Should the county have accepted the Franken vote? Does the voter consider Al Franken equivalent to the Lizard People? Is Lizard People a collective, or just one person like Cat Power? If elected, will the Lizard People rule benignly or will they control us with their forked-tongue tyranny?Currently MPR is the top hit on a Google search for the term "Lizard People" (followed by "The Best Conspiracy Theories (Lizard-People Are Running the World!"). Whoever these reptilian-Americans are, MPR, Al Franken and Norm Coleman really put them on the map. In fact, according to Google Trends, they weren't anywhere at all up til now.
CNN interviews The Yes Men's Andy Bichlbaum and Eyebeam/Anti-Advertising Agency's Steve Lambert on how they created the spoof New York Times Special Edition, a speculative edition of the paper that includes what Paddy Johnson calls "Liberal America’s wish list": an end to war, the PATRIOT Act repealed, free universities, the works. A million copies of the paper were dropped in New York on Nov. 12, and as the duo tells CNN, it was a collaborative effort of dozens of writers and hundreds of others.
The center is envisioned as a “labette,” a little laboratory, that will examine whether the old way of telling stories — particularly those delivered to the millions on screen, with a beginning, a middle and an end — is in serious trouble.
But [center co-founder David] Kirkpatrick and company are not alone in their belief that Hollywood’s ability to tell a meaningful story has been nibbled at by text messages, interrupted by cellphone calls and supplanted by everything from Twitter to Guitar Hero.“I even saw a plasma screen above a urinal,” said Peter Guber, the longtime film producer and former chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment who contends that traditional narrative — the kind with unexpected twists and satisfying conclusions — has been drowned out by noise and visual clutter.
Three decades after punk exploded in a brief but potent fit of abrasion, alienation, and anarchy, the auction house Christie's is holding the first major US sale of memorabilia from the punk era on Nov. 24...
...The prospect of a tony auction house hawking high-priced artifacts from a fundamentally anti-consumer movement is drawing dismay from such observers as New York's Gothamist website and the UK's Guardian newspaper. "Back in the day," wrote the Guardian's Priya
Elan, Christie's "wouldn't have let the likes of Joey Ramone and Patti Smith through their door."
The Twin Cities Looks-Like meme keeps going, with new offerings:
Andy Sturdevant = Richard Dreyfuss + Sigmund Freud
Colin Kloecker = David Cross + Mathew ("Lost") Fox
Me = Chris Elliot
There's been a little talk of Aaron Landry looking a bit like Louie Anderson, but I'm not going there.
So Colin finally caught on to what people have been telling me since I was in 9th grade (before There's Something About Mary, Tostito's commercials, and Groundhog Day): I look like Chris Elliot (in a Brad Pitt sort of way). So, to keep the game going, I tag Mediation's Taylor Carik, who looks a lot like SNL's Andy Samberg. At least when he's playing Young Chuck Norris.
Last night, Studio 360's episode "Creative Minds Go Green" featured a re-broadcast of an April segment on green musicians. Minnesota's Cloud Cult was included, with lead singer Craig Minowa (an environmental scientist with the Organic Consumers Association by day) discussing the band's corn-based CD shrink-wrap and efforts to reduce the tour's carbon footprint. Best line: "We go back to the hotel room and figure out how much green-energy credits we have to do instead of figuring out how many lines we're going to snort... It's pretty boring."
Listen to it.
Cloud Cult performing "Everybody Here is a Cloud" at The Current's stage at SXSW 2008:
Of course, McCain’s gracious concession speech is only notable because it contrasts so sharply with the sad and shabby campaign that he chose to run. Five classy minutes should not expiate several months’ worth of name calling, insinuations, and intellectual dishonesty. Honor cannot be worn like a jacket, to be slipped on and off as the situation dictates. John McCain irrevocably ceded his moral high ground during the course of his campaign, and the press should realize that one good speech doesn’t change that. Joe Klein has it right: Talk about putting lipstick on a pig.
LA artist Jubilee A. Horn's Halloween costume riffed on Shepard Fairey's famed posters of Barack Obama.