Sunday, July 31, 2005

Crashing Continued

  • Six more suspects have been arrested in London surrounding the July 21st failed bombings. [AP]
  • Appalling? A Secret shame? Worlds collide? I'm not entirely sure what to make of the mixing of Frank Black and Kelly Clarkson. "Since you ain't me." Chocolate and peanut butter or oil and water - you be the judge.
  • Cinematical wryly notes that the summer box office has been officially crashed, as Wedding Crashers hits #1 at the box office. Nice to see Steath stinking up the box office as well. [Cinematical]
  • Mandy Moore's Entourage gig as Aquagirl is very fun. But seriosly dudes, I gotta have more cowbell - I mean Gold. Where the heck was Ari Gold?
  • It's Sunday. It's Steyn. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Friday, July 29, 2005

Glib Parakeets & 3.4 Percent Growth

  • Gotta love these Brits, man. Raiding and taking names, numbas, and terrorists! Two more arrested suspects in the 7/21 failed bombings. [AP]
  • Oil is $60 bucks a barrell. Whatevs - the US economy is growing at 3.4% anyway. Screw you oil! Jonah Goldberg of NRO responds: "I could have sworn, reading Paul Krugman, that we were hair's width from a barter economy, where we eat grass and wake up to the sound of "bring out your dead!" every other morning." HEH. [AP]
  • If you read one thing today, make it Noah Baumbach's piece in the New Yorker, "My Dog is Tom Cruise." "Look at my tail! I’m panting 24/7. hahahaha! I purr, even. Like a cat, man. The cat looks at me and he’s, like, “What did they put in your kibble?” haha! I don’t care. I’ve never cared what that cat thinks. But I care about him even though he’s a cynic. I care about the glib parakeet and those jerks the gerbils..." [Ed - That's a pretty smug statement.]

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Northern Skys & Reds & Blues

Here's some tasty blog links to keep your Thursday going. Now easier to ignore the politics and just get the good stuff kids:

  • Rejoice. CAFTA passed the US House last night. Free Trade rules. [ABC News]
  • So the Space Shuttle is grounded again - even though this first flight in 2 1/2 years docked at the space station. Can someone kill this damned thing or what? Let's get some new spaceships for god sakes. If that flake Richard Branson is starting a spaceship co. can't the US get this together? [AP]
  • US Politics: National Review unearths the next big political issue for 2008. The Robot Gap. [The Corner] Speaking of '08. Red State: Is it really going to be "I Heart Huckabee" for the GOP? [Political Wire] Blue State: Meanwhile H-Cli (Hilary Clinton totally needs a P-Diddyesque nickname non?) appears to be having a rough go of pulling a Democratic Bush 2000 move. [Mickey Kaus - Keep scrolling plenty to see here.] Extra: The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People.
  • Canadian Politics: 1. Exonerated he hopes? Whatevs, Gurmant Grewell is a pig. Will his voters even care/notice? PS: Dear Steven Harper, Dump him. [Surrey Leader] 2. Really??? MP Carolyn Parrish is still actually allowed to talk to anyone in Ottawa? [Damian Penny] 3. This whole Denmark-Canada Cold War is getting ridiculous. [Maclean's]
  • Adworld: DC Shoes got James Lipton for it's new TV Ads. Brilliant. [DC Shoes] Microsoft has 5 more branding spots launching for Windows. Mac - Call your office. How long did NIKE have this little hockey ad in the can?
  • Cool: Tallest building in Chicago proposed - The Chicago Fordham Spire. Talk amongst yourselves. Jet Blue planning to reopen the TWA terminal in New York. Totally Awesome.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Been there, done that Mr. Bay

