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Culture Notes: Samantha Bee on The Daily Show
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 2:28 PM (Eastern)

Canada's Samantha Bee has been the top comic on The Daily Show for quite some time. In fact, if I think about it, she's easily as funny as Stephen Colbert, with her unique blend of squeaky cleanliness and depravity (where Colbert is funny almost by default, in the usual Southern paper-cut style).

If this doesn't make you spew your tea, nothing will.

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March 13, 2008 11:07 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Lol, "mostly as a friend".

About the issue... I gotta roll my eyes. Wow, fascinating, people fuck. WOW. Sometimes, I wish I were as ignorant as dirt.

March 13, 2008 11:55 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Uh-uh, no one cared what this guy was up to, except he was breaking the law. He was doing the same thing he spent his daytime hours putting other people away for.

It's not the most important issue for the others mentioned, but you really have to ask yourself, what these public servants are doing on their taxpayer-paid-for time. If anyone else was screwing around on the clock, they'd be thrown out on their butts the same day.

March 13, 2008 12:38 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Ah, I forgot about that bit. I haven't slept... : /

March 14, 2008 12:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Say, that guy is her real-life husband...Jason Jones, who's also a comic on the show (which is why Stewart is laughing so much at his expense).

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Three ways to stay warm this season.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, December 22, 2007 5:21 PM (Eastern)

It's been a bit of a challenge keeping warm sans the endless will-sucking, mind-sapping, seven-month season we called Summer back home in the South. In the San Francisco Bay Area, unless you have the good sense to journey inland, it is perennially cold. So, here are a few tricks.

1. Evoke the tropical:

montale intense tiare

Montale's Intense Tiaré sailed to the top of my wishlist this year, when I was wearing my winter coat and jumping up and down. Though there are other tropical coconut perfumes I've yet to try, I've yet to be tempted to try them.

Creed makes Virgin Island Water. Creed. Hm. I sampled two of their fragrances, Fleurissimo and Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie, and was a bit underwhelmed. As much as people rag on Montale for their prices, Creed is the spendier of the two. Plus, I can admit I find Creed's seemingly endless celebrity endorsement annoying. Ava Gardner I can dig, and someday I'd like to try her Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare, that would really be hot. The others though, eh...

Comptoir Sud Pacifique makes Aloha Tiaré. The one consistent thing I've read about Comptoir Sud Pacifique over the years is their scents don't last. I rejected the (stunning) Diptyque Do Son over the same issue. I don't buy weak perfumes; they insult the intelligence. Moreover, per, this particular scent was reformulated from its old monoï self into a more generic gardenia/tuberose scent...which was further described as being not as good as Annick Goutal's Songes, which I rejected as being too sweet and simple.

Oh, I'm sure there are other monoï scents, or other tropical interpretations, but what I love about Montale is their...odd engineering. It's not a plethora of notes, not even conventional notes, half the time what you're smelling doesn't even smell like perfume, only like insane goodness. Intense Tiaré, you can almost warm your hands against.

2. Tropical cute overload:

Bob Marley Waiting In Vain

If you can't actually jump into that warm sea, at least you can hear its rhythms inside the music.

3. Comedy on this subject:

I dithered some whether to embed this video here. I've played it several times, and have found it does make you feel warmer, yet there is a certain amount of bad language in it that some people might object to. Oh whatever, it's a video with an arrow on it; click if you want to.

Lewis Black on Broadway (cold)

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Culture Notes: Coty lipstick & Weird Al
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, December 17, 2007 11:50 PM (Eastern)

What with the stress of the holidays, sometimes it's nice to just step back and breathe. I've had this Coty lipstick video in my bookmarks for a considerable time, and play it every once in a while to cheer myself up. Though the color of the film has degraded to the point many of the shades now look alike, its charm remains, with the bright red lips, graceful dancing, and carefully-composed graphical effects.

