Thursday, December 21, 2006

Schadenfreude

I'm not one to use petty name calling and other childish tactics to denigrate someone, but in Rosie O'Donnell's case, I'll allow it.

Please absorb every delicious second of Donald Trump taking Rosie to task.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Exhibit #umpteen in why Gwen Stefani needs to go back to No Doubt

I will not forgive Gwen Stefani for leaving No Doubt. They were putting out perfectly serviceable little ditties for years when she decided she was too good for them, ditched them and came out with a solo career. Suddenly, this SoCal rich white chick from Orange County gets all hip-hop and "urban" on us? Pleeeeeease!

Now, with the release of her second solo album, comes more fodder for my own special brand of vitriolic diatribes. Her new song, "Wind It Up", really bothers me. First, it starts with a horrible re-imagining of that yodeling song from the Sound of Music (Julie Andrews is spinning in her grave!...what? she's not? Well...I see). Then the lyrics read like a 5th rate ripoff of "My Humps", which was already a 3rd rate song, at best.

Sample (bold added by me for emphasis):
This is the key that makes us wind up
When the beat comes on, the girls all line up
And the boys all look, but no, they can't touch
But the girls want to know why boys like us so much

They like the way we dance, they like the way we work
They like that way that L.A.M.B. is going 'cross my shirt
They like the way my pants, it compliments my shape (She's crazy, right?)
They like the way we react everytime we dance
Compared with this from "My Humps":
They say I'm really sexy,
The boys they wanna sex me.
They always standin' next to me,
Always dancing next to me,
Tryin' a feel my hump, hump.
Lookin' at my lump, lump.
You can look but you can't touch it

I'm sure you are all familiar with the inane lyrics of "My Humps", so I won't sample any more of it, but you get the idea. Why Gwen, why? Also, why is the state of music so horrible, especially radio in this here city? There's nothing you can tune to and just leave on. Of course, there is no recourse on the dial anyway, so switching stations is really just an instinct and not a panacea for our musical woes. Maybe satellite radio is the way to go.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

School's out for ever

Cue Alice Cooper because it finally seems like I'm out! I finished my classes...hopefully for good, provided I pass them both. This past Monday was the first in a long time when I was able to stay home and do basically nothing. This past weekend, I've managed to play so many video games that I have been neglecting (man, Final Fantasy III on the DS is tough...and I'm only at the beginning!). It feels good to be back.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Since the dawn of man...

It seems that since the dawn of man, some people have been using superstition (and eventually, religion) as a way of controlling the masses.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2482418.html

Behind the rock, which was covered in man-made indentations, was a chamber that the archaeologists believed was used by a shaman who could have spoken without being seen, giving the impression that it was the snake speaking.

“The shaman would have been able to control everything. It was perfect,” Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo, said.

It doesn't surprise me that primitive man was already so organized in their superstition. What surprises me is how a few people back then had the capacity to identify this and exploit it. I guess humans have been and will always be the same: power hungry and exploitative.