Chris Davis reported today on the state of Tennessee's expensive new logo, which looks like it fell off a TennDot truck.
Here it is, in case you forgot what it looks like, which is entirely understandable.
Yes, it's stupidly simple and pointless. It says nothing, means nothing, except maybe, "Hey, thanks for the $46,000. We spent $20,000 on each letter and $6000 for cocaine and beer. Like, 'Mad Men, y'all.'" Which may or may not be a direct quote from the head of the Nashville ad agency that "created" this absurdity.
Of course, it's possible we're just dense over here in River City. We don't get the zen of this logo. After all, there plenty of examples of similar creative efforts. Like these:
And finally, after much research, we think we've discovered the true inspiration for Tennessee's new logo:
Suffice to say, Griz fans loved it. It was the most Tony Allen thing ever. (Warriors fans, on the other hand, hated it and booed Allen's every move thereafter.) In fact, Griz fans loved it so much that they created a hashtag on Twitter — #TonyAllenWalkingThroughThings — and let their creativity run wild. Here are a few of their better efforts:image-6]
The premise is that the band is search of inspiration for a new song, which they end up recording at Ardent Studios. The 10-minute film is well done and might even make you swell with pride a little.
As a former denizen of Yankeeland and a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, I post this photo, the ultimate example of what was known in the '80s and '90s as "hockey hair." This is Jaromir Jagr, circa 1993.
And for comparison's sake, I'm also posting this picture of my friend Herman's dog. Mocha, circa 2015.
Who wore it better?
Citing opposition from a "very vocal group of folks in America," state Representative John DeBerry of Memphis has tabled HBO566, which would have allowed student counselors at public institutions to refuse to offer mental health services to clients for reasons of religious belief. DeBerry added that he had "been here long enough to know when a piece of legislation is not going to move."
Dubbed the "Mini-Indy" bill by its opponents, the bill "prohibits public institutions of higher education from disciplining or discriminating against a student in a counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the student."
It's a blow to the Tennessee Legislature, which is obviously trying hard to keep up with the homophobes in Indiana, Arkansas, and elsewhere. DeBerry's bill also demonstrates that stupidity and mindless bigotry is not limited to one party or race.
I hope his constituents in Memphis are monitoring this foolishness. I know I am. Here's his office email link if you'd like to let DeBerry know how you feel.
San Francisco, perhaps not surprisingly, ranked first, with a gay population of 6.2 percent. Memphis came in at 3.1 percent gay, ranking ahead of only Pittsburgh and Birmingham.
The survey is outllned and explained thoroughly in a terrific piece from the New York Times' blog The Upshot.
Nationwide, Gallup says, 3.6 percent of adults consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Gallup’s numbers are based on surveys of 374,325 adults across the 50 largest metropolitan areas, conducted between June 2012 and December 2014. Biggest surprise in the survey? Salt Lake City, which ranks as the seventh-most gay city.
But more interesting, at least to Memphians, was C&W's assessment "that the top markets offering 'the right live/work/play environment' for millennials were Nashville, Brooklyn, Portland, and Memphis." That's pretty heady company. All that craft beer and music cred and affordable downtown housing is starting to pay off, apparently.
I say, buy now, while prices are still low. I read it in the Wall Street Journal.
Ron Childers served as the emcee, introducing a number of speakers, including the Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Mayor AC Wharton, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzola, novelist Ace Atkins, Councilman Shea Flinn, Zeke's long-time radio partner, Drake Hall, and his close friend J.T. Novarese. Musician and friend John Kilzer played several songs, including a slow and poignant rendering of the Beatles tune, "Help."
There was lots of humor, lots of heartfelt praise, and lots of words honoring Zeke's unique sense of humor and his zest for living a full life. He was a well-traveled "bon vivant," as he once labeled himself to Novarese. "That means 'fancy,'" Novarese joked. Millar leaves behind two children — Zach and Piper — and his wife, Lori.
Cited by many at the gathering as "larger than life," his passing leaves a big hole in the Memphis community. He will be missed.
To help with the family's medical expenses, go to gofundme.com/zekelogan.
It's well known that Memphis' premier bass fisherman and outdoor TV personality, Bill Dance, is good friends with Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris. Dance was around in November to tag along with Morris when the media were given a tour of the progress being made inside the big, pointy bait-shop.
