6/9/09

Total Eclipse of the Heart

In 1983 I thought this music video was visionary and dramatic, and I loved watching it hourly on MTV. Maybe I was just subconsciously responding to the shirtless high school boys. Seeing it now, 26 years later... even *I* think it's over the top. I can forgive visionary director Russel Mulcahy for almost everything here (he mostly stays on theme in the boys' boarding school) except for... the dancing ninjas?

My favorite moment: "Arthur Fonzarelli's got an army of clones (Fonzie's been cloned!)"

6/5/09

New Cabbage Patch Doll: Youtwitface

From the New York Times review of Conan O'Brien's debut week on The Tonight Show.

Mr. O’Brien was more spontaneous on Wednesday, and made better use of his sidekick, Andy Richter, brought back from the early days of "Late Night." They reconstituted their old skit predicting the future, donning space-suit collars to proclaim that someday "YouTube, Twitter and Facebook will merge into one super-time-wasting Web site called 'youtwitface.'" (The Twitter trend turns out to be for comedians what the Cabbage Patch doll was in the 1980s: a huge fad that is inherently laughable.)