Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SIMH: Rihanna, "S & M"

I'll admit that I'm often late to the party when it comes to pop music, so maybe everyone's already sick of this song, but I am loving it right now. Although it's pretty tame by legit BDSM standards, the video's hot... and kinda weird. Rihanna sounds more raw on this track than in her other songs (as raw as you can sounds with this much production), like she's forcing the upper part of her range and it fits the phrasing of the hook really nicely. I've been trying to resist her pop bubble catchy-ness since her ubiquitous "Umbrella" haunted me at work, in the streets and on every commercial for the entirety of 2007. But then, this year, she qualified for ESPN's top 3-7 plays of the NBA All-Star Game (let's be real: all the sports journalists were Tweeting about that night was her) and this song came out. So, listen, watch, fog yourself, tie someone up - it's Wednesday, go nuts.


Rihanna - S&M by jimihubabua

Friday, March 18, 2011

Stuck in my head: A Perfect Circle, "3 Libras"

For today - a softer side of Maynard: "3 Libras" from A Perfect Circle. Incubus wishes they wrote this song.

Enjoy.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bracketology

Well, it's that time of year again... March. The month when baseball dreams form from grapefruits and oranges, when hockey fans are lulled into false senses of playoff security and when madness - March madness - ensues. I love March. I love the brackets, the arguments, the judgment, the edge-of-your-seat excitement (and if the final seconds of the Pac-10 Championship were any indication, we're going to have a lot of the last element this year).

I've created three brackets: The Premier League, The Second Thoughts and The Emotional Favorites. I think the names are self-explanatory. I'll post them here and let the smack talking begin.

Here's to March!

Premier League


Second Thoughts


Emotional Favorites

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Every day should be a Halladay

This is already making the rounds this morning, but I need to post it here lest we forget that the most anticipated baseball season in Philadelphia history is just in the beginning stages of awesome.

Here, Roy Halladay expresses his love for Chooch and MLB2k11. I don't I realized what a tall guy he is; this makes me love him even more than I already do (I didn't know that was possible). You can criticize all you want and say "His acting is almost as good as that blow-up doll's" but then I would have to kill you. There's no possible way that I can be objective when the Phillies or Chris Pronger are discussed. That's just the Philly asshole... um, I mean FAN... in me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BUNNIES!!!

I normally don't do the "cute" post (I'm adverse to squee-ing), but this video from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is pretty great. I mean, it made me smile at 9 a.m. – that alone is proof of the greatness. This behind-the-scenes video takes a look at the goings on at BFAS's bunny sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. The lady who runs it seems to be perfect for the job, too.

Luckily, they don't refer to their sanctuary as "the bunny ranch." That would be awkward.

BFAS is one of the charities to which I contribute what little cash I have every year. They were instrumental in the rescue of the Michael Vick pit bulls and are committed to providing a no-kill sanctuary for abused and sick animals (not just companion animals – they also take horses, pigs and, obviously, BUNNIES). Consider making a donation to them or sponsoring one of their Guardian Angel animals (like this guy, perhaps?).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 1: Zen.

Call it "El-snore-a" if you want, but the view is absolutely spectacular. Mountain conditions were less than perfect (I mean, A-Basin on Friday set the bar), but the weather was perfectly bluebird. I wore my lightweight gloves that are usually reserved for mid-April. The lifty at the Indian Peaks summed it up best:

"March came in like a lamb, eh?"

Indeed.