Thursday, May 15, 2008

"He does a great downward dog"

(12:08:30 AM) Ben Kawaller: oh yeah. well you can't be trusted to describe a dog tho
(12:08:37 AM) Ben Kawaller: you think they're all delightful


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Taxes joke

There is something funny about the idea of using a paid envelope stolen from your office to mail your tax forms, right?

"...if growing up / means being like you..."

"I'm a new waver
My girlfriend's a surfer
I'm no more a trendy than you are
And she's not going to fuck you anyways
Eh, it doesn't matter, you all suck
You don't know shit about punk rock
You're just a bunch of drug addicts
Screwing up what we call fun"

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Good question

(3:19:42 PM) Are lux and jon editors?

Monday, March 31, 2008

Here's a trifle

It's weird how often the Energizer Bunny is invoked to describe someone energetic, restless, etc. What did people do before this ad campaign started? Is there really not another thing in the world?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Who said the game ain't fair? A goddam loser"

En-Dasher strikes a blow in the name of rigor at NYO.
Indeed, to read The Complex is to see, writ small, the very moral and intellectual turpitude that’s delivered us headlong into our recent geopolitical disasters. It’s a document directed at an audience hungry for easy, comfortable dissent. What a morbid joke that its true allegiance is to the Rumsfeldian heresy, the Cheney canard, that a fact is simply something that sounds like a fact, that caring about distinctions in scale and kind is the pastime of the weak, that evidence should be regarded less as genuine appeals to truth than munitions to be indiscriminately lobbed at the recalcitrant until one explodes with enough damage that there becomes no choice but to submit to the “conclusion” that was your starting point.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quick takes

--Horrible thing that happens sometimes: forgetting to put on deoderant after you've showered in the morning and only remembering when you're already dressed and have your coat on. Especially if you wear shirts with buttons. Then you have to reach in through a hole in between the buttons with the deoderant and contort yourself every which way.

--Horrible thing in general: the idea of deoderant.

--Am I wrong to think that people who let their dogs run around without leashes when they're walking them feel superior to everyone else? It's a total macho move-- basically, "Oh, my dog doesn't need a leash." Doing this also implies you're a really great, kind owner, because you give your dog this freedom and you let it express its nature. Leashes for everyone all the time.

--Really intense DJ Drama drop at the beginning of Lil' Wayne and Juelz Santana's "No Other" from the Dedication 2 mixtape: "I’ma tell you all like this – I learn something new everyday. More money, more problems. I always knew I was gonna make it. But you never know what you’re gonna go through. I’m glad to be here. But sometimes you wonder. Is it worth it? Boy, I done dedicated my life to this shit. There’s nowhere to turn. So I’m in it for life."

--What came first, the chicken or the egg?

--Some things I wrote in the Observer. This one is just inexplicable.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Good instinct

(9:29:29 PM) i'd kind of want to interrogate him
(9:29:32 PM) his delusions fascinate me

If you see something say something

From WJBC in Bloomington, Illinois:
There was one arrest at the latest Soulja Boy concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. A 12 year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday night for throwing a rock through the windshield of Soulja Boy's bus. Why? The kid told arresting officers, "I hate Soulja Boy."


Werner Herzog and Errol Morris in this month's Believer:
WH: Whatever it is, it makes people talk, and they say things that they would never say to any one of you here in the audience. They wouldn’t say it to me either, but Errol makes it by dint of his face.

EM: It becomes a documentary, whatever that is, by the element of the unpredictable. Now Werner goes to Antarctica. He has a limited amount of time and a limited amount of materials. He has no way of doing any kind of prep. And so the movie emerges. It’s emergent, if you like, from just what happens there. I feel that the element of spontaneity—and there’s a strong element of spontaneity, of the uncontrolled, of the unrehearsed, the unplanned, in every single film he’s made.

WH: Yeah, that’s where real life enters.

EM: I feel that element of spontaneity because so much of what I do is controlled. The element of spontaneity is not knowing what someone is going to say to me in front of the camera, having really no idea, of being surprised. I know that there’s this moment in all of the interviews that I’ve loved where something happens. I had this three-minute rule that if you just shut up and let someone talk, within three minutes they will show you how crazy they really are. And it has happened time and time and time again.

WH: And you have a great sense for the afterthought. The interview is finished, it’s over, and Errol is still sitting and expecting something. Then all of a sudden there comes an afterthought, and that’s the best of all.