Sunday, July 31, 2005

Howard Dean, Again

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2005 at 8:04 PM

A poster at Daily Kos takes the DNC Chair (who as we all know, all together now: "Revs Up The Base"), to task for saying something so screwy even a Kos poster can't spin it on his behalf.

Again, the Kelo dissenters were:

Chief Justice Rehnquist
Justice Scalia
Justice Thomas
Justice O'Connor

That's three arch-conservatives and one moderate conservative.

And, among those voting in the majority, none of them were Bush 43 appointees. In fact, there are no Bush 43 appointees on the bench at this point.

(Note: This only seems to have been reported in one place--the conservative Web site, but no one has denied its occurrence yet, even at Kos. Can someone find another reference? Until then I'll leave open the possibility that it wasn't said or has been misreported.)

(via Instapundit)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Far Far Far Off the Mark

Posted By on Sat, Jul 30, 2005 at 8:07 PM

These "personality tests" are everywhere, and when I take them, which I will do for kicks on occasion, they usually end up putting me somewhere in the ballpark of where I actually am.

But I have never taken one that has ended up as far off the mark as the one in the link. My score: Goth. Goth? I mean, not even close. We're talking the distance from Pluto to the Sun here. Take this thing and tell me if it pegged you right. Maybe I'm unpeggable.

(Note: Don't let the timestamp fool you. I am most certainly NOT sitting in my living room taking cheesy Internet personality tests on a Saturday night while watching television with a half-eaten plate of cold spaghetti next to me. No, there must be something wrong with the site's clock or something. I'll have to look into it. Now, when the hell's Matlock on?)

Friday, July 29, 2005

House of Von

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 2:59 PM

We here at the Scene have always been on the cutting edge of all that is cool and awesome. Never once have we been behind the times. No, really. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I try my hardest to help out with the general awesomeness around here, but considering the fact that I love The Cosby Show and am saddened that Paul McCartney isn't coming to Nashville on his 2005 tour, I'm not always the best person to ask about up and coming trends.

But still. I have my moments.


Here is VonVonVon, "the International Pop Sensation you've been waiting for" (according to himself). He will make your Friday afternoon totally and utterly bizarre...also kind of dirty. He has been on Showtime at the Apollo and Chinese Popstar. Have YOU been on Chinese Popstar? I didn't think so.

The "Nanarama" song reminds me of this time I went to a vintage resale shop that catered mainly to drag queens and tried on a muumuu but it was too big. And then I accidentally knocked over a mannequin. I have lived a full life.

Where do the college kids hang out?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 2:17 PM

I know bars, and not too long ago, I was in college. But thanks to this new thing called "blogging," we at the Scene can write interactively—which means I can ask you people to tell me about your favorite so-called college bars and what makes them so special. I've got a list going for an upcoming College Survival Guide piece, but I bet you'll think of some nightspots that I'm overlooking, or that I was too drunk at the time to remember. Then I can steal your ideas and collect a paycheck. Isn't the Interweb great?

Mr. Roboto over at Thursday Night Fever gets us started with a negative review of The Flying Saucer. Add your nominations in our comments thread.

Off the Deep End

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 11:58 AM

The always thoughtful, rational, finger-right-on-the-pulse-of-the-American-mainstream Egalia thinks that the President flipped off the media after a presser. She then has the audacity to suggest that he "up his meds." Sounds like a little projection to me.

I'd let this pass, but Brittney has declared forthrightly--and without hedging--that "George Bush flipped off the White House Press Corps" without accounting for the fact that the picture is ambiguous--it could very well be Bush giving someone the "thumbs-up," as indeed a witness at the actual event (as opposed to someone sitting behind a computer screen who already doesn't like the guy in the first place) has noted (see the update in the link). Or it could be just an open-fingered wave that the camera catches from an odd angle.

Anyway, go to those sites and check it out for yourself. My opinion--until I see otherwise, the Egalias and the Brittneys of our little world are just seeing what they want to see.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

wide screen TV

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 3:56 PM

As a celluloid junkie, I've been dreading this news for a long time. But it was probably inevitable: The IMDB cited a New York Times article yesterday that said Hollywood's major studios have agreed on a plan to get digital projectors into movie theaters. Inevitably these will replace the traditional projectors—which means that movies transmitted via satellite or fiber-optic cable will replace prints on film.

The benefits are only for the studio and distributor, not the consumer. Although installing the new projectors will be expensive, the movies themselves can be shown at a minuscule fraction of one celluloid print. That means ticket prices will drop, right? Sure—and dogs will crap Raisinets. And the digital projection I've seen offers even less for your ticket dollar. It lacks depth of field, looks cheap and has almost no texture. I believe Regal currently broadcasts its infernal "The 2wenty" ("Entertainment Ignited"—if only someone would!) on digital projectors.

The article says that high standards are being set for the projectors, and that they'll allow for upgrades as the technology changes. Fine. But unless they deliberately incorporate digital distortion, most DV features already look like crud compared to film. Make way for better-projected crud.

The Right Honorable Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 7:53 AM

"I know in Lois's heart and mind, she would not have done anything she thought was illegal, immoral or wrong."

Oh, all right then. Move along people. Truly nothing to see here. Speaker Naifeh said so.

UPDATE: She's stepped down from the ethics committee. Well, that's a start I guess.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Round Table Redux

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2005 at 3:56 PM

An article by Liz Garrigan in the issue of the Scene that hits the streets today offers some new details on events leading to the impending demise of Teddy Bart’s Round Table. Especially disturbing is the indication that the five board members of The Public Forum who voted to kill the show kept Teddy Bart and Karlen Evins (also board members) out of the loop until just before the ax fell at a July 14 meeting.

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It's the Slogan, Stupid

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:54 AM

And to think I ever doubted that the people in charge of U.S. foreign policy know what they are doing. I will definitely sleep better at night now that the GWOT has become the GSAVE, and wake up more optimistic about the future. With national security advisor Steven Hadley pointing out that "We need to dispute...the gloomy vision and offer a positive alternative," I'm downright giddy. Orwell would be proud.

Free Popcorn and the Preds

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2005 at 7:48 AM

David Climer, who's always kind of grumpy (not that there's anything wrong with that), says that the Nashville Predators are going to have to do a lot more than offer free popcorn and dollar hot dogs to win over Nashvillians. Their biggest problem, he says, is not angry hockey fans. It's the plain old apathy among everyone else.

He's certainly right about the apathy part, but I do think they're making some kind of effort to win back fans, and I think that the place to start is in fact with the angry hockey fans and semi-fans. They're the most likely people to go. Get them first and maybe there will be enough energy and excitement (especially if the Titans are only so-so this year) to get even more butts in seats at the arena (I've always called it the arena, and probably always will).

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