Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How To Feast Like A King In NYC...For Pennies!

Step 1: Acquire time machine.
Step 2: Enter time machine.
Step 3. Fasten time machine safety belt. There are laws about this.
Step 4. Put on goggles.
Step 5. Carefully set controls of time machine. You do not want to go back to the time of dinosaurs or ahead to a post-apocalyptic future full of sentient machines and garbage piles. While the dining options in these eras will likely be inexpensive, they will also be of dubious pleasure.
Step 6. Activate time machine. Head for Delmonico's, NYC.
Step 7. Enjoy dinner.
Step 8. Be sure to tip your waitress and bartender.
Feastily yours, Lamont "Epicures 'r Us" Cranston

Delmonico'sDelmonico's Menu: What are you gonna have?Here's Where Our Entree Comes From! (Yes, that might be Joey "Smart Mouth" Clowniantonio hanging on the hook in the corner.)Here's the Fun Part: Even When the Prices Are This Low, We Can Complain!

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Following is an Unpaid Commercial Announcement

"A running Jeremiad on the vestiges of Old New York as they are steamrolled under or threatened by the currently ruthless real estate market and the City Fathers' disregard for Gotham's historical and cultural fabric. Est. January 2006."
Lost City Blog Owner Brooks of Sheffield is mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore. Go, Brooks, go! "McHale's closed. That's why I've decided to create this blog, something thought I'd never do, mainly because I have a visceral dislike of the word 'blog,' surely one of the most graceless syllables in the English language. (Leave it to the wordsmiths of the 21st century.) But something has to be written about the disappearance of McHale's. And Howard Johnson's. And Le Cirque, Lutece, the Second Avenue Deli, CBGBs (soon), the Rainbow Room (as it was), Lattacini Barese, Frank's Department Store, Gage and Tollner and countless other classic stores, restaurants, bars, landmarks, merchants that have been steamrolled under the current, ruthless, soulless real estate market (all hail!) and our mayor's love of development, "progress," big box stores, unfriendly competition, faceless high rises and the high cost of living he's become accustomed to..."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Propaganda Bonanza!

Lorne "Alpo Ben Cartwright Commander Adama" Greene: Actor!

1) Canadian. Member of the Tribe. Born Lyon Chaim Green.
2) Was called "The Voice of Canada" during World War II.
3) Invented a stopwatch that ran backwards.
4) Founder of the Toronto Academy of Radio Arts (aka Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting). Leslie "You Didn't Realize How Funny I Was, Did You?" Nielsen went there.
5) Co-owner of a steak house chain.
6) Narrator of many propaganda and documentary films, including war-related films.
7) Co-inventor of the board game "Propaganda."
The kit consists of a plastic box, one rule book, four technique cards, one scoring table, and forty example cards. The objective of the game is to determine clear thinking. Players are placed in groups of threes and fours. Examples Of Propaganda are cited; players attempt to determine propaganda techniques. Scoring is charted on a special table.

For Lorne, here are excerpts from his game...What are some of the manipulation tools that are used in or played with in propaganda of all kinds?

Techniques of Exploitation: Appeal to Pity, Appeal to Flattery, Appeal to Ridicule, Appeal to Prestige, Appeal to Prejudice, Bargain Appeal, Folksy Appeal, Join the Bandwagon Appeal, Appeal to Practical Consequences, Passing from the Acceptable to the Dubious

Techniques of Self-Deception: Prejudice, Academic Detachment, Drawing the Line, Not Drawing the Line, Conservatism, Radicalism, Moderatism, Rationalization, Wishful Thinking, Tabloid Thinking, Causal Oversimplification, Inconceivability

Techniques of Language: Emotional Terms, Metaphor & Simile, Emphasis, Quotation Out of Context, Abstract Terms, Vagueness, Ambiguity, Shift of Meaning

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008