Saturday, January 05, 2008

Y'know...I know it's not exactly news that Bill O'Reilly is a bigoted, embarrassing jackwad with little or no people skills

However, we didn't know if he was stupid enough to physically attack people who are under the protection of the Secret Service.

Until now.

Reasons why I left my heart in the San Francisco Bay, #38 in a series

We surf during arctic storms.

Life is very short, and there's no time For fussing and fighting, my friend.

Let's Make a Band:
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your pic.


differences can be resolved

Via JB.

Oh look. Rocks.

89% Mike Gravel
89% Barack Obama
88% John Edwards
86% Dennis Kucinich
85% Chris Dodd
84% Hillary Clinton
84% Joe Biden
73% Bill Richardson
42% Rudy Giuliani
28% John McCain
24% Mitt Romney
23% Mike Huckabee
22% Ron Paul
22% Tom Tancredo
12% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

My third time taking (yet another) "presidential candidate matching quiz" quiz moves Mike Gravel up a couple of spots. Too bad I still don't know much about him, isn't it?

On the bright side, he's tied for number one with Barack Obama who, if his lead continues in New Hampshire, just might be the nominee. I'm pretty OK with that, I like the same things about Obama that everyone likes, and I have the same questions that everyone has.

John Edwards seems to be a perennial third-place candidate for me in these quizzes, which always surprises me given that he's the one I actually like the most. As I do in Edwards, I also find much to admire in his daughter Cate, and not just her hotness. His wife's not bad either.

Hillary Clinton remains at number six. There was a time when I thought all dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton stemmed from sexism. I think that's still probably a significant part of it.

But I've also had enough questions raised in my mind about her character that have nothing to do with the fact she has a vagina, or to whom she's married, to be dissatisfied with her. Just because conservatives bash you, doesn't make you a hero.

As a side note, this story suggests another reason why Hillary Clinton wasn't as inevitable as the media assumed: Voters are tired of voting for Bushes and Clintons. Any voter over 50 has seen one, both, or the other name on the ballot every election year for almost 30 years.

Possible GOP nominee Mike Huckabee is up a couple of spots to my number 12, but still below Giuliani and McCain in the Republican-I-might-not-shoot-myself sweepstakes.

I don't think I could ever vote for a Republican (though I'll never say never), but Giuliani and McCain I'm less likely not to vote for, if you see what I mean.

"Baby got back"

If I didn't know better, I would swear Teri Polo was trying to tell me something

Friday, January 04, 2008

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself

What Varkentine Means

You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you.
You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night.
Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

Hey, remember that video by Emily Easterly I posted?

Well here's my review of her new CD, out for a few weeks.

You can download a song or two on her MySpace page, which is linked at the end of the review.

I think you'll thank me...

Sarah Silverman poses for "Women Holding Their Own Breasts" magazine

Sure seemed funny at the time

In the third season Futurama episode Time keeps on slippin',
when the Planet Express crew removes the mutants from harvesting, they tip the Time/Space Continuum, causing forward motion of time to skip ahead

One manifestation of these random time skips comes as the PE staff is watching a news broadcast. TV newswoman Linda reports:
Linda: [on TV] Turning to entertainment news, teen singer Wendy [and we see a picture that is an obvious reference to Britney Spears' first album] might just be the latest--

[Time skips.]

Linda: [on TV] --won three Grammys last night--

[Time skips. The picture of Wendy behind her has a "2984-3002" caption below it.]

Linda: [on TV] --found dead in her bathtub.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

There's a certain flaw in that theory...

Overheard at the tail end of a "Biography" about Boy George: Someone saying, "The last album Johnny Cash ever made was one of the best of his whole life. George could do exactly the same."

I don't mean this to be an easy shot, but the best way I can describe the difference is that Johnny Cash was a man. I like some of Boy George's records, but (as a songwriter) he's, as his name says...

Then again, I don't think I should expect anything better from "Biography." I caught most of their episode about Dana Plato the other night. The current positioning of her is that she's a cautionary tale from which the likes of Britney Spears could learn.

