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Saturday, December 01, 2007

And Then There was Jacki

Speaking of Jacki Schechner, she showed up in a podcast with John Aravosis of Americablog. Unfortunately it was about the election, specifically the Republican debates, rather than something truly important like whether Brad Pitt's mother will ever truly accept Angelina and the kids...

Oh well. I guess it's too much to ask for in a world of extra-marital affairs, drug-addicted superstars, and child custody disputes that we focus on trivial issues like national elections... Sheesh.

Next week, Jacki will be joining me for a podcast with a substantive discussion on 2% versus whole milk. Then we'll talk about hiphugger jeans (outdated or buttcrackalicious?) and, if we have time, we'll discuss our favorite G.I. Joe characters. You know, the important stuff.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Random Ten and Others

Oh, man, what a craptastic day!

Let me ask you something. What's a reasonable time frame to expect a person to wait on hold? Five minutes? Ten? Fifteen? I approached my limit several times today...

Oh, and Microsoft Excel, there's a special place in spreadsheet hell for you.

The good news is that I came home to a clean house. I spent all day yesterday scrubbing and putting stuff away. I did all my laundry and even mopped the kitchen floor. It was an all day chore, but I admit I took my time.

But in honor of the holiday (Friday), here's my Random 10, from my "Heavy Shit" playlist, and as always it sounds better in 5.1 surround sound with the subwoofer cranked:

1) Down - Mourn
2) Overkill - Drunken Wisdom
3) GWAR - Gor-Gor
4) Kittie - Pussy Sugar
5) Black Label Society - Superterrorizer
6) Pantera - I'm Broken
7) Flybanger - Haul
8) System of a Down - X
9) Snot - Snooze Button
10) Corrosion of Conformity - 7 Days

And the mentionables...

Did you hear about the teacher who was put in jail in Sudan for naming a teddy bear Muhammad? No? Well they put her in jail, you know, where a teacher belongs. Not only that, but there were protests in the street with people actually calling for her execution! For naming a teddy bear the wrong name!

There is no other word for that but ridiculous. Surely the Sudanese have bigger problems on which to expend all this energy. I can think of a little genocide problem they could fix, but I guess that's pretty low on the priority list. Drinking water? Good jobs? Grocery stores on every corner? All that takes a backseat to protecting the Prophet from blasphemy.

Oh Lord, not that again...

But wait, there's more God stuff. There's this hilarious take on the Creationist Museum in Kentucky. (I'd go to Kentucky to see it --hell, I'd go to Kentucky just to see Kentucky.) John Scalzi calls it:
Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit.
He riffs too much on the horseshit but makes his point.

I don't know if you've heard about this 2 Girls, 1 Cup video, but Boing Boing has been posting about it. I don't have the stomach to watch. Though I have not read any explicit discussions I know it's a pornographic scatological oddity, much like Tub Girl, which is an image I wish I had never seen.

But this...this is funny. Some guy made his grandma watch it, and her reaction is hilarious!
She's shocked, but can't stop watching. I will never watch that thing. It makes me gag just watching Grandma.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Jump Street

Last night I took my nephew to Jump Street, an indoor trampoline emporium. It was a lot of fun, but very tiring. Check out the vid here, and yes, I am a dork.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

RIP East Colfax Slums

Many years ago, Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center was the place to be. Dwight Eisenhower stayed there for a time as he recuperated from heart trouble as president. In the 90s, it was decommissioned and scheduled for massive renovations. So too the hotels and trailer parks that had sprung up along Colfax Avenue and suffered from decades of neglect and squalor.

They're all boarded up now, fenced off urban ruins, soon to be gentrified with newly designed office and retail space to suit the needs of the Phil Anschutz funded bioscience complex that's just across the street. Until demolition day, they stand tall, graffiti covered and abused, but they remain solemn reminders of an era that no longer exists.


