Wednesday, June 18, 2008

There's a Reason She's a Legend

"Yes, I swore, and I'm so fucking sorry."

- Joan Rivers, apologizing for
dropping the f-bomb on live television while discussing the difficulties of interviewing Russell Crowe.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Baracknophobia: Fox News Should Be Cancelled

Since Barack Obama took the democratic nomination, the right-wing news outlets and the republican party have been launching excessive and sad smear campaigns. Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart did the honors of mocking the idiotic "news" reporting on Fox and more specifically, correspondent Michelle Malkin, who tried to make the claim that Obama has been plagiarizing some of his recent famous speeches.

Watch the clip above and decide for yourself if "Of To We" is something that Obama stole, or wrote himself. I'm torn.

Watch the full episode here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

It Makes Sense to Me

Young love.

I started off my morning reading an interesting article written by Doree Shafrir for the Observer titled, "This is How You Know." What's funny is that I read it, forwarded it along to a few friends and then realized I didn't know why I did that. To be honest, I'm not really sure what the point of the article was -- there was no beginning, middle or end. I don't believe she concluded anything, or even managed to spout an opinion or two. What I think she did do, however, is appeal to a lot of 20-somethings in New York who are starting to watch their friends grow up around them.

I don't know about you, but Shafrir's article made sense to me. Try giving it a read or two -- her "stories" might sound familiar.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Cone is Not A Party Hat

The Cone is a new vibrator courtesy of those crazy kids across the pond. Apparently this oddly-shaped device is revolutionizing the sex toy industry and driving women crazy -- if you know what I'm saying.

According to its website, there's a motor in the center of the device with 16 built-in programs to control it. You get to choose your vibration speed and intensity, from slow and steady to "let's get this over with."

When I first saw a picture of the Cone, I was confused as to how it could possibly work. The shape seems, well, unnatural and the base spans 7 inches in diameter. 7 inches. No need to work yourself up over this geometric oddity, however -- example positions are online if you need some inspiration.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Why I Love New York

Via Eater

Saw this and just found it hilarious -- this is an actual table in a restaurant in New York, as submitted to Eater. And I bet you there's often a wait for it.

Someone's Gotta Pay -- But Who?

I've been listening to the released tracks from the new Coldplay album, "Viva la Vida" on repeat for the past few days. And I'm not gonna lie, they're awesome. Here's the single you've probably heard before -- if I were you, I'd listen to it a few times:

ColdplayViva La Vida

A friend and I got into a discussion about the gorgeous Apple/Coldplay commercial that's been in syndication recently -- mostly around the amazing publicity it must generate for the band. So it brought us to the question -- who pays for that commercial and who sparked that deal? It's not the first time I've discussed this, so acting on Eric's rule of blogging, I figured I should bring it up here.

I had read before that when iTunes makes a commercial, they choose a band to feature. That band basically hits the jackpot -- and has nothing to do with paying for the commercial or even giving Apple a higher rev share for that featured single. (See: Paul McCartney, Feist and Bob Dylan)

The current Coldplay commercial is a direct advertisement for a particular album, so I see it differently. Apple is obviously going to get some high traffic and sales by selling this album, which will no doubt be inundated with great reviews and exposure, on an exclusive deal. But those iTunes commercials are so appealing -- it's like gold for Coldplay. Not only is it a marvelous piece of advertising, but you get a solid :30 second clip of their single, making it an instant hit.

My guess is that this is a dual partnership. Apple paid for and produced this commercial -- but might be netting a higher rev share from the album or even the "Viva la Vida" single. In return, Coldplay gets terrific exposure and sells more albums.

In fact, Coldplay has made this deal with Apple before. In the first week of its June release of "X&Y" they sold 64,000 albums through iTunes, eclipsing the 37,000 sales during the first week of U2's heavily promoted "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" which was released around the same time.

Not sure how the it went down the first time, but maybe it's possible that Apple got nothing but the exclusive contract. Coldplay agrees to sell their album only on iTunes and in return, Apple has to give them a commercial. It's all part of the deal. Either way, I see this as a win-win situation for both teams involved. And I can't wait to see the digital sales of this album once it's released on June 17th.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Latest Addiction

So, basically I started playing Typeracer today and couldn't stop. It's a simple online game that tests your typing ability. Games are won by rocking your keyboard with the most WPM (words per minute) on select passages from authors, musicians and famous people. You can practice on your own, race against others who are also online or invite your friends for a private finger battle.

I'm going to try to pry my eyes off this site for a while -- but if you happen to be interested in a private game...holler at me.