Gordon Ramsay & Anthony Bourdain – Which Is The Bigger A-Hole?

I was speaking with a chef the other day and we were discussing food, of course, and I mentioned Anthony Bourdain’s book about Typhoid Mary. I stated that the book was actually quite interesting, as it poses that Typhoid Mary was not a malicious person, but rather that she was too proud of a cook to admit that she was killing people. Yes, simplified in one sentence, that sounds weird. However, he does make a good point.

At some point, I mentioned that Bourdain was an asshole. The chef asked why I thought that. I had seen maybe one or two shows of his, and read some back Continue reading ‘Gordon Ramsay & Anthony Bourdain – Which Is The Bigger A-Hole?’ »

Boy George & Riz Ahmed/Riz MC – The Same Person?

I got in my car the other day and NPR was on, as usual, and to my surprise, Boy George was being interviewed. I would recognize that voice anywhere. There were mentions of the 80s and DJing, but everything mentioned had a political jaunt to it. They talked about his rapping of a song called “9/11 Blues” and I was confused.
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Why I have started clicking on every ad

I have decided to click on every ad I can. For years, I have dutifully tried not to click on ads because they pay for clicks. Recently, though, I accidentally clicked on some clickbait and was pissed off about it, so to make them pay for their crap, I started clicking on clickbait on purpose. (And quickly closing the window, so I wasn’t tempted to read their “story”)

Here’s the flip side to this: it made me realize that I could actually support people’s real efforts by doing the same thing in non-clickbait articles or sites. I will take the extra second to click on an ad in an article I like to support the writer or creator. Genius!

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Hard Times & Art – Why Is It Not Happening Now?

Usually, during hard times or depressing events, lots of art gets made. The best art comes from sadness. A friend mentioned that they are not seeing art being made during this “resident” Trump period. With so many people affected by his every tweet, you would imagine a slew of counter-culture art. But, no.

I think I have a theory as to why we aren’t seeing artwork being churned out.


I have written several pieces here that explain why the country is always going to be at odds, and fear has kept me from publishing these. My fear isn’t from the left or right, it is from the government itself. Other people feel this fear as well, and it stifles creativity.

Also, it is usually the younger generation that creates relevant art, and most people under 40 have been served up a Hilton/Kim/Reality show mind-numbing brain ray since they were born. They don’t create art when they consume it. You never see artists slobbering over other people’s artwork. You choose to be an artist or a critic. If young people had not been poisoned by the water supply since the 80s, they would see the craziness of having 70+ year old white men running the government and they would blog/vlog/tweet, etc. about it. Any woman who didn’t vote for a woman is part of the problem. If Hillary had won, you would have seen empowered women creating female-celebratory music just like the women’s movement of the 60s. Jealousy might be an issue. The reason Obama got voted in was because his base is better at standing up for the greater good of their whole community. They express that through music and art.

If people weren’t fearful, there would be a slew of art installations demanding justice.

Stop being an art consumer and become an artist. Make a statement.

Rick And Morty S03E07 Candidate Morty’s Monologue Season 3 Episode 7

Rick’s Question:
“Candidate Morty, the number of displaced Mortys is soaring while Rick satisfaction levels are plummeting and the divide between the two groups has never been wider. Solve that one real quick.”

Morty’s answer:
“I don’t see a divide between Ricks and Morty’s… You guys finished? The division I see is between the Ricks and Mortys that like the citadel divided… And the rest of us. I see it everywhere I go. I see it in our schools, where they teach Mortys that we’re all the same because they’re threatened by what makes us unique. I see it in our streets, where they give guns to Mortys so we’re too busy fighting each other to fight real injustice. I see it in our factories, where Ricks work for a fraction of their boss’ salary, even though they are identical and have the same IQ. The citadel’s problem isn’t homeless Mortys or outraged Ricks. The citadel’s problem is the Ricks and Mortys feeding on the citadel’s death… But I’ve got a message for them from the Ricks and Mortys keeping it alive. A message from the Ricks and Mortys that believe in this citadel to the Ricks and Mortys that don’t: ‘You’re outnumbered!'”

Worst Song I Have Ever Heard – Donna Summer’s Dinner With Gershwin

[update: Brenda Russell wrote this, not DS! But she did think it was good enough to rerecord it! Blech!]
Let me start by saying that I respected Donna Summer’s songwriting ability immensely. She wrote some of the best songs that defined the era of disco. Excellent. While driving today and listening to Sylvester radio on google play music, I heard this song for the first time. It had to be the first time, as I reacted with disdain from the moment she started to sing.

I am used to symbolic poetry-based songs, as I am a product of the 80s- the songs weren’t limited to sex, drinking or dancing. So I was ok with the title. Maybe it wou Continue reading ‘Worst Song I Have Ever Heard – Donna Summer’s Dinner With Gershwin’ »