Video-Philes: March 2008: Archives
This Boy's In Love is the latest single from Apocalypso, the second album of The Presets. The two man band hails from Sydney and the duo released their first album, Beams, in 2005.
The vocals, particularly on this song, remind me of Peter Murphy...with an added measure of Howard Jones. The sound of this song is definitely reminiscent of the 80's though some of their offerings have a distinct punk flavor as well as hints of disco.
The duo cite Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Trans Am, and The Pet Shop Boys as influences on their music. Their high energy style shouts dance music though it's hard to lock in on a distinct genre. Perhaps that's what makes them so refreshing.
Their MySpace page can be found here.
The music video follows as does a dance remix.
Tagged as: Apocalypso, Beams, Music, Sydney, The Presets, This Boy's In Love
Daniel DiRito | March 29, 2008 | 3:09 PM |
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If you've seen the advertising promo for the new ultra-thin notebook computer, the MacBook Air, you should enjoy the following spoof of the recently released Mac commercial.
The only thing missing from this "Super Envelope" is a few of Dell's infamous technical support technicians. Then again, why put them in the envelope if they serve no benefit, eh?
Tagged as: Computer Technology, Dell, Humor, MacBook Air, Macintosh, Super Envelope
Daniel DiRito | March 29, 2008 | 12:15 PM |
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Bill's take on high gas prices by adding an "X" to Exxon...and the outcome means someone is bound to get screwed. Maher assails those who criticize Jessica Alba for not being bilingual...though that doesn't mean he's opposed to her being "Bi".
He goes on to ridicule college drinking games that have abandoned the use of beer in favor of root beer, Yoko Ono for her insistence that she knows what John Lennon would have wanted, the trend of Democratic politicians to grow beards following failed election bids, and Tampa Bay school teachers who seem to be predisposed to trysts with their students.
He closes by comparing Bill Clinton to a farm implement...one that involves seed planting...but not the kind that is found on an interns blue dress.
Tagged as: Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Bill Maher, Bill Richardson, Exxon, Gas Prices, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Jessica Alba, John Lennon, Monica Lewinsky, Mormons, New Rules, Taco Bell, Tampa Bay, Yoko Ono
Daniel DiRito | March 29, 2008 | 10:21 AM |
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The following video is a an ABC News segment that demonstrates the degree to which creationist fanatics will go to promote their Biblical beliefs...regardless of the utter lack of scientific evidence.
In Denver, a group is offering tours of the Museum of Nature & Science to the children of parents who believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and that evolution is a false theory. As the tour guides travel through the Museum, they offer their unfounded interpretations of the exhibits in an effort to support Biblical indoctrination.
When confronted by the reporter on the lack of evidence that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth at the same time, the tour guides admit that it is a problem. However, it isn't enough of a problem to cease disseminating false information. As noted in the report, the parents of these children aren't interested in facts. The guides get paid and mom and dad are able to falsely legitimize their beliefs to their children.
Take particular note of the young girl at 1:35 into the video. It is abundantly obvious that she has been coached by her parents and her religious mentors to be assertive in ridiculing science. It's a tactic that seeks to capitalize on the benefits of peer pressure and I suspect it is an essential element of religious homeschooling. The manner in which this young girl attacks evolution is clearly the result of intense training that seeks to give her the confidence to withstand the facts she will encounter which may undermine her Biblical beliefs.
In my opinion, the goal of these parents is to sear these beliefs so deeply into the psyche of their children that scientific evidence can be discounted without consideration. The fact that the tour guides have chosen to capitalize on the ideological intransigence of these parents is disgusting. It is also further evidence that the actions of many religious fanatics are steeped in deception and dishonesty. So much for facts and family values.
By the way, the video closes with a clip from The Family Guy on the absurdity of creationist mumbo jumbo.
Tagged as: Bible, Creationism, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Evolution, Fanaticism, Religion
Daniel DiRito | March 27, 2008 | 10:33 AM |
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Nothing like a little levity on Saturday...especially when it comes at the expense of the holier than thou. The following two videos take some oft heard Christian propaganda and give it a gay spin.
