Friday, August 27, 2010

8.27.10: Addressing Iraq, Celebrating Microbes, and the Truth Comes Out

What a beautiful day! Give this thing a look-see and then get the heck outside. Summer will be over faster than you know it, and we'd hate for you to miss your daily dose of vitamin D.

Forecast

Protesters on both sides of the Islamic community center battle near Ground Zero were out in force over the weekend. Mayor Bloomberg is joining the fray even more, and reveals what we all probably knew: there's always a mosque four blocks away. Fox "News" is doing a good job stirring up the rage, but we only hear crickets when something more sinister is revealed. Don't worry -- Jon Stewart is ON this. We're really tired of the peeps holding the Sharia signs, and the revolting violence -- and this. What happened to common sense? Also, please try spell check before heading off to Kinko's. The Internet makes it REALLY EASY, you guys.

We have a new tidbit about how Repubs will run the House: "We'll show Americans fiscal restraint by repealing the ban on earmarks!" You tell 'em, Eric. Business groups are asking the Senate to extend tax breaks for the wealthy? We're shocked. Is it time to reform the system? And Mr. "Hell No" Boehner rolled out his campaign to be the next Speaker. Here's a better plan, Dems. Mitt is going on a road trip. He's dropping the suit in favor of jeans and a pickup truck. We're hoping he leaves the dog at home. Meanwhile, a bunch of Mass. Dems are amassing millions to take on Scotty in 2012.

Tune in next Tuesday for Obama's Iraq address from the Oval Office. He'll also be at Fort Bliss, TX, to meet with troops returning home. And don't bill this as a complete withdrawal -- 50k troops aren't there to just hang out, y'all.

The egg recall has been taking over the remainder of the news cycle. Should get going with that whole food safety thing, right, Congress? Hello? Anyone? Oh, wait, we forgot -- this and other food safety stories tend to die in rabid media cycles faster than you can blink.

The independent compensation fund for residents and companies affected by the BP spill began taking claims this week. And apparently the job-loss scenario wasn't as bad as it could have been. We're now in the "seeing who else we can blame" part of the cycle, although giving credit to microbes for cleaning the water is new to us. How reliable are these microbes? Who is regulating this?!

It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and devastated the Gulf Coast. Expect tributes this weekend.

The Week That Was

Like John Hockenberry eloquently said, "you have to be rich or weird" to win these primaries. Our favorite feisty, not-maverick overcame a not-so-serious challenge from Tea Partier J.D. Hayworth. Outside the lower 48, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is very close behind Sister Sarah's Joe Miller and Sarah is getting all the credit. Ben Quayle eked out a victory, and it was all because of dad. Our favorite Senate candidate, Alvin Greene, caused quite a ruckus at a meeting of fellow Democrats -- and was promptly booted to the curb. Maybe he was just trying to sell his dolls? Finally, a note to Sarah's donors: you can't list your occupation as "freedom fighter," nor can you be "everyONE."

Why are primary upsets like Alaska's important? E.J. Dionne summed it up well: "The agitation among Republicans is not surprising, given the trauma of the final years of George W. Bush's presidency. After heavy losses in 2006 and 2008, it was natural that GOP loyalists would seek a new direction." But what's the future of this new direction? Is it Tea Party-ville?

Did you hear that? The RNC quietly filed its report last Friday night. Michael's team only has $5 million on hand and $2 million of debt heading into the fall.

Guess who came out? Two people, actually: one spent many years actively working against gay rights, and the other actively worked against countless supervillains with his primary color-themed coworkers. That's right -- former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman and former hero the Blue Power Ranger just happened to ride the same little wave of publicity. Fox is ALL over this.

Jimmy Carter flew to North Korea, on a mission to release an American citizen who "just happened" to cross across the border. Kim Jong Il was no where to be found. Sources say he's in China with his son. Is he preparing to turn over the reigns?

In policy news, Virginia's Ken Cuccinelli seeks to become the most controversial state AG in the country. His office released a legal opinion that would place greater restrictions on clinics that provide abortions. The White House is reviewing a recent court ruling that temporary halts expansion of stem cell research. The Senate will be holding hearings in September.

Wal-Mart has appealed to the Supreme Court over a class-action lawsuit alleging gender bias.

