i interviewed warren ellis. he talked about a lot of things, not least of which was the question of whether he has common ground with newt gingrich when it comes to space exploration.
it was really cool and interesting. you should read it.
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Dr. Barnes- a doctor
James- Young British man
Debbie- a nurse
(Hospital. James is lying in bed)
(Dr. Barnes enters with a file folder)
Please sit down. (looks up) Oh. We got your test results back, James.
Did you figure out what’s wrong with me, Doctor?
I’m afraid there’s no easy way to say this. You’re British.
We checked the results several times to be sure. I’m afraid you’re definitely British.
I can’t believe it. Are you sure I’m not just anemic?
That’s usually how it presents at first, but your other symptoms all fit.
Does my wife know yet?
I thought it would be better if she heard it from you. You’re actually lucky, you know. Before we checked your Dubstep levels, we thought you might be Australian.
Yes that’s actually what helped us make the diagnosis. You have the highest Dubstep levels I’ve ever seen. It’s a wonder you’re not dancing awkwardly.
Oh god! Can you cure me?
There are treatments available, but you will always be British.
(Puts his hand on Jame’s shoulder and looks in his eyes)
Sorry, I mean a British Person.
What am I going to do, Doctor? What am I going to do?
Now James, there have been several people throughout history who have gone on to live practically normal lives despite being British.
Yes, really. There have been British musicians, British actors, British nurses, and maybe some day we’ll have a British president.
What about my children? Will they be British?
They’ll be half British. It’s very likely that they’ll never exhibit any symptoms of being British at all. How old are they?
The oldest is five. The youngest is three.
Those are fun ages. What are their names?
The youngest is named Anthony, and the oldest is named Margaret Thatcher.
What do you mean, “oh?” What ever is the matter, doctor?
It may be nothing, but I’d like for you to bring your daughter in for a consultation.
Do you think she’s…
It’s too soon to say. Is your wife British?
There’s a test you can conduct at home to see if your daughter’s British. Ask her to say “aluminum.”
Maybe you’d better let your wife conduct that test. Here’s a prescription for a Willie Nelson album and a can of chili. Try to head down to a Wal-Mart and get that filled as soon as possible. And if you have any other questions, feel free to call.
Thank you, Doctor Barnes.
(Debbie bursts in)
Sorry to bother you, Dr. Barnes, but there’s a patient in room 213 with a severe case of 1950’s Greaser.
I’m sorry, but I have to go.
(Dr. Barnes pulls out a switchblade and exits quickly, snapping his fingers)
When I started standup in Philadelphia, Todd Glass was a hero to me. Now he’s a hero to me all over again, in a different way. I am proud of him and happy for him!
Todd Glass: “It’s time that bullies stop bullying and we bully them.”
This is a watershed moment for comedy. We love you, Todd!
If you aren’t still reading Willie D’s formspring you should be.
SURPRISE! I got the top spot on the list I made up. My list of my favorite songs is my favorite. Here are the songs:
5.) Pairs- Cloud Nine
I got this off of Bodega Pop list. Pairs is a fantastic post-punk band from Shanghai. The drummer sings. They play on the floor instead of the stage. I bet they’re fantastically loud. Also here’s the cover of the album:
This is the opening track. It’s about being dead, and how that’s probably ok. It’s surprisingly catchy.
4.) Fucked Up- Queen of Hearts. There’s a reason this album is on everyone else’s best of lists this year. It’s because it’s amazing. It’s a big deal. “Almost as good as David Comes to Life” is going to be a compliment from now on. This is my favorite song on the album.
3.) Le Butcherettes- Henry Don’t Got Love. Practically no one has shown this amazing group any love except for me and Jim DeRogatis. Le Butcherettes are a Riot Grrl band from Mexico led by an extremely photogenic intellectual with one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard. I’m actually mad that these guys aren’t getting press everywhere. Compare this to anything off of that Florence + The Machine album, and you’ll see the huge gulf between powerful singing and loud singing.
2.) Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ft. Despot, Das Racist Danny Brown, & El-P- Huzzah (Remix). (NSFW) I never really liked El-P as a rapper that much. I think I wrote him off because of my wholesale disillusionment with the entire early 00’s “intelligent hip-hop” scene. It’s good to see him embracing the good music going on in his city.
