ipod war

Who's going to watch you die?

1. Voting is still open! We currently have a 3-way tie. Bring it, people! If President George Bush can whittle away the hours in the face of a national crisis, surely you can, too.

2. Yeah, I don't know what or how to comment about the post-Katrina catastrophe. I donated $100 through the NY Chapter of Red Cross, as the main Red Cross site seems to be overwhelmed, and I don't really know what else I can do. The tsuanmi of a few months back was mind-bogglingly surreal, and yet, because it was on the other side of the world, I didn't really truly connect with it. I'm not saying I can connect with what's happened in NOLA, either - hell, I disconnected myself in the weeks after 9/11, and I was living here at the time. There are plenty of interesting, non-MSM-reported stories out there - one of you linked to a very interesting AP photo comparison wherein 2 white people had "found" water and bread, but a black teenager had "looted" from nearby stores. And also that one of the reasons why the levees failed was because Bush had pulled necessary funding for those very levee-supporting projects in order to help pay for the glorious victory in Iraq (here's a link, courtesy of nothinganything). Whatever, that's not the point - the point is that I hope that all of you who are either (a) down there or (b) have people down there are OK, and hanging in, and if you're not down there, that you donate money or blood or both.

3. Last week I'd mentioned that the new Death Cab album had been "leaked", and that it might not necessarily be a "must-have-purchase-as-soon-as-it's-released" sort of album, but that it was still good. Well, I downloaded it last night and I've listened to it pretty much nonstop since then; it's better than I thought it was. It's certainly a continuation of the kind of stuff they were doing on "Transatlanticism", which is a contiunation of what they'd been doing before that. Look, Death Cab for Cutie is never going to pull a Kid A on us (even Postal Service is still very Death Cab at heart) - they do their thing, and they do it well, and each new record sounds better than the last. The second half of "Different Names For The Same Thing" remains glorious (and you can imagine Will Ferrell saying that word if you want). The second half of "What Sarah Said" is almost a carbon copy of the "I need you so much closer" section from "Transatlanticism", but that's OK because that part gives me chills.
Although I wish a more competent president were in charge at a time like this, I feel like I need to point out that the diverting of levee money to Homeland Security really didn't make much of a difference. In my opinion, New Orleans was simply not prepared for a worst-case scenario.

I've disconnected myself as well, even though I don't live there anymore, but then I've never been the type to grieve. Everyone I've talked to is okay, so that's the only thing I'm concerned with right now.
Oh, also: finally caught you and Kath in the audience of Patton's Comedy Central special. Eight guys blowin' nine guys, indeed. I really liked the special, but I didn't realize how much of the material was also on Feelin' Kinda Patton.
That's what was ultimately so disappointing about the special, especially since we so desperately wanted to laugh as much as possible for him; the 8 or 10 of us who went all listened to the CD about 20,000 times and it was a bit of a let down. Still, though, it was cool being on TV, I guess. The paparazzi won't leave us alone, though...