Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween soundtrack

Wherein word searching my iTunes

See also the Disneyland recording of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Halloween, Kirsty MacColl
Halloween and Radiation, Julia Sweeney
Halloween With Dad, Lynda Barry

Frankenstein, Edgar Winters Group

Ghost of a Chance, Nicky Skopelitis
Ghost of the St. Louis Blues, Leon Redbone
Ghost Train, Rickie Lee Jones
Ghost Train, Marc Cohn
Ghosts, Wallets
Ghosttrain, Gorillaz
Ghostyhead, Rickie Lee Jones
Grey Ghost, Mike Doughty
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance, Linda Ronstadt
Rock 'n' Roll Ghost, The Replacements
Sussex Ghost Story, John Wesley Harding
Sweet Ghost of Light, Robyn Hitchcock
The Ghosts That Haunt Me, Crash Test Dummies
Your Ghost, Kristin Hersh
Your Ghost Don't Scare Me No More, John Wesley Harding

Canada Haunts Me, They Might Be Giants
The Haunted Forest, Wizard of Oz soundtrack

Witch On Roof, Wizard of Oz soundtrack
Witch-Jam, The Whitefield Brothers
Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead, Wizard of Oz soundtrack
March of the Witch Hunters, Wicked soundtrack
Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered, Linda ROnstadt
Rita Bewitched, George Clinton

Trick Bag, Crescent City Gold

No Way To Treat a Lady, Bonnie Raitt
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?, Prince

Monster Boogie, Laurie Berkner
My Beloved MOnsters, Eels

Talkin' Return of the Great Gangsta Folk Scare Blues, John Wesley Harding
Your Ghost Don't Scare Me No More, John Wesley Harding

Candy, Astors
Candy Everybody Wants, 10,000 Maniacs
I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow

Vampires, Bumblebeez 81
Vampires and Failures, Grandpaboy
If You've Never Been Vamped By a Brownskin, You've Never Been Vamped at All, Eubie! soundtrack
Sex Kick (Transvision Vamp), Transvision Vamp

Cynthia Mask, Robyn Hitchcock

Pirates, David Byrne
Pirates, Rickie Lee Jones
A Pirate Looks at Forty, Jimmy Buffett
A Pirate Says Arr, The Backyardigans
Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me), Disneyland Pirates of the Carribbean

Giants in the Sky, Mandy Patinkin
I Like Giants, Kimya Dawson

Dead Duck, Badly Drawn Boy
Dead Heroes, Red Rockers
Dead Man Shake, Grandpaboy
Dead On Arrival, John Wesley Harding
Dead On It, Prince
Dead Presidents, J. Geils Band
Dead Things, Emiliana Torrini
Deadbeat Club, B-52s
7 Deadly Sins, Mary's Danish
Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go, Pogues
Exquisite Dead Guy, They Might Be Giants
Famous When You're Dead, Urban Dance Squad
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, Dr. John
Last Dead Mouse, Mighty Mighty Bosstones
May the Living Be Dead (In Our Wake), Flogging Molly
Romeo is Dead, Peter Wolf
Seven Deadly Sins, Flogging Molly
So Long Dead, Wolfgang Press
Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead, Depeche Mode
Sounds Great When You're Dead, Robyn Hitchcock
The King Is Dead Boring, John Wesley Harding
Urn With Dead Flowers In A Drained Pool, PJ Harvey & John Parish
Wake Up This Morning and Find Yourself Dead, Jimi Hendrix

Grave Concern, Things That Fall Down
Graveyard, Loudon Wainwright III
Dig Your Grave, Modest Mouse
I Am Stretched On Your Grave, Sinead O'Connor

Madman Across the Water, Elton John
Madman Mora Blues, Boiled In Lead

Death By Chocolate, Sia
Death of Butterfly, Malcolm McLaren
Death Valley Lives, Jimmy Buffet
Death's Door, Depeche Mode
Deathmarch, Fishbone
Ase's Death, Duke Ellington
Billy's Death, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Country Death Song, Violent Femmes
De la Vie a la Mort (From Life to Death, Zap Mama
Judas' Death, Indigo Girls (Jesus Christ Superstar)
O Death, Tangle Eye
Starvin' To Death, Peter Wolf
The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth, PJ Harvey

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kill the Messenger

Wherein there's always time for a John Wesley Harding song



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"We will protect them against the depredations of our appointed bishops"

Wherein that's a good phrase

The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced he was closing Our Lady of Good Counsel, then changed the date, then changed the date again. For this distant observer, these actions look like they're taken to keep the parishioners (not the congregation) off-guard so the church can be shut down with as little drama as possible. Further, without commenting on the politics of a church I'm not part of and a situation I know very little about, I am curious about how the separation of Church and State plays into this with a secular court providing a legal definition of a religious congregation.

