This is amazing: it’s German techno DJ Flula Borg‘s cover of LL Cool J’s 1990 hit, Mama Said Knock You Out, with Mama sayin’, and Papa doing the baseline on the squeezebox. Hang out with me and you too can have moments like this:
Did you miss the Pixies as they criss-crossed the U.S. these last two years? The band is ready to make good on all the spots they missed, so they’ve announced a new North America tour for 2015, which includes a previously announced May 9 stop at Tampa’s Big Guava Festival.
The Pixies will continue to tour with founding member Kim Deal. The current lineup is Black Francis, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and touring bassist Paz Lenchantin. The band also plans to debut some new Pixies songs for this time from material written in the last few months.
A fan-only pre-sale starts at 9 a.m. EST on Feb. 25 at www.pixiesmusic.com. (Use the pre-sale ticket password snakes.) General on-sale tickets for this run go on sale to the public Feb. 27. More dates are expected later, but here’s the lineup so far.
The clip above is from the TV show Scandal, and it features an exchange that any non-white immigrant kid should find familiar. In it, main protagonist Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert, gets lectured by her father that “You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have!”.
The version of this talk that came from my parental units was less dramatic and didn’t take place with a private hangar with a limo and Learjet in the background, but the message was the same: You’re not white, and they’ll always see you as an outsider, interloper, or intruder, even if you’ve lived here longer than they have.
Whatever his intentions, Mr. Giuliani’s statement reflects the ease with which people dissociate Mr. Obama and other African-Americans with American identity, especially those who don’t like him. A 2005 study examined this pattern using the Implicit Association Test, which measures the associations between concepts using differences in response timing during a categorization task. People tend to respond faster when categorizing paired stimuli that are congruent with their implicit associations (for instance, “thin people” or “good” versus “fat people” or “bad”) than those that are incongruent (the opposite pairings). In the study in question, the authors found response timing patterns that suggested that African-Americans as a group are “less associated with the national category ‘American’ than are white Americans” relative to the category “foreign” — a pattern that holds for other nonwhite groups such as Asian-Americans and Latinos.
Yours Truly, stopping to enjoy the view during the Toronto-Tampa drive last year.
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In less than a fortnight, I’m marrying an American. As the husband of a U.S. citizen, I would be eligible for a green card, and eventually, citizenship. I’m also the direct descendant of a U.S. citizen, but I’m told it’s easier to get it via my wife rather than my great-grandfather, James O’Hara. One option is to stay here in the subtropical climes of Accordion Bay, which may mean that someday, I might apply for citizenship.
I come here bearing goodwill, skills in the areas of technology, writing, and rock and roll accordion, cultural and language skills that surpass those of many of the locals (it’s Florida, man!), and a jacket (pictured) that cannot possible be any more American than it already is. I have what it takes to be American. But the question lingers in my mind: will Americans ever consider me to be one of them?
The local news shows have been cranking out the graphics illustrating just how cold it’s getting here. If you’re wondering what those temperatures are, here are some screen captures from the weather forecast as of this writing:
For my readers from Canada, here are those same temperatures using a real measuring system:
That’s right — the big weather news here is about temperatures close to freezing. The way people have been going on about it here, you’d think we should all huddle in the library and burn books for warmth as civilization slips into an icy grave, a la Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow.
Click the photo to see the news report.
I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I’m a recent import from Toronto, whose winters are considered relatively mild in Canada. I’m enjoying the local weather as much as this guy is enjoying his: