12/28/2009

You're Not 25

The other night, I had a conversation marathon with the chatty, accident-prone Mr. Kamikaze, who happens to be 12 years my senior. He mentioned the 70s TV show Hawaii Five-O and I immediately got a visual of the opening sequence: tanned guy on surf board riding a huge wave and the lead actor, Jack Lord, in a form-fitting grey suit. I sang the theme song to him - something I hadn't thought about in eons - after which he declared, "You're not 25". Oops, busted! No, I'm not, but thanks to genetics / a relatively stress-free lifestyle / an aversion to sunbathing, I can get away with claiming that I am. Pop culture, however, betrays me every time. Music, TV, movies - my fondest memories are rooted in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and I'm not ashamed to admit that, but I'm extremely wary of betraying a number upon which so many stupid assumptions are based, especially for women. Sad, but true. The convo got me thinking, though, about all of the 70s TV theme songs I remember, and as I combed through them on YouTube, I realized that damn, there were a lot of good shows on when I was a kid and that I was a witness to an era of TV writing that will never, ever be repeated. I believe reality TV has ruined - or at least altered - that part of the TV experience for good. Also, it struck me that there was an abundance of funny ass sitcoms that put shows like How I Met Your Mother to shame. Sitcoms like M.A.S.H. and All in the Family that said something worth thinking about while delivering the laughs. And then there was Three's Company, a toxic pleasure that rotted my brain to the point where, one day, I actually blurted out to my mom that I wished I were a blonde - a feat a million bottles of Clairol and skin-bleaching agents couldn't possibly accomplish. Some dreams are just meant to die, but great theme songs live on forever - until the Alzheimers kicks in, that is.

And so, I'm going to take a trip back in time to when bell bottom pants and platform shoes were a fashion statement and not a punchline. It's worth noting that I didn't grow up watching the Brady Bunch or The Partridge Family or countless other shows because guess who dictated my viewing habits? My parents, of course, so this list is as much a reflection of their taste as it is of mine.

Hawaii Five-O is an American television series that starred Jack Lord in the lead role for a fictional Hawaii state police department. The show ran for 12 seasons, from 1968 to 1980.


Book 'em, Danno!



The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a television breakthrough, with the first never-married, independent career woman as the central character: "As Mary Richards, a single woman in her thirties, Moore presented a character different from other single TV women of the time. She was not widowed or divorced or seeking a man to support her."

Mary Tyler Moore Season 5 on DVD!
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LOVE IS ALL AROUND by Pat Williams
Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you're all alone
But it's time you started living
It's time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all



Season 1 opening theme

Welcome Back, Kotter starred comedian Gabe Kaplan as the title character Gabe Kotter, a wise-cracking teacher who returns to his high school alma mater—the fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn, New York—to teach an often unruly group of remedial wiseguys known as the "Sweathogs."

Most of the major characters of Welcome Back, Kotter were based on people from Kaplan's teen years as a remedial high school student in Brooklyn.


The TV characters' signature lines became enormously popular catch phrases such as Barbarino's "up your nose with a rubber hose" and Washington's deep-voiced "hi there" and Horshack's wheezing laugh. It wasn't long before the previously unknown actors became hot commodities, particularly John Travolta, the show's breakout star. [Wikipedia]

The popular theme song "Welcome Back," written and recorded by former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian, became a #1 hit in the spring of 1976. [Wikipedia]

WELCOME BACK by John Sebastian
Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they've turned around.

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Back here where we need ya (Back here where we need ya)

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.




M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH (which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker). The series is a medical drama/black comedy that was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS. It follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. M*A*S*H's title sequence featured an instrumental version of the song "Suicide Is Painless", which also appears in the original film.

The series premiered on September 17, 1972, and ended February 28, 1983, with the finale becoming the most-watched television episode in U.S. television history, with about 106 million viewers. The show is still broadcast in syndication on various television stations. The series, which covered a three-year military conflict, spanned 251 episodes and lasted eleven seasons.

Many of the stories in the early seasons are based on real-life tales told by real MASH surgeons who were interviewed by the production team. Like the movie, the series was as much an allegory about the Vietnam War (still in progress when the show began) as it was about the Korean War.

[EXCERPTS: Wikipedia]
The series creators wanted M*A*S*H broadcast without a laugh track, but the TV network, CBS, refused to allow this. As such, in America the series was shown complete with laugh track, but in the UK it aired as originally intended. However, an exception was made in the American version where scenes in the Operating Room never used the laugh track. For one particular episode, set entirely in the O.R., this meant an entire episode broadcast in the U.S. which had no laugh track.

In the UK, one episode was accidentally broadcast with the laugh track left in, and the BBC announcer apologised for "the technical problems we had" afterwards.

On all released DVDs, both in the UK and America, there is an option to watch the show with or without the laugh track.

Gary Burghoff (Radar)'s left hand is slightly deformed, and he took great pains to hide or de-emphasize it during filming. He did this by always holding something (like a clipboard) or keeping that hand in his pocket. Burghoff later commented that his deformity would have made it impossible for him to be involved in active service.

The 4077th actually consisted of two separate sets. An outdoor set, in the mountains near Malibu, California (Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California) was used for most exterior and tent scenes for every season. The indoor set, on a sound stage at Fox Studios, was used for the indoor scenes for the run of the series...Just as the series was wrapping production, a major brush fire destroyed the entire set on October 9, 1982. The fire was written into the final episode as a forest fire caused by enemy incendiary bombs.

When M*A*S*H was filming its last episode, the producers were contacted by the Smithsonian Institution, which asked to be given a part of the set. The producers quickly agreed and sent the tent, signposts, and contents of the "swamp", which was home to Hawkeye, BJ, Trapper, Charles, and Frank during the course of the show. The Smithsonian has the "swamp" on display to this day. Originally found on the Ranch, Radar's teddy bear, once housed at the Smithsonian, was sold at auction on July 29, 2005 for $11,800.

As the series progressed, it made a significant shift from being primarily a comedy to becoming far more drama-focused. Changes behind the scenes were the cause, rather than the oft-cited cast defections...

Executive Producer Gene Reynolds left at the end of the fifth season in 1977. This, coupled with head writer Larry Gelbart's departure the previous season, stripped the show of its comedic foundation. Likewise, with the departure of Larry Linville after five seasons, the series lost its "straight man" (comic foil).

Beginning with the sixth season, Alan Alda and new Executive Producer Burt Metcalfe became the "voice" of M*A*S*H, and continued in those roles for the remaining five seasons (though Alda and Gene Reynolds became Executive Consultants). By the eighth season in 1979, the writing staff had been totally overhauled, and M*A*S*H displayed a different feel—consciously moving between comedy and drama, unlike the seamless integration of years gone by. While this latter era showcased some fine dramatic moments, the attempts at pure comedy were not as successful as compared to the first five seasons. The quirky, fractured camp of the early years had gradually turned into a homogenized "family"; clever dialogue gave way to puns; and the sharply defined characters were often unrecognizable and lost most of their comedic bite. In addition, the episodes became more political, and the show was often accused of preaching to its viewers. At the same time, many episodes from the later era were praised for its experimentation with the half-hour sitcom format...

Harry Morgan, who played Col. Potter, admitted in an interview that he felt "the cracks were starting to show" by Season 9, and the cast had agreed to make Season 10 their last. CBS decided otherwise, saying that their hit show wasn't going to go away so suddenly. Ultimately, CBS persuaded the cast and crew to produce half a regular season of episodes for the final year (making an official run of eleven seasons) and end the series with a big finale, which ultimately became one of the most watched episodes in television history.

"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was the final episode of M*A*S*H. The episode aired on February 28, 1983, and was 2½ hours long. The episode got a Nielsen rating of 60.2 and 77 share, translating into nearly 106 million Americans watching that night, which established it as the most-watched episode in United States television history, a record that still stands to this day. The only record it did not break was the highest percentage of homes with television sets to watch a TV series, which is still held by the August 1967 final episode of The Fugitive, which was watched in 72% of all American homes with television sets.