A little bit of PR humor! We're sure you flacks caught the NYT story on crisis communications fails from last weekend (if you didn't, take a gander). They had to issue a correction after misspelling an extremely well-known PR exec. What's to blame -- poor copy-editing, or lazy journalism?

Are You Not Entertained?

Over the weekend, Bill O'Reilly let his informed viewers (and us) know about his disgust for Kim Kardashian taking Biebs away from him.

Yeah, yeah, Bristol will be on Dancing with the Stars. You know who else? The Situation. She's really reaching out to do some good community work, you guys.

The Situation is making WAY too much money, and that's one more reason why New Jerseyan voters are angry!

Snoop Dogg (he's in town this week, by the by) set a new UStream record when he blew up a tank in Nevada for Mafia Wars (you know, the Facebook game you deleted from your NewsFeed). Way to stay relevant, Snoop!

One of our beloved Turner Central court members advised Queenie of a new acronym for older cycling fans: "MAMILs," or Middle-Aged Men in Lycra. Now, Queenie sees more dreadlocked bike messengers and hipsters who are too cool for helmets than anything else -- has anyone spotted these creatures in the wild?

Interweb Tomfoolery

The Twitterverse is exploding over Obama's faith. Members of the GOP establishment think it's a-okay to keep this non-story rolling. We feel for ya, Mr. Tapper, but there's no point in talking to stupid.

Is this the future of journalism, folks? Slate writer Jonah Weiner (immature giggle) took it upon himself to fashion Kanye's Tweets into an "all-access totally non-exclusive interview." We can't imagine how long this took to do (slow day at the office, Jonah?), but it does make us wonder if someday we'll stop interviewing celebrities at all. Flacks, take note.

We have another proud campaigner to show you on the 'Tube. Is HE the next BasilMarceaux.com (who, obviously, set the standard)? Or is he self-aware too? These politicians are funny, but when they do it on purpose it just ruins the whole game. Same goes for their supporters.

Speaking of YouTube, did you know you can watch full-length movies now? Took them long enough.

Queenie spent a few years in college working for Starbucks (yes, it was fun, and no, she didn't like waking up at 4 am), but she was never subjected to training videos. Much less rapping training videos. Much less... well, see for yourself.

So much money news this week. Facebook is worth $33 billion (or more). Seems like their power is growing just as fast, especially when you've got Germany legally protecting your profile's privacy.

We love it when The Today Show catches on to "popular Internet trends" in a timely fashion. Catch Antoine Dodson, of the Bed Intruder Song, being taken entirely too seriously.

Out on the Town

Care to witness Teabaggery reaching a new level? Sarah, Glenn and fans (and their dogs) are coming to town tomorrow to "reclaim the civil rights movement." One Maine organizer is scaring the sh*t out of his fellow patriots. Nope, no racism here! Also, it makes so much sense to come here, you know, when their representatives are OUT of town. Let's hope they've bathed beforehand, and that they stop stealing all the bagels. Luckily, conservatives exist who don't support this nonsense.

Feeling less political? Queenie's lit-nerd instincts love the sound of this Poetry in the Park event at Rock Creek. If you're more in a party-and-animal-zoo mood, Columbia Heights has got you covered.

Old school concert time: catch Donna Summer at Wolf Trap (and don't forget to bring the wine!); celebrate Chuck Brown's birthday with some go-go at the 930 Club; and here's another obligatory mention of Rock the Bells happening Saturday.

Heads up, foodies! First, head out to Annapolis for the Tomato Festival -- $10 gets you in for food samples, cook-offs and a pizza eating contest. (No word on if our Royal Executioner will be taking part.) Second, have you been celebrating DC Beer Week properly? Catch the R.F.D. Firkin Spectacular (such a great name) for some open bar tastings. Finally (you seafood-eating hipsters), prep your tummy for Crabs and Beer Sundays at Tonic - and by "beer," we mean "PBR," which is ALMOST like beer. Then go drop a Pepcid and resolve never to eat like that again... until next weekend. (PS: Want to try a Snooki burger? ...Neither do we.)

Scorecard

Ground Zero remained in the spotlight, Iraq's withdrawal is sticking around too - and, eGADS, Sarah just won't go away. She's like a pesky mosquito, or a nagging squirrel in the backyard that's torturing the dog. Ridiculous similes aside, we DID see our favorite Internet meme get briefly taken over by (of all people) Michael Cera. Keanu! Come back to us!

