Last night was the final stop on the tour containing Les Aus, The Duke Spirit, and Ted Leo/Rx. It contained all the hallmarks of a great Ted Leo show – solid openers, hours upon hours of great music, amusing interludes, and everyone in the audience leaving with a warm glow.
See the rest of my pictures.
(The title of this post, for those curious, is derived like this: Les Aus are two guys from Catalonia in Spain. The Duke Spirit are four guys and one girl, all from Britain. Ted, while discussing religion, said the band was representative of all religions – “jew, proddy, catholic” – to which Dave immediately stepped up to the mic and reminded the audience that they’re all culturally atheists.)
I’m buried under a pile of PSP games (MGA2, Syphon Filter, MMPU, Gripshift, Initial D, Daxter), but we did acquire the new Tetris DS release; despite my preference for Quinn, here’s my friends code:
First, the one I was expecting: Congrats to our beloved friend Jen Chung on her marriage to her long-time boyfriend Jay Wilkins. The ceremony should be happening now – I couldn’t think of two nicer people to get married.
And, the one I wasn’t expecting (or wasn’t paying attention enough for, perhaps): Jason and Meg also were just married today. Congrats to them as well!
In the future, all bloggers will be married on March 25th.
I’m in Neighborhoodies today at the Seaport, waiting while Katie’s getting something. I wander over and am staring at the wall of polaroids they have, all showing people wearing their creations.
Then I see this one, and I nearly shouted a surprised obscenity. (For those outside the Bemani community, Bad Boy Bass is an awesome song from Beatmania IIDX.)
So, anyone want to fess up to this awesomeness?
Via Defamer comes a pointer to this TWoP post from Glark, which I will quote liberally:
I was coming out of my gym here in Toronto today and downstairs outside the Whole Foods market there’s a guy with his French pug talking dog talk with someone. Super cute dog so I go in for a little owner-authorized pet.
The owner? One Jason Bateman.
I introduced myself and we get talking about the site and the show.
Here are the things I remember (and he gave full blessing to post the info as he loves the site and you guys but he’s too shy and too cute to post on the boards):
- Mitch loves you guys and it was nice to see people getting the show and enjoying the show especially at times when network directives were “make the show 30% dumber”
- Showtime has picked up the show for 2 years at 12 episodes a year (maybe it was 13) with a third year option
- The ball is in Mitch’s court and Jason said Mitch will be making that decision within the next 24-48 hours though I don’t know if that means we’ll know about it at that time or not
I know we’ve been up and down this cancelation road a number of times over the last two years, and I can only hope that this will give us a frozen banana of closure.
(Ten cents gets you nuts.)
Signs of a good pizza party:
- Plenty of pizza for everyone.
- Lots of different kinds of pizzas, to keep everyone pleased.
- Unlimited beverages.
- Lots of conversation.
- Everyone leaves feeling disgustingly full and yet simultaneously happy.
If you missed the Gothamist-Slice Pizza Party, you missed out on one grand ol’ time. Many thanks to Adam, Jen, and Tien for arranging it, the staff of Fornino’s for impeccable service.
Oh, and my vote for the best pie – it’s a split between the Pesto (which had a real nice slow burn to it) and the 4 Formaggi, which had a perfect balance of all four cheeses. I know everyone was raving about the Tartufo (pictured above), but I’m not much for truffles. Regardless, I don’t want to eat another slice for at least a week.
Other blog posts from: Adam, John, Tien – more surely to come.
Flickr photo madness: Youngna, Adam, Tien, Jen, and the world at large.
This week was murder for releases that Katie and I wanted – and it’s not going to get any better in the coming weeks with KH2 and Beatmania US coming out, among other games.
March hurts. Hurts so good.
Peter Tomarken — host of the hit 1980s game show “Press Your Luck” — and his wife were killed when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay. A third person aboard the plane remains missing.
As most of my family could tell you, game shows played a large part in my childhood development; Press Your Luck was by far my favorite. This is a sad day for game show fans.
Press Your Luck lives on daily on GSN.
Ever since Apple launched the video portion of the iTunes Music Store, there had been conversations like this echoing around the land:
“Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if The Daily Show or Colbert Report were on iTunes?”
“Well, yeah, but there’s no way I’m paying $1.99 for each episode. I mean, the episodes are funny for that day, and that’s it.”
Well, today, both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report appeared on iTunes – and the pricing is as follows:
One episode is $1.99.
A “multi-pass” of 16 episodes – and the way TDS and TCR run, that’s a month of episodes – is $9.99.
This is as close to perfect pricing as we’re going to see (outside of shouts of “everything for free!” and running around in circles on the floor). If there’s a single episode you missed that you really want to see, it’s the standard $1.99. But if you want to pledge your allegiance to the respective flag, you get a big price break, bringing it down to 62 cents an episode.
A month is a reasonably discrete chunk of time to allow you to enjoy the show yet not feel like you’re buying too much in advance. $9.99 remains cheaper than a movie ticket (at least in NYC), and you’re getting about six and a half hours of video enjoyment, commercial free, delivered nightly. (At this point it’s unknown how quick the turnaround will be between broadcast and download, but we can hope they’d be available for the morning commute.)
At this point I can’t see any quarrel with how they’re doing this, and I hope in the future there are mutli-pass options for more shows. Cheers to the iTunes Store team.
Apple totally swerves us all and announces WWDC 2006 to be August 7-11. Crazy!