"...Brought to you here on the sub-etha wave band, broadcasting round the galaxy, round the clock. We'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent life forms everywhere... and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys. "
January 27, 2005
January 24, 2005
I'll let Andy Ihnako do the talking here, he put this into words far better than I could have...
With Carson's passing, an entire generation of young adults have suddenly become Old. There's an entire generation behind us that never saw "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." We will try - with embarrassing and dithering enthusiasm - to explain what the show was like and we'll fail. Completely. No doubt part of that's due to the fact that our childhoods are so deeply infused with memories of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The first time my parents and I were in the same room laughing at the same thing, we were watching The Tonight Show together. Some years later, our bedtimes were defined by the start or the end of the monologue. That's some powerful mojo, and those kinds of memories are shared by nearly everybody who was born before 1980.
I'll always remember the rare privilege of staying up late with my grandfather, watching Johnny step through those awesome curtains, and launching into a monologue I only half-got as a child. What I really loved were the skits... Karnak, Aunt Blabby, Floyd Turbo, and other characters I'll always dig.
I'd usually fall asleep or get sent to bed before he started interviewing people.
Here's an mp3 of a classic Carson sketch... Jack Webb (Joe Friday of "Dragnet") and Carson deadpanning a Dragnet sketch to end all Dragnet sketches.
January 23, 2005
MC Chris was a blast, this was a bigger venue than the other day, and the house was packed despite the foot of snow outside. It was wild, and everyone was really cool!
I was going to bring a group, but everyone else chickened out because of the snow. I had also planned to meet a couple of online pals at the show, but that didn't happen either. Still, it was totally worth it.
Chris signed a Sealab DVD for me. I'm pondering sending it to Atlanta and bugging the rest of the crew to scribble on it as well.
In other news, after 20 years on the scene, text zine Phrack is officially closed for business. I'm sorry to see them go as they have been a part of hacker culture for longer than I have, but they haven't really been fun to read for the past ten years or so. Interesting, educational, but not fun.
January 22, 2005
Happy post-apocalyptic lyrics + 1950s kitch + The Postal Service + Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess = this. Watch it now!!