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Month: December, 2008

NFL Musical History: Musical Misadventures in the NFL began in 1984

During a recent trip I took to San Francisco I picked up an incredible piece of musical history. It’s a single (vinyl) from 1984 of the SF 49ers singing “We’re the 49ers.”

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In 1984 NFL pros all had crossover careers...

This record signaled the beginning of an alarming trend in which football teams produced their own music.  It started with this, in 1984, and followed by half a dozen more teams making complete asses of themselves. Whether rationalized to show their toughness, their rhythm, or what have you, these records may be mesmerizing for fans, but History must now look back on them with disdain.

These are not stadium songs, cheerleader tunes, ra ra fight songs, but songs sung by the team, involving two-stepping, quarterback solos, and pop culture references and full-blown music productions.

The record I picked up is pretty tame, and goes a little something like this:

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Myspace brings out the best in people

Flämt! by Hannes Iversen

Flämt! by Hannes Iversen

There’s been 360 priceless comments on an article I wrote about myspace, and the maelstrom of inarticulate myspacers throwing down words will likely continue. Here’s a recent gem:

ok , 1st of all yes im emo , 2ndly FTW i mean that in a specific way , 3rd i am a manic depresant , im not greatly social , and some of this stuff is really pissin’ me off! , obviously you have to be an idiot to think emos made this site they made it probably so when emos look stuff up it would take them here.i used to be gothic before i heard about emo , now i know , and it fits me perfectly.and i like it , yah i kan get aggresive/violent ik thats not exactly the emo thing to do. nd ik ppl r gonna say y u even trying to say anithing , well its bkause the truth is if theres NO deperession in chuer lyfe ur NOT EMO!Duh!!!!!!!!!!!! yourea poser obviously! does anione kno how many idiots would outnumber , the population. its not lyke we arent already brainwashed!this iz y i might as well b dead bkause i try to take a stand , and it goes nowhere. im hoppless.!. i wuz emo b4 i knew wat it waz , but i nevr knew that , basically i was a depressed goth….im an outcast aniway , nd i dont kare.!I DONT DO IT FOR ATTENTION EITHER!”( in wayz i hate attention)”i dont kare wut ani1 thinks bout this ,or meh, evry1 has an opinion , but that doesnt make it rite. nd i mean im surprised aniway , that this many emos compaired to so called;”norms”;(slang i really dont use much,) actually commented.theirs so much i wunt to say , but this is getting old , nd long , so im gonna cut the crap!kuz i forgot*cries* =’< / MANY ppl dont get that ; “ITS NOT THE EMO , ITS THE PERSON” , but ppl who dont kare bout the person , nd hates them kuz the label well , i guess theyre not that tru either! and thats reality so yew kan either take that for wat its worth , or lie to urself for the rest of ur (FAKE) lyfe.emo is a label , so is goth , but how is it a label!?….SOMEONE BASED/OR DECLAIRED IT AS ONE!….just as emo wouldnt be wut it is now if it wusnt based/or declaired. SO , for now , thank you if you listened/read wut i had to say , with so many things enclosed in my life i had to get this out!BTW, im not a poser , think that , nd theres probably ovr 100 , or more wayz i kan prove you wrong !, proably more than i kan count , mabey even things i dont kno about myself…also , mah dad waz a hippie! but they had bad style. ok , finally ; BYE!

I actually haven’t read, I just thought one of you might want to. Here’s another one I haven’t read, but the poor guy put an afternoon into writing it. Probably longer than it took to write my piece of crap:

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Warehouses, Long Johns, and other ways to survive the recession [photos]

In an afternoon, I met a certain executive at a recession -proof blogging company, had the greatest taco of my life, then attended a dinner party with my sister where I met Matt Rubin [rubinrecommends.com], a wine connoisseur, and long john fanatics. The next moment I found myself in a indoor commercial space wearing hannah anderson long johns. What I would like to bring to your attention is the nature of the the repurposed (but not rezoned) commercial turned residential space. It was a dreamy spot, and I took some pictures:

indoors by you.organ, tub, plants, and stop by you.

bathroom by you.kid bikeschild of the corn by you.arden, katie, matt, brady (in longjohns) by you.

Shoe throwing…

This is all the backstory you need.

Let me direct your attention to a friend of mine in Damascus who chimes in on the recent shoe throwing incident:

There is a lot to say about these shoes, and the gusto of Muntazir Az-Zaydi. It’s a subject that will get play in the press for weeks now – I mean the Arabic press. Az-Zaydi is a celebrity now, a folk hero for online video and satellite news. American media will report ad nauseam in clear and simple English just how offensive shoe throwing is in “Arab or Muslim or Islamic culture.” They will try and delve into the cultural significance of all this, and only look more and more like out-of-touch asses oggling at the others for standing up and throwing something at Bush. The Angry Arab is having a field day — is there a better Eid present? or early Christmas gift? — and if you want to laugh and read all the compliled cultural analysis on the meaning of a shoe in the Middle East and see how it is properly lambasted, click there. [via Hidden Cities]

Yesterday NY public radio’s afternoon host did just that, and brought in a sort of ‘cultural insult scholar’ to talk about the shoes and the meaning of their flight. What I wonder is how Muntazir was able to so quickly remove and launch his shoes at Bush. Did he carefully untie them during the conference? Did he tell anyone else of his plans? Did he even have a plan?

