It sure has been a swell year here at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, and 2011 promises to be even slightly less mediocre! But before I close the books on 2010, I'd like to leave you with a few little nuggets of New Year's Eve joy. First up is this sweet, slightly unnerving short film from 1949 featuring the timeless seasonal classic, "Auld Lang Syne". And showing just how far we've come as a society since then, here's Kathy Griffin yelling a dick joke at some random heckler on CNN (New Year's Eve, 2008). Happy New Year everybody!
While folks along the U.S. Eastern seaboard prepare to dig out from Snowpocalypse/Snowmageddon/SnowRapture 2010, take a moment to appreciate this track from Genesis' 1978 album (and first as a trio), ...And Then There Were Three... - Mike Rutherford's "Snowbound".
I've always considered myself to be a pretty savvy internet/computer type of guy. I've never fallen for any of those Nigerian prince 419 scams, my computer has never been infected with a virus, and I've never even been successfully Rickrolled. But I, and hundreds of thousands of others who happen to belong to one of Gawker Media's blogs (Deadspin, Gizmodo, Fleshbot, Lifehacker, etc.) got a very rude awakening a few weeks ago. That's when it was revealed that a group of hackers called Gnosis has successfully hacked Gawker's source code and databases and made off with, among other things, the entire database of Gawker's commenter accounts. Two important facts came out of this security breach: one, Gawker's security sucks and two, way too many people are way too lazy with their password
Having already cultivated a sizable fan base through his work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, as well as from his solo work, Michael McDonald has spent the better part of the last decade following two different muses - classic Motown/soul and holiday music. In 2009 he added another entry to the latter with This Christmas, pulled from a concert featuring McDonald and his band in a holiday performance on the PBS concert series Soundstage. It's available on CD, but it's the DVD edition I'm reviewing here. I'll just say right up front that if you are already a fan of McDonald and his trademark soulful baritone, you will not be disappointed with This Christmas. But even if you only have a passing interest in the man and his work, it's still a good addition to any holiday music co
It's been another fun year for me in running this site, and I'd like to thank all of you who visit regularly, irregularly, or even once. I'd also like to thank everyone who has helped by contributing comments and post ideas. It's good to know there's at least a few people out there who enjoy my little corner of the intertubes. Since we're in the midst of year-end review season, let's take a quick look back at the posting year that was 2010 for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Most Popular Posts This is really what it's all about right? It's always interesting to me to see what content takes off and what content gets largely ignored. Since I want to stay positive I'll focus on the former. So here are the eleven most-popular posts on the site for 2010. #11. Happy Hoff-Day! - Davi
Arizona governor Jan Brewer(R): and Terence Stamp as Bernadette Basinger/Ralph Waite in the 1994 gender-bending romp, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert:
See, Ronald Reagan knew how to treat his friends during the holiday season. Turns out the Gipper was actually a smoker at one time, but supposedly gave it up after his older brother Neil developed cancer. (historical note - the reference to the Reagan film Hong Kong places this ad in 1952.)
Google recently introduced a new wrinkle to its advanced search capability - reading level. It allows you, I guess, to assess the complexity of a site based on how many big words it uses. Gawker posted a list of well-known websites and their reading levels. Here's where I fall (it's somewhere between TMZ and Nick.com apparently): What can I say? I'm a man of the people. Of course I could probably game the rankings by posting excerpts from David Foster Wallace works. That would be jocular of me, no?
I really need to find a way to turn music listening into a paying, full-time gig. Because that's the only way I could ever hope to have time to take in all the good (and not-so-good) music that comes out every year. Life really was much simpler when I didn't even want to make time for anything that wasn't by Kiss, Rush, or Iron Maiden. So instead of approaching this as a "Best Albums of 2010" or "Best Music of 2010" list, it's more of a "My Favorite Albums/Music of 2010 That I Had Time to Listen To" list. These are the albums that moved me one way or another this year, although obviously this is not (and cannot be) an exhaustive list. I'm sure lots of really swell records got left off, but that's why there are other year-end lists on the internet, right? #10. Kanye West, My Beautiful