Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Long And Short Of It

Apparently Donna's Domain over on Metal Sludge has been around for a while but I just recently discovered it. Thanks to her list The Long And Short Of It we can keep track of what rock stars are worth going groupie for. Donna and her collection of gal pals have made an extensive list giving us the low down on rock star peen. They also throw in some tips about who will take you out for breakfast the next morning and who just won't shut up. I was going to post some examples but my parents read this blog and I'm just not in the mood to make them super uncomfortable. But everyone else should definitely check it out - there are 167 rock stars listed including Axl Rose, Marilyn Manson, The Red Hot Chili Pepper boys, Lars Ulrich, Steven Tyler, David Lee Roth, Brett Micheals, Trent Reznor, and any hair metal dude you can think of. I was pleased to note that Gavin Rossdale lived up to and beyond the expectations we all had for him. I think this whole list is an awesome project because when you think about it, none of these guys ever thought the words of a groupie would come back to get him. Its interesting to see how they treated girls who were in endless abundance.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Yesterday Obama announced his pick for the vacated Supreme Court position. Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court. So now that you're all excited about that here's Rachel Maddow to give you the low down on the backlash....

Monday, May 25, 2009

A little Freaky a little Geeky

Freaks and Geeks was one of the best shows of all time (on par perhaps only with My So Called Life). As with most of the best tv series' it only made it through one season. It was one of the few shows I cared about in high school so when I started dating Sam and he had the whole thing in a box set I was elated. Freaks and Geeks was created by Paul Feig who has since directed some of the best shows out there including The Office, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Mad Men. The show was produced by Judd Apatow who has since gone on to take over the modern comedy as we know it. Also writing, directing, and occasionally on screen was Mike White,,,who I'm going to write about in some future post because he deserves it. Also the casting job on the show was amazing in introducing the world to Linda Cardenelli, Seth Rogan, Jason Segal, Martin Starr, and the ever sexy and art collecting James Franco.

Perhaps it was Mike White's influence (since Apatow has proven himself to give half a shit about females) but Freaks and Geeks is one of the few shows in history that gives us a main female character that is A HUMAN. I capitalize that because she is the most fair handed female character I've ever seen. The writers clearly put a lot of their own identities into her without worrying about her gender. Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardenelli) a high schooler in 1980 is an ex Mathlete who starts wearing her dad's old army jacket and experimenting with smoking, guys in bands, and coolness by hanging out with the school's "freaks". I once read an interview with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore where they said that they encourage their daughter to view Lindsay Weir as a role model. She's similar to Angela from My So Called Life but without all the angst and hair dye.

Freaks and Geeks managed to not only have a great lead female but Seth Rogan's character also had a healthy and caring relationship with a hermaphrodite band geek, and other characters dealt with death, adultery, Steve Martin, and your mom dating your gym teacher. All the biggies and yet it never turned into 90210 and stuffed a moral down your throat.

Despite the fact that the show was ended abruptly they still managed to have an amazing conclusion to everything. James Franco starts playing Dungeons and Dragons giving him some structure to his life and making the geeks cool by association. Jason Segal gets into disco and everyone thinks he's lame, but its okay because so do we. And Lindsay ditches her academic summit summer program to follow The Grateful Dead with Kim Kelly who is just psyched to get out of her crappy town. This is kind of amazing because not only did Lindsay follow her guidance counselor's instruction and start listening to the Grateful Dead but its very rare to see girls actually learn and heal from their television friendships instead of going all Mean Girls on each other. Now that I've gotten all mushy here are some clips.

Here Lindsay and Sam's dad explains what happens when you cut corners, have sex, or smoke.

Lindsay goes to Kim Kelley's for dinner. I've so been in this situation before.

The parents talk about sex. Ewww.

Kim and Daniel make up after a big fight

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sounds of Springtime

Patti Smith- Because the Night
Thankyou Patti Smith for rocking so hard and for still being around.

Patra featuring Yo Yo - Romantic Call
Patra wearing her short shorts and treating 2Pac like he's a cute lil' accessory, yeah, she makes the rest of us look like losers.

Janis Joplin -Summertime
Its amazing that one song can be so heavy, sweaty, creepy, beautiful, and sexy. And its almost summertime!

The Cranberries- Dreams
I have this video on a VHS tape of Woodstock '94. If my apartment were burning down I would probably try to save that video.

Skunk Anansie -Selling Jesus
Ok I just discovered Skunk Anansie or singer Skin(Deborah Dyer). But everything about her is awesome. Her style is amazing and she's # 64 on the list of 100 greatest female vocalists.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Green Porn

Isabella Rossellini proves herself to be the coolest person ever with her series Green Porn. It's in its 2nd season of exposing the truth about insect intercourse. When the Sundance Channel
approached Rosselini about making a series of shorts she knew she wanted to focus on the reproductive life of bugs and whales and whatnot. She co-writes, co-directs, and co-produces the series.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Moms 2

I forgot that I wanted to mention for Mothers Day that the holiday was actually started as an anti-war holiday. This video has a proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe, the founder of Mothers Day. The video is a little corny but the words really shine through.

And on a lighter's another way to honor mothers, care of Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake.

Wanda roasts the half white guy.

Wanda Sykes kills it at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Barack did a decent job too.

Happy Mothers Day!

Love You Mom!

Mom and I on what we think was my first Halloween, since she's dressed like a gypsy.