Borrowing a line from Jim Croce’s “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” Watts dubbed Ritter the Junkyard Dog — and, ever the literalist, gave him a dog collar and junk cart. The Sanford and Son reference was flagrant — Watts was borrowing clumsily from a limited knowledge of black culture — and the collar with (ahem) chain leash was borderline obscene. (That Ritter made such a racially charged accoutrement a staple of his later fame is evidence of his charisma). (Deadspin)
"Lost" was a magnificent example of high-brow entertainment, with lots of action, emotion, intriguing puzzles and above all else, a show that had to be watched the very moment it aired. It was the ultimate water-cooler series but it was never on the same level as, say, "The Wire" or "The Sopranos."
200,000 gallons of oil a day, or more, are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with the flow of oil growing. The poisonous devastation to human beings, wildlife, natural habitat and fragile ecosystems will go on for decades. It constitutes an act of environmental violence, the consequences of which will be catastrophic.
On April 20th, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon left 17 workers injured and 11 missing and presumed dead. Oil is spilling from a well 5000 feet below sea level, discharging 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day according to the official estimate (though over 2 million a day, by private estimates).
The spill covers at least 2500 square miles of ocean surface. You can see the extent of the damage here as of May 6th, just southeast of New Orleans.
But how big is the spill, really? It’s hard to get a sense of the true size when it’s over the ocean floor. Use the links below to see how large the spill is.
Wilco stopped by the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for the second time of the year tonight and played another pitch-perfect rendition of a cut off their latest album, Wilco (The Album). Whereas their last late-night performance featured what’s becoming a trademark Nels Cline guitar freakout coda for the song “One Wing,” Jeff Tweedy and the boys went mellow this time around, limiting Nels to his lap steel and mini Jerry Jones “Shorty” 12-string axe for a calm take on “Deeper Down,” which is faithful to the record. (Still can’t wait for their potentially “more jarring” follow-up, though.)