Weekend Links Force You To Discard What’s Not Working In Favor of What Is
by Alex Carnevale
Did the Nazis really invent Fanta?
Xiu Xiu covering The Smiths.
James Dolan prepares to fire Isiah.
Dick Clark in the freezer.
Preserving that sense of balance.
Who the fuck thought it was a good idea to put nuclear waste in volcanos???
Where to go on vacation?
If you think the life of an A-lister is all travel, you’re correct. Glamorous travel, on the other hand, not so much. OK, so maybe they’re spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, and that has the typical business traveler’s itinerary beat. But what about just relaxing? Just because they have the money doesn’t mean they’ve got the time. We prodded a handful of big names, from starlets to musicians to authors to plain old New York legends. The question was simple: Where do you resolve to travel in 2008? Here, their answers.
I want to spend a lot of time in England ’cause both my kids are going to the university there. Well, my son is at Oxford and my daughter will be going to university in London.
Mustique. Because I haven’t been there, and I love the name. And it’s hot!
MARCIA GAY HARDEN
We’ve been wanting to go to Fiji because they have a great place there that you can do snorkeling and they have a great kids’ program. But, the problem is, we went to Greece a couple years ago and we are dying to go back because it speaks to something so resonant for me. I lived there before, and Thaddeus loved it, and the olive oil and the food – it was just incredible.
Paris. I’d like to check into the Ritz Hotel and never come out of my room. Because it’s just, uh, fun, and I’m there with my wife and my kids and they like to order the room service and take showers and loll around on the chaises. That’s all I need.
I’m dying to go to Cape Town. It’s the next frontier.
dorado in cabo
I want to go to Mexico. I love the fishing there. I love going fishing in Cabo San Lucas and Cancun. You can catch dorado, mahi-mahi, and marlin. But you have to throw back the marlin, though, because you don’t want to endanger the species anymore. But I love fishing and then catching the fish and then eating it with a lot of hot sauce! It’s my favorite, being in the sun, relaxing.
I would like to go someplace where I could stay more than one day. Ah! There are so many places that I’ve been that I haven’t really been able to spend any time. I’d like to go back to China. I’ve worked – I’ve been there four times and never really seen too much of it. And for a vacation, anyplace with a beach, anyplace with a beach.
India. I would like to go up in the hills where the yogis hang out. I love the colors.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’m desperate to go. I’m fascinated by the culture and I just want to experience what that’s like. It seems very mystical and very inspiring and rather soul-stirring, and I want to find out.
Australia. I’ve never been and I know I’ll love it. I want to go there and, like, surf and scuba dive. Yeah, that’s what I want to do.
I went to a lake in the Midwest this summer. I went to Lake Wawasee in Indiana – awesome place. I’m gettin’ into America – I’m trying to really find the good places. I’m a Midwestern girl – I’ve been to Key West, I’ve been to awesome places, but I’m looking for the places inside America.
Controversy at GameSpot.
James Wolcott pimping Matt Bai.
Demise of Dismemberment Plan, rise of something else. (Can You See the Sunset From the Southside?)
Shrill defense of Julie Christie.
All of the young woman from Heroes you will probably want to be seeing.
Julia Allison goes to see Juno. God was it fucking terrible. If I want to go see a movie about White People’s Problems, I’ll go see The Bourne Ultimatum.
Remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Childrens books about animals.
Fred Thompson wins something.
Dallas Cowboys connect with Indian tribes.
Enjoy the relaxing sounds of Smokey Robinson.
This Consumerist (the only Gawker blog I read besides Jezebel, not that I’m proud of that) post about canceling Verizon has much to give, but this was our favorite:
There is something very wrong when it cost 40 cents to send/receive a text (plus tax) and 41 cents to send a First Class letter across the country. When not abused by corporations, advances in technology (by definition) should make communication faster and cheaper. Imagine if Samuel Morse tried to sell his telegraph as a device that can send messages for the SAME PRICE as the Pony Express.
Think of it this way, SMS max message size is 160 characters. One character equals one byte. There are 1024 x 1024 or 1,048,576 bytes in 1MB.
Kate Nash performing “Foundations.” I like that song’s Metronomy remix much more than the original. Great lyrics, but the original beat was a little annoying.
“Foundations (Metronomy remix)” – Kate Nash (mp3)
As long as we’re on remixes that I enjoy more than the original:
“I’m Free (Hot Chip remix)” – The Rolling Stones (mp3)
“Breathe Me (Four Tet remix)” – Sia (mp3)
The five worst Wii games of ’07.
Really sweet monastery.
Madonna destroying the environment.
Fun with Beanie Siegel.
Awesome photos of tattoos.
“Soon to Be Innocent Fun + Let’s See ” – Arthur Russell (mp3)
THINGS KOALA BEARS WOULD SAY
Yay! Look, a pouch!
Let’s prevent a forest fire!
Climbing trees is fun!
No, you’re the cutest ever.
Let’s volunteer at a soup kitchen this Christmas.
Camus is boring. I find Karl Jaspers’ philosophy much more enlightening.
My tongue is funny!
Eating leaves is fun!
Let’s make cider!
Will you help me think of something else nice we can do for Grandma?
I bet I’ll live forever!
Buying the rest of the book would be a mistake for fans of koala humor. It’s mostly focused on unicorns from here on out.
Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording.
BLOGS TO KILL THE TIME BEFORE THE PATRIOTS TAKE THE FIELD
PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING
Molly came back with an all-too-real Science Corner.
We dissed Long Island mothers.
What white people smell like. Molly says ranch dressing. Gosh I just don’t know!