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Friday December 31, 2010
How do you sum up a year? A year of remarkable change, disaster, progress, hope, beauty and destruction?
Well, we figured if anyone can do it, it's award-winning producer and Day 6 contributor Paolo Pietropoalo.
Take a listen to this powerful, spare piece he made exclusively for Day 6.
Categories: Audio, Comment, Day 6 Blog, Exclusive, Online, Paolo Pietropaolo, Politics
Friday December 31, 2010
As Day 6's resident cranky sourpuss (a.k.a. the voice of reason, if you ask me - which you really should have), it falls on me to rain on the parade with this list of stuff that's not horrible, but not really that great:
10. The Walking Dead - Spoiler alert - this otherwise great show makes no sense. If the hills are alive with the sounds of zombies, is it really the best time to be quoting Faulkner around the campfire? Post a look-out, ya schmucks! Or better yet - stop camping in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Find somewhere to sleep with - I don't know, maybe some walls? On the bright side, the entire writing staff got the axe at the end of the season.
9. 3D Movies and TV - It's in three dimensions and it gives you a headache. Just like real life. I also think stereo is gimmicky.
8. Saying "Douchebag" - A useful descriptor in the Jersey Shore era, but when you say "douchebag" you don't sound like Hunter S. Thompson. You just sound like a douchebag.
7. The Beatles finally available on iTunes - Biggest non-story of the year. Here's a modest proposal: nobody talk about The Beatles for the next ten years. Starting in 2021, we can talk about them non-stop for 47 years straight... again.
6. Eclipses - Is it just me, or is there an eclipse every three weeks now? And I still forget to look at them. These seemed like a much bigger deal when I was a kid, when TV shows were still racist enough to use the "eclipse flipping out the primitives" plot on a regular basis.
Tuesday December 28, 2010
Big thanks to Gawker for assembling this absolute must: The Top 100 Videos of 2010 in 170 seconds. Without this, we'd all be painfully out of the internet meme loop... and then what would we do?
Caution: there's some profanity and a bit of off-colour humour in there.
Bonus: They missed this spectacular video that captured the collapsing Minneapolis Metrodome roof when it caved in under the weight of too much snow:
Said The Gramophone's got a lovely list of best songs for 2010. I mean, who listens to whole albums anymore? Plus, you can stream all the songs on the site... and catch up on what you missed LINK (gold star if you find the song Day 6 made into a show I.D.)
Whoa. Largehearted Boy has compiled the master list of 2010 best-of music lists. It's completely overwhelming. LINK
And personally, I didn't want to buy into the hype, but Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy truly is one of the best albums of the year.
I'm having a hard time understanding why so few people know about or watch Fringe. Think "The X-Files" without the incomprehensible alien conspiracy theory. This is a J.J. Abrams shop... so Lost fans would take kindly to this adventure.
Great acting, exceptional staging, and some of the more intelligent script writing you'll see on American network television. Parallel universes, very likeable characters, nearly plausible fringe science, totally creepy monsters... I really want you to watch this.
Start with Season 1 and work your way forward... at this point in the
second third season, you'd benefit from the backstory (that whole "intelligent scripts" thing). Or head over HERE to brush up on the basics.
Finally, someone gave Steve Buscemi the spotlight he richly deserves. Boardwalk Empire's worth the watch for having the most elaborate set design on television right now, for indulging in a fascinating era of American history (Prohibition), for giving every character rich depth and texture, and for the fictional liberties it takes while hewing to actual American history. This is how historical drama can be done well. If only someone in Canada could apply this skill and imagination to some of our own wicked histories... wasn't Canada built by drunks, louts and ruffians, after all? Sort of?
As always, the list of "movies I meant to see" outranks the list I actually did make it to. But, hey, who needs 'em when some clever fool cuts and pastes them all together into a single, reasonably coherent narrative?
NERD STUFF (SAYS THE KETTLE)
It's likely that I'm too eager to chat about iPhone apps with any mildly interested ear. So, with that in mind, here's an interesting list of 2010 Apps chosen by MacWorld.
- March 2012
- Fri., 30 – April Fools' Marketing
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- Fri., 9 – Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
- October 2011
- Fri., 14 – Bank Transfer Day
- September 2011
- Fri., 16 – Deep Sixed Part 2 - Can The Euro Survive?
- August 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- Mon., 16 – Planking Kills Australian
- April 2011
- Tue., 19 – Iran plans for "Halal" Internet
- March 2011
- Fri., 11 – Reading and Interview: Redefining Motherhood
- February 2011
- January 2011
- December 2010
- November 2010
- October 2010
- Tue., 19 – How to Play a Song Without Your Instruments
- Mon., 18 – Sesame Street: Hitting the right notes?
- Fri., 15 – Episode 6: Chilean Miners Ready for their Closeup, David Sedaris, "Mad Men" in 90 Seconds
- Fri., 15 – EXCLUSIVE: CONGO COMIC BOOK
- Wed., 6 – Do You Know This Man?
- September 2010
- August 2010
- Mon., 30 – COMMENT: The McNugget in Us