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Three Things

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Too busy tonight making music for the RPM Challenge (and composing a follow-up email to the fine folks I interviewed with on Friday), so here’s a couple of quick things:

From Fark.com, film footage of Nixon goofing around in the moments before the resignation speech:

I’ve seen it before, but it’s always fun to see again.

Next, that I also read on Fark, Roy Scheider, Actor in ‘Jaws,’ Dies at 75.

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat. “

And finally, speaking of the recently departed and Republican Presidential scandals of the 70s, I just found out this morning that Earl Butz died this past week.

Butz (ha! Butts!) was Ford’s Agriculture Secretary, forced to step down during the Bicentennial year due to telling a dirty racial joke to a Rolling Stone reporter (!) and Pat Boone (!) during a plane flight.

Not the smartest move.

Anyway, that oughta hold ya, I’ll try to post more on Monday …

Smoke on the …. what??

Friday, January 25th, 2008

This is for The Spook, his favorite song (slightly different version):

I don’t care if it is Chinese, the tune still takes me back to that college-age Happy Place.

Good times …

But yes, I know you like the original better, so here ya go:

Fake-Flashback Flashback

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Over the past couple of years I’ve neglected to visit the blogs on my old blogrolls — mainly because I couldn’t port those rolls over to my new blog, due to a billing glitch at Blogroll.com when I was setting up here — so lately I’ve been slowly catching up and re-linking to the blogs I can that haven’t shut down.

Tonight I revisited Information Nation, and found this article about the so-disturbing-it’s-almost-cool 1968 movie Skiddo, Otto Preminger’s attempt to connect with those young hippies by making a film where Vaudeville-era stars (Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason, and the three top Batman villains of the time) are smoking pot and dropping acid.

And yes, it’s as horrifyingly stupid as it sounds — even worse than Shatner singing “Rocket Man”.

Check out the trailer for yourself:

And if you’re really brave, you can go on over to Information Nation and watch the whole movie in ten-minute segments.

Enjoy!

Dark Tower & A Beauty Salon

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I had a long post going last night, but it was too late to finish it … and I just don’t feel like it tonight, so here’s something different: Somebody on Flickr had pictures of dozens of board games he had gotten at resale stores over the years, and one of the games was The Dark Tower.

I thought I had blogged about it at one point in the past five years, since I know I found a flash version of the game online, but I guess I didn’t.

The reason I tried to find it was because a couple of commenters had never heard of the game, and some others of us were trying to explain it.

It was really, really cool: There was a big plastic tower in the middle of the board with a computerized number readout (pretty Jetsons for 1982!), and illustration slides that spun around to show your loot, your inventory, and your attackers. Bonus points: Orson Welles did the TV commercials! (It was a year or so before his death.)

Anyway, I found an even sweeter flash version, so click here to play it!

And speaking of Orson Welles, here’s a bizarre comedy sketch that features The Great Director, Dean Martin, and Jimmy Stewart:

More on the RPM Music Challenge

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Darn you, Yay Kim! You’ve got me hooked on the RPM Music Challenge! I keep going back, listening to more of the music, reading their articles … and, worst of all, actually thinking that entering this thing might be doable!

But it’s really not if we can’t figure out the recording of vocals, so I’m probably safe …

Anyway, check out these three videos about the challenge. They’re pretty interesting, especially in the fact that a good percentage of the participants are middle-aged. These days it often seems like everything on the Internet (MySpace, YouTube, FaceBook) is for the young, by the young.

It’s good to know that there are bastions of Baby Boomer encroachment out there.

Music and Videos and One Other Thing

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Okay, we’re going with the “5” bullets because nothing else has struck me as being worthy. (You DO remember I’ve been blogging for 5 years, right? Just checking …)

Okay, let’s do it:

First off, for Yay Kim: I’m assuming you know about February Album Writing Month — but since you just did this kind of thing, I’m also assuming you’re going to take a pass this time around.

I’m tempted — really, really tempted — but I think for now I need to work on my other projects (there are at least three that need my attention, chief of which is job-hunting.

Not that I couldn’t take on another project, but the fact is that in the three weeks until the contest starts I would have to become much, much more musician-like than I am at this point in time in order to do the project in February without putting everything else on hold. That’s what I don’t have time for.

Speaking of Chicks with Guitars, I’ve run across some sites and tunes for Rocket, the all-girl semi-punk band that I remembered from The Next Great American Band on Fox a couple of months ago. The reason I bring it up is because they sound a lot better than they did on the show. I really should have looked them up earilier, because I already knew that TV networks don’t know how to make music sound good, especially when it’s musicians performing on reality shows, especially on Fox.

