You've been chosen as an extra in the movie adaptation of the sequel to your life

Glassware washer- 40062

There is an immediate opening for an individual to gather, wash, and autoclave glassware for Hematology laboratories. The duties include washing lab containers and return glassware and containers to appropriate place(s).

Must be willing to work with the autoclave; there is potential exposure to high temperatures. Must be able to perform day to day tasks with minimal supervision The work requires manual dexterity sufficient to perform the characteristic duties, habits of cleanliness and neatness, and the ability to follow carefully detailed oral or written instructions.

It's probably beneath me, but…the potential blog fodder!

What do I write in the cover letter?

You're just milking this to death

As noted in this week's Cribsheet, Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of Radiohead's Kid A LP.

In advance of Kid A's release, KROQ added "Optimistic" to its rotation.

A week-and-a-half after its release, Radiohead appeared on Saturday Night Live and did not perform what I assumed was the first single off Kid A, opting for "The National Anthem" and "Idioteque" instead.

No singles were released from Kid A, but promos of several songs from the album were sent to radio stations. Without an official single specified by the band or label, the guitar-driven "Optimistic" became the default track to be picked up by alternative rock stations. [source]

"Well, this one has guitar…"

Thom Yorke has since expressed regret over not releasing "Everything in Its Right Place" as the lead single. [source]

Kate Hudson: Once again, Radiohead!

A man futzes with what looks like a telephone switchboard. Thom Yorke flails about like he's possessed. "This is awesome," I think, and the audience agrees, cheering heartily at the end.

Over a month passed after Kid A's release before I learned and realized that a second booklet was hidden underneath the jewel case's media tray.

I just thought, "This is an oddly weighty case."

March 2005
Ann Arbor, MI

I'm perusing a shelf of CDs in Tony and Matt's apartment and Tony remarks that he likes Amnesiac more than The Bends.

"Amnesiac…," I think. "Leftovers of the Kid A recording sessions… Radiohead's Machina II… Better than The fuckin' Bends?!"

Vegas Hotel Pool 'Death Ray' Burns Tourists


Is "Bed Intruder Song" eligible for Grammys? It was played on terrestrial radio, sold as a single on iTunes, and charted on Billboard's Hot 100. NARAS may resent the Gregory Brothers, however.

Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" (The Karate Kid) and Muse's "Neutral Star Collision" (Twilight: Eclipse) are both eligible for a "Best Original Song" Oscar. As AMPAS is desperate to attract younger viewers, and freakin' Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar, I can see nominations for both and a win for one.

The "Best Original Score" category is even more intriguing.

Hans Zimmer is a lock for Inception, and he could face:

Mastodon (Jonah Hex)
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Trent Reznor (The Social Network)
Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy)

I want you to vote Republican

—help me out with something
—i'm writing a blog about Mark[ Zuckerberg]'s donation to Newark
—Lest he appeared selfish at a time of growing economic inequality, he beat others to the punch and gave a lot because he's earned a lot.
—i dont like the word selfish
—Lest he appeared insensitive?
—Lest he appeared aloof?

—he's jewish
—miserly has that jewish connotation

—another connotation


Is this like how black people can use the word "nigger"?

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

36. Top Chef: Just Desserts
Psycho Seth's awkward meltdown

The Quickfire challenged cheftestants to incorporate penny candy into a dessert.

Honourable mentions:

» Moving Miss Blankenship on Mad Men S04E09

» The ending of Weeds S06E05
uncharacteristically well-orchestrated peril

» The ending of Terriers S01E03
would be a water cooler moment if anyone watched the show


She was an astronaut

I'm surprised at the excitement over Weezer's Blue Album/Pinkerton tour, particularly among lapsed Weezer fans. To quote Dobi: "Isn't this like watching Ric Flair [wrestle] Hulk Hogan in 2010?"

As neither Blue Album nor Pinkerton are very long albums, both shows will also feature a "greatest hits" set, presumably composed predominantly of reasons why lapsed Weezer fans lapsed.

