Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Misheard Lyrics

Listening gone wrong. Beautiful examples of the catastrophe improper assignment of meaning can cause...

Fall Out Boy is also into cats.
Also into cats.

More of the best of the best misheard lyrics on YouTube, hand-sorted by yours truly:

Christina Aguilera-Ain't No Other Man I've been haunted by Sears
Sean Paul-Temperature I wanna be keeping you, worm
A collection of lyrics Hit me with your pet shark
Justin Timberlake-Sexyback Get your sexy "o"
Breaking Benjamin-Blow Me Away Caught inside this microwave
AFI-Silver and Cold I cleaned your bidet

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Anthony Bourdain Eats a Chivito

First thing I said when I saw this video was, heeey, I've eaten there before! Anthony Bourdain visited Uruguay and gobbled down a chivito for lunch at Chiviteria Marcos. There used to be one pretty close to our apartment in Pocitos although I think the show was filmed in Centro.

Here's my post on the chivito from last year. I wasn't as laudatory as Bourdain, but generally when a sandwhich has meat, meat, and fried eggs on it, I start getting worried about my arteries. Enough chivitos in a lifetime could lead serious heart conditions. Even Bourdain admits it's "a popular spot to risk gastric rupture." Haha. Don't worry though Uruguay, I still love you and miss you dearly.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Went to another Nats game. We lost...again. That's ok though. We still had a lot of fun. This time it didn't rain, and Lincoln won the president's race. And, I now have a pretty red hat which makes me an official fan.

I kept think throughout the game how many references in American culture have come from baseball. If you knew nothing about the game, you'd have no idea what these things meant.

Three strikes and you're out
Batter's up
Home run
Touch base
In the ball park
Threw me a curve ball
Came out of left field

And those are just the ones that I could come up with. WIkipedia did a much better job. Do you think the big fat list of idioms that originated from baseball proves it's our nation's favorite pastime? Or have we moved on to say, American football?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Uruguay vs. Philip Morris

While I was in Uruguay last year, I posted about the sickly, shocking, and unsightly images plastered on the side of cigarette cartons by government mandate. The disturbing photos were required to fill at least 80% of the package.

Now it appears Philip Morris has filed a case against Uruguay's public health measures. I'm not surprised. Images of dying babies certainly don't help cigarette sales.

Furthermore, Eyes on Trade suggests "the implication of the BIT [Swiss-Uruguay Bilateral Investment Treaty] was not more jobs created in Uruguay, but a platform for a long existing entity to challenge Uruguay's efforts to reduce smoking deaths - and maybe, just maybe, put a chill on anti-tobacco legislation in other developing countries - now a primary market for Multinational Big Tobacco."

Personally, I'm for trade. Against Big Tobacco. End of story.

Friday, September 3, 2010

How do you zoo?

Took a trip to the National Zoo and was reminded how nice it is. Even after visiting the San Diego Zoo earlier this summer, I still prefer the good ol' free one in DC. The highlight? The pandas. The creepiest? All the critters in the reptile house.

I have but one complaint about the DC zoo though. Get some giraffes! What is a zoo without graceful, slightly awkward, long-necked giraffes?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?

At first thought, maybe yes. People are more likely to shop online for good deals than sit in their houses doing needlepoint. People waste their energy on "things" and in the process stop creating ideas. Excess spoils and we know artists only thrive on want. With the lack of things people create.

I landed on the article, Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity via twitter. "But why is consumerism – and particularly, an online hunt for the ideal purchase – so addictive? It turns out that our consumerist impulse stimulates the same part of the brain that fires when we’re on the trail of a great idea. As we go through the trial and error of executing an idea – What if I tried this? Ah! Now what about this? – we’re using those same wanting, hunting, getting instincts but in a nobler pursuit."

Yeah, consumerism is product of our creative impulses. If we stop to consider the questions, we begin to realize consumerism is not killing our creativity, but fueling it. In a consumeristic world, there is competition for better and more creative ideas. Boring, old, and stale thinking is mercily trampled by the market, and thus without creative solutions, one is rendered crippled. Consumerism accelerates creativity. Among the many options out there, the only way to stand out and remain relevant is to infuse your art/product/service/being with the utmost creativity. Consumerism does not murder creativity but relies on it as the key ingredient in modern life.