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07 May 2008 @ 02:12 pm
Random Amusements  
First, with American Idol going on weekly in my house (because Lauren is 10) and all the pop music I just can't stand, I can't help but think of the contrast between that and the original Britain's Got Talent. The American version is looking for new concert sensations-- often the better performers beat the better singers, and when I think of all the groups I really like from the late 60s-early 70s that makes it worse, because who cares what they look like when they can work a song so well? But for a really vivid example of the difference, this is the audition video of Paul Potts singing an opera aria on the British show. That would go nowhere with an American TV audience, and what a shame! That aria will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, if it doesn't make tears well up in your eyes as well.

Now onto the other kind of amusements. For some truly bizarre humor, there's this animated icon gekizetsu owns containing a faked-up phone conversation between Bjork and P. Diddy-- that she kindly linked in a comment down below so you don't have to hunt for it anymore, Mwah-ha-ha-ha! Refresh this page if you want to start it over again. The phrase "Pickle pickle pants on fire!" will not leave me alone now!

Then, if for some reason you have never watched these, YouTube has a great collection of Terry Tate, Office Linebacker videos. Violent, hilarious, not always politically correct (or sometimes enforcing the political correctness) all waiting right here: Office Linebacker, OSPN History of Terry Tate, Sensitivity Training, Vacation, and the inevitable Draft Day.
My favorite is the guy shaped like a pencil who commits an Office Infraction, and then this red blur zooms sideways and powers both of them offscreen.

We've got people at our office who dump recyclables into the garbage can, and sometimes I wish we had our own Terry Tate! Because I get tired of doing it the nice way. ;)

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she said mysteriously: La Belle et la Beteresounding_echo on May 7th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
The absolute shit of American Idol and this is what the Brits get. My jealousy, let me show it to you.

Not only I am weeping, but I'm certain every hair on my body is raised.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
My jealousy, let me show it to you.
In part, it's because Americans as a whole have frowned on the higher arts for years now, and no longer know how to appreciate them. In European countries, the arts are still very much alive.

But whether you're an opera lover or not... good heavens. Puccini really knew what he was doing when he crafted that aria. It has a lovely melody overall, but the ending of it-- the voice rising, the music surging forward, and then the suspension of the climax just for a moment before the resolution comes-- THAT is masterful musical manipulation. Wow.
IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?: diddybjorkgekizetsu on May 8th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)

frostian: brothers2/croatoanfrostian on May 8th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I am utterly hypnotized by that ... masterpiece. It so made my day!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
It IS a masterpiece, isn't it?

There is SO much going on in that conversation, and 95% of it is utterly weird.

"Fuzzy paperclip soup." "Djddy." "Pickle pickle pants on fire!" :0