Friday, February 29, 2008

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein write the perfect song

Apparently Fred Armisen hangs out in Portland a lot, Carrie Brownstein does comedy, and Corrin Tucker is married to Lance Bangs...

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein write the perfect song

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Still Alive geeks

I know at least Will will be excited to watch this video of Jonathan Coulton, Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, and Veronica Belmont playing Still Alive on Rock Band in front of a live audience.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Governor Mecham's Legacy

Arizona just lost former governor Evan Mecham to an undisclosed illness at the age of 83. One of my first cousins married into his family about ten years ago, so I thought I'd read his Wikipedia page to get a sense of the man. Here are some choice excerpts.

"Evan Mecham gained national attention several days after inauguration by fulfilling his campaign promise to cancel a paid MLK Day holiday for state employees. ...Mecham replied to comments from civil rights activists and the Black community after the cancellation by saying 'King doesn't deserve a holiday.' This was followed by him telling a group of black community leaders, 'You folks don't need another holiday. What you folks need are jobs.'"

"Claims of prejudice were made against Mecham after he defended the use of the word 'pickaninny' to describe black children, claimed that high divorce rates were caused by working women, claimed America is a Christian nation to a Jewish audience, and said a group of visiting Japanese businessmen got 'round eyes' after being told of the number of golf courses in Arizona. In response to claims that he was a racist, Mecham said, 'I've got black friends. I employ black people. I don't employ them because they are black; I employ them because they are the best people who applied for the cotton-picking job.'"

"Having served from January 6, 1987 to April 4, 1988, Mecham was removed from office following conviction in his impeachment trial of charges of the obstruction of justice and the misuse of government funds."

"Throughout his administration, Mecham expressed concern about possible eavesdropping on his private communications. A senior member of Mecham's staff broke his leg after falling through a false ceiling he had been crawling over, looking for covert listening devices. A private investigator was hired to sweep the governor's offices looking for bugs. The Governor was quoted as saying, 'Whenever I'm in my house or my office, I always have a radio on. It keeps the lasers out.'"


Friday, February 22, 2008

Stuff White People Like

Stuff White People Like is a blog about stuff white people like. For example:

President Santos

Turns out Matt Santos, the character played by Jimmy Smits in the last few seasons of the West Wing was inspired by Barack Obama. People are starting to make a big deal over the correspondences between the events of that show and this year's political season (brokered convention, etc.)

Is it a bad thing that I would've voted for Alan Alda in that election?

Iron Chef Unmasked

Behind the scenes of an Iron Chef America taping. It turns out to be highly questionable from a competitive fairness point of view...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kim Gordon Backs Obama

Since there's no primary today, here's a bit of political fluff for everyone. Kim Gordon, of Sonic Youth, supports Barack Obama. The weird part, as pointed out in the text accompanying this video from Wonkette, is the fact that Gordon is 8 years older than Obama.

See some of you dudes in Portland soontime!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Yes, another Slate article; Yes, another article about Juno

This is probably the best article I've read about Juno so far. Its thoughts on the trouble with the first twenty minutes could not be better expressed.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Swedish Pop

I have an unusual affection for this song by Lykke Li:

That guy on the left is my hero.

(Via Carolyn)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Seigel stars in the new Judd Apatow:

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Puzzle: Solved!

How to make legendarily irritating comic Garfield funny? Simply remove all Garfield's dialogue.

The chunk at Feb 07, 4:21pm contains at least two of my favorites.

(h/t the apparently defunct Norbizness)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

So very slow

For some reason, this video really cracks me up:

Sloths rule, dude.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hilariously Brutal Reviews

These two columns have nothing to do with one another other than my having read them within a few weeks, but in their individual ways, they're two of the funniest negative reviews I've ever seen.

Meet the Spartans

Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend