While the biggest move of the Canuck off-season has yet to transpire, there has been some recent activity that demands our commentary.
The most impactful move so far was yesterday’s signing of defenseman Jason Garrison. Garrison, a local product with less than three NHL seasons of…
A reasonable criticism by critically Canuck. Of course I have a criticism of the criticism… that’s enough.
Anyway, while I doubt Garrison will be able to sustain last season’s offensive numbers (and I assume neither do the Canucks), I don’t buy that he is a one-season cash in. Looking at his advanced stats (in this post at nucksmisconduct) it seems that he will be counted on as a shut-down D. His qualcomm and poss #s instantly put him above all current Canuck d-men, minus Hamhuis. I also don’t think his contract was out of line (re: this article at thescore). He was part of the one of the NHL’s top shutdown d pairing 2 seasons ago and added some points to that last season. Campbell is absolutely a great partner, but Garrison’s first solid season was with Weaver. And he can play left or right and pair with seemingly anyone, something the Canucks sorely lack (part of Av’s problem with Ballard - he needs a “just-so” partner).
Is he a gamble? Of course. Who isn’t? I just don’t think that with his stats he’s all that expensive of a gamble.
Post-workout pizza and beer. Gotta carbo load, y’know….
Grouplove gets bloody for their Andrew W.K. Undercover. To those of you who guessed Andrew W.K. as today’s Undercover artist, you’re half-right.
[F]or the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world… . For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.
Infographic of the Day: According to the CDC, meals have quadrupled in size since the ’50s — and subsequently, we’ve gained an average of 26 pounds apiece.
Trampled By Turtles throws down a bluegrass version of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)” for A.V. Undercover. Good luck getting this one out of your head.
A cover version done right: do it your style, but don’t make it eclectic for eclectic’s sake. Well done, Trampled by Turtles.
We don’t know who picked the music in last night’s episode of The Simpsons but they did an amazing job. Both Animal Collective’s Winter Love and Hot Chip’s Boy From Schoolwere featured in the episode. Click through to watch:
(via Video: The Simpsons go indie rock)
Welcome to 2005, Simpsons!
Why is it necessary to assert that every good thing about America can only be found in America? We should continue to be enormously proud of the fact that we were the first democracy, but sometimes we act as though America is the only place in the world that isn’t still ruled by a king. Are we so insecure about ourselves and our nation that we have to be constantly told that we’re the most terrific country that ever was or ever will be, and there’s nobody else even remotely like us? Is Mitt Romney running for president, or does he want to be some combination of a proud grandfather and a national life coach?
Let us not blame people and their attitudes: the problem is not corruption or greed, the problem is the system that pushes you to be corrupt. The solution is neither Main Street nor Wall Street, but to change the system where Main Street cannot function without Wall Street. Public figures from the pope downward bombard us with injunctions to fight the culture of excessive greed and consummation – this disgusting spectacle of cheap moralization is an ideological operation, if there ever was one: the compulsion (to expand) inscribed into the system itself is translated into personal sin, into a private psychological propensity, or, as one of the theologians close to the pope put it: “The present crisis is not crisis of capitalism but the crisis of morality.
But how do you get the fish to realize that the water they swim in is not what it should or could be? Or as Zizek puts it later in the same article:
The self-propelling circulation of Capital remains more than ever the ultimate Real of our lives, a beast that by definition cannot be controlled.
It is far too big a break with the world as it is known - not understood, but known - by the vast majority of people nowadays to seem possible. Only the truly insane have no suspicions that they are insane.