The Chaz Awards 2008

The Chaz Awards are given annually to those people, places, events and ideas that motivated me sufficiently to start writing down stuff like this.

Most blatantly-shameless advertising shtick:
PETA's Trollsen Twins, bashing Ashley and Mary-Kate for being insufficiently sensitive or something.
Best political snark:
Joe Biden says of Rudy Giuliani: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun, a verb, and 9/11."
Best political move:
Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth jumps to the Corporation Commission, becoming the first gay man in a statewide office while precipitating essentially no controversy.
Worst political move:
John Edwards reports his haircuts to the Federal Election Commission — at four hundred bucks each.
Best TV event:
The strike by members of the Writers Guild of America.
Best automotive remark:
Dan Becker, director of the Sierra Club's global-warming programs and occasional auto-industry critic, at the General Motors Dealer of the Year banquet in New York: "GM paid $2 billion to Fiat to go away. I said I'd be willing to do it for half that much."
Worst automotive remark:
Car and Driver's 2008 10Best Issue, appearing in December 2007, had a photo of NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason with the unfortunate caption RILF ALERT.
Top-rated collector's item of 2007:
The Hello Kitty AK-47 rifle.
Most elusive Christmas present:
A Wii from the Midwestern chain Slackers: they sold all their store stock on eBay at a higher price than Nintendo would have liked.
Strangest photo of 2007:
Amy Winehouse isn't exactly picking her nose. Then again, almost any photo of Amy Winehouse is bizarre these days, and there's already an online death watch.
Best album title of the year:
"We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" by Modest Mouse.
Least-expected blog development:
Ree Drummond, writer/photographer of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, is interviewed by CNN and turns out to be incredibly freaking gorgeous.
Most-welcome sign of sanity on Usenet:
People have (mostly) quit bitching about yEnc.

Posted 25 December 2007

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