Poppy Z. Brite:
Yes, you read that right: the people who comprise the church congregation are not members of the church congregation.

The Times-Picayune:
Parishioners occupying two Catholic churches in defiance of closure orders from the Archdiocese of New Orleans began laying plans Monday to live there in shifts -- in one case after parishioners apparently played cat and mouse with archdiocesan officials who thought they had locked them out.

At the end of the day, parishioners at St. Henry and Our Lady of Good Counsel were inside their churches and organizing to remain.

In addition, parishioners from both communities met Monday night with Peter Borré, a Boston energy consultant who has been involved in Boston parishes' resistance to a wave of parish closings Cardinal Sean O'Malley ordered in 2004.

Five parishes there have been occupied around the clock -- or under "vigil" -- for four years.

In an interview earlier Monday, Borré said he would urge New Orleans parishioners to resist the closings with occupations, in part because "these vigils are the only thing these bishops understand."

Later, he told a group of two dozen St. Henry parishioners that Boston parishes are being occupied by traditional, mainstream Catholics who are finding their faith enriched in the struggle.

"Here in Catholic America, some people are standing up and saying these are our parishes, and we will protect them against the depredations of our appointed bishops," he told the group.
Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese explained to church members, four of whom brought a civil suit to court to try to stop their church's closing, that they were in fact not members of the legal congregation. Under the legal definition, the congregation includes the archbishop, his vicar general, OLGC's pastor, the Rev. Pat Collum, and two (empty) layman seats.

For members like Fortier - who attended the Tuesday morning ruling - the decision was tough to take.

"As members of this congregation, we are third-body members of this church," Fortier said. "It's like all they want is money in the basket. What other purpose is there for the people, then?"

As of now, the OLGC occupation timeline remains open ended. Church members plan to fill three-hour slots during the day and longer hours for all-night vigils indefinitely. A set of pillows and blankets sit folded at the front of the church, presumably for the night-time occupants.

"If we were a dead parish, we wouldn't have people signing up for this," she said. "We'll be here until the archbishop is willing to talk to us."

A Statement from Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans:
Let me remind you now, that the buildings of the former parishes of Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Henry are no longer parish churches. The parishes are closed and the new parish church is at St. Stephen’s. Therefore, with the exception of three weddings scheduled for early November, one at St. Henry and two at Our Lady of Good Counsel, no celebration of the Eucharist or celebration of sacraments of any kind or any liturgical services should take place in those former church buildings. Any clergy that celebrates or contributes to the celebration of the sacraments there will face serious canonical implications.

On a personal note, I must point out that the Archbishop's press release uses the two spaces after a period abomination. Until the Catholic church rectifies this soul-damaging error, I cannot be on their side.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

VI Alternative Tuesday Trivia

Wherein the Harry Nilsson version

  1. He wrote the music and lyrics for this 1980 movie musical.

  2. In 1973, he and John Lennon were ejected from the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood for drunken heckling of this comedy act.

  3. She died in his London apartment in 1974, though a ham sandwich was not at fault.

  4. He sold the apartment after this musician died there in 1978.

  5. He performed this Disney song on Hal Willner's 1988 tribute album Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films.

