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Here come the Sam brothers: Flot and Jet

If I had more time I'd write at length about these:

• I don't watch too much TV, except for news and an occasional hockey game, but I see enough of it to be reminded each December that I don't know anyone who has ever given anyone else a Mercedes for Christmas.

• ESPN's Chris Berman is the reason God invented the "mute" button. Heaven help us, now he's doing commercials.

• Here's a great item from the Associated Press' "Today in History" feature in tonight's newspaper: Mark Twain was not a fan of fellow novelist Jane Austen, at one point writing in a letter, "Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice,' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone."

• I posted awhile back about finding a video clip of Jeff Beck performing with a singer named Imogen Heap. An anonymous LJ commenter in England recommended a couple of her CDs if I was interested in hearing more of her. I bought the CDs. Let's just say I wish she'd sing more and spend less time playing with/showing off her voice's range. She's like musical cotton candy.

• Speaking of Jeff Beck, I bought his 2008 CD "Jeff" over the weekend. Wow. Just wow. Charred my eyebrows, it did.

• For the third time, I have bought a copy of "The Ice at the Bottom of the World," a collection of short stories by Mark Richard. I let people borrow my first two copies, and they never came back. This copy stays in the house. And the fact that I've bought the book three times can be considered an endorsement. Lots of cheap used copies out there if you're interested.

• Here's an interesting quotation by Carlos Castaneda that I read last week in The Sun, a magazine I subscribe to: "To be angry at people means that one considers their acts to be important. It is imperative to cease to feel that way. The acts of men cannot be important enough to offset our only viable alternative: our unchangeable encounter with infinity." I'm not entirely sure what that means, probably because chances are Carlos was all hopped up on peyote when he wrote it.

• A lot of reporters spent a lot of time today saying there's nothing new in the Tiger Woods story. Personally, I like Tiger's "it's none of your damn business" approach. It might actually force some news outfits to go cover some real news. Like:

• It should be interesting to see how The Man sticks it to Tareq and Michaele Salahi for sneaking into that White House party. One thing for sure: If the Secret Service had caught on to their gambit before the party ended, the Salahis might still be working today to land a reality show—they'd just be working from Gitmo.

• But seriously, one story I read in the New York Times about this black-tie security breach pointed out that since Obama has taken office, death threats against the president have gone up 400 percent. The Salahis may be clowns, but this story isn't funny.

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nodressrehersal
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Step away from the shin bone and nobody gets hurt.
And yet he re-read it... who had the last laugh, Mr. Twain?

Did you catch any of Jeff Beck on the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame concert in Madison Sq. Garden? It's been on HBO the last few nights. I haven't seen it all (4 hours long!) but there were some pretty good moments in the bits and pieces I caught.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: Step away from the shin bone and nobody gets hurt.
I'm not a big Jane Austen fan, but I liked P&P.

Haven't seen the concert on HBO because we don't have HBO. But I rented the Beck concert video that includes the Beck/Heap song, and it's goose-bumpy good. The drummer on the video is great: Vinnie Colaiuta, who used to play with Zappa, among many others. Don't know if T has heard of him or not.
vivitalia
Dec. 1st, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I love Imogen Heap, and your analogy is right on target. She's saccharine and makes my teeth hurt, but I bop when I hear her all the same.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I understand the "bop" factor; when I was listening to her discs, the phrase "dance music" came into my head, even though I have no idea what passes for dance music these days.
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