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Current Topic: Arts

YouTube - Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender
Topic: Arts 4:16 pm EST, Jan 30, 2009

So this is something the music companies should have done. Sony and Universal have both put big chunks of their video libraries up on youtube. I realize a decade ago when they were in Napster hell there wasn't a youtube, but they could have done something like this on their own sites.

I'm not sure if I want to get the Katy Perry album, but being able to listen to parts of it this way? I'm a HELL of a lot more likely to than I would have been without it.

YouTube - Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts & Culture | Bequeathed skull stars in Hamlet
Topic: Arts 2:06 pm EST, Dec  1, 2008

The Doctor Who star has been lauded for his performance as Hamlet since it opened in Shakespeare's home town in August.

But it was not revealed that Tennant used a real skull in the play's most famous scene.

And now, the weird...

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts & Culture | Bequeathed skull stars in Hamlet

Violent and Crazy
Topic: Arts 11:51 pm EDT, Jun 23, 2008

Like a Morricone-style dirge recorded by The Mamas and The Papas, Violent Femmes’ cover of Gnarls Barkley’s infamous “Crazy” is like nothing you’ve heard from the legendary alt-rock trio before. Their oft-imitated folk-punk sound is flavored with surf-rock guitar and Theremin, creating a tranquility that is somber and otherworldly.

Interesting find.

Violent and Crazy

Chocolate Jesus sculpture returns to NYC - Yahoo! News
Topic: Arts 5:54 pm EDT, Oct 17, 2007

"My Sweet Lord," an anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ that infuriated Catholics before its April unveiling was canceled, returns Oct. 27 to a Chelsea art gallery, its creator said Tuesday.

mmmm.... chocolate Jesus...

Chocolate Jesus sculpture returns to NYC - Yahoo! News

TomDispatch - Tomgram: Elizabeth de la Vega, Indicting Bush
Topic: Arts 6:52 pm EST, Dec  1, 2006

The Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

16. Beginning on or about a date unknown, but no later than August of 2002, and continuing to the present, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendants,


and others known and unknown, did knowingly and intentionally conspire to defraud the United States by using deceit, craft, trickery, dishonest means, false and fraudulent representations, including ones made without a reasonable basis and with reckless indifference to their truth or falsity, and omitting to state material facts necessary to make their representations truthful, fair and accurate, while knowing and intending that their false and fraudulent representations would influence the public and the deliberations of Congress with regard to authorization of a preventive war against Iraq, thereby defeating, obstructing, impairing, and interfering with Congress' lawful functions of overseeing foreign affairs and making appropriations.

Arts? What? Well I haven't added "Books" as one of my things, so I put it in the closest category I could get. This one looks interesting, in the sense of the old curse, "may you live in interesting times."

Too bad this is just a book. This one could be really interesting to see played out for real.

TomDispatch - Tomgram: Elizabeth de la Vega, Indicting Bush

Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck: Books: Hans Von Luck
Topic: Arts 3:26 pm EST, Nov 28, 2006

Von Luck fought in the Wehrmacht's armored forces for six years in Europe, Russia, and North Africa; then spent five years in a Russian labor camp. His narrative is as free from cant as it is from braggadocio and false modesty.

I just finished reading this. If you're a historian, this is an amazing read. Some of the things you sort of read and go what the hell? "We invaded Poland, and I stopped at this nice woman's house, had tea, then went next door and bought a watercolor painting..." That's not a quote, but that basically happened. Funny, bizarre, tragic and horrible all in turn or at the same time.

It's a good read.

Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck: Books: Hans Von Luck

Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
Topic: Arts 12:59 pm EDT, Oct 26, 2006

MUD avatars rebel: virtual Independence Day.
- Paul Di Filippo

Some very short stories. Mildly entertaining.

Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories

Willie Nelson cited for pot, narcotic mushrooms - Celebrity News -
Topic: Arts 4:35 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2006

“When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana,” the news release said. A search of the bus produced 1½ pounds of marijuana and 0.2 pounds of narcotic mushrooms, according to state police.

Willie Nelson and pot? Gee there's a surprise. Narcotic mushrooms? Now that's news to me, and to anyone else familiar with either the medical or legal terminology. Medically, narcotics refer only to opium, opium derivatives (like morphine and heroin) and their synthetically created chemical cousins. Legally, "narcotics" means those drugs plus cocaine and coca derivatives. Are we looking at psilocybin mushrooms which are a schedule 1 controlled substance? That's possible, but unless some botanist has been very busy, and with the opium poppy being a flower and mushrooms being a fungus maybe doing some groundbreaking genetics, there ain't no such thing as a "narcotic mushroom."

Willie Nelson cited for pot, narcotic mushrooms - Celebrity News -

YouTube - Bob Dylan - 'When The Deal Does Down'
Topic: Arts 3:22 am EDT, Sep  6, 2006

Hot damn! A good Bob Dylan song and Scarlett Johansson? Screw that bimbo Paris Hilton as the Marilyn Monroe of this generation. This one actually has talent.

YouTube - Bob Dylan - 'When The Deal Does Down'

'Fiasco,' by Thomas E. Ricks - The New York Times - New York Times
Topic: Arts 7:56 pm EDT, Jul 26, 2006

And an end-of-tour report by a colonel assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority memorably summarized his office’s work as “pasting feathers together, hoping for a duck.”

Who says the military doesn't have a sense of humor? I may have to see if I can get my hands on a copy of this.

'Fiasco,' by Thomas E. Ricks - The New York Times - New York Times

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