Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Internet outguns TV in U.K. ad fight

It has finally happened - at least in the UK. The internet has outpaced television for advertising revenue.

Internet outguns TV in U.K. ad fight

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Monday, September 28, 2009

The World Is Your Dressing Room

Gina Valo wrote a great blog post about dating on The Second Fiddle. She compares dating to shopping for jeans.


My advice? Treat the world as your dressing room. If something doesn't fit, be polite and put it back on the rack in one piece for someone else to find. It's okay to take something home to try it on in front of your own mirror, but try not to put anything on hold unless there's really a chance you'll come back for it. When you find something worth keeping, treat it well so it lasts forever, and always, always save your receipt.Gina Valo, The Second Fiddle, September 2009

I recommend reading the whole article.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tiger Stadium Is No More

Tiger Stadium died at 9:24 a.m. this morning when the last remaining piece of it finally fell.



Of course, now that Tiger Stadium is down, I'm sure George Jackson will announce his fully-funded plan to do something productive with the site; something that will contribute to the neighborhood and create jobs for Detroiters.

You know, the sort of thing that would've happened if he hadn't been allowed to block the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy from proceeding with their plan.

I'm sure he'll present it to us any day now.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Keira Knightley Set for Fair Role

It looks like Keira Knightley is going to beat out Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson for the chance to play Eliza Doolittle in an upcoming adaptation of My Fair Lady.

All I have to say is, thank you gods of cinema. Thank you.

I adore Anne Hathaway. I loved her in The Devil Wears Prada - a role that I don't think any other actress could have pulled off better.

I also don't have nothing against Scarlett Johansson. I mean, how could anyone have anything against a beautiful woman with an extensive comic book collection?

However, I can't help but feel that Keira Knightley was simply born to play roles like this one. There is something about the way that Keira Knightley carries herself and her general presence that makes her particularly believable in a rags to riches story like My Fair Lady.

I look forward to seeing Keira Knightley on the big screen as Eliza Doolittle.

A Modest Proposal

After the disappointing loss that the Detroit Lions suffered yesterday at the hands of the New Orleans Ain'ts, I have a modest proposal to offer William Clay Ford.

It is clear, sir, that your Detroit Lions are not up to playing in the National Football League. Rather than continuing on this 52 year long rebuilding trend, I believe it would be much more appropriate to select randomly a different high school team each week to play in their stead.

This, of course, will give high school athletes in Detroit the kind of playing experience that most teenagers in America only dream of having. It would also save you a few million in player and coaching salaries that are unwarranted anyway.

As for the kind of track records that high school athletes would earn competing against the other teams in the NFL, one only has to ask: how much worse could it possibly get?

Please, Mr. Ford. Think of the children.

Replace the Detroit Lions with some of Detroit's talented high school athletes.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Cartoon That Says It All

When it comes to President Barack Obama's speech to school children from earlier this week, I believe this cartoon says it all.

Backhanded Compliments

I've been thinking about backhanded compliments a lot as of late. They're wonderful little things that enable one to disguise an insult. One of my favorite comedians, W.C. Fields, was famous for them.

The most glaring example that I came across recently was when someone referred to a certain person as "a rock star - like Example A, Example B or Example C." Of course, in this instance, each of the three examples were a musician who hadn't had a commercial or critical success in more than a decade.

Sometimes a backhanded compliment can come from what is not said rather than by what is said. For example, I read two reviews of a certain restaurant recently. Both reviews were written by the same author and neither of them included a single word to describe the what the food actually tastes like. Since restaurant reviews generally include lengthy descriptions of the food and what it tastes like, such an omission is nothing if not telling. Since the rest of these reviews gave a seemingly positive impression, the overall impact of such a review is nothing less than a backhanded compliment about the food at this establishment.

There are also instances where a backhanded compliment can come not from what is said or not said; it can come from the manner in which it is presented in relation to other things. I read, for example, an article that referred to floor-to-ceiling windows being one of the highlights of a certain venue. This was made a backhanded compliment by the fact that said remark was accompanied by photographs showing that the windows did not reach from floor to ceiling.

W.C. Fields, I do believe, would be proud to know that this art form still lives on.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Happy Birthday!

The Internet began 40 years ago today when a simple batch of data was exchanged between two computers on the campus of UCLA. Their intention was to allow computers to share vital data for research purposes.

Of course, I think we all know what the Internet's real reason for existing today is.



Happy birthday, Internet! Here's to many more decades of delivering porn to ordinary people around the globe.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Leah Andreone - Never Stop Trying

I used one of Leah Andreone's songs in a short film of mine a couple of years ago. I've always been a fan of hers.

Well, Leah Andreone has a new CD that is out today. It's called Avalanche and it's really cool. I'm especially fond of one of the songs on it, "Never Stop Trying".

I found the video for it on-line. According to a note on Leah Andreone's Facebook page, this was shot in one day. They did it guerrilla-style with a simple flip cam. The results, in my opinion, are very impressive.

Never Stop Trying from leah andreone on Vimeo.


You can find Avalanche by Leah Andreone, as well as her other works, on iTunes. I highly recommend them.