People of Wal-Mart! Don’t come to NYC

The last time I shopped here was for Christmas in 2008, I bought headphones for the iPod. They broke several times and I had the worst time trying to get them returned or replaced. I’ve given up on this store and now this comes out that they’ve been heavily lobbying Albany, NY to get a store in NYC – they had labor Union issues and their PR woes continue. Do you really want this coming to YOUR neighborhood:


Not quite a ‘Situation’

This week I had a friend in town that I hadn’t seen since I was last at Cal Poly; we’ll call him Marc. Marc’s working on 4 months of a long distance relationship, as I had in 2004, however, he’s in the Bay Area, and she’s in Philly (not much difference really to my LA-NY torture). I openly offered the 2nd bedroom in my apartment for them both to crash for the weekend because I know when trying to make a limited physical relationship work, you’ll need to save all the money you can for cross country flights (and get together as often as possible is my recommendation).

Even when you’ve lived in a city for years, decades, or all your life, sometime you’re too close to the “trees” to see the “forest”. I love the opportunity to have outsiders come in and give me a perspective of what they want out of New York. We let the love birds pick our Saturday evening, and ended up going to the Naked Comedy Showcase on Sat at the People’s Improve Theater (The PIT).

I love comedy but they rarely have good food so we started with a local sushi joint and plenty of sake and Sapporo. The PIT is a 2nd floor single room theater located on a deserted Flatiron block. After ascending a narrow stairway, I immediately had a good feel about the evening when the counter clerks, well stocked in bow ties and tweed, offered $4 Stellas throughout the show. However, they didn’t mention the clothing requirements (or lack there of) when we entered…

I had no expectations for the show. I was going in “naked” so to speak, however, I didn’t realize how literal that was until I sat down in the third row (in case there was awkward nakedness I wanted to conceal by the heads in front of me). While chatting with the petite brimmed smiling man in front of us, he stood up and completely disrobed in the manner an early riser would peeping for a shower. An announcement was made to remind the audience that nudity was encouraged, especially in our section, by the viewers as much as it was a requirement of the talent that night.

Sorry, I hadn’t prepped my birthday suit for public revealing yet… wasn’t going to happen.

I don’t think this was what my out-of-town friends has been expecting, especially Marc as he squirmed a little closer to his girlfriend. The show opened with a fully naked Andy Ofiesh emerging confidently from stage right and I instantly “got” the comedy as did the audience. Smiles, shock and wonderment spread quickly as we all stole glances at this untanned, pudgy, red haired man standing in front of us grinning with his thimble size protuberance resting on top of a racquetball sized scrotum. Wow. I guess you have to laugh for a moment.

Most comedy is adult oriented and this just takes it to the next level as Andy, a long standing nudist before comedian, started with “my penis is fun size; you can fit the whole thing your mouth,”. The audience became increasingly more comfortable over the period of the hour as they warmed to each comic’s self awareness and at many times self deprecating humor. 5 men and 1 women, followed Andy, performing in the buff some really good comedy. Those that know me, know I can’t remember or tell a joke to save my life, so I’ll leave that to the professionals and recommend it to all to just try this showcase out for an evening. However, if you’ll be dropping trou, please bring a towel for the chairs and any bar/bathroom breaks (located in the lobby) you may need to take during the show.

Marc and lady wanted to hit the NY club scene, which these days I’ll respond rhetorically under my breath “What scene?”. Marc being about 9 years younger than I had more interest in the “Jersey Shore” styled clubs of Vegas and NY so I pointed them to Crimson – a new spot in the Flatiron with a party hosted by Dirt Nasty (a Hollywood based Crunk-Pop “Rapper” – I don’t know, I’ve never heard of him).

If expressing my ignorance of Dirt to Marc didn’t date me as an “Old”, then the idea that I would pass on the fist pumping party at Crimson may have. Although researching Dirt for this post, I realize now there’s enormous irony for Dirt to start his US tour at the latest Christian Audigier fashion themed club, promoting his latest track “Fuck Ed Hardy“.

Dirt Nasty, Andy Milonakis & Rich Hil – Fuck Ed Hardy

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I didn’t actually get to take photos today. Instead of the club I still went out for wine and beers with the lady and then whiskeys with the boys. We all woke around 11 only Marc got 4 less hours of sleep than I and I still felt two times worse (more Old). We had a good brunch at Jane, mostly because I didn’t have to deal with the typical 30 min. to hr wait with most of the tourists on this wet Sunday.

Here’s a shot from when Washington Square was nice last fall and this LA man trying to do his best impression of The Situation.



The Media Can Legally Lie Contributing Directly to the…

I suppose I’m in the minority these days thinking that national media have not only a major role but an obligation to broadcast content under the name NEWS to be unbiased and beneficial for the audience it covets. Unfortunately it’s become increasingly clear national televised news has become increasingly competitive where ratings, advertising dollars and revenue are king to any type of editorial accuracy in content delivery.

Not only that, corporations have the power to influence the media reporting, even at the expense of the truth and unfortunately for the viewer, there’s no disclaimer as to who’s really providing the message these days – is it the anchor, the news media group, or is it a person, organization or corporation sponsoring the content being broadcast, with their personal bias, as news….

