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Paula Deen to hawk diabetes medication?
01.13.2012
11:12 am

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Paula Deen is one of those people who, when life gives her lemons, she makes a lemon pie with ham and two sticks of butter.

Apparently Deen has Type 2 diabetes. The rumor going around today is that the saucy Southern TV chef—well known for her high calorie, high fat foods—has signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Novartis, the big pharmaceutical company.

Surely she can’t continue to preach the gospel of deep-fried Doritos pies and Twinkies-stuffed Thanksgiving turkeys working as the spokesperson for a diabetes medication or will Deen re-brand herself and start showcasing newer healthier recipes more in tune with the basic tenants of nutrition (and common sense)?

Deen has faced withering criticism for the high amounts of fat, salt and sugar in her dishes. When Deen’s cookbook for kids, “Lunch-Box Set,” was published in 2009, Barbara Walters asked her, “You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn’t it bother you that you’re adding to this?”

Last August, “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” and said she should “think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”

Below, the celebrity chef gets hit in the face with a frozen ham:
 

 
Via The Daily What

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Both Newt and Mitt secretly half Black???
01.13.2012
08:55 am

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Meet the Hon. James David Manning, PhD, a minister and Internet podcaster from New York City who HATES President Barack “Hussein” Obama. I mean really hates him. Manning has called Obama a pimp, a “homo” crackhead and Hitler.

His favorite thing to call the President, however, is “the long-legged Mack Daddy.” Manning also hates Michelle Obama, has called her ugly, a slut and has even suggested she visit the same plastic surgeon as Michael Jackson. Manning’s Trinity of Hell is comprised of Obama, Oprah Winfrey and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It should probably come as no surprise that he’s been a guest on Sean Hannity’s Fox News and radio shows.

Manning is proud to call himself an extreme right winger and is beloved of birthers, survivalists, Obama haters, the NRA and other assorted wingnuts. On his five days a week, three hours per day talk show, which he co-produces with his wife, he does bizarre and extremely unfunny “mock interviews” with Fidel Castro, prays fervently for Bristol Palin and he even had “author” Lawrence W Sinclair (“Brother Lawrence” as Manning calls him) of Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder? infamy on as a guest.

Manning is nuttier than the proverbial fruitcake and there is no low he’s not tempted to reach for. Irresponsible, not-in-any-way grounded in reality speculation abounds on his podcasts. His ignorance is astonishing. Sound like anyone familiar? To my mind, Manning is the black Glenn Beck! Even more to the point, he’s like some weird, bizarro world hybrid of Beck and Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks! I mean, wow, this guy shocked even me. I also laughed until I cried. Manning is so ridiculous that they need some new words to describe him, the old standbys just won’t do any more.

Here’s his latest crackpot conspiracy theory about Newton Leroy Gingrich and Willard Mitt Romney both being biracial, featuring a Jimmy Castor Bunch sample from “Troglodyte”... His proof is interesting, to say the least!
 

 
After the jump, Manning explains why the white folk are getting ready to riot…

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Frank Zappa: His last documentary from 1993
01.12.2012
04:26 pm

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What becomes apparent is that one documentary is not enough to cover the life, times and creative career of Frank Zappa. This one, recorded the year of his sad and untimely death, tries very hard and does capture much of what was best loved about the great man.

Originally shown on BBC 2’s The Late Show (now there was a pretty funky arts series, one that’s still missed) on July 23 1993, it contains one of Zappa’s last (lengthy) interviews (full meat and gravy), as well as contributions from a host of diverse supporting players - The Mothers to The Dubliners to Matt Groening, plus full pics and story.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Unaired 1985 interview with Zappa: Too Hot for TV


Frank Zappa 1971: Progress is not possible without deviation


Young Frank Zappa plays the bicycle on ‘The Steve Allen Show’


 

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1968 interview with Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother: ‘I knew he had music in him’
01.12.2012
04:20 pm

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Vancouver radio deejay and TV personality Jack Webster interviews Jimi Hendrix’s paternal grandmother Nora in 1968.

At the very beginning of the interview, she describes seeing her grandson perform for the first time at the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum earlier that year.

It’s unfortunate that Webster steers the conversation in the direction of Hendrix’s drug use. I personally would have preferred to hear more of Mrs. Hendrix’s amusing take on the Vancouver concert.

“The way he was picking that guitar. I don’t see how he could stand all that noise.”

“I knew he was musical, but I didn’t know he had that much music in him.”

Mrs. Hendrix had a musical background herself, having spent her youth in a touring vaudeville troupe as a dancer. Years later, she co-founded the Vancouver branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She died in 1984 at the age of 100.
 

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Dangerous Minds on The New Yorker blog
01.12.2012
03:43 pm

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Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker’s pop critic is enthusiastic about Dangerous Minds in 2012!

He writes on The New Yorker “Culture Desk” blog:

Anyone who grew up in record stores knows the cast: the guy who stood next to the register and talked, without surcease, to whoever was stuck behind the counter. The army-jacketed loafs who kept trying to shoplift the same album. The girl who would walk in every day, ask for a single and then walk out, disgusted, until the record arrived. And the guy, sometimes older, who would walk up quietly during a pause in the not-very-active action and say “Have you ever heard…?” Invariably, whatever he was asking about was the most obscure thing you’d encountered that day. Much better, some of these things were worth tracking down and learning from: Sun Ra’s “Disco 3000,” the full-length version of Television’s “Little Johnny Jewel,” or Siouxsie and the Banshees’ cover of Ben E. King’s “Supernatural Thing.”

