Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

"I wanted to push the Hallelujah deep into the secular world, into the ordinary world," he once said. "The Hallelujah, the David's Hallelujah, was still a religious song. So I wanted to indicate that Hallelujah can come out of things that have nothing to do with religion."

Breaking down Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah.  I loved this song, even though it has been so played out in the last several years. If you like this song, you should seek out more Leonard Cohen songs.

Kelly Lynch and the Murray Brothers

By the way, speaking of Bill Murray, every time Road House is on and he or one of his idiot brothers are watching TV—and they’re always watching TV—one of them calls my husband and says [In a reasonable approximation of Carl Spackler], “Kelly’s having sex with Patrick Swayze right now. They’re doing it. He’s throwing her against the rocks.” [Away from the receiver.] What? Oh, my God. Mitch was just walking out the door to the set, and he said that Bill once called him from Russia.

I found this bit funny from a Kelly Lynch interview talking about Road House. She also talks about several other movies in this interview. Interesting interview. 

Disney Set to Aquire Lucasfilm

Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

This is unexpected but nice to see. I've always thought that an adult flavored Star Wars universe would make a great series on HBO. Perhaps something like that can now happen.

Debate Fodder

Gotta love the political season. I didn't get much out of the debate, but it was fun to watch the highlights. I pretty much have my mind made up.

Do you?

Voting is the least you can do. Don't sit on hands. Vote!

Verizon is Watching

"We're able to view just everything that they do," Bill Diggins, U.S. chief for the Verizon Wireless marketing initiative, told an industry conference earlier this year. "And that's really where data is going today. Data is the new oil."

I use Verizon for my 3rd Gen iPad. The LTE is great. I thought about switching to them for our wireless phone service, but this article makes me pause on that idea. They say you can opt out, but I don't know if that's good enough.

I'll be using Redbox more often

I just lowered my Netflix account to streaming only. I'll only rent DVDs - which I don't do often - from Redbox now.

Warner Bros.' deal with Redbox has expired with the two companies still at odds over how long consumers should wait to rent DVDs for $1.20 a night.

As a result, kiosk rental company Redbox will have to buy Warner DVDs from retailers like Wal-Mart at a higher price but will no longer make customers wait 28 days after discs go on sale to rent them, as it did under a previous agreement with the studio.

Warner Bros Messing with your Netflix Queue

...Warner Brothers is now imposing additional stipulations for its DVD movie new releases. Starting Feb. 1, the company has decided to restrict Netflix users from adding any new DVD releases to their queue until 28 days after the DVD goes on sale in retail stores, according to an LA Times report.

We only rent a few DVDs now from Netflix. We'll probably switch to streaming only next month. But if we were to continue, I'd find this inconvenient.

Nothing but Nuggets

A teenage girl who has eaten almost nothing else apart from chicken nuggets for 15 years has been warned by doctors that the junk food is killing her.
Stacey Irvine, 17, has been hooked on the treats since her mother bought her some at a McDonald’s restaurant when she was two.

String Theory: Can You Design Tampon Packaging That Doesn't Suck?

Anything can use a little redesign. It's all about presentation.

How Hokschirr came up with idea: “I started thinking about which products I use on a daily basis, and which ones I wished had better packaging,” she tells Co.Design. “I settled on tampons when I spied an orange box decorated with swirls that was obnoxious and pastel at the same time. In my re-branding I focused on making packaging that was less whimsical, more geometric, and more elegant--packaging that I personally would like to have in my bathroom, instead of trying to find creative ways to hide.”

Anthony Bourdain comments on Paula Deen's diabetes

Paula Deen having diabetes was previously a rumor, but now has turned into fact. She's known for three years.

We can look forward to People or Us magazine running the cover story, "I'm back" usual rehab story private hell. Clearly this has been coming for a while. She's been looking for ways to position herself. Is she really going to be selling the cure now? Or will she back off for a decent interval? I take no pleasure in it. There ain't nothing funny about Diabetes.

Yes, I expect this issue will be on newsstands soon.

Why I Hate Android

All of this backstory knowledge fuels my rage. When I see Google talk about how “open” the platform is, setting it up as the foil to the “closed” (and framed as “evil”) iPhone, I want to scream and rip someone’s head off. It’s not only the most extreme example of being disingenuous that I can ever recall seeing — it’s nuclear bullshit. 

Good read on MG Siegler's tumblr page. I personally haven't used an Android phone. But I think I would get frustrated with the lack of official updates to the phone, knowing updates could and should be available.

Top 7 Common American Hand Gestures That Can Get You in Trouble Abroad

Good information to know when traveling to other countries.

Nearly everyone all over the globe know that flashing the middle finger is meant as a huge insult to the recipient. However, many common hand gestures which are perfectly innocent in the US are in fact quite dangerous in other parts of the world!

The Case of the Nude Actress

In this week's BBC-aired episode titled "A Scandal in Belgravia," Holmes has a close encounter with a whip-smart dominatrix, Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), who gets under his skin by flashing much of hers. Some detractors said the scene was too racy to air early in the evening, when children are more likely to be watching TV.

I have been seeing the name Benedict Cumberbatch a lot lately, ever since Farrah and I started watching BBC's Sherlock on Netflix streaming last weekend. Earlier this week he was cast as the possible villain in the next Star Trek film. And now there appears this story about nudity in one of the upcoming Sherlock series two episodes.

One distressing item to read in this article is that there may not be a third series. I guess Mr. Cumberbatch may be too popular for television alone.