If I'm Weezer, and I see an exodus in the audience after my Blinkerton set, I play a few songs off Green Album through Hurley and then bust out the other half of Blinkerton in full.

Idea: A Paul's Boutique/Check Your Head tour.

When does a dream become a nightmare?

I was a microwave oven

Finally, an owl movie in 3D [source]

I heart how America has tacitly reduced the "epic fantasy legend of the guardians of Ga'Hoole" into the "owl movie," like it's some Friedberg-Seltzer production.

A $150 million owl movie.

Wait. Hold up. That owl movie is directed by Zack Snyder? *That* Zack Snyder? [source]

Next week: "Wait. Hold up. That Facebook movie is directed by David Fincher? *That* David Fincher?"

December: "Wait. Hold up. That ballet movie is directed by Darren Aronofsky?"

Owl City recorded a theme song for said owl movie.


Saw a Burger King commercial do an "ORLY" joke for that owl movie coming out. [source]

Can anyone confirm this "O RLY" joke? Because if it's for reals, then I'm disappointed in the omission of a Tootsie Pop tie-in.


Extreme Biggest Loser
You thought Thintervention was tough? How about a show where plus-size contestants are locked in a house with a well-marked exit they can utilize any time they want … but when they begin the show, they're physically too large to fit through the space. Until they get skinny enough to squeeze through, they're trapped.

The Weirdest Rejected Reality-TV Pitches Ever

Manifest Destiny

Earlier this year, a report by a UN body revealed that more Indians had mobile phones than enjoyed access to a toilet.

Only around a third of the population could regularly use proper sanitation.

Men and women alike are forced to defecate in public on scraps of land close to their homes, by railway sidings, on the edge of the road. [source]

The athletes' village for Delhi's Commonwealth Games is reportedly unfit for human habitation with "excrement in places it shouldn't be."

The Scottish delegation reportedly submitted a photograph of a dog defecating on a bed, and officials reportedly discovered that someone had defecated in the kitchen sink of one of the apartments.

The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised

Two Law and Order series will premiere on American television next week: Law and Order: Los Angeles on NBC, and Law and Order: UK on BBC America.

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime, and the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.

Unbeknownst to me, Law and Order: UK is a thing, now in its third season. Each episode is an adaptation of a Law and Order script from the 90s.

Also unbeknownst to me, before Law and Order: UK, Dick Wolf oversaw a Russian adaptation of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and a French adaptation of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

No German adaptation of Trial by Jury?

Wolf: I'd love to see a Middle Eastern version – I'd love to do it in Cairo.

Wouldn't a Middle Eastern version just be Law?

A weekly British version of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption premiered on ESPN UK in August. It is PTI's fourth(!) localization, following Mexico, Australia, and Brazil.

I cannot find any video of PTI: UK, but you can sample ESPN Deportes' Cronómetro (Spanish for "stopwatch") on YouTube.

The Brazilian PTI is called É Rapidinho ("it quickly"?).

20th anniversary oral history of GOODFELLAS

Deaf Chords, Dead Ends

Santana's Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time LP is available today.


1. "Whole Lotta Love" (feat. Chris Cornell)
2. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (feat. Scott Weiland)
3. "Sunshine of Your Love" (feat. Rob Thomas)
4. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (feat. India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma)
5. "Photograph" (feat. Chris Daughtry)
6. "Back in Black" (feat. Nas)
7. "Riders on the Storm" (feat. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Ray Manzarek)
8. "Smoke on the Water" (feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach)
9. "Dance the Night Away" (feat. Pat Monahan of Train)
10. "Bang a Gong" (feat. Gavin Rossdale of Bush)
11. "Little Wing" (feat. Joe Cocker)
12. "I Ain't Superstitious" (feat. Jonny Lang)

I bet featuring Ray Manzarek on "Riders on the Storm" was Ray Manzarek's idea.

Oh God… The deluxe edition includes a cover of "Fortunate Son" featuring Scott Stapp.