Monday, June 18, 2007

June 17, 2007 to June 23, 2007

Wherein I'm starting a day late...I don't have anything to say, anyway


Blogger bill said...

nope. still nothing to talk about.

6/18/2007 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger reader_iam said...

Me too. Think about, yes; read about; yes. But bother talking about? Naaah.

6/18/2007 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

nope. still nothing to talk about.

not even this?

6/18/2007 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Hmm. I'd heard that was supposed to be funny. I found it painfully boring.

6/18/2007 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Where we're having dinner Wednesday: Element.

Two short Richard Blais videos up on youtube:



More pictures and descriptions at Egullet.

6/18/2007 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Correct about the "Obama Girl" video, better in concept than execution (hadn't watched it all the way through before linking, just noticed it was the most watched video last week on YouTube).

And I blame Ken Jennings for making me (wrongly) think of this song.

Damn you Ken Jennings!!!

6/19/2007 04:24:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

I saw Wang Chung open for the Kinks back around 1984-85. Surprisingly good--they (he?) did a really fun version of "Take Me to the River."

6/19/2007 05:56:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

One thing about "Obama Girl" I want to mention. It is nice to see a homebrewed political ad that celebrates a candidate rather than spewing venom.

6/19/2007 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

All of us at hope you enjoy this, the 51st installment of Tuesday Trivia.

Not likely, but I got to do something while my tea cools off.

1. Theisman
2. Ooh, this sounds familiar. And the reason it sounds familiar is because I read it last week: Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
3. Laos?
4. Answer. I've always enjoyed her standup, but never thought her show was funny. Unlike Seinfeld, whose show is one of the best and his standup always bored me. I did enjoy Ellen as the receptionist on Open House. Starring the great Alison La Placa, whom I preferred on Duet.
5. Based on earlier comments I immediately thought it's Wang Chung. But the song is called "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" not "Everybody Wang Chung TOnight." SCrolling the 1986 hit list, I see nothing that fits. Unless someone else has an answer, I guessing Jennings is going for the Wang Chung song and THAT IS WRONG.
6. answer.
7. Fuck Royalty. Representative Democracy all the way baybee!!!!

correct answers: 1 & 3 & 7. And possibly 5.

6/19/2007 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Bonus info: I own Wang Chung's 12" remix of Dance Hall Days.

6/19/2007 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Enjoyed it too. Probably bought it after the Kinks' concert.

6/19/2007 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

I think I jumped the gun on #5. Looking like the correct answer is Human. It was written by the album's producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

6/19/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

NPR's biased reporting

6/19/2007 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Dance Hall Days is a great song. I don't have the 12" single version, unfortunately....

6/19/2007 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I'll put it near the top of wax to digitize once my Father's Day gift shows up.

6/19/2007 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

I was going to expand the parenthetical "wrongly" to make explicitly clear that not only was "Everyone Wang Chung Tonight" not the actual title to the song, but also never a number one hit (though released in the right year for the question), but decided to favor pith over explication.

My apologies for any confusion caused.

As far as the correct answer, it seems so out of place that they had a hit in the mid 80s after their early 80s salad days that all memories of that period in their career have been wiped from my consciousness.

And, as far as last weeks Kentrivia, I cry foul on the Walken answer, that's messed up right there, but he did accept Prince.

And yes, screw royalty!

(I almost commented, as well, that the answer for this week's number one also rhymes with JERK)

6/19/2007 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I hate all these people and they make me want to pray for the destruction of the entire human race.

6/19/2007 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

With the linked complaint letter, why am I thinking you may have stumbled upon one more of Glenn Greenwald's sockpuppets (or maybe his *true* secret identity)?

6/19/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

How far did you get? I bailed at "I will begin in 1997."

6/19/2007 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Nice discussion: can you define a website?

6/19/2007 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

I read that whole letter.... those grad school skimming skills sure come in hand on the web ..... whiny wankers.

The Little Anachronism has been getting a special dish at one of our local places for two years now (vegetable tempura with only certain vegetables) and on those rare occassions that we get waitstaff who don't know us, or are unwilling, we suck it up. And that's with a five-year old. Grownups should know better.

Of course, grownups should know better than to get attached to rasberry soy lattes, too.....

6/19/2007 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Fussy orderers area a major pet peeve of mine. If you don't like the dishes available, go elsewhere, or order something else on the menu. If you want everything prepared exactly as you want it, then stay home.

But as for the letter, being connoisseur of bad prose, I couldn't not read the whole thing.

Hell, I've read Bram Stoker beyond just Dracula, that takes some doing, let me tell you.

Also, I've always meant to read Paul Clifford but have never managed the intestinal fortitude to complete the task.

6/19/2007 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

That ObamaGirl video? Boring and the skanky swimsuit model was uninteresting. Not that I've much experience combining photos, videos, and music, but I have an idea that might be better (meaning funnier).

ObamasPyschoPretendGirlfriend. Let's take the idea of an obsessed fan and try to ramp it up to an uncomfortable level using The Stupid Jerk I'm Obsessed With, by Maggie Estep (No More Mister Nice Girl). It's frantic spoken word backed by metallish music. I envision lot's of quick cuts-- Read the words.

I guess I need a lot of photos of Obama and maybe video (if it's easy to dump into iLife's iMovie). Or I'll split the credit, and the Today Show screen time, with someone who can actually do this.


1. Which candidate would be the funnier guy in this section: he makes a point of standing
looking over my shoulder
when I'm talking to the guy who adores me
and would bark like a dog
and wave to strangers
if I asked him to bark like a dog
and wave to strangers
but I can't ask him to bark like a dog
or impersonate any kind of animal at all
cause I'm too busy

2. Need some Obama photos specifically for: the stupid jerk I'm obsessed with has pants on that perfectly define his well-shaped ass

6/20/2007 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

The SoQuoted household only drives manual transmission cars. With this local story we can add another reason why to the list: harder to carjack.

He was approached by two teens armed with a gun, who demanded his wallet and his car keys.

The employee wisely gave both up.

The suspect jumped into the victim's car, but he couldn't get it started, because it didn't have an automatic transmission. It was a standard shift with a clutch pedal.

The victim ran back into the pizzeria and called police. After a few minutes, other employees opened the back door expecting the criminals to be gone.

"And I look out, and the guy's still in his car, trying to start the car, but all he has is the radio on, 'cause you have to keep the clutch down to start the engine," said pizzeria employee J.J. Williamson.

6/20/2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

ha ha:

(Ah, crap... I didn't get my post in before the retard showed up.)

6/20/2007 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...


wonderful dinner at Element last night. Recap later, including a photo of the charred octopus.

Taking a couple of days off to chauffeur to ballet camp and other summer activities.

Playing around with a new toy, the Ion iTTUSB turntable. A turntable you plug into a computer's USB port and record. Comes with some basic software to do some sound cleanup and track separation. So far seems to be working fine. Probably a more indepth review later on and plenty of audio tracks to be unleased.

6/21/2007 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Thought I might leave one or two comments. Decided to wait a day or two and maybe leave them near the top of next week's post.

6/23/2007 03:15:00 PM  

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