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Published: Wednesday, 10/21/2009

Captain Lou Albano dies; Taylor Swift set for 'SNL' gig, Detroit concert

"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.


REST IN PEACE: Don't you think Captain Lou Albano deserves a moment of silence from Thin Slices? Not only was he a professional wrestler, but he showed up in a Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" video and proved that rubber bands can be a fashion accessory. (RS)

THIS JUST IN: Country superstar Taylor Swift is hosting Saturday Night Live Nov. 7. She's been thinking of skits for quite some time and it's our guess that somehow one of them will involve Kanye West. Also, Swift is playing in Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 26 and 27. Tickets go on sale Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. (RL)


NEWS OF THE WEIRD: When it first came out that Bob Dylan was doing a Christmas album, the only rational response was: Really? It's true and it's out and snippets of it are being played and the reviews are in and all we can say is: Really, a Bob Dylan Christmas album? Don't get us wrong. Here at Thin Slices, we think his last four albums have been nothing short of brilliant and rank with his best stuff ever. But a Christmas album? The Washington Post calls it "awesome." USA Today likes it, too, and it's important to note that all the proceeds from "Christmas in the Heart" go to charity. (RL)

JOB HUNTING: Looking to make a career change? You may want to consider one of the country's top-paying careers, according to Money magazine and PayScale.com's list of Best Jobs in America. Becoming an actuary never sounded so exciting! (RS)


OOPS: The new Michael Jackson single that everyone is making such a fuss over is a bit moldy. It's actually an 18-year-old song co-written by Jackson with Paul Anka that was originally sung by an obscure Latino singer. It even had a completely different name. Now the Jackson estate is stuck paying Anka half the royalties -- somehow they forgot to give him a co-writer credit until he spoke up -- and the song is getting rather lukewarm reviews. (RL)


ANTICIPATION: The Thin Slices crew is eager to see the new adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, a Maurice Sendak tale that has a warm spot in our hearts for any number of reasons, not the least of which is it's simplistic beauty. Unfortunately, the New Yorker says the film is not all that good and Reuters says it's

repetitive. Still, we're keeping an open mind. (RL)

NEW TUNE: The new Michael Jackson song "This Is It," which was the title of his tour scheduled before he died and will be the name of a movie that will be released later this month, is available now. It's a precursor to the movie and a double-CD set that is coming out, featuring new songs and remixes. "This Is It" is a ballad and you can check out a snippet here. (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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