July 2007

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I have no idea how they did this, but it’s funny anyway:

Bill Walsh
Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh died of Leukemia today at age 75. In addition to leading the 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 90s Walsh is arguably the most influential modern football coach. He is credited with popularizing the West Coast offense and many of his assistant coaches have gone on to be head coaches in their own right. (click on the chart below for details).

Bill Walsh Coaching Tree

Walsh will be missed, but his legacy will be felt in the NFL for decades to come.

ESPN has more details here.

Josh Ritter
Like fellow Sunday Music Spotlighter Dan Bern, Josh Ritter gets saddled with comparisons to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Author Stephen King went so far as to say that Ritter’s song “Thin Blue Flame” was “the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ ” while claiming that his album The Animal Years was “the best album of the year [2006] in a walk, and maybe the best album I’ve heard in the last five”. That’s high praise coming from someone that knows imagery.

Coming off the tremendous critical success of The Animal Years Ritter decided to hole himself up in a cabin in Maine a record a new album. The result is The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (out August 21st), a complicated yet accessible album that reveals more layers with each listen. There’s more rock and less folk than on his previous albums, but the change seems more like an evolution than a departure.
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Kevin SmithKevin Smith, beloved writer/director of Clerks, Mallrats , Chasing Amy (among others) has signed on to write and direct the first episode of Heroes spin-off, Heroes: Origins. The show will reportedly focus on a single character in each of its six episodes, adding to the Heroes canon.

Smith’s involvement was announced at Comic-Con, during the Heroes QA. He quipped that he was ready to direct an episode about the first gay heroes, but that he didn’t want to be the guy to ruin Heroes.

More information here and here

The Simpsons Movie
Spider Pig, Spider Pig
Does whatever a Spider Pig does
Can he swing
from a web?
No he can’t
He’s a pig
Lookout, here comes the Spider Pig

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Simpsons Movie then you’ve heard these immortal words, and probably laughed. Well if you did, go see the movie. At the end of it I commented that the episodes for the last five years must have sucked because the writers were saving all the good ideas for the movie. I won’t go so far as to say it’s as good as the show was in it’s heyday, but the jokes are funny, the references are good, and there are enough inside jokes to keep die hard fans happy.

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆
Marketing Rating: ★★★★★

The teaser trailer for the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight is out. After the successful reboot of the Batman franchise in Batman Begins I’m definitely looking forward to this.

(here’s a link to a higher quality version)

The trailer doesn’t reveal very much, but here’s what we know:
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Guns N’ Roses
RollingStone.com has a story about the recording of GNR’s Appetite for Destruction, in honor of the album’s 20th anniversary (goddamn that makes me feel old…). Apparently Axl wanted to make sure the moans on “Rocket Queen” sounded realistic, so he took Steven Adler’s girlfriend into the recording booth and, um, made her moan. It’s always nice to see a musician willing to do what it takes to make an album perfect…

Transformers
Sitting in the theater waiting for Transformers to start I took a moment to think about my expectations. I tried to put aside my anger at the decision to “update” the robots and to make fundamental changes to their characters. I came to the conclusion that I was going to be angry about those things, no matter how hard I tried to repress those feelings. I was wrong. Way wrong.
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Pac-Man HatOn the surface this Pac-Man hat is a little odd. I mean it might look cute on a little kid in an ironic sort of way, right? Then you read the product description and realize it’s for adults. Yikes. Further reading reveals it’s imported from Japan. Ah, now it makes sense.

But wait. Why can’t you ship it to Massachusetts, Ohio, or Pennsylvania? Are there statutes on the books there that outlaw the transfer of Pac-Man hats across state lines? Are those states cracking down on gangs that use Pac-Man hats to signal their allegiances? Or are they just pro-ghost states? I’m confused.

via BoingBoing

The more I hear this song the better it gets…

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