03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Well I've been reading up tonight for my essay on the Whiteboys, Bogboys, Bootashees and Tubbenses drunkenly rampaging through Ireland. If only all "terrorist" (contemporary term) organizations had such great names (actually only the Whiteboys were called terrorists).
Naturally my thoughts turned to Bloggingheads.tv which I've talked about before and has been getting some press lately. For those of you who don't know the site features a 'diavlog' on politics. The two regulars are Mickey Kaus and Robert Wright, two old friends who – from all appearances – loath eachother. But they also bring on guests. So with that I bring to you the Top 5 Bloggingheads.tv matches I'd like to see:
5. Ezra Klein vs. Ross Douthat
Douthat is a young goateed conservative who regularly appears on BH.TV. I'm not a huge fan of Ezra Klein's blog but he's pretty articulate on camera as opposed to, say, bloggers.
4. Reihan Salam vs. Matthew Yglesias
I once called Salam the awesomest human being ever which is probably an overstatement but I think it would be very entertaining to see him debating with Yglesias (who's also mentioned in that link).
3. Spencer Ackerman vs. Ann Althouse
I never really read Spencer Ackerman but apperently he got fired from a political magazine for (in no particular order): Being too 'left-wing', threatening to bash his boss's head in with a baseball bat and proclaiming his willingness to skullfuck a corpose at an editorial meeting. This debate on porn on BH.TV between him and Douthat is hilarious. Althouse and him both like "Top Chef" and I'd be interested to see them discuss Iraq because they have very different views on it.
2. Jonah Goldberg vs. Jonathan Chait
Chait and Goldberg work for competing magazines, they're both appeared on BH.TV and they have had a series of debates on all sorts of issues before. They're also both really funny (Chait more-so) so it would be really infotaining to see them on the big screen.
1. Andrew Sullivan vs. Mickey Kaus
This is the big one. This would be the greatest BH.TV match of all times. Both have eponymous blogs owned by major media consortia (Time and Washington Post), both worked together (well Sullivan was Kaus's boss) and both hate each other. They've been needling each other on their blogs forever (I probably shouldn't use that phrase cause Sullivan is gay and Kaus is homophobic in the classic sense of the word). Now the BH.TV spirit is not about open conflict but I'd imagine the subtle zingers they'd be slamming back and forth would make it all worth it. Plus Sullivan is the best blogger on television (which is a pretty low bar I guess).
So if you don't really care about US political bloggers and ex-New Republic alumni this was probably a big waste of your time. And given that you probably don't... sorry.
- Got my backpacker's licence temporarily suspended for purchase of The Game's Doctor's Advocate album. Opening day at Future Shop $9.99 - how could I say no to all that ear candy? Scott Storch you bastard. Add to it The Game's confused love/hate relationship with absentee mentor Dr. Dre and the whole thing is an engaging listen.
- Went to comedy stylings sketch comedy. This girl in her late twenties in the audience was probably promoting her comedies / maybe hitting on Neil?* On stage was L.A. Wo-man duo Keilly and Roeter. They said to look them up on YouTube and you can watch the sketch where they strip and touch boobs but there's more to them than just that. Honest! Good commitment to character and excellent scene structure. Also these fellas from NYC, Kneelin' Eye got their DVD's. Called Elephant Larry. YouTube them and see if you can see "Baby, go fix the circuit box" or something to that effect.
- Saw Bond: Casino Royale. It's awesome. It's true what the press has said. Say goodbye to the lazers and cloaking cars and say hello to a soccer hooligan with a handgun and a cellphone. And odd little scenes they'd never put in a Bond movie.
- Been writing a commentary on another student's essay. Mercy.
- Rocky times in TutorWorld. Social upheaval.
- Been thinking about food non-stop for the last 4 days. When I'm hungry or even when I'm not, it's just food, food, food. Food I could make, food at all the restaurants I've never been to. This is partially to do with my recent discovery that hot foods are not as bad as I used to argue they are. In fact, they are often good. (But I'm still opposed to people who put so much hot sauce on something that it wipes out the taste of whatever else you're eating. Hot should be added like salt, as an enhancer.)
* Edit: As we know from Borat, there's no such thing as a friendly stranger and as it turns out, Neil knew the girl from his improv course and the small talk was exactly that. He says he told me at the time but I didn't listen. Yeah, right!
So I did end up getting the essay done. Thursday night was a lot more of the traditional stay-up-and-kvetchingly-write-the-essay than Wednesday's drown-in-ennui. I ended up writing a mediocre paper, not something stupid and/or funny. Though, a few weeks ago, I did title a paper after an episode of Clone High. Anyway, Wednesday night to motivate myself I said if I didn't get the essay done that night I'd have to get really ugly facial hair. Given that I did it Thursday night... this is the result:
And again, to end on a positive not someone sent me some Iceland Kid's TV shows. This song is so obnoxiously catchy I might have to put it on a dancedance europop mix cd for my semi-formal.