The difference is, Dana Plato didn't have a lick of talent in her whole body. Try a "Different Strokes" rerun sometime. I'm not saying Britney has masses of talent either but she has some.

You might think that a Dead Or Alive record would not transfer nicely to Flamenco

And by God, you'd be right.

Ah, Veronica Mars

This is a good song and an awesome video.

I liked Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11", as I've liked other of his films.

I still think the best question it asked, the one that still resonates almost four years after the fact, was about the men and women of our armed forces. The ones who have been sent far from home, at risk to life, limb and sanity...on a lie.

This has become a cliché to say, but I mean it honestly: That's just wrong.

Anyway, the question Moore asked was: Will they (the men and women of the Services) ever trust us again?

As I was saying, I like some of Moore's movies, in fact most of them that I have seen, which isn't all. But there's something of the song-and-dance man if not quite the huckster in him that makes it difficult for me to get all aboard the Moore train.

Yet I also believe that people like Moore get placed in their positions at least as much because of circumstances and times as because of their own character. Put another way, as I believe Moore himself remarked, if the media had been doing their job for the past eight years, Fahrenheit 9/11 would have been joyfully unnecessary.

Whenever someone attacks another person by going after who they are personally instead of what they've said or done, it's because they can't really disagree with whatever they've said or done. Even if they don't agree with it, somewhere they know it's right.

The more fat jokes about Michael Moore I heard, the more I thought: They know he's right.

What all this is in aid of is telling you that while I'm a Moore supporter, I hope I'm not a blind one. And I suggest you go to Moore's site and read his latest "letter" on the choice before Democratic voters. I agree with about 99% of it.

(The one percent stems from the fact that, as I've remarked before, I'm not one of those Democrats who is "Waiting For AlGore." I still think if he had to step into that center-ring spotlight, he'd flinch again. And I haven't forgotten Joe Lieberman.)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

So you want to see a pretty girl with a good voice from Sweden singing Nik Kershaw's "The Riddle"

Camryn Manheim gave the greatest Emmy-award winning actress speech ever (suck it, Kathy Griffin!)

Actress Manheim, she of the greatest Emmy-award winning actress speech ever, says she thinks Jennifer Love Hewitt's response to the bizarre comments on her body "issues,"
sent out a strong message to young women: "I couldn't be more proud of her. I think she's really empowered. I wrote her a long email and said, `What I wouldn't do for your beautiful butt!'"

That's funny. I feel exactly the same way...

Anne Hathaway, Uma Thurman AND Kate Winslet?

"Anne Hathaway is a radiant young woman who perfectly embodies modern femininity," Lancôme International president Odile Roujol said in making the announcement.

You've noticed that too, eh?

"We know she will portray all the passion and excitement of our new fragrance, to be launched throughout the world in September 2008."

Ahem. "Passion and excitement"...just in time for my birthday. That's all I'm saying.

While the ambassadorship is Hathaway's first such commercial campaign, she's far from being the first famous face to front for the company. She joins the brand's already impressive parade of A-list endorsers, which currently counts Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and Clive Owen among its spokescelebs.

It's probably for the better of my bank account that they're not selling anything I really use.

I suppose it would cross some sort of line between devoted fan and sad if I were to buy a bottle simply on the grounds that it smells like them, wouldn't it?

On a related mater, it happened again. The women I love are congregating.

First Dita Von Teese and Sarah Shahi came together. Now I learn that early last month, Anne Hathaway and Eva Mendes met outside a restaurant in NYC, and there are photos to prove it.

Some interesting observations regarding the strike penned by Saffron Burrows

Burrows is the actress who starred in films like Enigma and Reign Over Me, and most recently worked on Boston Legal. She also played the lady scientist in Deep Blue Sea.

She comes down pretty firmly in support of writers and not of the studios and producers.

