Monday, December 31, 2007

a thought for the end of the year...

"May we all remember our lives are not measured by the number of years and days we exist, but by what we accomplish while we do live, and the good we may render our fellow man."

- Henry Wells (1805-1878)

Singular Style

Bill Belichik, I am really not a fan of that sweatshirt but I must commend your commitment. Not since FlashDance has anyone owned the deconstructed sweatshirt quite like you do.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Idiot Shivers

Tom Brady and Floyd Mayweather, you are not my favorites. I think you two probably have a lot in common.

fm: 2/24/77
tb: 8/3/77


One of my favorite parts of football is the slow motion playback function. How many times have I wished for that in real life? Oh man. Lots.

The best replays are of the kickers. They look like ballet dancers. Especially when the kick is blocked, like it was for Jon Ryan, from the Packers, this weekend. I'm really not being a jerk, it's just that you never get to see a dancer get pummelled by a 300lb guy. It's amazing to see the body's response.

The Bears won 35-7. I don't think anyone's performance in those conditions can be criticized. I wouldn't have been able to sit in the stands for that long.

Get Scrappy

Thanks, Hitman. No one could accuse you of giving a boring performance (Jim Lampley, cough cough). I could have done without the sequins on your robe, but your unrelenting aggression in the ring far outweighed any fashion faux pas.

I like you, Ricky Hatton. I can't wait to see what you do next.

Your Helmet, the Accessory

I am a fan of throwback jerseys. Kyle Orton takes it to the next level with his throwback facial hair.

Well played, Kyle. I'm digging your porn stache.

The stache isn't for everyone, so Kyle has incorporated the full hipster beard into his look sans helmet. Clever move.

Monday, December 24, 2007

merry merry

npr: all things considered - Many Icelanders Believe in Elves
(note: 100% literacy...)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

ahh, sister wendy

check out her "grand tour" on netflix instant viewing

new mix

"decidedly downbeat, with upbeat undertones"

1. onward the indian - devendra banhart
2. werewolf - cat power (written by michael hurley)
3. bluebird - devendra banhart
4. april come she will - paul simon
5. sunny goodge street - donovan
6. slim slow slider - van morrison
7. guilty - bonnie raitt (written by randy newman)
8. teenage riot - sonic youth
9. new slang - the shins
10. hang on little tomato - pink martini
12. into the mystic - van morrison
13. alabama - neil young

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dance on the Court

this american life, episode 192: Meet the Pros (min 3:10 - 20:56)



To Do Before I Die

To Do: Lunch at Langers, party of 3

Jim Lamply, listen up

Jim Lampley's announcing during the Mayweather/Hatton fight was pathetic. His incessant pissing and moaning about how boring the undercard fights were was offensive. He came just short of saying "boy, you suckers certainly got screwed outta sixty bucks."

Sure, I get it. None of us paid $60 to see Lacy or DeLeon score unanimous decisions, but I didn't pay to sit and listen to someone complain either. It's like going to a New Year's party and complaining about how boring it is until 11:45. Um. Buzzkill.

Had he been sitting in my living room, I woulda told him to suck it up or go hang out in the kitchen with the rest of the people who think "boxing is boring" but came for the beer. I guess he came for the paycheck (maybe someone should've offered him a beer).

The whole point of this (and Mayweather's May07 fight) was to renew and rejuvenate interest in the sport of boxing (in which interest has been waning for years). Nice Job, Jim Lampley. Wait, nope. His dismisal of the 24/7 series was, in short, counterproductive. He recounted part of an episode where Floyd cajoles his mother to get risky and say "ass" (which is allowed on HBO, as Roger lets us know) in a way that succinctly sumed the whole series up as contrived. On behalf of the documentarians, I was insulted. Sure, people put on airs for the camera. 24/7 acknowledges and observes this in it's "character" study as any competent documentarian would; and HBO is certainly beyond competent.

Jim Lampley (and his producers) need to remember what it's like to be excited for a fight, what it feels like to get a bunch a friends and beer and food and gather around to watch two guys go head to head in the most exciting sporting event I know to watch (and man, wasn't the title fight AMAZING?!?)

Bryant Gumble, I'm coming for you next...

lunch, party of 3?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

come along, let's go

manu chao - Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (2001)

summer smell

masaki matsushima cherry

Friday, December 7, 2007

love love love, du du du, love love love...

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

baggage, ugh

"He who will not economize will have to agonize. "


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

ultimate relaxation

A Meeting By The River (1993) (with VM Bhatt)

A Meeting by the River
Ganges Delta Blues
Isa Lei

Monday, December 3, 2007

first there was:

now there is:

man, i wish i hadda...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

walk on

"I love the way you walk. Don't you know you're a cool motivator? Love the way you walk."
-Marc Bolan, "The Motivator"

gypsy soul sufficiently rocked, thank you