Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Posted by The G on February 9, 2014 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Maya Hayuk.

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

If you look closely, you can see the artist admiring her work.

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Maya Hayuk Mural on Bowery and Houston

Review: Mike Daisey’s “Better Faster Social” at Joe’s Pub

Posted by The G on February 27, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

I recently discovered the work of monologist Mike Daisey.  A few weeks ago, the goddess of everything cool, Aphrodite in New York and I checked out Mike Daisey’s show that dealt with writer/philosopher Ayn Rand (ingeniously entitled “Fucking Fucking Fucking Ayn Rand”) and basically why anyone that worships her work is limited in their thinking.  I could never explain as eloquently (or as humorously) as Mike Daisey described her devotees, but basically I walked away from that performance (with my sides hurting from laughing) with the realization that if at all possible, you should steer clear of  “Fountainhead” toting Ayn Rand die-hards because they have no idea what the fuck they are talking about in regards to spiritually or possibly about life in general.

Needless to say, it’s been on my must list to see Mike Daisey do another monologue.  Luckily for all of us, Mike Daisey works extremely fast and has put together a series of different shows that he’ll be performing weekly at Joe’s Pub in New York for the entire month of March 2013.  Please note, these shows sell out extremely quickly, so get on it if you don’t want to miss out!  On February 26, 2013, Daisey performed “Faster Better Social,” which dealt with technology and an extremely spot on analysis of human behavior interacting with it and with each other as a result of advances in technology.

To summarize, Daisey basically said that technology has both saved and ruined the world.  The amazing things that can happen because of technology are mind blowing but at the price of losing out on basic human interaction.  He talked about how we as humans create problems and then try to solve them, but the definition of a “problem” is different to everyone so the priority list is completely fucked up.  When you add corporate profit and human laziness (“let’s complain instead of solve”) into that mix, nobody should be surprised at how bad things have gotten.

There were also countless ‘spot-on’ descriptions of human behavior and the some of the limitations of technology.  For example, he talked about Facebook and how we all love getting our instant gratification by posting on there, but we secretly wish people would just shut the fuck up with their commentary and just boost our numbers as we secretly all wish we had the balls to delete some of our followers anonymously so as not to hurt their feelings.  As a side note, not realizing the subject matter of the evening’s show, but clearly having my finger on the pulse (as you obviously already know from reading my kick ass blog daily), I asked my Facebook followers “If you knew in advance you weren’t going to get a reaction to things you post on Facebook, would you still post them anyway?”

He also discussed the upcoming software “Google Glass” and how it sounds completely ridiculous at present moment, but most likely will become a device none of us will ever be able to live without in the future.  For those that do not know, it’s designed for all of us that do not have the will power to put down our smart phones.  With this device, you will basically have a little screen attached to the side of your face that tells you what is happening on your smart phone so you don’t have to constantly hold your precious little electronic baby.  Be advised – this technology is coming and we should cherish the remaining time in our lives where we existed (and survived) without it!

The take aways from seeing “Better Faster Social” are as follows:

  • Many of the world’s biggest problems could be completely eliminated if people got off their asses to do something about them instead of just sitting around bitching about them.
  • For every problem solved, corporate greed will do its best to create a new problem.
  • Technology is awesome and it also totally sucks.  We should learn the difference!
  • Nothing beats human interaction.
  • People should learn to exercise restraint in checking their electronics every 5 seconds (or less).
  • Mike Daisey is a fucking genius!

Any questions?

Video: Fred Armisen doing Impressions of Accents

Posted by The G on February 23, 2013 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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The other night I saw the incredibly funny Fred Armisen in concert.  It was a mix of music, videos and stand up comedy. He told the audience that he is a master of doing impersonations of accents.  In fact, he encouraged the audience to request an accent and Fred would impersonate it.  And it went a little something like this…


An Encounter with Raquel Welch

Posted by The G on February 12, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Raquel Welch and Geoffrey Dicker

Raquel Welch and Geoffrey Dicker

Raquel Welch works it!  The goddess of the silver screen is 71 years old in this picture (take on February 11, 2012) and looks stunning and flawless!  May we all look this great!  Raquel Welch was in town for a retrospective of her film career and to sweeten the pot, I got to see her interviewed in person by Dick Cavett! It was an incredible experience to say the least and after the interview, I met Raquel Welch.  She was very cool and signed autographs for many adoring fans, despite the fact that it was freezing outside (and lightly snowing).  Now that is a class actress if I’ve ever seen one! Thanks again Raquel!  And readers, stay tuned for a clip of Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch talking about Janis Joplin!  Coming soon…

Video: “Do It Again” live by Holy Ghost!

Posted by The G on February 15, 2011 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Sometimes being in the front row is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  When Holy Ghost! performed at New York’s Mercury Lounge, I was unable to see the drummer because he was way off to the side.  If I could do it again, I would have stood further back to be able to capture all the action.  Since I can’t do it again, you’ll have to enjoy this funky-ass song with a limited view.

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