This Viceland photo essay is really disturbing. Abandoned Detroit schools left to decompose for decades...Feels like a chilling glimpse of things to come, in some strange way.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
If there's one thing that always amuses me, it's writing that is both sloppy and pedantic at the same time.
If you surf the Internet, you've seen the ads for IQ tests which claim: Barack Obama's IQ is (the numbers vary from 135-171); Joe Biden's is 150; Hillary Clinton's is 155 and so on. Naturally, Republicans are rated much lower and a fake article on the presidents' IQ once claimed that George Bush's IQ was the lowest of all. The ad goes on to ask-Are you smarter than...? Well, I am and I can prove it unlike all these so-called claims of how smart our newly elected president is.
This whole article is glorious. See, because Alicia Colon's thesis is: "I am smarter than Barack Obama." And in the course of "proving" this thesis, she makes a metric ton of logical and grammatical errors.
Care for another example?
"Many of my alleged intelligent friends told me that it was that memoir, Dreams from My Father that convinced them of how bright Obama is."
Alleged friends? She heard a rumor that these people were here friends, yet she's uncertain whether or not the friendship genuinely exists?
Okay, okay, one more...
"Besides how can you conclude that the planet is undergoing rapid climate change when we've only been documenting those records for a few hundred years? The planet was warmer before there were human beings on it."
The planet...was warming...before there were human beings on it...Oh yeah, this person's smarter than the first black president, a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School (and a former Constitutional Law professor AND the first black president of the Harvard Law Review).
But is he in Mensa? Case CLOSED.
Posted by Lons at 5:59 PM
Streamy Award Nominees Announced. Congrats to @zadi, @feliciaday, @tayzonday, @alexalbrecht, @garyvee and anyone else I missed!
Lots of great shows among the nominees. On one hand, it's a bit disappointing, conceptually, that SO MANY nominees for web television are stars from...regular television. And movies. Felicia Day aside, shouldn't web shows have their own stars? Otherwise, isn't it just TV that didn't quite make it on to television, as opposed to some new kind of format? But on the other hand, I can't deny that Paul Rudd was hilarious on "Wainy Days," NPH was great in "Dr. Horrible" and though I haven't seen "Gemini Whatever," I'm sure Rosario Dawson was considerably fetching. So I guess the panel behind these selections did the right thing - nominate the best stuff they saw without any kind of outside considerations.
Background and major nominees here: http://www.mahalo.com/Streamy_Awards
Full list of nominees here: http://www.streamys.org/nominees.shtml
Posted by Lons at 2:44 PM
Saw these guys years ago, at the Fonda I believe. It can be a BIT much at times, but many of their individual songs are great. I didn't even know they had a new album.
(Found by http://twitter.com/bryanbrinkman on Twitter)
Posted by Lons at 11:30 AM
Friday, March 13, 2009
Mahalo walkthroughs are always super-helpful. I've been relying heavily on the "Fallout 3" guidelines for days now.
Our latest is about the new "Resident Evil 5" game. I'm going to try to pick this up some time this week, if I can't borrow the Mahalo copy before then...
Posted by Lons at 1:09 PM
The George Clooney-flavoured tofu - or CloFu - would be available to all his fans.
PETA wrote to the 47-year-old actor to explain the idea.
“The technology actually exists to take your perspiration and make it into George Clooney-flavoured tofu (CloFu)," they said in a letter.
To quote Doug Benson: "T...to the A...to the S-T-E-Y!"
Posted by Lons at 11:47 AM
She's also been on "Girls Next Door." Plus, a little trivia, she's the daughter of former Playmate Gale Olson! Way more details on the Mahalo page:
Posted by Lons at 11:15 AM
Thursday, March 12, 2009
If she really doesn't understand economic issues, how come she's on TV every day talking about them? Just gracefully decline the opportunity to be interviewed about the economy, if you genuinely don't think you have any kind of grasp on the topic to be discussed, dear. It's not that hard. This is why you rarely see me popping up on the Style network.
