SOPA: How to Turn Their Big Bad Weapon Against Them


So. SOPA is happening (Wikipedia, which is always right, definition here; latest madness about it here). I will be amazed if it doesn’t get passed. And before I tell you what my reaction is, I would urge you to read my rationale behind it before you get pissed off and leave. But the beauty of it is, you are free to do so. But honestly, stick around. What I have to say might interest you.

My reaction is: fine. Do it.

Still with me? Good. Here’s why I say that.

The only line I remember from Gene Wilder’s show Something Wilder was this: “The problem with bad taste is that you can’t explain it to someone who has it.” And the problem with dealing with unreasonable people is that reasonable people–and I would include both you and I in that–have trouble fathoming where the unreasonable person is coming from. Because we have a distinct disconnect between reasonable and unreasonable. And we, being reasonable, don’t understand that some people simply cannot be reasoned with.

But here’s the truth. Some people simply cannot be reasoned with. The best way I have found to get unreasonable people to realize you’re right is to simply give them what they want. Even if–and especially if–you, being reasonable, know that what they think they want isn’t, ultimately, what they want.

Are you following me here? Let me give you an example from my own life. Stay with me. I promise, I’m saying all this for a reason.


The Sound Board #22: The Magical Musical Heist

Bank Vault Door

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is hosted by myself with support from Dr. Rob Levy and Prof. Tuffley.

This episode’s central topic is: the magical musical heist. What legendary, rare or potentially lost thing would we put a crew together and go steal if we thought we could get away with it? I’m sure we missed some–add your own ideas in the comments.

Plus we discuss the loss of Amy Winehouse, Michael Burston, Facundo Cabral and Manuel Galban. We discuss the state of the music business. Yes, again. Where does Spotify and other digital services fit into this mess? Why are album sales down? We reflect on MTV turning 30 and Lollapalooza turning 20 and share some memories of both entities. Plus some other random bits of musical geekery and knowledge thrown in and seasoned to taste.

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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

Stuff: America Has the Pop Factor? What, Are You Nuts?

Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen with Paul McCartney

Because there’s a lot of pop culture stuff out there. And you don’t need an entire website to cover it minute by minute. It’ll still be there when we get there. Trust us.

  • Peter Kay was in Los Angeles to snag an award and said he had been asked to make an American version of Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice. If you have seen it–and if you haven’t, you should by *cough* any means necessary–then you, like me, know that it would never, ever work in America. We’re still angsting over a tit from five years ago–I doubt if the wildly un-PC show would work even on cable. Kay seems not to be crazy about the idea for other reasons–he says he has no desire to “crack America”–but the show works in the UK and shouldn’t be imported. It just can’t translate. America’s just not mature enough for that level of genius. Source. (To get a bit of Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen, we posted her Christmas single here.)
  • Technically, this Day The Earth Stood Still shirt isn’t something you need to know, but it’s nice to know about if you saw the remake and felt dirty afterwards and feel like you need to do something to make amends.
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    Stuff: Supreme Court Breast Fixation Requires an Intervention

    Woody Allen vs. Breast

    Pop culture news you can actually use. Or if not use, then at least read without feeling like you just lost five minutes of your life. Because those five minutes…they do add up.

  • The Supreme Court, because it didn’t have anything else better to do, has ordered a federal appeals court to take another look at the thrown-out $550K fine against CBS for the 2004 Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction.

    Let me repeat that in simple terms: in the midst of an international recession and a flu hysteria pandemic, the U.S. government wants to re-open a case about a tit appearing on national television…five years ago. Dear rest of the world: please mock us for this. Because, honestly, we deserve it. What the fuck. Source.

  • Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series is coming out July 28th. It’s big. Twenty-five DVDs or Twenty Blu-Rays. You can pre-order the DVD version here or the Blu-Ray version here.
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