Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hanes Her Way

Diane English does have some awesome gams, but this ad is really weird.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Peggy Wholesome

"'When I'm twenty-six, if I'm not married by then, I'm going to take a lover,' Caroline said.
'Really?' April sounded a little shocked. Then she thought about it. 'I think you're right. If you're that old, you have a right to live.'"

---from the definitive word on "office girls", Rona Jaffe's 1958 novel The Best of Everything

Matthew Weiner better be paying her royalties, for reals.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Echo Base

If you could play Sim City on the ice planet Hoth, Philadelphia in the midst of a blizzard is what you would get.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

YouTube K-Hole: Neil Diamond

It is so easy for me to fall into a YouTube K-hole. All it takes is one silly video posted on Facebook and I'm in trouble. I find myself clicking on all the related videos until I've wasted hours playing this internet version of Six Degrees of Seperation. So, when one of my coworkers forwarded me this apocalypse-summoning version of Adam Sandler's The Chanukah Song, covered by none other than Neil Diamond, I knew I had the next part of my day mapped out for me.

After hearing that godawful cover (of an equally godawful song) I got a little obsessed with finding examples of musicians doing their own versions of the songs of Neil Diamond. I had no idea I would find so many! Behold, the spoils of my procrastination:

Neil began his career as a songwriter and his earliest success came from writing a bunch of popular tunes for The Monkees, including "I'm a Believer".

The song had a surge in popularity when Smash Mouth covered it for the Shrek soundtrack. (Click on this video at your own risk. Smash Mouth's version is inexplicably horrible.)

Remember this from Pulp Fiction? So good.

This song has such a characteristic Johnny Cash vibe, it's hard to believe Neil "Jewish Elvis" Diamond wrote it. Good for him!

Speaking of Elvis, his cover of "Sweet Caroline" is my absolute favorite YouTube find. Nobody can work a jumpsuit quite like him.

This compilation wouldn't be complete without an appearance by Diamonds in the Rough, the Neil Diamond cover band from the underrated low brow movie Saving Silverman. The attention to detail in the costume design is remarkable.

P.S. Did you know "Neil Diamond" is not a stage name? That's the name he was born with! He actually considered using either "Noah Kaminsky" or "Eice Chary" but decided to stick with his (superior) real name as a tribute to his grandmother. By the way, you can tell I have it bad when Wikipedia gets involved.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Food for Thought

Mmm. Authors and cinnabons. I think I gained five pounds just by making this video. Maybe the next author will want to cook a salad for our internet show. Maybe not.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Philadelphia Transit Strike Hits Close to Home

I think if I worked from home everyday I'd forget how to wear a bra. Just saying.