29 September, 2011

I am Obsessed with This Song

I reminds me of my time in Shadow Moses Island. Makes me pine for the old days of find keycards in rats and watching scientists pee their pants.

The good old days in other words.

19 September, 2011

I Won't Waste Your Time

But everyone within the sound of my voice should see Drive. Please. This is one of the good ones. This is what I got int movies for. Movies like this are why I love movies.

I would speak further on this, but I really want to make a podcast episode specifically about this movie because it is truly a wonderful film. It has everything a good movie should have. It's well shot, it's well acted, it has a good story, a good plot, and as meditative as it might get, or as slow as it might become, it injects incredible scenes of-- I wouldn't even call it action-- momentum. The movie moves.

And that's what movies should do. They should fucking move. At all times, in all circumstances, they should move.

Drive does that.

I cannot wait to see it again with my dad.

How to Dress Like a Victorian Soldier

This is incredibly useful for research, you really have no idea.

I'm obsessed with the Victorian Era as a rule anyways, but it helps that I've been writing a story that involves Victorian soldiers for about. . . oh, three years? And it feels like every other week I find out something new that I didn't know before. It's kind of depressing, the fact that you're staking your intelligence and talent on something that you don't really understand or can't understand or won't understand.

There's a lot of gaps in knowledge regarding the era and setting I'm writing about and it isn't like Vietnam or WWII or even the modern era where everything is mechanically recorded and filed away. Back then, good luck. If you've got a question about leather work or dungarees or the jackets on ammunition good fucking luck, pal.

Even uniforms are horrific to figure out. That is only because I feel like if I were British, it would be something I would know. As it stands it's a vast, goddamn mystery. I feel like a fool not knowing the most basic make-up of the Victorian soldier. My only solace is that there's some lame British kid living in Northhampton trying to write a story about the Civil War and keeps hitting his head against the wall.

I can only pray this is how life works for everyone else.

16 September, 2011

Finally, a Channel for Me

Fox is considering putting together an all-Simpsons channel.

Please let this come to pass.

(You can't tell, but I'm praying to a waffle stuck on the ceiling.)

14 September, 2011

Wake up, Time to Die

If this doesn't make you feel something, then I don't know what will.

Maybe nude photos of ScarJo? I don't know, I'm not God.

(via The Economist/War is Boring.)

08 September, 2011

The Good Life Can Never Die

MOOSE MAYDAY: A seemingly intoxicated moose was discovered entangled in an apple tree in Gothenburg, Sweden, Tuesday. Per Johansson, 45, said he heard a roar from the garden and found the moose. The animal may have gotten drunk from eating fermented apples. (Per Johansson/Associated Press)

(via the Wall Street Journal.)

06 September, 2011

The Beastie Boys Appreciate the Finer Things

HOROVITZ: We picture ourselves as being in France, recording in mansions and castles with truffle dogs sniffing around outside. Really, though, we’re just schlepping on the train in New York. I am going to be an affineur one day and make cheese, though. I’m just throwing that out there, so when it happens you’ll have had the scoop on that.

DIAMOND: Adam took a course at Murray’s Cheese Shop in the West Village.

HOROVITZ: It was Cheese 101. It was this cheese class, and they teach about the cheeses, but they put out different wines and champagne and stuff, and then me and my wife just drank all the booze first. I don’t remember what happened after that, but it was good.

You heard it here first.