Sunday, August 31, 2008

Like I don't have enough to do

Now that Ajesh Patalay has posted his top 50 Youtube videos on the Guardian website, I have some serious work to do.

I have posted about how I think that the Guardian is a quality paper/site.

But the first clip that Ajesh lists is a Fonteyn-Nureyev performance of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.


I would embed, but I think you should trundle on over and check out that and the other 49.

And NO, I am not venturing into Wolcott's territory.


ps Wicked cool video of Cobain singing at the wall.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I see that Eureka Springs over at The Lake wants to get into Stereo Total.

I'm all over 'dat.

It don't take much to provoke me.



On John's Gambit

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(ostinato pizzicato)
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My inspiration being, of all places, the Mudflats.

Updated: to add "ha"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Best Analogy of the Day

comes to us from The Frogpond:

Don't get me wrong. I'm very pleased to learn that Rachel Maddow has been awarded her own one-hour evening program on MSNBC. But I'm somewhat put-off by all the enthusiasm people are displaying. It's like a new Wendy's opened in town and people celebrated because they wouldn't have to eat at McDonalds anymore. You shouldn't consume fast-food...ever. It is terrible for your health. The same is true of Cable News.

Personally, I gave up critiquing when I gave up my televison. Or vice versa, I can't remember.

Thanks Beakie Mom!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I have to quote Dr. Chazelle here:

But this week's events were triggered by Georgia. Its president planned a major military offensive which began with massive killing of civilians and Russian "peacekeepers." War is a ghastly beast and, as we speak, human suffering in the region is enormous. Saak (Saakashvilli, ed.) miscalculated badly, as Bush lapdogs tend to do. There's simply no way Putin will fold, no matter the cost. After Kosovo, after the missile defense system in Eastern Europe, after the constant humiliations from the West, Russia will not concede that point. Georgia, with all its shiny new US military equipment, will lose that war.

Go read it all.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wannsee redux

Mike Allen at Politico talks about Ron Suskind's new book

“They key was a signaling system, where the president made his wishes broadly known to a sufficiently powerful deputy who could take it from there. If an investigation ensued, or a foreign leader cried foul, the president could shrug. This was never something he'd authorized. The whole point of Cheney’s model is to make a president less accountable for his action. Cheney’s view is that accountability – a bedrock feature of representative democracy – is not, in every case, a virtue.”

that sound familiar.

Kritzinger: No, that is not, that is contrary to what the Chancellory has been told! I have been told, I have... Purge the Jews, yes. But,to annihilate them... That we have undertaken to systematically annihilate all the Jews of Europe? No, that respnsibility has personally been denied, to me, by the Fuhrer!
Heydrich: And it will continue to be.
Kritzinger: Yes, I understand. Yes. He will continue to deny it.

According to Godwin's law, I just lost the argument.