Hotels that once sheltered traveling families in the 40s and 50s found a different clientele in later decades, the low-class scum: drug dealers and pimps, junkies and losers. Rooms meant for a night's rest for the weary became homes for the homeless. Once respectable, the motels became places you didn't go unless you were tough or had nothing to lose.




The trailer park is now an empty shell of its former self, strewn with trash and rubble, trees denuded by winter, the cheap black top road rutted with potholes, an unneeded utility pole lying broken on the ground. It's a graveyard of poverty, reclaimed in the name of progress.







I found this stubborn tree walking along a deserted street with the ghosts of the past whispering in my ear.

The curb, the drain, the grill, the tree, all of it will be gone before long, replaced with a Star Bucks or an Olive Garden.










Monday, November 26, 2007

Bush - Gore 07

You know what these guys are thinking. They're thinking the same thing:

You motherfucker...

Random Monday Ten

Yeah, it's Monday...but it's my Friday. So here goes the ten I'm listening to now, with impressions. (Sorry, though, not the Frank TV kind.)

1) Rocket Man - Elton John

This is one of my favorite Elton songs, with that classic Elton sound, the harmonies, the easy beat, the smooth chord changes. And of course clever lyrics, too. "Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids/ In fact it's cold as hell." It is, however, hard to imagine Elton, in all his Queeny Britishness, actually speaking like that. He ain't that kind of dude.

2) Blue - A Perfect Circle

Not my favorite APC song. It takes a full minute to get going and then it does break into a decent riff accompanied by Maynard's plaintive drone. Wait, did I just say that Maynard drones? Yes, sometimes he does. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

3) Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla

Urg! Post-grunge "alternative" rock. Hey, it's all good. It takes me back to my formative years as a young man, but I didn't like most of that alternative stuff back then anyway. This song's alright, but it's something I'd usually skip if I was at the keyboard.

4) Rhapsody in Blue - Duke Ellington

I've heard this song in a commercial on TV and it always catches my attention. I'd say it's one of the greatest jazz songs ever. I've also heard many renditions, but this one...where I got it I don't know...is the best.

5) Sky Is Falling - Queens of the Stone Age

You know, I like QOTSA...but I like Kyuss even better. Josh Homme is a master on guitar, but I just liked his sound in Kyuss better. His sound in QOTSA is too thin and low-fi for my tastes, but I think that's part of the point. And you know, after listening to this one for a while, I can say I'm not really digging it. Next!

6) Paranoid - Megadeth

Yeah, that Paranoid. I've always been a fan of Megadeth's sound, which is funny because Dave Mustaine annoys me. This cover is alright, noticeable mostly for the end when the drummer keeps going and Dave angrily shouts out at him "Nick. Nick. NICK!" That would be Nick Menza, later fired from Megadeth.

7) Namaste - Beastie Boys

The jazz interludes on Check Your Head and Ill Communication are one of the reasons why I love the Beastie Boys. That and the fact that their Licensed to Ill was the first record...actual record...I remember buying. These guys are like the Anti-Linkin Park. They're not a bunch of poseurs. The Beasties can rap, they can rock, they can groove, they can do it all.

8) Doin' Time - Sublime

This song never fails to make sing along. "Me and my girl, we got this relationship..." Bradley Nowell had one hell of a voice. Man, I wish it really was summertime and the living was easy...

9) Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Ah, yes, the Who. Keith Moon is in my pantheon of drum gods. I wish I was around to see them when they were in their heyday. This song has like five solos and some spectacular moves by both Moon and Pete Townsend. And you know, the other two guys aren't bad either. Jesus, another solo! Keith Moon says, fuck it, I'll do what I want. And you gotta remember, he has like fifty drums to hit. Ten minutes later...

10) What if - Creed

I was listening to Creed the other day (yeah, I'll admit it) and you know, I think they got a bad rap. They're not that bad. Hell, the drummer's got some chops and so does the guitarist. Yeah, that Scott Stapp dude grates but he's got an alright voice. This song probably captures them at their best. The riff is explosive and the song itself is not all about God and hope and little children running around in circles with each other.