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Hell yes we’re in the Age of Profanity!
March 28, 2006, 9:12 pm
Filed under: News

According to an Associated Press poll, 74% of Americans frequently or occasionally encounter profanity in public, and two-thirds believe people swear more than they did 20 years ago.  Over half of those surveyed (64%) said they use the f-word.  The poll also points out that men have dirtier potty mouths than women, and younger people swear more than older people.  

This isn't really a huge surprise.  These days, many magazines don't bother to censor the profanity people choose to use.  (I remember reading an interview with Britney Spears in one woman's mag where she used the f-word; I was so shocked! Britney Jean Spears curses!  Now, when 4-year-olds curse, I'm not even phased.)  Ditto for television.  While the news might be different, dramas, gritty crime shows and South Park hardly censor themselves at all.  Comedy Central even plays the South Park movie uncensored in its after-hours time slot.  The point about younger people vs. older people is accurate; I can vouch for this from my own experience.  My brother's mouth is FILTHY.  Seriously, every other word it's "f-this!" and "f-that!"  If I were his mother, I'd wash his mouth out with soap like they did to Ralphie in A Christmas Story!

Profanity in language is already becoming common place; as one interviewee wisely points out, "gradually people WON'T be shocked. And then those who want to be offensive will find another way."

The poll consisted of 1,001 adults and has a 3% margin of error.

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Lord of the Rings: The Musical?
March 28, 2006, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Music

There is a Yahoo! news article out titled “‘Lord of the Rings’ spectacularly dull on stage.” (I would argue it’s fairly dull in any format…but I digress.)  I don’t know whose bright idea it was to make a Lord of the Rings musical, but I can’t say I’m surprised it’s boring.  This giant book (and no, I haven’t read it) was made into three exceedingly long, exceedingly slow, exceedingly dull movies.  And someone thought music would spice it up?

The show has a cast of 55, runs for 3.5 hours and cost $27 million to produce.  Its creators are saying it’s not a musical, or a play with music, but rather a “new genre of theatre,” and a “theatrical spectacle.”  Right.  If only someone had thrown the book for the musical into the fiery volcano along with the “one true ring,” which is where it really belongs.

Now I suppose we’ll it’s only a matter of time before Harry Potter: The Musical and The Musical Chronicles of Narnia.  I can’t believe JRR Tolkein’s family let his books be used this way!

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Scrabble saves…
March 28, 2006, 3:50 pm
Filed under: News

…languages, that is.  In North Dakoka, the Sioux are using the game to teach younger generations their dying language. 

The game is part of the tribe's campaign to revitalize the Dakota language, now spoken fluently by a dwindling number of elders. One survey predicted the last fluent Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota speaker would die in 2025.

A tournament pits teams from both Dakotas and Manitoba against each other.

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I'd say the Dakota are on the right track…Scrabble is pretty much awesome.  And the idea is really innovative, if you think about it.

PS – For some reason I can't get this computer to put the links in without going all kooky and freaking out, so for now, you're just going to have to copy and paste the links if you want to see the articles.  Merci!

Download This!: Joshua Radin
March 28, 2006, 2:59 am
Filed under: Download This!, Music

jr_media_photo.jpgNow, I realize I go through musical obsessions like Lindsay Lohan goes through boyfriends.  I know that most of my friends ignore my musical tastes because, well, what else are you supposed to do when your friend has musical ADD?  But my latest obsession, Josh Radin, is just too good to ignore.  His songs are all sad and acoustically driven and he's friends with Zach Braff, and that's all I really ask for in my music.  And I know I say this about a lot of musicians, but his sad songs make me so happy, I'd have his babies any day. 

Here is his myspace profile. Check out "Closer" and "Winter"…they're my favorites!

Celebs discuss F-word in new film.
March 27, 2006, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Movies, News

After seeing The Aristocrats, it's hard to believe that anyone could ever top it in filthiness.   But filmmaker Steve Anderson is sure as hell going to try.  In his new documentary, aptly titled "F*ck!", celebrities like Ice-T, Drew Carey and the late Hunter S. Thompson reflect on the history and impact of the f-word. The film also includes commentary from scholars and original cartoons.  Check out the IMDB page and this recent news article.

I have to admit, I'm intrigued by the subject of this film.  I am a fan of finding out the history of just about anything.  For example, I just bought a book on the history of sugar.  After that, it's salt.  Yes, I am a nerd.

In one of my college courses we discussed the origin of the f-bomb; I remember it was inconclusive, as the teacher presented several different theories.  So obviously I have to see this film to increase my vast wealth of unless knowledge (which I am storing up for my inevitable turn on Jeopardy!).

For history of the f-word, fun useages by politicians and freedom of speech, click here.

You wish your cat was as awesome as my cat!
March 25, 2006, 3:03 am
Filed under: Animals, From Me to You, Photos


And you’re gonna be wishing that forever, cause no cat could ever surpass Teddy in awesomeness! Except one of my other cats. I took this picture on a snow day awhile back.  The light was perfect so I didn’t need a flash.  It is really pretty, so I thought I’d share it with you. And also, what do you think of the new layout?

March 24, 2006, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Animals, Blogs, Celebrity, Music, Science

*  RIP Addawaita: Oldest living animal, giant tortoise, dies at 250.

*   Queen Latifa wants to be a Mommy.

*   The new way to protest?  “99 Balloons” will play for an hour on VH1 starting Sunday at 2 p.m. Don’t forget to…tune out.

*   Being a righty isn’t so great…at least not if you’re a snail.

*   Don’t mess with the ‘hoff!

*   Listen to The Wreckers’ (Jessica Harp and Michelle Branch) new single on their Myspace page.

*   New species in Mexico = cancer treatments?

*   Pete Doherty: The Musical!