Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tiger Woods car accident interview was rescheduled. Friday, Florida State troopers attempted to speak to Tiger Woods about the car accident that occurred outside Tiger Woods home early Friday morning, but his wife, Erin Nordegren told them he was sleeping. An appointment for Saturday was scheduled, but when Florida State troopers arrived on Saturday, they were told that Tiger Woods was not available to talk and were asked to reschedule for Sunday.
Tiger Woods was taken to the hospital after the accident, but released a few hours later in good condition. The car accident occurred near the Woods home, as Tiger Woods pulled out of his driveway in his 2009 SUV Cadillac and ran into a fire hydrant and then a tree. Tiger Woods was in and out of consciousness when rescuers arrived at his home.
Like we'd all be able to get away with "can't talk, I'm sleeping."
I smell tiger dung.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Somehow, thousands of text messages from 9|11 made their way to the folks over at WikiLeaks.
Reading them is a daunting task, but hidden in with the monotony of the day ("your bank balance is...", "take meds", "the weather is...") is the desperate horror of people "not knowing."
Not knowing what's going on.
Not knowing where their loved ones are.
Not knowing if they will live.
Not knowing if they will ever see another day.
Not knowing what to do.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
His range was 3 octaves, with an additional 11 semitones (1 semitone away from another octave) in falsetto. His lowest recorded note is the F (F2) above bass low C (C2), or the second-lowest F on the piano. He is heard hitting this note in the songs "Don't Try Suicide", "All Dead, All Dead", "Somebody to Love" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Mercury is noted for his live performances, which were often delivered to stadium audiences around the world. He displayed a highly theatrical style that often evoked a great deal of participation from the crowd. A writer for The Spectator described him as "a performer out to tease, shock and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself". David Bowie, who performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and recorded the song "Under Pressure" with Queen, praised Mercury's performance style, saying: "Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest... he took it over the edge. And of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand."
One of Mercury's most notable performances with Queen took place at Live Aid in 1985, during which the entire stadium audience of 72,000 people clapped, sang, and swayed in unison. Queen's performance at the event has since been voted by a group of music executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music. The results were aired on a television program called "The World's Greatest Gigs". In reviewing Live Aid in 2005, one critic wrote, "Those who compile lists of Great Rock Frontmen and award the top spots to Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, etc all are guilty of a terrible oversight. Freddie, as evidenced by his Dionysian Live Aid performance, was easily the most godlike of them all."
Over the course of his career, Mercury performed an estimated 700 concerts in countries around the world with Queen. A notable aspect of Queen concerts was the large scale involved. He once explained, "We're the Cecil B. DeMille of rock and roll, always wanting to do things bigger and better." The band were the first ever to play in South American stadiums, breaking worldwide records for concert attendance in the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo in 1981. In 1986, Queen also played behind the Iron Curtain, when they performed to a crowd of 80,000 in Budapest. Mercury's final live performance with Queen took place on 9 August 1986 at Knebworth Park in England and drew an attendance estimated as high as 300,000.
Watch and learn, children, from the Master.
It never got better than this, Freddie at 31 years old, breaking boundaries heretofore unknown!
And in his own inimitable style!!!
There's some serious megamixing going on in the Queen camp, and in memory of Freddie, I thought I'd share the megamixes: here's Part 1, and here's Part 2.
Part 1 (31:31)
It´s A Hard Life
We Will Rock You
Now I´m Here
Hammer To Fall
Seven Seas Of Rhye
I Want To Break Free
Another One Bites The Dust
I´m Going Slightly Mad
You´re My Best Friend
Part 2 (31:52)
Who Wants To Live Forever
Made In Heaven
Too Much Love Wil Kill You
Friends Will Be Friends
Play The Game
The Show Must Go On
Fat Bottomed Girls
Good Old Fashioned Loverboy
I Want It All
Heaven For Everyone
Don´t Stop Me Now
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
I Was Born To Love You
A Kind Of Magic
Monday, November 23, 2009
Photographs ©Robert Maxwell for The New York Times
L - R: Lee Daniels, Mo'Nique, Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey.
Here's a deep and insightful interview with Lee Daniels, the director of PRECIOUS. First published in The New York Times Magazine, 25 October 2009.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
PRECIOUS is all-too-real.
I have a feeling this movie is going to make me sick.
I can watch people getting flayed and split in two on a tablesaw and kinda grin-smile-squint while it's happening. And that doesn't make me sick.
Television's first inter-racial kiss
was between Kirk and Uhura of STAR TREK.
Somehow, I'm not surprised. Society is more accepting of something "foreign" if it is between creatures in outerspace, rather than two "humans." Granted, Kirk was "human", but something about Uhura's exotic looks lends to a more "fantastical" situation.
God forbid television's first inter-racial kiss be between two people in an ordinary circumstance. Somewhat sadly, and shockingly, I remember walking the streets of downtown when I was younger...and "salt-and-pepper couples" (the semi-accepted slang term for inter-racial) were cause enough to cross the street, and avoid at all costs.
Whispering the "c" word (cancer), avoiding mentally-retarded and crippled people, inter-racial couples, and, God forbid, homosexuals (ironically not lesbians, just men) is all something lumped into my past as remnants of a very fucked up society.
While most of this is now out in the open, I can't say I believe society is more accepting. Just more cunning in the way its prejudices are exhibited (read: hidden.)
Now we have an African-American president. Some 40 years later.
And it all started with a kiss.