Monthly Archives: February 2008

Gaydolph Titler rides again

Nathan Thornburgh wrote this piece on Yahoo about Barack Obama’s middle name, which happens to be Hussein, which happens to be the last name of some guy we didn’t like.   It also, by the way, happens to be the name of the former king of Jordan (an amateur radio operator, as my Dad would tell you) and the name of the guy who directed the first episode of Doctor Who back in 1963.

(Okay, okay, because you all want to watch it, the YouTube link is here.  Really, it’s a stunning and spooky piece of 1963 television with lots of nifty visuals and cool ideas and it kicks off the whole modern telvisiual mythos of Doctor Who quite well and there’s a police box in a junk yard and you don’t care moving on.)

The Yahoo article is entitled “Why Is Obama’s Middle Name Taboo?” My take on it is this: if you’re the sort of person who might conceivably vote for Obama, it’s fine to refer to him as “Barack Hussein Obama.”  If you’re a sweaty, high-strung conservative with a talk show who shouts a lot and you pronounce it “Barack HUSSEIN Obama”, it’s not.   Like most things, it’s all in the inflection.

By the way, I found this awesome picture of Barack and his mom from the mid-60s:


Posted by on February 29, 2008 in doctor who, politics


The Way We Lived

The Library of Congress is using Flickr to post thousands of old photographs.  Feel free to comment, everyone else has.

There’s a slide show here, where they’ve picked the best ones.  This sort of thing is way cool – most of the photos are of ordinary people, going about their business, fifty to one hundred years ago. 

Fascinating and evocative stuff.

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Posted by on February 27, 2008 in history, not here


neutral milk hotel is like soooo jealous…

Photo of Anne Frank’s “true love” found; is currently on display in Amsterdam.

(Neutral Milk Hotel’s album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is mostly about Anne Frank, you see.  Well, Anne Frank and circus freaks, really….)

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Posted by on February 27, 2008 in history, music


and I was gonna watch that….

Breaking news from The Onion: Winner of 2008 Election Accidentally Leaked By Diebold.

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 in politics, tomfoolery


more “once” love….

Here’s Glen and Marketa performing the song on the Oscars (with intro from fellow countryman Colin Farrell):

..and here’s them winning.

Incidentally, my Dad got me this DVD for Christmas, and it’s his birthday today, so I hope he enjoys the performance above.

Off to see Juno now.

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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in movies, music, youtube


i can has talented friends?: XArcana Design

I keep forgetting to post about this, but my friend Laura/Annabelle has her own online fashion label.  She designed the costumes for my show Smoke and Mirrors, and she does nifty things with a sewing machine.

This is her boyfriend, modeling her ninja inspired men’s pullover.   Her stuff is slightly expensive, on account of being handmade and cool-looking, but go support her anyway (I always assume other people have more money than I do.)  I’d describe her style as “the sort of thing people who go to goth/industrial clubs should be wearing to Sunday brunch.”

Again, her page is here, and it’s full of all sorts of pictures and stuff.


Posted by on February 25, 2008 in i can has talented friends?, theatre


Hollywood’s only hurting themselves

Cintra Wilson wrote something at Salon that summed up, more or less, how I felt about the Oscars last night.  Taking the thesis that Hollywood is a lopsided mirror for America, it should come as no surprise that this year all the top awards went to foreigners and movies about greed and murder.  We’re starting to hate our own smell, is her take:

It was a terrible, tooth-gnashing year of hideous self-reflection, for America: the ugly flipside of cultural narcissism. Our country, on the back end of a rapacious tear of sophomoric jerkbag behavior, is moving into the slightly more mature adolescent phase of starting to hate its own smell.

After shaving its head and driving drunk around the globe with no panties, calling itself the Antichrist, and finally abandoning its children, totaling its SUV and getting its ass kicked in the parking lot of the Persian Gulf, America is realizing that it is internationally loathed, broke, soulless, tasteless, fat, drunk, malicious, greedy and stupid, and has been generally behaving like a lousy excuse for a world superpower for long enough to lose all its friends and position. So, since America hates itself this year, Oscar gave the biggest trophies to foreigners.

Read more here.

Gawker has clips from Diablo Cody and Marion Cotillar’s acceptance speeches here.  Not only are both women incredibly hot in completely different ways, but they were also so real and non-Hollywood and awkward.

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Posted by on February 25, 2008 in movies