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Who is the man…?

From Metafilter, the video that no one should miss.  Ever.  Not ever.

I present to you now the theme song from the TV show “Shaft” (sort of), brought to you proudly by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain:

Somewhere, Isaac Hayes is pausing to furrow his brow and scratch his bald head, wondering what’s that annoying twanging sound following him around all over Funk Heaven.


Aaaaaaand WitSnapper has passed 2,000 unique views, in a fraction of the time it took to hit 1,000!  From the hit count breakdown on the stats page, evidently the Crap Sandwich saga of the past week was good for business, though I think the Ifill book business pushed me over the top.

Thanks to all who visited, linked, and trackbacked.  Next milestone post will be on the occasion of the 5K-Blog.

Memo to newsbloggers: PLEASE stop blogging about “The View” before I shoot myself

OK, I have deliberately kept any mention of “The View” off my blog to date.  Number one, the typical subject matter of “The View” does not remotely overlap with the chosen subject matter of WitSnapper.  Number two, whenever there is any overlap — almost inevitably in the political realm — the content is such that anybody with any interest in or respect for the art and science of politics (as opposed to individual politicians) would be embarrassed to post on it.

When the five clucking hostesses of “The View” (also known affectionately as “The Land On That B**ch Elizabeth Like A Tonna Bricks Every Day Variety Hour”) stroke their chins and opine on matters of state, the results aren’t just excruciatingly shallow and insipid.  They’re also mind-numbingly predictable:  token conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck fends off the claws of the politically correct Hollywood horde occupying the rest of the couch.

Which leads me to wrack my brains over and over as to why, gawd, why the latest egregiousness from “The View” always seems to make it onto the newsblogs?  I mean, I can sort of understand why right-leaning newsblogs might post about John McCain’s ill-advised appearance on the show, in which Whoopi Goldberg in her infinite wisdom asked the senator if he was in favor of reinstating slavery (and comparing that episode to the drool-fest that was Obama’s appearance earlier, in which the sage Barbara Walters expounded on his sexiness, or the chick-love party with the fist-bumping La Michelle).

I can sort of see how differences in the tone and content of face-to-face excuses-for-interviews with prospective Presidents and First Ladies on “The View” might draw morbid curiosity from news-and-politics blogs, and maybe even the occasional post (not the way I’d go, but whatever).  But now newsbloggers are posting about “The View” even without any newsworthy people appearing there. People, why?

I never considered myself the type to presume to tell other people what to put on their blogs.  But like John McCain has said about the only stretch of torture he’s ever experienced that was worse than his “View” appearance, “I learned [in Vietnam] that every man has his breaking point.”

Newsbloggers, “The View” is not worth your bandwidth, your outrage, or your time.  Leave the henhouse beat to TMZ.com and other fluffy, crack-crazed entertainment blogs.  You’ve got much better things to do; some of you are even paid to do them.  Please do them, and refrain from posting Viewdeo clips and telling us, inexplicably, to “watch to the end.”

I mean, fertheluvvagawd, it appears even Hasselbeck herself is writing the show off as a waste of her time, and she makes a truckload of money on it.

R.I.P Paul Newman, 1925 – 2008

Paul Newman is gone.

Wonderful epitaph from John Nolte at PajamasMedia: “It‘s the rare circumstance where we mourn the loss of the man more than the star.” The countless beneficiaries of the Newman’s Own Foundation, past and to come, will doubtless agree.

You a world-shaker, that’s what you are.


Woohoooo!  At some point following the debates (probably early this morning), my young blog experienced its 1,000th unique view!  It’s zoomed past 1,100 since then, as of this writing.

A few days ago my traffic skyrocketed when trackbacks related to the debate and the run-up thereto steered visitors from some of the heavy-hitting blogs over thisaway.  Thanks, trackbackers!

This just in, from New York City…

David Blaine is a no-talent tool.

During my lunch break today, I decided to walk up to Wollman Rink in Manhattan’s Central Park to check out David Blaine’s latest stunt. I have better things to do with my time, to be sure, but I’ve always been curious about David Blaine: Not in that “Oh, he’s so amazing” way, but in that “What is this guy’s deal?” way. Apparently, I’m not the only cynic around. I overheard a few middle-aged ladies walking ahead of me, saying, “He’s just doing a stupid stunt; he’s not a magician.”

Oh, this just p***es me off.  The guy even gets down from the wire to take regular water breaks fercryinoutloud.  Leave him up there for the full (and advertised) sixty hours, and then I might say it rises to “stunt” level.  Reminds me of the Steven Wright joke about seeing a 7-11 clerk locking the doors to the store:  “I went up to him and said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?  The sign says Open 24 Hours.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Not in a row…!'”


Google to Apple: Overcharge THIS

Google’s new smartphone, the G1 Android, is being released today.  I’m closer now to buying a smartphone than I’ve ever been, but I’m still probably going to put it off.

The Upside: It’s much cheaper to own than Apple’s iPhone, both for the equipment and for the plan.  It’s got a big ol’ screen, a trackball, and a slide-out keyboard, which I think I might like better than the iPhone’s virtual keyboard.

The Downside: It only works on T-Mobile, which not only isn’t my plan (and I’m perfectly happy with AT&T), but also has a slow data network compared to other carriers.  Not something you’d want in an Internet-capable phone.

Despite it’s low price tag, I think I’ll wait until the Google phone branches out to other providers.  Besides, as I’m sure it pains the makers of the iPhone to recall, it can only get cheaper.

UPDATE: Wired is not impressed.