Annual 2012 Year-Of-The-Best Lists, Top 10 Edition

As the year 2012 draws to a close, we can’t help but think back on everything that happened in the last 12 months — from the very good to the not-very-good. What a perfect time to reflect and remember upon all the things that happened in the past year!

From trends, to news events, to pop culture and gossip, 2012 was truly a year unlike anything that has come before or since. Some people have already placed 2012 in the category of “Amazing Years of History.” Let’s take stock of everything that could make 2012 the “year it was,” and “that’s the way it was.” America, have we lost our way? And so, without any further ado, a tradition unlike any other: MY LISTS.

Let’s start with “A for Architecture.” It was an amazing year for man’s desire to build to the heights of the sky, as well as for man’s desire to build a wonderful shopping mall. And that’s not to mention residential developments, garages, and even stadiums for basketball teams. If architecture makes the world go round, then three cheers for architecture! And 2012 was no different.

Here are the TOP TEN ARCHITECTURAL STORIES OF 2012:

10. Development stories

9. Skyscrapers

8. Airport designs

7. Building codes/safety regulations

6. Houses vs. Homes

5. Planning a new building

4. Stories about architecture overall

3. Specific things about architecture

2. The changing nature of buildings and structures

1. Infrastructure

And so it begins. I’ll see you soon with more lists!

GET YOUR WAR ON: The End

Here it is, friends: The final installment of this election cycle’s GET YOUR WAR ON series. This one is about the end of the White Man Era. We hope you like it!


The People’s Bailout

This is a long post but it’s about something pretty interesting so I hope you’ll indulge …

Like many folks, Occupy Wall Street has been some doing good work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping people on the ground.

Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it. As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT. (If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game. A MORE AWESOME GAME.)

This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need — to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy. As you can see from our test run, the return on investment approaches 30:1. That’s a crazy bargain!

Now, after many consultations with attorneys, the IRS, and our moles in the debt-brokerage world, we are ready to take the Rolling Jubilee program LIVE and NATIONWIDE, buying debt in communities that have been struggling during the recession.

We’re kicking things off with a show called THE PEOPLE’S BAILOUT at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, November 15. It will also stream online, like a good ol’-fashioned telethon!

Friends, the line-up is insane. Performers include:

- JEFF MANGUM (Neutral Milk Hotel)

- JANEANE GAROFALO

- GUY PICCIOTTO (Fugazi)

- LIZZ WINSTEAD

- HARI KONDABOLU

- TUNDE ADEBIMPE and KYP MALONE (TV on the Radio)

- members of DAS RACIST

and other great talents including a group of radical nuns! I’ll be playing the role of JERRY LEWIS, emceeing in my tuxedo from MEN’S WEARHOUSE.

This will be a joyful, positive night about people banding together and subverting a predatory financial system in order to help each other. BOOM! That’s a movie pitch right there, goddamn why am I not a Hollywood mogul?!

Anyway, HERE IS THE INFORMATION about THE PEOPLE’S BAILOUT:

- The LIVE SHOW is at Le Poisson Rouge on THURSDAY 11/15, 8 – 11 PM. Tickets are $25 (each ticket buys $500 of distressed debt).

- The LIVE STREAM will be at http://rollingjubilee.org (you’ll be able to donate online)

- Here’s the FACEBOOK PAGE

- The HASHTAG is #peoplesbailout

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

- Spread the word! Share this info with your friends, family, and followers
- Donate money via http://rollingjubilee.org

$25 abolishes an estimated $500 worth of debt
$50 abolishes an estimated $1000 worth of debt
$100 abolishes an estimated $2000 worth of debt
$250 abolishes an estimated $5000 worth of debt

- Host a live-stream party! Get together with folks in your town and watch the show online and donate money and maybe even drink a beer if you’re feeling crazy.

- If you are Jerry Seinfeld or Bill Cosby: Call me about doing a set at the live show! We’ll fit you in.

Okay, that was a really long blog post. I feel very vulnerable right now. Thanks for reading.

Bye!
–David Rees

TV Commercial For HTSP!

We made a TV commercial for HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS! It features Mary Norris (copy editor at the New Yorker, long-time pencil enthusiast) and the voice of Kurt Braunohler, one of the funniest, sweetest guys in comedyland. It also features a brief shot of my favorite photograph ever.

It will air on late-night TV in early November. You and your friends will see it during re-runs of: Saturday Night Live (VH1), The Soup (E! Entertainment Television), Conan (TBS), The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Futurama, South Park (Comedy Central), and Adult Swim (Cartoon Network).

Please share far and wide! I want to sell more copies of my pencil book! I want to be interviewed on Charlie Rose! I WANT IT ALL

Vice-Presidential Debate Recap!

You can read about it here!

The debate did not disappoint. I’m glad I cancelled my kite-making workshop to watch it. It featured many interesting questions and answers, and gave me a lot to think about as I prepare to cast my ballot.