1950's Coty Lipstick Commercial

I had this sudden urge today to search for Weird Al Yankovic on Youtube. Came across this gem, from The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. Don't laugh, it was a very cool show--one of the first and last U.S. television shows to feature The Clash (you bet I stayed up to watch that one).

Weird Al Yankovic -Another One Rides the Bus

This of course is a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

"I Lost On Jeopardy"--perhaps the funniest aspect is it's just as catchy as the original song, maybe more so. Greg Kihn Band "Jeopardy" (John's Live Performance Video)

Greg Kihn is still around btw; he works as a DJ. I try to catch his show now and again (the station it's on is kind of fuzzy from here).

"Weird Al" Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy

Featuring the original host of Jeopardy, Art Fleming, a cameo of Dr. Demento, and Kihn himself.

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Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)

nars mambo

Nars Mambo eyepencil. I haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow, much, so eyeliner is key (and faster to put on, anyway). I had three liners back in August of this year, and found I reached for this liner more and more, to the point I tossed the other two (which were getting old) without needing to replace them.

dr. hauschka lip products

Dr. Hauschka lip products. I wouldn't have guessed these would be so good (no offense, but I always thought of Dr. Hauschka as the skincare guys, not the color cosmetics guys). It makes logical sense though, if you think of lip products as (tinted) skincare for lips.

nars malibu

Nars The Multiple in Malibu. This is really useless as a multiple-purpose product, at least this shade is. It's too dry to use as lipstick, and mediocre as eyeshadow. But it's my ideal shade of warm-toned bronzed-rose blush, wearable year-round.

montale aoud blossom and boise vanille

Montale perfumes. These are so strong, I spray some in the palm of my hand and apply it that way. Perhaps the perfect cure for ephemeral scents, and the ordinary.

24 - Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru

24. If you've watched this show even once (or eaten at an In 'n' Out), you'll immediately recognize the references in this parody. If you haven't, I would highly recommend both!

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October 25, 2007 3:35 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Those Montales sound amazing... I hate weak, derivative perfumes!

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Culture Notes: What I'm listening to
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 09, 2007 9:30 PM (Eastern)

I loved this the first time I saw it. Sure it's a bit dated, but I found it overwhelmingly positive. Always kinda dug Nancy Kwan, don't know why people used to rag on her. To the best of my knowledge, she never did the subservient thing. She was always pretty boss in her movies.

I Enjoy Being a Girl Nancy Kwan Flower Drum Song 61

This, I have no real explanation for. It's Sean Lennon and a French guy known as -M-; French version of "Parachute."

Sean Lennon et M - L'eclipse (duo) clip

Some random comedy...was looking for an episode of The Goon Show to post; unfortunately there aren't many of them up. There's a series of the last Goon Show made, but I wanted one from the original run.

From there I started checking out Spike Milligan's material. There was a reference to Dave Allen in one of the films (Spike Milligan - First Irish Rocket To The Moon).

From there, this sketch. Dave Allen was better known for monologues, told from a distinctly Irish point of view, so maybe I'll put some of those up later on (or you can check 'em out yourself, there's lots of them on Youtube).

Dave Allen - James Bond

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Culture Notes: Trigger Happy TV
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 24, 2007 2:18 AM (Eastern)

I'm still pondering whether to go ahead and buy Annick Goutal Passion or Heure Exquise--or to try more samples, different houses, and decide then.

I was pleased to see so much Trigger Happy TV on youtube though. Trigger Happy TV, if you've never seen it, was a brilliant series of street theatre skits. By its nature, it had to be finite, since once people figured out who Dom Joly was, the element of surprise would be lost. A lot of it is repetition, like having people dressed up as rabbits or squirrels, but some of it, like the sketch above, remains laugh-out-loud funny even after you've seen it a few times.

Passion or Heure Exquise? or is it now time to get the Serge Lutens samples?

