1.) DeflateGate - I work in an office full of Patriots fans, so this is a touchy subject, but I know if the Pats had lost the Super Bowl and it just so happened that the Seahawks had, er, bent the rules during said game, my coworkers would be quick to point an accusatory finger at Seattle. Some think Brady is a fraud, some think he's brilliant -- either way, an investigation the size of massive political malfeasance over sporting equipment seems a bit asinine to me. I understand, people take the... [Read more]
1.) Dark Side of the Rainbow – One of the most famous music conspiracies claims that if you play Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz at the same time, they eerily sync together and complement each other. Though band members purport that it’s merely a coincidence, there is a strange relationship between the 1973 album and the 1939 film. Firstly, the now-famous album art of Dark Side – the dispersive prism – corresponds with the transition from black-and-white to Technicolo... [Read more]
Although the singer-songwriter is most famous for overplayed radio hits like “Jack and Diane” and “Pink Houses,” John Mellencamp (formerly John Cougar Mellencamp [formerly Johnny Cougar]) also has quite a few other impressive accomplishments under his music belt (which is also equally impressive, including 13 Grammy nominations, 22 Top 40 hits, and over 40 million albums sold). Watch out James Franco, here comes another modern-day Renaissance man!
1.) Farm Aid – As ... [Read more]
STOP! Just say no.
The cults of celebrity and personality are powerful in America. In fact there's almost a cult of cultishness. We hunger for distinctive characters to provide archetypes and guidance for the herd. In the supposed Land of the Individual, one is permitted to be an "individual" so long as one stays within the specific set of limits prescribed by these characters. Venture outside those limits, and you're "crazy" or an "undesirable". As Internet-fed national hysteria casts its har... [Read more]
I don't include groups like The Beatles (then) or The Jonas Brothers (now) in the list of boy bands, because they are actual bands. Boy bands have bands. Other than a little ceremonial guitar strumming or keyboard tapping, these guys arrange themselves in front of a group of nameless musicians and just 1)sing, 2)dance and 3)look good. [Read more]
She is, an' all, y'know...
She destroyed our communities, she destroyed our villages, she has destroyed our pits and she tried to destroy our dignity,” - David Hopper, General Secretary, Durham Miners Association.
Today was Margaret Thatcher’s funeral at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Code-name Operation True Blue, the event was the biggest Prime Ministerial send-off since Winston Churchill in 1965. Her Majesty the Queen was in attendance, as she was at Churchill’s. You’d think that, with a... [Read more]
The game's up, suckas!
Before you pretend not to read this article, don't worry; I've got you covered. I know; you don't suffer fools, you're a go-getter, no time for frivolity from the tinfoil hat brigade. Which is kind of weird, 'cos you are sitting there reading this, aren't you? Never mind. You're in now, so you might as well embrace your inner idiot. Those who enjoy late nights on the computer watching endless YouTubes of crashed UFOs and grassy knolls know what I'm talking about. As Agen... [Read more]
Always interesting, sometimes revelatory director Paul Thomas Anderson is one of a rare breed of writer-directors in the game today who qualifies as a true Auteur with little regard for mass market demographics when it comes to articulating his singular vision on the screen. An oddity in the studio system, Anderson’s storylines resemble intricately layered Venn diagrams that flaunt convention and aren’t easily summed up in a single tagline.
An expert craftsman, his first four films Hard Eight ... [Read more]
Thursday, April 26, 2012 is Yom Ha'atzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day. I visited Israel three times between the mid-80s and early 90s and have many fond memories of places like Mitzpe Ramon, the Negev, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Israel has changed a lot since then but it still mesmerizes visitors and natives alike with an array of cultural, religious and geological wonders. Since its formation in 1948, the Jewish state has made many contributions to human progress. Here are 18 awesome reasons... [Read more]
Back in my tweenage days, all the ladies loved the New Kids on the Block, your parents (not the government) made you eat broccoli, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the best cartoon ever. Now tweens have their own cell-phones (you should see when they all step out of school to get on the bus, it’s like a Verizon Wireless commercial), and I have seen one text to the point that she had to put a band aid on her phone to hold it together. Tweens have their own sitcoms like ICarly and the Wizard... [Read more]