Archive for February, 2009

Matt Groening On The Future Of Cartoons

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of indystar

image courtesy of indystar

The Simpsons, Life in Hell, and Futurama creator Matt Groening talked to CNN about the future of his cartoons, namely “Life in Hell” being dropped from LA Weekly after 22 years, Futurama’s new straight to DVD movie “Yonder” and his rumored rivalry with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.

CNN: How do you feel about the children of “The Simpsons” — MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” “South Park”?

Groening: I’m a fan of animation and so, the more stuff that doesn’t look like the other stuff that’s out there, I’m in favor.

There’s a staggering array of completely wild animation on TV now … Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network is unbelievable. And “South Park” continues to do great stuff. And “Family Guy” and the various other Seth MacFarlane projects are amazing.

And I want more. Good! Cartoons! Cartoons that don’t look like anything else. Very good.

CNN: To the root of animation, cartooning: You’re still doing “Life in Hell,” correct?

Groening: Um, yes, but … well, I feel like the floodwaters are rising.

CNN: Really?

Groening: Yeah, the alternative newsweeklies are really struggling. In fact, this coming week will be my final week after 22 years in the LA Weekly. I and all the other cartoonists are being dismissed because they can’t afford to pay.

We’ll see. I’m still in a bunch of other papers, so I may continue to do my strip, but it doesn’t look good.


And I know I’m hella late on this, but I just saw a new episode of The Simpsons and noticed they changed the intro! It’s in HDTV and is basically the same as the old version with slight changes added here and there.


R.I.P. Wendy Richard

Posted in Entertainment, R.I.P., Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of the BBC

image courtesy of the BBC

“Miss Brahms, Are You Free?” were words asked by Wendy Richard’s co-workers on the hit British television show “Are You Being Served?”. Richard  played the pretty, ditzy, Cockney accented Grace Brothers employee Miss Shirley Brahms in the comedy which ran from the early seventies until the mid eighties. I’d watch these reruns on PBS everyday when I was younger and it introduced me to the hilarity of British humour.

After a long struggle with cancer, the funny lady died at a hospital in Westminster London yesterday.

Below is a clip from “Are You Being Served?” and Wendy speaks in all her Cockneyed glory around 3:15.


Flashback Friday Double Dose! (How Bizarre-OMC)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of mtv

image courtesy of mtv

Here’s the 90’s hit “How Bizarre” from Maori group OMC AND 90’s classic “Pop Up Video”. When I first heard this back in the day, I thought it was a Latin group because it had an island flavor to it but when I saw the video I realized my island hunch was right, but it was actually Aotearoa aka New Zealand because the lead singer was obviously Polynesian.

Pauly Fuemana was so hot. Too bad he wasn’t flanked, besides the backup singer, by any Poly beauties in the video. And is it me, or does he look hella high?

What happened to Pop Up Video anyway? I’m a big trivia person so I use to love this show! Oh, well. At least I can WATCH PAST EPISODES ON VH1.



Kai Kalama Cut From American Idol

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Television, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

kaikalamaTo invoke Florida Evans, played by the late great Esther Rolle on Good Times, “Damn. Dammmnn. Daaaammnnn!”

Poly Kai Kalama was cut from American Idol last night. Judges branded him too “safe” and I guess voters agreed. I think he’s an awesome crooner and has a beautiful voice, but the American Idol platform isn’t for him. They want someone they can mold into a pop tart zombie. I think Kai is too mature and laid back for the lifestyle he might lead if he were to win. I do agree with the judges and believe he has a bright future as a backup singer. That’s how Luther Vandross started out, right? I think we’ll be hearing good things about this Hawaiian in the future.

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Great Depression Cooking With Clara

Posted in Food & Drink, How-to, Videos with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

91 year old Clara Cannucciari shows people going through hard times now how she and her family survived during the Great Depression of the late 1920’s/early 1930’s.

All of her recipes are easy to make and are made with basics ingredients that’ll fill an empty stomach, provide nutrition, and are tasty too. They mainly consist of rice, beans, pasta, and potatoes which were (and still are) inexpensive. Her recipes don’t include much meat as it was harder to come by in those days and quite expensive. (Via DListed)

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Polynesians On American Idol

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Spot The Poly, Television, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse


During season 3, Jonah Moananu made it to the top 32 and now we have not 1 but 2 Polys competing to be the next American Idol! I actually haven’t watched American Idol in years but I happened to catch a re-run of the SF auditions when the show interviewed Kai Kalama. Hmmm, that sounded Hawaiian to me. After some Googling, I found he and his brother, Ryan along with Kent Graves, are in a band called Off White.

From their MySpace page: “The Kalama Brothers grew up in a desert climate, which drove them inside to discover MTV. And by discover they mean devour. Being from Hawaiian descent, the Kalama’s never forgot their embedded need to melt hearts; but also had a great hunger to melt minds as well. The Kalama family is not only big in size, but big on each other. Mom taught them to sing via the church choir and Dad taught from the stage.” I’ll be watching upcoming episodes to see if the Kanaka Maoli makes it.

Later when I checked the American Idol website, I was pleasantly surprised to see that another Poly besides Kalama had made it to the Hollywood auditions. Taylor Vaifanua, who is Samoan, won her ticket when she sang “Joyful Joyful” in Salt Lake City. She’s only 16, but is one of the favorites so far. I wish both of them luck! Watch below for their auditions (sorry about the crappy quality).


Duct Tape Roses

Posted in Arts & Crafts with tags , , , , on February 14, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

courtesy of Instructables

courtesy of Instructables

For the crafty, creative, and/or person on a budget INSTRUCTABLES has a last minute Valentines Day present to give to that special someone who will appreciate a bouquet of roses made from multicolored duct tape.



Happy Valentines Day Flashback Edition! (Pretty Brown Eyes-Mint Condition)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

This would’ve been more suitable for a Flashback Friday, but I think it fits even better on Valentines which falls fairly close this year on a Saturday.

Mint Condition was a popular R&B group back in the early/mid 90’s with hits like “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” (posted below), “What Kind of Man Would I Be?”, and “Forever In Your Eyes”.

This reminds me of when I was a kid and hearing women squeal, “That’s my song!” when this came through the speakers. I’m glad fades and vests won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.


High Five Escalator

Posted in Diversity, Entertainment, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

courtesy of Improv Everywhere

courtesy of Improv Everywhere

This just made me smile when I saw the new mission done by the awesome Improv Everywhere! Members stood next to a busy escalator during morning rush hour in a New York subway holding signs that said in ascending order: “ROB WANTS”…”TO GIVE YOU”…”A HIGH FIVE!”…”GET READY!”…then another sign said “ROB” with a downward arrow pointing towards the aforementioned Rob as he smiles with his hand awaiting.

I thought this was so cute. Everybody is going along in the rat race and something spontaneous and positive comes about and it makes the commuters day. I think we need more “pranks” like this in the world nowadays.



Monday Cuteness! (David After The Dentist)

Posted in Entertainment, monday cuteness, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

So I’ve seen this video of a little kid named David who’s just finished an appointment at the dentist office still plastered from the nitrous he’d been given. Just the look in his eyes makes you think he’s seeing bunny rabbits, cosmos, and himself probably touching and seeing air. Below is, I think, the perfect song to accompany the mood as it makes me feel all fuzzy sans drugs. It’s from my new addiction Loco Roco for the PSP which is a mind trip all in itself.