M*A*S*H was the first American network series to use the phrase "son of a bitch" (in the 8th-season episode "Guerilla My Dreams"), and there was brief partial nudity in the series (notably Gary Burghoff's buttocks in "The Sniper" and Hawkeye in one of the "Dear Dad" episodes). A different innovation was the show's producers' not wanting a laugh track, as the network did. They compromised with a "chuckle track", played only occasionally.

In his blog, writer Ken Levine revealed that on one occasion, when the cast offered too many nitpicking "notes" on a script, he and his writing partner changed the script to a "cold show"—one set during the frigid Korean winter. The cast then had to stand around barrel fires in parkas at the Malibu ranch when the temperatures neared 100 degrees. Levine says, "This happened maybe twice, and we never got a ticky-tack note again."

"Suicide Is Painless" is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics), which is best known for being featured as the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. The actual title, as it appears on the sheet music, is "Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)."

Mike Altman is the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman, and was 14 years old when he composed the song's lyrics. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1980s, Robert Altman said that his son earned more than a million dollars for co-writing the song while he only made $70,000 for directing the movie.
[Wikipedia]

SUICIDE IS PAINLESS by Johnny Mandel & Mike Altman
Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...

[chorus]:

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.

I try to find a way to make
all our little joys relate
without that ever-present hate
but now I know that it's too late, and...

[Chorus]

The game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
so this is all I have to say.

[Chorus]

The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I'm beat
and to another give my seat
for that's the only painless feat.

[Chorus]

The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger...watch it grin...

[Chorus]

A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
'is it to be or not to be'
and I replied 'oh why ask me?'

Suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you please.




M.A.S.H. Intro (instrumental)

QUOTES
Wikiquote
Hawkeye: You know, we gotta do it someday... throw away all the guns and invite all the jokers from the north and the south to a cocktail party. Last man standing on his feet at the end wins the war.

IMDb
Frank Burns: Why does everyone take an instant dislike to me?
Trapper: It saves time, Frank.

TV.com
Hawkeye: I will not carry a gun, Frank. When I got thrown into this war I had a clear understanding with the Pentagon: no guns. I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch, I'll carry a tune, I'll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I'll even 'hari-kari' if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun.


MORE 70S TV THEME SONGS


AND FINALLY...Three's Company (reenactment)
This was the closest I could find to the original.
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12/24/2009

My Xmas Carols

I'm all Xmased out, so here's my fucking antidote. Enjoy.

12/20/2009

Holier Than Thou

Homophobic Remarks Slam Gay MP's Christmas Card
It has all the hallmarks of a politician's glossy Christmas card.

Pastoral setting? Check.

Doe-eyed golden retriever? Check.

Handsome couple dressed in smart casual? Check.

Same-sex couple?

That was too much for "a handful of bigots" who objected to Scott Brison's holiday greeting card depicting him and spouse Maxime St. Pierre, according to the Nova Scotia Liberal MP.

"The overwhelming response has been very positive," Brison said from Windsor, N.S. "There's always a very, very tiny minority of bigots. It's their problem, it's not my problem."

At least one news website had to shut down its comments section running under a story about the card. The Globe and Mail web editor said the section was shut down because of "hateful and homophobic remarks." [...]

Matt Mills, editorial director of the gay news group Pink Triangle Press, said it's a mistake to block homophobes.

"Gay and lesbian people do know that homophobia exists and is expressed all the time," he said.

"Our approach is that shutting down comments when there are homophobic remarks that come out really just drives that homophobia underground and out of the public eye. It is an exercise, in some ways, in denial. And I don't think that's constructive ... We can't fight it if we can't see it." [...]

