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18

Apr

Good Goddamn Friday Music Meltdown: If this were a movie trailer, I’d see the movie.

(via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=sO457TEiXKg&u=/watch?v=2IZs9P55tXQ&feature=share)

magicalnaturetour:

PILATES by Marina Cano

a.k.a. “Yoga Bear”.

magicalnaturetour:

PILATES by Marina Cano

a.k.a. “Yoga Bear”.

An interesting point well taken.

An interesting point well taken.

In Da Newz: For the love of Amanda Todd...

I have a niece who’s around Amanda Todd’s age.

You may not know or remember her name. But you may have seen this video…

We know that there may be others who might have goaded Amanda Todd to the point where she just couldn’t take it anymore.

But the fact is that there are others who came before Amanda, and there are more who followed. And certainly there are videos just like Amanda’s that simply went under everyone’s radar.

Sadly, Amanda now exists as a hashtag and a meme. And in the post-Rehteah Parsons afterlife, not many people take into consideration that she was once a person.

17

Apr

TO Mayoral Prediction: the election will be very close; a recount will be done; and people will ask “What has Rob Ford done for us besides Jimmy Kimmel?”

Will it be “Ford Nation” or “Chow Time”? Only the Torontonians can decide.

The rest will have to enjoy the show.

The Occasional Rant - You Know You Love Your “SVU”, Right?

Deep down inside, you grew up watching “Law and Order” and witnessed countless perps busted and convicted.

You also witnessed 4 spinoffs: “Trial by Jury”; “Special Victims Unit”; “Criminal Intent”; and “Los Angeles”.

Today, “SVU” is the last man standing, mainly because of a few factors such as seeing pervs get their just deserts, Fin and Munch grilling suspects on an open flame, and Benson and Stabler playing their best Mulder and Scully in finding the real crooks.

But since Christopher Meloni left the show a couple of years back, “SVU” had to jump a few sharks to be relevant. The tv universe is now saturated with procedural reality shows such as “The First 48” and “Intervention” on A&E, and a scripted, fictional program like “SVU” needs to step up its game to stay relevant and watchable.

It’s no easy feat when one considers the apparent popularity of full-blown fictional shows like “Agents of SHIELD” (my hands-down PVR favourite), “Breaking Bad” (my hands-down Netflix favourite) and “Game of Thrones” (which I haven’t seen but I’ll read the books just to get an idea of what the f*** is happening before watching it). It appears that if people wanted to see a procedural, they would not be tuning into an NBC affiliate to get their jones satisfied: they would be heading to A&E, NatGeo or Discovery. Or they would simply tune into CNN, Fox News, BBC News or even al-Jazeera for some real reality coverage.

So far, over the past 2 seasons, we had seen a captain being framed for a hooker’s murder, a detective losing his shit over his marriage, another detective coming close to selling her body over a gambling debt, and a senior detective getting raped by a serial sex-killer. For all intents and purposes, “SVU” as a procedural is as good as dead. It has shucked off the sober, methodical mechanics perfected by the original “Law and Order” series and opted for a serial storyline, not unlike its sister series “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD”. The crimes have become a backdrop to the real drama surrounding the detectives, a subtle Greek chorus to their personal tempests.

One show that would come close to what “SVU” might be aiming to be would be the BBC series “Luther”. Here, Sergeant Olivia Benson appears in the form of DCI John Luther, a person wracked with issues but still able to put in a decent day’s work in solving the most heinous of crimes. He was framed for the murder of his estranged wife, had run-ins with members of London’s underworld, and many guilty perps on his watch have had this unusual habit of winding up dead. The writing is tight (although the music is too fucking melodramatic - can you lower the volume on this sucker, please?), the tension constantly creeps up and swallows you whole, and you have Idris Elba getting the job done.

If “SVU” were to survive a couple of more seasons, Warren Leight will need to watch “Luther” and talk to its writers. consider Amaro, Rollins, Fin and Barba as supernumerary characters and place Benson into focus. Rather than go with a “one-case one-episode” deal, have a case spread out to a span of a couple of episodes and make Benson’s life the centrepiece of the series. That way, there would always be a point of reference for the viewers, both as protagonist and Greek chorus on each case and crisis.

This will mean that the “Law and Order” will need to be dropped from “Special Victims Unit”. This also will also mean that it can no longer be a procedural series but a serialized police drama. This is the only, logical way for “SVU” to go beyond 15 seasons to be it’s own, standalone brand. As much as we respect the past and legacy of “Law and Order”, one must also respect the viewer’s ever-deceasing attention span.

By the way: “Luther” rocks.

Thursday Before The Good Friday Long Weekend Music Meltdown - Sorry Rebecca: a couple of Aussie blokes owned Friday before you.

Everyone remembers that viral track by Rebecca Black that went like this…

But long before she was even conceived, some Australians decided to write a song about that day…

Deep down, Fridays meant freedom for me. Head to the bar, get shitfaced, blow my money on craps at the casino. Those were the days.

Now, I’d rather curl up with a book, watch tv or play a couple of video games. Old age does that to people. If only kids can realize that each day is to special to waste on something ephemeral like getting high on cheap chemicals and attempting to win at the dating game.

For me, every day alive is special. For me, Friday is a state of mind.

13

Apr

Weekend Music Meltdown: From Husker Du to today, Bob Mould has always been one of the hearts of the Minneapolis punk scene.

And judging by this track, he still has it.

And now, I get to enjoy my day.

"From the album Beauty & Ruin, out June 3, 2014 on Merge Records."
http://www.mergerecords.com/beauty-and-ruin

12

Apr

amazingatheist:

I’m always being told to check my privilege. But according to Buzzfeed, I’m not privileged at all. So shove it up your ass! SOURCE
BTW, I do consider myself priviliged. I’m just not privileged by these bullshit, ultra-PC standards of today. Buzzfeed and Tumblr are so full of shit they burp up turds. 

Privilege is relative. So, one could say it’s BS.

amazingatheist:

I’m always being told to check my privilege. But according to Buzzfeed, I’m not privileged at all. So shove it up your ass! SOURCE

BTW, I do consider myself priviliged. I’m just not privileged by these bullshit, ultra-PC standards of today. Buzzfeed and Tumblr are so full of shit they burp up turds. 

Privilege is relative. So, one could say it’s BS.

10

Apr

Thursday Music Meltdown: So I was browsing through Soundcloud for some interesting tunes, filling up my monthly playlist with the (relatively) latest in music when I stumbled upon this lunatic. I decided to follow him and checked out what he had to offer. One of his projects was a collection of covers including a full deconstruction of Miley’s “We Can’t Stop”. Needless to say, either this man needs serious help, or serious props. Listen, and decide.