Michael Jackson. Damn. Michael Jackson.
It was easy to forget as he descended into self-parody over the last fifteen years or so, but for a good, solid 15 years, he was the coolest man on the planet. Dude was a hitmaker from back in 1969, and that Jackson 5 material still sounds fresh and vibrant, over three decades later. And, to be fair, it probably broke him.
But I won't remember him for the plastic surgery; I won't remember him for dangling his kid off of a balcony. I won't remember him for the circus of a molestation trial, and I won't remember him for the surgical masks.
I'll remember the greatest music videos ever:
And, of course, Thriller:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtyJbIOZjS8
And a host of other gems: Wanna Be Starting Something
, Beat It
, and let's not forget a classic Simpsons
I don't really have a lot to add - I just wanted to remember someone who, for all his faults, gave us a generation's worth of amazing music.
The King of Pop is dead. Long live the King of Pop. I don't think we'll ever see another like him.
I'm strongly considering moving from pseudonymous to eponymous blogging. (And, hopefully, upping the content at the same time.) My impulse is that Wordpress is the best platform from which to accomplish this, but are there any other suggestions, or vouchings (is that a word?) for Wordpress?
Reading the recap of the Kentucky-Notre Dame game on ESPN
, I came upon the following:
Asked about how he feels about all the judgment he's facing after posing a 40-27 record in two seasons at Kentucky, [Kentucky coach Billy] Gillispie said: "There's only one judgment I'll ever be concerned about, and I hope I pass that judgment. That's the only one I'll ever be concerned about, and I'm really proud that that's the only judgment that will ever have a real effect on me, and I hope I pass that one with flying colors."
Gillispie declined to answer when asked whose judgment he was referring to, saying it was obvious, apparently referring to Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart.
Really? A basketball coach, in Kentucky, in the already heavily evangelical Christian sports world, says there's only one Judgment (I'll capitalize for clarity) he will ever be concerned about, and the unnamed author of this piece thinks he's talking about the athletic director
? I'm all for increased secularism, but I'm also for having a clue.
(As an aside, really, that last phrase is utterly superfluous and out of place in this piece, whether the author had made the correct inference or not, but that's an entirely separate issue.)
I'm pretty sure anything I could think of has already been said, and better:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
So, we've got that going for us, which is nice.
Do you, like me, vaguely understand what's going on with the economy, although you don't quite understand how the pieces fit together? Well, I just finished listening to the most recent episode of This American Life, "Another Frightening Show About The Economy."
And it comes with my highest recommendation. (If you listened to their sub-prime mortgage show earlier this year, you'll understand why.)
Anyway, if you've got an hour and want to learn how this all fits together, in a very accessible way, download the show now while it's still free.
This is what the McCain-Palin "campaign" has sunk to:
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
Good to see they're already getting the Two Minutes' Hate ready at the Palin rallies.