Monthly Archives: January 2011

the ultimate guide to being a real smartass.

Being a smartass takes a lot out of a person; it takes skill and expertise to be a smartass. :D It’s a career. :D And no wonder that some of the most interesting, funny, smart, sparky and talented persons I know work/have worked/will work for Discovery. (: ‘Cause it takes a real smart smartass to catch another real smart smartass’ eye. And it also takes a real smartass to produce a funky TV series for not-so-dummies. Of course, any similarity with real people, events and smartasses is not casual. :D Smartass-thanks to Discovery Channel. More “Smartass” episodes on youtube.com

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football season is over.

“… two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls.” (Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

…and that’s exactly what Hunter S. Thompson and his writing were: one never sober (but always damn brilliant) montagne russe. He hated to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for him. In fact, he once even said that if you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up. And he certainly did get paid for his brilliant insanity.

(Next to Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote) Hunter S. Thompson is one of my favourite journalists/writers. As you well know, he is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of writing similar to  a trip through a journalistic fun house, where you didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. You knew you had better learn enough about the subject at hand to know when the riff began and reality ended. Hunter was a stickler for numbers, for details like gross weight and model numbers, for lyrics and caliber, and there was no faking it. Of course, he is known also for his love of firearms; his long-standing hatred of Richard Nixon; and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism.

“So why did you remember him just now?”, you’ll ask. Truth be told, I don’t know. Maybe because I saw around his “Hell’s Angels”, an angry, fascinating and excitedly written book, that crackles like motorcycle exhaust. Or maybe I remembered him just because he died more or less about  6 years ago, in February. His legend ended with a Smith&Wesson, along with these words:

“Football season is over. No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won’t hurt.”

His ex-wife used to say that he was born with an incredible talent and with a hyper-brilliant mind, but also with a “tormented soul”. What did she mean? Well, I don’t really know.  All I know is that he was one incredible talented writer who – in the end – just couldn’t take the fact that “the football season” was over. And “if you wonder if he’s gone to Heaven or Hell, rest assured he will check out them both, find out which one Richard Milhous Nixon went to — and go there. He could never stand being bored. But there must be Football too — and Peacocks…”  (Ralph Steadman)

And now please allow me to go back to my vacation. (;

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les liaisons dangereuses: book review.

 

Love, sex, seduction. Of the three, only the last matters. Love is a meaningless word, and sex an ephemeral pleasure, but seduction is an amusing game in which victory means power and the ability to humiliate one’s  opponents and revel with one’s friends. So it is for the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, two supremely bored aristocrats during the final years before the French Revolution. Together they concoct a wildly wicked wager: If Valmont can successfully seduce the virtuous wife of a government official (Madame de Tourvel), then Madame Merteuil will sleep with him again. But Madame Merteuil also wants Valmont to seduce the young and innocent former convent schoolgirl, Cécile Volanges, as a way of getting back at  her ex-lover and Cecile’s future husband, Comte de Gercourt. Can he do both? Continue reading

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Concursul National de Scenarii HBO.

HBO Romania anunta cea de-a 11-a editie a “Concursului National de Scenarii” 2011.

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for your entertainment.

Wow, what a voice! This dude is an AMAZING-singing beast. End of the story.

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playlist de weekend. (V)

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PopShock: GaGa vs DaDa.

Nigel wrote a little while ago a text about GaGa. Yes, that GaGa. And, since I had some issues with everybody calling her an “original”, we got into a pro/against discussion. The result? For Nigel’s opinion, arguments and super-interesting posts/site, please pay him a visit here. :)

As for my (half-rocky/jazzy, half-“businessful”) opinion… well, it went pretty much like this:

[...] I still don’t think I like her music, though I can admit I respect the fact she writes her own songs and her live performances.

Yes, she’s an icon. And she certainly knows much about marketing, branding and selling. And maybe Warhol would have loved her pop-art moods and imagery. But, in spite of that, she’s not an original. She’s just very, but very smart.

Yes, she’s creative, but being creative doesn’t necessarily mean being an original. She’s just cracking a mirror and then she’s rearranging the pieces in a totally new way (pretty much what the Dadaism teaches). Or she’s simply doing what Jim Aitchison writes down in one of his books: “I would define creativity as taking a set of familiar elements and rearranging them in an unfamiliar way so that the audience recognises both the familiarity and the unfamiliarity. In other words, present something the audience will recognise as themselves, their lives, their dreams, but with a twist, so they’re actually a bit startled by it, or will get an extra insight from it. So it’s not just a mirror, it’s a mirror that’s craked.” (Cutting Edge Advertising)

I think her most incredible smart idea was to let people see in her whatever they want to see. This way, some will see only a shallow pop diva, some others will dig out meanings in her and her songs.

GaGa seen as a business is a success. But GaGa seen as quality music… let’s just say I don’t think that 100 years from now people will wake up one morning and realize they miss “Let’s have some fun this beat is sick/ I wanna take a ride on your disco stick”.

Later-edit: another incredible smart idea of her was to surround herself with a few teams (music/fashion/marketing etc.) made of very smart, creative and talented people. But that’s pretty much what any smart businessman/woman would do. Keep creative and talented people around you, respect them and their work and they’ll take you higher than you could ever dream: every (good) manager can confirm that.

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All God does…

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring.

We must never, ever be boring.” (Mr. Chuck Palahniuk)

Update: Ooops. I forgot the source. (-: At least now I cannot be sued. :D

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“Moses? He’s just fine.”

i was named after this songg. my mam and dad had ther first dance to ittt <3 (jesslaurennn, youtube.com)

I love how music always relates to our stories. (:

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no other loaded guns than you.

Stencil by Bansky.

Din categoria: “smoothly dazzling, intoxicatingly imaginative, sassily surrealistic, violently magic, daringly creative, appealingly raw, highly unrestrained, criminally visual, mind – provocative” :

Ador postul asta! Si ador si postul asta. Delicious words, yummmy texts! (:

Si, absolut fara nicio legatura cu link-urile de mai sus, ador si secventa asta.

Toate vorbesc – intr-un fel sau altul – despre acelasi lucru: puterea cuvintelor.

P.S.: “O armata de pahare pline de Martini tunate cu cate-o maslina” = J’adore!

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