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In a couple of hours I’ll be doing a gig with Maud Newton—we’ll be talking about blogging and the arts.  As you might imagine, I’ll be arguing that American newspapers were just about to expand their arts-and-culture sections so as to make room for in-depth review essays on contemporary literature, theater, art and music when the Internet came along and destroyed everything.  But if you have any other suggestions, make ‘em fast.

In other news, I am shocked and saddened to learn that the Beatles have appeared in a photograph with a marijuana pipe.  I fear for what this will mean for our impressionable young children.  Don’t those boys realize they are role models?

Last but not least, this is really weird.

Posted by on 02/09 at 10:25 AM
  1. So now it’s a “widely cited blog”. Welcome to Group W.

    And what did Mozart, Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Picasso* all have in common? That’s right, no Internet. Think about that, my friends.

    *How much time do you need to fill? This could be a really long list and take up a lot of time, especially if you speak slowly.

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  12:32 PM
  2. Yes, I cite my blog often.  Hey!  I cite!  That sounds like a cool name for a blog!

    But Maud completely outranks me—her blog was cited (glowingly!) in Entertainment Weekly.  Check out the very funny line about one Caitlin Flanagan!

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  12:45 PM
  3. Can you please hope that the “electing an actually quite cool president” thing never happens again?

    Posted by Amanda French  on  02/09  at  01:14 PM
  4. While we’re discussing the Grammys, I thought that Jennifer Nettles was far and away the best performance of the night. I also wonder why they didn’t let Paul McCartney play on the Bo Diddley tribute instead of John Mayer???

    My favorite of the night however was T-Bone Burnett on guitar with Plant/Krauss.

    capcha “position” as in there are limits on available simultaneous information on position and momentum.

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  01:23 PM
  5. Can you please hope that the “electing an actually quite cool president” thing never happens again?

    Hey, it would be fine as long as the “actually quite cool president” didn’t win as a Democrat and then govern as a moderate Republican.  And I don’t think we yet have enough data points to establish causation.

    But thanks for reminding me of the nefarious budgetary doings of the DINO I primarily remember for having his anti-porn legislation unanimously shot down by the Rehnquist court.  The guy worked hard to make Nebraska even more like Alabama… to the point that they could have changed Ohama’s name to “Exon Mobile.”

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  01:55 PM
  6. After “it” gets passed and goes to committee, does it then go back to each house for another vote? If so we are going to be filibuster hostages forever. Maybe it’s finally time for the nuclear option on the filibuster rule.

    e.

    capcha “blue” as in “there’s something bout a monday that always makes me blue.”

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  02:00 PM
  7. The Beatles? Role Models?
    Who gave us “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, aka LSD?

    That rings a bell (bong, bong, bong!) wink

    Posted by Eunoia  on  02/09  at  02:14 PM
  8. After “it” gets passed and goes to committee, does it then go back to each house for another vote?

    Yes.  Except for one case during the Bush administration, which as a violation of Constitutional procedure was naturally ignored, both houses must pass the same version of a bill for it to be valid.

    If so we are going to be filibuster hostages forever. Maybe it’s finally time for the nuclear option on the filibuster rule.

    Well, for one thing, given that the primary goal of most of the Senate “centrists” was apparently to preen for the cameras, they might not seek to block the conference committee version, which low-information voters don’t usually pay much attention to.  And for another, the budget reconciliation process can be invoked before the nuclear option, allowing a somewhat more legitimate bypass of the filibuster.  In either case, though, Democrats could wave goodbye to any future genuine cooperation from Congressional Republicans… No, I couldn’t type that with a straight face.

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  02:23 PM
  9. The Beatless were a CIA thing, man, like most of Rock, Inc.  Really all authentic musicos--rock, jazz, classical, whatever--should band together and file a RICO-like case on Sir Paul and Rango, and seize their property (ie. Sir Paul’s massive brentwood estate) and assets, and then divy up the proceeds among the jam sessions of LA, SF, NY, etc. 

    Bill Evans died for yr sins........

    Posted by Ezra Hound  on  02/09  at  02:35 PM
  10. And what did Mozart, Michelangelo, Shakespeare and Picasso all have in common?

    But then thinking about it some more; Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Caligula and Vald the Impaler had the same thing in common!

    Hmm, must try to think ... is the Internet good or bad then? ...a snake eating its own tail? ... what does that mean? ...  It’s beyond me. Help me mommy. I’ll be good you’ll see. Take this dream away.

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  04:23 PM
  11. from Alex Grey’s paper discussing his painting St Albert and the LSD Revelation:

    I put the classic folks in like Timothy Leary, Ram Das, Ralph Metzner, Grof, Ott and McKenna. I tried to put in a few lesser known psychedelic stories, like the Pittsburgh Pirate, Dock Ellis, who pitched a “no-hitter” on acid and said there were comet trails on every ball.  An article originally appeared in The Daily Mail (London) on Sunday, August 8, 2004, with the headline, “Crick was high on LSD when he discovered the secret of life!”, explained how Francis Crick used it for creative thinking, in this way unraveling the structure of DNA, the discovery that won him the Nobel Prize. Directly under Crick is Kary Mullis, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993 for his invention of PCR, a method for detecting even the smallest amount of DNA in ancient materials. “Would I have invented PCR if I hadn’t taken LSD? I seriously doubt it,” he says. “I could sit on a DNA molecule and watch the polymers go by. I learnt that partly on psychedelic drugs.” One of the best summaries of the mystical impact of acid was George Harrison’s Rolling Stone interview from 1987. In it he says, “For me, 1966 was the time when the whole world opened up and had a greater meaning. But that was a direct result of LSD. It was like opening the door, really, and before, you didn’t even know there was a door there. I had such an overwhelming feeling of well-being, that there was a God, and I could see him in every blade of grass. It was like gaining hundreds of years of experience within twelve hours. It changed me, and there was no way back to what I was before.”

