Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Seems like not all of the red states are so crazy about Dubyah and the war anymore. Maybe Hillbilly Report was against him earlier, he seems like a sensible guy. Anyway check out his "honk to get out of Iraq" event. My only question, would the average person be able to read all that sign in time to decide if they wanted to honk or not? Or do they just honk when they get to the support the troops section? Anyway I don't think Mr DAH is as dumb as he says he is.
Stephen Colbert went to the White House to show his disdain for the left. The left in question being his broken wrist. Apparently broken while running round the set of his show to "pump up" the audience, or maybe not. Who knows, try getting a straight answer from this guy would appear impossible.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Here is some home movie footage from the Australia and UK sections of Buddy's world tour back in 1958. A brief insight into the backstage life of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Christopher Walken, unbelievable, in addition to all of his other talents he can cook. Here he shows you how to make a stand up chicken with pears dish. I'll take a side of cowbell. It doesn't matter how good or bad a movie is, if Christopher is in it it will be better. Maybe he could run for President.
Friday, July 27, 2007
My nephew, from London, hooked me on to this band. SO now I am looking for anything they have recorded. Really cool sound. Check them out. London Breakbeat Orchestra if anybody is going to be at South Kilburn Open Space tomorrow at 1pm, please video them and get it to Youtube.
This is from MalcFest 06
And here's some more.......
Last bit for now, if I find more you can be sure I'll post them.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The final section, for now, of Old Grey Whistle test favorites from my past. Unless I find the Meatloaf, Paradise by the Dashboard Light. This has to be the best version ever. If you find it, don't miss it. Sexxxxy. Anyway I digress, today I give you a couple more of my favorites. First up Dire Straits, this was I think the first time I heard them, I rushed out next day and bought their album. I was that impressed. The other thing this song did for me was to enlighten me. The line about "London, down south" was the first time I got over my upbringing that I was born and lived in London, the center of the known universe. It finally sunk in that it was just a city in the southern section of the British Isles, albeit the capital.
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing - January 31st 1978
Then this other, the amazing voice of Tom Waits! Nothing more to say, just watch.
Tom Waits - Burma Shave - April 1979
Buckingham Palace, Original Building 1703, First King to reside there King George III in 1762, Current Resident Queen Elizabeth II. Do you want to visit it? Please wear clothes.
The White House, Original Building 1792, First king to reside there King George Dubyah in 2000, Current Resident King George Dubyah. Do you want to visit it? Please wear clothes, but NOT sneakers, flip-flops, jeans, miniskirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, or halter tops.
Excuse me, since when did the USA get more formal than British Royalty? The not allowed list for the White House looks like the standard wear for all tourists. They would all be wearing at least one of those items. In fact if they were not wearing any of those items they are most probably the other T word.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Some more memorable OGWT spots. I don't remember when they made this one, can't find a year for it. But it has to be 1977 or 1978. A really nice version, as always on OGWT, you gotta love that bass from Tina Weymouth.
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
I believe this next clip is from the time Auntie Beeb lost her mind. The BBC was renowned for being staid, and here they go and let Dr Hook loose with a 45 minute live special. What were they thinking? The opening where they were floodlit behind a closed stage curtain and at least one of them was posing in the light using a guitar in a very phallic way. A great night that one was.
Dr. Hook - Get My Rocks Off - 1974
Well I got me Ordained as a Dude, I think. Check out Dudeism.com. If you never saw The Big Lebowski then you probably wouldn't understand. What the hell were you thinking? Is it even possible to go through life having never seen the Big Lebowski? But if you did, you should at least get a smile out of this.
The Internet is full of lists, hell the world is full of lists. Occasionally one comes across an intriguing or strange list. Something that tickles your fancy. This is just such a thing. If you have a penchant for the strange then chug along here and check out the list of the "10 Most Bizarre Videos". This all appears on The List Universe aka The Universe of Curious Lists. I think I have to agree with the preparer of the list, David Lynch is certainly at the top of my list for bizarre entertainment. Not featured on this list, maybe because it is not truly a short but is a commercial, here is David Lynch's cigarette commercial. It appears to be done backwards, not sure what it has to do with smoking cigarettes, but it's fun. Amazing stuff Mr Lynch.