Also see John Friedman’s tongue in cheek post: ‘Questions that I have for the Secret Service

1. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that shoe?
2. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that second shoe?
3. Second shoe = the one thrown after being removed from foot after first shoe was thrown.
4. Let’s say people had three feet. Would you have allowed a third shoe to fly unimpeded?
5. While the shoe was in the air, were you like, “Oh, its just a shoe.”
6. Same question about the second shoe.
7. Do you think this is funny, “Throw a shoe at me once, shame on–you. Throw a shoe–you throw a shoe, you can’t throw a shoe again.”
8. Is there not “protection training” for lunatics launching objects?
9. Let’s say there isn’t training for that–but do they tell you that if someone does throw (or shoot) something to be on the alert in case they want to repeat this behavior?
10. Where were you?

BONUS QUESTION: Do you think the Iraqis want us there? (Hint: their journalists are throwing their shoes at Bush)

This whole incident reminds me for some reason of the time when Bill Gates was pied. That attacker was more successful.

Cold December [photos]

Well because all these photos are on Flickr, and one can find their titles by simply mashing on them, I won’t bother putting titles. It would kind of break of layout too.

These are a set of photos taken by me (During December) in Vemont, New York, Poughkeepsie, and elsewhere.
snow drive by you.joey in bed by you.satelite by you.chimney, danville, vermont by you.IMG_9557  2008-12-13 at 22-24-49 by you.needtitles by you.obama in ice by you.Sammy hagar by you.DSC02149 by you.needtitles by you.final projectteabag art


Today is black Friday but it’s ok.

GM and Chrysler are brands of yesterday. The Nikkei dropped like woah, and now the real crash has begun. May I recommend we all take a deep breath, and hope Detroit does not burn to the ground, that the petrodollar does not vaporize before the holidays, and that the lord of unbacked currencies watches over us today. Amen. And now for some doggies:

This morning I visited http://www.gm.com/corporate/careers/ . No luck.

Just so we’re clear, this means goodbye to: chevrolet, cadillac, hummer, corvette, pontiac, saab, buick, gmc, saturn…..

AND THAT’S JUST GM.

It’s going to be a sad day tomorrow on the subway at the wall street stop…

Photograph Of Jesus by Laurie Hill [video]

At 6 minutes long, watching this entire film felt like an enormous task simply because I was on youtube. I’m so used to skipping between clips and such, but this short film about peculiar requests made by visitors to the Getty Images collection got me hooked. It’s a whimsical neo-animation adventure that plays in the sandbox of magical realism, alternative history, and historical memory. It ought to win some awards, or perhaps it has. Here’s some info:

Short and Sweet has teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge with a twist.
Getty Images approached producer Basil Stephens and Short and Sweet founder Julia Stephenson with the idea of setting up a film competition which would make use of images in Getty’s Hulton Archive. Stephenson drew from her in-depth knowledge of the short film arena to suggest a selection of talented filmmakers.
After picking out ten up-and-coming directors, she gave them the opportunity to pitch. Four of the filmmakers made it on to the shortlist and got the chance to realise their ideas. They were given three months to create their films.

And here’s one that did not win, but is equally worth your time…

Kopbusters – Busting the Twisted War on Drugs

This article and video is via nevergetbusted.com

KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana. When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house.

The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby.

The attorney was handcuffed and later released when eleven KopBuster detectives arrived with the media in tow to question the illegal raid. The police refused to give KopBusters the search warrant affidavit which is suspected to contain the lies regarding the probable cause.

The team of eleven freedom fighters wore red “Free Yolanda” shirts as they clashed with the police demanding answers for the illegal raid and the drug plant. The police would not comment but later stated they were trying to charge KopBusters with a crime.

It is not illegal to grow plants under a light in your home but it is illegal to lie on an affidavit and plant drugs on a citizen. This operation was the first of its kind in the history of America. Police sometimes have other police investigating their crimes but the American court system has never dealt with a group of citizens stinging the police. Will the police file charges on the team who took down the corrupt cops? We will keep you posted.

What’s on the back of your ticket?

Watch the gap - Minding it would be too British. Would that wording make sense to us?

Watch the gap - Minding it would be too British. Would that wording make sense to us?

Too many Images [video]

A quick video I made using Google reader and the friendly http://ffffound.com/ feed.

Too many images from moneydick on Vimeo.