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An Ode to PopSense's Obsessions

Thursday, July 31, 2008 0 comments

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

So you say that you read PopSense
You've sent it to all your friends
And while many have taken offense
You stick with us till the end

But every now and then
You just can't help but say
More about Tina Chen?
You mocked her yesterday!

No more Britney, no more rants,
Enough about these hos!
Obviously you want in Christian Bale's pants
And you hate the Jonas Bros

You laughed when Hillary Clinton cried
You wish that Miley had rabies
And, oh, since when did you decide,
That Regis Philbin eats babies

Ok, we get it, don't you see
We've heard enough about that
Daniel Day-Lewis cast in every movie
And jokes about Rosie being fat

But there is one joke you never kill
Or who cares even if you do
Mock his hair, his face, his acting skill
But please never stop mocking Keanu

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Improper Etiquette with Bobby and Tyler: Barack Obama

Special Guest Post by Bobby and Tyler
Like this Post? Read More from Bobby and Tyler.

- Ask him if he's got a "bag"
- Make koolaid
- Say the pledge of allegiance
- Challenge his pastor to backyard wrestling
- Ask about his "brother" or his middle name

Coming next week- Improper Etiquette with John McCain

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Stupid Female Celebrities! Quote of the Day 7/30

- Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“Her father is doing what a good parent would do, but that doesn't help the paparazzi"

- Bonnie Fuller, former editor of Star Magazine and Us Weekly, commenting on the new 'boring' Britney Spears being kept out of the lime light by her father.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Mr. Simpson and you are forced to throw yourself into the oncoming train in order to save Ashlee and Jessica who were playing a game of 'cover your ears and eyes while holding your breath on a train track'.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are the head of a secret organization that has paid paparazzi to drug-up Amy Winehouse and is solely responsible for her smoking 12 packs of cigarettes a day since the age of 7.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Michael Lohan trying to take the negative attention off of your daughter Lindsay by revealing your less attractive illegitimate child.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Wilco - Jesus Etc.mp3
The Shins - Pink Bullets.mp3
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Racism: America’s Proverbial Hydra

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 5 comments

Special Guest Post by A.A.C. Puryear
(Enjoy this post? Read other articles contributed by A.A.C.)

Yes, this is quite a contrast from my usual writings about TV, movies, and other fairly trivial subjects. But after reading an article on cnn.com, I felt moved to speak out a little bit and share what I think is still a living, breathing controversy in this nation. Racism is not the issue it was in years past; many Americans have undergone great lengths to ensure that all citizens have equal rights regardless of their ethnic background. Slavery has been outlawed, we have equal voting rights, and the Jim Crow laws are nothing more than an unfortunate memory. And not too long ago, we achieved a new milestone in this fight when Barack Obama became the first African-American nominated for presidential candidacy.

But with every head we sever from the hydra that racism is, new ones grow in its place, subtler and more delicate than the conflicts of the past.

They do not pose the same threats to equality that the older issues spawned, but they daily affect the lives of all Americans, creating unnecessary barriers between different groups of people and proving the beast has not been slain. Over the years, I have heard numerous jokes stimulated by racial stereotypes that many find funny, but leave others hurt and offended. I have had friends in high school who were forbidden by parents to date because one was black and the other was white. The results of Affirmative Action programs have led to accusations of reverse discrimination. These occurrences generate hatred towards others for superficial reasons and divide us unnecessarily.

On July 9th, cnn.com published an article reporting that Rev. Jesse Jackson had apologized for the rude remarks he made in reference to Sen. Barack Obama. I write this post not because of Jackson’s apology or even his initial remarks for which he had to apologize, but because of what else was included in the article. The article mentions that this comment was not the first time Jackson criticized the Democratic presidential nominee; it referred to a South Carolina newspaper that reported that he had accused Obama of “acting like he’s white”. In addition to that, Ralph Nader, who has chosen to run for president yet again, accused Obama for “attempting to talk white”.

What baffles me is when did a skin color become a type of personality? Sure, I’ve heard people say things to this effect before, but they were ignorant immature individuals from my high school, so I paid it no mind. However, when such comments come from grown men who have believed themselves worthy enough to attempt to become the leader of our nation, something is seriously wrong. Public statements like these only serve to fuel stereotypes about ethnicity. Since I wasn’t exactly sure what Jackson meant by “acting white”, I combed the rest of the article to get an idea; his other major criticism of Obama is that he apparently talks down to other black people. Is that what “acting white” means? Talking down to black people? If so, it’s a terrible misrepresentation, because I know I, and countless other white individuals, do not treat blacks as such. The thought has never even crossed my mind to talk down to anyone because they had a different skin color than me.

Now don’t get me wrong; if the Illinois Senator is talking down to his fellow African-Americans, Jackson, as well as anyone else, has every right to have a problem with that, but don’t pass it off as “acting white”. Call the problem what it is, and certainly don’t do exactly what you’re accusing someone else of doing: stereotyping a group of people. All it does it creates division where none is needed and contradicts the ideals of unity for which America stands.

Clearly, it is going to be a long time, if ever, before racism is finally killed, and in the near future, we will see the terrible beast emerge with a new head. It is very possible that we could have a black president for the next four or eight years, and while some people can accept that just as easily as they can a white president, there will be those who cannot, subjecting us to a new side to racism that we have not seen before.

It is unfortunate that this is going to happen, but it is something for which we must be prepared. I only ask that each of you be cognizant of how these judgments, no matter how trivial or small they may appear, can truly affect our relationships with one other. Please help to fight the monster, so that it may one day be finally slain.

Once again, here is the article I am referring to:
Jesse Jackson apologizes for 'crude' Obama remarks

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Can You Digg It?

It's the middle of the summer and while I like to read as much as the next person, sometimes all I desire for is something engaging to look at. So this weeks snippet of random stuff I've come across on digg.com is dedicated to those images that have calmed my frenzied mind, ranging from rather simply entertaining, to that which is utterly moving.

What would happen if your soul escaped?

An entire life caught on film.

Explosm.com, the best kind of offensive!

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

Death defying visionary makes art as hardcore as can be.