FOX News, in my mind, has completely moved away from relevancy in providing useful content to its viewership, and is now a media outlet of yellow journalism and a propaganda soap box for what ever corporation or political agenda they are backing or getting paid to front. Their journalistic credibility went out the window years ago for me, however, they’ve become increasingly brazen in their falsification efforts as of late. First it was their blatant reporting of a Republican congressman as Democrat while reporting on that Rep’s scandal (examples 1, 2), through to today as FOX regurgitates old coverage to paint a picture of wider acceptance of principle that is in reality prevalent, like in this replacement of rally footage for the latest healthcare protests championed by the network:

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The last “slip” of this caliber was much more blatant in the replacement of footage during Palin’s book campaign with that from an old McCain-Palin rally last year, and claiming it to be “Happening Now” (source). Is it any wonder that the cable networks have jumped on this story that the White House has openly decided not to contribute news, comments or work with Fox News. Of course Fox takes both sides of this claiming on one side they are being censored by the white house but at the same time Fox openly announces that most of their OWN programing is NOT NEWS but “opinion journalism”. But as Stwert points out, the only people you think of when someone says Fox News are those people splashed around on “Fair and Balanced” ads and should hold no more news credibility than say Heidi Klum of project runway or Tyra Banks on her talk show.

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When you do get around to watching the hours of Fox that actually broadcast… you know, the NEWS… they actually do some proper reporting. Here’s one where the news achor fact checks Palin:

I don’t want to spend this whole post on Fox, even if they are the easiest target today (next week, there will be a story on MSNBC making up something), but the real point is the media outlets have generally ALL moved away from being beacons of truth to whores for capital. This Pew Research Center article points out that the public trust of the Press accuracy has hit an all time low in the last 20 years. “Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate.” and “only about a quarter (26%) now say that news organizations are careful that their reporting is not politically biased, compared with 60% who say news organizations are politically biased.” Oddly though was that it was the Fox News viewers that are the only audience in which a majority (51%) says news organizations are immoral rather than moral.

There’s a lot in that article but a few network stats – Network TV followed by CNN have the most favorable ratings of those surveyed and Fox News has the highest unfavorable rating among respondents. Republicans favor reading the Wall Street Journal where Democrats favor reading the New York Times.

So why is this all happening, what’s the culprit? It would take more than this blog post to review and theorize but one such factor was in February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States (Mike Gaddy has an excellent write up on the full details of this-you should read). Since then, FOX has expanded on this principle to disregard the factual reporting for sensationalism, scare tactics and anything that would generate more eyeballs and revenue for their “News” stations. Not wanting to fall out of favor with their audiences, many of the major networks took this queue and have followed suit, creating a horrible environment for watching news on cable tv, with any hope of accuracy that is.

It’s my hope that people will be smart, and make informed decisions on their own but sometimes old habits die hard. It’s refreshing to see the trend of news being shifted to the Internet where you’re content options are limitless (unlike the 130+ channels you only get on cable). To me, the decline in morality and accuracy of national news coverage is just another contributing factor to the demise of television in general. We’re all going to be getting our content online but that day can’t come soon enough for the future education of our country and accuracy of national news reporting.


Clash’s collection of 100 Most Outrageous Music Quotes

keithFrom Clash Music, here’s their list of most outrageous 100 quotes for all time (up to this point) but I it should have been titled the most Pompous quotes of all time, as they give space for 11 of their 100 quotes to the Gallagher brothers of Oasis. Liam and weren’t outrageous but just pompous ass clowns; the only thing I will agree with them is Liam Gallagher stating: “You’ve seen one of our gigs, you’ve seen ’em all.” Amen to that brother… Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
Decca Records’ rejection letter to The Beatles, 1962.

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.”
Elvis Presley

“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
Jimi Hendrix

“When I die, bury me on my stomach and let the world kiss my ass.”
L.L. Cool J

“When I first went to the Betty Ford Center I was very surprised they didn’t have a bar there… I thought they taught you how to drink like a gentleman.”
Ozzy Osbourne

“I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.”
Keith Richards

“I’m an instant star; just add water and stir.”
David Bowie

“As I get older my eyesight’s going bad, I don’t know what I’m in for [with groupies] until they come backstage and they’re very large with missing teeth.”
Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue

“Sometimes when I’m flying over the Alps I think, ‘That’s like all the cocaine I sniffed.’”
Elton John

“When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.”
David Bowie

And the most ridiculous quote (and I agree):
“Dance music was on its arse before we came along.”
Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian

BTW who the F is Serge and Kasabian, never heard of them…. honest and I’m a DJ of “dance music”.

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Facebook Punk’d Techcrunch

punkdI’m an avid reader of TechCrunch. Like most blogs they compete on the edge for eyeballs which puts most in the grey area of posting both actual news and rumor even without confirming from any discernible sources. TC does a good job on updating us all on Valley stories, news and tech but they still could benefit from getting off the iPhone jock and limiting useless rumors to focus their content. This is a great story of Facebook, setting up an actual feature and calling it to only those on the TC network; which in turn they put out there as a real feature without confirming it directly from Facebook (“Maybe I’m missing something here, but I’m not sure why Facebook would do this. “). Check the full Punk’d Story.