Phew, there he is.

See you next week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

8.20.10: Defending Religious Freedom, Embracing the Cackle and, What is This, the Bieber Report?

We thought August was supposed to be slow! Instead, we're receiving tips left and right on GOP antics, suggestively-shaped graphs, funny videos, attacks on Islam and ninja gingerbread men (say that 10 times fast). Aren't you people supposed to be on vacation?! (Not you, Barack. Go enjoy the Vineyard.)

Eh, so is Queenie, for that matter. We're all in this together, folks -- get those snarkin' hats on and let's do this thing right.

Forecast

This whole deal with the Islamic community center (note to media -- stop making up stories) is taking center stage with the elections just around the corner. Alas, some GOPers still have some sense left in them. Of course, Sarah had to jump in. Even the strippers who work near Ground Zero (at clubs located closer to GZ than the mosque, by the way) are having a say. Obama waded in, but the fact that nearly a third of Repubs think Obama is muslim is causing some backlash. (Queenie has to chime in here: since when are we at war with all of Islam? Now people are proposing Qur'an burnings?!) And, thanks to all this, Ground Zero has a different air to it lately, according to Wonkette.

Barry is taking a hit in the polls and some pundits say he's disconnected and headed for defeat in 2012. Might be time for a new communications strategy? Keep your chins up, progressives! Don't be afraid to fight for freedom of religion if you truly do believe in it -- take a lesson from Keith and maybe even John Oliver. Not to mention that, while we're off arguing about whether or not the Prez should have commented, the Republicans will keep dangling the shiny sh*t in front of us to distract us from REAL issues. Ones that stick around longer than a few weeks. Ones like this. And this. And this and this and this.

Speaking of issues -- are the culture wars over?

Arizona legislators aren't looking to tweak their tough immigration law any time soon. Meanwhile, Nebraska's attorney general agreed to a federal injunction to prevent a law requiring screenings for abortions to go into effect. Finally, sorry, gays -- it looks like the courts have done y'all in again. Same-sex marriage is again off the table in California. And it looks like the White House may be getting tired of gay bloggers.

It looks like the President is keeping his word about the withdrawal of combat troops by the end of August. The last American combat brigade crossed the border into Kuwait. 56,000 troops remain in Iraq. In the coming months, the State Department will be ramping up its involvement in security issues. Watch out for the requisite Colbert special to honor the troops, and expect tons of foreign policy play on Sunday.

See ya, Robbie -- Gates confirmed reports that he will be leaving the Pentagon by the end of next year.

Run like hell: Glenn Beck and Sarah are coming to town.

The Week That Was

We're in the middle of August recess, so not much going on legislatively. That hasn't stopped campaign season from gearing up, though: A busy Barry made appearances in California, Florida, Ohio, Washington state, and Wisconsin, campaigning away for hope.

Sen. Lautenberg is raking in dough with tickets for Lady GaGa. Who says senators aren't hip? Alvin Greene howled in protest -- literally -- after a reporter asked about last week's indictment. We also have a totally awesome interview with the candidate. Republicans are getting big bucks from Roger Ailes' News Corp. Fair and balanced, inDEED. They're spending it on goofy ads spoofing Steven Slater.

On Wednesday, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed to women the right to vote. What happened on this day in 2010? Sarah. Freakin'. Palin. She managed to upset the entire feminist community on Twitter when she accused feminists of hijacking the term feminist. Those sneaky feminists! That CACKLE of RADS. How DARE they be part of a movement that coined, defined and defended the term well before she came along! Well, it's true that EMILY's List had started a campaign to bring women to the polls by voting against Sarah's "Mama Grizzlies." So what has Sarah accomplished by calling feminists out? Bringing them together even more. Nice. This coupled with her defense of Dr. Laura's racist ranting has made it quite a week for Sarah. Seems like alienating women and African-Americans was on the GOP to-do list this week, huh?

BP stopped accepting claims from folks affected by the spill Wednesday. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility will handle all subsequent claims. Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Gulf Coast residents are wary of the seafood down there. None of this has prevented the politicos from going gaga over O's dip in the Gulf.

