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John’s new favorite song

Posted in music on December 19, 2009 by Micah Gordon

Here’s an Italian guy singing in fake English. Pretty awesome. I hear “eyes” a lot, “alright” and I’m pretty sure he said “unicorn” once.

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What English sounds like to those who don’t speak it: – Barking up the wrong tree.

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China Details Incentive Plan for Electric Cars

Posted in politics on April 10, 2009 by Micah Gordon

While I don’t consider Obama my personal savior, I was extremely excited about his candidacy, certainly voted for him, and am very happy to see him in office.

Now, it’s been quite difficult for me to asses his first months in office because I’m rather ignorant on the economy, and that’s been almost the entire focus of his presidency so far (unfortunately). On the whole I think I’m slightly less-than-impressed about any kind of promised inovation and change in the area of economic recovery.

I just read this article from NYT about China’s plans to become the world leader in electric car production by giving monetary incentive to consumers, importantly NOT to the car companies. This is exactly what I’ve been saying we need to do here in Les Etats. If anything is going to re-establish our place atop the economic powerhouse leaderboard it’s green automotive tech (and green tech in general). And sorry, but you stupid oil companies and car companies who have been just about the most stubborn and irresponsible public entities of the last 20 years, you don’t get the government’s money for running yourselves into the ground. The best way to get out of this mess is to FORCE the change that capitalism is honestly way too slow to address– and that’s that our Earth is dying, as is our economy, and both can be fixed with the same simple solution. Consumers are dumb and will buy what’s out there even if they’d rather have something that’s way more expensive and way harder to get ahold of–thus, as long as the major car companies are keeping electric cars from the consumers, we won’t “demand” them.

Our government needs to enforce strict fuel economy guidelines for any cars manufactured from this point on, IMMEDIATELY. As in today. And then they need to set in motion legislation to force a turnover to alternative energy vehicles within the next 10 years. Then they need to offer consumer incentives to buy these vehicles, driving up the demand, which will a) help get our oh-so-stubborn-and-failing capitalist auto companies  running again, and force them to manufacture the cars the world wants and needs.

That’s my (rather uneducated—–again I really know very little about economics) rant. Go green. Change. Yes we can.

Renowned Author Dan Brown writes prose like a monkey surfer eating a hamburger as wide as the ocean on which he surfs.

Posted in books, language on March 11, 2009 by Micah Gordon

Okay, so…I have never read Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code), nor do I ever intend to. But I DO read language log. Quite avidly. And I stumbled across an entire string of Brown-bashing posts by Geoffrey K. Pullum, one of the contributors to the log.

I found them to be hilarious and great. It doesn’t make me want to read Dan Brown, but it does make me want to read more and more articles bashing his prose style into “a heap on the floor.”

I strongly suggest you read all of the links I’m providing…even if you’re not a language nerd like me I think they’re insightful and funny and they say a lot about the general reading public.

Here’s a quick excerpt of Pullum’s opinion of Brown:

“I’m sorry, but this man is simply not competent to write prose for public consumption. He should be dictating his wild, action-filled plots to a literate ghostwriter who knows how to string description and dialog together.”

Ok here’s the links to Pullum’s many bashings. “again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again

Call in sick with a bad case of celebrity

Posted in celebrities, film, music on March 3, 2009 by Micah Gordon

Carlos D, the bassist from Interpol, hits upon what I’ve been saying for years. That celebrity is a disease, and that it turns you crazy.

Now, I’d like to quickly point out a few things before (if) you read this.

1. Is Carlos D really that big of a celebrity? I like Interpol but I would have no idea if I ran into Big D at an Orange Julius, or any other citrus-flavored frozen beverage vendor. In fact, I didn’t even know the dude’s name until like 6 minutes ago.

2. This litle essay reads like something I would have written for Epistemology Class (which was, by all accounts, a joke and a half), or maybe like some piece of Scientology literature…which makes it, to a point, absurd. However, it must be remembered that it was written by a celebrity, so he’s clearly insane. I do agree with it very much, though, on the whole.

3. Apparently he made a short about this. It’s going to be in Wholfin. John? Any input?

4. Yes, I’m getting a lot of my news from pitchfork lately. But hey, it’s on my RSS feed, so…deal with it

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Kind of a band

Posted in lady-men, monsters, music, ouchies!, skepticism, white people on February 26, 2009 by Micah Gordon

Okay, so any of you avid pitchforkers probably already know this, but I was too shocked not to post it.

APPARENTLY (though I’m still inclined to think it’s a big ruse) there’s a new band called the Tinted Windows featuring ambiguously gendered James Iha (from Smashing Pumpkins & APC), Taylor Hanson (formerly ambiguously gendered), and then 2 guys I don’t care about, but who happen to be in Fountains of Wayne & Cheap Trick, respectively. Seems there’s about a 30-year age difference between the Hanson kid & the old fart drummer from Cheap Trick.

Anyway the one track they’ve got on their Myspace isn’t altogether detestable, but that’s not to say it’s particularly good. Just dumb pop music.

http://www.myspace.com/tintedwindows

Listen to the track entitled Kind of a Girl & then watch the ridiculous video that really makes me think this is an April Fools joke that leaked a month too early.

Obama has a reluctant little friend.

Posted in Obama, tubes on February 16, 2009 by Micah Gordon

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H COLUMN’s (in conjunction with Put It Up) top 10 albums of 2008

Posted in 2008, blogs, lists, music on December 23, 2008 by Micah Gordon

10. ATLAS SOUND – let the blind lead those who can see but cannot feel

9. THE STREETS – everything is borrowed

8. BRITISH SEA POWER – do you like rock music?

7. FRIGHTENED RABBIT – midnight organ fight

6. CUT COPY – in ghost colours

5. BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY – lie down in the light

4. FLEET FOXES – fleet foxes

3. NO AGE – nouns

2. THE WALKMEN – you and me

1. DEERHUNTER – microcastle/weird era cont.

Top 10 songs of 2008 PLUS top 10 college albums sept ’04-may ’08, maybe