commented on Why the "Blurred Lines" Decision Is Ultimately Good for Music: A Dissenting View
I'm inclined to more or less agree with @12 (apart from the Wonder bit). Up until the verdict, Pharrell's attorneys felt the trial had gone well (the sound recording was excluded and Pharrell called out Gaye's attorney and musicologist for modulating a melody during his examination). The surgery was successful, except the patient died. The lesson of this case may be little more than better to settle and avoid juries.
Oct 2, 2014
commented on Dig
Aretha Franklin… Cissy Houston's Eye Roll
Yeah, that was kinda rough. A few years back, I saw her at the MusiCares Person of the Year dinner. She sat at her table for 3+ hours listening to people speak about her and perform tunes from her repertoire. Finally, when it was her time to accept the award, it took three people helping and an uncomfortable amount of time for her to ascend the small flight of stairs to the stage. She was massive, much larger than in the Letterman video, and sweaty and out of breath. She struggled to say her thank yous because she was in awful physical shape. She then lumbered over to stage left where her band was, grabbed the mic, and out came a flawless "cha-cha-chain." It was a stunning transformation--she was no longer someone who struggles with simple functions (walking, breathing, speaking). She was a force from the first note to the last. Never seen anything like it.
Jul 25, 2014
commented on Black Males Disproportionately Ticketed for Smoking Pot in Public
@18, the title of the story that Charles cited is: African Americans Disproportionately Cited for Public Pot Use in Seattle - Police. The first sentence of the NYT story says "disproportionately." Direct your contempt appropriately.
I'll further note that your derisive use of "Chuckles" and "Chuckie" is off-putting, unnecessary, and lessens what may otherwise be a meritorious critique. I know it's the internet and it's anonymous and all, but why go out of your way to be condescending?
May 9, 2014
commented on How Do You Exhibit Tattoos?
Somewhat related and plenty interesting, look up "Tim" by Wim Delvoye, if you're not already aware. In life, Tim displays his tattoo by sitting shirtless and still in galleries. In death, "Tim" will be preserved and exhibited (if at all) as a hide.