Friday, August 29, 2008

Book Review: I Hate Ann Coulter by Unanimous

The Strand Books Annex in Lower Manhattan is closing (boo hiss). Before they close that location, they are selling books really cheap (woo hoo). I managed to by I Hate Ann Coulter for $2.50 (woo hoo).

It's a short and incredibly bitchy book written by some guy about the Coultergeist (I called her that before I heard about Olbermann doing it, and I'm sure you thought of it too.). She is one mean, ugly monster, and that's just her personality.

A fun passage from the book:
She calls Pamella Harriman and Patricia Duff "whores," but she arrives at the Today show at 6:00 a.m. in last night's cocktail dress.

I've always wondered if Coulter changed clothes monthly or if she had an enormous closet filled with dresses that look like part of witch's costume for Halloween. Also, is her hair naturally urine blond, or does she get it done that way on purpose?

I love the section of the book on "Al Pieda," the two guys who threw pies at the evil one. The recipe for the "Tofu Terror Pie" (a tofu cream pie recipe) ends quite swimmingly:
Throw at Ann Coutler

I personally can't stand most cream pies and think all of them (except for the chocolate ones) should be thrown at Coulter, Hannity, etc.

The book quoted the incredible Coulterbeast saying something that probably gave a lot of people ideas:
I have to say I'm all for public flogging.

Let's try the flails out on you, Ann! Anyway, the book has one photo of Ann as a dominatrix that obviously was faked since the woman's body had visible breasts.

If you have had a rotten week like I did, you will especially appreciate the venom Unanimous spewed at the most venomous pundit of all. Here are some things I hate almost as much as Coulter.

- Velvet Elvis paintings
- Screaming children
- Lima Beans
- Traffic jams
- Unreality television
- Filling out tax forms

(Note: I thought about using the "hairy" label, but realized that would be a bad idea since I only want to see posts about hot hairy guys when I click on that.)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Inner Manga

manga cartoon image

Hat tip to Strange Relationship, who seems to have his finger on the pulse of fabulous, time wasting fun. There is this site called which lets you make your own manga style avatar. The only drawback is that it will make an avatar in its twenties or younger, regardless of your actual age. But, it's still fun.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Acting Vs. Indicating on As the World Turns

Soap opera's are a "guilty pleasure" (OK, really an embarrassing pleasure since I don't seem to have the guilt gene). That said, it is nice that one of them has somewhat realistic gay characters.

As the World Turns has an actual gay couple, Noah and Luke, who fans affectionately call "Nuke." If you work during the day and don't feel like recording it, you can watch the show online.

As you might expect, the paultry air time Nuke usually get is really annoying, though it is good that there is a queer couple on the show. I understood immediately why that bothered me. However, there was something else that annoyed me, something I didn't know how to explain.

One of the other things that actually sets ATWT from its competition is the quality of the acting. However, Proctor and Gamble, which owns the show (a true soap opera), has been messing with that too. Grayson McCouch, one of the two best actors, left the show because TPTB (the powers that be) decided to get hard assed in contract negotions. He's coming back (his character from the dead LOL), but the other best performer, Martha Byrne, was pushed out.

Sadly, her character was recast by the mediocre Noelle Beck. I didn't know how to explain what is wrong with Beck's performances until WBAI's theater reviewer mentioned the difference between indicating and acting. has a great article by Jean Schiffman on what these terms mean and what the difference is. Here's a basic explanation:
Indicating, writes Alex Golson in Acting Essentials (McGraw-Hill, 2001), is what you do when you "show the audience what you are thinking or feeling" -- that is, showing instead of thinking, feeling, and doing. He advises, "Don't ever show; just do and trust that your feelings and thoughts will be discovered by the audience." Chicago teacher Ed Hooks, in The Actor's Field Guide (Back Stage Books, 2004), describes indicating as "the acting equivalent of one of those old paint-by-number kits." He explains that you mustn't decide what the emotion ought to be in a certain moment in the scene and then try to come up with ways to act that emotion. Certainly that's a more subtle approach to indicating than scrunching your face or cocking your head, but it's indicating just the same, because it's not being in the moment.

Earlier in the article, they gave a more concrete example:
Yet indicating happens. In discussing sense memory in her book Acting for Film (Allworth Press, 2003), Cathy Haase gives an example of it: "If it is supposed to be a sunny environment, the actor acts like they are in the sun. They squint their eyes, lick their lips from thirst, and wipe away the sweat from their brow.... [They] use a gesture to indicate what is going on in the environment. These gestures are generally too stagy for the camera." In most cases, they're too stagy for the stage, too.

