Gonzo has left the house!

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity, to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”


—Hunter S. Thompson

While I’m sure that the entire (un)civilized world already knows this, self-styled Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) has apparently shot himself in the head on Feb 21, 2005 at the ripe young age of 67. Personally I find myself a tad behind the curve on this one. I recall seeing an image of Thompson on TV the other night, as I was dozing in front of my set, and then thinking about looking him up on the Net when I got into work the next day.

I have to admit, that I was quite taken aback by the news. Truth to tell, I’m not entirely certain if I ever actually read anything that Hunter wrote, but I can’t seem to shake this deep-seated sense of loss over his untimely death (yea, even if it was at his own hand). He was arguably my generation’s drug-addled Jack Kerouac by way of Dr. Timothy Leary (whom I met once or thrice and after talking to him at length, found him to be the most lucid man I had ever met).

Yeah, sure, Hunter was a full-on Nutball and angry as all Hell, but I can’t help but to feel that we all as a generation, as a culture, and yes as a country are poorer for our loss of him as a free thinker in today’s society. Hunter’s influence can be felt throughout our everyday lives (hey, you think that blogging would be this country’s number one participatory/spectator sport if he hadn’t invented gonzo journalism a generation ago?). He the inspiration for the character Duke in Doonsbury,Duke (from the comic strip Doonesbury)and oh Hell, let’s point to Gonzo from the Muppets of all places, and say I’ve proven my point.Gonzo (the Muppets)

Hunter’s books (including Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness–Modern History from the Sports Desk) have helped shape not only a generation of minds, but of journalists as well. He was portrayed in film by both Bill Murray in Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) and by Johhny Depp in Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas (1998). And, on a purely personal level, when my wife was pregnant with our second child, had it been a boy, the baby would have been named Hunter.

I don’t know why Hunter would have shot himself (he loved guns, and apparently loved to get drunk, stoned, and high and shoot them off on his Colorado property. He wrote for Time, Rolling Stone, and numerous other publications. He was that wild man wizard that lives inside all of us yet most of us never allow to roam free.

So here is to Hunter S. Thompson, a true American original and quite possibly the only one of his kind. I personally can’t help but to observe that (as Bill Graham once said about the Grateful Dead) “He may not be the best at what he does, but he’s the only one that does what he does.” At any rate, how can you not simply love the guy that said…

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
—Hunter S. Thompson

Tonight I’m-a gonna have myself a two-fingered shot of 25-year-old Uncle Jack as I toast the memory Hunter. Give ’em Hell Hunter, wherever you wind up!

The Perfessor

Tarantino and Blood Spatter Patterns

 

The one deals with blood…

The other deals with blood evidence…

 

The season finale of CSI (yeah, the only one of the three CSI’s that’s actually worth watching)
will be directed by Quentin Tarantino.

I wonder if anyone is destined to have a giant syringe stabbed through their breastbone (and thus missing the heart)

Link to Kill Gil (no, that’s not what it’s officially called… yet)

Google Via Text Message

46645

Those are the magic digits for you to find out all sorts of helpful info while you’re on the go.

Say you’re in the local Best Buy, and you run across what seems like a good deal on recordable CD blanks, but you’re curious if you can find a better deal elsewhere.

Type in the letter “F” with a space, and then the UPC off of the item you’re looking at in the store. Send the text message to 46645, and wait for about five seconds. If your reception in the store is good, you’ll have results for the cheapest price on the exact same item, sent as a text message right to your phone!

Obviously, if the price difference isn’t too great, you go ahead and pick up the item anyway… but then…

You’re on the way out of the store, and you decide you might want to go to see a movie. Let’s say, HITCH for example.

You simply type in
“Hitch”
a space
and
YOUR ZIP CODE

and send that text to that magic number
46645

and you’ll have the closest movie theater (or in my case two movie theaters) with the movie times sent back in text messages in seconds!

This is Google’s true gift to the world. Microsoft, Yahoo, all them mighty corporations have been struggling on how to make our lives easier,
but this…

THIS my friends is Google’s God’s gift to mankind

For more instructions, type
HELP
and send that to the magic number.
See what you get!

And finally, the link to more info on this

(As always, standard text messaging rates do apply)

Cooking With Voodoo, That You Do, So Well

Imagine this scenario: You’re at home, minding your own business, and there’s a knock at the door. You answer, and it’s a couple of police detectives. They’re asking about someone you know, your ex as it turns out… and they want to know if you have anything to do with his stabbing…

 

Why of course not, why would you suspect me of wishing harm on my ex?

No, I won’t be buying this knife storage rack.

 

 

Paris Hilton Hacked Pt. 2

It seems that Paris Hilton wasn’t part of a second hacking of the T-Mobile network.

Seems the dog did it.

Most “password recovery protection” on websites like your bank or your, uh, phone mail account, require certain personal questions that only you would know.

  • What’s your mother’s maiden name?
  • What’s your favorite pet’s name?
  • How many fingers am I holding up? (okay, maybe not that one)

And, well, Paris chose her favorite pet’s name. Not that anyone would ever guess this, mind you. I mean, it’s not like she offered a $5,000 reward for her pooch and nobody can remember the mutt’s name or anything…

Yep. All you had to do was go to Paris Hilton’s account on T-Mobile and ask for a password recovery, and answer one key personal question.

Odds are real good right now, it was the damn chihuahua’s name, Tinkerbell.

So even though the FBI are on the case of the perloined pooch’s password personifcation, it seems now that almost ANYONE could have figured out Paris’s Secret.

Miramax’s MOVIE TSUNAMI

Harvey Weinstein has had this nasty tendency to shelve movies that he didn’t feel he could market successfully. This caused some movies to be held back at the studio long after they were shot.

But with the Weinstein brothers separating out from Miramax Studios (and the real cause of the separation, the self-destructing Disney behemoth), this leads to all sorts of complications. What to do with all those movies?

Well, we’re sure it’s not going to kill anyone, but apparently there’s going to be a flood of movies come this late-summer.

As early as last October, one Hollywood agency circulated an internal memo showing that Disney had waived its rights in more than two dozen Miramax projects in development, and that the Weinsteins planned to let go of at least a third of them, including a high-profile remake of the musical “Damn Yankees!” That project’s producers, Craig Zadon and Neil Meron, declined through a spokesman to comment.

But the most visible sign of the Weinsteins’ departure will be the unusual number of Miramax releases this year, including a few that have been gathering dust for some time. The sudden activity will probably be a boon to some filmmakers, who have seen their projects languish; but others may be concerned about the company’s ability to support their films with advertising and publicity in a period of transition.

New York Times article link

How many movies are going to be flooding your Cineplex? The linked article says something like 22 movies.

How many of them will actually be worth the price of admission? Hard to say at this point. I mean, they released “JERSEY GIRL” and held back some of these? ew. Things don’t look promising.