Monthly Archives: February 2009

a very special christmas special SPECIAL: “Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search For Santa Claus” (1985) part two: THE COMPLETE MOVIE!

You may recall how, for the last few years, I’ve celebrated the Christmas season on this blog by reposting, reviewing, and gently eviscerating beloved holiday specials of yore.  Last Christmas, I started the season off with a review of Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search For Santa, which was so obscure, I figured no one would ever remember it.  Turns out, I was completely wrong.  Lots of people remembered it, and remembered it fondly.  Problem was, the version on YouTube was incomplete, and no one seemed to have a copy of their own.  Many were prepared to offer burnt offerings to see the thing in its entirety.

Now, normally, I wouldn’t do this, but I feel like this is important enough – at least to the readers of this particular blog – to break with tradition.  It’s an off-season  “Very Special Christmas Special”  post, folks, because, Ladies and Gentlemen, we found it!! Luckysmusic, on YouTube, has posted…. I jest not…. the entire Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search For Santa special from 1985!

It turns out there is a Santa Claus after all, kids.   And Santa Claus is…. the camera man?  Dr. Claw?  Who knows.

I have my own theory, though…



Posted by on February 26, 2009 in christmas specials, nostalgia, War on Xmas!, youtube


geekusa is brought to you by…: NANNERPUSS!!

Normally, I only allow my little blog to be sponsored by commercials That Are Old Or Have Happened In The Past, such as old Atari games, and… um… old Nintendo games, but today, we make an exception:

This is probably the most genius marketing campaign I’ve ever seen.  It’s the first time I’ve actually wanted to go to Denny’s since I stopped hanging out there at 1am.

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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


songs you don’t know: “Last Stop: This Town” – Eels

You probably have Beautiful Freak.  Practically every single person I know owns a copy of The Eels Beautiful Freak, and this is a good thing, because it’s a fantastic album.  “Novocaine For The Soul” is obviously a great example of mid-90s alternapop, and the rest of the album – “My Beautiful Monster,” “Rags To Rags”, etc. – are all catchy and lyrically deep.  It’s a refreshing listen, even today.

Practically no one I know, however, owns a copy of the follow-up: Electro-Shock Blues. By this point, alternative radio had stopped playing anything interesting or cool and had started playing lots of Limp Bizkit and crap, so this follow-up record didn’t get much airplay.    That’s too bad, because it’s much, much better.  It’s harder to listen to – it’s downright depressing to listen to – but it’s really, really good.

E, the lead singer and only permanent member of (The) Eels, lost his mom, his sister, and his best friend in the space of two years.  Electro-Shock Blues was the record he made after that. Told you it was no picnic.

There are some obvious bright spots, though.  One of them is called “Hospital Food.”  Another one is called “Cancer For The Cure.”  You might remember it from the soundtrack to American Beauty, a movie about a guy who has a nervous breakdown coupled by a mid-life crisis and winds up getting shot by his closeted Marine neighbor.    Happy happy joy joy!

Actually, the only vaguely happy moment on the record is “Last Stop: This Town,” one of my favorite songs from GeekUSA: The College Years.  It seems to be about hope.  Hope of escaping, yes, but hope nonetheless.

This is the video.  It’s…. well, it’s awesome.  No other word for it, really.  E was the son of a famous physicist who was odd, alcoholic, and emotionally distant.  We know this now because E produced a documentary for Nova about ol’ Pops, and it explains a lot about this video, where E sits in a laboratory creating a clone of himself out of a carrot.  This is how you exorcise your paternal demons when both father and son are mad, isolated geniuses, apparently.


Posted by on February 26, 2009 in music, songs you don't know, youtube


Oscars! Oscars! Holy crap, it’s Oscars!

This was going to be one of those “Oscar prediction posts”, but I is po’ and have only seen one of the Best Picture nominees.  However, I’ve been paying enough attention to rich people who write rich people blogs about rich people things like “going to see talkin’ picture shows in the big city” that I know this: Benjamin Button won’t win anything but Best Makeup, maybe, Slumdog Millionaire’s gonna win a lot of awards, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet, Dead Heath Ledger, blah.

Instead, while I dine on a tasty breakfast of shoe leather, I give you this: Chad Vader, Darth Vader’s less talented brother, recaps the nominees for Best Picture:

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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


you do the best you can with what you got

It’s been an interesting couple of months for my family.  Early Tuesday morning, my Dad’s mother, my Nana, passed away in her sleep.  She was ninety-five years old.  I’ve lost both my grandmothers in a span of two months – it’s hard, obviously.  On the other hand, I knew both my grandmothers for twenty-nine years.  They both got to see their grandson grow from boy to man, and I had the privilege of knowing them longer than most.

I was honored with the chance to give the eulogy at my Nana’s funeral.  You can read it below the cut.

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Posted by on February 15, 2009 in Uncategorized


what happens if you get an 8? then god help us all….

There are a few of these out there – trailers for video game movies no one would ever make.  While my favorite is still Team Awesome’s Punch Out! trailer, this one’s pretty clever, too.

CollegeHumor presents:  Minesweeper:The Movie.

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Posted by on February 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


original Winter Hill gangsta droppin’ some science

Here’s my Congressman – MY Congressman – Mike Capuano, yelling at creepy bankers.  It gets really interesting at about 1:50.

I love the part where he’s like “so, you come to us on your bicycle after buyin’ girl scout cookies and helpin’ Mother Theresa, and you’re like ‘oh we’re sorry, we won’t do it again…’  Thing is, there’s guys in my district who robbed your banks who are now sitting in jail sayin’ the same thing ‘oh, we’re sorry, we won’t do it again…’ ”    Also, I like how he’s supposed to use his five minutes for a question, but instead he basically just uses his congressionally appointed time to call out these schmucks for what they really are.

Most of the time, you look at the people representing you in Congress and you feel nothing but mild nausea.  Yesterday, I felt really proud.

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Posted by on February 12, 2009 in Uncategorized