Thursday, October 29, 2009

I call bullshit

Did anybody see this article in the Sun today about the guy claiming to make $40,000 per month via his blog? He's pretty much created the worst website ever that is so thick with ads that it's un-navigable. But if the sole purpose of your blog is to convince people that you make lots of money from your blog, why not tell everybody that you make $40,000 per month? It reminds me a bit of the Money Momentum Kids in the Hall sketch. I can see the people out there buying into the whole idea of starting up a shitty blog and living the high life, but would anybody visit this site twice? Would anybody follow an ad from this site? Would anybody pay to advertise on this thing?

And it also makes me think of all the people out there that seem to exist merely on the volume of their own words. Do Heidi and Spencer honestly make hundreds of thousands of dollars by attending a party? Do all these finance authors make money from following their own magical advice? (not really the same but) Do janitors in Fort McMurray actually make $150,000 a year sweeping floors? I just don't think so.

I remember that there was a guy back in high school who would bring a briefcase to school every week or so and tell everybody all about the money he was making selling god knows what to nobody in particular. We've managed to take this into the digital age, I guess.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Photos and Music and Skateboarding

I can't get over this photo, via Gizmodo.

Pitchfork adds to their best of 2000's coverage with the top 200 albums of the 2000's, which they'll complete tomorrow. I must say, I'm a lot happier with this list than I am with their top 500 track list. There's not much missing. Good to see Wolf Parade, Fugazi and the Thermals. The Constantines is a bit of a surprise, and a sad reminder that they've sucked since Shine a Light. The same sort of feeling comes out of the Libertines as well. And I'm oh so happy that the Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat made it.

I think this list works for me because I really do think in albums. I have a hard time getting into just one song, so thinking in albums feels a bit more natural.

Anyway. It will be interesting to see the final 20 tomorrow and the Radiohead/Animal Collective love in that it will be.

Oh. One last note. I've long been a fan of the Transworld series of skateboard movies. They have a way of turning the sport into an art form. I finally tracked down the first movie Uno, from 1996. Oh my god. Comical. It looks like something a bunch of junior high kids would film over a weekend in 2009. There's some interesting stuff. A very young Geoff Rowley and Heath Kirchart stand out. Burnquist and Koston look pretty good and Muska is a bit of a clown. But other than's amateur hour. Which makes me wonder...where the hell has the progression come from? I understand what's gone on in mountain biking. The bikes have changed so much in the last few years that you wouldn't dream of doing things now on a bike that is 10 years old. But a skateboard? Not much has changed. It's bizarre to think that something can move so far just by each individual building a little bit on what the other guy did. Do you think that's what the Renaissance was about? Dude's bustin' out crazy paintings because their neighbour used a sweet shade of green a week or so back?