16 August 2003

On Bands and Girls (Part 4,293) [Filed under: Uncategorized]

As if it weren’t already apparent that Coldplay is the Best Band Ever™:

Today, as my roommate was flipping through the channels on the idiot box, he paused briefly on VH1, where we caught in medias res Coldplay’s video for The Scientist. It was filmed backwards, but I noticed that Chris Martin seemed to be singing along with the lyrics.

It reminded me of a song on the Trash Can Sinatras’ most recent compilation, Zebra of the Family. The guys were fooling around in the studio, running the tapes for Iceberg backwards, so they recorded Francis trying to sing along with the backwards tape, and then reversed the recording. I imagined Chris Martin having to do something similar for the video.

ANYWHO, I persuaded Teague to let me watch the rest of the video, which turned out to be quite a sublime little number, and an excellent complement to the song. The best part, though, was that the very end of the video features a brief appearance by Elaine Cassidy, who, as of this writing, just happens to be the Best Girl Ever™.

I first saw Elaine in a made-for-TV movie called The Lost World, which was based on a story by Arthur Conan Doyle. The movie was surprisingly enjoyable; particularly so due to the presence (ah, the double entendre!) of Elaine Cassidy. She was wonderful. She also stars in Felicia’s Journey, a movie by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter). Definitely next on my viewing list…

But Coldplay is rad for far more than the actresses they employ in their videos. They’re planting mango trees in Bangalore, and they were the highlight of the otherwise overwhelming :bleh: HFStival of 2001. And the music. Can’t forget the music.

NP: Coldplay, See You Soon

Linux, Baby!!! [Filed under: Uncategorized]

This is why I’m loving my Linux box. Well, and this. And this. And this. And…

That, and it’s free.

NP: Gene, Olympian