  6. Wrote the theme song for this TV show about a single father.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Political Comedy

Wherein I have an LBJ album I don't think I'll get to before next week and with track titles like "It's a Booby Trap" and "The Titular Head of the Party" I'm kinda regretting buying it

  1. Orson Welles reads The Begatting of the President
  2. Jack Burns & Avery Schreiber with The Watergate Comedy Hour
  3. Elect Slappy White For Vice President: It's Better to run with a black man...than from one!
  4. Jimmy Carter and Trust Me

Interesting thing about Trust Me is that I've heard from two people involved in the recording and a third person who knew Hans Petersen.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Wherein isn't that special

@ Knowledge problem

Glassbooth has you portion out 20 points on the topics of your choosing, then asks you questions based on those topics. I picked six and here's the results. May your results be equally as interesting.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dance lessons with Tom Cruise

Wherein I love this movie

includes filthy lyrics

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Phallocentric tyranny with ninjas

Wherein heard a new song by a band I'd never heard of and can do no better than this Pitchfork description: "Funky, hypnotic, and gloriously weird"

Id Engager by of Montreal.

Pick one

Wherein may need this information if I win tomorrow's raffle so I only need answers before 4pm Friday afternoon

Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 -- which one and why? Some background: I currently don't have a game system and haven't owned a game system since Colecovision in the early 1980s. Also don't have an HDtv nor a Blu-Ray player, buy very few DVDs and I'm perfectly happy with traditional DVDs.

Mr. Smith is for indoctrination camps and against alternative energy

Where these are his words not mine

Is this the type of man we want running the government? It's bad enough he wants to kill the construction of a dam -- a dam that would provide jobs and cheap and efficient energy for the community and the nation. No, Mr. Smith prefers we continue using dirty coal and remain beholden to foreign interests.

But worse, he wants to forcibly remove your children from your home and brainwash them in the ways of Stalinism. And where does he want to do this? Grown men hiding innocent children deep in the woods, far from the prying eyes of their parents. He is so confident in his evil plans that he said these very words on the Senate floor. Perhaps it is too late.
And funny thing about men--they start life being boys. That's why it seemed like a pretty good idea to take kids out of crowded cities and stuffy basements for a few months a year--and build their bodies and minds for a man-sized job. Those boys'll be sitting at these desks some day. Yes--it seemed a pretty good idea--boys coming together...

Seriously, was this written by NAMBLA?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Wherein when six-year olds don't want to share their harmonica -- "you don’t put your mouth on things that don’t belong to you!”

Shaun's Social Club and Restaurant, in Inman Park. Up the hill from Dad's Garage so easy to find. Amazing dinner and we need to go back for the regular menu. Reading Shaun Doty's bio (which is impressive), I see he worked at Restaurant Troisgros. Which I only know of because I recently The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine. The tale of Bernard Loiseau, who started at Troisgros, created a 3-star restaurant, and then in 2003 committed suicide over the pressure. Fascinating reading.

Did not meet the chef, though Blais stopped by and said hi on his way out. Off to Charlotte for a baking class. Or just back from Charlotte. Can't decide when to publish this. Anyway, at some point I may mention baking bread in Charlotte.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

V Alternative Tuesday Trivia

Wherein the topic is radio

  1. This radio topical humor and quiz show has been heard on Public Radio stations since 1985.
  2. In 1924, the Chicago Tribune obtains the call letters WGN. What does WGN stand for?
  3. In November 1958, WGN became the first radio station in Chicago to broadcast what?
  4. The FCC issued the first license for this in 1936.
  5. KDKA, the first commercial radio station, broadcasts from this eastern city.
  6. Number of radio stations east of the Mississippi that start with "k".

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Ballet Monday: Giselle part 3

Wherein 3rd of 3 Mondays for Giselle

Bolshoi, 1998. Svetlana Lunkina in the lead role.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Not only is the sky in her world a different color, but the flowcharts must be multi-hued and encompass dimensions of logic incomprehensible to the m

Wherein damn I've just discovered there is a limit to the amount of text I can type into a title

Bonnie Erbe, typing for the U.S. News and World Report:
Keep watching this story because if it proves true that "Joe the Plumber" is the wealthy, Republican regular the liberal blogs are claiming he is, the McCain campaign could go down as the most corrupt and inept in history.

Of all the words in that paragraph that U.S. News and World Report chose to hyperlink and expand upon, it's "campaign."

See also

Or not. Just keep on keepin' on, people.

repeat: Anger ruins joy. Steals the goodness of my mind. Forces my mouth to say terrible things. Overcoming anger brings peace of mind. Leads to a mind without regrets. If I overcome anger, I will be delightful and loved by everyone.

