- David just bought shoes for 160 Euro
- Eva discovered new favorite soup
- There is a squaking parrot in our hotel
- We saw a woman walking her cats in the park
- The Uffizi bored David
- Eva declaires Florence the San Francisco of Europe
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
It's chilly but beautiful here and we're seen some incredible Parisian sites - Eiffel Tour, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louve, and more. It's overwhelming but really fun. Prices are high but our love is strong. Example, we had falafel sandwiches in Le Marais and the bill was 25 Euro!
Tomorrow we're off to Venice!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Here's what she reports:
"...my ship indeed! remind me to tell you the stories of waking up in the middle of the night hearing the boat rip through giant chunks of ice and being told "oh, that happens all the time" the next day by the crew!!"The Explorer in happier days, photo by Amber:
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
It took me a long while to warm up to the Band of Horses, but this is great live version of this song ... which I can't seem to stop listening to.
Band of Horses, Great Salt Lake, Live on KEXP, Seattle.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pa. Hunter Bags an Albino Black Bear
Nov 20th, 2007 | SPRING MILLS, Pa. -- A Westmoreland County man is having a memorable 2007 bear season. Tom Wisniowski bagged a rare albino black bear Monday on the season's opening day. The female cub weighed 47 pounds.
Wisniowski told The Sentinel in Lewistown that conditions were difficult and at first he thought he was looking at a coyote. But when the bear got a bit closer, he could tell it was an unusual bear.
Way to go asshole. You really looked danger in the eye by killing A BABY BEAR. As a point of reference, Malik weighs 18 pounds - so the bear was less than three times his size. And not bothering anyone.
I mean, it makes me dance in my mind all day long. I love it!!! Listen to it now!!!
(Right now they're playing that Okkervil River song I hate, but I like it now because it's on THE CURRENT!!)
Did you that there's a movie version of Where The Wild Things Are coming out in 2008? It's directed by Spike Jonze, with a script co-written by Jonze and Dave Eggers! And Maurice Sendak, after years of turning down offer after offer, has given it his full approval. And the soundtrack, at least in part, is by Jonze's ex-girlfriend Karen O!
I mean, how sweet is this going to be? Look at this production still!
Karen O - Pumpkin
'Sweet Caroline' Was Caroline Kennedy
By SANDY COHEN Associated Press Writer
Nov 20th, 2007 | LOS ANGELES -- Neil Diamond held onto the secret for decades, but he has finally revealed that President Kennedy's daughter was the inspiration for his smash hit "Sweet Caroline."
"I've never discussed it with anybody before — intentionally," the 66-year-old singer-songwriter told The Associated Press on Monday during a break from recording. "I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday."
He got his chance last week when he performed the song via satellite at Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg's 50th birthday party.
Diamond was a "young, broke songwriter" when a photo of the president's daughter in a news magazine caught his eye.
"It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony," Diamond recalled. "It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there."
Years later, holed up in a hotel in Memphis, he would write the words and music in less an hour.
"It was a No. 1 record and probably is the biggest, most important song of my career, and I have to thank her for the inspiration," he said. "I'm happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy."
Monday, November 19, 2007
So, I was actually working as a musician last week, playing on a record for a chick singer in Minneapolis, and the drummer on the gig was a nice dude who plays with the BoDeans, Peter Frampton, etc. What did not get discussed, and what I later found by Googling, is that he played on Mandy Moore's Coverage album. MANDY MOORE, I SAID! If he played on "The Whole of the Moon," I might not be able to prevent my brain from exploding.
Download Mandy Moore's cover of The Waterboys' "The Whole of the Moon"
Red Hot Chili Peppers Sue Showtime
3 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Monday sued Showtime Networks over the name of the television series "Californication," which is also the name of the band's 1999 album and a single on it.
The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is "inherently distinctive, famous ... and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"Californication is the signature CD, video and song of the band's career, and for some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right," said the band's lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, in a statement.
The television series stars David Duchovny as a novelist suffering from writers' block and a mid-life crisis.
The show features a character named "Dani California," which is also the title of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song released in 2006, according to the lawsuit.
The suit also names the show's creator and executive producer, Tom Kapinos, and two production companies, Twilight Time Films and Aggressive Mediocrity, Inc.
A call Monday to an attorney for Showtime was not immediately returned. Attempts to find a listing for Kapinos were not successful.
The suit seeks a permanent injunction barring Showtime and the other defendants from using the title "Californication" for the show, damages and restitution and disgorgement of all profits derived by the defendants.
In July 2007, Kapinos, told reporters at a Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills that he first heard the term in Oregon.
