Why do humans act the way they do? Is it something they think of rationally and consciously? Is it something that’s wired into their brains –meaning, well, that they’re not aware of it? We face these interactions every day and most of us really don’t think about them much. That is to say, we all try to understand something because we want to be conscious of them. But what about those reactions, those tics, those quick actions or thoughts that arise all of a sudden?
There is a channel on YouTube called Losing All Hope Was Freedom and they have been posting clips every Monday that show our human condition tested in various situations so that people have to react quickly. Maybe not think long about something, but surely something about a reaction is absolutely fascinating. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not just that we’re surprised that Chris Martin of Coldplay and his bandmates were fans of the Beastie Boys, but to devote part of their Hollywood Bowl show last Friday night to the memory of Adam Yauch, aka MCA, who sadly passed away last week of cancer at the age of 47, then it means something. I know what you’re thinking –“Ugh –Coldplay!”. Self-important, navel-gazing, soulless stadium rockers, all their songs sound the same, the lead dude prances around in high tops –yeah, those guys. The same guys everyone’s pretty tired of nowadays. Read the rest of this entry »
OK, quiz time! What the hell is Cinco de Mayo. Yes, it means “Fifth of May”. But what does it stand for? Give up? You don’t know why you’re about to swim in pitchers of frozen margaritas and flauta and chimichanga platters tomorrow? Wear a stupid sombrero and attend some loud fiesta? Read the rest of this entry »
Lest anyone think that American Idol is a snoozer this year would be quite surprised. The show, which has gone through some significant changes in recent years –notably the exit of Simon Cowell—has been a snoozer in, say, the last couple of years. Last year was arguably the worst, and it wasn’t just because of the rocky transition into the J Lo and Steven Tyler additions. We were saddled with some middling talent, to say the least. The fact that we ended up with two country stars with no real flash or personality and we crowned someone who had a deep voice but looked like Alfred E Neuman didn’t portend too well for the future of this once-lucrative juggernaut. Scotty McCreery, really? Read the rest of this entry »
When you consider the airtime on C-SPAN, almost five hours, and the intense online coverage, you really have to wonder about the level of intelligent discourse in this country. The other night, inside the cavernous Hilton Hotel ballroom in Washington DC, hundreds of political and celebrity luminaries, including the President himself, gathered for the annual self-congratulatory, headline-grabbing, publicity-hound mongering event that only serves to puff up the hard work of publicists and staffs, running around carrying clipboards and rushing their clients in front of cameras. Is that a CNN camera? No, it’s actually Extra and Entertainment Tonight. Read the rest of this entry »