Now, in what appears to be a video made more recently, Dance takes us on a tour from the soon-to-be swampy bottom to the spectacular view from the top. If all goes according to schedule, you'll be able to take your own tour — and shop to your heart's delight — beginning May 1. Click here for the video.
This morning, Google released its 14th annual Year in Search–an in-depth look at the stories, people, and topics that captured the world's attention this year. Our 2014 Year in Search Website provides hundreds of top-10 lists from 72 countries.
Google also looked at the most popular local terms searched in various cities and states. Below please find the Top Trending Searches and News/Events for your State’s city and the Top Trending Questions that Memphis, TN needed to know (they were chosen as the Tennessee city because it’s the largest sample size).
Top-10 trending Searches in Memphis:
2. Robin Williams
3. World Cup
4. Black Friday 2014
5. Joan Rivers
6. Philip Seymour Hoffman
7. Flappy Bird
8. Tracy Morgan
9. Donald Sterling
10. Ray Rice
Top-10 trending news events for Memphis:
2. Black Friday 2014
3. World Cup 2014
5. Thanksgiving 2014
6. Super Bowl 2014
7. Oscars 2014
8. Labor Day 2014
10. Malaysia Airlines
Top-10 trending people searches for Memphis:
1. Robin Williams
2. Joan Rivers
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
4. Tracy Morgan
5. Maya Angelou
6. Donald Sterling
7. James Avery
8. Solange Knowles
9. August Alsina
10. Paul George
Top-10 Trending "What is…" questions for Memphis:
1. What is euthanasia?
2. What is corian?
3. What is temperament?
4. What is tryptophan?
5. What is love?
6. What is pico?
7. What is DSL?
8. What is versitis?
9. What is Easter?
10. What is diverticulutis?
Top-10 trending "How To…" questions for Memphis:
1. How to twerk
2. How to whistle
3. How to swim
4. How to weld
5. How to sing
6. How to twerk
7. How to sandbox
8. How to knit
9. How to pronounce
First, my state senator, the mentally and physically impaired embarrassment, Ophelia Ford, was soundly defeated in the Democratic primary by Lee Harris, a smart, young law school professor with, I suspect, a bright political future hereabouts. This was the result I wanted most from this election cycle. Win.
Across the state in Knoxville, GOP primary voters turned out in droves to demolish the re-election bid of lunatic state senator Stacey Campfield, aka "Mr. Don't Say Gay." Thanks, Knoxville. Love ya. For grins, check out Campfield's reaction to his defeat on his blog.
Perhaps the result that surprised me most was the defeat, statewide, of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey's attempted purge of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices. The upshot: Ron spent a few hundred thousand dollars to let Tennesseans know the names of three Supreme Court justices. Epic fail. Couldn't happen to a sleazier jackass. This vote, and Lamar Alexander's victory over anti-immigration nut Joe Carr, gave me some real hope that the Tea Party tide may have finally turned in Tennessee. I hope so, anyway.
Joe Brown and Henri Brooks were resoundingly trounced in their races for attorney general and Juvenile Court clerk, respectively. I've had my issues with Brown's opponent, Amy Weirich, but Brown, like Brooks, simply self-destructed, making Weirich the winner by default, and by a landslide.
To recount, Memphis purged itself of Ophelia Ford, and along with other Shelby County voters, soundly rejected two potential lightning rods/potential embarrassments for public office.
On the other hand, Germantown and Collierville re-elected self-promoting loon Brian Kelsay and public drunk Curry Todd to the state legislature — without opposition. Shades of Ophelia Ford. The next time you hear some suburbanite snarking on Memphis politicians, remind them to check their own backyard.
And I was glad to see Steve Cohen retain his 9th District Congressional seat. Some advice: If local Democrats want to win county-wide races, they would do well to figure out how to organize behind Cohen and his presidential support and national clout, instead of lobbing a futile and divisive primary challenge at him every two years. The muddle-headedness of the SCDP is self-defeating.
There also needs to be serious state legislation passed to crack down on the illicit fake "official ballot" business hereabouts. It's scandalous. But, all in all, not bad results to wake up to, IMO.