And then of course there was his public service commercial to "Clean up New York". Downright strange.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Further to yesterdays post about the Old Grey Whistle test, here's a couple more of my favorite appearances on the show. the first one was my introduction to Ry Cooder and I was blown away. This man is a true Guitar god.
Ry Cooder - Vigilante Man - from 1973
This next one was a perennial favorite of mine, I saw Jerry Lee on his first trip to England when the media crucified him for marrying his 13 year old cousin. I was royally pissed that because of the media coverage he was soundly booed and left the stage after about four numbers. I really didn't care about the cousin bit, I just assumed it was a southern thing. All I wanted was to see him perform.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Chantilly Lace / Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On from 1972
If you don't have the right software for photo manipulation, you can always go to Pikifx and check out their options. They can Resize and Crop your photo, add creative effects to photos, add borders to photos, add creative text to photos, easily add your photos to your blog page. All kinds of nifty options. Not as extensive as Photoshop, but not as expensive either. All I did to this one of my cat was selected a border that was feathered. The original photo of Snowbird.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The Old Grey Whistle Test was a BBC2 television music show that ran from September 1971 to 1987. I watched it religiously from 1971 until 1980 when I moved out of the UK. There were various presenters, my personal favorite was Whispering Bob Harris, so so kool. The story I had heard regarding the name of the show pretty much agrees with what they have written at Wikapedia: "According to Harris, the programme derived its name from "a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years ago. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the "old greys" - the collective nickname for the office cleaners who would typically start work at 5pm as office staff were leaving. The tunes they could remember and could whistle, having heard them just once or twice, had passed "the old grey whistle test". Everybody who appeared performed live, drunk or not. Some of my favorite performances herewith.
The Tubes - White Punks on Dope - 1977
John Otway and Wild Willie Barrett - Cheryl's Going Home - 1977
This is the first, as far as I know, clip to be shown of the new movie "I'm not there" and it certainly is interesting. The movie is loosely about the life and times of Bob Dylan, and they had to get six actors to play him. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw. This clip features Cate Blanchett and check out David Cross as Allen Ginsberg. It is still in production so no hint of a release date yet.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
An interesting video explaning the meaning of the song "American Pie", or at least someones interpretation. It always give me shivers, since Buddy Holly was my first concert. I don't say the music died then, but certainly it was a loss of innocence.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Earlier we had the thriller in Manila, now we get the Rumble in the Jungle. Again not really, this is more like kicking in the outback. This I guess is what kangaroos do all day in the outback, when they are not eating or chasing dingos and little kids.
Today June, 20 2007 is Carlos Santana's 60th Birthday. I would like to wish him a very happy birthday, and may he have many, many more. And since I can't entertain him, I'll let him entertain you. With a little help from Eric.
Thriller in Manila, not quite. Just 1,500 plus inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! Hence the CPDRC on their chests. This is not the final presentation of their Thriller routine, just a rehearsal. Of course there could be people here from Manila. You can get a ferry from Manila to Cebu for just 1265 pesos (Pesos 55.275 = 1 US$ in 2004).
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Ethan Zuckerman tells the history of the internet in five minutes. On the left you have a portrait of this blogger, circa 1965, operating an NCR-315, blissfully unaware of the existence of the internet or any such thing.
Muhlenberg College's co-ed a Capella group, The Dynamics, singing Come On Eileen, a combination of two versions originally by Dexy's Midnight Runners and Save Ferris.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
While I would like to see more interest in football (soccer) in the USA, I have to wonder at the amount of fuss being made about the Beckham family arriving over here.
The TV channels are acting as if they are royalty. I wonder how many feel like this guy here?
Just a sample of the hype.
This explains a little of the intensity of Rugby. The All Blacks are the international rugby union team of New Zealand, and they perform a haka (Māori traditional dance) immediately before all of their international matches.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This is the latest in the long line of Triumph motorcycles. See how it is made, and see some of the extensive and rigorous testing it goes through. I'm guessing the commentary is from Stephen Fry.
Star Wars theme on bagpipes, Ye Cannae whack it It's the best yet. The bagpipes can be the sweetest sound, but if you've ever lived within five miles of someone who is learning them you probably don't agree. But this is a vader fine version.
