Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cocktail Links: Facebook

Must-know security settings
The biggest Facebook flops
How colleges are using Facebook

Weekend Poem: The Bridge

I want to stay with you tonight, as light unhusks
and spills slowly from the half-moon,
where I am lying curved beside you in the dark.

I know you by touch, our bodies finding the other,
kiss by kiss, like birds flying in pattern, a tiny shape of God –
breast to breast and legs intertwined.

Your flesh glitters, shadowless, round droplets
rising in dew.  I cannot be near enough.
I remember the first night our skins were this close,

after a day of rain, a bridge shining behind you
in the blind wilderness.  I heard the crunch
of leaves under my boots, the distant heartbreak

of a bird’s small cry as I moved closer to you,
one half of a creature midwived out of the dark,
trails of goose-pimples along my skin.

Months later I think of it, leaning against you,
as if on the lip of a boat, and the clouds
unloosing their nets until the full rain came again,

moving everything in one direction, tremendous as a cell
and brushing against the whole nerve of my body,
in the dew hours, your lips on my forehead.
© 2006, Leanne O’Sullivan

Coffee Break: Records as Books

If your favorite rock album got turned into a book, it would probably look like this. (Designed by Christophe Gowans. Link via BoingBoing)

Led Zeppelin / IV

Prince / Purple Rain

The Beatles / Abbey Road

Writer's Block: Pia gets a record deal

Ok, apparently I was wrong that there would be but one entry about American Idol's Pia Toscano. Interscope has vetoed the votes of America's teenage girls (blamed for the turnout) and offered the New York crooner a record deal. So there you go. That didn't take too long.

In related news, Hollywood took their outrage over Pia's elimination to their Twitter accounts. And here ends my stint as an entertainment reporter. Excuse me while I go back to my day job. - writer's block/wfcrouch

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Writer's Block: Why Pia got the boot

In one of the biggest upsets since Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry, American Idol contestant Pia Toscano got booted out of the popular reality TV show yesterday.

Did she sing well enough? Yes. Did she perform well enough? Some argue, no. Should we really care? Not really. Mainly because it won't be the end of the world for this perceived frontrunner. Chances are, she's already caught the eye of music executives, and it's easy to see how someone with chops like Pia could sell records.

The problem with reality TV is, it's not always about talent. More often than not, it's about showmanship, and unfortunately for Pia, she stuck to ballads for a tad too long and wasn't too comfortable shaking her booty on stage as some people wanted her to.

Up to about a week ago (or two), I was scratching my head over how fellow AI contestant Naima Adedapo was even making her way through week by week just because she does some weird song and dance number.

Unfortunately Pia got the lowest number of votes from America. I guess those million guys at the bar having a million beers over her got too drunk to vote, while all the tweens with all the time in the world are still managing to save the mediocre Stefano Langone.

But then again, this is probably the same audience that voted Hudson and Daughtry out years ago. Of course now, they are quite possibly among the biggest fans.

That's pop culture for you though. - writer's block/wfcrouch

Saturday Strip: Why I don't bother with comments

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The best of "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Reader: “I really like this paper, but there are too many words in it.”
Editor: “Welcome to my world.”
Editor: “I’m dying inside.”
Reporter: “You’re lucky, most of us are already dead inside.”
Radio anchor to young producer: “I was a teenager in the 60s… don’t talk to ME about substance abuse.”

Opinion Editor: “There’s a hypnotist coming to town. I’ve always wanted to be hypnotized. I think I’d make a great chicken.”
Coverage Editor: “Maybe you’ll get hypnotized into writing a good story.”
Reporter: “My friend told me he was working really hard to earn some promotion. I told him I don’t have to worry about stuff like that since newspapers don’t believe in promotions.”
Reporter, on phone: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I thought you were dead.”
 “Someday, I’ll work myself up to one of the chairs with the armrests.”

When Harry Met Sally: The Sequel

What happens when Sally dies and Harry is left all alone? He meets a new love, who transforms his life, so to speak. Starring Billy Crystal, Helen Mirren...and Mike Tyson.