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New Harry Potter Trailer + Cultural Conclusions 7/30

If You Could Live In Any Fantasy World...
a. Narnia - 8%
b. Oz - 8%
c. Middle Earth - 13%
d. Hogwarts - 70%

There was obviously a misunderstanding here. All I said was "live" in any fantasy world. You foolish squibs! Take your dirty mudblood selves out of Hogwarts! No one there loves you, you are the prime target of He Who Shall Not Be Named, and you fail out of every class because you can't even bend a spoon. Just Kidding! Sorta. Either way, I guess I'm not really surprised by the overwhelming support of Harry and company, it was a bit expected when this question was oh-so-wisely crafted. Then again, I'm shocked to see Oz and Narnia tied. I mean come on; Dorothy and Glinda were pretty hot, and if the singing gets annoying you could just remove the Tin Man's face, slay the Lion with it, and cover the bodies with the Scarecrow's limbs. Well, in tribute to the epic victory, I present to you the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! I'm happy to see that they continue to head in a darker direction, and that quick cut-scenes of Voldemort continue to make him look like a badass 80s rock star.

New Poll: An Actual Question
Considering the controversy surrounding human rights violations in China, should the United States participate in the Beijing Olympics?

a. Yes
b. No

Go VOTE NOW in the right side bar!

Have some midday tunes:
Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me.mp3
One Day As A Lion - Wild International.mp3
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Chinese People Eat Dogs: Quote of the Day 7/29

-Stelios Phili and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“I don't see why people are so negative"

- Zhang Ziyi, star of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, dismayed by the protests against the Beijing Olympics.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Zhang Ziyi and you aren't aware that you're talking about China.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are Zhang Ziyi and you don't care about black people.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Zhang Ziyi and you obviously haven't seen this video.

A late night tune to keep you up with us:
We Are Scientists - Impatience.mp3
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Movie Preview Review: Religulous

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 3 comments

Bill Maher's October 3rd, 2008 release documentary "Religulous," directed by none other than the forces that brought you Borat, arrives just in time for election season. Since the idea of separation of church and state has apparently flown out the window, Americans not only have to worry about Presidential candidates policies for the struggling economy, war in Iraq, and homeland security, but also must take into consideration the nominees religious convictions as well. Maher, a self-proclaimed "rationalist", tries to approach this taboo subject with as unbiased a mentality as can be mustered by a man who equates God with Santa Claus, regarding all subject matter with a candid sense of humor. Not an inch of American landscape seems to have escaped the parasitic nature of religious folk, as Maher goes on a continental trek across our country to seek further understanding of the reasoning behind such powerful convictions to that which is intangible. Still, amidst the criticism one must remember why this documentary was able to be created here in the first place - while we may have damned ourselves to forever being one nation under God, we are still one nation under the sacrament of freedom.
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Beautifully Blog-y Tuesdays: Look Behind You!

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

It's hard to set standards anymore. Questions that used to have clear answers have become intensely vague, blurry lines abound. What is inappropriate for television, what is inappropriate for children, what is the limit on the amount of films Brendan Fraser can simultaneously appear in? Let's try to make a little sense of all this, together.

Not too long ago my brother showed me this commercial that was banned from TV. As you'll see, it promoted the "Smart Car" by showing all the 'risks' of having a back seat, and thus why it is much wiser to remain gas efficient and drive in a trendy little two-seater. Of course there's the obvious 'risks' of being hit by any car that is even remotely normal-sized, thus immediately crushing your 'smart car' and swiftly ending your life. Moving forward- why was this commercial banned?

Well, realistically, it's frightening... but it's more than that. We've all seen commercials for horror films; we cringe, turn our heads away the slightest bit, and wonder why this has appeared on our screen between portions of Sex and the City reruns that we watch every night at 11. Most notably of late were the commercials for "The Strangers", an oddly effective ad campaign that had a way with really scaring off unsuspecting viewers. These ran cleanly all over, but I think they appealed to a very similar sense of fear that this banned commercial does.

There was definitely something oddly possible about "The Strangers," and for whatever reason, most of us (I would wager) feel the same way about this Smart Car commercial. Come on, admit it, you check the back of your car before you enter it at night. You locked the doors, or maybe you didn't, who knows what's back there. We've all heard random urban legends of flashing lights and men with knives, of looking up and seeing a face in your rear view mirror.

My original thought was that it was deemed inappropriate for kids to see. But I think we can all attest to the fact that children today are exposed to violence at a very young age. Whether or not there's anything wrong with that is a completely different issue, but the point is-- this can't be about them. This is about us.

A person being killed in a car. Sure, it's a rough premise for a commercial, a cheap way to rile our senses no doubt, but is it worth banning? Is it really that different than all the other forms of sexual or violent advertising that graces our television screens on a daily basis? When it comes down to it, I think it's fair to say that this fear, somehow deeply ingrained in our collective thought, overruled this commercial.

As to the other question at hand: Obviously all respect for that limit has been completely thrown out the window-- as of August 1, Brendan Fraser will be starring in two sub-par films simultaneously. What is this world coming to?

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S-s-s-stutter When You Ask Me What I'm Thinkin 'Bout: Quote of the Day 7/28

-Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“It seems like it's been on, like, longer"

- Miley Cyrus intelligently commenting on the length of her series "Hannah Montana" as it may be nearing an end.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Joey Fatone on a live infomercial for Swedish Penis Pumps and you cannot believe that the change was so drastic in such a short amount of time.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are someone with an odd fetish for fat grown-man boys and after watching only a mere 22 episodes of the Andy Milonakis Show, it seems like you've been provided with a lifetime of pleasure

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Paris Hilton in 1998, shocked to hear that it's only been 6 hours since Laurence Fishburne first placed his bald head on your knee cap for an official pre-production experiment to test if sexual arousal can be attained from minimal contact with the soon-to-be Matrix star's cranium, because if so, they wouldn't have been able to cast Keanu Reeves as the lead.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Cold War Kids - Saint John.mp3
Koushik - Lying in the Sun.mp3
GZA - Alphabets.mp3
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Little Pictures = A Depeche Mode Knife Fight

Monday, July 28, 2008 0 comments

Stelios Phili EDITOR

Take Depeche Mode and those two scruffy fellows from The Kills. Now give them knifes and tell them to fight - the ensuing brawl is what Little Pictures sounds like. This is a band that knows how to work a drum machine and synthesizer without turning their tunes into an 80's wankfest. "Owl + Owl," their debut album's title track, is bred perfectly for a Justice remix, while songs like "You + Me + My Amplifier" or "This House Can Fit Us All" are more of a bouncy march through the poppy fields of New Zealand.  Judging from their music, Little Pictures are exactly the two people you'd want to meet when you are cold, hungry, and lost in a forest. Expect crumpets and catchy synth beats. Thank you, Little Pictures. 