'Bigots' React to Brison's Christmas Card
COMMENT
edrick169 writes:
"I have every RIGHT to voice those opinions in a respectful manner without being called or labeled a "bigot" or "homophobic".
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Almost right, but not. You do enjoy the right to express your opinion respectfully. And those who disagree enjoy the same right to respond.

You can't claim the right to free speech only to deny that for others. "Bigot" and "homophobic" are acceptable terms in English parlance. And if it is the opinion of others that you are a bigot and a homophobe, then it is simply that .. their opinion.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but these rights are universal and guaranteed by the Charter.


Canadian Lawmaker Scott Brison and His Brokeback Christmas Card
COMMENTS
It looks like the ending to one of those mood alteration med ads…. lol I LIKE IT

Scott Brison is my MP in Nova Scotia. Although it's wonderful that he was elected to Parliament as an openly gay man, I can tell you I didn't vote for him. His support of free trade between Canada and Columbia, and his previous support of two tiered health care (although where he stands now, I don't know [because he didn't respond to my letter]) are things I can't look past.
Cute photo though.

Does it weird anyone else out how much they look like brothers?…

I really do not get how this is a Christmas card. Where's the snow, reindeer, santa etc… I think you missed the boat Scott.
Happy Holidays

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12/17/2009

Douchebags

Paul Janka

Make sure to get a waxing; I'm going to make all your holes very sore.

Want some coffee and want it up the ass?

Douchebags Defined
The simplest way of conceiving it is this: a douchebag is a failed asshole. The asshole is the true alpha-personality: the douchebag is the cowed, quivering copycat. The asshole rarely thinks of his own assholishness - the douchebag plots and plans his assholery, only to have it collapse into a wet splashy puddle of douche. The asshole can, on occasion, be charming, attentive, generous or cultured - this is what makes him attractive, and therefore dangerous. The douchebag is never anything but a schmuck. The douchebag worships and loves and hates and envies the asshole. The asshole never notices the douchebag, except on those rare occasions when he is inspired to crush the douchebag to a pulp. The douchebag dreams of being an asshole. The asshole does not dream - he’s too worn out by fucking the douchebag’s girlfriend. [...]

12/13/2009

Dear Diary...

Manhattan call girl, Loredana

Is it possible to fall in love with a hooker?
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12/11/2009

Our Mayor?

I've never been one to simply tinker with the edges when what's required is bold action.

Toronto Centre MPP George Smitherman, aka "Furious George", promising to shake things up before he even takes the mayor's chair. Bully pulpit, or just bully? [NOW Magazine - 11/12/09]

'Furious George' Smitherman Was the Premier's Enforcer
THEY made the oddest of couples, the beanpole Dalton McGuinty and bearish George Smitherman.

The Ontario premier grew up a socially conservative, impeccably polite Irish Catholic from the Ottawa suburbs – probably convinced into adulthood he didn't even know any homosexuals.

The man who would become his unlikely political lieutenant was an out-and-then-some gay man, a hockey-playing, Whitney Houston-loving brawler who never went to college, started in politics as a lowly driver, confessed while in cabinet to a fondness for party drugs, and rose to become the second most powerful politician in the province. [...]

Smitherman Denies eHealth Influenced Mayoral Run
GEORGE Smitherman is brushing aside suggestions that he is running for the Toronto mayoralty in order to sidestep some of the political muck generated by the eHealth scandal.

Smitherman stepped down from his high-profile role as Energy and Infrastructure Minister on Monday to announce he will take a run at becoming mayor of Toronto in next November's municipal election.

Mayor David Miller announced in September that he wouldn't be seeking re-election in fall 2010.

Smitherman, who was the province's health minister before he took up the energy portfolio in June 2008, has come under fire as a result of the eHealth boondoggle, in which nearly $1 billion in taxpayers' money was spent over the past decade in a failed bid to create an electronic health record system. [...]

COMMENTS
Bend over Toronto - Smitherman wants to hit you baby one more time...
Remember his health care tax? And where are those thousands of new nurses that this tax was suppossed to pay for - did you forget that election promise? They only made it in two elections, so maybe it does not count like every other promise liberals make.

