Surely They Make a Toilet-Shaped Piece

Been waiting for this news all my life.

TOP Gear presenter James May is looking for volunteers to help him build a new house in Surrey – but one made entirely out of Lego bricks.

As part of his BBC series James May’s Toy Stories, he plans to build a two-storey house in the middle of Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking.

On Friday, more than three million Lego bricks were delivered to the vineyard in preparation for the task.

On Conservation

Pundit Derrick Jensen says: Conservation, recycling, and personal green technologies are useless. Interesting and very sad piece on why, as a race, we’re pretty much doomed.

Favorite quotes:

“Even if every person in the United States did everything [An Inconvenient Truth] suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.”

“Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings.”

“Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States.”

Still, I guess change has to start somewhere… sigh.

The Big Time

News of the AMC Filmcritic.com acquisition has finally made the papers. Oddly, both (very short) stories about it have something incorrect in them. This one has the descriptions of the two sites bought reversed. This one has the suffixes (.com/.org) mixed up. Whoopsie.

Oscars Expanding Best Picture to 10 Nominees

Fairly ridiculous. When’s the last time there were even five truly worthy nominees in that race?

Still, I guess it will make for a more unpredictable finish, which is fun.

On Fava Beans, Chianti

I’m getting so tired of this ridiculous Steve Jobs liver transplant story. The increasingly tiresome Jim Goldman “confirms” what was widely suspected: Jobs went to Tennessee so he could get a liver transplant. Yeah, we got it.

But now comes the backlash: Did Jobs jump the transplant line so he could get a liver before a more worthy candidate? Says Goldman:

However, two sources at Apple told me tonight that both Jobs and the hospital were facing increased criticism that Jobs used his wealth and status to secure the donated liver. The Wall Street Journal, which broke this story, raised the issue in its Friday evening coverage that there might be a perception that Jobs state-shopped, looking for the shortest wait-list for a liver transplant.

Now I have no special love for Apple or Jobs, but — Jesus! — the man was clearly dying, and you’re going to try and fault him for using every ounce of his influence to try to get a liver as soon as possible, even if that means begging for an organ in every state? Hell, I’m surprised he didn’t go out of the country for the procedure, though perhaps that would have drawn too much attention to the matter — or perhaps Tennessee just turned out to have a short enough wait.

Seriously, Jim. Maybe he pulled some strings and even greased some palms so he wouldn’t croak. If you had all the money in the world, wouldn’t you?

Silence Really Is Golden

See, now you have a real reason not to tell us all about your hopes and dreams

Tests done since 1933 show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen.

Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.

Five Stars: Back in Print!

That’s right, folks. You can order the paperback version of Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World’s Greatest Job today from CreateSpace. It will be back on Amazon in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

When Cameron Was in Egypt’s Land…

Let my Cameron goooooooooooooooooooooo.

FOR SALE: 370 Beech Street Highland Park, IL 60035

$2.3 million and worth every penny. Is that really a Ferrari in the garage? Hard to tell from the pic…

More Ebook Buying Options

Good news, folks… new hard copies of Half Mast and Five Stars! should be coming soon…

Meanwhile, check out these new ebook options at Scribd:

Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World’s Greatest Job

Half Mast – A Novel

12 Million!?

Seriously? 12 million copies of this album were sold? Not that Matchbox 20 is bad or anything, but… 12 million? Why?

That’s more than Abbey Road… and every other original Beatles album except The White Album, for that matter.