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My New Favorite Shows


Over the last couple of months, my life has revolved around a DVR and Netflix. That makes me sound like a huge loser who just watches TV and movies all day, but once you get into a good show you just don’t want to leave your house. The characters become your new friends. That is healthy right?

DJ AM’s Death Disturbing on Many Levels


UPDATE: Saw Blink perform in Hartford tonight. Amazing. So emotional. Raw, real. I’ve never felt closer to the band than I did tonight, and I’ve never had more respect for them.

What the f*ck?

NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official says the celebrity disc jockey known as DJ AM has been found dead in his New York City apartment, which had drug paraphernalia in it.

The official tells The Associated Press that 36-year-old Adam Goldstein was found in his Manhattan apartment Friday evening. The official says there was no evidence of foul play.

The death comes a year after Goldstein survived a South Carolina plane crash that killed four other people.

This is upsetting to me on many levels. First, how awful that one would survive a plane crash only to die a year later. Second, how is Travis (Barker) handling the news? And while I know this is terrible, I can’t help but get an eerie “Final Destination” vibe from all of this. Third, and most concerning to me, is the fact that I’m going to see Blink 182 tomorrow in Hartford and if the show gets canceled so help me God don’t even come near me for a week because I will be breathing fire.

R.I.P. Adam Goldstein. Click here for more info as the story unfolds.

Not Just a Blood Bath: Inglourious Basterds Review


Don’t go to see Inglourious Basterds expecting two and a half hours of non-stop Nazi slaughtering. That’s not what this film is about (well, not totally), and let’s remember it’s Tarantino we’re talking about here.

The story is Quentin Tarantino’s fictional retelling of World War II, and the movie is brought to life by an amazing cast and fierce directing. There are so many characters in the film, all of them memorable and integral to the plot in some way. This is due in part to excellent acting (Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, and Christoph Walt, just to name a few), but it’s Tarantino’s innate ability to create such well-drawn characters that makes this movie work.

Ted Kennedy Dies at Home on the Cape

Edward Kennedy, known as the lion of the Senate, died Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, known fondly by many as Teddy Kennedy, died late Tuesday at his compound in Hyannis Port. He was the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and the last surviving member of, as all the newspapers (including mine) are saying, an enduring political dynasty.

We’re kind of late on this one, but forgive me — I was helping design a 9-page special section devoted to the guy. Here’s what we did with the cover of The Eagle. Wish I could take credit, but that goes to Kevin Moran. Nice, yes?

Pay Attention, Multitaskers – If You Can

(Yes, that’s the same headline I used on my page A2 tonight)

I was just as shocked as the scientists who performed this study to find that people who multitask the most are the lousiest at it. Meaning that their memory is worse, they have a harder time focusing, and they “can’t ignore the stuff that doesn’t matter.”

According to The Associated Press:

The people who multitask the most are the ones who are worst at it. That’s the surprising conclusion of researchers at Stanford University, who found multitaskers are more easily distracted and less able to ignore irrelevant information than people who do less multitasking.

“The huge finding is, the more media people use the worse they are at using any media. We were totally shocked,” Clifford Nass, a professor at Stanford’s communications department, said in a telephone interview.

This is alarming to me mostly because I’m a crazy multitasker, like most people my age. Mom, please don’t read after the jump.

During a Hurricane You Should Probably Stay Away From Water


Acadia National Park’s Thunder Hole, located in Maine, is a place where many tourists are known for gathering to watch waves crash into a crevasse and make a thundering sound while splashing high in the air.

This past Sunday many tourists went to check out the waves caused by Hurricane Bill.

Now you would think that hurricane+waves would make you be a little cautious. I am sure it made a cool sound, but while there is a hurricane frolicking throughout the Atlantic Ocean it might be a tad dangerous.

If You Tweet it, They Will Come… to Your House

According to, Twitter is adding a new function that will enable users to see the exact location of where tweets are coming from.

“We’re gearing up to launch a new feature which makes Twitter truly location-aware,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a message posted Thursday at the San Francisco-based Internet firm’s website.

“A new API (application programming interface) will allow developers to add latitude and longitude to any tweet.”

Accurate “tweet-level” location data would let people switch from tracking messages based on individuals or topics to following microblogging by neighborhood or city, according to Stone.

“It’s easy to imagine how this might be interesting in an event like a concert or something more dramatic like an earthquake,” Stone wrote.

So, people are going to tweet about completely inane things even more, and I’m going to care even less. On the plus side, next time Ashton Kutcher tweets about his trips to the grocery store I can hunt him down and kill him have him sign me an autograph.

Can Somebody Please Explain Health Care to Me?

For several weeks I’ve been trying to unravel the mystery of health care reform, and I can’t seem to figure it out. I’ve read articles and watched news coverage, and I know a lot about the reaction of Americans to the plan (chaotic Town Hall meetings), but nothing about the plan itself.

I even asked my parents about it:


So, instead of ignoring the topic, I call on you, the readers, to shed some light on it. What do you think?

HERE is an article & HERE is a clip from The Daily Show (he majority of it deals with health care, the rest is just funny) to help add a few wrinkles to your brain.