Monday, May 22, 2017

A Man's Drink

++Speaking of London, (and things Brittania, this week's theme apparently) one of my big gripes these days, is I'll be watching a trailer for something and I don't know how old it is, or where to find it. First world-y problem fer sure. I guess the larger feeling is given the ability to DVR or watch things on demand is the increasing meaninglessness of time or format? Distributors don't need to specify this info anymore.

Even tho people are(were? Who even knows) jazzed about the realistic real time, on-take action of this movie, who *hasn't* had a long hazy night out with a surreal Owen Wilson encounter? (Update: all these U.K. related posts were scheduled before the Ariana incident.💔)


++Do You Vant to Know?: Still the same formula. Still kinda works for me!

East End

++Was reading about Nobu opening a hotel/restaurant in London [above] with a sort of mild interest, and how he chose Shoreditch over the more popular Mayfair neighborhood. Shoreditch, what a weird name! One legend has it that the section is named for Edward VI's mistress Jane Shore whose body was disposed of there, later dredged up with her story commemorated on tile. Seems like a good thing to build a town around. Or simply from the royal surname "soerditch" or the ditch of a sewer, logically.

The church bells of Shoreditch are mentioned in the popular British nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons, but the creepy version above (dead/uncanny eyes on those bells won't haunt children for life) doesn't include the original ending's lyrics about beheadings. (That my husband remembers being used in the movie 1984) Ain't the macabre backstory always the way with these nursery rhymes? Or IS it? Snopes types be ruining all the fun.

The Three B's

++I was so inspired by Richard E. Grant's cranberry juice infused vomit porridge the other day and now after watching a related video cot damn I guess I'll soon be making Shepherd's pie! Man that looks good. (Update: get the good quality grater, totally worth it.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Sandman


++Was listening to an old Fresh Air podcast with Noah Hawley, above, creator(?) of the Legion and Fargo programmes.  The best part of the conversation centered on the discussion of the word "uncanny," when the interviewer said that in Legion you don't know if the scenes you are seeing are real or the main character's (a man with schizophrenia) hallucinations. Hawley said that the original title of the X-Men includes the word uncanny, and that Sigmund Freud's definition (which is too long to elaborate upon) is the (and I am paraphrasing Hawley here) sense of uneasiness one gets when you are expecting someone to act in a certain way, say, according to societal norms, and they veer from the expected. He gave the example of a haunted house, or as I like to think of it as related to the original X-men's meaning/intention in today's parlance...the Uncanny Valley, or that feeling when you see a robot that's seems so close to human but something' How difficult that must be to have hallucinations and he gives the audience a taste of it. Just great, thought-provoking stuff and even there is too much media to possibly consume these days, I love the variety of stories and perspectives available.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Doubting Thomas

Longread: Some thoughts on The Road Not Taken, after the cut.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mind Rhyme

++Definitely some alpha male power play posturing from the big sax man trying to control the narrative and spice it up til Shaw toots at him in a special musical code (that we can't understand) "Boy, sit yo arse down!"

++Speaking of oldies, dis my bish ri' here.

++Why does Messina get an "Outside Interests" category? Never seen that one before. They need some standards for uniformity out there at Wiki hq.

++Pretty seamless outro from last 30 seconds of Reckoner into first few seconds of La Ritournelle.

++The Guinea Pig Club: Convalescent Blues sounds like a Jack White song waiting to happen.

++Just had an amusing thought: in Australia do they pass the dutchie on the right hand side?

++I no watch-o HGTV so had no clue what "shiplap" means. Looks a little spooky to me and those floating silouhette heads ain't helping matters either.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Go Easy

++Coathangers and Babymetal should co-headline together. The daughters of Courtney Love tour. Alas, there are tour dates on their video but they end at Phono del Sol in SF. They'd be so perfect for a Dia De Los Muertos show. Oh you betcha I got planz.

++Give me all u got of Zach Woods (hilarious; I don't watch Silicon Valley...his delivery is so subdued) and Richard E Grant(cranberry juice on your vomit porridge ? U lovely twisted f-ck!), internet.

++I see.

++One of my favorite things is to look up meme origins and all weekend long my husband and I were laughing at how the recent spongebob one comes from Spongebob's reaction to the sight of plaid, and the blinking guy is his reaction to the word "hoe." (Or does he think it's "ho" at the time, which makes it even funnier?)

++For me the alarming part of this nature video isn't the sudden emergence of all the snakes, it's how much my own clunky running style is so iguana-like.

Monday, May 15, 2017


++Mmm, ears of criminals.

++As a late nite talk show connoisseur(my form of relaxation) I love that You Tube allows you to pick each host's forte. Right now, Seth Meyers is my fave interviewer. Colbert is a close second though sometimes he's not "in the moment." With those two shows I only almost exclusively watch interviews and not political segments. And I almost never watch Conan anymore except his remote segments, not his interviews. Go figure. This segment remote just blew my mind! It's hilarious with Conan as quick on the uptake as ever, it's the subject matter and tech that is incredible.  A psychologist I know says VR has tremendous promise for therapy especially with regard to phobias.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cult Icon

Richard-avedon-dovima-with-elephants-c-1955_a-g-7393941-0++The great thing about black and white is how much more intense the edges become...the way the light plays on the words ARTCOM.

++I think most everyone in these parts loves Santa Monica College and despite that I think we can all agree that the logo is a little extra.

++Hi listicle, I'm a huge wuss and will take you up on exactly NONE of these suggestions!

++So for Today's Pick I'm gonna throw it back just a few years to a song that I used to love though haven't listened to in forever: Usher's Climax. When it first came out it genuinely felt like a game changer for it's starkness, briefly moving Ursh slightly afield into indie/alt territory. While still gorgeous, it sounds much more plain now. Production has moved forward. Same thing happens to techie movies or anything that seemed innovative at one time. People jump on, augment and ultimately exhaust whatever came at the forefront of a trend and then you look back and think it's dated...but back when it was new and you were wading in it, it was something special.

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