it’s all about the intro

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood….

Teletubbies

I love you

Super Friends

Get Smart

Crockett’s Theme – Jan Hammer – Miami Vice

Miami Vice – In the Air Tonight

To Live and Die in LA

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

A wartime consigliere

why did Ashley pick J.P. over Ben

“Listen I throw these ideas out there, because I recognize the country I live in. Living in Michigan now, the main topic of conversation this week was the last episode of the ‘Bachelorette,’ and why did Ashley pick J.P. over Ben. That’s the country I live in, and they all vote. And I’d like to communicate with them,” the “Bowling for Columbine” writer/director said.

CNN

Regardless of your politics, that quote stings a little.

The Rule of Consistency and Why You Are Being Played

You are being played to keep you on the corporate teet photo of a photo of a foxand make sure you don’t rise up. You have been convinced to do what you are told at a level that you no longer even realize it. Yes. You.

There is no one “the man” that is keeping us down. It’s the entire empire. The one that tells the black man he has to argue with another black man about “whose parents were worse and whose childhood was worse.” (see original and “you ain’t never been on probation“)  The “man” that tells the country kids about the working man blues. The one that sings Narcocorrido to our youth on both sides of the border.

Humans are persuaded by a variety of means. This author gives us the six laws of persuasion. Reciprocation, Commitment, Social Proof, Liking, Authority and Scarcity.

Example: Most people are aware of the power of reciprocity, which is why they are so eager to give you a cookie when you go into a furniture store or buy you a free coke at the car dealership. Once we say yes, we owe them. The fact that we don’t OWE them enough to buy a 30k car is besides the point, there is nothing else we can give them to repay the favor when we are in their offices. So a free coke and a free cookie really do increase sales.

You, we, us – we are being played. NoLogo indeed.

i just want to be your friend

“I just want to be your friend.” – Blinky

Blinkyâ„¢ from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.

Soon every home will have a robot helper.

Don’t worry.

It’s perfectly safe.

Written, Directed & Edited by Ruairi Robinson

Starring Max Records from “Where The Wild Things Are”.

Cinematography by Macgregor

Music by Ólafur Arnalds courtesy of Erased Tapes

Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish film Board

can’t is the cancer of happen

I blinked and I cured my brain. That’s how…

Can’t is the cancer of happen. Can’t is the cancer of happen.

I can’t do it.

The nike slogan doesn’t say “just try it” oh ok “just try it” no “just do it man”

but you love to party?

I mean, what’s not to love? Especially when you see how I party. It was epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flyn, Jagger, Richards, all of them just look like, you know, just droopy eyed armless children.

(source)

Seahorses. I’m in love with them.

“Seahorses. I’m in love with them. They’re so beautiful and cute. I’m in love with the seahorses. … I love seahorses and I love looking at ‘em. And I love seashells. I love seashell things. I love things with seashells and seahorses on ‘em. Like blankets, and towels, and little bags. I love em. Seahorses forever!”

Dan Deacon & Liam Lynch – Drinking Out of Cups (mildly NSFW)

Kanye’s Runaway

From CNN:

(EW.com) — Kanye West debuted his long-form music film “Runaway” on Saturday night. It was a dreamy mini-movie with lovely, light imagery and a heavy message — roughly speaking, people aren’t open-minded; they don’t accept what they don’t immediately understand. Take it as a metaphor for how West feels about the acceptance of not necessarily his music, but his public behavior (epitomized by the West-Taylor Swift VMA moment,) and you probably wouldn’t be wrong. (more)

the lie, I should say, for which we kill

“They are the kings. They are the queens. Lady Gaga at CES 2010They write the history of the kingdom, and I am something of a devoted Jester. It is in the theory of perception that we have established our bond. Or, the lie, I should say, for which we kill. We are nothing without our image. Without our projection. Without the spiritual hologram of who we perceive ourselves to be, or to become rather, in the future.”

Lady Gaga (source)

Thanks to domainbarnyard on flickr for the cc licensed photo of lady gaga.

Religion is the overwhelmingly dominant factor in predicting generosity

Some stats from the book Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks:prayers

  1. Religion is the overwhelmingly dominant factor in predicting generosity —religious liberals and religious conservatives are identical.
    1. “Religious” is defined by Brooks as individuals who attend worship service at least once a week (30% of the population) and;
    2. “Secular” is defined by Brooks as people either don’t believe in a deity, or attend a place of worship one or less times per year.
  2. Religious people are 25% more likely to donate money than secular people
  3. Religious people are 23% more likely to volunteer, and even within the population of people who volunteer, religious people devote twice as much time.
  4. Conservative people give more money. Possibly a correlation as religious people are conservative.
  5. Political Affiliation (e.g. Democrat vs Republican) itself isn’t the predictor.

I believe it is worth pointing out that the definitions of “Religious” and “Secular” are polarized on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are many who perhaps attend a religious service once a month who would not fit either category as defined by Brooks.

All data from Who Really Cares – Compassionate Conservatism on Amazon.

Drink at the Bar Nothing bar anything

X – The Have Not

seattle undergroundDrink at the Bar Nothing bar anything

But the bottom step of the ladder
It keeps getting higher and higher

Dawn comes soon enough for the working class
It keeps getting sooner or later
This is the game that moves as you play

How does it feel to have your own bottle of booze
Behind the bar, how does it feel
To play cards with the barmaids while they work

At Jocko’s Rocketship
Or The One Eye Jack
My Sin and The Lucky Star
A steady place to study and drink

Day old days
Ancient bloody mary bastards
In a hardcore blue collar bar
Here we sit, a shot and a beer
After another hard earned day

Dawn comes soon enough for the working class
It keeps getting sooner or later
This is the game that moves as you play

At the Hi-D-Hi
And The Hula Gal
Bee-Hive Bar and The Zircon Lounge
G.G.’s Cozy Corner
The Gift Of Love
Stop’N’Drink, Sit’N’Sip, Rest’N’Pieces
Dexter’s New Approach and The Get Down Lounge
The Aorta Bar, Detroit’s Main Vein

The Pursuit of Attention – Quotes

The pursuit of attention is now emerging as one of the electric organizing principles of American life. Not only are people pursuing attention in new ways, but there is evidence that we have begun to restructure our culture – including even our politics and economy – around the idea of attention as a glittering ultimate recognition and reward. Celebrities are the icons, but the pursuit of attention is now being diffused and institutionalized, hardwired into our beings through new systems of media, business, and technology, and fueled by new, aching deprivations that prey on our psyches. The result is a spreading virus of prosaic but dehumanizing behavior that subtly alienates us from one another and turns daily interactions into a veiled competition for recognition and respect.

– Introduction to The Pursuit of Attention, second edition, by Charles Derber. 1979, 2000

All my stripper friends
All my ex-boyfriends
We all want the same thing
We all want the same thing
Parties in the bar, reaching for the stars
We all want the same thing

All My Stripper Friends, Tila Tequila