Anyway, check out their site, linked above, and their MySpace site, which has probably the coolest design I’ve seen of any pro musicians on MySpace.

Here’s their music video of “Cougar Rush”, the best of their videos on YouTube:

But if you really want to hear their music, go to their official site.

Speaking of music videos, Boing Boing had some links to lots of old videos today, including one song I had been thinking about for some reason, from the 8th grade year: Green Tambourine — and now here’s the music video that I’ve never seen before:

There was also this one from about 15 years later, the height of the MTV craze:

And now for something completely different, not music or video at all:

This just in: HILLARY IS DEAD!

No, not that one, the Mt. Everest guy.

Winter, Music, Music, Politics

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Yes, my 5th Blogiversary bullet point is working well, so let’s continue pounding it into the ground with this miscellaneous stuff:

Well, Winter’s back, or what passes for Winter in Texas. It had been around 80F for the past three days, but now the temperatures are more seasonal. While it was nice to putter around in the garage — We actually cleared out a couple of paths! We took some old junk to the charity resale shop! — it’s nice for the night air to have a nice little bite to it again, since for most of the year it’s way too warm here. Let’s enjoy the cold while we can.

The Wife did her part by making her special tortilla soup recipte tonight.

Speaking of winter: Even though it was warm, I started geting a hankering for my “Classis Rock Winter Mix” CD, that I’ve been rocking since the Winter of 88-89. The exact song lineup has changed slightly over the years — due in part to what I’ve got available on MP3, as opposed to what I had available then on vinyl — but there are a few unwavering pillars, like Led Zeppelin’s “California” and “Battle of Evermore”, Leo Kottke’s “Bean Time”, Melanie’s “Ring the Living Bell”, ELP’s “From the Beginning”, Steve Miller’s “The Window” and “Wild Mountain Honey”, and of course “Bare Trees” by near-original-lineup Fleetwood Mac.

I hadn’t listened to it as much the past couple of winters, but for the most part the mix has been a huge factor in helping me recover from the post-holiday blahs of the past 19 years.

The problem this year was that over half the songs in the directory where I keep these MP3’s had fallen victim to the Great MP3 Drive Corruption of 2006, and I couldn’t find any of the CD copies of the mix.

Except this weekend I found it in the above-mentioned garage, so everything’s cool now.

Speaking of cool music: I’ve been listening to some older CD’s lately, like “Star” by Belly. You might (or not) remember their (very) minor 1992 (or so) hit, “Feed the Tree”: Here they are performing it on Letterman:

Hey, remember when bands used to do “music videos”? Good times! Anyway, here’s theirs for this:

The whole album is really good, especially for late nights: It’s jangly flow-of-consciousness quirky chick rock, the perfect soundtrack to after-midnight blogging with the headphones on.

And for something totally different: Today was the day of the New Hampshire primaries. And going back to something I said last week, a lesser man myself might say that this was the day that a bunch of sap-witted lobster-jockeys get to dictate which candidates the rest of the country doesn’t get to vote for when our turn rolls around.

But I certainly wouldn’t say it, in part because I happen to like who the lobster-jockeys chose to put in first place, at least on the Republican side.

On the Democrat side: Ever wonder why the Democrats have had such a hard time holding on to the Oval Office in the past 40 years? Maybe it’s because they’re horrible judges of the American public — specifically, in this case they haven’t realized that the only one of their current candidates who could beat the Republicans — pretty much ANY Republicans — in the general election is John Edwards.

Seriously. Nominate anybody else, and they’ve got a tsetse fly’s snowball in Hitler Hell chance.

The only other person who could win is Clinton — BILL Clinton, that is, and there’s that pesky matter of presidential term limits, so Edwards is it.

Need more proof that the Dems are clueless?

I used to think, without knowing much about his policy’s, that Bill Richardson might not be too bad, for a Democrat.

Then he goes and gets Martin Sheen’s endorsement.

And now I have to be embarassed that I could even think that he’s a passable candidate.

Plus, Richardson is mired even more hopelessly in the single digits.

It’s just like four years ago when Howard Dean was just so freaking proud to have Michael Moore’s endorsement …

… an endorsement which just happened to immediately precede the candidate’s massive flameout.

Gee, I wonder why that was.

Mammoths, Bees, and U.N.C.L.E.

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

I saw a great movie trailer on Attack of the Show today for 10,000 B.C., by the director of Independence Day (which was sort of epic, but very stupid) and The Day After Tomorrow (more epic, much less stupid).

