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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson 'to be fired from cannon'

Friends of journalist Hunter S. Thompson say they want to blast his cremated remains out of a cannon in a final salute to the gun-loving writer who committed suicide last weekend.

"If it can be done, we will do it," said Boston attorney George Tobia Jr., who represented Thompson for about 15 years. "Maybe it will be part of a public thing or maybe one night a shot will ring out and people will know."

It's what he would've wanted.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:06 pm ::link to this entry

Thursday, February 10, 2005

C4 Guantanamo reality show

This could be both timely and brilliant. Channel 4 has filmed a documentary which places volunteers into a simulated Gitmo (based on declassified documents and testimonys) to explore the use of torture in the War on Some Terror.

Posted by: Stuart / 3:43 pm ::link to this entry

What's In Popeye's Pipe?

During the 1920s and '30s, the era when Popeye was created, "spinach" was a very common code word for marijuana. One classic example is "The Spinach Song," recorded in 1938 by the popular jazz band Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends. Performed for years in clubs thick with cannabis smoke, along with other Julia Lee hits like "Sweet Marijuana," the popular song used spinach as an obvious metaphor for pot.

In addition, anti-marijuana propaganda of the time claimed that marijuana use induced super-strength. Overblown media reports proclaimed that pot smokers became extraordinarily strong, and even immune to bullets. So tying in Popeye's mighty strength with his sucking back some spinach would have seemed like an obvious cannabis connection at the time.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:55 pm ::link to this entry

Watchmen movie in '06

I can only assume that they were waiting until after Constantine so it will appear to suck less in comparison.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:39 am ::link to this entry

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Stewart Lee interviews Alan Moore

Transcript from the Radio 4 'Chain Reaction' series.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:15 pm ::link to this entry

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