Two movies:
  • Sunday Morning movie. Did Tom Hanks' 1984 classic film "Bachelor Party" really happen? What a thrillride of "the eighties" - quite possibly the only real black mark on the Reagan presidency.
  • Meanwhile I caught Michael Bay's "The Island" last night. Something was just not quite right with this movie - been there, seen it I think. Let us not speak of that again: "Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies? / I guess Pearl Harbor sucked, just a little bit more than I miss you." PS: That said, make no mistake Scarlett Johansson is awesome. PPS: I totally want a clone.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Dilithium Crystals & The Jeffries Tube, Tribute

Yes. I'm really a Star Trek geek with that post title. But only original Trek:

  • Beam him up. James Doohan, who landed at Juno on D-Day and later became Star Trek's Scotty, is dead at 85. Naturally, Lileks has some thoughts - surprisingly also about smokings dramatic return in the 24th century. [Associated Press]
  • Big picture news time. Now that China is near daily interesting news, Max Boot breaks it down. Are we headed for a cold war, or another asyemtrical conflict like the GWOT? [LA Times]
  • Fittingly, we are remembering Apollo 11 tonight. Rand Simberg discusses. [Transterrestrial Musings]
  • New ads over ad Boards today: VW Polo, Nike's "Kid Tiger", Adidas.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Walking the Line

The teaser poster art for the new Johnny Cash movie "Walk The Line" is pretty darn sweet. If the movie is 1/2 as good as this poster we're in business.

And slightly related: this after Cinematical did a really nice post today about the work of Saul Bass, whose artwork for films is amazing. What a great early week treat of art.

Crashing July

I didn't get much of chance to post yesterday, so forgive me if you've seen some of this before:
  • Paul Wells discovered Paul Martin's democratic reform agenda. An instant classic. [Democraticreform.gc.ca]
  • Page Six got nasty with my crush du jour Jessica Coen over at Gawker this weekend. What a bad idea that was. To wit: "Thesaurus.com is my top bookmark, and I suggest you make it the same on your browser. Then you needn't use words like "snarky" over and over again. Say I'm contemptous, irritable, cranky, cocky, insolent, sneering. Call me a dimwitted bitch, for all I care. Just don't use "snark" twice in the same item." [Jessicacoen.com]
  • Saw The Wedding Crashers last night. Notes: 1. Wedding Montage sequence was unbelievable - 10 minute montages are so wicked. 2. Two words: Rachel McAdams. 3. Vince Vaughn is brilliant as 89% straightish man. 4. No Ben Stiller a surpising bonus. 5. Jane Seymour, what up.
  • Best photo description ever: "Instilling fear, inspiring confidence...Kim Jong-il tries to figure out how to open a package of instant rice. [The Corner]
  • And the Yankees are back in first place. Could July get any worse? I'm just asking. [Gothamist]

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Leaky Faucets, Yellowcake Joe, & Plato

  • You want to talk about a leak? Well in this case, naturally, it's the French. [The Belgravia Dispatch]
  • And then, just because it is Sunday, it's time for Mark Steyn:"But in the real world there's only one scandal in this whole wretched business -- that the CIA, as part of its institutional obstruction of the administration, set up a pathetic ''fact-finding mission'' that would be considered a joke by any serious intelligence agency and compounded it by sending, at the behest of his wife, a shrill politically motivated poseur who, for the sake of 15 minutes' celebrity on the cable gabfest circuit, misled the nation about what he found." [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht explores what in the heck is exactly happening in Europe right now. [The Weekly Standard via Roger Simon]
  • Victor Davis Hanson disects the celebrity leftist movement. And seriously, any oped that starts with a bit of Plato is a great thing on a Sunday [Washington Times]

Next Stop Dom Dimaggio & 34

While we await the start of tonight's Sox-Yanks matchup, here are some baseball links to ponder:

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Purplicious News

  • Stop the presses. Is Johnny Depp aware of his part in cupcakes going "purplicious?" Limited edition Hostess Chocolicious Wonka Cakes. Nice tie in Depp. [More: Ad Freak.]
  • Affair d'Plame breakdown by John Tierney: "For now, though, it looks as if this scandal is about a spy who was not endangered, a whistle-blower who did not blow the whistle and was not smeared, and a White House official who has not been fired for a felony that he did not commit. And so far the only victim is a reporter who did not write a story about it." [New York Times]
  • Powerline's Paul Mirengoff tells us about "Neoconservatism's Big Tent" [Weekly Standard]
  • Yes! Neil Patrick Harris returns to network TV this fall. [CBS.com]
  • So Lee Iaococca returns to Chrysler ads. And they also feauture a rumpled Jason Alexander. Very lame campaign and concept.

