Posts Tagged ‘Memphis’

Eddie Izzard, the brilliant, executive transvestite comedian played the Orpheum here in Memphis last night on his “Stripped” tour. The sold-out show was insightful, irreverent, and just plain funny – the sort of show one expects from Izzard.

What I wasn’t expecting was to find out that Eddie may be an Apple Zombie. He, too, seemingly worships at the alter of things beginning with “i.” Some have reported that Eddie has appeared on-stage with his iPhone, which he uses to read Wikipedia. While I didn’t see it here in Memphis, he made references to it, between observations of Noah’s Ark, giraffes, and appendices.

“Ever notice the GPS feature in the iPhone is a bit dodgey, “ he asked. “You try to find your position, and it gives it to you within a 6-mile radius. Well, F&*%; I know that much!” Um. Yeah.

Eddie is off to Dallas next, and returns to Tennessee in a couple of weeks to play Nashville. Eddie Izzard live at the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman? That is a bit surreal, now isn’t it?


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The smell of fresh brains still permeates Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. Yes, last night was Zombie Walk 2008 here in the Bluff City, as our town’s Undead Community meets for fellowship, fresh air, and to dine on the Living.

Zombies lumbered past the FedEx Forum, home of the NBA’s laughing stock Memphis Grizzlies, by Coyote Ugly, Hard Rock Cafe, and other tourist traps, and finally in the shadow of the statue of Elvis, the King of the Memphis Undead.

Yes, it was quite a night. And, we have photos. Lots and lots of photos. I have cleaned the blood off my camera, and loaded a selection to a Flickr page. Enjoy them, share them, pass them on, like the curse of the Undead.



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Perth had one. Toronto is gearing up. And, soon, it’ll be Memphis’ turn.

Yes, it’s Zombie Walk time, when the Undead Community congregates, and lumbers through town, feasting on the brains of the living. Oddly, here in Memphis, the Walk is Downtown, nowhere near the local Apple Store. But, you can bet some of the walkers will be wearing their iPods as they mindlessly follow the crowd.

Pictures? Oh yes, there will be pictures.


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Apple Zombies is usually a blog about what interests me and Scott Porch. That usually means snipets of digital entertainment news, Apple minutiae, or triflings about what we call “Apple Zombies,” those people who mindlessly follow the Pied Piper of Cupertino, and believe even the most minor advance in Apple hardware is groundbreaking stuff, worthy of accolades that would make Al Gore blush. Brains…

But, the most festive time of the year is upon us. So, I thought it would be appropriate for Apple Zombies to take a pause, and wish all those visiting our site, “Happy Holidays!”

That being said, both Scott and I are attorneys, and in light of the current litigious environment, we should mention the following:

This statement of good wishes (“Greeting”) from me (“Sender”) is intended to be generic in nature. “Holiday” is intentionally left an undefined term. This holiday may include, but not be limited to, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, Saturnalia, or even Elvis’ Birthday (“Elvis” is a registered trademark of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Memphis, TN). Further, the recipient of this greeting (“Receiver”), may insert his or her own holiday into this Greeting, either explicitly or implicitly, or no holiday at all, if he or she chooses. If Receiver celebrates no holidays during the intended period of Greeting, assumed to be roughly mid-December, 2007 through the first week in January, 2008 (“Greeting Period”), he or she may consider Greeting to be merely general, and a simple wish of good feelings and joy, suitable for any time of year, or no time at all.

Greeting should in no way be construed to guarantee or warrant happiness or other good feelings during Greeting Period, or warrant or guarantee an acceptable holiday. By accepting Greeting, Receiver expressly agrees that he or she assumes the risk for his or her own holiday. Receiver will hold Sender harmless should Receiver’s expectations for Greeting Period and wishes contained herein not coincide.

Greeting is at all times subject to withdrawal by Sender, and it may be canceled or modified at any time, without notice to Receiver. In the event of cancellation, Receiver shall receive no credit or proration for any time left in Greeting Period. Greeting is not intended to be transferable, and has no cash value. Under no circumstances may Receiver in any way alter Greeting, or publish Greeting directly or indirectly without express written permission of Sender. Permission may be withheld for any reason within the sole discretion of Sender, with no rule of reasonableness.

Should Receiver not accept the terms of Greeting listed above, no rights or benefits related to Greeting will accrue.

Should a dispute arise from Greeting, Receiver agrees that jurisdiction and venue will be in the courts of Shelby County, Tennessee. Sender and Receiver agree that personal jurisdiction will lie in those courts, regardless of the location of either party. Greeting will be construed under the laws of the State of Tennessee, without regard to Choice of Law or Renvoy.*

*The above disclaimer is Copyright 2007 by Apple Zombies, Peter Baskind, and Scott Porch. All rights are reserved, and may only be used with explicit permission. For licensing information, contact the author at peterbaskind@gmail.com.

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I had a nice lunch today — a tasty snack of brains. Sure, my status as an Apple Zombie is well-documented, but, my brain-numbed mission to get Hannah Montana tickets is another matter, indeed.

If you have a pre-teen daughter, you know more than you would like about Miley Cyrus, and her annoying pop music-singing alter-ego, Hannah Montana. You, like me, can’t walk through the house withou220px-hm_title_card.jpgt hearing your daughter sing one of Hannah’s squeaky-clean tunes (does Miley even play an instrument?). But, alas, unless you’re willing to pony up a few hundred bucks with StubHub or eBay, getting tickets for her concert was simply impossible. Just ask the thousands of exceedingly-peeved parents, and state attorneys general who believe some underhanded shenanigans brought those tickets preferentially into the hands of scalpers.

So, yesterday, it was announced that a few more Hannah tickets for Memphis would go on sale today, at exactly 12 noon. “Why bother,” I thought, forgetting that as a Hannah Zombie, I had no choice but to try to snag a set. Still, I happened to be in front of my iMac at noon today (See? There is an Apple connection, after all), and gave it a shot. Amazing but true… I got four nose-bleed tickets at 12:03pm. This makes me — The Best Daddy in the World!

So, next Thursday, I’ll fortify myself with the brains of the living, and trek down to FedEx Forum for the show. I would rather stick knitting needles in my ears than endure the show, but, it’s a Daddy-Daughter thing. Wait… knitting needles in ears and Hannah Montana. Same thing, right?


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