Covered this week; Lenny Dykstra, douchebag for the ages… Mass protests in the US, is this time different? A walk-thru of Logic Pro’s new drum synth… George Will unravels Donald Trump… The ups and down of being Trump’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame… Better Call Saul gets the point of prestige TV… Brand’s most effectively standing with Black Lives Matter…
June 1, 2020
This one’s about former Mets and Phillies outfielder Len Dykstra… and how he sued his former teammate and current Mets commentator Ron Darling for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit arose out of claims in Darling’s then recently-published autobiography alleging that Dykstra shouted racial slurs at Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd before Boyd took the mound in a 1986 World Series game. Dykstra lashed out at Darling over it, denying it ever happened and then filed suit. As it turned out, a judge just ruled that Dykstra’s permanent reputation is already too much of a dumpster fire for anyone to ever actually commit libel against him… this is hilarious, especially if you’ve been following Dykstra’s exploits over the years.
Based on the papers submitted on this motion, prior to the publication of the book, Dykstra was infamous for being, among other things, racist, misogynist, and anti-gay, as well as a sexual predator, a drug-abuser, a thief, and an embezzler. Further, Dykstra had a reputation—largely due to his autobiography—of being willing to do anything to benefit himself and his team, including using steroids and blackmailing umpires . . . Considering this information, which was presumably known to the average reader of the book, this Court finds that, as a matter of law, the reference in the book has not exposed Dykstra to any further “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace,” or “evil opinion of him in the minds of right-thinking persons,” or “deprivation of friendly intercourse in society.”
June 2, 2020
Sadly, all the narrative vectors this Slate article from Dahlia Lithwick describes are not only plausible, but the likely plan from the POTUS. It dawned on me that in the future the saying of “2020” is gonna sound a lot like “9/11” sounds to us today.
Donald Trump is going to make everything that was already bad much, much worse in the days to come. But we aren’t just spectators anymore. There are no orange Cheeto signs on the streets because he was the culmination of a centurieslong sickness, not the cause of it. This moment is not about him, but about what created him, and whether we can finally break the spell.
June 3, 2020
Today’s link is me geeking out on one of the things I geek out on… in this case, a walk-thru of Logic Pro’s new fully integrated drum synth. So cool… so if we share this particular love, i.e. making music with computers… enjoy!
Apple introduced a collection of amazing new features and products in Logic Pro X 10.5, and Drum Synth is not to be overlooked. While the latest overhaul of Apple’s flagship DAW is jam-packed full of big-time features — Live Loops, the new EXS24 replacement, Sampler, and more — there are several enhancements that might not make it on the marquee. We previously touched on some of these features like instant sampling and enhancements to the powerhouse Alchemy instrument, and now it’s time to delve into the new Logic Pro X Drum Synth.
June 4, 2020
George Will, picking ’em up and putting ’em down as he quickly hits the nail on the head… and then sadly, within 24 hours, Trump proves all his words true.
This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person’s idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.
June 5, 2020
Haha, let’s call this justice… no matter how small a slice. This is what happens to your star on Hollywood Blvd. when you’re actively lording over the worst presidency in America history… Damn.
Of course, what this really means is that Trump’s star will just continue to be defaced at every given opportunity. Over the past few years, it’s been graffitied to hell and back; when it was boarded down and covered with a plank of wood, that wood was then tagged with spray-painted expletives like “Fuck Trump.” On at least two separate occasions, the star was physically destroyed; it was smashed with a sledgehammer in 2016, and with a pickax in 2018.
June 6, 2020
A nice little take on Better Call Saul.
Time and again, prestige dramas have promised us that their antiheroes have consciences — rudimentary, perhaps even vestigial, and often overridden by their venal drives and actions, but consciences nonetheless. Think of Tony Soprano, momentarily transformed into a better version of himself by a near-death experience or a trip on psychedelics, realizing there’s a better way to be, then backsliding right back into his old habits. Think of Don Draper, on the verge of suicide at a hippie healing center over his compulsive infidelity and lifetime of deception, then packaging a moment of enlightenment achieved during a group therapy session into the “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” Coca-Cola commercial. Think of Walter White, apologizing to his wife and freeing his protégé from captivity, but still ensuring that all his enemies pay for opposing him. Better Call Saul, the follow-up to the last of the great wave of “difficult men” prestige dramas, follows suit, showing how a glib hustler becomes a hollowed-out husk of a man after being forced to live with the consequences of his actions.
June 7, 2020
In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the current global protests against inequality and police brutality, many brands have been using their platforms to speak out. These are doing the best job.