Little Pictures - Owl + Owl.mp3
Little Pictures - Kaleidescope.mp3
Little Pictures - You + Me + My Amplifier.mp3
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Life in the House Lights: The Pollywog Project

Special Guest Post by Arian Murati
Check out Arian's current band Pushing Mongo and download their latest EP Nature vs. Nurture. Or read more posts by Arian.

The year is 2005. The band is called Pollywog. The venue is in Montclair, NJ. We were called up to play at the last minute, because another band had dropped. (Note to bands, if you drop out of a show at the last minute, don't expect to ever play there again.) Now, I've seen some disgusting venues over the past 7 or so years, but this was putrid. The bathroom door was hanging by its last hinge. I had to hold it closed with one hand, and...well, myself, with the other. Of course there was urine all over the floor and "fuck you" on the wall, what kind of cliché rock venue would it be otherwise? Anyway, before the show, my singer went outside to have a cigarette, and I was inside with a friend. Out of what seemed to be thin air, a man with a Black Flag tattoo, no shirt, and a handheld camcorder came over to us and asked, "Hey, you guys are 18 right?" It was fairly obvious that I wasn't, but I said yes anyway. He clearly didn't care. He turned on his camera and turned it to us. " I run a small website when I'm not on tour" he says to us. We start watching the tiny screen, only to see a young woman receiving, um, a money shot is what I think they call it in the biz. He turned the camera off, and just walked off, as if he does this everywhere he goes, which actually wouldn't surprise me.

My singer came back inside, I told him about the whole ordeal, and his first words were, "Yeah, I already saw that. He was just outside." So that proved my point, he really did just go around showing everyone. You just get used to meeting these kinds of people after a few years of shows. Eventually, you just tune them out and go about your own business. The show itself was actually pretty good, we played a solid set, and the crowd was digging it. Still, that particular band would see its demise. The others were getting too into the Sex Pistols, and I was much more interested in Pearl Jam. We actually played that venue again about a week before the band officially went its separate ways. We arrived at the place, only to be greeted with a sign on the door that said, "Closed due to water damage". Really? A place that attracted drug dealers, amateur pornographers, and sleazy punk bands closed because of water damage? I went home and checked my email, and saw that they emailed me a few days prior to that night, and said that the show was canceled. The others were already furious, so I didn't tell them that I didn't check my mail. I just sided with them and pretended to be angry that they didn't compensate us for it.

So, this comes to the lesson of the day: Professionalism. Always show up to the shows you promised to play. I know this sounds like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many bands think that they can just cancel the day before and expect to play the next week. The venue loses money, the promoter won't book you, and there is always another band looking to take your spot. Sell your ticket minimum, don't throw your cigarette butts on the promoter's car (whoops), and always, ALWAYS be courteous. I don't care how "Br00tal" your band is, if you're not nice when booking a show, say goodbye to getting the empty slot.

Some of the commenters from the last post wanted to know where I am playing next:

I am playing a festival in Nyack, NY on August 9th with Big D and the Kids Table, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and many more acts. Tickets are available at inacanproductions.com, or through myself. You can find more information on www.myspace.com/pushingmongo.

Next week: Going to big shows, dealing with concert security (No PCP in the venue? What?!), and how to not get your ass kicked for hitting on the wrong person's girlfriend.

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The Mob vs the mob

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

As you all know, it is a rare situation where we will post a single link as the basis of an article on PopSense. But, as a member of the internet community that increasingly relies on your participation, I find this to be absolutely worthy of posting. I want to give a special thanks to Ted Shiel for sending this link my way as a result of our recent "Ode to Debunking the Dark Knight as the Greatest Film of All Time"(as voted by IMDB).

So yeah, check this out and feel free to leave comments here to discuss this issue--
When the "Wisdom of Crowds" turns on itself: IMDB Edition

After you read it, here's the latest figures of votes for The Godfather as of 7/28:

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Help control the pet population; have your pet spayed or neutered: Cultural Conclusions 7/28

The Best Elderly Male Television Personality Is...
Bob Barker - 32%
Alex Trebek - 29%
Regis Philbin - 17%
Larry King - 20%

Bob Barker was the first Chuck Norris, just ask Happy Gilmore. An early push for Trebek made it look like the king of deadpan comedy and random facts was going to run away with this one, but Barker swiftly informed him that the price was wrong, bitch. Infamous host of the non-stop-action news show Larry King (barely a)live fell to third, proving yet again that PopSense readers demand their news come from people under the age of 113. In a shocking last place was the morning macdaddy Regis Philbin. Despite working daily with the most annoying MILF on the planet, even Regis' baby-eating ways couldn't land him a top slot. Rock on Barker, even in retirement, grannies everywhere are fantasizing about you.

New Poll: We're not in Kansas anymore
If you could live in any fantasy world...
a. Narnia
b. Oz
c. Middle Earth
d. Hogwarts

Go VOTE NOW in the right side bar!

Enjoy some midday tunes:
Cold War Kids - We Used to Vacation.mp3
Dr. Dog - My Old Ways.mp3
CSS - Rat is Dead.mp3
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Hot Posts of the Week + Pseudo Silent Sunday Mix 7/27

Sunday, July 27, 2008 3 comments

If you missed last week's post, PopSense will be observing the sabbath and resting our tired bloggy asses once a week. To keep you busy, we've posted our 10 hottest articles from the week and a little mix to keep your hip heads a-boppin' for the day. Also, thanks to the incomparable Garrett Kolanda, we've attached a photo to prove once and for all that Andrea Mitchell looks exactly like the goat from the Sound of Music.

