Sunday, February 08, 2009

red carpet brings this woman into perspective

Somehow, despite being a voting member of the Academy, I forgot that tonight is the Grammy Awards. It's a bit too late to find company for the local NARAS chapter awards telecast (complete w/ open bar...a good recouping of my annual dues), so I'll watch at home instead. While watching the red carpet show on E, there was an amusing exchange between singer Duffy and E host Ryan Seacrest. The entire interview was very flirty (not just in the obsequious butt-kissing way of celeb interviews...Duffy was totally hitting on him), and at the end, while talking about her dress, she asks him "would you like to tap it", and he gave an eager reply of "yes". Hard to tell who was more surprised at the double entendre, her or him. She seemed to have meant to do it, it took him an extra beat to get it. And I laughed.

I forget who I voted for, but I know I'm looking foward to seeing Radiohead and the USC Marching Band perform together. Glad to see Radiohead breaking new ground, using a college marching band is a very origina--- oh...,wait.

Monday, February 02, 2009

if you're so entertaining, then why are you on your own tonight?

via a google chat link from EC..speed-dating for smiths fans in new york. apparently, the women vastly outnumbered the men. the social-scientist/statistician in me suspects sampling error, as the population of single morrissey-loving guys ae either too gay, too celibate, or too reclusive to go to an event like this in numbers comparable to women. and funny how the comments section got thread-jacked by gwar fans.

EC also wants all bay area folks to demand that morrissey play here before or after coachella.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

and now it's morning and we are the sleepyheads

a few random thoughts as i'm home on a sick day. after three or four good fights against colds, one finally got to me.

* sad news that hershey's is closing the scharffen-berger plant in berkeley. no word yet on the cafe and gift shop, but you have to assume that there won't be any more factory tours since there won't be a factory. if you haven't taken the tour, do so asap. it's worth it for no other reason than the chocolate smell overload you get when walking into the factory (the pic to the right is from when i took the tour back in november, 2006...more here). note that hershey is doing this as they report better-than-expected earnings for the 4thQ of 2008 and projected growth in 2009. suffice to say, i won't be buying hershey's products if i can help it. not that i've bought their flagship bars lately anyway, as they are to chocolate like bud light is to beer.

* i left a comment on a muni diaries post about poop-flinging passengers that the editors thought enough of to turn into an anonymous guest post. a warning that the link to my post contains a pic that's probably nsfw.

* the secret to my fighting off colds this year? using a neti-pot at the first hint of a stuffed up sinus. it's lessened the sinus-related severity of this one (relative to how my colds usually go...though hasn't helped the fatigue or sore throat) and i'm pretty sure it helped me avoid the colds earlier in the season.

* finally, some good live music this week. first, friends the matinees and invisible cities (along with love is chemicals, who i hear great things about) play the rickshaw stop this thursday to celebrate the release of the new matinees record. if i'm in better shape tomorrow night i'll definitely be there. tonight i'd like to be but won't be at the knockout for the sleepover disaster's record release show. they played with my band a few months ago, and are good guys and a good band.