The Cooler: this week in…

21 Aug

A short-n-sweet list of ten reads that are worth your time:

Drew Magary’s list of journalist/athlete man crushes that have gone too far. He’s totally right: it’s just not that goddamned funny. Also: somehow, Bert Blyleven’s crush on Bert Blyleven misses the cut.

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OK, be honest, how many musicians on Paste Magazine’s list of 22 up-and-comers had you heard of before? I had three.

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You’ve probably already seen the new Timberwolves jerseys that were unveiled last week, but how about the mock-ups for the alternative greens or blacks? Both are pretty dope, admit it. I would so wear that green jersey over some jorts to my local tavern for bingo night.

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Trending dangerously close to “actual relevant news” here: a story about the pros/cons of windmill turbines (though the cons are laughably minimal) and a new potential source of energy: asphalt.

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Wow, apparently Ernest Borgnine and I have a lot in common. I choose life!

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New Wilco song. Sounds a bit like the Summerteeth of old, or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

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Shocking news of the week: That Bigfoot sighting was all a hoax. No way. No. Get out of here. And, while I suppose it makes sense to publish the pranksters, I think we need to be more concerned with how to punish the citizens stupid enough to believe in the sighting in the first place. I say, if there is public proof that you believe in Bigfoot, you lose your right to vote. See, now this is why I should be President.

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Speaking of retarded policy decisions, get a load of President Bush’s proposed adjustment to birth control laws: “The administration’s proposal would also allow pharmacists to refuse to supply contraceptives and not refer the customer to another employee or a nearby pharmacy, as California law now requires.” So, really, if your pharmacist doesn’t think you should be having sex, they will now have the ability to refuse offering birth control (if the bill is passed). If I’m reading that wrong, and this isn’t yet another example of an unethical injection of personal viewpoints into public policy, please let me know. Because I truly hope I’m wrong. It’s exhausting hating this administration so much. (Hat tip to my grandma for alerting me to this story. Seriously.)

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Link of the week: April Winchell’s imagined celebrity correspondence. That April. Damned funny. And probably totally fine with your decision to use birth control.

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4 Responses to “The Cooler: this week in…”

  1. BreAnne August 22, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    I haven’t heard of any of those bands, or half of those listed in the For Fans Of section, for that matter. But that won’t stop me from throwing thier names around in conversation to make my friends feel like I’m infinitely more cool than they are. Man, I’m behind the times.

    And when did the Wolves adopt the gaucho pants that were all the rage a few years ago as part of their uniform? Otherwise I think they look great.

  2. Shannon August 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    Oh, now you’ve done it. April has been our private little pleasure for so long now and you’ve spoiled it.
    Where else can intelligent discourse take place and now all your readers will be jamming the site and joining in the fun.
    Thanks

  3. Cool Rut August 23, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    I love Drew M.-he is like me but a lot funnier and probably better-looking.

  4. Cool Rut August 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    I looked up his pic-I am way hotter.

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