The Hammer avoids the slammer. The Justice Department, after a six-year investigation, is not pressing charges against the former majority leader relating to the Jack Abramoff scandal. DeLay still faces an investigation in Texas on unrelated charges. In other crime news, Blago plans to appeal the one(!) conviction brought against him. Criminals everywhere are clamoring for his attorney. He should be thankful he didn't have this Judge Judy presiding.

Tea Partiers had a little fun (and provided some comic relief for our southern neighbors) over the weekend by yelling through that big fence along the Arizona border. Oh, and this little story comes out of Dayton, OH: a Tea Party experiment in free markets fails. Keep the comedy rolling, Teabaggers! Also, the Supreme Court smacked down birther queen Orly Taitz with a $20,000 fine. We think she should pay up far more than that. Steve King might be able to help you, Orly.

Check the fridge: Hundreds of millions of eggs are affected by a massive recall.

Pakistan is still struggling in the aftermath of devastating flooding. The international community has been a bit slow in providing aid. This week, we found an organization focused on helping women and girls with health issues during this crisis -- you can buy someone a $30 kit fulfilling these needs. More info here.

Are You Not Entertained?

Sigh. We thought you were better than that, NYT. Please, don't give Biebs the idea he belongs in the White House! Although, in terms of foreign policy, it might be a boon. Maybe he would Tweet Ahmadinejad's phone number? In other Biebs news, he may be doing a collaboration with Kanye West and Raekwon, which just might make Queenie's head explode. Kanye and Biebs, BFFs? Finally, what happens when you slow a Bieber song down 800 times? You actually don't hate the song. Amazing! (Wow, way too much Bieber today. Seriously.)

Another Jersey Shore cast member is arrested. GTL, baby!

The Backstreet Boys are BACK! All right? (Touring with New Kids on the Block... whoever they are.)

Queenie's shameless crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt (STAR of Inception!) has just been augmented. Ladies, worth a watch. Guys, take a lesson.

Jonah Hill (a movie star) and Elmo (a muppet star) discover all the things you can do with a mustache. Wait, what?

Donald Rumsfeld on a unicycle? It MUST be August.

Our Royal Executioner is up in arms that this pizza burger (burger pizza?!) isn't available in DC. Time for a class field trip?

Interweb Tomfoolery

A story hit this week from Wired, who declared that The Web is Dead. Nerds have carefully dissected the validity of these claims, promptly posting the results... online. *sigh*

Twitterers, did you get taken in by the Twifficiency twend this week? Twidiculous, no? Queenie avoided it, finding the updates to be total twoverkill, but props to this 17-year-old for his... (wait for it...) twingenuity. (We're here all week!)

Facebook launches Places. Getting creepier, are we? It's just a business move, and, given FB's track record, it'll probably manage to replace those other geo-location services out there.

Note to candidates: when imitating popular online marketing ploys, at least have the gonads to do it WELL. And, when faking endorsements from popular sports coaches, get your intern to learn better Photoshop, would you?

Why does Keanu Reeves keep setting the Internet up like this? Does he know? Is this all a Keanu-planned conspiracy?

Zebras on the loose in this northern California town, and a bull jumps the fence in Spain. It must be an animal-themed week, guys -- Queenie's cuteness quotient was reached after this whole penguins-chasing-butterflies thing hit the 'tubes.

Sorry West Coast, Five Guys still has the edge!

Starbucks tantrum! This professor isn't going back anytime soon. How many of you have a Starbucks story?

Good ol' Fred Thompson has demanded that Barry stop stealing his bananas. No, Fred, that didn't sound racist AT ALL.

Out on the Town

We love going out and doing good -- at the same time! Hit up the Gibson Guitar Show Room for an open bar (for $15! With Dogfish Ale! ...H'ray!) and a show to benefit Nashville flood victims. Also worth mentioning: Rihanna's in Bristow tonight. Finally -- yet ANOTHER dance festival? Go, if only to burn off the calories in advance from the following awesome food & drink events!

All things beer at the Rock and Roll Hotel tonight! Celebrate DC Beer Week with your choice of events, from brunches to cruises to tastings to concerts to baseball. Seriously, this is epic AND ridiculous.

Two new food trucks have been capturing the attention of DC foodies this week: one sells lobster rolls and the other sells poutine. Is this food truck craze getting out of hand? Judging by the lobster roll line yesterday, not yet. Our favorite is still Fojol Bros., of course. What's yours?