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Culture Notes: Absolutely Fabulous
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:57 PM (Eastern)

I found it! 0:50 (or 9:00 since we're going backwards)

I saw this ages ago and never forgot the line: You only work in a shop you know, you can drop the attitude. rotfl

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Beauty Notes: perfumes part 4
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 05, 2007 2:46 PM (Eastern)

(see part 3)

You know, a part of me is wondering if I'm turning into a perfume sample junkie. It's so buy samples, then you have a lot of samples, so it's not as if you don't have any perfume to wear. On perfume sites, they talk about a scent being "bottle worthy."

Sorry, couldn't help it... If Seinfeld were still being made, Elaine would be a perfume sample junkie, struggling to commit to a full sized

So, on my "bottle worthy" list thus far: EDP's from Annick Goutal--Eau d'Hadrien, Passion, Heure Exquise...Néroli is made only in EDT form. I'm on the fence about Néroli, anyway, wondering if there isn't a longer-lasting neroli scent around.

Not altogether sure about getting more Etro. Will have to retry some samples there, but Shaal Nur and Royal Pavillon were the standouts; not sure about Vicolo Fiori.

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Culture Notes: Red Dwarf
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:47 PM (Eastern)

If you haven't seen Red Dwarf, you've missed out on one of the funniest tv shows ever made.

Even though the show makes much more sense if you've seen it from the beginning and watched it in sequence, there are some episodes so ingenious, it doesn't matter if you haven't.

This is one of my favorites and I was thrilled to see someone had uploaded it to youtube. (For a synopsis of the show's plot, see the Wiki.)

Justice, part 1 (09:14)

Justice, part 2 (08:35)

Justice, part 3 (08:55)

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August 3, 2007 7:30 AM, Blogger Jenny B said...

Red Dwarf is so funny! It aired when I was a student and unable to follow every episode. That means I have a lot of catching up to do - and won't that be great!

When I saw the hilarious Black Adder episode that takes place during the French Revolution, I wasa delighted to see Chris Barrie (Rimmer from Red Dwarf) as the Revolutionary. The witty banter and insults flying - so funny!

August 3, 2007 10:40 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

You've got to see the whole show! It had a long run (still not sure whether they're planning to make more episodes), was funny from beginning to end, although it was more laugh-out-loud funny the first several seasons, and became more thoughtful toward the end.

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1980's style: makeup
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 07, 2007 11:34 PM (Eastern)

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Here is how people remember 80's makeup: flawless skin, with nary a freckle, wrinkle, circle or bag; lots of mascara and liner; eyeshadow that ranged from "smoky" to "jewel toned," but always definitely "there"; clear pink or fuchsia blush; strong lips, typically red, pink or fuchsia.

In perhaps a more typical implementation, we have "Trillian" (Sandra Dickinson, from the television series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy):

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At the same time, there was a softer, pastel version, with gently tanned skin, soft pearly eyeshadows, mascara (fer sure), and shimmery pink lips, that was the California version of the 80's (and I was jealous of it; they looked so perfect):

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Unlike among the famous beauties of today, there wasn't much diversity back then. The majority of models were white. MTV, which still showed music videos at the time, was dominated by white singers and groups. One of the few exceptions was Whitney Houston:

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And 80's video (I didn't embed Houston's video; I felt a still would show her 80's makeup better):

Okay I have no idea when this was filmed, but the song is from 1984.

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July 8, 2007 2:51 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Looking at the current cover of W with Gisele, and the cover of Time with Brooke Shields, similar but different. Big, windblown hair? Check. Strong eyes? Check. Strong lips? Check. Strong face? Check.

But it's different. For one thing, skin is treated entirely differently. Gisele's bronze all over, and her skin is dewy. There's a naked effect to the skin, though there's a bit of sculpting. Brooke Shields' skin is anything but naked: thick foundation that obliterates and recreates texture, with plenty of powder to set, and clear, bright blush. It has none of the translucence that Gisele's makeup has, perhaps a reflection of the products themselves. The new 80s makeup is bold but not quite so heavy--more a veil than a mask.

July 8, 2007 12:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, I can agree with that. The main difference is the foundation. Which is good.

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