Things I don’t understand

The enduring popularity of Steven Tyler.

foursquare. I thought I’d receive some sort of tangible reward for check-ins. Don’t think I’ll be changing my business cards to add “Mayor of Taco Mac.”

Wolf Blitzer as a TV commentator. It takes him 10 minutes to break news, what with all the stammering and qualifiers.

The fascination w/ Beyonce. She’s as programmed as Romneytron.

How this video is NOT a parody. (They were “discovered” by boy band alum Lance Bass — in the cheesiest gay bar in Orlando, apparently.)

A suicide in 140 characters or less

Not surprisingly, Carlos Estevez is involved.

Last night, 22-year-old Kacey Jordan—the woman best known for smoking crack with Charlie Sheen, suggesting she aborted Sheen’s baby, and winning Howard Stern’s “Charlie Sheen Porn Star Pageant”—locked herself in a hotel room in Chicago and, over the course of five hours, tweeted a bizarre, long cry for help

I yield the culture to sci-fi geeks

Do I have a choice?

I was just informed of the inspiration for the popular hashtag (God I feel smarmy) #Hothlanta. Sayeth Wikipedia: In the fictional universe of Star Wars, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. It is a world blanketed by snow and ice.

I proudly claim no knowledge of or interest in pretend universes. Most people used to think that way. We should be the ones with most popular hashtag (gross).

I warned you people, back in 2003

Remember the Star Trek juror, the Arkansas woman who wore a Starfleet uniform during the Whitewater trial? Yes, we all had a good laugh at her expense. Little did we know that within five years she’d be among Hollywood’s most prized demographic. Without warning, a confederacy of geeks has taken over the popular culture.

Thank you, Billy Zabka

Blogging host WordPress just crunched my 2010 numbers:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

That’s good to hear, though I’m sure those Louvre visitors came away underwhelmed.

Your busiest day of the year was January 5th with 966 views. The most popular post that day was Cap du jour, 80s pin-up edition.

The subject of that post? Quintessential 80s mean girl Billy Zabka, who, surprisingly enough, played a character named Chas only once. His first film role was in “Valley Girl” as “Boy helping with prom decorations.”

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s worst use of social media

originally published 1/31/2010

Cancel CNN’s Twitter account — that’s 140 characters or less. They just don’t know when to stop.

The network’s SOTU coverage included John King reading such insightful Tweets as “Go Obama, let’s do it!” and “This is painful to watch.” Indeed, CNN’s incessant pandering to technology is painful to endure. No one cares what Duane from Omaha thinks.

Unfortunately we should expect more mindlessness, as King and that infernal touch-screen board get their own weeknight show. CNN has already given Rick Sanchez, the journalistic equivalent of a Tweet, a second hour in the afternoons.

That time would be better spent reading Larry King’s Twitter feed: “What is it with people who don’t use turn signals?!?”
The Cuban Ted Baxter had quite a year. Admit it. You miss him.