Thursday, April 26, 2007

And here I thought Al Gore was the champion hypocrite

The Anchoress hits one out of the park with this post on how much energy the average music star must use in watts consumed during concerts, exhaust from the 18-wheelers that transport it, and petroleum consumed to make CDs, tee shirts, and other concert-related paraphernalia.

She also links to this article that shows that Hollywood's TV- and movie-making spew more pollutants than "aerospace manufacturing, apparel, hotels, and semiconductor manufacturing" (individually).

Proposed by the Anchoress: that they give up a summer's worth of tours. For the planet, after all. And in return she'll learn to live without them.

Hey, I can get behind that.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Beware the slow news cycle

Is it just me, or do national tragedies tend to strike while the news organizations are whipped into a froth over a whole lotta nuthin'? 9/11 took Gary Condit out of the news (not a moment too soon), and the VTech shooting knocked Imus off the front page. (I don't remember what was going on when the tsunami hit; it was over Christmas, so I wasn't following the news.)

Perhaps Providence or Fate or God or whomever delivers these 2x4s to the head when our society gets too full of its own faux outrage, narcissism, and superfluity. Either that or we are engaged in such stupidity so often that it's just statistically more probable for a tragedy or atrocity to hit while we're being so foolish.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

In which I make a funny

I managed to be commenter #2 on LGF's post on how some Somalis were insulted by the bag of hamsteak that was set down on their table.

I've been waiting to use that reference for years. That this is the highlight of my day should tell you something about my life, none of it good.

UPDATE: And by none of it good, I mean that my life is pretty pathetic, in a self-deprecating sort of way. Except for the fatigue I'm still fighting, my life isn't all that bad.

And someone just flattered me via imitation on this Hot-Air thread (scroll to 11:42), but failed to mention the grand jury, which makes the joke work.