Friday, September 30, 2005

Saturday, September 24, 2005

A play on words

Cleverest headline of the week:

By the way, would anyone actually pay to see a play on words? I say only if it was a razzle-dazzle musical called "Semantics!"

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Life imitates The Office

When Gareth says it, it's funny. When the head of FEMA says it, less funny. From Time magazine's How Reliable Is Brown's Resume?:
"Brown's biography on the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site says he had once served as an "assistant city manager with emergency services oversight"....

However, a city spokeswoman told the magazine Brown had actually worked as "an assistant to the city manager.""

"The assistant is more like an intern," Claudia Deakins told the magazine. "Department heads did not report to him."
And now he's going back to Washington to oversee future disasters. Because if anyone deserved a lateral move, it's this guy.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

If you could see it then you'd understand

Should a concert contain note-perfect performances of an artist's best-known tracks, or should they try variations to breathe new energy and passion into the songs? I just came back from a Coldplay show, and I don't know the answer.

It's good to be able to sing along, but the rocked-out "Clocks" was much more rocking than the other tunes, which were replicas of the album versions--to the point where Chris Martin started over on two songs after messing up. At least it was live, but it's ok to miss a note or fiddle with the phrasing. Else it's just a CD listening party with a fancy light show.