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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 6 – A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

Day 6

Theme: A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

Artist: Guster

Song: “Parachute”

Where: Exploration Summer Program, 1995 and 1996 (or Explo ’95/’96)

Already wrote about this song here.

 

 

wow – I haven’t written a darn thing in weeks.

And even that “darn thing” was, basically, a YouTube clip of John Barrowman smiling to the theme from Friends.  I am a bad, bad, pretend blogger.

My friend Jeremy (aka “Butthorn”), however, is a good pretend blogger.  I’ve linked to his stuff in the past, but this particular post is particularly hilarious.  Seems that Mr. and Mrs. Butthorn are having a baby.  Anyone who primarily remembers Jeremy as half of the comic duo behind the hit WMEB (University of Maine radio) program The Poop and Pee Show will be naturally shocked at this, at least before they realize that such a program was probably excellent preparation for what Jeremy and Annie will be dealing with for the next three years.

However, Jeremy is on the case.  He’s come up with a list of 30 things never to do with a new baby, and honestly, I think we could all take this sort of thinking to heart.

However!  Prepare for an awesome post about what I’m up to these days over at the Somerville Theatre in bucolic Somerville, MA.  It’s awesome.   Freaking, flipping, farking awesome.  Totes.

 
 

SuperOnionknown (see what I did there?)

(from The Onion)  Soundgarden Inadvertently Reunites at Area Cinnabon.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2008 in music, not me

 

bill maher put it best when he said…

“That’s what’s so great about the internet – it enables pompous blowhards to connect with other pompous blowhards in a vast circle jerk of pomposity.”

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2008 in not me, tv

 

stuff white people like

Stuff White People Like is a blog listing the things that, um, white people like. 

#67 Standing Still at Concerts

So when white people go to concerts at smaller venues, what to do they do? They stand still! This is an important part of white concert going as it enables you to focus on the music, and it will prevent drawing excess attention to you. Remember, at a concert everyone is watching you just waiting for you to try to start dancing. Then they will make fun of you.

The result is Belle and Sebastian concerts that essentially looks more like a disorganized line of people than a music event.

If you find yourself invited to a concert with a white person, do NOT expect to dance. Prepare yourself for three hours of standing reasonably still. It is also advised to get a beer or (if legal) a cigarette so you have something to do with your hands. Although it is acceptable to occasionally raise one hand and point just above the stage.

Other entries have titles like “Wes Anderson Movies”, “The Idea of Soccer”, “Expensive Sandwiches” and “Hating Their Parents.”  Very funny stuff.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2008 in Blogroll, not here, not me, tomfoolery

 

The lesser Baldwins would like a word with you

The cast of dozens over at i09 have assembled A Survival Guide To Bad Movies, which you should read in case you ever find yourself faced with such a prospect. 

A few signs of a bad movie

  • Sunglasses in the poster. If human adults are wearing them, it’s bad. If babies or animals are wearing them, it’s worse. If adults are looking over the top of the sunglasses, it’s horrendous. If a baby or animal is looking over the top, it’s a sign of the apocalypse.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2008 in movies, not here, not me

 

How to fix the Oscars

James Hannaham offers his suggestions on Salon.  I like this part:

Add new categories. Most Derivative Picture. Most Well-Cast Bad Actor. Most Hands-on Script Doctor. Worst Catering. Most Egregiously Snubbed Director. Best Picture Nobody Saw. Best Performance by an Extra. Worst Unsupporting Nonactress. Straightest-Acting Gay Actor. Most Likely to Die Before Delivering Another Oscar-Worthy Performance. Still a Drunk. Only Asian Actor. Past Oscar That We Now Rescind, Shamefacedly.

I’m still watchin’ them.  There are some years where I make it a point to see at least one of the Best Picture nominees.  This year, however, I’m a broke sonnabitch, so I actually haven’t seen a single one.  However, strangely enough, I’ve seen two out of the three Best Animated Features.  I’m pulling for Persepolis, but if Ratatouille wins, I’ll sleep okay.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2008 in movies, not here, not me

 

“Shooting War”

About a month ago, Katie Couric asked those Presidential candidates who were still in the running what book, besides The Bible, they would bring to the White House with them.   It’s a good question, because their answers tell us a lot about them.  Obama would bring Doris Kearnes Goodwin’s Lincoln bio with him, which makes sense from a civil rights and Illinoisian perspective.  Hillary would bring a copy of the Constitution with her, because “apparently there wasn’t one in the White House these last eight years,” which makes sense from an “I really want to disassociate myself from Washington,” perspective.  McCain would bring Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, which makes sense from an “I really want to paint myself as a fiscal conservative,” perspective….. and so on.

Me, if I could recommend any one book to Candidate X, it would be Shooting War by Anthony Lappe and John Goldman.

Shooting War started out as a web comic, and was later published as a graphic novel.  It tells the story of America in the year 2011, where a young blogger witnesses the suicide bombing of a Brooklyn Starbucks, captures it on video, and finds himself hired by a major news organisation to liveblog the war in Iraq.   Things have gone from bad to worse, President McCain’s son Jimmy is a POW, and Dan Rather has gone Han Solo. 

I read the whole thing in one sitting and then gave it to someone as a gift.  I’d recommend it to anyone, especially anyone in power, as a warning of how things could go wrong if they’re not very careful.

http://www.shootingwar.com/

Anyway, I’ll open the floor to comments here – what books would you people have the candidates read?

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2008 in books, not me, politics, webtoons

 

the adventures of Cheapo Cartoon Man

from the Frederator Studios Blog:

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in not me, tomfoolery, youtube

 

from The Boston Phoenix: The Cuteness Surge.

Very interesting article in this week’s Phoenix, about what the popularity of things like lolcats, Hello Kitty, Juno, and the like says about us as Americans in 2008.  (Hint: we’ve been infantilized by fear and angst and need to surround ourselves with brightly colored doofy stuff to stay sane.)

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, it’s just interesting that someone (i.e. Sharon Steel) pointed it out.  She even manages to work in McSweeney‘s and The Moldy Peaches.