Speaking of food, DC Restaurant Week is closing up tonight -- just in time for Alexandria's to start. Queenie loves O'Connells, Bilbo Baggins and Geranio -- but recommends Taverna Cretakou for delicious Greek eats even though it's not on the list. Ask to sit on the patio.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Turner Central loves Hope House DC, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening bonds between children and their imprisoned fathers. Recently, a Turner team member went to Cumberland, MD, with reporters to see Hope House's annual summer camp in action. Check out the great story here.

Scorecard

Stay breezy, kiddos! Summer's almost over, which means it's almost time for DC to feel busy again. Squeeze in those last vacays and BBQ's -- and don't forget to invite your favorite snarky Royalty, would you?

Until next Friday,

Friday, August 13, 2010

8.13.10: Taking Our Drug Tests, Praising Aqua Buddha and Voting for Levi

Raise your hands if you're reading this on your Blackberry because your power went out! It's Friday the 13th and many DC'ers are feeling cursed by these rampant thunderstorms and gloomy weather. Queenie herself was temporarily trapped in low-lying Alexandria by flash floods. Is someone up there punishing us?!

Chin up, you guys -- bad omens are just a myth. You make your own luck! Dr. Queenie always says that laughter (and snark) is the best medicine for gloomy days, so let's get to it.

Forecast

"Democrats will pull it out! Tea Party candidates are sabotaging the Right!" "Republicans will decimate in November! The Left has lost all hope!" The messages are mixed, of course, but the fact is that Americans on the whole are pretty pessimistic right now despite the overtures of either party. Blame "the new normal." Obama has gone into full Campaign Autobot mode with the two Dem themes of the moment: "Blame Bush" and "It Could Be Worse." Effective? Hopefully moreso than "Potentially Cause Government Shutdown."

Obama signed a $26 billion aid package for teachers and Medicaid payments that the House passed during a brief session. Dems had to make some sacrifices. In the final stretch before November, Repubs are going to keep raisin' a ruckus over the soon-to-be expired Bush tax cuts, so expect a lot bloodshed when Congress is back in the fall. We kinda knew that was coming already, though, no? Stewart does a great job laying out GOP hypocrisy. On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate passed $600 million in funding for border security. (Speaking of immigration, two things: is Florida the next hotspot, and does this revoking-birthright-citizenship thing have legs?)

Next week, gays in California can start getting married again -- er, barring a stay from the 9th District Court of Appeals. Opponents of same-sex marriage are planning to appeal, as expected. However, guess who doesn't think this is going to destroy America? We know!

Expect the Islam-bashing to stay in the news, thanks to potential candidates for the 2010 GOP primary. The Ground Zero mosque has stirred up all kinds of "debate," and a Fox "news" host has even proposed to build a Muslim gay bar next door to the proposed mosque to... uh... well, we're still figuring out why.

Charlie Rangel celebrated his 80th birthday with mucho fanfare, a quality two-step and a 30-minute speech about his ethics allegations. We're waiting to see who's celebrating after the House reconvenes next month. Fellow Dems are worried about the impact he and Maxine Waters will have on November.

If you thought the heat and humidity was bad out here, wait until you read about the killer (literally) heat that's scorching Moscow. Hundreds are dying from the heat, plus smog from wildfires. Also, nasty weather is causing chaos in China and Pakistan. Donate to help flood victims at Oxfam.

The Week That Was

The White House is on defense after Gibbs, out of frustration, told everyone of the "professional left" (is he talking to US?!) to take a drug test. Pundits are somewhat confused, not knowing if they're included as members of such a class. Others are taking it as a badge of honor. What do you think about Gibbsy's words? Without Bush around, we need SOMEONE to amuse us -- especially when Biden's on the short leash!

Ken Buck, of birther-bashin' and women hatin' fame, won his primary. Way to go, Colorado GOP'ers. Colorado's Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, defended his seat against a strong challenger backed by Bubba. WWE's Linda McMahon, who poured millions into her campaign, is going to the mat against AG Richard Blumenthal. We think this video may have been the reason why, but, hey, just a guess... And Angle? We don't even know what to say anymore.

