Monthly Archives: June 2009

We Don’t Want Stories with Good Taste, We Want Stories that Taste Good

This is an older one, but it’s worth another look. Here is Ira Glass of This American Life on the importance of persistence and stick-to-itiveness when trying to do anything creative (or really mastering any complex skill). He talks about … Continue reading

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Palin Drone

All the cool kids are hanging out at Vanity Fair today, checking out Todd Purdum’s piece on the ongoing drama that is Sarah Palin, “It Came from Wasilla.” Here’s a taste: It is an ironclad axiom of politics that if … Continue reading

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What I’m Watching: Blindness

I rented this one with no expectations. I vaguely remembered seeing a trailer for it somewhere, something about people going blind unexpectedly. This is a terrific film, an intense, uncompromising, dystopian view of a modern police state as it responds … Continue reading

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You People are Sick

These Michael Jackson jokes are in Very Poor Taste. For example: Madonna sent her condolences to the Jackson family. Then asked how much they wanted for the kids. Or this one: Michael Jackson died of a heart attack. He really … Continue reading

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The Humor of Discomfort, Perfected

Zach Galifianakis is burning up the sliver screen in his role as the creepy future brother-in-law in The Hangover. We here at HVNH have long been fans of his creepy interview show, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. In each … Continue reading

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Next Time, Hire a Branding Consultant

Russian energy giant Gazprom has formed a joint venture with Nigeria’s state-operated energy company NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation). What is the name of the new joint venture? The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, … Continue reading

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Color Me Relieved

From the land of strange headlines comes this entry from the Huffington Post: “White House Breaks Silence on Jackson’s Death.” The White House did not issue a statement following Jackson’s death on Thursday. [White House press secretary Robert] Gibbs did … Continue reading

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Our First Nerd President

John Hodgeman’s tribute/roast (call it a ‘troast’) to/of President Obama at the 2009 Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner has been all over the web over the last week but I didn’t get a chance to watch it until last night, … Continue reading

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Don’t Joke with Cops

After visiting the post office, I thought I would wet my whistle with a cup of Amherst’s best coffee. I got in line behind two of Amherst’s finest, whom, I had already noticed, had parked their police cruiser across the … Continue reading

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