It’s like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong. — Molly Ivins
I’ve been spending the week working, trying to catch up from the efforts to finish the ZomPatio and get the party launched, and catch up on sleep. Had several deadlines show up, and am behind on others.
So is it a surprise that I all but ignored the RNC convention? Hey, I am normally not inclined to watch angry white people congratulate themselves on their whiteness and hurl accolades at rich people whose biggest accomplishment was winning the birth-parent lottery, not to mention demonizing everybody who isn’t rich, white, hetero, and conservative. I even skipped most of the Daily Show/ Colbert coverage.
Until last night.
Oh, I read some of the excerpts of Lyin Ryan’s speech, and marveled at his ability to prevaricate while blue-eyed. And I read some of the commentary from some of the bloggerhood, of course. In the end, though, how can I resist commenting on this train wreck? Even trying to sleep through the thing, I couldn’t tear my eyes away.
Up first; the stage. A Frank Lloyd Wright theme? Look; I have spent a fair amount of time both studying the doods life and work, and am pretty sure I have been in more of his buildings (especially the privately-owned residential work) than anyone outside of a handful of architectural historians. When called upon, I can design effectively in the prairies style idiom (but since nobody really builds that way anymore, it makes little sense except as an affectation). So when I say W.T.F., it is not just hyperbole.
The residential prairie style look they were going for was developed 120 years ago, and was intended to be used in intimate, residentially scaled spaces, not cavernous auditoriums. When designing BIG spaces, FLLW worked a completely different side of the street (except maybe in the case of Midway Gardens or perhaps the Imperial Hotel, but in both of those cases he designed everything in the space down to the tableware and linens). And due to the need for the Big TeeVees, the design was overwhelmed by digital effects.
Come On. The designer himself said he arrived at the parti after a simple Goofle search. REALLY??!? come on. What the fuck did they pay this designer? FFS, I have more research material on the prairie style within reach of my desk. At the very least, hire me as a fucking consultant.
As the architectural critic said, the Wright touches are ‘very faint’. As in practically non-existent. If they WERE going for the residential prairie style look, where are the long horizontals? The repetitive doors or fenestration? the rich textures of carpets, walls, or lighting? the FUCKING COLORS???!? It is long a misinterpretation that Wrightian designs were all dark woods; but in reality, that is how they photographed in black and white and as the wood was naturally finished, it tended to darken over time so when we look at it now, it is darker than it was designed.
Designing a stage is not easy, especially for this kind of big barn. However, as the London Olympics showed, (not to mention things like this and this. LOL, given how fascistic the GOP is, The Wall is kind of appropriate) A decent designer can do wonderful things. One begins to think that perhaps Willard did that clueless CEO thing — “My friend Tom Monahan built Frank Lloyd Wright things that I really like. Do it that way.” design Decision FALES.
Next up for the Zombie Shovel: Obvious Anagram Reince Priebus. Dude. I hate you and all you stand for, but perhaps you might NOT get wasted before the biggest speech of your life?
RNC Chairman Foster Brooks!
…and I say that as a fellow Wisconsinite.
Speaking of rambling incoherent speeches, how can I not mention Clint Eastwood yelling at an empty chair? Instead of the internet arguing about Willard’s coronation speech, it is busy generating memes:
But the best meme comes from the guy who Clint Eastwood hallucinated he was talking at:
Jeebus, for spending more money than Rmoney on this gobsmacking hall of crap, it sure came off as second-rate. At least they are locking up the drunk, angry old white guy demographic. Before they all die of rage-induced strokes.
For all the Republicans I come across from here on out, I am just gonna say “you want to elect the people who put Clint eastwood on stage arguing with an empty chair in charge of the COUNTRY??!!? Friend of the Empire Nick must be glad he bailed from the S.S. GOP Failboat before this.
So, this Fuck You Friday goes out to the RNC, more in sorrow than in rage. OK, also in mockery. More in mockery and laughing than sorrow.
But we’ll wind up with the Lyin Ryan iPod meme, started by laura over at thundra’s place: take your iPod or music liberry, what’s the first artist, last artist in the alpahbetical part, and the last artist in numerics. For my main music liberry, it is A.A. Bondy, ZZTop, and The 1900s.