"Apparently in the '70s there were bumper stickers that said 'Don't Californicate Oregon,' because Californians were coming up there, and I just through it was a great, great title for this show," said Kapinos.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
If there is one song that most accurately describes my worldview, it's this one. It was written by the great songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller, who also wrote "Hound Dog", "Stand By Me", "Jailhouse Rock", "Poison Ivy", "Yakety Yak", and literally 8 billion other songs that make up the canon of 20th century popular music. This song came a little after their heyday, and was obviously a big departure.
"Is That All There Is" is apparently based on a short story by Thomas Mann called "Disillusionment". It is funny and dark and an unmitigated masterpiece. It features the voice of the incomparable Peggy Lee, who is probably most famous for "Fever", although she also voiced four characters in Lady and the Tramp, wrote dozens of her own songs, and got nominated for an Oscar.
It was a hit upon its initial release in 1969, making it up to #11 on the charts (and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart). Can you imagine a world in which this song was a hit? Think about it next time that Beyonce "Upgrade" commercial comes on.
The song was such a hit that they made a record of (ahem) "art songs" with Ms. Lee called "Mirrors" in 1975. I am searching everywhere for it.
Peggy Lee - "Is That All There Is?"
Friday, November 16, 2007
I don't know how to post things to make them look good, or possibly even so that the link works, but if you can get to aforementioned site, please do. There is a very funny, clever essay to be had.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
You know how sometimes you like a song more than everyone else in the world? Like, totally out of proportion to the amount it registers on anyone else's radar? That's how I feel about this song by A Girl Called Eddy, which came out on her s/t LP in 2004. Not only is it a perfectly written pop song, but the "Viva Hate"-era Morrisey orchestration is fantastic, and the vocal performance is nonpareil.
Eva has always hated it for some reason.
I've probably made each of you listen to it at one time or another, but give it another shot.
A Girl Called Eddy - "Golden"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The first picture under my name, with quotes, is a car. A hotrod, with its hood up. Apropos, I realize. It would make sense if it were a wreck, but this is obviously in one piece.
The second is a guy even older than me hangin out with the rest of the greatest generation.
That's right -- the third one is David Anthony Singer.
Fuck the web.
Click the photo to watch the video ...
Aaron Koblin - Flight Patterns Web Site
By WASBIR HUSSAIN Associated Press Writer
Nov 13th, 2007 | GAUHATI, India -- Paris Hilton is being praised by conservationists for highlighting the problem of binge-drinking elephants in northeastern India.
Activists said a celebrity endorsement such as Hilton's was sure to raise awareness of the plight of the pachyderms that get drunk on farmers' homemade rice beer and then go on a rampage.
"The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them," the 26-year-old socialite said in a report posted on World Entertainment News Network's Web site. Her comments were picked up by other Web sites and newspapers around the globe.
Last month, six wild elephants that broke into a farm in the state of Meghalaya were electrocuted after drinking the potent brew and then uprooting an electricity pole.
"There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn't chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad," Hilton was quoted as saying in Tokyo last week. She was in Tokyo to judge a beauty contest.
Her publicist couldn't immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
Hilton promised to improve her bad-girl image after she completed a jail term in June for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
She announced plans to do charity work in Rwanda, but the trip was postponed until next year.
Sangeeta Goswami, head of animal rights group People for Animals, told The Associated Press: "I am indeed happy Hilton has taken note of recent incidents of wild elephants in northeast India going berserk after drinking homemade rice beer and getting killed."
"As part of her global elephant campaign, Hilton should, in fact, think of visiting this region literally infested with elephants," Goswami said.
Another conservationist said elephant alcohol abuse was just a symptom of the real problem.
"Elephants appear on human settlements ... because they have no habitat left due to wanton destruction of forests," said Soumyadeep Dutta, who heads Nature's Beckon, a leading regional conservation group.
"A celebrity like Hilton must focus her attention on this fact," Dutta said.
Monday, November 12, 2007
This is amazing. Click on it to enlarge, or see it in all its glory here. (Near the bottom of the page, lots of other good stuff).
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sacha Baron Cohen is making the media rounds to promote his new Borat-inspired “travel” book. And, as he is prone to do, the British funnyman has been conducting interviews in character.
Asked by reporters who he supports in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, Borat answers:
“I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier.”
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
VOICE-OVER: His foreskin petitioned to have itself reattached to him.
When bread touches his lips, it becomes unleavened.
On Yom Kippur, God asks HIM for atonement.
He became a man when he was Bar Mitzvahed. Right there! DURING his Bar Mitzvah.
