Distracted By Something Shiny

...scribblings of random musings...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sad Irony (and Really Old News)

Am just vegging out today and popped in my copy of Heathers as I hadn't seen that in forever. And when it was done I watched the little featurette on the film, with interviews from the cast a crew years after the film was made.

They had interviews with just about everyone except one of the "Heathers", which was explained by a shot of her and the end, with her name (Kim Walker) and "1968-2001" underneath.

I was curious about her early death, and, according to Wikipedia, Walker died of complications from a brain tumor.

The sadly ironic thing about this is that one of her many memorable lines in Heathers was: "Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast?"

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Help The Iraq

This hurts my brain. So much.

By this answer I'm thinking she is part of that 1/5.

My answer to the question? Americans are so preoccupied with themselves that they don't know about the world around them. So how can they identify a smaller part (the US) of a bigger picture (the whole world)?

To quote Eddie Izzard: "Do you know there's other countries?"

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

How Dare They

Democrats make fun of Republicans. (Well, how could we not?) And Republicans make fun of Democrats. It's inevitable. And, often, pretty funny. And, of course, each side thinks they are totally in the right.

But this is completely disgusting: Found via Digg, there is a Fox News Radio host called John Gibson who, when discussing the media after 9/11 on his show last Friday, mocked Jon Stewart's emotional response to the attacks on the first post-9/11 episode of The Daily Show.

I remember that episode. Do you? Jon Stewart opening up the program asking the viewer 'are you okay?' I remember being so fragile at the time. Freaking out at every siren I heard, every plane overhead...nearly crying every time I saw a car with an American flag sticker because I knew what it symbolized...

So, Jon Stewart tearing up on The Daily Show? As genuine as you can get.

And this asshole mocks him.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200708140001 (Audio clip on the right hand side of page.)

Now that you've heard the wretchedness, Stewart's complete moving speech can be seen at http://www.onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/2006/09/nine_eleven.html

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

"polka-dotted chain saw"

Hands down, the best spam email subject line I've ever read.

They get points for creativity for sure. Of course I had to open it!

And, naturally, this was the crap that was inside:

Polka-dotted chain saw my ass.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Cake or Death?

I'm so excited -- I am going to see Eddie Izzard on Monday! Much thanks to my friend Dave, who was on Izzard's email list and learned about the gig a week ago, just hours before tickets went on sale. It's a 'work in progress' show, so I'm guessing the comedy may not be completely polished, but come on, he's Eddie Izzard!

Now I'm just preparing myself to see him sans makeup, and even in a goatee. Not that him in full 'executive transvestite' gear makes him funnier, but the man does look damn good in eyeliner.

When Dave told me about the show, we both decided to try to get four tickets -- two for each of us -- in case the other person didn't have any luck. Well, we both had REALLY good luck. So I ended up selling my tickets -- I asked for "best offer" -- on craigslist.

If my math is right, I made over a 300% profit.

So Dave and I are splitting the money I earned from the sale, which will cover our ticketmaster purchases and a nice dinner beforehand. So it'll be a great night!

On the one hand, I must admit feeling a bit guilty. I mean, if I was a fan who missed out on the announcement and didn't learn about the show before it sold out, I would hope that if anyone was selling their tickets they would sell them for face value.

On the other hand, I didn't specify a price -- these guys offered me that much. So, conscience be damned.