Friday, February 24, 2006

Best TV News Clip Ever

...As declared by Boing
i first saw this clip a coupla years ago at the RagTag. They were showing a bunch of other shorts documenting creative civil disobedience and other subversions, and kinda just threw this one in there to kick things off.
That night, one of the "co-conspirators," if you will, told us in the audience the real backstory. To the best of my recollection, it went down like this:
The RagTag, still in its infancy, wanted to promote their upcoming Free Form Film Festival, and local Columbia TV station KMIZ agreed to have one of the festival organizers, Tyrone Davies, appear live on the set during one of their news broadcasts. At first, KMIZ said he could be on during the evening, then they called and canceled. KMIZ then said they could come the next day, after the festival had already started, and once again Tyrone got bumped at the last minute. There was another round of this the next day, and KMIZ finally agreed to do the segment on the early morning broadcast (6am) on the last day of the festival. Well, the organizers were understandable peeved by the run-around they got, so they decided to teach ol' Channel 17 a lesson. Tyrone got up extra early that morning and proceeded to scarf down as much Blue's Clues Ice Cream as he could before air time on an empty stomach, and his buddies set their VCRs. Tyrone was already nervous about being on live TV, but felt he was ready for his close up when his big moment arrived. Watch the very short Quicktime video(Here's an alternate link)
While i have seen this clip elsewhere on the internets, Boing Boing is the highest profile site on which i've seen it mentioned, so props to Tyrone and the RagTag gang. Makes me proud to be a Columbian.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bode Miller's Money Quote

The drunken U S and A Olympian Bode Miller said of his dismal showing in Turin(o), "If things went well, I could be sitting on four medals."
And if things went well for me last weekend, i could be sitting on a huge pile of cash. What a butt nut.
Bode is a perfect example of why i root against Americans if and when i watch the Olympics. It was this moment in 2000 when my sentiment turned on American Olympic favorites: The Men's 400-meter relay team were heavy favorites to win the gold, and they did so in anticlimactic fashion. Hooray! Oh, wait. What are they doing? They immediately draped themselves in as many American flags as they could find, did a victory lap or two and posed for a few dozen photos just like the one here (Photo by Jeff Haynes, Agence France- Press). The fans in Sidney were disgusted and actually booed the boys after a few minutes of this. i realized just then that i was on the side of the fans who just wanted them to sit the funk down and let someone else run. Maybe someone who appreciates the spirit of the Olympics. Maybe someone with more humility and less bravado. Sadly, winning with dignity dropped off the ever-shrinking list of American values in 2000, and losing with dignity - if that was ever an American value - is M.IA. in 2006.