This skit is worth it for the visuals alone. And pretty much, yeah, Marvel is making money hand over fist right now. But don’t forget the good (or at least passable) writing behind it all. Thank you, Joss Whedon (and indirectly Chris Nolan) for raising the bar.
Fun—and musically interesting—homage to the various Batman themes. It reminded me how good they all are (yes, even the Hans Zimmer two-note one) and how integral they are to the films and their overall vibe.
I’m sort of fascinated with history, and every once in a while a date comes around that combines an unusual set of events and anniversaries. Today is one such day:
- June 25, 1876 - Battle of the Little Bighorn (“Custer’s Last Stand”)
- June 25, 1903 - George Orwell born in Bengal, India
- June 25, 1910 - Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird debuts in Paris
- June 25, 1942 - Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. troops in Europe
- June 25, 1947 - Diary of Anne Frank published
- June 25, 1950 - North Korea invades South Korea, starting the Korean War
- June 25, 1961 - Comedian Ricky Gervais born in Berkshire, England
- June 25, 1998 - the “line-item veto” is held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Clinton v. City of New York
- June 25, 2009 - Michael Jackson dies of a physician-administered overdose
This made me laugh out loud
Made me think of this Chris Farley skit that gets quoted around my house sometimes.
With the website redesign mimicking usatoday.com, The Tennesean continues it’s march towards complete conformity with its parent publication, USA Today. I really want to support good local journalism, but this stuff is neither good nor local anymore. At least it used to be local. Now it’s just USA Today - Tennessee Edition. (And by the way, that cover story about Google Fiber not closing the digital gap is a rubbish attempt to make headlines about nothing.)
I break my long radio silence simply because I just saw the lineup for Bonnaroo this year, and it is incredible. I hadn’t heard of Bonnaroo before I moved to Nashville, in part because it wasn’t as big a festival then, but also because I am extremely uncool. But it’s a Big Deal™. And I realized that when I saw hundreds of cars full of college-age concert-goers with tents and coolers streaming through Nashville on their way to the farm where Bonnaroo is held. Following the Bonnaroo news is sort of the only way I can vicariously enjoy the fun, because there’s just no way I’m taking a whole weekend and camping out in a field with no facilities and a constant second-hand buzz from the neighboring herbalists. I’m just not young enough, stupid enough, or cool enough to do that now, and I think you have to be at least one of the three. But the acts are huge, and it looks like a ton of fun.
Anyway, this year’s lineup is impressive to say the least. The funny thing is, I’m way more excited about some of the smaller bands, or some of the acts that have been around a while. I would love to see First Aid Kit, Poliça, Omar Souleyman, and CHVRCHES in concert. CHVRCHES is getting kinda big, but First Aid Kit is a sister duo from Stockholm that I discovered on accident and loved immediately, so I feel almost cool to know who they are. Long-time awesome acts Cake and the Flaming Lips don’t need as much introduction, but they’ve also been around for 20 and 30 years, respectively, so it’s amazing they’re still making great music.
Of course, you have to respect the headliners at Bonnaroo, and this year they do not disappoint. I mean, c’mon, ELTON JOHN! And I don’t like Kanye West, but the dude is huge. And Jack White! Lionel Richie! Vampire Weekend, Ice Cube, Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill—the list goes on and on. These are huge names. It’s gonna be amazing. And I’ll enjoy it, vicariously. Nashville is just a really cool place.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Wow. Just wow.
One the the best, unexpected comedy bits from Jimmy Fallon. The new iPhone 5S! (Sort of.)
There’s been a bunch of talk lately about Google Glass, the wearable device that can look just like glasses and capture everything you see and hear. Apparently, over the weekend a guy wearing Glass recorded an arrest at a boardwalk. And for some reason, the media (especially NPR) is freaking out about it. They seem to make a big deal of the fact that you can record people without them knowing it.
But guess what? Those people in the video were probably already being recorded by half a dozen other cameras: security cameras, police cameras, CCTV cameras in the shops, etc. You may not like that, but don’t blame your lack of privacy on some new device. Your ability to go out in public without appearing on camera disappeared years ago.
Also, if you watch the video, you can see probably half a dozen people take their camera phones out to snap pictures or video of the incident as well. This incident was already going to end up on camera, just not as neatly first-person point of view as this video. The guy with the Glass, who is clearly and understandably an enthusiast of the product, was quoted as saying: “I think if I had a bigger camera there, the kid would probably have punched me. But I was able to capture the action with Glass and I didn’t have to hold up a cell phone and press record.” There may be some truth to that, but you notice it didn’t stop other people from whipping out their phones. It’s not that hard to record someone with your phone without them seeing. Just ask Mitt Romney (whose infamous 47% statement was surreptitiously recorded on a camera phone in a donor dinner) or this cop who was recorded during a DUI checkpoint last week.
Point is, Google Glass or any other wearable technology won’t change the privacy landscape, not because it isn’t an interesting or potentially transformative device, but because we are already being recorded constantly. A fancy set of glasses isn’t going to change that. Yes, Glass could allow someone to record you in public, or even in private. (Public restrooms, anyone?) But so can a phone, with almost as much ease and ability to do so without your knowledge. The difference is minimal. There’s little sense in getting hung up on the new form factor when there really isn’t anything new here. The media and privacy activists have simply seized on Glass as a figurehead for the trend that they are already several years too late to stop.
The guys at Homemade Movies did a great job at this recreation of the Death Star trench run scene from A New Hope. With just some basic props and DIY special effects, they did a very credible job. Check them out side-by-side to see just how close to the real thing they got with duct tape and trash can lids.