Hot Posts 7/21-7/26
- An Ode to Debunking the Dark Knight as The Greatest Film
- Fun with Video Responses: Eww!
- Facebook: Trendy Fad or Factor of the Future?
- McConaughey's Baby Penis: Quote of the Day 7/23
- Thank You Miley Cyrus
- Improper Etiquette with Bobby and Tyler: Samuel L. Jackson
- Movie Preview Review - Kabluey
- Redefining the Snap Shot
- Can You Digg It?
- Superfool: Cultural Conclusions 7/23

Pseudo Silent Sunday Mix 7/27
1. Conor Oberst - Cape Canaveral.mp3 (Removed per request of label)
2. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks.mp3
3. Cold War Kids - Hang me up to Dry.mp3
4. The Morning Benders - Grain of Salt.mp3
5. Bodies of Water - These are the Eyes.mp3
6. Dr. Dog - The Rabbit, The Bat, And The Deer.mp3
7. Black Kids - Hit the Heartbreaks.mp3
8. Lykke Li - Little Bit.mp3
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Dude, you're gettin' a Dell! Quote of the Day 7/26

-Stelios Phili, Jeff Luppino-Esposito, and Ali Starzyk

“He couldn't stand working with her and not being with her. He's too upset."

- An unspecified source close to Justin Long (the Mac guy in Mac vs. PC commercials) explaining why the actor chose to drop out of the upcoming roller-derby comedy "Whip It!" directed by his ex-girlfriend Drew Barrymore.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are describing the hell that your client, playing the role of Mr. Big, is going through as the only normal sized person in the cast of the midget version of Sex and the City.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are justifying your friend's decision to stop filming a photoshopped version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" because even the green screen makes him wish Audrey was there with him.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Daniel Day-Lewis' agent and Daniel has taken his method-acting to a new extreme by refusing to play opposite the leading lady if she won't sleep with him in preparation for the role.

Are you Mac or PC? Leave a comment and tell us, then enjoy these tunes!
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Thank You Miley Cyrus

Saturday, July 26, 2008 7 comments

Special Guest Post by Meriam Raouf
(Enjoy this post? Read other articles contributed by Meriam)


Words can barely do justice to the amazing amount of pop-nonsense that you’ve brought to my life. I am trying only to watchSpongeBob in peace and enjoy his silly humor that so many claim is “satirical”, when your stupid commercial comes on. I thank you so much for bringing justice to the many girls in their tweens who want to feel good about themselves. Thank You for proving them wrong. Although you had nothing to do with the writing of it, I have to thank you for your most recent song (I doubt it’s legally even a song, more like an ungenuine* mix of previously created things). In your inspiring song called “Seven Things” you have not only convinced them that their lives revolve only around boys, but that they only exist in relation to men. Thanks for using words like “intertwined” when the destroyed girls crying in your video are only about ten!

And not only is the song the greatest thing I’ve ever heard, a disaster of music that damages my existence, it has such a creative title! I think if you Google “ten things I hate about you” you might find a movie with Julia Stiles that was made before you were ever born. I know, it’s weird that there was a time before you existed.

It’s great that even though you have trouble pretending you can make music you can use old music like “Sunglasses at Night” put to lyrics of old movies you’ve probably never seen, you still manage to produce crap for our viewing and masturbating pleasure. But who am I kidding? You probably had almost nothing to do with the making of that song anyway. I just feel bad for Cory Hart. He wrote that back in 1984 (that’s pronounced nineteen eighty four so you know) and you copied it and made more money (I think you know what that is, it’s that green shit that allows you to buy more slutty clothing).

Not only have you provided terrible music in my life, but you’re also making money off of it! Good for you. (which your “dad” probably uses to buy more fake mustaches.) I’m so glad you’re maybe one of the worst role models and pop stars I’ve ever seen. Your music is completely painful in the way that it possesses so little creativity in lyrics (the words, honey) and even less so in music.

And just when you have all these little girls loyally following you, and crying in your music videos, you have merchandise. DAMN! Nothing like some good old materials to fill the void that they have because of the no-boyfriends they have right now. So now, because these girls are feeling bad because they’re chubby or because their noses aren’t shaped like the one on your sad excuse for a face, they’re crying. But the Hannah Montana (I LOVE that you have multiple names! I’ll thank you for that later dear) Kleenex box will be helpful in making her feel better. If not, she can always play with her Hannah Dawn Cyrus Michael Jackson Montana Miley Destiny Hope dolls!

I must thank you for being a washed out version of Britney Spears. Thanks so much for changing into a slut while millions of adoring fans (mostly pedophiles and little girls. nice demographic!) watch you do it. You took advantage of Disney by slowly making the ever-famous and smooth transition from child star to slutty excuse for an actress.

Now, as promised, I will thank you for your million names. You’ve introduced a whole generations to crappy songs about nothing. They will later be embarrassed when they still have them memorized. So, just when they think you’re a child star, you’re a slut, and vice versa. So if they weren’t already confused about your identities, you have like 8 million equally disgusting names to even further confuse them. You talk about how secure you are (you should be, you’re perfect) and yet you keep hiding from yourself. You have many identities, and just as many wigs (if not more) and you know what would really help? Playing with your dolls! Or you know what would help more? Pouring out your heart in another teen magazine! And another naked picture to boot!

Not only do we get to find out about you in magazines, shows, posters and annoying concerts with the Jonas brothers, but now you have the nerve to bash other Disney stars on YouTube (Demi Lovato of Camp Rock, & Selena Gomez of Wizards of Waverly Place). Thanks so much for proving you’re not even a little close to funny when without the Disney writers backing you up. It’s so great that you feel you can have a scotch (who are we kidding, you’re more of an apple martini kinda girl) and get on YouTube to bash others! What a role model! Shows all that confidence you were talking about.

Thank you so much for all that you do. You may be only a banana peel on a giant pile of shit the media creates to distract us from the real news, but it’s helping honey! Thank you so much! For pretending to be real! For it all! And thanks for wasting my time and thought as I wrote about this! I couldn’t help it, I love you that much.

Forever Yours,

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A Tribute to my Grandmother

It's my Nana's Birthday today, so Ali and I decided to bust out a version of the classic Frank Sinatra-Natalie Cole duet, "They Can't Take That Away From Me." My Nana is a huge Sinatra fan, especially since her maiden name actually is Sinatra (ah, if only I inherited that voice), but yeah I hope you all find this adorable, I promised her I'd post it on the website so here it is!