In the first video, it's reported that gay scientists are on the hunt for a Christian gene. In the meantime, gay counselors are helping Christians deal with their troubling lifestyle.
In the second video, prominent anti-gay Australian Archbishop Peter Jensen is confronted with numerous Biblical passages that religious leaders seemingly ignore. The Bishop seems unable to explain or discount the various verses.
Surprisingly, during the confrontation, the Bishop decides to tell the male reporter that he finds him "so good looking"...at which point the reporter reminds the Archbishop of the very Leviticus verse that is used to condemn gays...just in case the Archbishop has his sights on a sinful romp with the reporter.
Thank goodness we have men like the Archbishop to interpret the Bible for us. However, after watching this exchange, it looks like the Archbishop needs a refresher course in Biblical content. Sadly, he's not the only Christian who has a selective knowledge of the Bible.
Tagged as: Archbishop Peter Jensen, Bible, Gay, Humor, Leviticus, LGBT, Religion, Same-Sex Marriage
Daniel DiRito | March 22, 2008 | 1:37 PM |
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Bill is back after a one week absence and he hits it out of the park with a strong indictment of John McCain's status as the best candidate to answer the infamous 3:00AM phone call. Maher points out that McCain may be a maverick...but when it comes to the war in Iraq, he is a replica of George Bush...and that has to disqualify him from answering the phone...let alone having his finger near or on anything remotely resembling a trigger.
Maher argues that we don't we need or want a warrior (one who relies on Joe Lieberman to clarify sectarian affiliations) seated in a position to send more American troops into more Middle Eastern countries that view our presence as the justification to commit further acts of terrorism. I couldn't agree more.
On a lighter note, Bill tackles the Bush administration's assertion that the economy is "going through a rough patch". Maher thinks it's more than a rough patch and he shows us a rather notorious couple to express his belief that the economy is a "mess". He closes his schtick on the economy by suggesting we make the penny the dollar.
Bill moves on to skewer wayward governors, senators, and other adulterers and their poor wives...the wives that have the misfortune of being filmed at the side of their spouse during the obligatory press conference. He also takes a couple jabs at Fox News (the family values network) and the number of gratuitous photos of Spitzers $4,300.00 friend.
Tagged as: Bill Maher, Dick Cheney, Dr. Pepper, Economy, Eliot Spitzer, Fox News, George Bush, Iraq, John McCain, New Rules
Daniel DiRito | March 21, 2008 | 11:11 PM |
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Recent events have Stepen Colbert convinced that the Democrats are killing themselves...and he has a segment called "Democralypse Now" to chronicle their demise. In this segment, Colbert talks about the feud between Obama and Clinton supporters and the recent need for Senator Obama to address the inflammatory statements of his longtime pastor.
Colbert offers Barack Obama some advise on dealing with controversial pastors. He suggests that Obama should have employed the John McCain strategy (The Gospel Of John) to deal with the objectionable comments made by pastor Wright.
Colbert argues that McCain succeeded by denouncing Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in the past and then quietly reconciled with them just prior to his run for the presidency. In other words, the Obama campaign did it backwards. Colbert believes it's far better to make denouncements early on and then gradually cozy back up to these controversial figures just before the election.
As is often the case, Colbert's logic seems absurd...but then isn't that the point he is trying to make each evening about the state of politics in the United States?
Be sure not to miss Colbert's explanation of the oft referenced two sets of footprints in the sand at 4:25 into the video clip. Let's just say that if Colbert is right, then one set of those prints might have been a little light...in the loafers.
Tagged as: Barack Obama, Jerry Falwell, John McCain, Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Race, Religion, Stephen Colbert. Jeremiah Wright
Daniel DiRito | March 20, 2008 | 9:47 AM |
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Most of the country has weighed in on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and their battle for the Democratic nomination. This past Saturday, Tracy Morgan closed the loop on Saturday Night Live by offering his rebuttal to Tina Fey's prior Weekend Update appearance.