You’ll notice that the original 1975 seven-minute-plus version of “Little Johnny Jewel” isn’t on YouTube, and neither is the 1981 B-side version of Siouxsie’s “Supernatural Thing.” (Both are on Spotify, though, and I’ve put them on this list, which will change throughout the year and attempt to hold your attention.) But if they did show up on the Web, Dangerous Minds would find it before you. Footage of Morrissey appearing on “Pop Quiz” in 1984, and knowing more about Billy Fury than any American would? Got it. Deborah Harry playing trumpet with Blondie on German TV in 1977? Check. The site leans towards pop detritus from the seventies and eighties but also dips into political commentary and cultural zingers such as this fantastic video about a beauty product called “Fotoshop, by Adobé.”

Read more:
Enthusiasms 2012: The Minds Behind Dangerous Minds (The New Yorker)

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The 2000 Year Old Man: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks’ enduring comedy classic
01.12.2012
02:28 pm

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The four classic comedy albums created by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner are probably amongst the five most influential “things” that determined how I speak and write as an adult (The other four factors are Lenny Bruce, The Firesign Theater, Kurt Vonnegut and rock critic Lester Bangs, if you care). I listened to a lot of comedy records when I was a kid. I’d listen to them over and over again with headphones on, unintentionally memorizing every word. To this very day I still use lines from Lenny Bruce or the Firesign Theatre, probably serving only to confuse everyone around me, but I don’t care. I think this is also the reason I sound more like a Jewish comedian from the Catskills when I speak and not a West Virginia hayseed. Those records are really a part of my DNA.

The most famous sketches from the Reiner and Brooks records, obviously, were “The 2000 Old Man” routines. Legend has it that the idea was hatched when Reiner was visiting Brooks in the hospital after a painful surgery. Brooks exclaimed that he felt like a 2000-year-old man. Reiner made like an interviewer, held an invisible microphone under Brooks’ chin and asked him what it was like to have been born before the time of Christ.

Brooks improv’d about the “discovery of women” (“A guy named Bernie…”), the development of language, how cavemen decided what was edible or not and various historical figures the 2000 Year Old Man had encountered, like Joan d’Arc (“Know her? I dated her!”), Benjamin Franklin and Moses.

Soon the duo was trying this material out at Hollywood parties and eventually a tape of their “2000 Year Old Man” bits started getting passed around town.

That’s one story, there are other, competing versions of this legend, but suffice to say that Brooks and Reiner created an enduring classic of stand-up comedy. As a double act, Brooks and Reiner were never less then off-the-scale brilliant and their material was as tight as a drum. I knew that the pair had performed short versions of the 2000 Year Old Man sketches on television several times—and there was the cartoon version in the 70s—but I’d never seen any of it. Of course these days, all one has to do is dial up YouTube and there it is…

“The 2000 Year Old Man” is an enduring comedy classic. It will never really date and it will always be as funny as it was when it first came out.

Order The 2000 Year Old Man:The Complete History box set on Amazon

Below, Reiner and Brooks on The Hollywood Palace in 1966:
 

 
“The 2000 And Six Month Old Man”:
 

 
The animated 2000 Year Old Man TV special from 1975:
 

 
Part II, Part III

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Amazing Digital Rug Design
01.12.2012
12:11 pm

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Incredible digital rug design concept that changes patterns when you walk on it. Unfortunately, there’s no information on YouTube for who is responsible for this amazing goodness.

If I owned one of these, I’d want something like the iconic carpet patterns from The Stanley Hotel.
 

 
(via Unique Daily)

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Freaky vacuum-packed couples
01.12.2012
11:12 am

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A Japanese artist, who goes by the name “Photographer Hal,” takes these really bizarre photographs of real couples in vacuum-sealed plastic bags which he considers to be the ultimate union. Apparently the couples are without oxygen for 10 seconds, just long enough for him to snap three photos.

This has a weird Dexter vibe to it.

See more of Photographer Hal’s “Flesh Love” on Nerdcore.


 
A few more after the jump…

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Bjork announces ‘Biophilia’ live shows in New York
01.12.2012
10:47 am

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Great news for people living in NYC, Bjork is bringing her phenomenal Biophilia live experience to the city next month. The shows will be taking place over two different residencies; one at the New York Hall of Science (six dates in all, between February 3rd and 18th) and one at the Roseland Ballroom (four dates there, between February 22nd and March 2nd).

While the Roseland Ballroom is more intimate, the grapevine tells me the Hall of Science will be better as it will facilitate the whole 360 degree stage show, which should hopefully incorporate giant tesla coils, homemade instruments, a large female choir and the full surround sound PA and plasma screens. I was lucky enough to catch a Biophilia show last year in Manchester, and it ranks as one of the best live shows I have ever seen. I reviewed it for Dangerous Minds, and you can read that here.

There have also been Biophilia shows announced at various European and South American festivals over the summer - for more info on the shows (and links to buy tickets for individual performances), visit the Facebook page for Bjork events.

Here’s an inkling of what you can expect:

Bjork “Joga” (Live at Manchester International Festival 2011)
 

 
Thanks to Lee Baxter.

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Just a kid eating breakfast with his pet Rhino iguana
01.12.2012
09:41 am

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And before the inevitable comments of folks crying “foul” with this being animal abuse because Buddy the Rhinoceros Iguana is eating cereal, here’s what mom has to say:

“Buddy’s normal diet is vegetables. I made an exception for the video.”

 

 
(via The Daily What)

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