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Kirsten Dunst Attempts Thought: Quote of the Day 7/25

- Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“I would keep it the same day, just make it a holiday."

- Kirsten Dunst plugging an upcoming documentary she will be directing entitled "Why Tuesday" which delves into the really important question of why Americans vote on a Tuesday.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Mr. Burns explaining to Smithers exactly how to make his next birthday party more bitchin'.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are the leader of the second generation of the People's Temple cult and you decide to switch from Koolaid to Gatorade, but keep everything else pretty much the same.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Bono attempting to become more in touch with the starving African children that you have been trying to save by propositioning Congress to consider recognizing an ancient holiday that the natives call "Kwanzaa".

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Liz Durrett - Wild as Them.mp3
Bound Stems - Happens to Us All Otherwise.mp3
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Improper Etiquette with Bobby and Tyler: Going to the Library with Dane Cook

Friday, July 25, 2008 5 comments

Special Guest Post by Bobby and Tyler
Like this Post? Read More from Bobby and Tyler.

5 things not to do when going to the library with Dane Cook...

- Engage in ANY conversation what so ever
- Ask him if he's ever listened to Mitch Hedberg
- Tell him you wish the piercings/tattoos he had in "Waiting" were real
- Take out a cashew and say "prove it"
- Inquire if "Employee of the Month" is on blue-ray

Forget about the fact that you once actually liked Dane Cook and enjoy some evening tunes!
The Morning Benders - Boarded Doors.mp3
Bodies of Water - I Guess We'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess.mp3
Dr. Dog - Ain't it Strange.mp3
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Redefining the Snap Shot

Special Guest Post by Pearl Ho reporting from Hong Kong

About three years ago the term ‘lomography’ suddenly became used in everyday conversation amongst my friends and peers. Not until about three days ago, did I truly come to understand what it really is. I’ve got to admit that all throughout these three years, each time I pass by a little counter selling these oddly shaped cameras, a small voice inside my head told me to go ahead and look at them, buy one, buy one and then buy a fish eye lens, then perhaps buy the Diana Flash as well, oooh and also the red/blue/yellow flash, OH! and the little vignette maker that’s quite cool isn’t it – but that would add up to about four to five hundred US dollars. I also must admit that each time another voice in my head would be telling me “oh come on, you don’t want to be hoi polloi, fight this, fight this urge, Pearl you are totally above these silly hip trends”. So I suppose I did make a very hard and conscious effort to try to be different by not falling for this marketing ploy and only three days ago did I become truly grateful that I did.

The reason I finally decided to sit down and read about lomography's history was because I actually almost gave in to buying a Holga camera (now also owned by Lomography), particularly, the multi-coloured one because I am a superficial bitch. Like all the others, it is made with terribly cheap material but sold at remarkably high prices.

This camera first caught my attention when a friend at UVA had it round her neck while we were waiting at the bus stop. She took two photos of me without my consent and obviously that angers a typical girl who only wants to look pretty in a photo. She laughs, and then went on to expain that one should never think about it, just shoot the photo, and that would capture life as it is, beautiful, spontaeneous, a complete work of art.

However, to me that was not art. I immediately remembered my sneaky condescending attitude towards Lomography. Photography – real photography, as in not the digital kind where you can take a photo, look at it, not like it, take it again – is about composition and balance.

Balance of light, of colour, of positive and negative space. Lomography’s website, however, teaches you that you don’t even need to look at your subject matter, you don’t need to think about what comes out let alone even care to look at what comes out. I always thought that, because photography is done with film and that you can capture a moment in so many lights and angles and ways, shouldn’t you search for the best way to portray that very moment first?

You’ve got one photo to show the world something you see – you would want to think about it beforehand. I am not disagreeing with the philosophy that sometimes you DO just want to shoot and be spontaeneous simply for the sake of knowing you captured that very moment of an exhilarating and fast paced life, simply for the sake of memories. But to develop the photos, put them in a gallery and display them as art is another matter.

Editor's Note: While this craze has clearly already swept Hong Kong, I'd like to just throw a warning out there for all of you in the States; The kings of cool at Urban Outfitters are now bringing you Lomography. I just want Polaroid back!!

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What?! I Love Myspace! Cultural Conclusions 7/25

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

Which site do you spend (waste) the most time on?
a. Myspace - 2%
b. Perez Hilton - 11%
c. YouTube - 22%
d. Facebook - 62%

Resisting internationally-accepted rankings that place YouTube as the third most popular site on the web in the US, then Myspace, and THEN Facebook, PopSense readers showed just how hip they really are. If those facts don't prove it, then just the mere truth that only one fool chose Myspace pretty much guarantees our level of awesomeness. It's also nice to see that you're getting your culture news from us instead of Perez! But let's talk about something more important while we're on the subject: The New Facebook Layout!! Go to new.facebook.com to see your page set up in the new format. Obviously we'll be writing about this in the near future; celebrating the cool new photo set up, getting upset at the way they've blended the wall with your mini-feed, and discussing the implications of moving some vital information off of your front page. Oo, I'm so giddy! This reminds us of our first time on Facebook and the 5 things we learned not to do the hard way.

New Poll: Double Jeopardy!
The Best Elderly Male Television Personality Is...
a. Bob Barker
b. Alex Trebek
c. Regis Philbin
d. Larry King

Go VOTE NOW in the right side bar!
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Because MTV is so crazy and speaks to my generation... Quote of the Day 7/24

-Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“It'll be good to preside over what is sure to be only vaguely coordinated televised insanity."

- Russel Brand, co-star of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", anticipating his upcoming task of hosting the MTV Video Music Awards.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Alex Trebek and the producers have just informed you that they are speeding up the "Final Jeopardy" music so that it fits in 45 seconds instead of a minute, and you know shits about to get crazy.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are Nick Lachey making a last stand in the name of stardom by accepting the hosting job for Fox's latest reality TV show "Bellevue Busters: When midgets and zoo animals attempt to rescue patients from your local insane asylum, things don't go as planned"

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are John Travolta, pissed about the fact that Pierce Brosnan is stealing the musical-movie limelight from you, and you decide to launch a viral self-promotional marketing campaign by leaving the camera on during your daily routine as MC of an all-out brawl between freshly slaughtered prom kings and queens dressed up in costumes from "Grease", hurling baby's knee caps and cow droppings at one another by way of Kevin Bacon's secret mastery of the human marionette.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Parts & Labor - Nowheres Nigh.mp3
The Avett Brothers - Will You Return?.mp3
These United States - West Won.mp3
The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City.mp3
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An Ode to Debunking The Dark Knight as The Greatest Film of All Time

Thursday, July 24, 2008 3 comments

- Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

In response to IMDB's users ranking 'The Dark Knight' as the number one film of all time.

