Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Guild: Felicia Day

I love Felicia Day and her web series The Guild. The music video "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" puts me over the edge though:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bill Clinton's Harlem Offices Have Bedbugs

Even former presidents/hostage negotiators get no respect from bedbugs. Bill Clinton's Harlem offices have bedbugs, so bad that they've closed for a few days while exterminators try to eliminate the resiliant indestructable plagueites.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Top Ten Ways the Country Would Be Different if Britney Spears Were President

Brit representin' with a cameo on The Tonight Show:

PS3 Slim

CNet article on the differences between the forthcoming PS3 Slim and the old PS3 "Phat". Short version of the article: not much, the Slim is, well, slimmer. And it doesn't have the backwards compatibility for PS2 games that the Phat does.

Many people who paid for a PS3 "Phat" are now pissed that both the Slim and the Phat are gonna cost $299. If you already have a PS3, though, have a little forsight...don't buy the PS3 Slim. I imagine it's only a short matter of time before they come out with the PS4 to get another $500 from you.

Disclaimer: I know nothing about PS3, slim or otherwise.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Laura Albert & The Butch Stroll

I have to say a lot has happened to me over the years writing "The Butch Stroll", irregularly and about whatever strikes my fancy. It still surprises me when amazing things happen to me as a result of this little-read blog. Every now and then they do.

You may recall that I am obsessed with the JT Leroy story that unfolded and is maybe only just now winding down a little. If you are not familiar with this topic, just Google it. The short version is: successful author JT Leroy with a back story of having been a transgendered child prostitute was really a writer named Laura Albert all along. She has her own story. She had her reasons for perpetuating the "hoax" of JT Leroy. It's the kind of stuff someone does that makes me like them more. Or become interested in in the first place.

Well guess who emailed your humble, modest blogger? Laura Albert.

I came on hard and heavy with questions -- many of which would have required rehashing and the obvious. Anywho, I am a trustworthy person. So I can't spill all the tea. Not there's any "tea" really. Just some nice emails and hopefully some encouragement for my own paralyzed writing, because the woman is a great writer, whatever else may be said.



Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Autotune the News.

"Katie Couric sounds better autotuned."

It was only a matter of time.

The release of the two Americans being "held" by North Korea is a good, wonderful thing. Two of ours are now safe at home.

But it was only a matter of time (less than 24 hours to be exact) before critics of Bill Clinton would expound upon what he "traded" for these two women. Because Bill Clinton could not possibly do anything good, like get hostages released.

Oh please. For the red-blooded right wingers who believe in "patriotism" above all other virtues, it should not matter who gets our citizens back from harm's way. Regardless of what you think of people like Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and even Jesse Jackson, they get hostages back. George Bush, bless his heart, is probably not going to be a diplomat or a negotiator in his post-presidential years. He's gonna be chillin in Texas. But that's neither here nor there.

As a lover of all things philosophical

I was delighted to find in my mailbox a package from K-rock, who works for a Big Time Magzine in New York Citay, entitled "The Book of Dead Philosophers" by Simon Critchley. I had planned to purchase this during one of my international galavants, but opted for "Are you there Vodka? It's me, Chelsea" instead. (Talk about taste running a gammut.) Anyhoo, I got the book! It's actually an "uncorrected proof", the likes of which I love having in my library.

Anyway, the final words in this book are about Wikipedia. I commend the author for noting that

I cannot deny that I have dipped my toes, and sometimes both feet up to the knees, into the unruly waters of Wikipedia. This is a vast and growing resource, which is very uneven, not always to be trusted, but which is full of many fascinating articles and leads.

Indeed! Wikipedia is a friend...the kind that is tons of fun and knows a lot, but you still have to keep an eye on.