last 20 days depends on you:
Well, that is flattering---
Thank you for all you do,
...all i do is all i gotta do, you know what I mean?
I live in Berlin but vote in WA state, so chances are that when I get my absentee ballot I know nothing about many of the initiatives and candidates, which is why it is always good to have The Stranger Election Control Board Endorsements for the November 4, 2008, General Election -entertaining AND educationalwith Palin jokes like:
Q: What's the difference between Sarah Palin's mouth and her vagina?
A: Only some of the stuff that comes out of her vagina is retarded.
Ohhwww. Oh. so wrong.
from the Wall Street Journal:
...this made me laugh, BUT I think what they are overlooking is that IF you paid $100 a month for health insurance and you do get sick or break your foot- then you end up paying hundreds or thousands of dollars out of pocket- anybody else have that happen???
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Post Subtitled: the third Obama McCain debate
special thanks to Bungalow Babe in the Big City for the tip
and of course he was on Good Morning America.
-don't know how I feel about all this silliness... pure silliness. (see Batman post)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wow... found in Andrew Sullivan's "THE DAILY DISH":
"While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.
So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me."
-Christopher Buckley in the Daily Beast
.........and that all i wanted to say about that. At least I've cut down on spelling errors.
"Horace Engdahl, a member of the Swedish Nobel Prize Committee, created a stir recently when he dismissed the literature of the United States as "too isolated, too insular” and ignorant and said Europe was still "the centre of the literary world”."
"In October 2008, Engdahl told the Associated Press that the United States is "too insular and ignorant to challenge Europe as the center of the literary world""
Seriously? ok Daffy Duck- who is isolated, insular and ignorant & delusional?... it is definitely fair to say that amazing things are produced on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but to discredit the United States as as an innovative literary force is just plain absurd. For a million reasons. Just think of the thousands of novels each year which AREN't even published, not to mention all the amazing ones which are...
sweet, sweet jesus. Nobel Fucking Prize.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
DISCLAIMER: I don't hate Sarah Palin, actually I kind of like her- I've warmed up to her quirkiness and she's pretty hot but I just DO NOT want her to be in the White House.
Those nihilist(ical) hipsters and their tasteless LIES! I mean - at the very least they could tell it like it is- that she has a loose floppy cunt (which now needs to be rolled/pinned-up) from popping out 5 kids, right? Or "Sarah Palin is a sweet virginal All-American CUNT" Jesus. Sweet Jesus this is a dirty dirty campaign. just disgraceful.
I know the stock market went up 1,000 points yesterday... but I'm just not convinced that we are in the clear by any means... This American Life had an excellent (must-listen!) show: "365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy
Alex Blumberg and NPR's Adam Davidson—the two guys who reported our Giant Pool of Money episode—are back, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast. They'll explain what happened this week, including what regulators could've done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place. You can learn more about the daily ins and outs and join the discussion on the Planet Money blog."
Then there was this helpful little video from Marketplace:
The credit crisis as Antarctic expedition from Marketplace on Vimeo.
Gisela webcam: Hey this Gisela. Now I am looking for new friends. http://duso.us/profiles/girl18/
ME: sorry, this is my work acct. but I hope you find some new friends---
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Post Subtitled: Popkomm day 2, Triggerfinger and the Runaway Brides
On my way home from work Magnolia Beacon was playing on the Admiralsbrücke, so nice to come home to- I got a beer at the spätkauf and stood with the fifty other people to watch them play and bought a new CD. Great stuff. THere has just been a ton of music here lately- I try to keep up, i.e. last Thurs:
Two charming shows at White Trash Fast Food (Oct. 9), namely-
THE RUNAWAY BRIDES an all-girl country-pop group with a shitload of talent and a great aesthetic.
TRIGGERFINGER. (PHOTOS TO COME---)
At some point you might just get used to being in bars or venues with a band in the background which is "dull" "dumb?" "no, DULL!" -"oh,yea. totally. I thought you said dumb cuz they're kinda dumb, too." and too loud, which does absolutely nothing. Louder isn't going to make us any more interested, but it will force us to shout and misunderstand one-another.
I had not intended to even watch the band Triggerfinger- mainly because I had never heard of them, partly because I just don't expect to enjoy new rock music and also partly because of my own snobbish biases:
A. Their name is Triggerfinger, which sounds like Clawfinger or Bad Motorfinger or any other finger-band/album, -not to mention this choice of name SEEMS like they are trying to be a bit too hardcore, a bit too Tarantino or Chris McQuarrie or just too straight-up 90s with their image.
B. They are older. Older dudes. Not old, but two of them might be in their 40s, and it isn't always so much fun watching older dudes trying to rock.
C. They are from Belgium. No offense, but...Belgian rock?
So A+B+C almost makes this band suck automatically- by default, but they don't. They wail. They rock. Whatever you want to call it- they are good. Visually these three are almost caricatures. The bassist, which was referred to as "the Meat Man" is a large and uniquely featured gentleman- reminded me of someone I#d seen in a movie... (or perhaps Rèmy from the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) a guy you might expect to see working as a longshoreman, not tearing it up on guitar. Ruben Brook, the lead singer (who, with his longish gray hair parted to one side to nicely compliment a chops-oriented beard-stashe) looks like if you only changed is outfit, you could plop him comfortably into several different centuries and he would hardly miss a beat. (Let's say Amsterdam in 1895).
