Saturday, June 24, 2006

Joni and Johnny

Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash are two totally iconic performers you don't often think of together. Here they are performing the beautiful and haunting "Girl from the North Country" on Johnny Cash's TV show in the late '60s.

Friday, June 23, 2006

FilmStock Home Shoppin'

I don't usually shill for products on this site, but here are two I can't resist putting up on my blog.

First there's these cool coffee mugs. Instead of leaving those unsightly coffee stain ringmarks, they leave patterns in a lovely floral design.

And then there's this awesome Yoda backpack, allowing the wearer to look and feel like a Jedi in training a la Empire Strikes Back (at least that's the way I'd wear mine).

Both are a bit pricey for my pocketbook, but it's never too early to start shopping for Christmas, right? (hint, hint)

This picture just makes me giggle. Could you even wear this to school nowadays without getting your butt kicked?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Survey Proves: New Yorkers are Nice

My recent, very fun trip to New York City planted the sneaking suspiscion in my mind that the prevailing idea that New Yorkers are rude and pushy might be a myth.

Now science has confirmed my observation. New York, despite a reputation as a fast-moving, tough-talking town, ranked as the world's most polite major city in a recent study conducted by Reader's Digest (Well, I know it's not the Lancet or anything, but it's an interesting study nonetheless.)

Reporters conducted a "door test," to see who would hold open a door, a "document drop" to see who would help pick up dropped papers and a "service test" to measure if salesclerks said thank you for a purchase.

Four out of five New Yorkers passed the courtesy tests, the magazine reported, putting New York at the highest ranking of major cities for courtesy.

Which is odd, considering the reputation that New Yorkers and Northeners in general have down here in ye olde South, a reputation which is often used by Southerners to contrast with their own perceived style. ie "We're not like them. Thank God. We're so polite. We just want to get along. Why be pushy and rude if you don't have to be? I don't understand it." etc.

When you take a trip to NYC and get back down to the South you can rest assured that someone among your acquaintances will ask if people were rude to you, fishing for a shocking, funny story to confirm this whole construct.

That setup (rude New Yorker, polite Southerner) may be the way it was at one time, but now I think that it's Southerners that have turned all hateful and rude, voting Republican and refusing to get along with people of different races and all.

As a gay man living in the South, I can say unequivocally that I think many Southerners are rude, bossy, pushy, petty, cruel and mean-spirited. After all, politeness and courtesy are not just for the people you know and the people who look and think exactly like you. Politeness and courtesy are specifically so that you can get along in day to day living with any number of people with a wide array of viewpoints and lifestyles.

However, I'm also convinced that we as Southerners can turn things around. Start being more polite, ya'll, (and let's vote these no good cheating assholes out of office while we're at it.) We didn't make the top ten and you know we easily could. Can't we all get along? (And impeach Bush, too?)

Anyway, enough of my rant. In case you're interested: other high-ranking polite cities included Zurich, Toronto, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Zagreb, Croatia. Lowest ranking cities tended to be in Asia, with crowded, busy Hong Kong, being among the "rudest," according to the survey.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Astrology Songs

I'm not huge on astrology, but it can be amusing and fun, especially when you find that the descriptions of the various sign-types match up, eerily and accurately, with the personalities of the people you know.

It's even more fun if said descriptions are sung as groovy pop tunes by a slightly tone-deaf tuxedo dude while a Go-go girl dances interpretively in the background.

Follow this link to find far out videos for all 12 signs.

...and be warned. You'll be singing your song all day.

Lib-liba-LIBRA!! Lib-liba-LIBRA!!
Don't want the ragged, cheap and the shoddy.
I like to take good care of my body!