Friday, April 28, 2006

The AV Club - Best. Issue. Ever

Well ok maybe not but a good one nonetheless; for all you Simpsophiles out there, a 'view with Matt Groening, and some phrases to make your sweet pink mouth go north, not south.

Animation - Those no-good Disney slackers

are finally exposed by a Russian (for those whose russki is a resounding net tovarish, just look at 'em perty pictures).

Music - England's World Cup song unveiled

Whether Danny McNamara did in fact write a good song is for future generations of musicologists to decide, however I cannot see his latest effort doing the Yes camp any favours (you can hear a snippet on the linked page).

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Scarlett - Finally a legitimate reason for Scarlettboob on the Mew...

... and I ain't planning to waste it.

I came across this Pitchfork review and went investigatin' (Amazon, iTunes). Some strange names feature on the album, and based on the 30 sec previews, with variable results (Scarlett and Dreyfus seem to have fared better than Lawless, Garner and Hatcher).

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

That Ross - Don't encourage him!

OK, for the radio show, fine, but for the TV show? I just don't see the attraction.

Monday, April 17, 2006


I keep telling you, you've got the wrong twin! (Savs do you know anything about this?)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Opinion - What comes first: the chicken of partisanship or the egg of media leaning?

In a recent discussion with The Professor, we touched on the topic of the immigration issues in the United States. My interlocutor supported the notion of a giant wall, justifying his views with claims that "it worked for Israel". Having read about it and having watched a Daily Show the previous night (which discussed the problem at length), I countered with Jon's (reasonable to my ears) arguments that
  1. the mostly Hispanic workforce does the Fight Club jobs that nobody wants, and
  2. that they have no incentive to commit sex crime (or any other crime for that matter) as they would be immediately deported.
I was promptly dismissed with "you are just parroting the liberal media". This was, of course, a typical paternal provocation, but did also have more than a grain of truth to it. I had to think.

The recent Rumsfeld row also triggered some musing, when I accidentally stumbled on a Fox news poll entitled "What do YOU think of the job Rumsfeld has done as Defense Secretary? Is it time for him to step down?" and read the comments (you can imagine what they are). This brought back memories of Cheney and his media demands.

In the pick'n'mix post-Internet media world, it is possible to hear only what you wish to hear. Now I wonder: does the media that we enjoy lead us to the views that we harbour, or do our views guide us to the media that we enjoy? For me personally, I hope that it is mostly reason 2 but I just don't know anymore.

Society - Those governments

and their little foibles (#1, #2).

Society - The modern world of...

sex, porn, and dating.

Versatile solutions for modern living

Finally! A product range to make all your "drinking out of test tubes" fantasies come true!

Games - The Family Guy game on the PSP

I approve the creative direction being taken here (have a gander at the other screenshots).

Sport - Famous names hired for Olympics

I sure hope that the ceremonies will feature some sort of absent, inadequate father figure...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sport - Tsk Tsk

And he seemed like such a nice boy...

TV - Daily Show-related goodness

...over at the AV Club (Corrdry, Hodgman).

Comedy - Dylan Moran interview

I can understand the interviewer's frustration - Moran's Oxford gig was just as phoned in as this chat (thanks to the Savs for the link).

Society - Caltech vs MIT

You nerds crack me up...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Music - Neil Hannon's Back!

Rejoice! New Neil album in the summertime (also he's touring)!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

TV - The Simpsons Movie

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!