UPDATE: The fans have gone even further

Please don't be mistaken
For i enjoyed the movie, you see
But what brought my heart to achin'
Was its status on IMDB

I saw the movie at the mall
And trust I loved the Joker
But what's with Maggie Gyllenhaal
And that random Asian Broker

Every theater rightfully booked
But let's just face the facts
Two Face Harvey sorta looked
Like the alien from Mars Attacks

This was a thriller, a deserving hit
I'm in love with Christian Bale
But he was underused you must admit
And he may end up in jail

When we left the IMAX feeling gay
Many scurried off to pee
I heard one eager grandma say
"Why wasn't it in 3-D!?"

The Greatest Movie of all time?
You really must be clueless
You'd need more plot and way less crime
Plus the Penguin as Daniel Day-Lewis

Like this Ode? Try another!

Hate this Ode? Have some music!
Tracy Shedd - Whatever It Takes.mp3
The Golden Filter - Solid Gold.mp3
Parenthetical Girls - A Song for Ellie Greenwich.mp3
The Avett Brothers - The Ballad of Love and Hate.mp3
The Avett Brothers - Die Die Die.mp3
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Super Powered Summer: A Tribute to the Villains

Special Guest Post by A.A.C. Puryear
(Enjoy this post? Read other articles contributed by A.A.C.)

For as much as I love superheroes, I must say that most of them would be nothing without their evil, law-breaking counterparts. The plot of any superhero story is often centered around the acts and motives of his villain, leaving the writers of the tale the exciting challenge of creating much of the external conflict in a single dynamic character.

However, the earlier movies of this super-powered summer did not necessarily follow this format. In the case of Iron-Man and The Incredible Hulk, the heroes spent most of the story fighting against an army of no-name enemies, leading up to a climactic fight against another major character who had acquired abilities similar to the hero; Tony Stark took out terrorists and then had an iron-suit duel with his former business partner, and Bruce Banner tossed U.S military soldiers like rag dogs before taking down the one soldier who had become the Abomination. The story in Hancock was engineered in such a way that anyone one could call a villain played a fairly minor role; it was simply a slew bank robbers and escaped jailbirds.

However, the last two superhero movies of the summer proved to have excellent villains, ones with evil schemes and a cunning ability to, as the Green Goblin so elegantly put it, attack the heart. In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, we meet Prince Nuada, a non-aging exile in the fantastical underworld who comes to take revenge on humanity for breaking an ancient truce with his people. In the first half of the movie, I enjoyed watching his storyline play out much more than I did the heroes, as Nuada, after training for years on end, fought his way through magical being and human alike in order to track down the three pieces to his father’s crown which would give him control of the unstoppable Golden Army. He later makes our heroes question their actions, telling Hellboy that humanity will never accept him and convincing Hellboy’s sidekick Abe Sapien to hand over the last piece of the crown to save the woman he loves. So why not just kill the evil badass? Unfortunately, he shares a powerful connection to his twin sister Princess Nuala, with whom Abe has fallen in love. Any pain one feels, so does the other, meaning if the Prince is killed, so is the Princess. Here’s a story ripe with conflict from the very villain alone.

Yet, Prince Nuada does not hold a candle to the ever infamous Joker played by the late Heath Ledger, who gave the best performance of his life in this film. As I sat in the crowded movie theater on The Dark Knight’s opening day, I thought I was going to have nightmares about how creepy, psychotic, and just plain evil the Joker was. Throughout the course of the movie he terrorizes Gotham City by turning its citizens on each other, starting with a bank robbery in which he orders his accomplices to kill one another. He challenges Batman to reveal his true identity to the city and threatens that until he does so, people will die. Through a series of sadistic mind games, the Joker spreads chaos throughout the city, including an incident where he wires two ferries with explosives and tells the people on each that the only to save themselves is to blow up the other boat. He turns one of Gotham’s beloved heroes into a terrible villain almost as disturbing as the Joker himself, and he sets a trap in which he dresses his hostages as his accomplices in hope that the police will kill them not knowing who they really are.

But the worst part about the Joker and all his evil schemes is his motive: he’s just doing it for fun. He’s not in it for the money, he’s not seeking any sort of revenge, he’s not power-hungry to rule the world, he’s just bored and looking for a way to entertain himself.

Needless to say, I am happy to see the summer of superhero movies close out on such a powerful note with such incredible villains. These diabolical masterminds give us a reason to cheer on the heroes we love and them the good guys great every time they vanquish the forces of evil. It is unfortunate that now we won’t see any new on the big screen for now, but I’m just relieved to know I can satisfy my super-powered hero/villain fix in the near future when NBC’s Heroes returns with a new season chock full of never-before-seen bad guys.


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But What Does It All Mean???

Stelios Phili EDITOR

Having enjoyed the fruits of Wolf Parade's latest album, it's time to revisit a track from their previous album - "You Are a Runner and I am My Father's son." Easily one of Wolf Parade's most haunting and ominous tunes (the download is available below), the track is a meditation on free will, how outside forces (such as one's parents) influence the outcome of our fate. In the first verse, Krug sings, "I got a number on me/I got a number/Won’t make it through the high noon sun/Well I am my Father’s Son/I am my Father’s Son/His bed is made." The lines depict Spencer beginning a race ("I got a number on me"), yet he comes to the conclusion that the race is one he will never finish, attributing this to the fact that he is his "father's son." The flaws of his father's character have unwittingly been inherited by Krug, predetermining his life's race. Later Krug sings, "I was a hero/Early in the morning/I ain't no hero/In the night." These lines present the idea that, while there was hope during  Krug's youth ("the morning") that he would he surpass his father, Krug's adulthood ("the night") confirms the sad truth that the apple doesn't fall from the tree. Krug ain't no hero. 

