July 4, 2008

The Weeklies #43: The Happy 4th Of July Edition

The Weekly Best Spam Subject Line. "Stew the love into the soup" What the fuck does that mean?

The Weekly Most Addictive Show. So You Think You Can Dance.

The Weekly Reads. This week, I read Anthony Swofford's debut novel, Exit A. Swofford is more famous for his non-fiction, mainly the book Jarhead. His foray into fiction was pretty successful in my mind. The book itself provides another good lesson in not trusting the plot summary printed on its back. The story is far more wide-ranging than what the summary would lead you to believe. We're immediately presented with the tale of two teenage lovers set on an American Air Force base in Japan. Their lives spiral out of control and they spiral away from each other. We're given glimpses into their future and, ultimately, the resolution of their stories. It's a unique story, told very well.

The Weekly Music. When he started Real World Studios, Peter Gabriel started a tradition in which any and all musicians recording in the studios that week would get together and jam. Out of these sessions came songs and recordings which Gabriel began calling Big Blue Ball. Nearly 15 years after the start of this tradition, Big Blue Ball was finally packaged and released. Like a lot of projects like this, there are both strong and weak points. But the highs far outweigh the lows. Gabriel himself has vocal duties on over half the tracks and the musicanship is strong - as you'd expect for anything coming out of Real World. If you're at all into Peter Gabriel or world music (or both), give it a spin.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Have you been following Christie Brinkley's divorce case? So, her soon-to-be ex husband spends like $3000 per month on porn and also paid a teenager he'd been doing somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 to keep quiet about their affair. Classy.

The Weekly Notice That Things May Be Different Around Here for A Bit. I'm taking a little vacation time next week. So, if things are a little quieter than usual around here, don't be surprised. Of course, I'm all Brokeback Internet ("I can't quit you!") so I'll be posting. But I can't promise vaguely intelligent posts at oh-dark-thirty.

For those of you in the good old U.S. of A., have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Posted by Chris at July 4, 2008 7:33 AM

Chris, Happy 4th to you and the fam! Time to enjoy more of those Doctor-prescribed beers.

hahaaaa Brokeback Internet -- love it.
Enjoy the vacation: no one should have to post at o dark thrity - you deserve it!

Posted by: Caitlin at July 4, 2008 8:01 AM

happy 4th to you too! Have fun on vacation.

Posted by: bad penguin at July 4, 2008 8:23 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one randomly addicted to So You Think You Can Dance...Happy 4th!

Posted by: Melissa at July 4, 2008 8:53 AM

Um you just admitted that you're addicted to So You Think You Can Dance on the internet. I know you know already. I'm just asking you to run that back through the Rude Cactus analysis.

Posted by: Black Hockey Jesus at July 4, 2008 9:18 AM

Happy 4th of July! Have a good vacation.

And I personally think SYTYCD is better than American Idol. Those kids are scary talented!

Posted by: coolchick at July 4, 2008 9:19 AM

Enjoy your vacation and try to stay out of trouble.

Happy 4th.

Posted by: Ann Adams at July 4, 2008 10:10 AM

Enjoy your time off. Happy 4th.

And I join you in the SYTYCD addiction. Love, love, love that show. Every year when it's on I can't help but start choregoraphing routines in my head when listening to my iPod. Sadly, this goes away shortly after the show ends...

Posted by: suze at July 4, 2008 11:37 AM


Happy vacation, happy 4th, happy lack of Monday blues!

Posted by: Poppy at July 4, 2008 2:54 PM

Glad to know that I'm not the only person over 16 watching So You Think You Can Dance!

Have a great 4th and vacation.

Posted by: Mandy Lou at July 4, 2008 3:49 PM

What no question to ponder on this fourth of July?
Have a great vacation and enjoy the time with Beth and the kids!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 4, 2008 6:45 PM

I am addicted to SYTYCD too! Cheering for Katee and Joshua, Kherington and Twitch. I also like just about the rest of them. There are only two people left that I don't like, Jessica and Thayne.

I almost wish that Will would screw up a bit just to put them in the bottom 3 so Jessica can get eliminated. Actually, I don't almost wish that, I DO wish that.

Posted by: oakley at July 4, 2008 7:06 PM

happy 4th! hope you and the family have fun :) also? i only ever watched the 2nd season of SYTYCD and I loved it so much that no season since has been as fulfilling. i actually bought tickets to see them live when they did the tour. i was like a giggly school girl. not even kidding. *hangs head*

Posted by: tiffanie at July 4, 2008 9:46 PM

Happy 4th! Enjoy your time off.

Posted by: Gwen at July 5, 2008 2:35 AM

Eek! you actually watch So You Think You Can Dance..? Say it isn't so...........

Posted by: Julie at July 5, 2008 3:46 PM

Eek! you actually watch So You Think You Can Dance..? Say it isn't so...........

Posted by: Julie at July 5, 2008 3:46 PM

Have a great vacation!

Posted by: That Girl at July 6, 2008 7:00 PM

I tend to avoid shows like "So You Think You Can Dance," but my roommate has watched it on several occasions -- and I have to admit that it was entertaining. Some people are really, amazingly good!!

Posted by: Zandria at July 6, 2008 8:26 PM

I heart SYTYCD... Again (said, shouting from the rooftops) I HEART SYTYCD!

Posted by: Holly at July 6, 2008 8:36 PM

Hope you have a fabulous vacation. Please drink a beer for me.

Posted by: Maria at July 7, 2008 8:26 AM

I put Big Blue ball on my Greeblemix this month. :)

Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at July 7, 2008 6:05 PM

Hope your 4th was wonderful!

Humorously enough, this was the first year I've been with people who shoot fireworks themselves. Loads of fun with bug bites to prove it!

Posted by: Emily at July 9, 2008 10:23 PM