Friday, April 18, 2014

DUDE FROM FELICITY JUST KILLED US:  Our good friend Shonda Rhimes introduces some Scandal bloopers from this season.  I have a feeling season four will not be extensively set in Vermont, but ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS AT THE TOP:  Unauthorized Muppets Impressionists x Early Andrew Lloyd Webber = Muppet Christ Superstar.
MY BODY. MY CHOICE. MY WAWA:  The beloved regional convenience store chain turns 50 years old today, and Dan McQuade has 50 facts to celebrate.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Monday, April 14, 2014

AT NOTABLE WEDDING, AN UNEXPECTED INCIDENT:  How major media publications would have reported on that thing that happened on Game of Thrones last night.

(Please, no spoilers in the comments for those who haven't read the books.)
WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL [ ] [ ] IN OLYMPIA:  This week's also the 20th anniversary of the release of Hole's Live Through This, an album which absolutely withstands the test of time as a fierce, feminist masterpiece. Spin Magazine (remember them?) has a nice history of its creation, which involved a lot of drugs, and not any of the "Kurt really wrote it" of urban legend. Drummer Patty Schemel:
During basic tracks, me and Courtney ended up leaving and going to New York to see Nirvana on Saturday Night Live. I was so drunk that I could not see straight. It was so fucked up. RuPaul was there. And I remember coming back and then having to do more recording and being completely wasted for that. When I got back, I was like, "I gotta pull it together." So that's when I did a bunch of crystal meth. We pretty much finished up our basic tracks and then we were kind of imbibing.
HAPPY LITTLE TREES: Five Thirty Eight goes all sabermetric on the work of Bob Ross.
THE WORLD IS FULL OF GUYS. BE A MAN. DON'T BE A GUY: Say Anything was released twenty-five years ago today. Besides being the first movie at which I made out with a girl (and in one of the big rooms at the Orleans 8), there's this, from Ebert's contemporaneous review:
"Say Anything" is one of those rare movies that has something to teach us about life. It doesn't have a "lesson" or a "message," but it observes its moral choices so carefully that it helps us see our own. That such intelligence could be contained in a movie that is simultaneously so funny and so entertaining is some kind of a miracle. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

EW:  As a rather avid geocacher myself, I wholly endorse the inclusion of the word "geocache" as an official Scrabble word.  But not everyone's happy about it.  It's not a very useful word, not a very common word, and redundant to a couple of other forms already in the pipeline. But a social media campaign by geocachers (including yours truly) saw to it that the word won the day.

And some folks are troubled:  "I'm angry that my weird, nerdy hobby has been coopted by other people's weird, nerdy hobby."

Thursday, April 10, 2014