Then, in arguably the eeriest part of the song, Krug announces that, "I’ll build a house inside of you/I’ll go in through the mouth/I’ll draw three figures on your heart." The figures that he will draw on his father's heart are, as Krug explains, "One of them will be me as a boy/And one of them will be me/And one of them will be me watching you run/Watching you run/Into the high noon sun/Watching you run." The first figure shows Krug at his most innocent - his childhood - the second depicts Krug as a full-fledged product of his father - an adult. The third figure is somewhere in between; it represents the moments in Krug's life when he his observing his father, actively being influenced by his behavior ("Watching you run/Into the high noon sun/Watching you run"). The song then ends ominously by repeating the lines "I am my father's son." So there you have it - like father like son, Wolf Parade style.

Wolf Parade - You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son.mp3
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McConaughey's Baby Penis: Quote of the Day 7/23

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1 comments

- Ali Starzyk and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“Come here, little man. I saw the pecker and screamed that we'd been right all along about him being a boy."

- Matthew McConaughey describing the birthing process of his new son Levi Alves McConaughey.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Steve Irwin and you have spent the last 3 months trying to discover the gender of the freakish part-human, part-alligator that your wife miraculously birthed.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are someone with a very strong stomach and a surprising sense of humor while watching the Verne Troyer sex tape.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are a 5-year-old Dick Cheney celebrating with all your friends about an epic discovery you conveniently stumble upon by pantsing a young Hillary Clinton.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Calexico - Convict Pool.mp3
Conor Oberst - Moab.mp3(Removed per request of label)
Ra Ra Riot - Suspended in Gaffa.mp3
Lackthereof - Tongues O' Fire.mp3
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Fun with Video Responses: Eww!!

This one was made in response to a question posed by sxephil: Have you ever walked in on your parents doing something that scarred you?
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Can You Digg It?

Because I have much too much time on my hands, and not enough to fill it with, I've come to cure the ailment of boredom by turning to a wonderful website, www.digg.com, and have been provided with literally hours of entertainment. So here, my similarly unoccupied internet brethren, are five things that have caught my eye in the past couple of days.

1) A ten year olds plea for advice about dropping out of school answered, serial killer style.

2) I mean, if sharks can get away with it, why can't we?

3) Attention Cheese and Sauce Consuming Beasts: When Domino's is repulsed by your eating habits, you have to know something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong.

4) So you said you hated The Dark Knight and now everyone hates you.

5) Cracked.com laughs in the face of death.
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Superfool: Cultural Conclusions 7/23

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

Who would play Superman if it were redone today?
a. Ben Affleck - 26%
b. Jake Gyllenhaal - 42%
c. Sean Penn - 11%
d. Tom Cruise - 19%

Dear PopSense readers, I love you, thank you for humoring me. I'm not sure at what point during the process of composing this poll question that I decided to disregard the fact that there was a remake of Superman in 2006 starring Brandon Routh (no one I care about) that I probably saw but have just blocked out of my mind. In my defense, these sort of things tend to happen when Hollywood has a way with pretending that certain things never existed. A few months ago when I first saw a preview for Edward Norton's Hulk, I didn't pay attention to the first 20 minutes of the movie I was intending to see because I just sat there trying to figure out if I had just dreamed about seeing an updated version of the Hulk, or if reincarnation was real. Obviously, you all know the answer to this question, but as I sat there looking around the theatre nervously, waiting for some form of confirmation that I wasn't the only one who had just seen a shitty remake of the Hulk very recently, I think I decided to block out any other past superhero movies I had seen. That being said, y'all voted for Jake Gyllenhaal, strong decision definitely, I could see it. We all know Tom Cruise wouldn't be allowed to do it for Scientologist purposes, and Ben Affleck wouldn't do it unless Matt Damon got the role of Lois Lane. Oh, and while I was making excuses earlier about this poll question, I purposefully didn't include the fact that I made Sean Penn an option, because there really is no excuse for that.

New Poll: Other than PopSense...
Which site do you spend (waste) the most time on?
a. Myspace
b. Perez Hilton
c. YouTube
d. Facebook

Go VOTE NOW in the right side bar!

Enjoy some midday tunes:
Sunfold - Sara The American Winter.mp3
The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City.mp3
Santogold - Starstruck (Diplo Remix).mp3
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Jessica Simpson Is Stupid: Quote of the Day 7/22

-Stelios Phili and Jeff Luppino-Esposito

“I'm just like you. I'm doing what I love and dating a boy."

- Jessica Simpson speaking to Texas country-concert goers upon being booed.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are Amanda Bynes, dating some equally untalented 'celebrity', and writing the first draft to the feature length film, "Amanda Please!".

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are Jessica Simpson and somewhere in your tuna-loving mind you actually believe that you are somehow similar (in socioeconomic status or conversely in intelligence) to the Texas country-concert goers.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are Perez Hilton after an intense Victoria Beckham bashing session which would later culminate in a beautifully photo-shopped image of Posh with David Beckham's man juices dripping out of her nostrils.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Benji Hughes - Why Do These Parties Always End the Same Way?.mp3
RATATAT - Mumtaz Khan.mp3
Calexico - Two Silver Trees.mp3
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Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman Vs. Rajan the Malevolent

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 0 comments

- Stelios Phili EDITOR

Invoking the cosmic wonder of his beard and Bollywood, Devendra Banhart's latest music video is both a love story and a tongue-in-cheek nod to India's maharajas of yore. In "Carmensita," the newest single from his latest album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, Devandra and his uber-hot (and unlikely girlfriend) Natalie Portman get down to psychedelic-indie, all while saving the Kindom of Carmensita from the clutches of Lord Rajan the Malevolent. When taunting the Prince (played by Devendra), Lord Rajan bellows, "You think you can defeat me with your rebellious beard?" Later on, Devendra kills Lord Rajan by shooting venomous snakes out of his forehead. This is arguably 2008's most badass moment in music videos.

Devendra Banhart - Carmensita.mp3
Devendra Banhart - Seahorse.mp3
Devendra Banhart - The Body Breaks.mp3
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Beautifully Blog-y Tuesdays: "I'm a 98%"

- Jeff Luppino-Esposito

Ok, so here's the general idea. Prepare yourself to answer these questions (as provided by Lauren Paullin on an email listserve). Just think out the answers in your head, don't worry about it, you don't have to remember it, just do it as fast as you can and respond with whatever comes to your mind first. Ok, ready? Go! 2+4= ?, 8+12=?, 15+32=?, 134+15=?, 156+2=?, Think of a color and a tool!