A great miracle took place when he made a single drop of cologne last for eight days. THAT is how Hannukah began.
Out of respect, Jackie Mason dials it down a notch whenever he's around.
He can read Hebrew right to left...or left to right. Either way.
He once got Eilie Wiesel to laugh at a joke. About the War.
The ark is opened-- when he stands.
He once fiddled. On a roof.
He is...The Most Intersting Jew in the World.
(INTERIOR SHOT: HE is seated at a table in a delicatessan, perhaps on the upper West side. He is surrounded by an attractive and multi-ethnic group of well-dressed young people who are clearly in awe of him. They whisper amongst themselves-- from their hand gestures and respectful glances, it is obvious that he is the subject of their conversation-- while he looks up and speaks directly into camera:)
"I don't always drink beer. You know....all that barley and hops make me gassy. But, when I do, I don't mind having a little bit of 'Dos Sheckys.' It's not terrible. I mean, if you don't have any, that's fine, too (SIGH)...I can just have some grapefruit juice." (HEAVIER SIGH). Dos Sheckys-- imported by Manishevitz USA. "Stay guilty, my friend."
It's hard to read without enlarging, but basically kids have a new way of getting high: putting a bunch of piss and shit in a jar, attaching a balloon to the top, leaving it in the sun for a couple of days, then inhaling the gas that collects in the balloon. It's called Jenkem, and it apparently originated in Africa.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a Golden State Warriors book club run by Baron Davis. "I'm just tryin' to strengthen our minds, get us strong," Davis said as the Warriors opened 0-3. "This is going to be a tough year for us." The idea came from former Warrior Adonal Foyle, who led discussion groups and is a speaker on democracy issues. "My club isn't as organized as Adonal's," Davis said. "Mine is a little thugged out."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This pictures is worth a thousand "Oh, shit!"s. And really, there are those who believe she is the latest reincarnation of Vishnu herself. Go nuts, people, start worshipping. Lay out some food, start a pogrom, do whatever you're supposed to when a god comes to earth; just pay no mind to the people with the scalpels who want to cut her down to size.
Where's the March of Dimes been? Can't they work on prevention a little bit? I mean COME ON!!!!
Hi David Happy to "speak" with" u... I hope i'm not too boring but (I'm selfish) and I can work my english writing you... I must go in united states in 2009 and I'm a little bit afraid to not understand local population.
(IN france there is a system very expensive which permits to speak with americans if you pay for... It's incredible but that's right...)
Today was a strange day. I was all the day with beautiful bachelor friends (girls) helping them to be in touch with men... (It's so funny ;-))
It's more and more cold in France... It was 4 degrees celsius today !
PS: For Iran you were right. Americans musn't go in this country...
I watched "Incredible Cruelty" yesterday... It was so funny to see Paul so ugly (with his big glasses !) I didn't know it was possible ! ;-)
This one's from the early scuzzball Red Red Meat days, when they played Czar Bar and Hurley and Glenn would tower over Rutili and scrape their giant skulls on the decaying white tile. They were fucking sweet back then. Then they had their sense of humor surgically removed.
Red Red Meat - "Snowball"
Yahoo Execs Defend Role in Arrest
By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer
Nov 6th, 2007 WASHINGTON -- Two top Yahoo Inc. officials on Tuesday defended their company's role in the jailing of a Chinese journalist but ran into withering congressional criticism over information Yahoo gave the Chinese government about the man's online activities.
"Yahoo claims that this is just one big misunderstanding. Let me be clear — this was no misunderstanding," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Calif., said as his panel's hearing got under way. "This was inexcusably negligent behavior at best, and deliberately deceptive behavior at worst."
He angrily urged Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahan to apologize to journalist Shi Tao's mother, who was sitting directly behind them.
Shi Tao was sent to jail for 10 years for engaging in pro-democracy efforts deemed subversive after Yahoo turned over information about his online activities requested by the communist government.
Yang and Callahan turned around from the witness table and bowed from their seats to Shi's mother, Gao Qinsheng, who bowed in return and then began to weep.
In written testimony Yang contended that Yahoo "has been open and forthcoming with this committee at every step of this investigative process" — a contention Lantos rejected.
The committee is investigating statements Callahan made at a congressional hearing early last year.
He said at the time that Yahoo had no information about the nature of the Chinese government's investigation of Shi when the company shared information with the authorities about Shi's online activities.
Callahan has since acknowledged that Yahoo officials had received a subpoena-like document that made reference to suspected "illegal provision of state secrets" — a common charge against political dissidents.
Last week Callahan issued a statement saying that he learned the details of the document months after his February 2006 testimony, and that he regretted not alerting the committee to it once he knew about it.
