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WarTube

Posted in activism, Iraq, post-modernism, videos, web chatter on April 7, 2010 by John

In light of the wikileaks.org incident this week, I thought I’d go back to an article I read a couple months ago, “The Pleasure of Flinching.”

I passed on posting it because it was serious, dense and I didn’t agree with it 100%, the opposite of most of the junk I put on here. There’s no doubt it brings up some interesting issues, though.

[Iraqi Short Films] instead appropriates and consolidates images that have found a second life on the Internet as short and seemingly unfiltered acts of violence. Such footage—YouTube slideshows, passionate pro- and anti-war pleas, insurgent recruitment videos, crudely satirical musical mash-ups, amateur documentaries by soldiers themselves—has become an increasingly popular sub-genre in the viral video phenomenon, ranking somewhere behind pornography, the drunken exploits of celebrities, police videos, and shark attacks in online popularity. Images both mundane (soldiers goofing off) and obscene (dead children) have found a second life within a digital landscape that has spawned no shortage of academic theorization, much of which is devoted to the idea that digital media has rendered the world unknowable. Digital atrocity footage, it seems, has created a new blindness toward the war through which aesthetic shock has replaced critical understanding.

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East Coast-West Coast

Posted in G&T's, san francisco, web chatter, WEST COAST with tags , , on July 17, 2009 by John

It seems like there are growing tensions in the bartending world these days.  The cocktail world is getting to be as New York-centric as Put It Up has gotten in the last couple weeks.

The main cocktail convention in the U.S. and probably the world is Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, which just wrapped up on Sunday.  Reports are coming back that San Francisco bartenders got snubbed there. But that’s just the latest example of the tensions between Tales and Frisco.  After SF cocktail week in May, the founders of Tales tweeted, tweeted about their displeasure with there being another big cocktail event.  A few weeks later nominees for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award  for best bar in America were announced.  All three were in NYC.  I’ve been to two out of the three, and let me just say they pale in comparison to an Absinthe or an Alembic.  7×7 SF is reporting that only two out of thirty awards given throughout Tales’ history have gone to anyone in California.

You don’t have to look very hard to see the problems with all this.  And all of this was before New York decided to host it’s own cocktail week on the same dates as San Fran next year.  As if they’re trying to snuff us out.

All of this doesn’t really matter how under-appreciated we are, because the city of San Francisco has the strongest and most vibrant cocktail scene in America.  Just come over for a weekend.

As a bonus, I’ve got a new cocktail, the Creole Sour after the jump. Continue reading

Jeans “symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche.”

Posted in web chatter with tags on April 21, 2009 by kevin

Don’ wear jeans. Or do. This op-ed in the Washington Post really doesn’t like jeans.
UPDATE: even more well known news papers are not down with denim.

Big day for news

Posted in 2009, news, science, web chatter with tags on April 1, 2009 by kevin

CERN scientists discover cell that started the Big Bang

The entire internet is being rebooted

The Guardian switches to Twitter “Experts say any story can be told in 140 characters.”

Google introduces Auto Pilot for Gmail and Google Chat.

Even more news here

Prom Queen Video

Posted in 2009, black people, music, videos, web chatter with tags , on March 4, 2009 by kevin

Some would say Lil’ Wayne is trying to jump over sharks. I would say they are wrong. Dead wrong. This is absolutely genius. Just watch it.

The NeverEnding Story…indeed.

Posted in film, God Almighty, poop, web chatter, white people with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2009 by kevin y.

So, a crappy year in film should inspire those hard working people in Hollywood, right?  I mean, shouldn’t the fact that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” only took home technical awards tell you that people are smart enough to realize that Fincher took a CGI dump (although, a gorgeous dump) on a Forrest Gump remake?  Hollywood doesn’t think so!  Instead of searching for that great new screenplay, director, or original idea, the execs at the studios find it easier just to hire a couple kids with iphones to scour IMDB and pick out a piece of nostalgia from a generation’s childhood that they can exploit.

A ton of “Coming Soon” blogs report that Warner Bros. is in the works to make a modernized version of “The NeverEnding Story”.  I’m not gonna go overboard and claim that Hollywood is destroying a cinematic classic, but come ON!  I’m just expressing my pre-emptive anger caused by the moment when I see the teaser trailer before Will Smith’s “Karate Kid” (rumored), showing Falkor looking like a CGI composite of all three of the Jonas Brothers and starring Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, and Dwayne Johnson as the Rock Biter. (Ha…get it?)

Like I said, I am not gonna be one of those people that claims that “The NeverEnding Story” changed my life and blah blah blah, but I will be one of those people that claims that the theme song changed my life.  Once again, I’m pre-pissed off because you know someone at Warner Bros. will screw it up and do something like pay for “six million dollar man” surgery for Travis Barker and get Blink 182 back together to redo it. In a the spirit of a mini nostalgia fest, and to calm me down, here is a video of Kid’s Inc. singing the song that NeverEnds…in your heart.

P.S. I dream of the Flaming Lips using their Warner Bros. contacts to try and take a stab at the theme song.

P.P.S. I feel like I should say both, “I’m sorry” and “You’re welcome” for such a long post on this subject. 😀

Rachel Ray fondles ass and is (apparently) actually sort of cool?

Posted in 2009, casual sex, celebrities, food, music, web chatter, women with tags , on February 27, 2009 by kevin

In the spirit of trying to keep this blog with at least one post a day…

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