Neil Young has understandably made a very big deal out of his one-of-a-kind LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that's been retrofitted into an electric car. The Canadian icon has been driving the one-million-dollar prototype around North America, intermittently documenting his trips, all in a concerted effort to promote green energy. He probably wasn't documenting the experience two Fridays ago, when the LincVolt broke down in the Sierra Nevadas, and he was momentarily stranded.
So! The Hope For Haiti Telethon was last night, and if you're like everyone else, it was Friday night, and you were out, you selfish fuck. Or all TEAM COCO. Either way, music happened. Timberlake! Beyonce! Swift! Hova! Gospel Choirs!
Anne Hathaway turns 27 today. Fashion darling Julia Restoin Roitfeld is turning 29. Ryan Gosling turns 29 today, too. Actress Megan Mullally is turning 51. Billionaire mogul Ron Burkle is 57. Paper co-founder Kim Hastreiter is 58. Sammy Sosa is turning 41. Author Naomi Wolf is 47. Neil Young turns 64. Actor Wallace Shawn is turning 66. Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci is 48. R&B singer Omarion is 25. Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal is 56. And disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding turns 39 today.
It turns out Anne Hathaway and Ron Burkle share something in common besides Raffaello Follieri. Both are celebrating their birthdays today, too! Anne is turning 26; the supermarket mogul, Democratic fundraiser, and owner of the late Radar, is 56. Others celebrating today: Paper co-founder Kim Hastreiter is 57. Ryan Gosling turns 28. Megan Mullally is 50. Author Naomi Wolf is 46. Neil Young is turning 63. Sammy Sosa is 40. R&B singer Omarion is 24. Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci is 47. Actor Wallace Shawn is 65. Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal is turning 55. And your favorite disgraced ice queen, Tonya Harding, is 38 years old.
"Putting on a headphone and listening to an MP3 is like hell," 62-year-old rock eccentric Neil Young has said, while praising the sonic qualities of old vinyl records. Now, taking a clue from the fix-it-yourself Web 2.0 kids, Young told the Financial Times that he's working on an alternative digital distribution platform that won't drive his ears nuts:
Despite four decades of feverishly anti-establishment rocking by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, fans are showing up at concerts and booing the rock veterans for performing anti-war tunes. They've even been mraching out en masse in protest against songs like "Ohio" and "Military Madness." "The forthcoming documentary 'CSNY: Deja Vu' charts that friction, portraying fans who saluted the group's efforts and those who felt betrayed by them, while introducing viewers to Iraqi War vets who are now protesting the war as musicians, politicians and social workers. Directed by Young and due in theaters July 25, the film blends concert and behind-the-scenes footage with short news features created by CNN correspondent Mike Cerre."
As part of Neil Young's appearance at Sun's JavaOne conference, groups of hacks were herded into a conference room to ask questions of the aging rock legend, presumably about how awesome Java is, but I think the plan is that Java is just awesome because Young says so, and he trotted out an expansive interactive discography powered by the Java functionality built into Sony's Blu-ray hardware and a clean car project with telemetrics powered by Sun-sponsored software. Because I doubt there's anything baby boomer executives and the formerly flannel-shirted Gen-X set they spawned like more than getting the most out of their cars and home theater systems. Except maybe hearing Young pontificate on the virtues of an all-analog recording process.
Electronic Arts is learning to ask questions like "What is your sex song?" and "Hottie" requests. That's right, the videogames giant is leaping into the world of Facebook applications. Former EA Los Angeles general manager Neil Young is in charge of a "stealth division" believed to be EA Blueprint, which will develop and publish games to social networks. At least someone who knows what they're doing will be making games for the network. But if these rumors pan out, this at least sheds a bit more light on the threatened shutdown of Scrabulous.