In what one could call a point - counterpoint format, Fey championed Hillary as the first woman president...and Morgan sang the praises of Barack as the first black president. This B & B battle had nothing to do with Fey and Morgan endorsing their favorite bed and breakfast establishments.
The two segments are included below. SNL reports...you decide.
Tagged as: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Democrats, Gender, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Race, SNL, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Weekend Update
Daniel DiRito | March 18, 2008 | 10:44 AM |
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Richard Dawkins takes an in depth look at the degree to which science is a part of our daily life and our understandings of the world in which we live. He begins by visiting the portions of the American south where evolution isn't a generally accepted theory. He points to a provision in Alabama that requires all biology text books include a sticker challenging the theory of evolution.
Dawkins goes on to point out that many people fail to understand the basic premise of science and what one can reasonably conclude from the results of the scientific endeavor. He moves forward to discuss some of the recent findings in science that make it a field filled with amazing discoveries.
In part two, Dawkins looks into the growing interest in the paranormal...including psychic abilities and psychic surgery. These are not only scams; in the instance of psychic surgery, the patients are often exposed to even greater risks through unsanitary practices.
Dawkins then speaks with one of the founders of DNA fingerprinting. He explains the risks associated with taking science as certainty...and he offers the hysteria over mad cow disease and poor forensic criminology as examples. He interviews a man who was convicted of a crime based upon inadequate information and a lack of expert testimony. The man subsequently educated himself and discovered the information that would lead to his acquittal.
In part three, Dawkins returns to a discussion of man's origin and the curiosities that lead scientists to ask why. In order to understand the tedious nature of science, he looks at the research on fruit flies and how it may provide important clues into cancer treatment.
The documentary closes with a Dawkins demonstration conducted to explain the number of years man has occupied on the entire continuum of time. In the scheme of things, mankind has only occupied a minute point. Science has provided us with the tools to make that determination.
Tagged as: Astronomy, Cancer, Creationism, DNA, Evolution, Forensics, Fruit Flies, Mad Cow Disease, Richard Dawkins, Science
Daniel DiRito | March 15, 2008 | 9:40 AM |
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You Know Me Better is the latest single to be released from Roisin Murphy's CD, Overpowered. For those unfamiliar with Murphy, she is a Irish born singer songwriter formerly of the duo Moloko. Overpowered, released in late 2007, is her second solo CD; following on the heels of her 2005 debut CD, Ruby Blue.
Her sound isn't unique, as it reminds me of some of the last vestiges of disco during the transitional years to the distinctive stylization of the 80's. As to comparisons, Murphy's sound has been mimicked by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
I like the retro feel of the video and the many different looks Murphy embodies. It's a bit campy, yet still stylistic. The mixture of bold and brazen personas with a reserved shyness is a nice combination and it dovetails nicely with the songs lyrics.
He MySpace page can be found here.
Tagged as: Moloko, Music, Overpowered, Roisin Murphy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Daniel DiRito | March 13, 2008 | 11:58 AM |
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The comedians of the world are having a feast with the Spitzer scandal...and anyone looking for a good laugh is the beneficiary. The Daily Show had the following offerings on the news from New York.
In the first video, Jon Stewart sets the table. In the second video, Lewis Black tells us about the menu. In the final video, Samantha Bee admits that she over indulged.
Tagged as: Elliott Spitzer, Humor, Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Prostitution, Samantha Bee, The Daily Show
Daniel DiRito | March 12, 2008 | 9:39 AM |
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I'm always amazed when the religious right seeks to characterize the pursuit of gay equality as a militant homosexual agenda. I'm especially amused when the rhetoric by which they put forth this argument is laced with the words we normally associate with the very militancy they seek to attach to the gay community.
In the following video, Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern waxes on about the threat posed by homosexuals. According to Kern, homosexuality poses a greater danger than terrorism. Just listen to the angry and confrontational imagery laced throughout her speech. When Kern states that she is in jeopardy by just making her comments, what kind of jeopardy is she alluding to? This is fear mongering at its worst. Sadly, these are the words we hear so often from those who claim to be Christians.
