1. Friday, July 25, 2008

    answers to yr questions but first dinosaur jr covering the cure 

    at the troubadour

    lowercasecarmen asks: Scenario: You’re playing capture the flag and you already have a Lazy McHates Sports a Lot on your team.

    Out of the following choices you can have three:

    1) Kristoph Lzerk: An angry russian man with only one arm –but a built arm at that. He runs like the wind.

    2) Anabelle Lovely: Sweet, perfect, pink. She distracts anyone with a bat of her lashes.

    3) Danielle and Chad: They come as a team and kill you with love.

    4) Werewolf Man: The name says it all.

    5) Emilio Belucci: A gourmet gelato vendor. His capture the flag skills are crappy at best, but his raspberry cheesecake gelato makes you wanna cry from elation.

    Which ones do you choose?

    all i need is you baby. you and me against the world. bring it on.

    lily: what does it mean when a guys says “i wore hendrix for you” to you.

    that has gotta be a canadian thing. one that ive never heard of before. does it mean Jimmy as in a Jimmy Hat? does he already have it on? yikes. im not sure thats a good thing if its true. hopefully it doesnt mean he is about to set you favorite strat on fire. but honestly i dont know. if anyone else does, feel free to chime in.

    Sharp (aka Azreal Darkskies): You and your arch-nemesis are about to have a final showdown to determine who rules the town. At your disposal you can have a) a gunfight, pistols at high noon, 10 paces-style, b) a sword fight with sabers or c) a high score match to the death on a brand new pinball machine that’s never ever been seen let alone played before.

    d) pants-off dance-off, ftw

    Peter: How do you feel about the possibility of Mark Cuban buying the Cubbies? Do you think that it was him that leaked the fact that his bid was 1.3 Billion?

    when i was in texas i had the rare opportunity to ask mark about buying the cubs. at first i wanted him to do it, but then the mavs folded AGAIN in the nba playoffs and it made me think that although hes an interesting dude and has an interesting blog and is clearly committed – he might not be the brightest owner. he always has good players, he always puts out an entertaining product, but as a Cub fan I want a little more, i want a world champ. he hasnt proven that he can create that yet. so im still on the fence about mr no-bloggers-in-the-clubhouse.

    anti: why is there no #33 on your blogroll? is it in honor of Kareem?

    although i have much love for The Captain, i have lots of love for your south bay amigo xTx, not only does she get 33 but i also put her up there higher on the list. so seek and ye shall find my friend.

    Sarah: What’s it like having such a hot lunch buddy? Per her advice, do you plan on befriending strippers again?

    it doesnt suck to have a hot lunch buddy, neither does it suck to have stripper friends. it also doesnt suck to have cop friends, doctor friends, lawyer friends, metromix friends, or fbi friends either. i think all friends are nice regardless of their professions, which is why i look at my stripper friend slightly different than you might (plus she has retired from that profession, which is fine too).

    lindsay: i like to ask two-parters:

    1) why is it so hard for me to find your archives on here? it makes me hard for me to find pictures of myself.

    2) why do guys lead me on?

    1. i make it hard to find for a few reasons. mostly because i want people to come here every day and stay in the now. today is a new day. today is not boring. today we are discovering new lessons. and its best when we discover them together. the archives are interesting and fun and got us to where we are now, but why look back all the time? if you want my old pics of you just ask, i can hook you up.

    2. because theyre shy and probably just as nervous that you will break their heart as you are that they’ll do the same.

    pitt: you’ve probably been asked this before: what’s your thoughts on group blogs?

    i get asked this all the time. this very blog, not too long ago, like 2 years ago ranked #308 or something on Technorati. that means that there were only a few hundred blogs more popular than this humble url. it is a solo blog in its purist sense and always has been. its different than lots of blogs because it says clearly at the top “nothing in here is true”. but it really is a solo blog.

    a couple of years ago i was made editor of LAist, a group blog. a commercial one at that. i had a publisher who sold ads, i had a staff, i had a tech staff who fixed the site when it went down, i had cohorts running other blogs around the world, i had an executive editor who occasionally told me i couldnt do soemthing, it was the polar opposite to the busblog.

    what i learned from that experience is group blogs have a value that id never fully appreciated before. and within months i totally realized why the vast majority of the Technorati 1000 was and is comprised of group blogs: because a variety of people from a wide spectrum of perspectives can create something far more interesting than a solo voice. what is more amazing, michaelangelos david or the entirety of Rome? they each can evoke awe, but theres something to be said about a real team working together.

    fortunately the two arent mutually exclusive. solo blogs are fine for learning how to blog, for being completely introspective and personal, but group blogs can become mighty and fascinating and powerful in no time. i do love raymi’s blog, xTx, flagrant, etc., but i also appreciate Metafilter, BoingBoing, and the wide variety of group blogs that we have at the Times.

    tina: do you find tattoos on a woman sexy?

    i pretty much find anything on a woman sexy except for boyfriends and/or husbands.

    sass: Hi Yoda, I’m tired. Wanna tell me who my next boyfriend ought to be?

    if you lived in LA the answer would be simple. therefore the answer is move to america.

    PatZ: why is the rest of the world obsessed with an f-ed up game like cricket?

    because they arent aware yet that we have improved it.

    it’s now called hockey.

    C*B: Hey Rockin’ Tony, you little dictator, you little bit of hypocrite — tellin’ your bloggers what to blog and what NOT to blog — because now U DA MAN! And all that talk about open and uncensored — it was just meanin’ OTHERS! What a hypocrite — “and if you want any ideas on what to blog, don’t hesitate to ask…. ME! and I’ll tell you what you could blog about. ” You TELL “your” bloggers what to blog about! What a guy — you are MSM after all, you just needed the POWER. What a jerk you turned out to be.

    was there a question in there? lets pretend there was. if what youre referring to is in regards to my job, i think mr. choire sicha at Radar pretty much nailed it. others have in comments throughout the web (where comments are allowed), but they all pretty much echo what choire lays down. thanks bro.

    Steven Allen Adams: If I may defend Tony before asking my question, he did the right thing by telling his bloggers not to blog about the Edwards thing. Considering no other media outlet has confirmed the story yet – including the LA Times – it was a good move.

    Now my question is how does it feel to be a man that was criticized by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity?( I think I know the answer to this already)

    a very long time ago a young sean hannity was trying to get a radio show on the college station at uc santa barbara, kcsb. i worked at the station but i was also the arts editor of the college paper. sean was loud, boisterous, sorta exactly like he is now. many did not want him on the air of kcsb. i was one of the very small majority who argued that since we prided ourselves on being an alternative radio station, what would be more alternative than a conservative talk show in the midst of punk rock and bad reggae shows?

    anyways i think i made the right decision then and im glad you agree with my decision this week. im sure those radio hosts felt the same. so right on.

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