In writing, they often say that you should "show, not tell." I guess this is the analogous thing for acting.

Now, I undertand the difference between Byrne and Beck. Beck is indicating, while Byrne was acting.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Cloris Leachman Kicked Ass at the Bob Saget Roast

I was flipping channels last night, and the Comedy Central thing said something about a Bob Saget roast. The Pamela Anderson roast a while back was funny, so I was intrigued, but a question remained:

Who is Bob Saget?

Once I saw his picture, I vaguely remembered that he was associated with a tedious show called Full House as well as America's Least Funny Home Videos. Then, a thought crossed my mind.

Bog Saget isn't funny.

Apparently, a lot of the roasters agreed with that assessment. Anyway, the comic who stole the show was Cloris Leachman. Here are two clips from her routine which was absolutely hysterical.

She did a great interview after the show too.

If she wants to be a standup comic, she will do quite well.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Roger Federer Is Still the Cutest Pro Tennis Player

Who cares about other ratings?

Cuteness is what really matters. Here are some random pics of his glorious handsomeness from 2005 and 2007.

seated Roger looking hunky
Photo: Abdou W.

Roger in action
Photo: jtbarrett

Roger Kisses His Trophy
Photo: Lucky B.

The Truth About John "Keating Five" McCain Is Pretty Funny

If McCain staggers his way into the White House, stand up comics will have a bonanza.

Hat tip to Mock, Paper, Scissors

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The UFC Widget

I know you aren't supposed to say it, but UFC is softcore bi/gay porn.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Paris Hilton Tosses Her Hat Into the Ring

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Now, that she was such a good sport about this, I don't hate Paris Hilton as much as I used to.


The Geekiest Cartoon Strip I've Ever Seen

It's called the Webcredibles. It is a series of comic strips about website usability using cartoon superheros such as "Hyperlink" and "Webcrawler."

Of course, if people followed the advice, the web would be easier to use and less annoying.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

90 Things Meme/Game

Hat tip to Melodramatic Diary of a Cynic, which explains this meme/game as follows:
Bold the ones that you've done before and leave the rest alone. As always, I'm not gonna tag anyone, but you're more than welcomed to play.

1. Bought everyone in the pub/bar a drink

2. Climbed a mountain

3. Held a tarantula

4. Taken a morning shower with your man

5. Been in love

6. Broken someone’s heart

7. Had your heart broken

8. Done a striptease

9. Bungee jumped

10. Watched a lightning storm at sea

11. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sun rise

12. Seen the Northern Lights

13. Gone to a huge sports game

14. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

15. Slept under the stars

16. Changed a baby’s diaper

17. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

18. Watched a meteor shower

19. Gotten drunk on champagne

20. Given money to charity

21. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

22. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

23. Had a food fight

24. Bet on a winning horse

25. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

26. Had a snowball fight

27. Photocopied your butt or any other intimate body part

28. Held a lamb

29. Gone skinny dipping

30. Taken an ice cold shower

31. Seen a total eclipse

32. Ridden a roller coaster

33. Hit a home run

34. Been arrested

35. Visited all 50 states

36. Taken care of someone who was drunk

37. Stolen a street/highway sign

38. Backpacked in Europe

39. Taken a road-trip

40. Taken a midnight walk on the beach

41. Gone sky diving

42. Milked a cow

43. Alphabetized your records

44. Sung karaoke

45. Lounged around in bed all day

46. Gone scuba diving

47. Danced in the rain

48. Gone to a drive-in theater

49. Started a business

50. Gotten married

51. Been in a movie

52. Crashed a party

53. Gotten divorced

54. Had sex in an unusual place

55. Made cookies from scratch

56. Gotten a tattoo

57. Been on television

58. Had sex in a public place

59. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything

60. Recorded music

61. Had too much to drink at a party

62. Bought a house

63. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off

64. Been on a cruise ship

65. Spoken more than one language fluently

66. Bounced a check

67. Called or written your Congress person

68. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

69. Sang loudly by yourself in the car

70. Wrote articles for a large publication

71. Piloted an airplane

72. Helped an animal give birth

73. Been fired or laid off from a job

74. Won money on a T.V. game show

75. Broken a bone

76. Ridden a motorcycle

77. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced

78. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

79. Ridden a horse

80. Had major surgery

81. Had sex on a moving train

82. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing

83. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states

84. Visited all 7 continents

85. Eaten sushi

86. Had your picture in the newspaper

87. Parasailed

88. Changed your name

89. Dyed your hair

90. Been a DJ

Obviously, I better get cracking.