As is so often the case with bigotry, Kern's remarks are rife with exaggerations and misinformation. Kern tells us she was a teacher for twenty years and that schools are no longer teaching facts and knowledge. It sickens me to imagine the curriculum Kern and her ilk would favor. Thank goodness she's no longer teaching. We can only hope that her political career comes to an end as well.
Honestly, when I hear the assertion that no society that embraced homosexuality has survived, I want to puke. I could just as easily assert that no society that has embraced a monetary system has survived. There isn't a scintilla of evidence that any society failed due to an acceptance of homosexuality...unless of course one chooses to cherry pick from the Biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I find it amusing that homosexuality is given the distinction of being the preeminent means by which sexual behavior can destroy a society. Somehow, the Kern's of the world seem to ignore God's supposed admonitions against adultry, premarital sex, or any other heterosexual indiscretion. I wonder what Kern thinks about the growing prevalence of pegging. Of course I'm sure she would blame it on gays.
Rather than rant on about the ramblings of another run of the mill right winger, I decided to grant her inane fears the credence they warrant.
The following is my version of the top ten goals of militant homosexuals.
Organize local groups of gay men and women to form "Queer Make Over Militias" designed to convert and enlist heterosexuals who are style challenged.
Align with the growing metrosexual population to form an underground alliance to chase rural right wing Republicans away from major metropolitan areas. (Think pink robes and hoods from a Dave Chappelle skit)
To take advantage of the outrage at Janet Jackson's Super bowl wardrobe malfunction, gays are quietly seeking legislation to ban all beer commercials that objectify women's breasts and promote a stereotypical heterosexual male persona.
Distribute campaign door hangers on election day that contain gay inspired victory party planning tips complete with recipes and decorating tips.
Use Bill O'Reilly's confusion about the differences between a loofah and a falafel on a stick as an opportunity to ban the use of soap on a rope from all public shower facilities.
Establish a non-profit to donate tea sets to all preschool aged boys.
Begin marketing a new doll called G.I. JoAnne...one that morphs from a dainty debutante into an androgynous action hero when her American Graffiti poodle skirt is transformed into a paramilitary parachute.
Promote a high school curriculum which requires that all students take a home economics course on using springform pans to bake the perfect cheesecake.
Establish a nationwide ex-gay ministry that is actually a clandestine gay dating service for closeted christians and discredited evangelical ministers.
Produce and promote a blockbuster film titled Jesus Camp - The Sequel...a sassy musical portraying the tribulations of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph, a polyamorous trio played by Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, and Nathan Lane.
Tagged as: Bible, Bigotry, Evangelical, Gay Bashing, Homophobia, Humor, LGBT, Religion, Religious Extremism, Sally Kern
Daniel DiRito | March 10, 2008 | 11:32 AM |
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In this faux news segment, The Onion tackles the voting public's preoccupation with miniscule details and irrelevant facts...or as they prefer to define it, "bullshit".
While this is a tongue-in-cheek video, it's difficult to miss the underlying truth of their assertion. All too often voters are distracted by campaign tactics and media coverage that has little connection to actual issues of import.
Tagged as: 2008 Election, Humor, Media, Politics, Polling, Propaganda, Spoof
Daniel DiRito | March 10, 2008 | 11:16 AM |
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Maher hits it out of the park with another round of New Rules. He makes fun of politicians eating on the campaign trail...taking a swipe at Senator Larry Craig's bathroom escapades and John McCain's age. He moves on to the sham election in Russia and offers a title for Putin's new book, the Japanese obsession with creating lifelike robots, and the absurdity of Nicole Richie's celebrity status.
Maher spends the remainder of his time on the 2008 election and the recent spate of negative attacks. He voices his concern that voters listen to and accept the manufactured assertions contained in these ridiculous ads. All too often, the strategy is to simply state a lie and wait for voters to propagate it as truth.
It's hard to argue with Maher's premise that voters are often morons, though I tend to think they aren't actually stupid; just willing to say and do whatever it takes to elect the candidate that shares their same beliefs...even if that means making up outlandish lies about the other candidates.
