Wednesday, August 8, 2007

3rd Quadrant 8/13 '07

Week of August 13, 2007

Devo's "Work It"

The new Devo song was made for Dell's new laptop campaign. Stereogum writes about the song and the commercial, “Girls in wigs, computers, cowbells, this thing's got it all. But careful Devo, everybody knows what life after Dell looks like: pot arrests and tending bar in NYC."

The advertisement is below.

Bart’s Junk

In the “Simpsons Movie” Bart Simpson skateboards in the nude (full frontal). Initially his junk was “blocked” out of view by various objects in the scene, but eventually his junk was fully exposed! JB on says that Bart’s junk, “…looks like an upside-down middle finger in cartoonland.”

"Spider Pig"

The List of Animals in The Simpsons Wikipedia page relates that in the “Simpsons Movie,” Spider-Pig appears in an advertisement for Krusty Burger’s new Clogger Burger wearing a baker’s hat. Once filming is completed, Krusty orders for the pig to become a sandwich. Homer becomes upset, claiming that animals who wear human clothing can't be slaughtered, and adopts the pig. Later, while Marge ponders why there are pig tracks on the ceiling, Homer is seen walking the pig on the ceiling while singing the "Spider-Pig" song.

Weekly World News

Reuters reports that the Weekly World News will stop being printed effective with the August 27 issue after 28 years, but the online version will continue. The tabloid newspaper chronicled the exploits of alien babies, animal-human hybrids and dead celebrities. In addition to “Space Alien Backs Bush for President!” another recent headline stated, “Dentist uses UFO metal in patient's tooth."

A company statement said that the closing is, “Due to the challenges in the retail and wholesale magazine marketplace that have impacted the newsstand…”

Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall was a five-member Canadian sketch comedy group that started in 1984. The “Kids in the Hall” television show ran from 1988 to 1994 on CBC, and HBO. The Times reports the group has been described as the heirs to Monty Python, albeit darker and franker, and that they helped to defined sketch comedy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group ended production in 1994, but got together in 1996 to make the film “Brain Candy,” and toured in 2000 and 2002.

On July 18, 2007 the group reunited for the first three shows of the 25th Annual "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which included 90 minutes of new material that was practiced during a number of unadvertised performances in Los Angeles.

“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” calls Anthony Bourdain, who has been a professional chef and writer for more than three decades, a gastronomic Indian Jones. In “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” his journey takes him to people and places far beyond the realm of food. Bourdain travels the world seeking the authentic experiences and food that flavor the world's cultures. Following his wanderlust will take the audience to far-out and familiar places, from Iceland to Vietnam and Tuscany to the Pacific Northwest.

The Times has a 2005 review of the first season of the show.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” airs on Mondays at 10:00 P.M. ET on the Travel Channel.

Bill Walsh reports that Bill Walsh changed the look of the NFL with his offensive innovations. For example, he invented the short dropbacks, unusual receiving routes, constant repetition of plays in practice, laminated sheets of plays, and the use of a “script” to run the first 15 offensive plays of a game. He won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, won six division titles, was named the NFL’s coach of the year in 1981 and 1984, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and created the Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

Bill Walsh was born on November 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, and died July 30, 2007 at his Woodside home. He was 75.

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