He’s a grade 12 graduate who worked in a camera store and he’s trashed every portfolio he’s had in the Ontario government.

I would really like to see Rob Ford run for Mayor - I think he is honest and tries to spend our money in the best possible way and to get the biggest bang for the buck. No spending on "favourites" like what we're used to being done.

I fail to see why people vote for a guy whose greatest accomplishments outside of politics are opening an unsuccessful photofinishing shop and overcoming cocaine addiction...My grandfather, a true man of the land, referred to people like them as having "bankers hands". He told me that if a man's hands are strong, rough, and calloused, you can probably trust him. If not, be wary. Those are timeless words of wisdom as far as I'm concerned.


George Smitherman Steps Down to Run for Mayor
"I AM a son of this city. It is where I was born, where I was raised. It’s a city that has been a source of great pride and a place where I’ve devoted a great deal of my energy trying to help build a stronger community. Toronto has had an amazing history, of which we should all be proud. I believe it can have an even brighter future." [...]

COMMENTS
Yes, the man who got the ball rolling on the E-Health Consultant scandal, and is now forcing giant windmills on communities throughout Ontario wants to step back and fix Toronto.

Just what Toronto needs in this time of fiscal mismanagement, an army of consultants wasting millions of dollars to force Torontonians to accept the latest left-wing pap. If we thought David Miller was arrogant and tin-earred, well George Smitherman will take both to a new level, and every taxpayer in Toronto, and Ontario will suffer for it.

As for the voters of Toronto Centre showing their faith in George, I would suggest that a fire hydrant would win the riding if it ran under the Liberal banner. At least the hydrant would provide a useful service to the riding after the election.

We certainly do not need Smitherman. We have lived through the disaster of one blowhard the last 6 years and do not need another thin skinned bully. The other question is why he is not resigning immediately from his seat. He is now in a conflict of interest raising money and running for Mayor yet sitting in the Provincial Legislature.

Smitherman represents all that is BAD in politics. He bounces from ministry to ministry accomplishing NOTHING. Let's not forget he has responsibility for Ontario's e-health spending scandal. He is a waste of time and money.

This is a man who thinks it's OK to spend Ontario taxpayers' money on sex-change surgery, while people with cancer wait over two months for treatment.
Sickening.


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12/10/2009

Bits and Pieces

Body Language: Will They Last?
In the world of celebrities, socialites, and reality stars, relationships are more often "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" than "long-term." That's to be expected, of course. Think of all the temptations when countless other beautiful people are around! To size up the potential of a handful of newer and more high-profile couples on the New York City scene, we turned to Patti Wood, the "Babe Ruth of body language experts" who has evaluated unspoken signals for hundreds of media outlets over the years. Join us below as Wood breaks down which twosomes are destined for eternal bliss—and which are bound for a break-up.

SHOP-A-MATIC Last-Minute Gifts
Handheld sewing machine__$15
Herb keeper__$20
Poison flask__$40
Espresso set__$90
Custom 5-ft subway sign by Underground Sign__$310

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Woman As Design: Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below
Designer, writer and cultural commentor, Stephen Bayley views how women have been portrayed in art and design throughout time.
Available from Amazon for $31.50.

New York Cooks: 100 Recipes from the City's Best Chefs
Step into the kitchens of some of NYC's most popular restaurants with this book, which features brief stories and multiple recipes with each chef. Highlights include The Little Owl/Joey Campanaro, Annisa/Anita Lo, Allen & Delancey/Neil Ferguson, and Casa Mono/Andy Nusser. By Joan Krellenstein and Barbara Winkler.
Available from Amazon for $20.

Hi-Ya Zapi
We've about had it when it comes to all the H1N1 hysteria. That is until we came upon this little guy and knew he was the perfect ninja addition to any bathroom. Simply stick a toothbrush into the Hi-Ya Zapi, and wait seven minutes for germs to be zapped away, including E.coli and the viruses that cause common colds, and yes, even swine flu. It's a gift anyone will appreciate this season.
Available from Violight for $30.


