Trend Watch

It’s time once again for a trend update from your always a week behind the rest of the cool kids blogging buddy.

What I’m in To:

  • Cloverfield: This is what I speak of when I mean I’m always a week behind. I didn’t see “Transformers” and no one I know who did see it mentioned this pesky JJ Abrams trailer. I blame them. Granted, it took me a while to get in to “Lost”, and after nearly falling astray last season, I’ve regained all faith in those writers. This film, whatever it is actually called, will probably end up being less interesting than the buzz, but that’s more than you can say for most films these days.
  • The Redwalls: I saw them last Friday at the Triple Rock. One word—Britastic! These kids from Chicago are probably the biggest assholes in rock music, but their snottiness is perfectly forgivable due to their brilliant songwriting and performance talents. These kids (in their very early 20s) have got the British Invasion down pat. They have studied the formulas and carried them all out to the point where two of them (brothers) affect British accents. Then again, so does Robert Pollard.
  • Liz & Richard: I purchased a newish copy of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” on DVD recently, part of a box set of several Liz & Richard films. The extras for “Woolf” are spectacular, including not one but two commentaries. I was sort of surprised to hear Mike Nichols say that Liz Taylor is super nice to everyone. Anyway, they totally turn me on when they’re together. Um, I mean, I truly appreciate their fine acting.
  • Reading: Yes, I’m actually reading! It all started with Michael Tolliver Lives (a must-read for Maupin fans), and a really bad Paul McCartney bio, then a friend lent me the CD version of Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation. With that I discovered that books on CD aren’t so bad, and I got another one from the library—Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Which leads me to my next trend…
  • Creativity: I’m announcing it now. I shall write a play. It may suck, it may not be finished or even started for a while, it may never be performed; but I shall write a play. I received an invitation to collaborate, and now I’ve told a few people so it has to happen. So, uh, anyone got any ideas for a play?

What I’m Sick of:

  • Democrats and their lack of a spine: Bill Moyers had a couple people on his “Journal” show last week about impeaching Bush and Cheney, something I’ve never really been for. It just about has me convinced the other way now. Still, the idea of trying them both for war crimes after their terms are up was never mentioned, and I’d like to know more about that. And P.S., Bill Moyers is coolest man over 60. Take that, aging rock stars.
  • Paying bills: I know I don’t have much to complain about, but I would love more spending money. Like for a Wii. Because, you know, I’m a greedy American consumerist.
  • Work: I’ve been at my current job for about two and a half years. That’s longer than I’ve been at any job straight through. Luckily I’m not doing the same old stuff, but still, I need a change in environment or something. Again, I’m really reaching for things here, aren’t I? I suppose life is pretty good these days. Not “Every thing’s coming up Milhouse” good, but still…good.
  • Firefox/Google: For some reason, although I have the “latest version” of each installed, my Google toolbar and some Firefox features are different between my work computer and my home computer. My new Google toolbar at home is awesome with tons of new buttons and shortcuts to other sites, including ask.com. My work Firefox copy has a nifty arrow at the far right side of the tab area that when clicked, lists all of the open tabs. Maybe it’s a settings issue, but I can’t figure it out.
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