There ya go, did you think of a red hammer? If so, then you are (as the theory goes) within a 98% bracket of all people who take this test. Here's the problem, when Lauren posed this question to the listserve, not a single person responded with the red hammer. How could this be? Some projected that, since it was a theatre-geek listserve (FYP), this was merely a skewed result because these are inherently odd people. Tough to believe. Finally, the always-reliable Norman Gonzalo Reategui of Peru (after pretending to be in the 98%) expressed his discontent for not being in the majority and posed the age-old question: If "everyone" is special, is it not possible to think that no one really is? Touche Norman, a fair inquiry indeed. But I'll have none of that talk...

After Norman directly called me out, I felt it necessary to respond accordingly-

I would like to believe that I'm some incredibly unique being, but I'm gonna be straight forward here-- there is no way that all of FYP (myself included) fits in a 2% of the population bracket in a question of this nature. Yes, 2% of a multi-hundred million population still yields a high number of people, but I think it's a bit pretentious of us to actually take these 'results' at face value.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on FYP at all, it's just that I don't think our 'uniqueness' (which we no doubt all have) would manifest itself in this same manner. Are we to assume that 98% of people can't think of a more creative tool than a hammer? And as for color, I went with my favorite color, green, I think that's a pretty obvious, not very unique choice. Either way, let me get to Norman's proposal (since he so kindly called me out so that I may take a 10 minute break from spamming everyone on facebook about popsense)

His question, just as a reminder, was- "if "everyone" is special, is it not possible to think that no one really is?"

This is, as I'm sure most of you realize, a point of value not just in the context of the red hammer experiment.
Lately I've found myself emerged in the 'hipster' scene in my attempts at being more 'culturally aware'. Inevitably, a common conclusion that can be easily drawn is that, today, a vast majority of our society has taken on the 'counter-conformist' lifestyle that usually yields a conformist result. Last night while surfing YouTube I landed upon a video of some 13 year old kid convinced that he was making the boldest of statements by disregarding the importance of 'conforming to society' so that he may avoid the 'loss of identity'

It is inherent in acting upon this fear of conforming that one in fact loses the identity they wish to maintain. In a deconstructive sense, one is merely supporting the legitimacy of the system by presenting a need to rebel from it. There is, I wager, still a means of existence where we can be 'unique' and 'individual' without trying to be either of those things, but by simply being them.

I turn to one of my favorite theories of all time- advanced theory (feel free to read Chuck Klosterman's article on it here.

Advanced Theory posits that when an artist puts out a song that is deemed 'bad' by 99% of the population, it may not be because the music sucks, but rather because 99% of the population IS NOT ADVANCED enough to understand it. Klosterman pokes fun at this theory, in the same way this theory pokes fun at all forms of high culture that assume a lack of 'understanding' in the place of a lack of appreciation.

The reason I bring up this theory is because it places understanding, creativity, and uniqueness on a linear plane. This is not the case. One cannot fall into a 2% or a 98% of uniqueness, no arbitrary question about colors and tools can offer some numeric result that should determine our individuality.

It's not surprising, Norman, that you wanted to be in that 98%. I bet a lot of us felt that way after seeing everyone's answers. But why do you want to be in that 98%, so you may be different, right? So the numbers, then, mean nothing, it's just this idea of being 'different' than a select group of people.

"If everyone is special, is it not possible that no one really is?"
No Norman, that isn't possible. Whether or not we have a predictable response to a random question does not have any effect on our individuality. To think that it does, or rather, to let it, is the only way that it ever could.


Agree? Or am I full of shit? Leave a comment, let me know!

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Movie Preview Review- Kabluey

Lisa Kudrow, after a career of inventing post-it notes, writing fantastic folk ditties such as "Smelly Cat", and being married to a psychiatrist involved with mob, has turned her (actually quite brilliant) talents in a new direction, starring in upcoming low budget indie flick "Kabluey" alongside writer and director Scott Prendergast. We're introduced to a worn woman, Leslie, whose husband's deployment to Iraq has left her life in a complete upheaval, having to deal with the onset of loneliness and the savage beast-ary of her two young sons. Uncertain hope comes in the form of Leslie's husband's brother and black sheep, Salman, dressed in a corporate mascot's clothing. With the fate of the family in his hands, will Salman be able to keep it together long enough to salvage the ruins that cannot rebuild without his aid? Or will he fall back into his mysteriously shady past, letting down the last people to believe in him?

While movies about familial dishevelment are nothing new, and we all can pretty much guess how it's going to end, there's seems to be something refreshing about Prendergast's story of hitting absolute bottom. If you can ignore whatever political slant the film almost inevitably is going to take, and see through to the heart of the story, I'm sure, along with the apparently witty dialogue, beautifully sprawling scenery, and fascinating use of color, "Kabluey" will not be one to disappoint.

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Worse than Winehouse? Quote of the Day 7/21

“He behaved in a gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful way."

- Judge David Radford telling Amy Winehouse's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, why he will be serving 27 months in jail for beating up pub manager James King in a barroom fight in 2006 and offering him $400,000 to keep quiet.

A pretty good time to use this quote:
When you are the other two coked-up unicorns testifying as to why you led Charlie to 'Candy Mountain'.

A terrible time to use this quote:
When you are Meg Ryan recalling Russell Crowe's decision to throw a phone at another human being, and you realize that what you're saying also conveniently describes the first sexual encounter you had with him.

The winning time to use this quote:
When you are George Bush publicly describing any terrorist or any member of the cabinet who forgets to wear their 32 pieces of flair to the weekly staff meeting. ESPECIALLY if your name starts with a Con and ends in a dileeza... yeah that's right, you know I'm talking to you little missy, don't think I can't count to 32, I've had enough of this whole black-power bullshit, why don't you just come out and admit that you think Barack is cute, you're not fooling anyone.

Some late night tunes to keep you awake with us:
Conor Oberst - Lenders in the Temple.mp3(Removed per request of label)
MGMT - Time To Pretend.mp3
Ra Ra Riot - Ghost Under Rocks.mp3
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