Daily Archives: June 23, 2009

Yellow / Coldplay / Muppets

No one does remakes like the Muppets. And who better to sing “Yellow” by Coldplay than Beaker! Enjoy.

YouTube – Muppet Beaker sings Yellow by Coldplay


The end of miscegenation – part 3

More tapes with the “thoughts” of Richard Nixon have been released. (Tapes Reveal Nixon’s View of Abortion – NYTimes.com) Including this astonishing quote:

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”

Iran, and how the new media is changing everything

There is extensive coverage of Iran over at this site: The Field: Al Giordano Reports the United States
But one thing that caught my eye is this cartoon, which is very true:

Roger Ebert on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Roger Ebert really really really dislikes Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Which is bad for him, since he had to sit through it. But good for us, because we get to read a wonderfully scathing review of the film! Go read it: it’s fun!

As for me, I am going to be taking my seven year old, and he will likely he will love it. That will be good enough for me. And that will good enough for Michael Bay and the folks who made this film, because we will be bringing in alot of money as a result. So don’t feel too bad for people getting reviews like this: they’re doing ok. 🙂

(P.S. Thanks to Victor for pointing this out!)

Everyone has problems with neighbors, it seems

Don’t you hate it when the church on your street is converted into a place that is catering parties for Oscar de la Renta’s 2009 Resort Wear show? Ok, perhaps that doesn’t happen quite that way to your and your neighborhood, but it has happened to some residents of Park Avenue in Manhattan.

I must say I felt some sympathy for the Park Avenue Residents (who are in a) Fight (with a) Caterer Over Events at a Church Hall. Sure they are very wealthy, but the well off want to have some say over how their neighborhood goes as anyone else (if not more so). What surprised me is that they are having to fight so hard and such an uphill battle to win this case.

It’s an interesting story. The NYTimes.com has the details.

On the greatness of the women of Iran and the greatness of this picture in The Big Picture

I want to link to a stunning photo of the recent events in Iran. If it disappears from this blog, go to this link to see it. (In fact, go see the picture regardless. I had to shrink it here, and that doesn’t do it justice.)

What impressed me in this photo is what is transpiring in the moment it was taken. In the foreground, four men are attacking a man on the ground. The four men are big men. They have clubs. It’s very likely they are organized. Perhaps they are the Baseej/Basij.

In the moment that it is being taken, the men are about to be attacked by women in the background. These women are not armed. They are dressed in traditional  — or at least non-Western — clothing. They do not look to be students or a mob. But they appear to be outraged by this attack, and they are counterattacking the men despite the risk of doing so.

There are many great photos of what is happening in Iran. But I thought this one was particularly strong. If I were a great painter, I would want to paint this scene.

See Iran’s Disputed Election – The Big Picture – Boston.com. It is great to see all the amateur photos and videos on the Internet. And it is not right to compare them to these pictures. They serve a different purpose.  But in terms of journalistic photography on other MSM web sites, nothing compares to The Big Picture.