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September, 2007 Archive


Def Poetry Volume 4: Gemineye - Poetic Bloodlines

Another poetry slam from Gemineye. The first one has been quite popular so I figured another would be well received. I like this poem for its references and visual metaphors. This guy is amazing, he impresses me every time. It’s nice to see a poet who doesn’t fit the skinny, black turtle neck, emo stereotype.


Cadillac Commercial: Be an old Hammerdog

cadillac-logo.jpgDuring the whole fancy-smancy Cadillac sponsored CBS premiere night (which I deem successful, more to come) there were, as to be expected, quite a few Cadillac commercials. One stood out most to me. A man driving a Cadillac speeds down a dramatically lit street at night. Shots alternate between the car zooming through downtown, neon lights streaked in the windshield, and the man confidently shifting with dramatic bravado. The voice over says:

You can practice risk avoidance. You can aspire to blend in quietly. You can live in, wear, and drive social camoflage. And you can believe in the philosophy that the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
*cue music*
You can be the hammer.

The nail that sticks out gets hammered down. OK, that’s a metaphor for conformity. I get it. Being hammered down means that you are flush with the rest of the nails, the conforming nails, so you end up conforming too. Therefore, the hammer is the tool which is dealing out, for lack of a better word, hammerfalls of conformity. Hitherto, therefore, Cadillac is telling us that we should be—that with their cars we can be—the hammers of society, dolling out forced conformity on anyone who stands out?

I don’t want that. I’d rather be the teeth of that hammer, pulling others up to my level.


Big Bang Theory: Mediocre, Save for Kaley Cuoco

I just watched the pilot of The Big Bang Theory on CBS. It was about what I expected. Not great, but I laughed a couple times. Bonus: turns out the main character was Rusty in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. That’s street cred you can’t buy.

The one great thing, other than the credits which pleasantly surprised me, was Kaley Cuoco (pictures follow). She’s a little young (not really, but three years younger than me, and she looks it.) She’s cute though, in a way that works for the part. She’s just a nice, friendly screenwriter who works at Cheesecake Factory. Keep reading for some Kaley Cuoco photographs. Read the rest of this entry »


To be male, to be a folk music fan, is to be ridiculed.

For the past few months I’ve thrown an album or two, per week, into my folder on my company’s shared network. I never knew if anyone was taking advantage of this until I put in Rachael Yamagata’s album. A whole bunch of people thanked me and said they loved it. Who knew, I don’t even think the album is that great, save for a couple songs. Since then I kept with the trend of female folky kinds of singer/songwriters. This was my most recent all staff email:


Keeping with my recent music trends I’ve put Feist – The Reminder in my shared folder. She’s Canadian and her song “One Two Three Four” is probably in your head right now—it’s the annoyingly catchy song used in the iPod Nano commercials. It’s a great album, if you’re into that type of thing. I have two of her older albums too if you’re interested (they aren’t in my shared right now.)

I figured this would be right up everyone’s alley. I love the album, the songs really are catchy. No good deed goes unpunished however since the only response I got was this:

On 9/24/07 9:46 AM, “Bennett, Chuck” <***> wrote:
Hey Justin. I was looking through your music collection and determined that you are missing something.
I placed it in your shared folder.

Color me intrigued. I go to check it out and find the folllowing:


Well played sir, well played.


Shannynn Sossamon: Actress, Vampire Sire

Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon (aka #3) will play Coraline, a sexy, seductive vampire that prays on humans in the new show Moonlight premiering Friday September 28th on CBS at 9pm. Sossamon replaces Amber Valletta (Hitch, Transporter 2) in the role. This isn’t the only shift.

The original cast was not as immortal as the bloodsuckers they were playing. Every actor save the male lead has been replaced since the pilot was originally sold to CBS way back when. From what I can tell it’s all for the better. As much as Valletta reminds us of Cameron Diaz (what, just me?) I’ll take Sossamon any day. Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars), with his vulnerable cynicism, is another improvement to the cast.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sossamon, there’s only two things you need to know: she’s stupid-crazy-hot and she’s been in some great (40 Days and 40 Nights, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and some awful (Rules of Attraction, The Order) movies. Oh, and she’s also a DJ and has amazing style and is generally fresh to death. Keep reading for lots of pretty pictures. Read the rest of this entry »


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