Wednesday, February 28, 2007

TV: Round-Up

Music: Wilco

The cover of the new Wilco album (and tracklisting) at The Line Of Best Fit.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Movies: Oscars 2007

Some hardy souls are live-blogging the Oscars. I was curious to read what they had to say about Leonardo DiCarprio's near-fellatio of Al Gore.

  • Entertainment Weekly. They note that during the Al & Leo bit:
    In the audience, Jerry Seinfeld seems ready to roll his eyes.

  • Those professional snarks at Defamer.
    Despite Leo DiCaprio's prompting, Al Gore does not announce his candidacy for the presidential race, explaining, "I'm f***ing terrifed of David Geffen calling me a fatty in the New York Times tomorrow."

  • The Onion Av Club's The Hater. I think this is sarcasm:
    Al Gore just made a funny, y'all!

  • The Onion's clueless Entertainment columnist, Jackie Harvey. Didn't mention Leo & Al, but had this great line:
    Melissa Etheridge could make the phone book interesting if you showed it on screen behind her while she was performing.

  • The Answer May Surprise You may be the puniest live-blog ever.
    While I was outside, I apparently missed a very funny exchange between Leo DiCaprio and Al Gore. Something about the environment or running for president or something. My mom tried to recap it for me, but I think she's high.

Nobody mentioned that Gore has Ted Kennedy's Disease aka "Fat Head".

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Magazines: Punch

Project Guterberg has some old issues of Punch available for your perusal, including December 29th, 1920. It includes such rib-ticklers as this:
A woman informed a London magistrate last Tuesday that her husband thrashed her at Easter, Whitsuntide and on August Bank Holiday. Our thoughts were constantly with her during the recent Yuletide festivities.

It is stated that rabies does not exist in Ireland. Our opinion is that it wouldn't be noticed if it did.

"Leather is now much cheaper," we read. Yet we have noticed no drop in the price of restaurant steak.

A vast improvement on 1892:
A Gentleman, whose name is well known in scientific circles, vouches for the following fact. He was, he says, passing a poulterer's shop, when he actually saw a hare buy a rabbit!! He subsequently added, that much depended on the way of spelling "buy."

Friday, February 23, 2007

Celebrities: Jessica Simpson

Apparently, Jessica Simpson is allergic to pizza. I really didn't think she looked that good in the 2007 Superbowl commercial for Pizza Hut - as one commenter says, "what's up with the clown lipstick?"

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Music: Lose An "I", Part 2

AKA "Eric's Revenge". Eric supplies these 3 (with some modifications by me):

  1. Dyslexic Acura model needs you tonight.
  2. Silent decay of Glam Metal band.
  3. 80s singer (with the Cruisers) helps collect taxes.

That last one does not refer to Eddie and the Cruisers. It's a singer I have never heard of, which is weird. And I've never heard his best known song.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Music: Add A "U"

Name these bands with an added "U":

  1. Sports coat I wear to funeral of Kentucky band?
  2. Modem manufacturer feels like making love?
  3. UK punk band adopts sexual position with killer whale?

Music: Time Reporting

Headline on Pitchfork: "Pumpkins, Wilco, Ted Leo Added to Primavera". At last, I said to myself, I'll be able to charge time to listening to "Being There". Turns out to be a music festival in Barcelona.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Music: Lose An "I"

Name these artists/bands who have lost an "i"?

  1. Do these Oklahoma weirdos set vinyl on fire?
  2. "Guitar George" may know all the chords, but these guys play really bad Fenders.
  3. Red-haired bottleneck guitarist joins Glam Metal band.
  4. 80s avant-garde funk outfit seeks the return of a big green ogre.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Video: Girls, Girls, Girls

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Music: Covers With Original Artist

What cover versions have the original artist doing backing vocals/playing an instrument?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Media: Michael Ware

I just saw CNN's Iraq reporter Michael Ware for the first time. What a creepy guy! Mis-shapen face, 5 o'clock shadow, crazy eyes, speaks in strangulated Strine.

Here he is clean-shaven and talking about his 2004 kidnapping. As a commenter says, "Finally!!!! A rare shot of Michael Ware's elusive left nostril!!!!"

What does the internet think "Michael Ware is"? " Australian journalist reporting for CNN", "...Super-Shrill", "...a courageous, honorable and truthful reporter", "no Sean Flynn no matter how many times he reads 'Dispatches'", "...a traitor to the US", "...the shizz", "...accused in more than 40 break-ins".

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Cryptic Crossword: 11x5

It's my widest crossword yet!
1 2 3 4 5 6


1. Secret family of French children's author. (11)
7. Direction to corner of Pacific Avenue and Marvin Gardens. (2,3,4,2)
8. Hopes report cleared up the air we breathe. (11)


1. One training for "An Officer, Not A Gentleman" gets "Alien" sequel. (5)
2. Test for fetal problems is extracted from groin, marked, and put back. (5)
3. Heavy metal singer embraces abstainer - "Same again!" (5)
4. Small instrument girl found in "Vanity Fair". (5)
5. Offspring put into circulation. (5)
6. Reduced in rank, Doctor of Divinity leaves to behave theatrically. (5)