Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Top Ten Albums 2008

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Brian Eno/David Byrne - Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
Dr. Dog - Fate
James Murphy and Pat Mahoney - Fabriclive.36
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
MGMT - Otacular Spectacular
R.E.M. - Accelerate
Santogold - Santogold
TV on the Radio - Dear Science,

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

... Even if you aren't going to buy anything

Oh Andy Rooney. Speaking in the parlance of the everyman but with a growing senility and cynicism, like a conservative Larry David.



This moment of zen reminds me of a classic that is apparently on the interwebs but can't be embedded. It's worth the click through though, even if you're not going to buy anything.

Team of Ballers

Turns out Obama is staffing his cabinet full of "Ballers", in this case meaning basketball players. James Jones, Eric Holder, Timothy Geithner, and Susan Rice are all ballers to some extent.


While the obvious humorous next step not invoking racism is to talk about them settling international disputes with games of HORSE, there is a much larger opportunity here - having this team as a powerful force for good in the great robot war. The ability of basketball players to defeat robots has been proven long ago, namely in the famous documentary "The Harlem Globetrotter's on Gilligan's Island".



If this doesn't give a much-needed jolt to consumer/investor confidence in America, I don't know what will.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A short conversation about the forthcoming film Where the Wild Things Are, written by Dave Eggers and directed by Spike Jonze

Jim: (reading the Wikipedia page about the film) Catherine Keener's in it.
Doug: Does she have kids? 'Cause if she did, she'd be a total MILF.
Jim: (navigating to the Wikipedia page about Catherine Keener) She has one kid...
Doug: Nice.
Jim: ...with Dermot Mulroney.
Doug: Aww, I can't compete with that...
Jim: They divorced last year.
Doug: ...but maybe I won't have to!
Jim: She is now dating Benicio del Toro.
Doug: (fists raised to the heavens) BENICIOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

ChinICE Democracy

The summer The Think Tank disbanded in its physical existence, Chris Hejl and I threw a party at Optima Shithole on what would be the hottest night of that summer. It would forever be known as Ice Party: Cold School.
Yeah. It was awesome. I consider it to be my AppetICE For Destruction. Life was good after that, everyone itching for the next Ice Party. Well, for reasons that shame me now, that party was co-opted, exploited, and stripped of all its meaning in its much anticipated and rushed sequel, Ice Party 2: Twice as Ice (must note: this party was co-opted by Mee-ow, the Northwestern sketch group, who used the party as a fundraising venture under the moniker "Ice Party: Sluts on Ice" - the original Ice Party was free and I don't know what Sluts on Ice even means). And so it happened, on the coldest night of that year.

In the process of throwing the sequel, however, I came up with a title so amazing it had to be done, and if was going to be done, I would have to do it alone.

So lookout, warm blooded creatures. The next and final chapter to this story will come one day.

Ice Party 3: The Best Things Come In Freeze
Date TBA

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