Welch vs. Friedman

Matt Welch gives Thomas Friedman a good clean verbal spanking in the next issue of Reason. "The man has fashioned a career out of locating or inventing a crude symbolic shorthand to explain and even popularize complex international phenomena while relying on a small cast of elites from politics, academia, and business to agree with his global clichés."

I love talking about Friedman clichés or not. I was reading his book at a staff function earlier this week. Hilarity ensued. I especially like when lefties try to lump him immediately in with the neo-cons.

Dogs & Cats Living Together

  • How much fun was the top of the 2nd in the Yankees-Red Sox game just now? Matt Clement. Walks two. Wild Pitch. 3 Strike outs. [Box Score] UPDATE(s): Third. Clement doesn't have it. 5-0 now. 4th: 6-2. Kevin Millar. Worst. Baserunning. Ever. 2 out. 2 on.
  • Orioles Rafeal Palmeiro gets hit #3,000 & 3.001 last night. David Pinto now says the O's need to get real. That and Sosa was batting 2nd the other night. [Baseball Musings]
  • New San Fransisco 49ers $2 million preseason ad campaign. Jackson West isn't impressed. [SFist.com]
  • Pepsi soccer/surf ad is out. Dick Dale music, pretty lame. [Ad Freak]
  • Film quick hits: Underworld sequel is well under way - here's the website. Meanwhile the Dallas movie is decidedly ridiculous. Oh, and I was checking out The Island website thanks to GMac and it looks pretty decent.
  • The Vodkapundit, Stephen Green, takes on Andrew Sullivan's view of the Gitmo situation. This is a must read. Oh and for extra credit read his tea leave post about China's economic stall. [Vodkapundit]
  • Firm reverse-outsourcing? Or is the outsourcing squared? Indeed, dogs and cats living together as Bangalore shop is relocating to Halifax. [The Shotgun]

Friday, July 15, 2005

Honeycomb

It's a double whammy for Pixies fans today. At least it's a double whammy for people like me who are probably 12-months behind all the other hipsters. But news that the Pixies are going to record thier first album since 1991 and next week's launch of the first new Frank Black solo album effort since 1996, Honeycomb.

Can you even call these albums anymore? Whatever.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bastille Day Frog Leg Buffet

  • I'm thinking that tough talk from the Canadian Military top soldier probably isn't really that great of an idea. But it's very cool that Canada be back up to 1500 troops in Afghanistan by 2006. [Canadian Press]
  • Meanwhile China is talking tough about Taiwan, again. This time they be talking about using nukes. [Financial Times]
  • Albert Brooks' next film is getting some early nods of approval from the home office. [National Review Online]
  • Happy Bastille Day! In the words of Al Bundy, "It is good to hate the French." A July 14th without Goldberg? Please. [Jonah Goldberg]
  • PS. Dear Jacques Chirac. Just because the terrorists aren't trying to blow up the Paris Metro, and you lost the Olympics, there is no reason to get snooty about your British friends. Eat another croissant dude. [Telegraph]

