Archives: 2011 September

Archive for September, 2011

He Knows It’s Friday. Do You?

This week Goodosphere’s Friday dance looks a lot like this:

Thanks, Al.

Double Down: Happy Trail

A good trailer is the difference between a commercial and an event, between heading to the cinema and waiting for a commercial-laden Wednesday night presentation on FX. It’s the difference between excitement and indifference, beguilement and feelings blase.

The most powerful trailers say just enough — throw in a few perplexing or laughable moments, some stirring visuals, and leave the viewer to imagine the proximate possibilities.

The red band trailer for David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a textbook example of how to do things right: a bunch of disconnected images of blood, action, pregnant stares and creepy cats set to a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song by Academy Award-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s simple, loud and totally compelling — a fact not lost upon everyone’s favorite handimals:

The source material:


Thanks, Champ.

Guerilla Pride

This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object (also, when civic pride meets a vacant sign):

Thanks, @missmayamarie.

Not A Djok

When you’re down double match point, all you can do is laugh; laugh and return the fiercest forehand known to man. At this past Saturday’s US Open men’s semifinal, that’s exactly how Novac Djokovic played it. The pro-Roger crowd at Flushing Meadows was ready to see the game’s Golden Boy head to the finals to meet Rafa. They were all pretty convinced the match was over and they were letting it be known. Then Novac shut them out.

Never give up. Never surrender. Especially on a Monday. It should be a hell of a dance.

The Meaning Of Life After 9/11

I don’t think the Goods has much to add to the omnipresent coverage of 9/11 + 10, but we can share one mighty powerful conversation that came out of this week of reflection and reevaluation:

There are a lot of 9/11 survivors out there, but few as awe-inspiring as the firefighters who jolted into the towers and somehow made it out to tell their stories.

One such hero is Deputy Chief Jay Jonas, who spoke to NPAh’s Terry Gross earlier this week. Hero Jonas was on the fourth floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when it collapsed. Jonas and 12 of his fellow firefighters took cover as 106 stories crumbled down on them and the one petrified woman they managed to save, the woman who made their immense effort worthwhile.

The interview with Jonas is so very absolutely worth your time, especially if you haven’t heard any stories from inside the towers. Out of an unconscionable act came a whole lot of unimaginable feats of bravery, selflessness and compassion.

GROSS: You both know a lot of people who died on September 11th. You both know a lot of people who have chronic health problems as a result of it, and Dennis Smith, you are one of those who has chronic health problems as a result. And Chief Jonas, you do too, though not as severe. I’m wondering if 9/11, and all of the aftermath that you’ve witnessed, have changed the way you see the meaning or the lack of meaning in life?

Mr. SMITH: That really is a question for Chief Jonas, honestly. You know, I have never met anybody in my life who has been through what he has been through and, yeah.

Mr. JONAS: Meaning of life? Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. I really have no regrets of any of my actions on that day, even though we took extraordinary risk. And if I did die that day, I would have died doing something that I love and helping out my fellow man. So the meaning of life: Just live life to its fullest and help other people and that’s it. You know, try not to be so self-absorbed and try to seek out things that you can do to make a difference in somebody else’s life.

By Gum!

“Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.”

– David Hume

Most people see gum plastered on the pavement and try to sidestep. Others may just go ahead and chance an unfortunate interaction. British artist Ben Wilson lies down, makes himself comfortable and gets to work.

The New York Times recently profiled Wilson and his “whimsical works of art” to highlight, much as we hope to here, that distinctly human impulse that inspires us all to create, think unorthodox thoughts and challenge the status quo with all sorts of beauty.

Burning Bear

Burning Man 25 just wrapped up. We at the Goods don’t really know what that means for society at large, but you can’t beef with this bike-riding bear:

Thanks, Jim Bourg/Reuters.

…and Carrot Rope

A friend of the Goods was recently trying to “get” Pavement. As this here take on hip hop verse will prove, there’s not much to get. Them hipcats were great because they never really tried to be too hip. They just happened to perfectly embody that fetching air of indifference while making catchy guitar-driven pop gems:

Going To The Store

going to the store. from dlew on Vimeo.

Thanks, Al.