Our beloved Republican informant gave us this tidbit with the requisite "ALVIIINNNN!" Turns out Mr. Greene, after gaining some press for a 23-second speech, was indicted on porn charges. Um... shocking?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced sweeping cuts for his department. His proposals include eliminating several boards and commissions, reducing the number of contractors and capping the number of admirals, generals and other senior officials. The most controversial proposal is the elimination of the Joint Forces Command, and the 2,800 or so jobs it comes with. Lots of peeps are not happy with it. By the by, it's only been a few weeks since the Washington Post's lengthy reports on America's intelligence apparatus. Good news, ladies -- one agency will finally have a woman at the helm.

We gotta confess, we try SO hard not to cover a certain group of "different minded" Americans -- but they are SO entertaining. Open up your wallets! The Teabaggers are running out of cash, never mind confusing their positions. You know, they could always fall back on costume extraordinaire James O'Keefe -- or just turn on each other. Also, Randy is denying everything to do with the new exposé on his sordid college past, and so is the accuser. Aqua Buddha sure was short-lived, huh? Finally, Newt's second ex has A LOT to say before he jumps into the 2012 race.

Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash earlier this week. The series of tubes are mourning.

Are You Not Entertained?

Sarah was back home filming her reality show when one resident got a little too real for the Palins. She blames the LSM, yet again. Oh, and by the way, Sarah no longer wants you to think of her as a maverick. Also, Levi is running for office in Wasilla! No joke.

Entourage is coming to an end next year; look for it to hit the silver screen soon thereafter.

Tune in to Meet the Press Sunday for the beginning of a three-week media blitz by General David Petreaus.

"He knows who I am."

Queenie wants a set of these for herself! Check out these Journalism Warning Labels, courtesy of John Scott, and use the free PDF to get a set of your own. Revolutionary? Just maybe.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Apple geeks have a new reason to make the journey to London. Please be careful out there.

Rep. Ed Markey has something to say to global warming deniers. Hey, it may be for the better.

Best viral hoax of the week? Obviously, it was Dry Erase Board Girl. We wanted this to be real so badly.

The terror baby story is making a comeback thanks to Texas state representative Debbie Riddle, who despises not being told beforehand of a grillin' courtesy of CNN's favorite Silver Fox.

Jet Blue is in the news again because one of its flight attendants had a hissy fit and left the job in a very dramatic fashion. (Before anyone asks, no, Turner Central does NOT have an emergency slide for escape. If it did, we'd use it every friggin' day!) Now, he's got a growing Facebook fan base and his own website. Enjoy that 15 minutes, my dude!

This lady really wanted her McNuggets.

We like to make references to famous Internet memes now and then, but we realize it can be hard to track them all. This handy chart, divided by date and popularity, will help you stay organized AND hip.

Out on the Town

Queenie will be kickin' it at the Trombone Shorty show tonight! It's a great concert weekend, guys, especially if you're down with some old school stuff. Public Enemy is at 930 Club on Saturday, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rock out in Bristow on Sunday (don't worry, folks -- doors open at 7, so you'll be home nice and early). We can't offer you Depeche Mode live, but Little Miss Whiskey's is the next best thing. And heads up: Rodrigo y Gabriela (with Queenie's fave Aussie Xavier Rudd) are playing at Wolftrap on the 24th. Amazing musicians and the best venue ever? Get those picnic baskets and wine bottles ready!

Although Queenie can't make it, she highly recommends the Alexandria Irish Festival in Old Town on Saturday! All the best pubs represent (Murphy's forever!) and the drinking songs will be going all day. On Sunday, get your last-chance festival fix on N Street with some cool local artists. (Speaking of art, the Corcoran is offering free admission on Saturdays until September 4.) And don't miss your last chance to hit The Temporium, a pop-up design shop and lounge that closes on Sunday.

Finally, Queenie recs the hilarious Patton Oswalt Saturday night at Warner Theater. Check out his stand up here.

PS: Keep your Twitterstreams up, guys -- there's a lobster truck in town.

Scorecard

Couldn't make it to MediaMorphosis? We've got the video here, and don't forget to take notes. (And yes, the video quality isn't the greatest, but Queenie did the best she could! Anyone want to donate some fancy-shmancy recording equipment?) Next one will be in October, so look out for informative email updates!

Until next week,