Archive for July 8th, 2010

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New Kids On The Block: The Comeback

July 8, 2010

Their fans may have grown up, but the New Kids On The Block are still Hangin’ Tough.  From left, Joe, Donnie, Jon and new member Buster are hitting the road again, performing their hits and ducking thrown panties as they help revive the early 1990s.

“We had been doing different things,” says Donnie Wahlberg. “As you may know, I was an actor. But after a while people realized they had been mixing me up with my brother, and after The Happening, well, the work just wasn’t there anymore. So I returned to my first true love: Pizza Hut. They give me the weekends off to tour.”

With a new sound, a new look and a distinct lack of the one guy who looked kind of like an ape, the New Kids are coming soon to a shopping mall food court near you.

“We were really influenced by edgy new music like Nickelback,” says Jon Knight, the quiet one who never talks. “I would tell you more, but I’m the quiet one who never talks.”

Buster, the newest member of the band, wasn’t even born when the Kids had their heydey.

“I’m more into Cradle of Filth, Deicide, that sort of thing,” says Buster, who until recently was working as a bathhouse janitor, but has since quit to pursue his dream of making music full-time. “It’s my job to be the musical brains of the band, and also to spray off the whores after the show.”

The Spin Doctors have been booked as the opening act for the tour.

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The Human Facebook Project

July 8, 2010

I was interviewed for The Human Facebook Project, which is the kind of web thing you just know is going to lead to a book deal, and you say “I should’ve thought of that.” Actually, I did, but didn’t act on it, which is typical of my coulda-woulda life.

The Human Facebook Project is Steve’s blog about Facebook. He contacts his online friends and fires off some questions, and the results are always interesting, except for that one time. Anyway, Steve and I worked together briefly about five years ago, then reconnected on Facebook. That’s pretty much where we hang out. He’s a neat guy, a business reporter by day and rock guitar god by night, with a cool wife and a beautiful little girl. I always enjoy interacting with him, even if most of the time it’s imaginary.

I urge you to explore The Human Facebook Project. It’s a brilliant deconstruction of online relationships, of how we forge new links, or rebuild old ones, without physical contact. It’s also well written, funny and fascinating. Steve knows cool people.

Explore the Human Facebook here.

Here’s a picture of Steve talking to Mrs. Weathereye at the news awards in Kingston three years ago. I know what that look on her face means.