• Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm - Chatcast 1

    Our resident Upper West Siders debate the postmodern adventure that is the Seinfeld cast reunion on this season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," in an unedited gmail chat.

  • Debate Prep: Remember Your Frames!

    debatelakoffWe're all gathering tonight at Tim's house to watch the debates and it's bound to be a doozy.  With the two presidential candidates, Barack "Hope" Obama and John "I've-Crashed-Three-Or-Four-Airplanes-So-I-Think-I-Know-A-Thing-Or-Two-About-How-To-Run-A-Country" McCain, sparring over who our next leader will be.  This second debate will likely be marked by vicious attacks and economic policy dramatics so I just wanted to remind all of you to keep George Lakoff in mind tonight.

    George who?  I'll put it in perspective for you before I tell you about Lakoff himself and why he's perhaps the most important person for anyone who wants to get into politics to read.

  • Glenn Greenwald, You Broke My Heart

    glenn_and_keith.jpgI've been reading Salon's Glenn Greenwald about as long as I've been intently following news and politics commentary on the web, and over the last three plus years, I've become quite a fan of his writing.  While not always entirely agreeing with his stance on certain issues, it's tough to argue against his credibility and journalistic ethics, a couple of traits sometimes in short supply these days.  However, all of that changed yesterday afternoon when Greenwald posted his third piece on the squashed feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly that had been orchestrated by higher-ups from the parent company of each's network, GE and NewsCorp, respectively.  (I guess this is also where I mention that, while I find his shtick to be sometimes tiresome, I watch Olbermann's show a lot.)

    Because of the Olbermann-O'Reilly feud-getting-squashed story, I've lost all my respect for Glenn Greenwald.  Instead of being a man of ethics and truth, he has shown himself to be a truly petty person, interested only in his own standing and his own stake.  Whereas he was once someone I truly respected, especially in disagreement, some of his actions and responses over the last three days have made me question his journalistic integrity and his moral make up.  Instead of sticking to the truth of the story, and the pursuit of that truth, Greenwald has chosen to put his personal interests at the forefront and make his reputation the most important thing, to the detriment of not just his integrity, but the truth as well.

  • Spellman Spouts: Directions

    You know, sometimes you wail and moan to the world and the world answers back. Just when Tim was about to bitch and moan about the state of all things mapping and directions related, Google had to go ahead announce that their giving away GPS on Android 2.

  • The Breakfast Schlub

    apatow.jpgBesides the fact that I'm a week late, there's really no reason that I should be saying dick about the life and work of John Hughes.  I say this not because I'm biased against him or I need to disclose some sort of precondition that makes me ethically ineligible to pass judgment in this particular situation.  I say this because I'm a rare case: I'm probably one of a small handful of pop culture obsessed near-thirty year olds who has a very minor relationship with his work; either I was too young or too sheltered in my youth, but his work never meant a great deal to me.  Sure, I've seen the Breakfast Club and I've seen Ferris Bueller, but I haven't seen Pretty in Pink in its entirety and have seen maybe 60% of Sixteen Candles total after about twelve attempted viewings, on VHS and cable.  It might be sacrilege, but I kind of hate his films, or at least they mean nothing to me.  But that doesn't mean that they aren't totally representative of their era; in fact, my dispassion for them might validate how iconic they truly are.

  • Craig the Ripper

    craigslist.jpgCan you believe it's only now that someone has been dubbed the "Craigslist Killer?"  I can't.  But it's true.  Of course, this isn't the first time that someone has ended up dead with Craigslist's circumstantial involvement this year; last month radio man George Weber was killed in his Brooklyn apartment by a teenage hooker he picked up o

  • Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm - Finale Chatcast

    The finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm was a wild ride of meta-jokes, alternate realities and post-modern documentary. Come along as Jaclyn and Matt attempt to deconstruct all its various elements.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Aughts

    When we talk about how the world has changed during the last decade it boils down to one large change that altered all of our lives; indeed, what we talk about when we talk about the Aughts is the internet.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Love Rock Band

    Elle Scoots loves Rock Band, and after the latest Top 5, you will too. At least in a philosophical sense.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Aughts

    When we talk about how the world has changed during the last decade it boils down to one large change that altered all of our lives; indeed, what we talk about when we talk about the Aughts is the internet.

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