Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Nov 01, 2007  |  0 comments
I just discovered the World Passport podcast at ethnomusic.podmatic.com, which has tons of cool Calypso, Kompa, Highlife, jazz, and Kinshasha guitar music for your delectation and delight. I've been listening to "J'Ouvert Morning Calypso"—classic old-school Calypso—all morning, which is coaxing me out of my first-cold-of-the-winter funk. "Suck Me Soucouyant," indeed.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 01, 2007  |  0 comments
Bruce Schneier, coiner of the phrase "security theater," writes that we've "opened up a new front on the war on terror. It's an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it's a war on different. If you act different, you might find yourself investigated, questioned, and even arrested -- even if you did nothing wrong, and had no intention of doing anything wrong. The problem is a combination of citizen informants and a CYA attitude among police that results in a knee-jerk escalation of reported threats.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 01, 2007  |  0 comments
"Antiheroine Skin Rule: In a Horny Teen-ager Movie, the 'bad girl' who is the object of the hero's desire will always expose more flesh than the girl whom he ends up with at the end of the film, despite equal sexual activity. If the 'good girl' is shown topless in a love scene, it must be accompanied by slow music. In a Dead Teenager Movie, the girl who exposes the least skin is inevitably the only survivor."
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 31, 2007  |  0 comments
The Telegraph picks the scariest movie scenes.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 31, 2007  |  0 comments
Forget the usual suspects, says ACD. For real Halloween chills, read Henry James.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 31, 2007  |  0 comments
I like Halloween as much as the next guy, but this grisly repast is way beyond my gag factor.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 31, 2007  |  0 comments
NPR has four of 'em up, including a good 'un by Neil Gaiman. All of them are 30 seconds long.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 30, 2007  |  0 comments
Jeremy Clarkson rightly rogers the Volvo S80 SE Sport. This is auto reviewing as a contact sport.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 30, 2007  |  2 comments
I was raised in Virginia, so for me, the perfect ham is a Smithfield-cured ham. I think I was 21 before I ever tasted that bland concoction sold at delis as "ham." It might be pork, but ham it am't.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 30, 2007  |  1 comments
Bill Wyman (no, not that one) calculates the sell-out factor for when musicians whore out—um, I mean, lease—their muse.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 29, 2007  |  0 comments
Tony Perrottet tells us that Spike Jones was closer to being right than we suspected.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 29, 2007  |  1 comments
Good news! You're going to die—want to find out when?
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 29, 2007  |  0 comments
Oh boy! Your iPod is going to die, too. Want to know when?
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 29, 2007  |  0 comments
They're always in the last place you look.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 26, 2007  |  0 comments
Dr. Lajos Nagy offers cosmetic surgery that shapes your pinnae to points. Why? I'll let the good doctor tell you.

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