Archive | 10:30 pm

When You’re Weary …

18 Oct

I received the following press release today:

<< Executive producer Sharon Osbourne has announced the Tuesday, October 18 release of a star-studded recording of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” exclusively on iTunes to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina and survivors of December’s devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. The special song — originally recorded following the tsunami, but unreleased until now — features vocals from Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Gwen Stefani, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrea Bocelli, Steven Tyler, Phil Collins, Katie Melua, Robert Downey, Jr., Pink, Gavin Rossdale, Kelly Osbourne and Scott Weiland, with music performed by Velvet Revolver.

iTunes will forward the song’s entire $.99 download fee to “Save the Children,” which will help fund the long-term rebuilding of the lives of children affected by the natural disasters. Donations made in the U.S. will go directly to the Hurricane Katrina victims, while monies received outside the U.S. will be assigned to the tsunami relief fund. >>

Now, I’m all for charity and the contributions of musicians and singers following tragic events, but, um, couldn’t Sharon Osbourne have picked a better song? Something hopeful, and not depressing or inappropriate given the context? Were all the good songs taken? What about “Bridge Over Troubled Water“?

Somebody at the Globe Likes Me …

18 Oct

Now I know I’m not writing Pulitzer Prize-level stuff here, but for the second time in three days, my blog has been quoted in the Boston Globe.

Today I’m in the “Sidekick” section writing about two movies I saw this weekend, Elizabethtown, which I hated, and Capote, which I loved. Check me out!

(Since “Sidekick” isn’t online, I scanned the quote; click on the image to see it bigger. And here’s a link to the first quote from Sunday’s paper.)

Salt of the Earth

18 Oct

Thanks to my sister and her fiancee for one of the best laughs I’ve had in a long time.

On Epicurious, the online recipe site, you’ll find recipes for most every dish — including “Salted Water for Boiling.” (Yes, I guess some people need a recipe for that.) But that’s not the laugh, see.

The site allows for comments from readers, and this particular recipe, which went up in November 2001, has so far accumulated 637. That’s six hundred and thirty seven reviews about boiled saltwater. Here’s one posted just a couple days ago by “kinwart,” a reader from from Southern California:

I hated this recipe. I didn’t have any water so I used juice and I don’t like salt so I substituted with baking powder. It was nasty. Don’t waste your time.

When you have the time and want a laugh, click here to read the other 636. (It’ll help if you’re in a particularly silly mood.) You’ll thank me later.