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Some Freedom Rock

  • It's about time. I'm actually pretty pumped up for a little shuttle launch later today. [Nasa.gov]
  • Listening to Frank Black's Teenager of the Year this morning. Reminds me of my first trip to Europe - it was one of a few "tapes" I took. Tapes! So awesome.
  • Heard in the Corner:"Hey, the federal deficit just went down by 25 percent. The New York Times even noticed. It's difficult living during the worst economy since Herbert Hoover, ain't it?" [NRO]
  • The Wall Street Journal breaks down the Karl Rove deal. Karl Rove as whistle blower? Love it. "In short, Mr. Rove provided important background so Americans could understand that Mr. Wilson wasn't a whistleblower but was a partisan trying to discredit the Iraq War in an election campaign. Thank you, Mr. Rove." You go Karl. [WSJ]
  • If you think a sequel for the movie Road House is what the world needs now go here now. Patrick Swayze is not attached to the project. Hollywood box office slump? It's much worse than that. [See also: Breakfast Club sequel, Gladiator sequel, and The Usual Suspects sequel.]
  • China's military buildup edges itself closer to the mainstream media. Heck even the Pentagon is really getting into the spirit. [Strategy Page]
  • New York Mets ads featuring Mr. Met are hilarious. Especially this one called "Cannon" - a total of 5 of them over at Boards.
  • Damn you high school French. Failing me now. Gothamist launched another blog this week - Parisist.com. Of course it's all in French. Ha ha. Very funny.
  • And this one is for my Dad - America's Cup 2007 coverage.

Monday, July 11, 2005

1/4 Pound Big Bites & Hammern' Hank

  • 7/11 hits New York. Best reax: "This, my friends, is pure art. There is joy in the world. A 7/11 1/4-Pound Big Bite, covered in free melted cheese product, available in NEW YORK CITY!" [PR Differently]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal learns a valuable lesson on why actors shouldn't talk foreign policy. [Cinematical]
  • Gothamist blog empire gives birth to two more today - Shangaiist and Phillyist.
  • Ted Nugent contemplating a run for governor? He's anger and thinking about running against popular Democratic Gov. Granholm. Make that angry and crazy I guess [Political Wire]
  • Mini Cooper. Is there anything they can't do with thier ads? Damn them. [Joey Harrison]
  • Tanqueray. What to make of thier new gin dude Tony Sinclair and the fight against all powerful vodka. [Slate.com]
  • The Karl Rove pulling the strings theory of the universe. Plame who? [NRO] NY Times set to strike back in morning edition. Evil genuis.
  • Apropos of nothing....Osama Bin Laden's neice on Deutsch. She's cute, he's a doornob. What up? Update: No, but really, how is this guy actually trying to do real interviews. It's sick. [The Big Idea]
  • Caught an awesome sunday afternoon showing of The Life and times of Hank Greenberg on PBS. What a great story and documentary. I really can't believe what a total jerk the Tiger owner was for getting rid of Greenberg in '47. [Fox]
  • Last word: Christopher Hitchens of course. [Weekly Standard]

Czehoski

Was really catching up on rest and relaxation this weekend, so my apologies for the lack of posts. Yesterday I caught an episode of Opening Soon on the Food Network. The new restaurant was Czehoski - which was a pleasure to watch. Too bad it's in Toronto.

I dug the owner/designer who made a great point about Toronto copying just about everything a place like New York does, instead of doing anything original. Man this place has a very cool design in a very cool 66-year old Polish butcher shop. It's a nice balance of old and new that plenty of people miss - from restaurateurs to condo buildings to office spaces.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

7/7: Bastards

London

Here are some round up of links on the London bombings:

We're All Londoners Now

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Two more before last call

  • With Sarah Vowell writing today in Maureen Dowd's leave, it kind of makes you yearn for MoDo never to return. [New York Times]
  • Director David Fincher doesn't seem to be too concerned about making films, but his new Nine Inch Nails video isn't too bad. [Cinematical]

