OK, it’s The Bliss Index®, you say to yourself…so what does it indicate?
Many things, gentle reader. Many things.
If you listen really hard, you can hear someone tell us, “I will not rest until the leak is stopped.“ (Which doesn’t include going to sports events, golfing, attending concerts, etc…of course.)
Catch a rising star: All The Abused, a band out of Orange County, Calif., fronted by the hugely talented Sky Green, got out of the blocks with a great effort, “A Never Ending Story.” Her driving guitar and vocals distinguish the band and its music from so many rockers out there today. The title track is a fave and “I Don’t Care” has a Ramones-esque flavor that is infectious. Likewise, “I’ll Never Be A Rockstar,” is one of those tunes that will have you coming back for more. ATA’s lyrics are a bit heavy on the “issues” but they’re obviously heartfelt. It will be interesting to watch/listen to Green as she continues to mature as a musician, vocalist and songwriter. It’s always a thrill to catch a star on the rise and she’s one, for sure. You can listen/buy here.
Would you like to see what passes for sports fans these days? Check out the videos from the LAPD and help weed-out the idiots.
Click, actually, to see where opportunities are…
Rising (political) star/Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) explaining entitlements:
---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern. (It Books/HarperCollins, $15.99.) The Twitter feed is hilarious, so if you’re into compendiums…why the heck not? (But a TV show? Well, Shatner© is involved…)
Cool bicycling gear. (Just remember what Lance says: “It’s not about the bike”…so does that mean it’s about the accessories?)
Sprint’s new 4G phone – Just not everywhere. “Salem, Oregon; Milledgeville, Georgia; York, Pennsylvania. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami are among those not yet operational but scheduled for later in 2010.”
The scariest story – ever: “Goodnight Moon.” (Why is that old lady saying, “Hush!”…anyway?)
…anything but Euros!
“Invictus” – The Clint Eastwood directed flick (now on DVD) starring Morgan Freeman (as Nelson Mandela) and Matt Damon (as the captain of newly democratic South Africa’s national rugby team) is interesting. It is, of course, a dramatized/sanitized version of the events, but it’s an interesting look at a nation that’s always struggled with its sense of identity – and justice. The script is so-so and it’s not one of Eastwood’s best directorial efforts, but Freeman’s performance as the South African leader looking to build a new nation on compassion, forgiveness and unity is remarkable. Damon, likewise, takes a somewhat forgettable character, deepens him and makes the guy likeable.