Saturday, May 19, 2012

it's Saturday night (everybody sing along)

When you were here before
Couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You're so fucking special
But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here
She's running out the door
She's running out
She run, run, run, run
Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You're so fucking special
(whispered) I wish I was special
But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here
I don't belong here.

when you worry you make it double

Back in 1988 whistler/singer/acapella artist Bobby McFerrin took a simple ditty he wrote to the top of the charts.
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” went to #1 in almost every country in the world. It won Song of the Year and Album of the Year and Best Vocal Pop Performance in the 1988 Grammy Awards.

Popularity was based on sales and the album went triple platinum, about 3 million units.
Artists typically received about $1 for every unit sold so in today’s dollars that one little song would have earned McFerrin almost $6 million dollars.

The first a cappella recording to reach #1 
on the Billboard Hot 100. 
You can watch the video here:
"The landlord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry
Be happy."

I found that smell in the kitchen

Penicillium digitatum grows on citrus fruit.

This blue-green mold was discovered in 1883, three years before the ClockTower.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

hooray for hollywood
Great news. Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to write the screenplay for the inevitable biopic about Steve Jobs, inspired by Walter Isaacson’s book. It’s being produced by SONY.

Sorkin, you may recall, was the writer for the WEST WING series. He won an Oscar for the Social Network screenplay, too, remember that FaceBook movie? 

I still love that Radiohead song on that link, by the way. :-) It’s worth a 2:26 listen. Chilling.
Anyway, there is already one Jobs pic underway with Ashton Kutcher in the title role.
But that’s a different one. 
In the longer run Sorkin’s version will be the one with historical clout. Both Noah Wylie (who has played Jobs once before ) and even George Clooney are interested in the role now that Sorkin’s writing it.
I met Sorkin once, in the basement of the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, the night his show opened... “The Farnsworth Invention.” 

Sorkin was able to take something as mundane as the history of the cathode ray tube leading to consumer television and tell the story as if it were a runaway-train-downhill-with-no-brakes. He made it thrilling, literally, to learn scientific TV history in a Broadway theatre.

So I have high hopes for this movie. Even if the song is right.

was it good for you?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

from the UES

6 to Pelham Bay Park @ 138

the before party