1.) tUnE-yArDs- Powa. Last year, everyone was on about Vampire Weekend’s proto-African indie rock. This year, someone did it right. This is also the second song on my list featuring a really amazing female singer. Her range is RIDICULOUS. The reason I picked this song is because her vocals on it are all over the place, and also because of the part where the bass kicks in. I get chills.
There was a lot of stiff competition this year. Most of the lists were easy to cull out due to them being really similar, or having Drake on them. The similarity thing I get. Lots of undeniably great stuff came out this year. Paste, Pitchfork &c all put together a sort of canonical list of best albums this year. You don’t need me to tell you about those lists.
One of the things I was looking for when I put my list of lists together was people drawing from slightly different sources. There’s enough music out there that I can pick through the Best-Of-2011 lists and find a wealth of different things. Here are some I liked.
(Wow this ended up being more earnest than I thought it would)
5.) Best Free Albums of 2011 (Forbes Magazine)
First of all, Forbes has a music columnist. Second of all, Forbes has a list of free albums. Third of all, the music columnist for Forbes magazine is the one guy who likes Witch House. Despite the amount of love that obtuse electronic music and experimental rap got, I like this one. The overall concept is really good, because a lot of the really amazing music that came out this year was, in fact, free. Also it’s got that Wugazi album on it. Get that one.
4.) FSD 2011 Writer’s Poll (Fake Shore Drive)
The writers at Fake Shore Drive have been exhaustively chronicling the rap scene in Chicago for years. A big step in making it as a rapper in Chicago is by going through Fake Shore Drive. I’ll just quote proprietor Drew Barber about it:
A lot of people gave me the side-eye when I told them we were picking 15: “WAS THERE EVEN 15 GOOD CHICAGO SONGS THIS YEAR?” Yes, there was a shitload of good hip-hop made this year. Were you not paying attention?
There were approximately 45.
3.) Best Rap, 2011 (Cocaine Blunts)
Noz is the best guy writing about rap. These are the 50 tracks that he thinks are the best. He’s been making these lists every year starting in 2005. Go back and check out the old ones, too. That’s it, really.
2.) 10 Best Albums of 2011(Bodega Pop)
The only band I’d heard of before reading this list was Deerhoof. All of these bands are pretty damn great, even if they’re not all my thing. Plus this is how I found out about China’s indie rock scene. They really like Sonic Youth over there.
There are the first 4. I wonder what number 1 could be???
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So a certain relative of mine decided it would be funny and/or useful to get me a bottle of 192 proof liquor for Christmas/Hanukkah this year.
He was right.
A while ago, I found this guy at the grocery store down the street:
I took it home with me. Absinthe is way overpriced, especially considering that wormwood doesn’t really do anything special. Still, though.
So like I said, I got this as a present
This stuff is nasty! You can’t see it in this picture but there’s a drawing of what look like plums on the label. Pretty sure it’s distilled slivovitz. But it’ll do for what I need. And what I need is to make absinthe.
I started with 2 parts Rectified Spirit (It sounds foreboding and stentorian. Like a reform school from a Roald Dahl book. But also a liquor.), 1 part vodka, and 1 part water. Then I dumped in the wormwood and let it sit for a day.
It definitely had a taste at this point. Not unpleasant. It’s missing something though. To figure out what, I consulted this guide, among others. When you’re cooking something for the first time, I’ve often found the best way is to look at a few different recipes and see what they have in common. And then to look at what you have. Here’s what I had:
Dried Fennel seeds
After letting the wormwood steep in, I strained it and added everything else.
Tomorrow I’m going to add some fresh fennel and anise seeds.
I’m bringing this to a party, so I’ll be kind of a hero even if it doesn’t turn out ok.
These Oedipal children of the ruling order, who took a sadistic delight in biting the hand that reared them, have always proved useful to the political left.They have the grit, stylishness, effortless assurance, inside knowledge,and social contacts of their patrician backgrounds but can turn these assets to radical ends. The only problem is that they tend to revert to social type as they grow older and wealthier, or when the political going gets tough. Hitchens, who detests a cliché almost as much as he abhors a despot, has turned into one of the dreariest stereotypes of all: the revolutionary young hothead who learns to stop worrying about imperialism and love Paul Wolfowitz. With marvelous convenience, his support for liberal interventionism allows him to combine his radical hatred of oppression with the values of his posh military background.
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