This new movie looks more epic still, and could still be really, really stupid, but could also be really cool.

It’s like Quest for Fire meets The Mummy meets Ice Age 2 meets Apocalypto, with a little Ten Commandments and Cleopatra and Road Warrior and Aliens and Raiders of the Lost Ark and 300 thrown in, just in case it’s not blockbusterish enough.

Okay, so it does look like it could be just a tad and a half stupid, but with just enough really crazy crap going on to make the fun part of your brain overpower your logic center and sit on it while the fun part eats popcorn.

Just the massive-woolly-mammoth-stampede-over-the-pyramids alone does it for me.

Anyway, I was hoping to find a video I could embed, but I could only come up with a link, so just quit complaining, click here, and watch this incredible movie trailer.

And to make up for not having that video embedded here, here’s more totally different stuff, starting with this 10 seconds that’s a lot funnier than you would think it could be: “I’m a bee!”:

On a totally unrelated note, here are some NBC Fall Premiere promo commercials from the years 1966-1968, including two for a brand new series called Star Trek and one for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (and if you’re a fan of NCIS, you can get a glimpse of what “Ducky” looked like 40 years ago!):

I’m totally having a flashback right now; and I really need to find one of these for Get Smart.

Christmas Video Jumpstart!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Okay, the Christmas spirit is finally starting to kick in — with an emphasis on starting. Let’s give it a little jolt with a mess of holiday videos:

I mentioned last week how TV commercials are a great resource for discovering new music, so here’s a nice song on the new Target ads:

Yes, 12 Days of Christmas is one of the most annoying songs, but it gets a lot more tolerable when it’s done in animated-Bollywood style:

And speaking of things that were barely tolerable for years, but are pretty hilarious when given a contemporary spin, check out how much the ancient Charlie Brown Christmas improves when the voices from Scrubs are dubbed in (Bonus points for having Linus as Dr. Cox!):

Hey, remember the old “Band-Aid” Do They Know It’s Christmas Video? Can you believe it’s been 24 years? Good times …

I’m proud of myself: The first time I saw the new AT&T Wireless – Gingerbread Christmas commercials, I recognized two of the voices as Steve Buscemi and Norm McDonald. (Dang, I’m good.) I couldn’t find an embeddable video, but you can click here to watch it.

And finally, since this is International Ninja Day, here’s are three Ninja Christmas videos!:

Unrelated Things 11-2-07

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Here are a bunch of mostly unrelated things, many of them I’ve been saving up for a while, waiting for a chance to post unrelated things …

So here we go:

I didn’t post this with my last post because the video part isn’t much — it’s just the end credits of the video game Portal — but what’s important is the excellent song, “Still Alive”, sung by Ellen McLain (a voice actor in Portal, as well as the other two “Orange Box” games) and written by Jonathan Coulton, who also wrote the song that became the theme for the G4TV animated series, Code Monkeys.

Anyway: “Still Alive” is excellent, so run the video and listen to it:

Speaking of good music, we’ve been watching The Next Great American Band on Fox (mainly because there’s not much else TV on on Friday nights), and except for the mediocre “artists” they make the bands cover (especially Billy Joel and Rod Stewart), it’s pretty good. We’re especially impressed by Light of Doom, a hard-rocking group of kids with a great work ethic and a healthy respect for the classic rock acts.

Hey Spook, Here’s the business we should have gotten into: Selling tumbleweeds for $25 a pop. This woman was learning HTML a few years ago, and had to pick a subject to build a test site around, so she constructed a fake tumbleweed-selling site, offering the rolling shrubs at $25 each.

That is, it was fake, until people (Yankees?) with more money that sense started sending in orders …

Now she’s making a good living at it.

Maybe you can figure out how to sell sandstorms.

Remember, target Yankees.

One interesting by-product of the writer’s strike is the fact that the Tonight Show is showing reruns from Leno’s first year on the job. It’s interesting seeing Jay with dark hair and wide lapels, trying to make Johnny Carson’s old formula work.

His current strategy fits him much better, standing closer to the audience, and interspersing the monologue with skits and props.

Carson’s routine wouldn’t work for everybody — in fact, there were a lot of times it didn’t work for him.

What are the odds that Evel Knievel would die of something as mundane as diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? He spent almost half his life doing crazy dangerous stunts, but death couldn’t claim him during that time.

Just goes to show you: You never can tell …

Do you have too much time on your hands? This person does: Cowscapes.