Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Pocket pocket T pocket T pocket T

(To the tune of the Who's cover of "Bucket T.") In recent years I've tried to move away from the necessary breast pocket, praised here by SimpleBits. Oh, but it was handy, especially for pens. Also bits of paper, sunglasses, pills, cash, tickets, low-yield thermonuclear devices, and on and on. Pocket T RIP.

Monday, August 30, 2004

roshambo rambo

Stuever profiles a new "sport" and I can just see the slurry Olympics version now. Since apparently any sport can be an Olympic Sport (Christopher, I know you think badminton is really hard but I think it's probably mostly in the sense of harder to say you wanna go bm pro than telling your parents you want to be a writer).

Yes, friends, I'm talking about rock, paper, scissors.

As burgeoning sports go, rock-paper-scissors has at least this going for it: It embraces and encourages inebriated trash-talking among its competitors.

The rise of RPS is a little like when adults started forming kickball or dodgeball leagues a few years ago. Or the annual air-guitar championship held every summer in Finland. Now comes the commodification and officializing of rock-paper-scissors, a game many people learn from an older sibling on a long car trip. There's a documentary film being made about RPS and, in October, there'll be a book -- "The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide."

See you at the World Championships in Toronto:


Sunday, August 29, 2004

gimme 10 cc's of Small Faces!

You're a Mod. You dig expensive things, like suits
and speed. You have a fine appreciation for the
Kinks and know that Motown started it all, and
you have fabulous style. Hey, nice hair.

You Know Yer Indie. Let's Sub-Categorize.
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This is actually and reflected in everything about me, except for the clothes I wear, the music I listen to and the life I live.


You're Generally Indie. There's nothing wrong with
this. You like music all over the map and
aren't adversed to listening to some Top 40
here and there. You just know to comment that
The Neptunes are the best producers around
right now. You don't feel the need to debate
constantly with other music geeks, because you
know that Pavement were the best band of the

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Now you.

A desperate resuscitation attempt

You're a True Punk. You know that punk isn't all
about studded jackets and mohawks. If you're
political, you're actually informed. Most of
the stuff you love is from before the 80s,
though you know bands like Fugazi kept the
spirit going.

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Carpe drive-in

The Starlite Drive-In's screen went up in flames last weekend. The owner plans to rebuild, which is good. The gun shop and video store, housed in the concession stand, will remain open. I'm not sure if that's good or not, not really being a big fan of guns. But the gun shop is just one weird piece of what makes the Starlite special. Support your local drive-in, if you've got one! If you don't, support your local good thing that's vanishing under the weighty homogenizing tide of corporate capitalism.