Friday, November 28, 2003

A Slow News Day
How can you tell? Read this. Damien Christie wrote some more about it over at Public Address. Storm in a teacup, anyone?

Bruce Springsteen told a crowd of 50,000 New Yorkers on October 4th to "shout a little louder if you want the president impeached"... didn't work... now Moby is having a go....

Team New Zealand need the paltry sum of $150 million to go to the next America's Cup in Spain - they've signed up $100 million worth of sponsors so far... Just Say No...

a 19-year old Rotorua man pleaded guilty to a dangerous driving charge yesterday, for driving around a roundabout the wrong way. He claimed he had been under the influence of the energy drink V, which he said had put him in a "hypo mood"... again, Just Say No...

But hey, on the upside, Missy Elliots new album This Is Not A Test is totally dynamite. She disses skinny girls with no butts. That's educational.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Pushing the envelope
Some little bastards broke into our car last night - smashed a window, rummaged through the glovebox, coin tray, and the boot, and stole a torch and some clipon sunglasses. Ggrrrrrr! What a total pain. Still, at least there's Newsboy and his outrageous takeoff of Target, which will surely have a sea of complaints flooding TVNZ. It was truly the most twisted thing I've seen on TV for a long time. Talk about pushing the envelope.
And then we had Otis and Slave taking Mo Show viewers off to Coney Island. Look, its a music festival, and there's the Datsuns, rocking out on Coney Island. Nice piece of advice from these touring vets (25 countries in two years) - you may think that getting signed to an overseas label means you've finally made it, but that's just the start.

What about George Dubya, trashing the Palace. What a lousy guest..

The Queen is furious with President George W. Bush after his state visit caused thousands of pounds of damage to her gardens at Buckingham Palace.
Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill. Palace staff said they had never seen the Queen so angry as when she saw how her perfectly-mantained lawns had been churned up after being turned into helipads with three giant H landing markings for the Bush visit.
The rotors of the President's Marine Force One helicopter and two support Black Hawks damaged trees and shrubs that had survived since Queen Victoria's reign.
And Bush's army of clod-hopping security service men trampled more precious and exotic plants...
The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage.
"The Queen has every right to feel insulted at the way she has been treated by Bush," said a Palace insider.
"The repairs will cost tens of thousands of pounds but the damage to historic and rare plants will be immense. They are still taking an inventory."

The Guardian has an obituary for Chic's drummer Tony Thompson. He also played with Madonna, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin...
"Tony Thompson, who has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the pantheon of the greats, as an original member of Chic, his playing betrayed an elegant simplicity that perfectly fitted the stately dispassion of their New York grooves..."

Monday, November 24, 2003

Bring the noise
Flavor Flav has teamed Ecko Unlimited to produce the Flavor Flav Talking Alarm Clock. The clock is a miniature replica of the animated rapper & comes with wake up messages "Fight The Power," "Yo, G, Yo," "Yeah Boyeee," "Bass For Your Face," "Get Up a Git Git Git Down" & "Rock That Sh*t Homie." The alarm clock retails for $US85. (From allhiphop.com)

Newsweeks Digital IQ test is fun, give it a try. I got 89.

Justin Marshall was interviewed on 20/20 last night. He talked about the All Blacks loss in the semifinal, and the resulting fallout. He summed up the nation's mood, saying that "at the end of the day, people have got to realise that sh*t happens".
I turned to my partner and said "Did Justin Marshall just say sh*t happens?" And she said "I think he did". Go Justin Marshall; thats a much more amusing comment than 'full credit.'

I bought some great records at the Grey Lynn Festival, including a record by Bob from Sesame Street, for $2. Later, I saw Chris Macro from Dubious Bros on Juice TV, who'd been filming at the festival. He scored Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life' for $2. That is a wicked find. Damn!