Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Well, I gotta say that I have a little new respect for Paris Hilton this morning. After being included with Brittany Spears in a John McCain commercial which suggested that Barack Obama's campaign was more about celebrity status than leadership potential, Paris Hilton has fired back with an internet clip which is actually pretty funny (in the clip, she repeatedly refers to McCain as the white haired old guy who has dragged her into the presidential election, and then she goes on to propose a shockingly realistic energy policy that balances closely monitored offshore drilling with technological advances in alternative fuel sources- all while hanging out in a bikini by her pool). The clip plays against the media caricature of Paris Hilton, and even though most viewers will definitely get the feel that Paris isn't writing her own script here, the simple fact that she was willing to go along with the joke and seems to be grasping its punchline sort of raises my regard for her a little (granted, she had a lot of room to improve). As one of the commentators on CNN said this morning, McCain should probably have thought things through a little more before pulling Paris Hilton onto the main stage of a presidential race- she's very comfortable being in the spotlight, and no one is more experienced at dealing with media attention than Paris Hilton. McCain knows politics, but Paris Hilton knows pop culture.

What else? Well, here's something else that's strange this week (I mean, we've already had a Canadian bus beheading and the discovery of some kind of giant gorilla city in the Congo). Apparently there's a patch of ground out in Ventura County, California, that seems to have risen in temperature to about 812 degrees. It caught the attention of experts when the vegetation in the area kept catching fire. Apparently the prevailing theories about the hot zone primarily center around the idea that some kind of geothermal event is occurring near the earth's surface in that area. I don't know about you guys, but I think I've seen this sort of thing before....

Not much else to report. I hung out with Teams Steans last night. Ryan is working on his bass guitar skills, and we worked on a few songs, including an Arcade Fire tune (Jamie did a wee bit o' singing).
Tropical Storm Edouard was a big ol' honkin' disappointment. The weather people were promising (yes, when it's a 90% chance, I call it a promise) 2 to 4 inches of rain. I think that at my house, over the course of the entire day and night, we maybe got 1/4 of an inch. Just enough of a mist to remind the plants what they're missing.

Well, I think that's it for now. I hope you guys have a good day.

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