Unicycling is a skill based on balance and tenacity. To quote Tammy Marsh at The Unicycling site: "Uni"psych"ling: It's all about attitude! Contrary to popular belief, unicycling does not take some special, innate, God-given talent. Anybody can do it - I'm proof of that. All you really need to learn to ride is the desire. If you really want to learn, practice and determination will get you there. With unicycling, I think you can see results of your effort quite quickly." Sadly I don't think these guys read this. Or maybe it is just too difficult to unicycle over a hump.
Monday, July 16, 2007
If you haven't seen Entourage you are missing out on one of the better TV series of the last few years. It is getting better and better as each season rolls around. The four musketeers, Vincent "Vince" Chase - Adrian Grenier, Eric "E" Murphy - Kevin Connolly, Johnny "Drama" Chase - Kevin Dillon and Turtle - Jerry Ferrara, are totally believable and very, very funny. Add Ari Gold - Jeremy Piven and you have the perfect show. This is the faux trailer to the movie Vinnie has supposedly just made. Looks good enough that it should be a movie.
There is a time and a place for everything, but cell phone users do not seem to understand that axiom. There are places where is is inconsiderate or even rude to be talking on a cell phone. This is one person who was brought to justice!
Friday, July 13, 2007
You know the gals go wild for those Chinese symbols as tattoos, and they are supposed to be good luck. So as an assist I found this link to a site that has downloadable stencils so you can get your tattoo. Check out these cool Chinese tattoo designs!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
ABC this morning, and many others I'm sure, reported that the Queen had stormed out of a photo sitting. As all true subjects know that is not a Queenly thing, and she would never do that. The BBC who released the clip are now making their apologies.
When I'm not hanging at home and listening to KFOG, I like to be out n about. But how to greet your buds when you meet 'em. Here's all the info you need. Get all the life training you need at Videojug.
VideoJug: How To Give A Homie Handshake
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I'm normally not a dog person, as my cats will attest. And while I don't dislike dogs, I tend to prefer the larger ones. The smallest dog I ever owned was a Scottie-Cairn terrier mix, and the largest was a Rough Collie (kinda like Lassie). But I saw this one and couldn't resist putting it out here. Read the details and see more photos at news.co.au.
This photo made me think of last nights all star game from AT&T Park (leastways I think that is still the name), don't know why. But I just found this blog called "A Hole in the head", courtesy of the Presurfer. Lot's of olde graphics from real magazines and such that were printed on paper. That's pre-digital to you. Some humor, some risque business.
I have not written anything before about the iPhone, I thought the hype was hyper enough. I have no use for an iPhone, I'm too cheap to spend the money it would require for all the services to take advantage of all it's features, let alone the basic price. My cell phone, used in emergencies, costs me about $60 per year. Pay as you go from Virgin, very nice service. But anyway finally I found a video that interested me with regard to the iPhone. Blend it Tom! Grin.
Kurt Brighton, while reviewing a music DVD, wrote in the Fort Collins Weekly.
"There is a magnificent Portuguese word that doesn’t translate very well to English—saudade—which means roughly “an inexplicable longing of the soul.” Few artists’ entire body of work have so consistently exemplified this concept of human loneliness, this never-ending search for something to fill a spiritual hole that cannot be identified, much less explained, as that of Leonard Cohen. "
I know I could never have expressed myself so succinctly, but he nailed it.
I was going to link back to an earlier post, when I realized I never wrote it. I can't believe I never featured Leonard Cohen on my blog before, to me he is the ultimate wordsmith/poet/songwriter/singer. He inspires many short movies on YouTube.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Boy when will they ever learn? This is Fox news take on the global warming situation. As Carlos Mencia would say “DEE-Dee-dee!”, or something like that.
Will they ever evolve into a real news channel? Of course not, they don't believe in evolution. Rimshot! I'm glad to see there is a site that is keeping an eye on them.
This is from the British feed of Live Earth day that was not seen in the USA, as far as I can find. Jonathan Ross interviews Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais. If they are really going to be in a movie together, it could be fun. But who can tell when Ricky is not winding you up? Pity we didn't get the UK feed here.