Posted by Lons at 10:57 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Here's some footage of me talking to the, um, celebs at the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy. In all seriousness, Doug Benson is a really nice dude and HI-LARIOUS. And Gary Busey is crazier than even this video makes him look.
Posted by Lons at 10:31 PM
Posted by Lons at 4:17 PM
Jada Plinko Smith's controversial school in Calabasas, the New Village Leadership Academy, is thriving!
The actress turned musician turned producer opened the doors to the experimental
ScientologyAcademy last fall after more and more parents requested for their kids to join the home-schooling program Pinkett Smith had started for her two children!
"More and more parents were like, 'Can we come?' Then my house started to fill up. We had like 20 kids and I said, 'We might as well start a school,"' Jada said on the conception of the Academy.
I think that's how Harvard was founded too, right? "Hey, we might as well start a school!"
Based on this article, I can only assume that the Smiths are teaching kids how to discover who they were in past lives or travel to the Omega Quadrant or something. There's no way this is a real school for the learning of actual things. You'd be better off sending your kids to the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good.
Posted by Lons at 3:59 PM
A Yale University student from Ohio has filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million from US Airways for a video game console he says was taken from his luggage.
Twenty-one-year-old Jesse Maiman alleges that during a flight from New Haven, Conn., to Cincinnati in December, his Xbox 360 with a specialized hard drive disappeared from his luggage.
Still not sure who to blame in $10 million suits over lack of girlfriend and Cheeto stains on shirt, pants.
Posted by Lons at 2:57 PM
Monday, March 09, 2009
They are saying that “word around town” is that 20th Century Fox is looking to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise. The reboot would be a eying a tone that is “less bubble gum” and more along the lines of what Iron Man was, with enough edge to keep fans interested and enough mainstream appeal to find big box office success. And it makes sense, seeing as the two Tim Story directed movies were decidedly goofy, earning mixed reactions from die-hards and casual moviegoers alike.
Yes, please. Not sure it has to go TOO serious, but I'd like to see an FF movie that at least gets Dr. Doom right. One of the all-time great comic book villains...I wasn't really feeling the dude from Nip/Tuck in this part...
Posted by Lons at 11:28 AM
Did Juan from Manolith just confirm my theory?
And I quote: "I don't want to sound judgmental here, but if you see "The Watchmen" and feel the need to giggle at the sight of Dr. Manhattan's penis, or comment on how you did not appreciate seeing it later, you kind of need to grow up."
Posted by Lons at 11:14 AM
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.
I guess this part was always more likely than that whole "no possessions" part. I mean...John...it's a catchy tune and all...but come on...
Posted by Lons at 7:54 AM
Sunday, March 08, 2009
This is so sweet. Live Phish has put all 3 of the new Phish Hampton reunion concerts online for FREE! I am downloading Night 2 right now. Setlist includes Split Open and Melt, Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, Reba, It's Ice (from my all-time fav Phish studio album, "Rift"), Guelah Papyrus, Lawn Boy, Run Like a goddamn Antelope, Birds of a Feather, Wolfman's Brother, MIke's Song, Character Zero and Day in the Life. EPIC.
Posted by Lons at 1:32 PM
I don't want to sound judgmental here, but if you see "The Watchmen" and feel the need to giggle at the sight of Dr. Manhattan's penis, or comment on how you did not appreciate seeing it later, you kind of need to grow up. I mean, it's an animated penis. It has a place in the story and a reason to be there. It draws attention to two things:
(1) Dr. Manhattan is god-like, but he's still a real man with a real connection to the human race. His body is not entirely vestigial.
(2) Superheroes are frequently depicted as larger-than-life in comics, whereas "Watchmen" ponders what they would be like if they were, in fact, real people. Seeing Dr. Manhattan's genitals draw us back into this idea, reminding us that his heroics and supernatural abilities are nevertheless seated in a being that is tangible and recognizably human.
We won't think you're gay just because you looked at a cartoon penis in a film. Grow the F up.
Posted by Lons at 1:02 AM