Dead or Alive: 100 Gifts for 100 Cultural Icons
We've selected our picks for the top 100 cultural personalities in 2009... and then we went shopping for them
#82. STEPHEN COLBERT: Chocolate pie chart, $10 from Chocolate Editions

#16. Chuck Klosterman: Void LP Player by Rhea Jeong, price upon request

#20. Damien Hirst: Pig's Skull High Tea Pot by Wieki Somers, price upon request

#50. KATE MOSS: Cocaine/Heroin Salt and Pepper Shakers by David Shrigley, $125 from the New Museum Store

#97. WOODY ALLEN: The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You, $14 from Amazon

TOMMY HILFIGER Global Flagship Opening Spring 2010
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Fug Girls: The Career of Up in the Air's George Clooney, From Charm to Smarm
As red-blooded women, we've always found George Clooney's grin irresistible, but naysayers have long dismissed his smirk as smug. Since Cloons is extra-omnipresent this fall thanks to The Men Who Stare at Goats, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and this weekend’s Up in the Air, we foraged through his filmography to gauge how his signature expression has varied over the years. This handy field guide rates George's smirks and smiles using our highly scientific Smarm to Charm scale, from zero (infuriatingly cocky) to ten (unbearably delightful). Warning: Contains mild spoilers, and may cause light-headedness.

Art Basel: The Works That Sold - and Sparked Conversation
All revelry aside, the art that’s shown — and, especially, sold — at Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs sets the tone and tastes in the art world for months to come. New stars arise, power reshuffles, and deals are done. And while there weren’t many deals in the seven-figure range this year, there were a lot of deals in general. [...]

Fight Germs With These Hand Sanitizers
We're not trying to promote mass hysteria, but bottom line: It's flu season. Fortunately, hand sanitizers are being installed in various office buildings (ours being one of them). Of course they're not available in the subways, where most of us feel contaminated after touching that grimy pole. Here, six germ fighters to help fend off winter colds.

Does Natalie Portman's Beauty Eclipse Her Talent As an Actress?
You know, we'd never really thought much about it until we read the following paragraph of Dana Stevens's review of Brothers over on Slate:

Here I come up against what I'm fully willing to admit may be a personal limitation: I can't stand Natalie Portman. I've never believed her in a single role. She evokes no emotional response in me beyond, "Oh, there's Natalie Portman." She doesn't overact or underact; she just stands around with whatever the appropriate expression for the scene seems to be on her sweet, pretty, childlike face.

Come to think of it, Stevens might be onto something! [...]

The Worst Excesses of Art Basel 2009
At Art Basel Miami, nothing succeeds like excess. With sales surprisingly strong — Pace Wildenstein sold virtually its entire booth, while LES's Lisa Cooley, at the nada fair, moved more than half of hers — the mood was giddy. For good or ill, millionaires (and billionaires) brought home art almost like vacation souvenirs. And the only question that people asked more than "Is it an edition?" was "Is there an open bar?" With it all ending yesterday with the Scope Art Fair's party at the Standard’s Mud Room, we look back at the top ten moments of excess. [...]

12 Days of 144 Gifts: Winter Fashion Gift Guide
The Knee Jockey
When you’re not jetting, legroom can be difficult to find. But not when you have a Knee Jockey—the holster for your knees. Just strap on the Knee Jockey to lift and tuck those knees to your chest, giving your legs the extra centimeter of freedom they deserve. From the Flyer’s Collection- gifts for when you can’t be on JetBlue.

Gaga, Lambert Perform at Star-Studded Launch Party
Lady Gaga debuts a super-sized version of her hair bow for her performance to a star-studded party that came out to celebrate the launch of music Web site Vevo in NYC.

Tom Ford's 'A Single Man' After Party
Madonna drinks dirty martinis with "A Single Man" director Tom Ford at the after party for the designer's new movie at Monkey Bar in Manhattan.