Barry, Not Phyllis

I don’t think Barry Diller is any relative of Phyllis … but you never know.

That said, I did think this was an interesting read.

It’s interesting how much about people can slide by, even if you are paying attention.

For example, I did not know that he was married to Diane von Furstenberg and hangs out with Josh Kushner (important … NOT Jared) – that he cloned his dogs and so started a ‘trend’.

Maybe ‘trend’ is the wrong word … doesn’t that imply that ‘everyone’ is doing it?

I do like that he and Geffen met as teenagers in the William Morris mailroom in Los Angeles, we even agree on movies …

Calling “Red Sparrow” “awful” and “The Shape of Water” “beautiful but silly,” he says he wouldn’t want to run a movie studio now.

… and there’s a lot more. Go take a read. You won’t be disappointed.

We Don’t Block Ads … We Block TRACKING

Apparently …

Advertisers may soon know us better than we know ourselves.

The whole article can be read here, but commensurate with one of our objectives …

We have objectives?

… of providing a public service, this chap thought he would share a few of the lines from the article and provide commentary.

Important to note that to save you the click through – which will want you to know that you are running an ad blocker if you are running a tracking blocker (go figure) … we have examined the piece and present you with the results below.

It is the AD Industry that keeps the term ad blocker high in out minds so that we feel guilty if we switch them off – implication being that we are simply taking the food out of their children’s mouths ….how else can they make a living?

I have an idea ….

First, the article is in Adage … so obviously pandering to their readership. Continue reading “We Don’t Block Ads … We Block TRACKING”

A Typical Dialogue

… that the chaps oft’ find themselves in …

… and you complain about YOUR problems.

This chap spotted the new Panton Color Of The Year

We’re switching to Ebonics as default?


Not a bad thing, tho : click through.

Well, the eye candy is fine – but I believe they are paid for the sound – my assumption is that they paid the venue to appear.

Perhaps you were thinking of this Ultra Violet

about which Rotten Tomatoes was pleased to say

An incomprehensible and forgettable sci-fi thriller, Ultraviolet is inept in every regard.

tho personally I prefer this one.

but perhaps more typical in this shot

Funnily enough .. no … I wasn’t …. we obviously operate in different circles ..

Anyone else lost?


Heh – I thought you said you plan these things out.

… we do – what’s the issue?

Seems a little chaotic from where I sit.

You should try sitting where I sit.

Oh .. sorry .. didn’t know you were still here.

Well, that explains a lot – I thought I was here.


Some Rough Music …

its hour come round again …*

The Chaps, aware as we are of a long cultural heritage,  were impressed to see this account of a recent protest. The organizers’ call was “Get in the streets with us! March with us. Bring pots, pans, drums, whistles anything noisey!” Among many other responses, this one was recorded in Tucson, Arizona, protesting an appearance by Steve Bannon.

Yes, the Chaps’ interest was piqued partly by the topic and the person protested, but significantly by the style of the protest — specifically, a community using cacophonous noise and chanting to show its disapproval of unacceptable behavior, and to shame someone for it.  (Note the actual cries of “Shame!”)

Whether they realized it or not, the protestors were continuing a very long and honored tradition. This type of popular protest goes by many names, and goes back a long way. “Charivari” seems to be the oldest recorded name.

Depiction of charivari, early 14th century (from the Roman de Fauvel) — Wikipedia

The origin of the word charivari is likely from the Vulgar Latin caribaria, plural of caribarium, already referring to the custom of rattling kitchenware with an iron rod, itself probably from the Greek καρηβαρία (karēbaría), literally “heaviness in the head” but also used to mean “headache”, from κάρα “head” and βαρύς “heavy”.


In England it was often termed “rough music,” or “Skimmington ride,” and in the United States, “Shivaree.”

Hudibras Encounters The Skimmington, by William Hogarth

[A] folk custom in which the community gives a noisy, discordant mock serenade, frequently with pounding on pots and pans, also known as rough music. The loud, public ritual evolved to a form of social coercion, for instance, to force an as-yet-unmarried couple to wed… To “ride such a person skimmington” involved exposing them or their effigy to ridicule on a cart, or on the back of a horse or donkey. Some accounts describe the participants as carrying ladles and spoons with which to beat each other, at least in the case of skimmingtons prompted by marital discord.


It is even possible the “Skimmington Ride” developed into the great old American custom of “Running out of town on a rail.” After all …

During a rough music performance, the victim could be displayed upon a pole or donkey… Charivari was sometimes called “riding the ‘stang“, when the target was a man who had been subject to scolding, beating, or other abuse from his wife. The man was made to “ride the ‘stang”, which meant that he was placed backwards on a horse, mule or ladder and paraded through town to be mocked, while people banged pots and pans.

… and here’s the purported US version, from George Clooney’s “O Brother Where Art Thou”:

Pretty close, we’d say. And how happy the Chaps are to see such an appropriate revival of the old customs.

One last side note — or, as the Chaps like to say, “And Another Thing…”

Le Charivari was the name given to a French satirical magazine first published in 1832. Its British counterpart, established in 1841, was entitled Punch, or The London Charivari.

So the great tradition of robust British satire — often scabrous, scatological, and even vicious, and including Monty Python and Spitting Image, even through to the Chaps themselves — owes its existence to a Middle Ages form of folk protest. A proud and venerable heritage indeed.

*P.S: Yes, we probably should apologize to Yeats.

When the other chap says ‘probably’, this chap thinks he means we absolutely should.

Generally true. But notice that while the word “should” was used, we actually did not. Take that, Yeats!

Spare A Tear For Rupert Murdoch

No, really …

With all the tragedies and dramas going on in the world these days, this chap was concerned that one small personal tragedy was not getting its due consideration — its fair shake, if you will. So please consider this, for a moment: Rupert Murdoch, owner of most of …

all of?

… the profitable media in the world, it seems, apparently can’t get enough of an audience in the UK for his own Fox News on his (almost) own Sky TV to make it viable. So it was ejected removed from the schedule. Sad, yes?

Straight up. It says so right here.

Continue reading “Spare A Tear For Rupert Murdoch”