Goddamn you, Wilco

I was supposed to be in bed an hour ago.

First I went to the Wilco website out of curiosity, just to see if there’s any news, and of course I find out they are out on tour and will be playing two nights at Madison Square Garden. A concert I am not likely to attend because tickets are way expensive ($60 plus stupid Ticketmaster charges for nosebleed?) and I can’t think of anybody here that may want to go besides me. Damn you, concert gods. On top of it, it’s really a Neal Young concert, for which WIlco and some other band are opening for, so I’d be paying that much money to see them for an hour. I know, I know, Neal Young is awesome. I’ve never got enough into his stuff to make me want to pay that much money, or sit through a 2 hour concert (and for that money, he better be playing two hours).

Disillusioned, but hardly surprised given my personal concert history, I keep looking around their website. Turns out they got some cool “green” (DFHs!) T-shirts, and I make mental notes to check them again when I wouldn’t feel bad to buy t-shirts I don’t quite need. Not bad.

Next, I check their “News” page and I immediately see two awesome items: 1)They are gonna be on the Colbert Report tomorrow (Thursday) night, and b)They are giving away a song for free in exchange for a pledge to vote in the coming presidential elections. Color me intrigued. I fill out my info, and pledge that I will vote, and seconds later I have it on my email inbox. The song is a live recording of Wilco with Fleet Foxes (hadn’t heard of them myself) of the Bob Dylan/The Band song “I shall be released.” I hadn’t heard this song in a while, and I gotta say their version kicks major ass. If you needed one last push to be certain you are voting in the coming elections (and you certainly should if you’re an elegible voter!), I can’t think of a better deal-sweetener.

In case you can’t wait, here’s a youtube of Wilco+Fleet Foxes singing that song live.

Over a half dozen listens later, I really think I should try going to bed. Curse you, you well-meaning bastards.

Okay, one last time. Then I go to bed.

Go below the fold for a youtube of The Band + Bob Dylan + Friends (including Ringo Starr and Ron Wood) playing the song. It is real good. Continue reading

Stupidest Election Analysis of the year: Part Deux: Stupidying Harder

Following Salon’s stupid lead, HuffPo provides their own share of painful idiocy.

This illustrates the main reason I cringe whenever I go to HuffPo or click a link leading there. It has this very LA-Hollywood outlook that I just can’t overcome. While I know this is not an entirely fair description, it feels to me as E! Entertainment’s Political Blog. With all the SoCal celebrity stupidity and the paparazzi mob attitude it carries with.

Seriously, what the fuck is the matter with people talking about face reading as worthy political analysis with a straight face? How are you not aware of how stupidly ridiculous you look?

If I see a post analyzing the candidate’s views about The fucking OC or the social policy implications of Desperate Housewives or similar shit, I’mma hafta choke sumbitches.

Knock it off, people with otherwise sensible views. Please.

Firefox question

If I stare at a white wall, this is what I see.

If I stare at a white wall, this is what I see.

Is there an add-on that restricts access to FiveThirtyEight to a certain per-day quota?

Inquiring, anxious, irrational minds would like to know.

I need to stop looking at poll info. I do. Yes. Just once more and I’ll quit. I can stop whenever I want.

Badass of the Day

Amanda Jones, 109. Daughter of a slave exercises her right to vote.

You spoiled healthy young bastards (I am using a very loose definition of young here) better get your lazy asses and act like the citizens you are (those of you who are) and go vote next Tuesday, if you haven’t voted already.

I should just drive to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital

There’s only three things I can’t stand in this world: Those who are intolerant of other people’s cultures, catching a cold and/or flu more than once in two weeks… and the Dutch.

The only thing keeping me from driving down to Jersey and getting diagnosed by a brilliant and sardonic asshole of a doctor is that most likely I’ll be put in the MRI OF DOOM where something terrible would happen to me, and I’ll end up being subjected to at least two lumbar punctures, a couple biopsies and if I’m lucky, open heart surgery.

then I’ll be sent home with some over-the-counter pills.

Respiratory and immune systems of mine, I’m putting you On Notice!

Badass of the day

Not necessarily of today since I don’t know when the awesome people at google released this awesome nifty little googlemaps tool/applet/whatever.

Basically, you enter your address and it shows you where your voting place is*. How awesome is the google? Of course it would be awesome if people had their voter registration card in a place they can always find, nevertheless it’s pretty frakkin’ sweet.

*Via Swampland.

Karl Marx (R-AZ)

If you didn’t watch The Daily Show last night, nor have you watched the clip about the dreaded “S word” you really ought to. Here is the link. A chuckle or your money back (see how I slipped some socialist redistribution of wealth there?). That’s my promise.

Spoiler (highlight to read): McCain is a mavericky communist who wants to taketh away the wealth that the Lord hateth giveneth thee.