16 calls to different Congressional offices
1 resulting quote
3 phone numbers of Republicans in Louisiana who voted for McCain but think Obama is doing the best he can regarding the oil spill
Playlist:"Hit The Heartbrakes," Black Kids
"Your Famous Friends," The Henry Clay People
"Down Low," Dexateens
"Coney Island," Good Old War (This other excellent mix is also the source for three songs below.)
"Jackie Wants A Black Eye," Dr. Dog
"Heaven And Earth," Blitzen Trapper
"My Body's A Zombie For You," Dead Man's Bones
"Excuses," The Morning Benders
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
"Sink/Let It Sway," Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
UPDATE: So, uhm, yeah, I figured out how to post the audio to MY OWN BLOG and will thus stop directing traffic to box.net and CAP, though they are both fantastic organizations that I could not do the podcast without.
The Inside Story:
What with the snow day and all, you have time on your hands, yes? Time on your hands and, OBVIOUSLY, an internet connection, a combination that lends itself quite well to the listening of podcasts. So I have made one -- actually two -- for you.
The first is the inaugural edition of the newly independent Inside Story. You may recognize it from such networks as Air America... or, er, you may not. You may listen to it here. Guests this week (and yes, that does imply a "next week!" Fingers crossed!) are Christina Bellantoni, senior reporter for Talking Points Memo, and Rick Klein, senior reporter for ABC News. We discuss the Daily Kos poll of Republicans (the answers in the "not sure" category are the truly, truly terrifying data points), the Senate Hearings on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and wonder if Republicans really know what it means to "steal" an election. (They have had enough practice...)
The second 'cast is a little different. Christina and Rick stay in the studio, but rather than discuss politics, we attempt to recreate, in audio form, the experience of watching THE DEMON SHEEP AD. I am not sure if we were successful, but it was very, very fun to make the effort. You can listen the experiment here . And if you haven't seen THE DEMON SHEEP AD, well, you must. You absolutely must. Here it is now.
UPDATE: Oh this is awesome: THERE WILL BE MORE DEMON SHEEP.
You're probably shocked by the lack of content here, seeing as how I'm described as a "blogger." Well, here's the thing: 2009 was kind of my Year of No Blogging. Most of my originalish content migrated to Twitter (Are you down with the Twitter machine? Some explanatory verbiage here.), which makes total sense because that way, no one was paying me. Wait...
In any case, I had intended 2010 to be a whole GANGBUST THE TUBES BLOGPOLOOZA, with lots of content and maybe even things that other people paid me to write! That content probably wouldn't be HERE, on THIS blog, but I could point you to it, maybe?
At the moment, however, I have nothing to point you to. Air America is no more and apparently there's some kind of economic crisis? All I know is that I haven't had to put on pants in DAYS... tho' I may be pulling the pajamas back on. Blogging for free and what not.
A step in that flanneled direction will come this afternoon. I will be getting together with ABC's Rick Klein and TPM's Christina Bellantoni to revive The Inside Story, the political chat show I started at Air America and will now live on as a podcast. Link, and content, to come.
So, I am in the possesion of a Dell 10v Mini running Ubuntu. I plan on Hackentoshing it once I figure out how to downgrade the BIOS. For now, it's a great little netbook, good for filing quick posts and the like. EXCEPT I cannot get it to play nice with my AT&T Sierra Wireless USB broadband modem.
I found a set of directions that indicate the modem has Linux support but they were all terminal commands and thus SCARY. Me like graphical interfaces. Me need baby step instructions, like the Gizmodo ones that I will someday use to Hackentosh the thing. Until then: help? Can has easy instructions for how to make broadband modem work with Ubuntu 8.04?
You may have heard, I appeared on the Rachel Maddow program last week, to the surprise and delight of, well, dozens. You can watch the full podcast of the show here.
Some of the highlights, according to the Maddow webteam (and they should know) include:
It has been fashionable for some time to decry "Washington cocktail weenies," and more generally the culture that produces bipartisan schmooze-fests where people hobnob and make deals.
But I am here to tell you that those cocktail parties can be put to good use. Very good use. Next week, a guestlist equal parts "famous for DC" (Sen. Arlen Specter! Barney Frank!) and "famous-famous" (Christina Ricci!) will host a benefit for RAINN, the Rape Abuse, and Incest National Network.
ABOUT RAINN: Founded by Tori Amos, it is the organization that supports the ONLY national hotline for victims of sexual assault (1-800-656-HOPE). About 10,000 victims call every month -- a number that's double from last year. They've recently started an "online hotline" to reach out to people who may feel more comfortable with texting or messaging than calling. They rely donations, which are tax-deductible.
ABOUT THE EVENT: Cocktail party at 6pm on Wednesday, September 9. Not much more to say. There will be drinks, as well as food that is slightly smaller in size than food you receive at regular meals. RAINN will be premiering a new PSA (starring Gabrielle Union, Dylan McDermott, and Kevin Bacon). MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS will be there. BARNEY FRANK, folks. THE FRANK.
If you're in DC, you should come: tickets start at $200 and go up to a Platinum Sponsorship for $5000.
If you aren't in DC, you can still come! Only you'll not actually be there, which means you don't have to dress up. But you can experience the event virtually: I'll be live-Tweeting the event via @RAINNLive. For $100 donation, you'll get access to the protected feed and all that comes with it: vicarious VIP access, party pix -- every detail, including the opportunity to submit questions for my private chat with Ricci. The feed will run from 6pm to 8:30pm ET on Wednesday, September 9. Donate here, and use the code "TWEET" when you give you $100 -- or more!
If you can't give $100, try to give something. It's the only hotline of its kind that serves the whole country; I wish we didn't need it, but we do.