Tagged as: 2008 Election, 3:00 AM, Bill Maher, Comedy, Hillary Clinton, Humor, John McCain, Larry Craig, New Rules, Nicole Richie, Politics, Robots, Russia, Vladimir Putin
Daniel DiRito | March 8, 2008 | 8:40 AM |
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Who knew?! Oprah is the most dangerous woman in the world...at least according to internet evangelist Bill Keller. Keller goes on to call Winfrey a "New Age witch" who is promoting "spiritual crack".
While Keller has been a longtime critic of Winfrey, his latest assertions originate from his objection to Oprah's upcoming internet course based upon the teachings found in the book by Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, Awakening Your Life's Purpose. WInfrey has touted this book and other books that Keller believes deviate from the "true" teachings of the Bible.
Keller has been warning the subscribers of his Daily Devotional for years about entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey and how she uses her TV program to promote every New Age philosophy in the world, like the very popular book and DVD last year, "The Secret."
Keller, who called Oprah on Neil Cavuto's FOX News program last Friday "the most dangerous woman in the world," and has been quoted in the national media as labeling her a "New Age witch," states that her current commitment to use her vast entertainment resources to promote New Age teachings that do nothing for people but make them feel good for a moment just like smoking crack, will be responsible for leading millions of unsuspecting souls to hell with these false teachings.
Keller told his 2.4 million Daily Devotional subscribers that, "Oprah is now trying to be the spiritual guru to this nation. Sadly, she is being used as a tool of satan to lead millions of souls to hell with her false teachings."
Of course, Keller would prefer that Oprah's followers spend their time on his website and fork over their hard earned cash to support his little evangelical enterprise. No doubt he promises to show them the correct path to heaven...for a nominal fee.
I would guess Keller is ticked off because Oprah's new television program, "Big Give", is garnering her more attention and accolades and isn't putting any cash in his collection basket. I have a hunch Keller is more about receiving than giving.
The following video is from Keller's recent appearance on Fox News.
Tagged as: Bible, Big Give, Bill Cavuto, Bill Keller, Eckhart Tolle, Evangelism, Faith, Fox News, God, New Age, Oprah Winfrey, The Secret
Daniel DiRito | March 7, 2008 | 3:13 PM |
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Steven Colbert takes on the battle over FISA and the Bush administration's demand that Congress pass the Protect America Act in order to insure the safety of all Americans. In this segment of "The Word", Colbert explains the meaning...
Tagged as: 3:00 AM, AT&T, Comedy, Fear, FISA, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Immunity, Politics, Protect America Act, Stephen Colbert, Terrorism
Daniel DiRito | March 7, 2008 | 2:08 PM |
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George Carlin is a comedian...but his real talent is his ability to deconstruct the many concepts we've come to take for granted in this life. On Saturday night, during his HBO special, It's Bad For Ya, he gave us...
Tagged as: Comedy, Death, George Carlin, God, HBO, Heaven, Hell, Humor, It's Bad For Ya, Patriotism, Politics, Religion
Daniel DiRito | March 4, 2008 | 9:06 AM |
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It's always fun to look back at the programs we watched when we were younger. It's even more fun to see them parodied...especially when the spoof adds a gay twist. Logo, MTV's gay and lesbian themed network recently took...
Tagged as: Blair, Comedy, Drag Queen, Facts of Life, Humor, Jo, LGBT, Logo, Mrs. Garrett, MTV, Natalie, The Big Gay Sketch, Tootie
Daniel DiRito | March 1, 2008 | 11:10 AM |
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You won't see Bill Maher present a set of "New Rules" like this for many years...four to be exact since he delivered them on February 29th. I know, I know, I should leave the funny stuff to Bill, but...
Tagged as: al Qaeda, Alberto Gonzales, Barack Obama, Bill Maher, Congress, George Bush, New Rules, Patriotism, Right Wingers, Roger Clemons
Daniel DiRito | March 1, 2008 | 10:20 AM |
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