Monthly Archives: June 2013

Puke Rainbows

First youtube, then bing, chasing me across the ether with rainbows this, rainbows that.  “Daddy, why is there so much rainbows?”  Geesh, you sodomites, you really want every tadpole to know about every anatomical option, don’t you?  Because “nobody is born homophobic” or something like that?  A slogan which doesn’t surprise me, since gays tend […]

Happy Birthday Seohyun!

Seohyun, SNSD’s maknae, whom no less an authority on angelicism than Sooyoung herself calls “this angelic child”, turns 22! And already this angelic child and infamous perfectionist has left such an indelible mark of ethereal grace and beauty upon the world, we could forgive her for seeking an early retirement (but I think that was Krystal Jung […]

Dario Argento’s “Inferno” in a nutshell: with applications to real life horror

It’s the spaghetti Western version of The Shining. Well, it’s a spaghetti The Shining. –You get what I’m saying.  Very different template and yet very congruent in important ways. It’s a comparison that occurred to me while I was moping around in the kitchen. Inferno is on my mind, of course, because of the Elisa […]

Butterfly inside: Baek A Yeon’s “A Good Boy”

A happy discovery from this week’s MBC Music Core broadcast is Baek A Yeon’s new tune, which boasts this whimsical soufflé of a music video: –which is only about ten million joyous miles removed from the Cultural Marxist hell the vastly overrated Girl’s Day is about to unleash. Give me this good girl, sunlit butterfly […]

Girls Be Ambeeshus: Dal Shabet’s long legs

The Dal Shabet summer promotions commence!:

Elisa Lam: between her room and the rooftop

If we suppose Elisa Lam’s death were an accident:  if we assume she went exploring the rooftop of her own volition and either, assuming she was on a manic kick, decided to try swimming in a water tank and thus drowned or, assuming her depressive cycle had kicked in, decided to drown herself– there’s one […]

The Elisa Lam Case: a parsimonious ruling

From the Daily Mail: The mysterious death of a Canadian tourist  whose body was found in a rooftop water tank at a run-down downtown Los Angeles  hotel has been ruled accidental due to drowning. In its report on the death of Elisa Lam, the  Los Angeles County coroner also listed ‘bipolar disorder’ under other  significant […]

The Creepy Elisa Lam Case

At an isteve article about another Los Angeles mystery, a comment by the estimable Whiskey alerted me to the existence of this LA mystery, which has just been ruled by the Coroner’s office as a (yawn) accident.  Whiskey’s theory: Last add, [NB: Whiskey added one more, but that’s okay] Elisa Lam, the Chinese/Canadian tourist who […]

Life’s a beach: T-ara QBS’s “Like a Wind”

Okay, obviously Core Contents Media didn’t pull out all the stops for this promotion– but there are worse ways to spend a buck-fifty than filming Boram, Soyeon, and Qri flitting along the sands in white gowns: The opening shots are even sort of lovely– Death in Venice by way of Jane Campion (she of the […]

Gov. Palin Rocks On: “Let Allah Sort It Out”

“Militarily, where is our commander-in-chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary […]

Who is Tolu Olubunmi?

I was reading an ABC News “The Note” puff piece on immigration reform with my usual bitter amusement when I started puzzling over this particular in the litany of laments about a “broken system” (ie, not lax enough a scheme for illegal immigrants): That “broken system” is something Tolu Olubunmi knows all too well. Olubunmi, […]


–I did ambitious stuff today!!!  And then I checked to see if Dal Shabet’s released a teaser for their forthcoming, heretofore unnamed new single!!!  And they have!!!  And it’s awesome and it’s called “Be Ambitious”!!! This is SO synchronicity!!! [Ed.:  This is SO creepy and weird, in a sort of derivative way???]  –Screw you, Bob.  […]

“Somebody is saying this is inevitable –”

” and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.” Richard Stallman talks about cloud computing to The Guardian.  The article continues: The 55-year-old New Yorker said that computer users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over […]


“I know no one ever thinks of good music when they think of T-ara,” . . . Another gemstone from the college punk roundtables at Seoul Beats. I can’t find that Garfield strip where he fulminates about a “tacky pack of music-haters.”  It’s in the first six or so books. The power of Art: [Ed.:  […]

How’s the new Isabel Allende novel, I wonder?

From the dust jacket copy: Neglected by her parents, nineteen-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandparents. –West Coast Hippie Gothic, I guess. Her grandmother Nidia, affectionately known as Nini, is a force of nature—willful and outspoken, unconventionally wise with a mystical streak, and fiercely protective—a woman […]

Sooyoung is a goat

Sooyoung’s infamous and beloved and very preternaturally amusing turn as a goat: Blaaaaahhhh!!!  Blaaaahhh!!  Marry me!!  I’ll do Christian Slater for you. –I mean, my Christian Slater impression. [Ed.:  Yeah, that too.]  –Sooyoung and I would make adorable children’s audio recordings together.  We owe it to humanity to give it a go.  She with her trilingual multitalents and […]