Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pulling on a Line

Beyond being my new favorite phrase, this is one of the best songs I've heard in a while. It sounds like spring and rolled-down windows.

Keeping with their Canadian wilderness imagery-motif, it's almost as wonderful as "Your Rocky Spine" from the last album.

Great Lake Swimmers. The new album with "Pulling on a line" comes out today.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Anything to keep from crying


A lot's been made the last few days over Obama’s laughter on 60 Minutes the other night. Not surprisingly, most of it’s being made by the good folks who brought us eight years of disaster and Sarah Palin so fuck them, but still. But if we all stopped trying to lynch everyone else for our problems and stepped back for a second, I think we’d all have a good laugh at how fucked we really are. I mean, I would have been surprised if Obama didn’t laugh.

Just off the top of my head, here’s everything I can think of that’s gone tits up:

• The war in Afghanistan that we won but then lost and is now just falling apart

• The war in Iraq, still going strong after 6 years!

• AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, apparently got into the business of risky investments which has it now on the verge of collapse. Nice!

• Citigroup (the nation’s third largest bank) is neck-deep in shitty investments and I wouldn't be shocked if we had to nationalize that bad boy

• GM and Chrysler (2 of our Big 3) are barreling toward bankruptcy

• Mexico has recently gone third-world at an alarming rate. So much so we’re sending troops to our border

• Unemployment’s at 8.1% and cruising upward

• Global warming’s still real (at least to those with a grade school education) and still in need of the kind of dramatic change we’re clearly incapable of making

• The republican party is still being their usual prickish selves and not helping at all but rather just blindly throwing around terms like "socialism" and "fascism" while all their bible-beating members seem to be forgetting they're not millionaires (or even $250,000-aires)

• Health care costs are fucking out of control. It's gotten to the point where you get seriously ill, you lose everything. That’s how much we value our lives here in the good ol’ USA!

• We’re so out of money here in California that we just laid-off teachers! Teachers! Tell me what post-recession scenario doesn’t require a well-educated population. What the fuck else is more important than teaching our kids? Tell me that.

• Oh yeah, and Rush Limbaugh is still alive (and apparently still has listeners which is amazing to me)

So you can understand how our president might just take a second to laugh on national TV about how much can go wrong at one time and how he doesn’t have the luxury of saying “sucks to be the guy who’s gotta clean up that mess.”

‘Cause he is that guy.

Where the Wild Things Are

Man, this looks good. And man, does it take me back to the fantastic book.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Presidential Endorsement

Legally, you can't sign him to an ad deal but you can hope he name drops your product while filling out his bracket on ESPN.

"Air Force one does have DIRECTV."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A double dose of amazing

I feel like there's been a barrage of cool stuff lately. This first one is a cool little movie made by a dude in Sydney using time lapse and tilt-shift photography. Not only is it mindbending, it kind of puts things in perspective, so to speak. It's all real life, full-size, no miniatures, and all in camera.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.
Click on his name and watch all of them.

This one just shows ain't nothin' you can't do with that iPhone*!

* Unless you're in Austin at SXSW where apparently the geeks shut down the grid.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Still the best show on television


That episode Friday night with Street's send-off was some of the best television I've ever seen. The Sun Kil Moon song, the quiet ride through Jersey, and that moment at the end where Riggins starts to tell Street he'll always be his best friend but has to stop and start again? It was one for the books.

I'm pretty sure Taylor Kitsch is becoming my favorite actor. Hard to believe he's Canadian and not from west Texas.

I'm going to miss Street. I hope we get to keep up with him somehow and I hope he does well in the City.

As you can see, that show's like family to me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mammoth

Went and did a little skiing up in Mammoth this weekend. Shot a little movie of it, too. Thing came out pretty darn good too, if I might say so myself. Check it out.

Untitled from Howard Hill on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Everything's amazing

This has been floatin' around for a bit now but if you haven't seen it, it pretty much sums up my feelings of where we've gone wrong over the last decade or so. We have become kind of a spoiled nation of idiots. And leave it to the genius that is Louis CK to point it out.

(Clearly, I need to figure out a new format either for videos or for this blog as these new wide screen mothers aren't working out so well.)

The ol' switcheroo


I'm ashamed I even wasted my time on that damn Bachelor show. Dude picks one girl and then picks another? What's that all about? Well why not go back and try 'em all again now that you're free? What, the tedium of daily life brought out things that found a way of hiding as you jet-setted around the globe aboard blimps and yachts and helicopters and private planes?

Shocker!

But the worst was apparently we'd all been had. I dismissed a lot of the stuff this dude was sayin' but apparently he's got an in on that show 'cause homey was right! Check it out:

"Reality Steve"

Someone's got time on their hands, huh? Long story short, Jason fell for Molly some time ago and to keep the show alive the producers talked him into a switcheroo where he proposes to Melissa and then backs out of that engagement and then into another one with Molly in the finale show. Which really just begs one question:

who are these people!

Who knows. But god bless 'em for helping me waste nine Monday nights mindlessly wondering. Love on a game show, how far we've come.

That should do it for my reality fix for at least a few months.