In terms of being that satisfyingly richly weighted flat-out scream he possesses a voice on-par with Chris Cornell, yet he doesn't over-use it, and rather opts for being much more playful, in fact- the band as a whole works so well partly because they ARE playful, theatrical, and it is apparent that they are having a good time while keeping up a sort of hardworking onstage persona. Nevertheless, TRIGGERFINGER are extremely talented musicians,- rarely was there a moment where what you were hearing was reminiscent of a dull/dumb formulaic pop song.So, yea, the end result is three Belgian guys in black black leisure suits with silly-patterned red ties who know how to not only put on a great show but... actually kinda rock.
UNRELATED NEWS: Oh, new song called "The Monster Song" and video from Psapp:
Psapp - The Monster Song
Labels: Triggerfinger "The Monster Song"
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
you know when people use words to spell out the first letters of things on the phone.
like "'B' as in Bear, 'E' as in entrophy 'A' as in Austria and 'R' as in rubble..."
Well, it doesn't work with me - if I hear those words I see those images in my head
and get completely lost
true life example at work: froma distance I overhear a phone conversation:
"'E' as in Emil, 'N' as in Nordpol, 'A' as in Anton" and soforth, -suddenly I see a
bear at the North Pole with a skiny dork named anton. Glaciers, and Southern German
cabins and the image just keeps reloading in my mind to the point where I can no longer
from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Labels: the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Monday, October 06, 2008
long weekend (since German Reunification Day was Friday)
so I didn't accomplish much other than taking a whole lot of fotos:
buck spinning our of a jump in volkspark hasenheide
Lee Tabasco of the Frying Dutchman at WHITE TRASH FAST FOOD berlin Oct. 3, 2008
foto of me taken by a 4-year-old who appropriated my camera at Cafe Berkana in the Karmanoia
typewriter in the top floor apartment of the Karnmanoia
Charles Alabaster Booth of the Cowboy Killers, Lovelite, Friedrichshain, Berlin
buck (modern dancer)landing in volkspark hasenheide
this was not this weekend- but I forgot it from earlier...
susanna berivan playing at Ä
and a few weekends ago:
Icelandic artist Magnús Pálsson at his vernissage in Galerie Crystal Ball, Berlin
Thursday, October 02, 2008
at Ä in Neukölln, Berlin
the Frying Dutchman, a rock and roll band from japan who will be playing at White Trash on Friday Oct. 3
Up until now I have used Twitter to talk to myself... to console myself when I am lonely, to make myself a cup of chamomile tea when I am lonely surrounded by people at work, to document random ideas, and to lob commentary into the great interweb vortex thing, ahhh- ...but now, friends, I have seen the new way: the absolute pinnacle of quality entertainment via Twitter, namely- the Twitter account of film director Michael Bay.
Michael is the director of such films as TRANSFORMERS, CON AIR, ARMAGEDDON and PEARL HARBOR. He takes the amazing medium of Twitter and really bitchslaps it to a whole new level, for example- a few of his recent turds of pure.white.gold.:
"@slashfilm No, I don't know who "Fellini" is and quite frankly I don't give a shit"
"What's for lunch? THIS IS FOR LUNCH."
"Boom. That's it. That's all you need to know."
"Went to the bathroom and took a giant dump. A dump of excellence."
"Here's a tip: if you can't sleep, try soaking an ambien in gasoline and wrapping it in C4. Chase it with pure grain alcohol and 75 pushups."
"Just fired the gardener for breathing too loud."
"Shia cried more today. Especially compared to yesterday"
"No. Seriously. Fuck You."
DISCLAIMER: I Watched Tranformers FOUR TIMES on the airplane and Armageddon made me cry- I saw it twice in the theatre. "WHY???" you might ask- well watch the affing trailer and then listen to the song that Liv Tyler's dad wrote just for the film:
if you didn't cry watching those videos (or at least get a bit tingle-y) then just stop reading this blog, ok? Go away, go watch or read something- -something else, "Post-Google" don't want you here. Or in the Twittered words of Michael Bay:
"No. Seriously. Fuck You." 08:22 PM September 29, 2008 from web
"Fuck you." 08:21 PM September 29, 2008 from web
"I love to kick ass." 08:21 PM September 29, 2008 from web
"God I'm Awesome." 08:21 PM September 29, 2008 from web
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Sunday Non-fiction sitting in an Irish Pub in Amsterdam :
"It is a girl... singing... 90s? Like..."
"Uh... Actually... actually, I think it is Hot Chip... saw them open for Stereolab a few years ago."
Now I like them. Hot Chip is pretty damn catchy for a bunch of nerds with a terrible band name... "One Pure Thought"
One Pure Thought
Labels: Hot Chip "One Pure Thought"