Charlie Crews: Every moment you spend wishing you were someplace else is a moment you can't get back
Dani Reese: What about every moment I wish you were someplace else?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

And a 5-time Jeopardy champion

Wherein has Brian Lamb ever moderated a presidential debate I'd watch that

Also autosummarized

John Podheretz was on C-SPAN's Q&A with Brian Lamb. Here's the transcript. Plenty of interesting bits, so I'll pull this one:
LAMB: What’s it like being married to one of the producers of ”Saturday Night Live?”

PODHORETZ: Well, if you think that that means that you know we sit around laughing all day and coming up with you know wonderful bits of business, that isn’t at all. What’s it like – what it’s like for me is it’s – aside from it being a wonderful marriage and she’s a wonderful woman and it’s a great experience overall, what it’s like for me is that sometimes intellectually-minded people or politically-minded people do you know this thing that everyone talks about now – assortative mating where they marry people who hold the same views that they hold or do what they do, and it ends up causing them to live in a – in an even more restrictive bubble than they might otherwise.

And Ayala, because she works in an industry different from mine, because the problems and opportunities and issues that come up there are entirely different from the ones that I have, I think gives me a sort of – in our own weird New York way, it gives me a broader sense of things. Now, obviously, you know she’s not a you know – I don’t live in New York and she lives in – you know in Iowa and I work here and she works at a Wal-Mart and so I get a real understanding of the – of the general you know spread of issues. This is still the sort of relatively narrow American framework of sort of like – we work, but it helps me because it also reminds me all the time that people that we’re friendly with, people that I know that I’m friendly with who hold views and positions different from mine, that that has nothing to do with what they’re like as people.

That is something that’s very easy to forget when you’re in the political mix. You tend to depersonalize people who disagree with you. You assume that they act out of bad faith, you assume that they – you know that they know that what they think is bad or wrong or – that you think is bad or wrong and that, therefore, you know they’re being malign and not just you know wrong-headed or something like that. And the fact is that you know if you spend time, as we do, with people that I don’t necessarily agree with, you realize, A, that you know that has – that has nothing to do with what they’re like as people, and B, that you know politics and political views don’t – aren’t the dominating issue of people’s lives for the most part.

They live, they work, they – you know they have to pay mortgages and deal with their kids and deal with you know finding a babysitter and you know and making it through the day and making it through the week and deal with family illnesses and deal with the general sort of run of mundane, ordinary life. And for a lot of people to do what I do, they live – they have a weird way of living a little more abstractly than that. You know they live in their heads and they live and they don’t have much contact with people with whom they disagree.

LAMB: Do you and your wife have the same basic political philosophy?

PODHORETZ: No, I think she’s more – she’s more – she’s more liberal than I am. We have the same, I think, moral philosophy, we have the same general you know – a word I don’t like because my professor – my late professor Allan Bloom taught me not to like it, but we have the same values. We have the same value system [...]

Again, I’ll tell you what I learned. What I learned is that you know again, people with whom I had radically different views like the writing staff of ”The West Wing” where I was a consultant for a year, also you know are very nice, very earnest, very interested in ideas or trying to figure out how to use them, and that as is often the case, the main thing that I learned is that for a lot of people who are on the liberal side of the ledger, the ideas views conduct and personal behavior of conservatives with whom they disagree. It’s like we could live on the moon.

You know, they – this is that depersonalization I’m talking about, although in this case, I think it’s more innocence or ignorance than depersonalization. That you know people like that go to the movies and they like a joke and they like to tell a good joke and they like wine the way you like wine or they go through the same problems that you go through and there was always a certain type of wonderment, as I’ve discovered much of my life, that I was someone that let’s say that they felt like they could relate to or understand when, obviously, the things that I believed in were so alien to them, I would say.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Condensed, not autosummarized

