Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pick Your Own Electoral Map

<p><strong>><a href='http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008/pick-your-president/'>2008 Election Contest: Pick Your President</a></strong> - Predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election and enter to win a $500 prize.</p>

These are my predictions for the 2008 election. I started with Kerry 2004, then added a few that seemed to have shifted (CO, NM, VA, NV, IA, OH). Then, I gave FL to Obama because I think Sarah Silverman's Great Schlep will pay off.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sarah Silverman's "The Great Schlep"

If I had Jewish grandparents in Florida, I would totally do what Sarah Silverman says. Unfortunately, my grandparents are all dead and were never Jewish and I'm pretty sure spent little time in Florida, ever.

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

TPMtv: McCain, Letterman, Palin, Couric

Another great installment of TPMtv documenting our bizarro world of media stunts, where John McCain out-does David Blaine the same night on TV. No mention of Blaine in this, actually. Letterman was amazing. Really didn't back off. I'll post some of his show later.

Rick Sanchez Gone Wild

Friday, September 19, 2008

Chelsea Lately - Chelsea Responds to Jonas Fans

Chelsea Lately, Finally

I finally got round to watching Chelsea Lately, and. oh. my. lord. She is my new comedy hero. So funny. If Conan is getting Leno's job, then she should get Conan's job, seriously.

Great format. I think she actually does a better of running a nonsense roundtablethan Bill Maher does--granted she's dealing with 2nd rate comedians rather than 2nd rate celebs and the occasional intellectual.

The sketch in last night episode about a psychologist was off the charts funny. Clips TK if I can find some ones I especially like.

Precaution Before Salvation

Where do you draw the line between ironic pleasure and poetic appreciation? For me, it's right here.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

TPMtv: Sunday Show Roundup: Better Vetting Late Than Never

one of the clips i'm looking at for my next flow column on the aesthetics of blogger tv

2 Scenarios, Both Bad.

I've been watching lots of the Weather Channel lately, and it's been almost as scary as hearing evangelicals rave about Sarah Palin. This morning a couple of interesting things:

One of the channel's Weather forecasters discussed two key different scenarios for Hurricane Ike: 1) a low pressure system moves quickly thru the US, and Ike goes northerly, from Corpus Christi to north of Houston. 2) the system doesn't have that effect and it goes from northern Mexico to north of Corpus Christi. Now, this was alarming for a couple of reasons: 1) Corpus Christi is included in both scenarios 2) the second scenario, which has the effect of destroying Corpus Christi, more or less, was basically lauded as more favorable than if it were to hit Houston. Ouch. So that's what it feels like when we talk about how it would be better if it would just go into Mexico rather than the US...

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Andrew Sullivan:

"The sexism that implies that someone cannot stand up to reporters because she is a woman is appalling. This entire pick, of course, is incredibly sexist, and the handling of her in the last week the most sexist double standard I have ever seen in American politics. Can you imagine Hillary Clinton saying she wasn't going to answer questions for two weeks? Or Margaret Thatcher? Or Kay Bailey Hutchison? Or Elizabeth Dole? And none of these women were ever as close to global power as Sarah Palin now is. This is getting to Manchurian Candidate levels of creepiness. It's deeply sinister and slightly terrifying."


Friday, September 05, 2008

Palin vs. Fey?

One of my Communication faculty colleagues next door just asked if Sarah Palin is the Republican Tina Fey. Ouch. Not nearly as funny, but does have the glasses.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My book cover:

Here's the model for the cover of my co-edited book, due out in March from NYU Press.