Huge Hump Day of News

  • Finally Bono says something relatively sane about Paul Martin. "He's very difficult to deal with because he won't agree to things that he doesn't believe he can deliver, although that is very frustrating and annoying and infuriating," [Reuters]
  • Meanwhile President Bush injures a Scottish policeman in a bike crash. So rock n' roll Mr. Bush. [AFP]
  • I can't believe that Judith Miller is being sent to jail for refusing to reveal her sources. And I can't believe she's hitting the slammer and the guy from Time is talking. Go Judy! [NY Times]
  • Is it really bad that I take a small bit of glee from seeing Chirac lose yet another big political gambit. This time the Olympics are heading to London over Paris (Ed - And New York!) And I love the Gawker's shrug off of NY Losing: " It’s London. Enjoy the traffic and the German tourists and being a central global terrorist target, old chaps!" [Gawker.com]
  • Fred Thompson is going to be the point man driving Bush's Supreme Court Nominee down the lane. Thompson '08 watch worthy? [AP]

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Chilosophy isn't that Cool At All

  • Breaking news out of the G8..."No Breakthrough Expected." Now, really did anyone expect otherwise? I mean Bono and those other guys said....Meanwhile our Prime Minister drinks Guinness. Now that's product placement.
  • And you thought nothing could surpass the terrible-ness of that Get Going Canada jingle? Shame on you. We have a new winner with Coke's new ad. Congrats Coca-Cola and you're agency Crispin-Porter.Bonus points for this ridiculous and inconceivable bit of copy from the "Chillosophy" section of the website: "USSR vs USA - When two nuclear superpowers try to outchill each other, you can't end up with a Cold War. And you know what that means. Spies chilling out in sunglasses. Submarine captains chilling out beneath the polar ice caps. And surveillance guys chilling out in the stratosphere." You stay classy Stalin... [Via Adjab.com]
  • Cleanse your palate with this bizarre Pizza Hut spot. [Boards Magazine]
  • I can't figure out which is a more lame proposition...a. people actually writing about Rachel Marsden b. Rachel Marsden being described as Canada's Anne Coulter. c. Rachel Marsden as a 2-column a week writer at the National Post d. The Conservative movement in Canada, July 2005. [More via Ezra Levant]

French Stand Up Comedy

  • The plans for the buildings around the new Brooklyn Nets arena by Frank Gehry are revealed and it all seems just as Gehry was portrayed in The Simpsons. PS - In the words of Mugatu, Brooklyn is so hot right now. [Gothamist]
  • As the G8 heats up Tony Blair give Europe a heaping two scoops of reality: "Some have suggested I want to abandon Europe's social model," Blair told the European Parliament last month. "But tell me: what type of social model is it that has 20 million unemployed in Europe, productivity rates falling behind those of the United States; that is allowing more science graduates to be produced by India than by Europe; and that, on any relative index of a modern economy -- skills, R&D, patents, IT -- is going down not up." [UPI]
  • Meanwhile Wonkette speculates on France becoming the next "red state". What's this, the CIA loves the French spy agency and Chirac is trying out a new stand up comedy routine for his Russian and German friends. Surrender emminent. [Wonkette.com]
  • Speaking of the G8, Charmaine Yoest is blogging it - and apparently having to fly on a plane with Richard Branson which we imagine would about as fun as a root canal. [CharmaineYoest.com via Instapundit]

Monday, July 04, 2005

Good & Bad

  • The most annoying television spot in Canada (with the worst jingle in an ad currently) can be relived in all it's glory at this website. Thanks alot Toyota and friends! Worst. Ad. Ever. [Get Going Canada]
  • Last week the "cowboy" designer at work sent me a couple of cool sites for a campaign we are working on. Evan Hecox has some wicked art going on here. If you want to waste a bit of time looking at cool, art, do it here. [Evan Hecox]

July 4th Baseball

Watching competing baseball games tonight. You know it's going to be worth watching when the first minute of the Mariners-Royals game you see legend 92-year-old Buck O'Neil in the stands taking one in. And that will no doubt be the highlight for the M's tonight. [Ed - Whoa, that's unfair, they're up 6-0 .] Yeah. Fair enough. Okay, it is Kansas City...