Wherein @ Bookslut

The Guardian condenses six banned books. I liked the Harry Potter and this one:
"Everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds," said the court philosopher, Pangloss. "I do hope so," replied Candide, "because I've just been banished for kissing his Lordship's daughter, Cunegonde."
Candide wandered aimlessly for a while before being conscripted into the Bulgar army where he was flogged mercilessly for being complicit in political satire. Never mind, he thought, I can always hook up with a deformed beggar in Holland.
"I'm not a deformed beggar," said Pangloss. "I'm Pangloss. I've just got tertiary syphilis. But it could be worse, I could have been killed by the Bulgars like Cunegonde."
"I wasn't killed actually," Cunegonde chipped in when Candide arrived in Lisbon. "I was just raped a bit and now I'm a sex slave of the Inquisition."
"That's good news," Candide replied. "How about we go off to El Dorado in search of countless other disasters the Americans will hate."
"OK," she said, "Just don't blame me if I've turned hideously ugly by the end of the book."
"No worries. By then I'll be more interested in gardening than shagging".

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

IV Alternative Tuesday Trivia

Wherein to celebrate yesterday's holiday I infected some indigenous people with deadly diseases

  1. Category is Grammy Album of the year. For the 1980s, how many of the winning albums have I purchased (album, casette, CD, iTunes download all count)? Or just pick a number from 0-10.

  2. Saturday Night Live cast member with a cameo in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.

  3. The US Embassy in Stockholm website on US holidays has this note: President Nixon erroneously believed that a Presidential proclamation on the matter carried the same weight as an Executive Order. What holiday are they referring to?

  4. If I use a polegar to catch a ride, where might I be?

  5. In which state was the Coney Island hot dog created?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Ballet Monday: Giselle part 2

Wherein the 2nd of 3 Mondays given to Giselle

Giselle variation by 9 ballerinas
First for two seconds you can see Alina Cojocaru but then they start dancing and there are:
Irina Kolesnikova
Aurelie Dupont
Svetlana Zakharova
Alina Cojocaru
Polina Semionova
Svetlana Lunkina
Evgenia Obraztsova
Yulia Makhalina
Alessandra Ferri


Maina Gielgud about her staging of Giselle for Boston Ballet, 30 minutes.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

"The only thing keeping these banks honest is the other banks"

Wherein oh yeah that's encouraging

Neal Stephenson
There is a lot of heavy bamboo in front of this truck, dozens of makeshift turnpikes blocking their path to the river, for the officers of the U.S. Navy's Asiatic Fleet, and of the Fourth Marines, who dreamed up this little operation forgot to take the Friday Afternoon factor into account. As Bobby Shaftoe could've explained to them, if only they'd bothered to ask a poor dumb jarhead, their route took them through the heart of the banking district. Here you've got the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank of course, City Bank, Chase Manhattan, the Bank of America, and BBME and the Agricultural Bank of China and any number of crappy little provincial banks, and several of those banks have contracts with what's left of the Chinese Government to print currency. It must be a cutthroat business because they slash costs by printing it on old newspapers, and if you know how to read Chinese, you can see last year's news stories and polo scores peeking through the colored numbers and pictures that transform these pieces of paper into legal tender.

As every chicken-peddler and rickshaw operator in Shanghai knows, the money-printing contracts stipulate that all of the bills these banks print have to be backed by such-and-such an amount of silver; i.e., anyone should be able to walk into one of those banks at the end of Kiukiang Road and slap down a pile of bills and (provided that those bills were printed by that same bank) receive actual metallic silver in exchange.

Now if China weren't right in the middle of getting systematically drawn and quartered by the Empire of Nippon, it would probably send official bean counters around to keep tabs on how much silver was actually present in these banks' vaults, and it would all be quiet and orderly. But as it stands, the only thing keeping these banks honest is the other banks.

Here's how they do it: during the normal course of business, lots of paper money will pass over the counters of (say) Chase Manhattan Bank. They'll take it into a back room and sort it, throwing into money boxes (a couple of feet square and a yard deep, with ropes on the four corners) all of the bills that were printed by (say) Bank of America in one, all of the City Bank bills into another. Then, on Friday afternoon they will bring in coolies. Each coolie, or pair of coolies, will of course have his great big long bamboo pole with him--a coolie without his pole is like a China Marine without his nickel-plated bayonet--and will poke their pole through the ropes on the corners of the box. Then one coolie will get underneath each end of the pole, hoisting the box into the air. They have to move in unison or else the box begins flailing around and everything gets out of whack. So as they head towards their destination--whatever bank whose name is printed on the bills in their box--they sing to each other, and plant their feet on the pavement in time to the music. The pole's pretty long, so they are that far apart, and they have to sing loud to hear each other, and of course each pair of coolies in the street is singing their own particular song, trying to drown out all of the others so that they don't get out of step.

