Monday, August 31, 2009

The Return of Skinny Pants!

(imagine your own B-flick theremin soundtrack here…)

So, I noticed this fall that stirrup-pants are back. Well, they're not really stirrup-pants, because they lack the stirrup that goes under your foot. But, aside from that, they're cottony pants that are tight all the way down to the ankles, and the women are wearing them with the little flat shoes that I always saw worn with stirrup-pants back in the late-80s/early-90s. Just a question, who actually finds these pants FLATTERING?!? 'Cause, here's the thing: I will now create a list of the body types that are improved by these pants…


Short list, ain't it? Ayuh. And it's not just the cottony non-stirrup stirrup-pants; skinny JEANS are back in, too! I never thought I'd see the day. All these leg-coverings make the wearer look like a pear, and I think they're stupid. Any other takers?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

"Jaws"/"ATC" Ripoff

So, the music geek in me just noticed that the first phrase of the "All Things Considered" theme from NPR (8 notes long) is exactly the same as the first SIX notes of the "Montage" theme in "Jaws." Those of you keeping track at home: put in your "Jaws" DVD and cue it up to 53:22. You'll hear it right at that spot, and for the next several minutes. I actually went to iTunes and listened to track 7 of the "Jaws: Collector's Edition" soundtrack, and y'know what? The entire damn "ATC" theme is right there! Listen to the 30-second clip on iTunes…the "ATC" theme comes in at 14 seconds, in the low strings. Hmmm…who ripped off whom?

1971: Don Voegeli composes "ATC" theme
1975: John Williams composes "Jaws"

YOU figure it out! Either way, I claim "tacky!"