And meanwhile, in the Red Sox - Rangers match-up we have Wade Miller who has thrown 92 pitches in 4 innings!! [Sorry 106 through 5. The 5 walks so far...an added bonus.] Dude, that isn't going to cut the mustard is it? And the hits just came coming for the A.L. East leaders, whose ace Curt Schilling got rocked in a rehab assignment in Pawtucket.

Update: The good news is that Miller just needs to pitch 'till his arm falls off and he finds his groove. 121 pitches through 6, 7 batters in a row, and game tied.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

All Stars & Mac's

  • I've made a decision in the past few weeks. When I replace my laptop later this year, I'm ditching Dell & Microsoft and switching to Mac. Then I read Jeff Jarvis describe moments of the switch like this: "It feels like moving to Paris and not speaking French (though it sure is pretty there)." We'll see.
  • Reheated Mark Steyn independence Day essay is a must read.
  • Nice to see 4 Boston starters on the AL All Star Team. And here's the NL Team. In other MLB news, the Mariners released Bret Boone today. Boone's stats are in full on free fall as he is cut batting .232 with 7 HR's and 34 RBI's. I once bet a friend he'd jack 25 in about 1995 or 1996. He didn't do it. I never forgot. [Baseball Musings]

Stupid White Wristbands

I briefly watched some of the Live 8 stuff yesterday. Wow, what a trainwreck of stupidity. I couldn't watch without laughing at the tagline across the stage: "8 Men in a room can make a difference." And was I the only one who thought the large photos of the 8 leaders on the screen was just, well, creepy. Seriously, Paul Martin hasn't had this much quality press time he was finance minister. In fact, some agreed that was hard to figure out what the whole point of the thing was.

Allister Heath sums up the whole event beautifully, "Wearing a white wristband and calling for hand-outs or debt relief is not the answer, says a growing band of young and educated Africans. The money will merely be frittered away, diverted into the Swiss bank accounts of a corrupt ruling class and do little or nothing to bring about prosperity, they say."

More: Jeff Jarvis on blogs and all this.

The Old & New


Finally watched Hitchcock's 1940 classic Foreign Correspondent. What a fantastic film. Not only a timely nod to how problematic journalism can be, especially reporting from overseas. Couple that with some beautiful cinematography and exception set pieces, and you may wonder why this is only the equivalent of a b-side Hitchcock film. But the suspense is there big-time, and of course a very cool take away at the end.

And one other note found on the only special feature of note was the story of character actor Robert Benchley - who plays the embittered newspaper station chief in London and is priceless. The fact that it was a case of life imitating art as he himself admitted that he was, not quite a writer and not quite an actor. You don't often find that sort of story much anymore. And that is a shame.

I contrast this with Steven Spielberg's remake of War of the Worlds. Yep, great special effects, great big beautiful set pieces (which are great in this day and age of effects), and a classic story. But what was the point? I've heart Mr. Spielberg say that this is a meditation on fear and what 9/11 has done to us. Well, whatever you think about that, Cinematical and Ebert are dead right. This movie isn't big enough. Oh, and watching Tom Cruise act just doesn't hold the charm it may once had when he was less crazy.

And one last point on this. Isn't everyone totally sick and tired of remakes? Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 01, 2005

Happy Canada Day

  • So it's Canada's big day. Paul Wells takes this opportunity to find a charming bit in Foreign Policy on what Paul Martin and Canada want at the G8 Summit, "Canada will continue to lobby for the expansion of the G-8, which would make itself even less relevant. Will get: Eighteen holes on the famous Gleneagles golf course. But Martin will be most grateful for a chance to get away from the funding scandal that is dogging him at home." Ouch. [Foreign Policy]
  • Sad. It's been so absolutely crazy at work that I missed this news, that Shelby Foote had passed away. [Slate.com]
  • Football season is just around the corner, but until then we have the spectacle of a Supreme Court vacancy. Now that is good sport. Personally I think Bush should select someone that will drive everyone insane, like a Bill Clinton, or maybe Donald Trump.[Washington Post]
  • Bush's big speech seems to have worked as the snap poll shows big ups [Instapundit]