Saturday, July 11, 2009

This is just getting rediculous..

Michael Jackson lay in his golden casket at his memorial service without his brain. The Los Angeles coroner confirmed yesterday that the organ was retained to carry out tests.

Aren't they worried that zombie Michael will rise up dancing hungry for human flesh and brains?

Internet traffic linked to the memorial service was 67% above average, making it the second-largest online traffic peak, according to Akamai Technologies, whose networks process 20% of all traffic on the internet

- Use of news sites almost doubled (from 2 million visitors per minute, the average, to nearly 4 million) while use of online video streaming was up by 471%, Akamai said

- 9.7 million watched the event online at, but total online figures are not yet available

- On Twitter, 80,000 messages per hour included the phrase Michael Jackson, while over a million Facebook users fired off 6,000 updates per minute directly linked to CNN’s live feed of the event

- Michael Jackson has 7,453,072 fans on Facebook, and counting (Barack Obama has 6,441,466).

- The virtual Michael Jackson glove has become the most popular gift in the site’s history, as more than 800,000 gloves have been exchanged by Facebook friends

- 6.5 million watched the memorial event on TV in the UK and 31 million in the US. Estimates say at least 1 billion watched worldwide but it is not yet clear whether the figures will beat the 2.5 billion who watched Diana, Princess of Wales’s memorial service

Sources: Akamai Technologies, Facebook, Times database

Just shows to go you that people's priorities are messed up.... It's a dead issue.

Friday, July 10, 2009

And I'll cry if I want to.

I have the same birthday as Jake La Motta. (Raging Bull).

Hopefully this conversation won't happen at the pub....

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Subway Stories 2

The short man with D&G glasses hemmed his pants with binder clips. Sitting across from him was a woman reading a fashion magazine open to the page with her picture on it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

JACK WHITE is a Jenius

Alliteration aside. He is the one of the only musicians still making new music that rocks.

His new band The Dead Weather features the vocalist from The Kills, the guitarist from Queens of The Stone Age, and Jack is on the drums.... move over dave grohl... (maybe not)

Anyway the new album is called Horehound and you can listen to the entire thing free for the next 24 hours here


Give it a listen while its free or buy it cause the music you're listening to now rots and is incredibly derivative. It's not a secret. Everyone knows it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Career Opportunities

So Iggy Pop has a new cd out called "Préliminaires"
It's somewhere between Tom Waits and Jacques Brel

It's weird but I like it, it's based on a french novel but I won't bore you with the details. Check it out if that sounds like something that would tickle your fancy.

Speaking of your fancy and tickling.... post-grad life seems like a constant struggle to find a balance between tickling your fancy and working to afford feathers. Why not work in a pillow factory. Crap metaphor but you should like your job, no?

I would also like to share in this little bit of brilliance from the brilliant film "There Will Be Blood"

There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone.....

I see the worst in people. I don't need to look past seeing them to get all I need. I've built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry... to have you here gives me a second breath. I can't keep doing this on my own with these... people.

Without Daniel Day Lewis behind those words they don't have the same impact...

Working towards retirement... working to afford a life of leisure... that's just the business model of the religious afterlife isn't it. A promise of pearly gates and saint peter or pearly white beaches in sunny saint petersburg florida...

Something to think about if your adhere to one idea or the other, or both.

Monday, July 6, 2009

And We're back

So after a few weeks traveling from Jacksonville, Florida to Chautauqua, New York I can say a few things about city life....

I don't necessarily need to see that much wildlife in such close proximity on a daily basis... I went to the bronx zoo. That was cool. Lizards mating on the sidewalk and palmetto bugs (which is a roach that can fly) in the dance studio are unnecessary...

The kids were awesome though. I felt like a proud parent by the end of the week.....
Speaking of family, Tap Kids performed upstate. The show and cast was awesome, as for Chautauqua...the word compound is loaded and probably not accurate but religious compounds do exist in upstate new york... however maybe it's just my cynicism but when everyone is nice and pleasant I become very edgy... just waiting for them to pounce you know... I didn't drink any of the kool-aid but I was on the lookout.

Being back in the city reminds me of why I love to live here. You feel like you are apart of something much larger than yourself. Rush hour subway will remind you that you are not the most important center of the universe. 1.6 million other people are trying to pay ridiculous rent on the island of Manhattan... and yet there are people who do act like they are the most important s.o.b. in the whole world and well what can you do. One man's zen metaphor for the unity of the human race is another's ego trip. Probably more of a rebellion against getting lost in the sea of people but I say ride the wave.

Speaking of riding the wave- sometimes it is better to fight against the tide. US airways might cancel your flight and tell you you have to fly half way down the coast then wait 2 hours to turn a 1 hour long flight into an 8 extravaganza. If you ask you might end up on an even earlier flight.

So does the squeaky wheel get the grease?
But sometimes it gets replaced....

and for the biggest news of all
This looks to be one amazing film....

No words necessary. I think Scorsese did it again...

More drivel about culture, media, and art to come.... stay tuned.

" "The difference between a madman and a professional is that a pro does as well as he can within what he has set out to do and a madman does exceptionally well at what he can't help doing.” ― Charles Bukowski