So ten minutes before closing time on Friday afternoon, the doors of many banks burst open and numerous pairs of coolies march in singing, like the curtain-raiser on a fucking Broadway musical, slam their huge boxes of tattered currency down, and demand silver in exchange. All of the banks do this to each other. Sometimes, they'll all do it on the same Friday, particularly at times like 28 November 1941, when even a grunt like Bobby Shaftoe can understand that it's better to be holding silver than piles of old cut-up newspaper. And that is why, once the normal pedestrians and food-cart operators and furious Sikh cops have scurried out of the way, and plastered themselves up against the clubs and shops and bordellos on Kiukiang Road, Bobby Shaftoe and the other Marines on the truck still cannot even see the gunboat that is their destination, because of this horizontal forest of mighty bamboo poles. They cannot even hear the honking of their own truck horn because of the wild throbbing pentatonic cacophony of coolies singing. This ain't just your regular Friday P.M. Shanghai bank-district money-rush. This is an ultimate settling of accounts before the whole Eastern Hemisphere catches fire. The millions of promises printed on those slips of bumwad will all be kept or broken in the next ten minutes; actual pieces of silver and gold will move, or they won't. It is some kind of fiduciary Judgment Day.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

One of these things sounds like the other

Wherein Whoa Amazing how often you can listen to songs before making the connection Kinda it was years of listening to the Jazz Butcher's "Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present" before I realized it was "Hotel California"

Race Car Ya-Yas

Casiotone Nation

Friday, October 10, 2008

The groom rode out the Depression in a room above a Chinese Cafe on 101st Street in Edmonton

Wherein later the groom attended chiropractic college in Davenport Iowa though that is just mentioned and isn't otherwise part of the story

W.P. Kinsella
Box Socials
It was while Mr. Perry Wyandotte was lying on his cot in the one-room teacherage, next to the one-room schoolhouse in New Oslo, the night before his wedding, that he heard on his radio that the stock market had crashed, and stockbrokers and bankers in various cities across the continent were leaping to their deaths just like they were lemmings driven by instinct, and the concrete below was ocean water.

The news of the stock market crash hadn't reached reached New Oslo yet. Banker Olaf Gordonjensen did have a telephone, one of only three in the Six Towns area, but local partridge hunters couldn't resist the green glass insulators on the makeshift telephone poles, so the line was out of service fifty percent of the time all year 'round, and one hundred percent during hunting season, which late October was.

Three days after thr wedding, Banker Olaf Gordonjensen found he was, like everyone else in North America, more or less insolvent, and he came to understand why the young schoolteacher, Mr. Perry Wyandotte, had taken off cross-country rather than marry his bulldog-faced daughter.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Did you know both McCain and Obama are left-handed?

Wherein it's a Canadian study so it's probably wrong But it feels right

Left-handedness gene linked to mental illness, suggests study

They're both certainly making me insane.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Alternative Tuesday trivia

Wherein I was going to skip this but while looking for something else I thought this would be quick and easy That's what she said

possible hint: from 1994-2004, the award was restricted to spoken word comedy albums and moved into the "spoken" field.

  1. Who won 5 consecutive Best Comedy Album Grammys in the sixties?

  2. Who won 3 consecutive Best Comedy Album Grammys in the seventies?

  3. Who won 3 (not consecutively) Best Comedy Album Grammys in the eighties?

  4. Who won the Best Comedy Album Grammy for 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993?

  5. For the years 2004-2008, this 2004 winner was the only winner not associated with a television show, even though the comedian's fame is due to a television channel.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Monday Ballet Monday: Giselle part 1

Wherein expect two more Mondays of Giselle

Nureyev and Fonteyn, 1962

Svetlana Zakharova

A more modern interpretation...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The carpet is into rest

