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September 15, 2005


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* The merry-and-witty (yet passionate) Alice is blogging again, here and here. Recently Alice has been attending a Quentin Tarantino-sponsored film festival in Austin. Alice wrote about "Kill Bill" for us not long ago.

* Can it really be so? Supermodel caught using drugs.

* Well done!

* A PBS special about Willa Cather has MD reminiscing about her own childhood in the Midwest. MD has one of the most melodious voices in the blogosphere, IMHO. In this posting, she asks a perennial (and perennially-good) question: "Baby boomers! Is there nothing they can't ruin?"

* Neil and his ex are trying to figure out what it means to dress "California Casual."

* Jill surprises her lucky fella with a morning treat.

* Here's a blog devoted entirely to tips about how to make the best use of Gmail.

* Google for Blogs.

* Dude, I mean it. Sometimes she just isn't in the mood.

* Even if we re-build New Orleans, will the kind of life a city needs in order to be, well, a living city really return? Tyler Cowen isn't cheerful.

* Amy Gahran celebrates the first anniversary of Rathergate.

* Colin Farrell: hard-drinking tough-guy, or posh mama's boy? In either case, the lucky sod has been dating Elle Macpherson.

* Meanwhile, in the kitchens of condos all over this fair land ... (NSFW)



posted by Michael at September 15, 2005


Holy Moly! Kate Moss is worth 30 million Pounds? Just what, pray tell, did she do to deserve that good fortune? What kind of Karma did she latch on to?

Posted by: destin on September 15, 2005 4:38 PM

Oh, sorry about the boomer comment : ( It's the Gen Xer in me; we were so, well, crushed, under the baby boomer demographic weight it led to a lot of resentment.

I remember having a junior high history teacher play some records of protest songs during class and telling us, "hey, we really wanted to change the world." And I'm all like, well, why the heck didn't you then? You live in the suburbs and drive a volvo, dude. Where is your commune and dedication to the poor? And doesn't all protest music of any generation (except maybe the early hip hop stuff) suck?

Posted by: MD on September 15, 2005 6:00 PM

That wasn't a very good apology, was it?

Posted by: MD on September 15, 2005 6:03 PM

Oh, and whenever I feel jealous of the Elle Macpherson, all I have to think to feel better is, "all that money, all that beauty, and that's who you end up with? Hahahaha."

Ugh. I do not get the Colin Farrell thing. He really is unattractive. Either he's really good at, you know, something, or he's one of those guys women decide is hot en masse, so that all the other women have to have him, like the latest handbag, even if they secretly think he's an utter horror. Women do that sometimes, you know....

Posted by: MD on September 15, 2005 6:22 PM

Umm. Look at who Heidi Klum wound up with.

Posted by: onetwothree on September 15, 2005 7:27 PM

I often watched Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom when I was a child, and sometimes they had zebras, but I sure never knew that male zebras were so ... extended.

Posted by: Peter on September 15, 2005 9:30 PM

How long is Gmail's beta testing going to last? Its been going on for years already and it still seems buggy to me.

Posted by: grandcosmo on September 16, 2005 12:57 AM

I fancy Kate Moss even more than Michael does Sophie Marceau so it's bad news except that she's always looked like she's on the needle to me. The guy with a swollen face next to her, though... what garbage bin did she dig him up from?

Posted by: Alexei on September 16, 2005 6:39 AM

MD: I remember having a junior high history teacher play some records of protest songs during class and telling us, "hey, we really wanted to change the world." And I'm all like, well, why the heck didn't you then?

You too, eh? I've noticed that the Ex-Rebel Boomers enjoy talking about their failures as much as their success. Maybe more, because success implies gaining authority while failure lets one keep one's rebel cool.

Either way, they remain the center of attention.

And didn't it start early? The Revolution happened in '68, and the postmortems began in '69 - and they're still going on today! "It was a time of peace and love, man, but The Establishment got the better of us. Look for it only in books, for it is but a dream remembered, a civilization gone with the wind. A lot better than what you punks are doing now anyway. Kubaya et cetera."

To go even further off-topic, I wonder if the current sloughs in which both Hollywood and the Democrats find themselves enmired aren't caused by the characters of the Ex-Rebel Boomers who run both groups. They've spent so many years defining themselves by what they're against (the System, the Man, the Establishment) that they wind up incapable of being actively for anything at all. Result? Inertia, punctuated by cynical bouts of cashing-in.

It fits the facts, certainly.

Posted by: Brian on September 16, 2005 8:29 AM

Destin -- My theory is that Kate's good fortunes stem entirely from that one Calvin Klein ad, the one where she's prone, on her stomach, naked, looking at the camera, and to all appearances inviting the viewer to sodomize her. Seemed to suit the times, anyway.

MD, Brian -- Despite being a Boomer, I'm with you where your beefs with Boomers go. I'd add only that there was always a large percentage of Boomers who -- even at the time -- looked at the puffed-up Boomers you're making fun of and marveled at how self-important they were. And then there are those Xers, y'know? Whiney, entitled, as angry at the Boomers as the most loudmouthed Boomers were at their parents ... What's with that? You'd almost think there's something Oedipal going on. Are there many Xers who make fun of their fellow Xers?

Onetwothree -- You don't think Seal is pretty hunky? Actually, the matchup between Heidi and Seal makes me think of Leni Riefenstahl, the uber-Nazi who later fell in love with the Nuba, the most African of Africans. Something -- esthetic, romantic, sexual -- is going on there between Germans and Africans ... Such is my totally ill-informed, snap-judgment hunch, anyway.

Peter -- It looks like a lot to be responsible for, doesn't it? Hmm: you've got me wondering if horse breeders are feeding Viagra to their breed studs yet ...

Grandcosmo -- It does seem like the longest Beta ever. I wonder what that's about. This is probably just me, but I haven't found my life as completely transformed by Gmail as many people seem to say they do. I've been using Yahoo mail more than Gmail, in fact. I find it less ... cold and peculiar, or something.

Alexei -- Time for someone to take us inside the mind of a supermodel. Why do they go for the guys they go for? And why do some rumpled-bedclothes type guys land supermodels, where 99.9% of us butt-uglies don't?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 16, 2005 11:05 AM

Michael B - oh yes, it's always a 'minority' that gets to speak for a generation, I know, I know. I blame the media :) Xer's *are* whiny and pretty horrible, too. The whole Doulgas Copeland slacker, grungy, Ethan Hawke ethos is pretty annoying.

But the best joke on Boomers and Xers is that the Yers/Millineum kids are totally oblivious to us all. They could care less. Really, utterly, uninterested. In a kind, absent minded way. Ha. Ha on us both :)

Posted by: MD on September 16, 2005 1:17 PM

We're all passe now. Which is kind of a lovely feeling, at least once the depression lifts ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 16, 2005 1:22 PM

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