Any woman who looks like that, and writes things like this:
Putting aside their ratings war, the head honchos are united in their singular dislike of the writer, and the fact that what happens between pen and page when the forces align is something mercurial that no executive can define or come close to the poetry of.

My head is spinning...

Rachel Weisz is a wonderful-looking woman

I'll miss her in The Mummy 3.

However, as they'll be needing to recast...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

I think I must really like the look of Eva Amurri

Because frankly, this skirt is a stylistic cry for help.

But all I can think about is her stepping out of it, exposing the curve of her booty followed by her back arching as she slides out of the jacket.

Her hands tugging at the bottom of her shirt as she pulls it over her head, revealing the full bloom of her...


If the acting thing ever slows down, Jennifer Connelly could turn to mugging people and all she'd need is this sweater

So, dont stare at me that way...of course it gives me pride, But I wont take on the risk, of letting down the sweet sweet side...


No there's nothing quite as real As the touch of your sweet hand

As I've mentioned once or twice before, Split Enz' "Message To My Girl" is what I always think of as "our song" for an ex-girlfriend of mine. Last year around this same time, I embedded the promotional video of the single version.

This year, I've found an utterly lovely and wonderful version, performed live with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Neil Finn, Eddie Rayner and a choir.

(there's a minute or so of interview footage first.)

Viper, Generik, George, Timewalker, and Dr. Zaius...front and center!

I tag you all for what follows.


has charged me to tell you seven facts about me that are not true. Unless they are.

1. I'm thanked by name in the acknowledgements section of two or three Doctor Who (or related) novels.

2. Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist whose every move's among the purest. I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

3. My real father is Ian McKellen, my Buddhist teacher was Howard Jones, and I played basketball at Stanford.

4. I'm a gremlin from the Kremlin! How do you do?

5. Some friends of mine and I used to sit in the middle of the street late at night and play games of Uno. One of those same friends kept a bobcat as a pet.

6. When I was 18, I once engaged in covert sexual behavior with a 16-year-old girl during a screening of an animated film. In my defense, it was All Dogs Go To Heaven, so I had to do something to keep from walking out.

7. When I was six I saw a flying saucer.

The bad news is, Michael Jackson's going to sell a song I wrote about a woman I was very much in love with at the time for a car commercial

What Beatle Are You?

George Harrison
George Harrison
You are the rythm guitarist George. You are a loner type person who is always ready to do new things and try new stunts. You will probably be stabbed to death by some weirdo.
How do you compare?
Take this test! | Tests from Testriffic

The good news is, I'm going to be great friends with Eric Idle. But after all, it's my Wonderwall...

A Roll In The Hay

When I saw Young Frankenstein at the end of its pre-Broadway run in Seattle, I wrote here that:
...if there's a star female performance in the new version, it's that of Sutton Foster, who plays laboratory assistant Inga.

Via Mark Evanier, here's Foster's introductory number, "A Roll In The Hay," as performed on the Today Show last Halloween.

Is she phenomenal or what?

First green of the new year and it's Kate Bush.


Monday, December 31, 2007

Some Wonder Women, then & now

I'm assuming you'll know who most if not all these women are, if curious about any, don't hesitate to ask.


I know, I'm featuring Dita Von Teese a lot today. But given my you blame me?

And as an aside to the better settle this strike soon. I want my "Life" back alive!

This is

Actress Sarah Shahi [arriving] for the inaugural Cinema Against AIDS Dubai event, held in association with Dubai International Film Festival, to benefit amfAR...

This is burlesque star Dita Von Teese arriving for the same event.

Do you realize what this means?

It means that Shahi and Von Teese, two of the sexiest, hottest, most lovely women alive, were in the same place at the same time.

I think my head just exploded.

(The first person who says "which one?" will be fined $200, and asked to leave the blog)

This is one of those rare moments wherein I really feel at one with my culture

Former ‘The View’ co-host Rosie O’Donnell ...has been dubbed the “most annoying celebrity” in a new online poll.

