Thursday, March 09, 2006

It's Raining Today

Scott Walker announces details of his first album in over a decade. I don't know too much about his work, but what I do know, I adore. But even for a casual fan like myself, this is a very big deal.

Seriously, Pope jokes are never not funny. Stereogum has the lowdown on Benedict XVI's iPod Nano. The line about The Joshua Tree cracked me up. Is it too much to hope for a hacked Sidekick scandal from the Vatican, too? ::shudder::

Do all you people know about the current political situation in Turkmenistan? This is news to me because I live in a cave and roar at people when they attempt to approach with fire, but apparently, the country is ruled over by a crazy dictator who has erected a massive gold statue of himself on a rotating base so that it always faces the sun, schoolchildren are forced to read the two books that he has written, all the clock faces in the country have to have his profile on them, and he has renamed the days of the week after himself and members of his family (among other offenses). This is awful, an egregious abuse of power, etc., of course, but--ha! Fuck me, this is the funniest thing I've read about all day. I feel so horrible being amused by this, but, Christ, what a wacko. Love it.

1 comment:

Michael O'D said...

Those central Asian despots are full of crazy antics. My favorite is Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, who recently uprooted the country's capital to a gaudy new city that he designed. The city's centerpiece? A 350-foot tall sculpture / statue / kitsch trunk crowned by a 300-ton, gold-covered glass ball. You can ride up to the top, and in the center of the ball is a silver mold of Nazarbayev's palm print. Place your hand in it and, you guessed it, the Kazakh national anthem will play. (A correspondent for the Atlantic tried, but the song didn't work. http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200512/kazakhstan-president)