Shut Up Little Man

Soon to be a documentary.

“The Shut Up Little Man recordings feature the real-life comical rants, hateful harangues, drunken soliloquies, and audible fistfights of Raymond and Peter – two booze-swilling homicidal roommates in a low-rent district of San Francisco. These infamous recordings were made by their much-menaced next door neighbors, Eddie Lee and Mitchell D. The dialogs of Raymond and Peter have been widely championed for their poignant absurdity and stark hilarity. Profiles have appeared in Spin (“This epic documentary is as disturbing as it is hilarious”), Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair (“grimly fascinating”), The LA Times, The Washington Post (“hilarious, but profoundly disturbing”), Playboy, The Wire and on Ira Glass’s radio program “This American Life.” Sarah Vowell, the essayist and cultural commentator, included a segment about Shut Up Little Man in her book Radio On, calling it “some of the strangest bickering I’ve ever heard.” The recordings have inspired comic illustrations by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and Ivan Brunetti (Schizo), animation features by Kevin Peaty (principle animator of “The Lion King” and other Disney classics), numerous songs (e.g. Devo’s “Shut Up Little Man” and Nirvana’s “Dough, Ray, and Me”), theatrical plays, and film shorts. Shut Up Little Man is widely considered to be a classic of the audio verite and field recording genres, and the recordings continue to inspire shock, laughter, and amazement at the raw humanity and dark comedy contained therein.”

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Tinnie Tempah – Pass Out (Stinkahbell Spliff Remix)

Found this song by accident yesterday and can’t get enough of it.

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More info on the artist: http://www.myspace.com/stinkahbell

Here’s how it happened:

1. A friend posted a pic on Facebook.
2. I followed it to a Tumblr page.
3. I went to another Tumblr page linked to from #2.
4. That page had a song in the background.
5. I loved it.
6. I typed some of the lyrics into Google.
7. I found the song.
8. I now love dubstep. What artists should I check out?

Love Letter

I saw this torn page sitting on top of the garbage at the post office. I couldn’t resist taking it. Now there are so many questions:

Who threw it away, Sean or the recipient?

If it was Sean, did he decide not to send it? Did he rewrite this page because he screwed up the first sentence?

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Free Movie Theater Seats

Okay, they’re not quite free, but $10 is pretty dang cheap. The Riverview Theater is getting new seating installed and selling the old ones.

Here’s the email I just received:

Greetings:

We are pleased to announce that in December we will be replacing the seats on the main floor of the auditorium and installing new high-backed rocker seats with lift-up armrests/cupholders. The project will be completed before Christmas and we hope to keep any schedule disruptions to a minimum.

Our current seats will be available for purchase by any of our customers who would like to use them in a home theater, on a porch, or other use where compact seating would be desirable. The seats can be mounted quite easily to a wooden surface, or a wooden base of plywood and/or 2×4 lumber can be used. The cost is $10 per seat, and a row can be any length. If you have interest in any seats or have other questions you can respond to this e-mail or give us a call at 612-729-7360.

We appreciate your business and hope to keep the Riverview screen lit for years to come.

Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

I have a favorite winter recipe, and I think it’s the only thing I’ve ever made that takes more than 20 minutes. It’s totally worth it because it lasts for about 4 days or so when you’re eating for one.

I’ve had this recipe on a piece of paper for the last 6 years and I’m always afraid that I’ll lose it. Part of the reason I’m posting it is just in case something happens to the hard copy.

Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS

One 6 ounce box of Uncle Bens Wild Rice (not the instant kind)
Four boneless & skinless chicken breasts
One cup of chopped celery
One can of sliced water chestnuts
One to one and a half cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Half of a chopped onion
Eight ounces of sour cream (I usually get the fat free kind)
Two cans of cream of mushroom soup (I usually go for the Campbell’s Healthy Request)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bake and chop the chicken breasts into bite-sized or smaller pieces.
  2. Cook rice per the instructions on the box.
  3. Mix the sour cream and soup together.
  4. Add the vegetables and cheese.
  5. Mix in the chicken and rice.
  6. Put it all in a 9×15 pan (glass preferred).
  7. Cover and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-1.5 hours, depending on whether or not the casserole was prepared and chilled in advance.

American Gangster

I just went to see American Gangster. Loved it. It’s hard for me to give an objective opinion right now, but I think I agree with most reviewers, giving it 7.5 or 8 out of 10.

Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington were excellent and Ridley Scott did a good job directing the film, but I saw three problems.

Keep in mind that the film is set in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

1) During a street scene, there is a banner for a store visible that clearly has a web address on it. I think it was something like carpetetc.biz. Can someone double check when they see it?

2) RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan tattoo was clear in one scene, which isn’t a huge problem, but kind of threw me off and jolted me out of the story for a minute.

3) Early in the movie I saw graffiti by “KUMA” a graffiti artist whose pieces I’ve scene in Minneapolis and New York. The piece looked exactly like this:



kuma, originally uploaded by neongreen.

Plus, was this style of graffiti even around then? I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think so.

Granted, these aren’t major movie mistakes, but they all stood out to me without looking.

VH1’s The Shot Premiers on Sunday

This is the reality show I’ve been waiting for. It makes perfect sense. Take 10 aspiring fashion photographers and let them battle it out. The photography is the main reason I watch America’s Next Top Model and it’s one of my favorite shows. The Shot will hopefully be everything I imagine it to be.

Press Release

VH1’s ‘The Shot’ Premieres on Sunday November 4th at 10:00 P.M.

From The Producer Of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Comes The New VH1 Reality Competition Series ‘THE SHOT’

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ — In VH1’s new series “The Shot,” 10
amateur photographers get the chance to live out their wildest fantasies in
pursuit of their ultimate dream: to become the next great fashion
photographer.

Premiering Sunday November 4th at 10:00 p.m. “THE SHOT” is an eight
episode series that will give 10 aspiring photographers 30 days to compete
for a chance to kick-start their career as a professional fashion
photographer. The cast will live and work together in a downtown L.A. loft
while being guided by world-renowned fashion photographer Russell James.
James, known for his outstanding work in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, W,
Photo, Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret will guide these aspiring
photographers through a series of photo shoots meant to challenge their
creativity and expose their individual weaknesses. For the first time in
their lives, the cast will work with supermodels and high-end
professionals, while traveling to exotic locations — all to capture that
one perfect shot.

Our hopefuls quickly find out that the world of high fashion is not
always glamorous — from challenging location shoots to difficulties with
models — these aspiring photographers must stay on task to prove that they
have what it takes to get the shot.

Each episode will contain a “teach challenge”, where Russell presents
the cast with a new technical or creative lesson, and a photo shoot, in
which the cast will be asked to utilize what they’ve learned in a
legitimate, fashion- oriented photo campaign. Each week Russell and his
professional panel which includes Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna
Roberts and Italo Gregorio a lead hairstylist from Victoria’s Secret
Beauty, will review the cast’s photos, eliminating the weakest shooter.

After a month long journey the best photographer will emerge victorious
with $100,000 courtesy of the skin experts at Vaseline, an editorial spread
in Marie Claire, and a photo spread in the Victoria’s Secret catalogue.

10 aspiring photographers … 30 grueling days … 1 shot at a
glamorous life in the world of high end fashion photography.

“THE SHOT” is executive produced by Ken Mok for 10X10 and Christian
McLaughlin, Jim Ackerman and Michael Hirschorn for VH1.

“THE SHOT” is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, John Frieda, Vaseline and
Victoria’s Secret.