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Friday
May202011

death is certain, and that is terrible

[Dust Jacket: Death, Suicide]

Every death is tragic. I'm pretty sure about this. Even if the death is peaceful, or unnoticed, [or as in one prominent recent example, violent but cause for celebration among many,] it's still tragic. Either for what the world could have gained or what the world lost. Usually both.

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Friday
May062011

no one would ever boo bill nye

Ugh, two kind of political posts in a row. Humming through my news feed today is this Tumblr post:

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Yipe, how terrible! Except not. No reports of booing from anyone who claims to be at the event have surfaced, and I found the original report in five minutes. It's after the jump:

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Saturday
Apr092011

whatever happened to jon stewart's 'unleavened'?

I don't know how I got Jon Stewart's 1996 HBO special Unleavened, but I'm really glad I have it. I think the first time I heard it I was in high school and it was particularly resonant because there's a riff about bombing Saddam Hussein and Operation Iraqi Freedom was underway. It's still really salient. Stewart is one of the most famous and relevant personalities in the country, and he got there by being hilariously cutting about politics, and the heart of the routine is 'Politics and Activism', which clocks in at over 21 minutes [at least in my tracks] and snaps on Farrakhan, foreign policy, and pot legalization, including dead-on impressions of Ross Perot and Bob Dole. A more devoted Daily Show fan will surely connect the dots. It's pretty brilliant work and stays steadier than most comedy albums.

So why isn't it for sale?

You can't buy it on Amazon. The IMDB page isn't much help other than to confirm it was an HBO Special and the title's right. So what's keeping it off CD and DVD? Does Stewart not want it out? Is there some production company balagan?

I just got back from a trip to Israel and Buttercup and I did a little bit of the routine in front of old and new friends - there's a gut-busting bit on religious proximity in 'War 'N Stuff' - and I promised I'd post it. Download away - it's not like you have a legal acquisition option short of scouring eBay.

Weather Channel

1996 Olympics

War 'N Stuff

Politics And Activism

New York And Staying Healthy

MTV And Sex

Judaism vs. Christianity

Clip after the jump if you want to see what it looked like.

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Friday
Jan212011

support!

I should probably put a 'support' section in my header. I know a lot of people who make dope art and need the money to keep doing it.

My friends in Operation ID are super weird but likable and so is their music.

Check their label, too.

I think the first Kickstarter thing I ever saw was a porn star requesting enough cash to shoot an adventure travel TV pilot. Cool site, good causes, brilliant idea, smooth execution - it plugs into Amazon to pay.

Friday
Jan142011

foto-friday: it's cold.

It's still kind of cold out here, but I probably should save the whinging for Chi-town. Brr.

 

This is a penguin fingertoy/puppet that I had in my car for some reason. I was warming the car - a red Ford Probe - up while the layabouts got ready to go to brunch on New Year's Day. I figured I'd play with my phone and shadow, it's a new Samsung Focus, and I thought the name was ironic because I really struggled with shakycam blur for the first long while. This is one of the first really crisp pics I took with it. Little guy looks pretty comfy on the frozen roof.