Wherein working the iPod like the Zapruder film

In recent years, one of my favorite songs is Corporate Logic, by Stereoliza (see earlier mention). Though its lyrics are English, the Ukranian accent is so strong I've never been sure what she's singing. I just like the sound of it and the use of the banjo -- not utilized enough in hip hop music. Not wanting to make better use of my time, I've decided to transcribe the lyrics so I can sing along. More work than I wanted, this is only complete through the first chorus, up to the 1:28 mark.
Our a company was just starting a deal
When you're talking to my boss how a me lady steal
Lots of plastic candy dates and some sprinkle covision
Some selection process gonna go decision

My 16 is good Borscht decision take
And I'm ready to start money makin'
My stumbles gonna start introducin' me my job

Another bitch in the house
when Nanny Nan's baby pause

Shut up Shit I just looked to myself
I'm Lady Steel I'll give you hell

She went on to explain what it up with comma stream
Said that introducing Company Steam

Yo! Nice to meet you Mr. Lo
Mr. T. in Toady Boy

I knew the odds in me dogs in spite all their breath
I had to get to my weeds work

One producer that chintz a body body
A zit and now'dya see it and spits a real dude

And the carpet is into rest
The carpet is into rest

Me so tickles the feet toady Brussels
and bid did ya see it and spit a real dude

And the carpet is into rest
The carpet is into rest

Saturday, October 04, 2008

cool link

Wherein click

Just thinking

Wherein but not to too hard

Probably should take a break from this blog thing for a while. Nothing interests me and I don't have an interesting way of discussing why nothing interests me. I need to work on putting more albums up on that other site of mine. On Friday I'm going to a 2 day baking class 2 states away. That should be fun and maybe I can think of 2 things to say about it.

Taking their advice:

Friday, October 03, 2008

Vaguely related description from someone whose pop culture knowledge petered out around 1991

Wherein incoherent blather

Mispelled. UNproofed. Written under the influence of disgust and cold medicine. With 30% more profanity. Assholes.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Cow Who Fell Into the Canal

Wherein my copy of this book was printed October 1969 and cost 75 cents

Author: Phyllis Krasilovsky
Pictures by: Peter Spier

FFFFFFF political parties

Wherein pretty much with the general idea of this And a large part of being involved with a social identity group is not just agreeing with others in your group but also pointing out to those outside the group that they are outside Kinda like how I'm doing by saying "FFFFFFF political parties" is labeling myself as being part of a different group Beliefs are nothing more than a mobius strip of thought patterns

Overcoming Bias links to a Washington Post article by Shankar Vedantam about people unable to overcome bias:
"Party identification is part of your social identity, in the same way you relate to your religion or ethnic group or baseball team," said Gary C. Jacobson, a political scientist at the University of California at San Diego. This explains why, on a range of issues, partisans invariably feel their side can do nothing wrong and the other side can do nothing right. By contrast, moderates don't feel there is a yawning divide on issues because they don't identify with one party or another. Moderates, in other words, are like people who are uninterested in sports and roll their eyes when fans of opposing teams hurl abuse at each other. Another consequence of intense party identification is that the Democratic and Republican parties have rid themselves of contrarians. Liberal Republicans and, to a lesser extent, conservative Democrats are endangered species.

Bonus Star Wars really is FFFFFF stupid.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Worthless crap I meant to post over a week ago

Wherein did I mention it was worthless crap

Maybe Jack White could get together with Jack Black and sing Ebony and Ivory?

Worst drivers:
  1. Local cops
  2. Sheriffs
  3. State Patrol
  4. Camaros
  5. Teenage girls in fast cars
  6. Teenage boys in pickups
  7. Teenagers
  8. Old People
  9. Recent Asian Immigrants
  10. Recent Eastern European Immigrants
  11. Small town drivers in the city
  12. Grown ass adult women in fast cars
  13. Grown ass adult men in pickups
  14. My brother
  15. People who choose politeness over the rules of the road thereby screwing up the flow for the rest of us.

I've decided that anyone who joins and is an active member in a political party is worthless. For parties, the point is the accumulation of power at the expense of any other parties; winning is more important than being right or doing good. Not necessarily a new or original thought, but still, go ffff yourselves.

Did this really call for protestors?

What's happened at The Beiderbecke Affair? There's been one post since May 28.

Worthless: College of American Pathologists

Worthless: Wine Spectator magazine Awards of Excellence

Book 02 Genesis will be added Sunday.