Year: 2007

The Zen of Zep

The Zen of Zep

Music
Whatever you do today, make sure to hit YouTube and find some clips of Led Zeppelin's performance at O2 yesterday. They are transcendent. I'd post links here but I'm sure they'll get yanked soon enough. Know this - I would sell half my soul to see a reunited Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Social Crusader

Jennifer Love Hewitt – Social Crusader

Rants
Jennifer Love Hewitt, truly one of the great thespians of our time, took issue recently with a series of photos taken of her on a Hawaii beach. The photos were unflattering by some accounts (I'm not posting them here, but if you really want to see them they aren't hard to find), and since they were released Jennifer has been the subject of some pretty nasty comments. In response, she posted the following on her website (no I don't have it bookmarked. It's already my home page.): This is the last time I will address this subject. I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. A size 2 is not fat! Nor will ...
In Concert: Cold War Kids – Philadelphia, PA, 11/29/07

In Concert: Cold War Kids – Philadelphia, PA, 11/29/07

Music
I'll admit up front that I'm not what you would call an überfan of Cold War Kids. I first heard their debut LP, Robbers & Cowards, about six months ago and have dug it ever since. I whiffed on a chance to see the band earlier this year, so I was definitely looking forward to last night's concert at the venue now known as Fillmore at the TLA. So we (me, Mrs. Suit, Jeff and Sara) loaded up the trusty Corolla and made it to the venue (after some trouble finding a parking garage and other navigational difficulties) in time to catch the last few songs of opening act We Barbarians. They seemed somewhat interesting I suppose, but we were busy scoping the place to get a Douchebag Hat count (don't ask). (more…)
Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

Music
I think we have a winner for Greatest CD in the History of Ever. That's right, the magic of the Weather Channel's local forecasts is finally available for us mortals to listen to with The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz -- A collection of instrument smooth jazz heard on "Local on the 8s." Calling this a sublime musical experience would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a big hole. This is more like...aural manna. Also, if you don't buy this CD Jim Cantore will fly to your house and punch you in the brain. He farts in Atlanta and causes earthquakes in California, so don't think for a second he views you as a challenge.
Classic Thanksgiving ephemera – Indian Gum Cards

Classic Thanksgiving ephemera – Indian Gum Cards

Ephemera
In days of yore companies issued trading/bubble gum cards depicting not just baseball players, but even actors, U.S. Presidents, and license plates. One such manufacturer, the Goudey Gum Company of Boston, began issuing cards picturing Indian tribes and well-known Indians in 1933. This series ended in 1940, but Goudey began printing a new series depicting "Indian and Pioneer romantic days" in 1947. Shown here are two cards from that series, owned by a family member. Up top is a card showing a member of the Huichol, native to Western Central Mexico (yes I know that a native Mexican has nothing to do with American Thanksgiving). Most curiously about this card is that it speaks of the Huichol as if they were extinct, but according to their Wikipedia article they are very much alive...
Scenes from the WGA strike

Scenes from the WGA strike

Funny Stuff
Most of the picket signs I've seen during the two-week-plus WGA strike have been pretty uninspired. But if you look closely enough you can spot some real keepers: I think Jesse floats through the air when cameras are near, like the old Looney Tunes bits where a character would drift towards a freshly baked pie.   I'm surprised Jerry Seinfeld didn't use this space for another friggin' Bee Movie ad. Yes, we know Tina.   A rare moment of intellectual honesty from Hollywood.
What’s Hot for Christmas?  Lowered Expectations.

What’s Hot for Christmas? Lowered Expectations.

Games & Toys
I understand the appeal of children's playsets designed to let kids do adult things -- bubble lawn mowers, Matchbox car washes, even the Fisher-Price My First Meth Lab. It's fun to act like a grownup, even if you're pretending to perform the most mundane of adult tasks. But I have to say that the McDonald's Playset just doesn't sit right with me. I remember being a kid and using a broomstick guitar while imagining I was Ace Frehley. I used to run with a Nerf football and imagine I was John Riggins romping over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. I just can't picture my kid playing "McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker" with this set and imagining they would do anything more than peak in high school. Oh sure, you could buy this for your child and boast of the fact that it "teaches math...
Who’s Who?  I am, of course.

Who’s Who? I am, of course.

Advertising
Before I jettison this little nugget into the cold, dark vacuum of Outlook's Deleted Items folder I wanted to preserve it for posterity: Dear GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2007-2008 Edition of the registry. We are pleased to inform you that on November 15th, your candidacy was approved. Your confirmation for inclusion will be effective within five business days, pending our receipt of the enclosed application. The Office of the Managing Director appoints individuals based on a candidate's current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings. The director thinks you may ...