    This list of course doesn’t mention other notable (presumably stellar) role models such as: NBA greats and living legends, Hall of Fame comedians, numerous other scientists and researchers (all of whom have discussed their psychoactive substance use as being essential to their lives).

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  05:59 PM
  12. Dingdong! Dingdong! Speaking about role models, A-Rod’s a juice head. Who’d a thunk it? Before you know it Obama’s gonna’ admit that he had some chemical indiscretions in his youth.

    pssst! pssst! he’s already fessed up!

    You don’t say. Lordy Lordy what IS the world coming to?

    capcha: might makes right

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  06:02 PM
  13. In re: the cyclical sad history of Nebraska senatorial statesmanship.

    Understanding statewide Nebraska politics requires certain flexibilities. For example, there is really only one NE political party—a NE Democrat would be a sane Republican in most states. The NE Democratic senator that strutted and fretted his hour leading up to the 1993 Clinton tax bill vote did cast the right vote when nut-cutting time finally came. IIRC he didn’t get anything for the vote either.

    Captcha: love. <peterMax>All you need is</peterMax>

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  09:40 PM
  14. In other news, I am shocked and saddened to learn that the Beatles have appeared in a photograph with a marijuana pipe.

    Oh hell no, we can’t have that. Next thing you know the kids will be tuning in, turning on, and dropping out. Think of the opportunities they’ll be wasting!

    Posted by  on  02/09  at  10:28 PM
  15. May I assist in the fine-tuning your reblogging rebranding?

    iCite.

    You’re welcome.

    Posted by David J Swift  on  02/10  at  12:57 AM
  16. No! Wait!

    n’Cite.

    Kids will dig it.

    Posted by David J Swift  on  02/10  at  01:08 AM
  17. thanks

    continue

    Posted by Telecharger Logiciles gratuitement  on  07/14  at  02:52 PM
  18. Throughout the history of the NBA, the question of the power of individual stars to define team success has been raised. In 2011, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers has brought up the question again, but fans in Los Angeles were reminded just in the past decade of the inability of a single player to carry a franchise. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers has the best in the league at his position for the better part of his career, but he was unable to keep his team in contention after losing key components of the three-championship teams of the early 2000s. Despite this, the spectacular Blake Griffin makes a case for the issue to be revisited.

    The Clippers have not been relevant in the NBA in years, and Clippers merchandise hasn’t been flying off shelves in a long time. Though Griffin has had a breakout year and seemingly willed his team to victories, he can only do so much for his squad if not surrounded by consistently-productive teammates. After all, the year that Kobe scored 81 points in one game, the Lakers were not able to compete for a title. What players like Griffin can do, especially when surrounded with players like young Eric Gordon and veteran Baron Davis, is help build chemistry and consistency. Only a deep team will key a title for the Clippers, but until then, fans shouldn’t hesitate to nab Clippers merchandise, and Teamprowear is the site to get it. The franchise is on the upswing, and the team will be a threat to surprise a contender in the playoffs.

    Though not necessarily on the same level talent-wise, the OTHER team from Los Angeles has the potential to be the NBA’s next Oklahoma City Thunder, making the playoffs and challenging a stronger team in the first round (and potentially beyond). The number of fans that to the team in 2010 surely showed evidence of an elevated interest and confidence in the resilient club out west. Southern California (and the rest of the nation) has been entranced by the highlight reel of Griffin, and whether or not he pulls them to the playoffs and beyond this season, the team has potential to rise in the future. Perhaps, hope is finally showing its face for a perennially disenchanted fan base, and Teamprowear is prepared to provide the gear needed to celebrate L.A.’s rebirth.

    Posted by Cheap Sports Apparel  on  01/31  at  08:01 AM
  19. Can one man lift a team with one of the worst records in the NBA

    There’s No Such Thing as a One-Man Team

    Throughout the history of the NBA, the question of the power of individual stars to define team success has been raised. In 2011, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers has brought up the question again, but fans in Los Angeles were reminded just in the past decade of the inability of a single player to carry a franchise. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers has the best in the league at his position for the better part of his career, but he was unable to keep his team in contention after losing key components of the three-championship teams of the early 2000s. Despite this, the spectacular Blake Griffin makes a case for the issue to be revisited.

    Posted by Cheap Sports Apparel  on  01/31  at  08:20 AM
  20. I am an aspiring artist and writer and i am looking for websites or blogs that i can use to showcase my art, and hopefully get discovered. i dont have the time to make my own website, i am searching for a kind of website where you can i dunno maybe post pics of your artwork and descriptions of it and people comment on it and stuff… kinda like twitter or something but exclusively for art, photography etc

    Posted by Ingram Arden  on  04/09  at  04:16 AM

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