My DD214

Veterans should be a thing of the past.

Gilbert Gottfried must NEVER be allowed to enter the jungle

This creature (known as the lyrebird) can do spot on impersonations of almost anything it hears. I pulled my skepticism muscle watching this. (via)

16 June, 2006 3:01 PM Posted by | Linkage | 1 Comment

Assorted links and musings for 25 May 2006

Some of these links are old ones that I had meant to post many moons ago but slipped through the cracks for one reason or another.

25 May, 2006 12:07 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage | Leave a comment

Assorted links for 21 May 2006

21 May, 2006 4:00 PM Posted by | Linkage | 3 Comments

The power of the interweb is matched only by its mystery

A few things:
1. I won’t offer any feeble excuses as to why I haven’t posted anything in the last few days. The truth is, I’m exceptionally lazy.
2. Just because I have not written doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up. The front page, however, isn’t the only interesting part of this blog, as you both know. I like to look at the stats. My question is this. What the deuce is so great about this post? It is the only post on this mofo that gets viewed at least once a day, ususally more. So, what the h-e-double-hockeysticks is going on? Any ideas?
3. I got a great idea for a song to cover. Take the Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees, performed in the style of Mark Lanegan. All joking aside, though, I heard that song on the radio today, and I really think it might work…
4. Hash is a wonderful thing, but sometimes I wonder if it makes me incomprehensible.

16 May, 2006 10:46 PM Posted by | Clay Recommends:, Hash is Awesome, Just a thought.., Linkage | 1 Comment

Heavy reading and light thinking

Here's a couple of interesting reads and some random thoughts.

  • From the New York Times: The contents of some old trunks found in the basement of Steve McQueen's house reveal detailed plans for the epic motorcycle adventure movie he had planned for years.
  • From Slate: The growing marginalization of the independent bookstore.
  • Writer Douglas Rushkoff (fascinating Wikipedia bio here) has an amusing and thought-provoking rant on the obsolescence of faith and religion.
  • My parents saw Mission Impossible 3 before I did because my New York City friends are too put off by Tom Cruise and/or overly cynical about Hollywood blockbusters. The other impediment is that I refuse to go to the movies alone.
  • I've read Ahmadinejad's letter. It's still digesting.

15 May, 2006 12:30 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage, Movies | Leave a comment

Noteworthy stuff on two totally distinct fronts

I'm up waaaay too late after work, but there's things you need to see.

Firstly, the NYT drops the science on why the United States' trade embargo with Cuba is going to go away. And no, humanitarian concerns have nothing to do with it, unless your idea of humanitarian aid involves Cadillac Escalades. I realize that the article doesn't say that explicitly; expect some analysis from me tomorrow.

Secondly, if you're a nerd like me, then you really need to see Bungie's brand spanking new trailer for Halo 3. Even if you haven't the foggiest notion what Halo is, just watch the trailer. The dramatic musical stings will let you know when it's time to get the jibblies.

There was also good stuff on Iran in the paper today that bears discussion, but it's going to have to wait until after my Greek & Roman Religion final tomorrow afternoon. Wish me luck.

10 May, 2006 3:18 AM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage, News | Leave a comment

Whilst my brain dissolves from Red Bull toxicity

I just turned in my semester's writing portfolio! Yay!

I haven't slept in a day-and-a-half! Yay!

I'm having delusions that Lee Iacocca lives in the empty box of Ritz crackers under my desk! Okay fuck this, I'm going to sleep.

In the meantime, read this awesome new McSweeney's list: Thirteen Writing Prompts by Dan Wiencek. Here's a couple of them to give you the flava:

1. Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man's friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument.

6. A wasp called the tarantula hawk reproduces by paralyzing tarantulas and laying its eggs into their bodies. When the larvae hatch, they devour the still living spider from the inside out. Isn't that fucked up? Write a short story about how fucked up that is.

See you people tomorrow.

5 May, 2006 11:37 AM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage | 2 Comments

Fran├žois!

Wes Anderson, the man who wrought Rushmore (one of my top 2 or 3 favorite films of all time, locked in an eternal struggle with Yojimbo and Pee Wee's Big Adventure), has made a two-minute ad for American Express. (via)

27 April, 2006 7:32 AM Posted by | Linkage, Movies | Leave a comment

What your child says about you

Matt Baldwin has got an exceptionally funny (and short) conversation up over at Defective Yeti.

26 April, 2006 10:27 AM Posted by | Linkage | Leave a comment

Rhinestones

Adidas quietly launches a new ad campaign with this sincerely creepy video that’s been making its way around. Not only will this ad cause you to produce gooseflesh the next time you see a bed full of stuffed animals, but it features a terrific song by a heretofore-unknown-to-me artist named Greg Weeks, whose music I will most certainly be looking into now. (video is Quicktime, plays in browser)

18 April, 2006 1:28 PM Posted by | Linkage | 2 Comments