Politically, I'd almost like not to find O'Donnell as annoying as I do, if only because right-wing pundits hate her so much. But I'm sorry (kinda), that woman is just off-the-charts annoying.

Almost 2,000 readers of Parade magazine voted in the poll, with 42 percent calling 45-year-old O’Donnell the most irksome – followed by socialite Paris Hilton, with 24 percent of the vote.

Ouch. More annoying than Paris Hilton. Say what you will about Paris Hilton-and I've always liked Graham Norton's line when her sibling got engaged: "Well you know what they say...why buy the cow, when you could fuck the sister, for free?"

But, Paris Hilton is just stupid. She's not arrogant.

Besides O’Donnell and Hilton, Parade also named Ann Coulter, Heather Mills and Perez Hilton the Top 5 most annoying.

I'm gonna say "ouch" again. An evil-spewing, Republican bootlicking extremist, a nut. and, the most respectable, a gossip blogger. Yeah, I'm thinking that's a list you really don't wanna be on, much less head up.

Fun with politics in America

(image by Avedon)

Alice Everyday brings sunshine To my house most every day. Alice Everyday brings her friends Over to my house to play. Druscilla and...

You know...I'd always HEARD the expression, "you lucky dog," but until now, I'd never been quite sure what it meant

Ok, quick look, this picture...who would you say it is?

Once again, looking at the URL of the photo is considered cheating.

Rosario Dawson making my favorite color feel all kittenish

Pink ecstasy

I’ve decided I have a new mission in life

I must find out who this is, and marry her.

Rain, rain...don't go anywhere

This is just a guess, mind you

...but I gotta wonder whether Dita Von Teese likes spending time in bed with that dog more than she did with her ex...

Random Flickr Blogging img_2007

Steve's note this week encouraged
searching for "img_2007" and making it into a commentary on the past year.

You have but to command.

When I think back on the year 2007, one word comes right to mind...



No, but I kid. 2007 is the year I realized the reason there was only one set of footprints on the beach during the most dark and troubled periods of my life, is because:
That's when, as god explained to me apologetically later, I'd completely slipped his mind.


But seriously. It's been an important year in my life, because it's the year I decided to follow in the spiked heels of my heroine Courtney Love, and begin taking mood-altering drugs.


No, but really, this year is the year I learned that...oh hell, make up your own joke here, it's a picture of a red haired girl in green licking whipped cream off a guy's nipple, man!


And of course, two festivals left me with memories I won't soon forget. The running of the bulls...
...and the more rare but only slightly less cruel Rapid Transiting of the zombies.


2007 is the year I realized that the height of the lyrical arts was

Parfois c'est un pays ; parfois c'est une fille que vous connaissez, tout le monde obtenu d'avoir un but en ce monde vous Yankees êtes si idiot aux sujets du coeur vous ne savez pas que les femmes sont les seules oeuvres d'art


Oh yes, this is also the year that that sex-phobic babbling idiot Jerry Falwell dropped dead.

Now, I don't have scientific proof that the photo below was taken at the parade held in paradise that day.

But I do have the strongest suspicion...


The year I began to know the truth of the quotation, via Harlan Ellison,

...from the Japanese poet Tanaka Katsumi...

"I know that my true friend will appear after my death, and my sweetheart died before I was born."


It's the year I began to get in touch with the beauty of my inner color.


It's the year I learned not only are Japanese women's breasts getting bigger and they are in general become curvier...

...but that their clowns have eyes that bore into me like ice-hot needles from hell!

Ahem. Source.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I can only assume that my Christmas present from Mandy Moore was delayed by the holiday rush

...because clearly, in these images from PopSugar, she was shopping for me a couple of weeks ago. As if the scarf and the bag wasn't a dead giveaway, pay close attention to her shoes. They're leopard print.

Yup, Mandy Moore has set her cap for me, the poor girl's in love...

Girls at play

Laila Ali-

Unknown model, photographed by Carla van de Puttelaar-

Scissorina Sarah.

Sharon Stone-what the hey, I feel like being an adult.