Monthly Archives: December 2013

Leo Blurs the Lines…

I still don’t care much for the song but DiCaprio can really move.


Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Pop Life


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How to lose friends and alienate people: Airline Edition…

So, Delta will honor the ridiculously low fares (some cheaper than checking luggage for the same flight) that turned up incorrectly on its Web site.

Reading the comments for this NPR article, I find it interesting that the discussion went from whether you should take advantage of someone else’s obvious mistake to the belief that Delta sucks and deserves everything that’s coming to it.

For example: “Does Delta help me when I mistakenly book a flight on the wrong day? No, they charge hundreds of dollars in change fees. They also cancel flights that aren’t full enough, bump the casual flyer in favor of elites regardless of who bought their ticket first, and engage in a whole slew of other questionable behaviors, so no. I don’t feel bad at all.”


“Maybe we should ask the airlines about ethics. Is it ethical to charge your customers baggage fees that bear no resemblance to the actual cost of handling baggage, just because you can, and just because your customers have no other choice?”


“Considering the airlines have no compunction about cancelling scheduled flights that aren’t full enough to be profitable, then leave me in a lurch scrambling to make connections and a meeting waiting on the other end (it has happened, twice in the past three years), I wouldn’t think twice about taking advantage of an advertised price. Quid agatur circa venit circum.”

And of course…
“This is like asking a Jew in a concentration camp if it is ethical to steal bread from Hitler.”

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Social Commentary


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The Unfriendliest Skies…

The NY Times on the Geneva-Convention-violating nightmare that is modern travel.

Kristin Chenoweth would be uncomfortable on most flights longer than an hour these days.

After visiting my father in Greenville, S.C. in April, my wife and I flew to New Orleans for a few days. We quickly realized that renting a car and driving between the two cities might have cost us a couple more hours but overall would have been more pleasant. I’ve driven about ten hours straight once during a road trip through California and it was physically less demanding and more enjoyable than flying just half that amount of time cross country.

Pope Francis would pimp slap some of the people you encounter on planes today. My blood pressure, wide shoulders, and long legs can’t handle it.


Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Social Commentary


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Sometime in 1988…

My mother: How can the song be “Angel Eyes”? The boy can’t see. That’s not mean. That’s just the truth.

SER: It’s possible he’s singing from another person’s perspective.

My mother: No, he’s with the girl in the video. He can’t see her. You could take it seriously if he was singing about her voice, because a blind person’s hearing is supposed to be strong.

SER: So… “Angel Voice”?

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Pop Life


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Joan Fontaine…

So, this has been a crummy day for fans of old movies.

However, 96 is an impressive run, and Fontaine’s elder sister Olivia de Havilland is still alive. Great genes, I suppose.


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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Uncategorized



Peter O’Toole…

One of my favorite recent performances from Peter O’Toole

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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Pop Life


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Gun Crazy…

So, another school shooting.

This is sadly getting far too routine.


Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Political Theatre


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“Girls” and copyright law…

An informed update on the GoldieBlox and Beastie Boys “Girls” debacle.

What I’d most amusing is if The Isley Brothers sued The Beastie Boys for their unlicensed and unpaid sample of “Shout!” for their 1987 song.

And Licensed to Ill is as “satirically” sexist as Kanye West is “satirically” narcissistic.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Pop Life, Social Commentary


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Santa Claus Nonsense…

Aisha Harris at Slate wrote a piece about the impact of growing up as a black kid celebrating Christmas with a white Santa.

Fox News responded to the piece with cartoonish hilarity you would expect from a Saturday Night Live sketch, but in actuality is consistent with the low-level empathy-free thinking that passes for commentary on the network.

They also didn’t even bother getting what Richard Pryor called the “(negro) that they hire” to corroborate their entrenched point of view.

I do hope Harris saw the Fox News segment and grasps that this is the mentality to which she’s appealing when she’s asking for inclusiveness from a holiday that has no true cultural connection to her.

After all, try to imagine white kids celebrating a holiday with a black savior and welcoming an old black man into their home late at night with cookies and milk.

Fox, I suppose, is at least honest that this is their holiday. They forced it on you after they enslaved you and they are not interested in your concerns, in your “hypersensitivity” and desire for inclusion. This is Christmas, not Burger King. You don’t get to have it your way.

Because Santa is “who he is.”

Which was an elf in the Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” and, also, you know, fictional… just like the carpenter he upstages each year.

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Social Commentary


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Facebook Etiquette…

Charlie looked up from his Surface tablet.

“That photo of you and the girls in matching sunglasses is a big hit on Facebook.”

“It is a nice shot of me,” Gina corroborated. “How many ‘Likes’ did it receive?”

“Lemme check. You know, people complain that Surface doesn’t have the Facebook app but you can access the Web version just as easily through Internet Explorer.”

“I’m sure,” she replied, only half-listening, as she read quietly from the Wall Street Journal app on her iPad.

“Forty-eight likes,” Charlie declared. “That’s funny. You’re not one of them.”

“Liking your own photo is tacky, Charlie. Besides, I tend to filter the profiles of people who post a lot about their kids.”

“Even me?”

“Especially you,” Gina confirmed. “I can’t make personal exceptions or I lose all credibility.”

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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in The Wrong Questions


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