Meanwhile, on a Norm MacDonald tribute thread on Reddit, an exchange I think Norm would have appreciated.
“The secret truth of the martini is that ordering it up is for dorks. Order that shit on the rocks and have your goddamn drink without having to balance it on a pancake. I’m sure there are people who think they look more sophisticated drinking martini glass drinks, but they’re wrong. Almost spilling your drink at all times isn’t sophisticated by any metric I’ve ever been hipped to. You are vastly more sophisticated knowing what you don’t have to do and doing what works for you. this is the lesson of the day, apparently.”-Brendan Kelly, “Sir, a drink please….” Bad Sandwich Chronicles. February 19, 2021
Enjoyed this judgmental rant. I haven’t had half the drinks on the list, but I kind of want to collect the whole set. As an up martini drinker, the only response I can make is that if it has ice (or worse, vodka), it isn’t a martini. If that means you either need a little balance or have a little spillage, such is life.
Also, daiquiris are fine. You can drink four daiquiris. If you are in Chicago, space them out with a little Malört, and shift the whole thing into weird territory.
The last bit of this monologue, where he talks about hating the feeling of hate rather than hating people, resonated. It’s something we should all reflect on.
“…there are no short cuts in comedy. Only hard work can make a performance look so effortless.”-John Kearns in an interview with Ben Williams, “‘I crack up every time’: comedians’ all-time favourite standup routines.” The Guardian. April 6, 2020.
A collection of lists of best culture that includes: dance, theater, movies, comedy, art, architecture, TV, albums, opera, etc.
—”Best Culture of the 21st Century.” The Guardian. September 18, 2019
“Talkwalker’s state-of-the-art social media analytics platform uses AI-powered technology to monitor and analyze online conversations in real-time across social networks, news websites, blogs and forums in 187 languages.”
- Post Sharon Lerner’s, “The Plastic Industry’s Fight to Keep Polluting the World.”
- Two views with two likes.
- Talkwalk.com’s artificial intelligence decides a conversation might be happening or could potentially happen that would be critical of plastic production and quickly publishes it to the dashboard on their portal.
- *Bing* A desktop notification sounds.
- Bored assistant account executive at a public relations agency looks up. Yet another desktop notification about that damn The Intercept article? She decides it’s time to stop scrolling through Slack, Facebook and complaining about the cost of Matouk towels to her friend in Messenger (so expensive, even on Amazon!) and decides to finally look into what all the fuss was about in case their client, a ginormous chemical company producing plastic, decides to call and ask the account director what she is doing to minimize the damage from that small time publication The Intercept. Time to get some intel! Take me away, Talkwalker.com.
- Clicks on a promising link. See a few quotes and a link to The Intercept article. Thinks to herself, “What is this shit?”
- Decides to go back to shopping on Amazon, her home page and accidentally hits the refresh button instead.
- Woohoo, four views! Another exciting day here at cafebedouin.org, the veritable tip of the tongue of the “global conversation.”
- Meanwhile, Big Plastic has dumped another few tons of plastic in the ocean, and I’m going to have a McDonald’s fish filet and wait for the microplastic to reduce the sperm counts of men to the point that every birth will require artificial fertilization. Nothing to see here folks! The problem of plastic and patriarchy is solving itself! Try the Matouk Factory Store!
Maria Bamford on Mental Illness, Climate Change, Losing, Dying Young, Addiction, Being a Single Mother, Relationship Failure, Financial Ruin, Loneliness and Unspeakable Tragedy. Sounds hilarious, doesn’t it? And it is! Once the Joneses hear about the advantages of mental illness, everyone’s going to want it.
Want more good news? You probably already have a mental illness. Luckily, there’s probably a prescription medication that’s just right for you. Ask your doctor!