He reiterated that regret in written testimony Tuesday and contended that Yahoo employees in China had little choice but to comply with the government's demands.
"I cannot ask our local employees to resist lawful demands and put their own freedom at risk, even if, in my personal view, the local laws are overbroad," Callahan said.
Callahan also said that even if he'd known of the reference to state secrets his testimony still would have been fundamentally accurate, because the Chinese government's order to Yahoo didn't reveal any details about the investigation or that it was related to political activities.
Lantos disputed Yahoo's position.
"I do not believe that America's best and brightest companies should be playing integral roles in China's notorious and brutal political repression apparatus," Lantos said.
Human rights and free-speech advocates have lambasted U.S. companies including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. for helping the Chinese government stifle the flow of ideas in exchange for greater access to the country's rapidly growing Internet market. But the convictions of Shi and another Chinese journalist Yahoo provided information about have focused the most strident criticism on Yahoo.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Nov 5, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: a fuckin welcome !
I just want to know if you're famous, a star or a hided son of GW Bush or Bill Clinton because when you tell us "You're welcome'" it's more than ironical. You myspace site looks like "Guantanamo" and moreover you despise people knocking a the door of your lost paradise...
Myspace is known to be a socialization site but you create your site only to know people you already know...
Between Iraki war, drillings in Alsaka and now your site I think americans don't have finished to surprise us...
I also got this a while ago:
Date: Oct 31, 2007 10:39 AM
Subject: I'd be you in my friendlist because...
I love your sunglasses, i'm the hided son of GW Bush and my mother is the queen of applepies. I know it's crazy but i'm nuts.
Patrick from Paris : The crazy frog.
PS: Moreover I adore enter in the private clubs and I love Chicago.
If not please just gimme a reason.
So I blocked him. And then changed my profile.
4 messages in 48 hours.
Thanx David to have spoken to the doris members. I've got an answser, not from Paul, but it's a beginning and it's great.
I just wake up ;-)
Jus to teel you do not forget hot clothes if you come in Paris, there's a cold winter for two weeks.
I give you my personal mail for if you want more informations
It's not winter but wind !!! LOL
Stupid froggie I am ;-)
Just a question. Do you think Hillary has a chance to win (because from France it's very difficult to know...) (I love her) and are you republican or democrat ?
Sorry for these questions but i'm teacher and journalist and international politics is my passion. I study geopolitics.
Which candidates best reflect my own position on the issues?
Please post results in the Comments section.
On my way to work this morning, I listened to The Beatles' Rubber Soul. It's the first record I learned backward and forward and it's also my favorite Beatles album. I used to sit in the living room with giant head phones on, immersed in it, pretending I was in the band. What I love so much is that it sounds like you're in the room with them clanging away on the instruments. The sounds are groovy and carefree, not too self conscious or over-orchestrated. The songs are sweet and funny, but not that clever yet. It's the moment just before they unleashed their real skills on us all.
What's your favorite Beatles record?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Turns out they also enjoy Craigs List ...
You can find anything on Craigs List
The Vice Enforcement Unit/Prostitution were conducting an investigation into an extremely explicit advertisement for and "erotic live sex show" that appeared on Craigslist. This advertisement promoted couples having sex in front of a paid audience, cameras allowed and refreshments served. The officers from the Vice Unit went through the necessary procedures to secure a reservation. On 11 Oct 07 at 1900 hours, the Vice Unit went to 3300 W. Beach Avenue ... The officers and other patrons went down to the basement where the live sex show took place. After a proposition for an act of prostitution was accepted and for $200.00, back up officers and members of the City of Chicgo's Department of Business Affairs entered the premise and arrested the following ... The above were charged with Prostitution, Obscenity, House of Ill Fame ... Nine additional individuals who were patrons of the House of Ill fame were issued ANOV's.
Good work. Stay Safe!
*(which is called Checkerboard Chat, I kid you not)
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
thanks for making me add this guy, fellow bloggers.
message on the doris myspace page.
PAUL IS SIMON!!
I just changed the music on my page and I used to play Duran Duran before .... And a friend who doesn't know very well this band told me: "I didn't think Simon Lebon had a such beautiful voice"
Ps: Yesterday I'm not jewish but I went in the great synagogue of Paris to pray for you carreer Paul. I believe in it. You really deserve it.
Kisses to Liza.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Notice the title of the video, too (I didn't put that in there). (For those of you wondering, the difference between Nile Rodgers and the real The Hitmaker is that he has actually made hits.) And the fact that he highlights the amount of money that his guitar has been involved with--classy!
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