2 weeks ago
"...and that building she's asking about isn't really haunted?"
"Buildings aren't haunted - people are!"
please gaze upon The Calm Down Toad
February 7, 2019
In high school I was placed in the English bottom class where a teacher said to my face I'd NEVER make it as a writer.
Today, 25 years later, after uncountable knock-backs from almost every publisher, I'm ecstatic to finally be able to announce that teacher has died. #NeverGiveUp
Quotes have always a critical part of my blogging, going back to when I was just keep stylusing out a private "common place book" in my PalmPilot in the mid-90s. On my blog for 2019, I'm making a daily ritual of using the "this day" feature and going back and decorating the quotes with a neat little bit of CSS that adorns each with a big stylized quote marker.
I've also been trying to find replacements for broken embedded videos. It feels like there's a bunch of youtube videos removed from a period around 10 years ago. I guess some of that might be copyright hell, but I wonder if Youtube just gave up converting them and yanked 'em, even on youtube the site itself.
From an interesting (if somewhat padded, 2x speed in youtube is your friend) series of weird rules in sports:
In theory I like defense in football - it's a smarter, less gaudy thing to like. Most people don't though, but here's some in-depth coverage of the performance of one under-heralded player on the Pats.
School of Honk's Ghostbusters Sunday - tuba duet at 2:30 :-D
February 5, 2019
25 scenes, 25 years - personal recollections about some of the most influential movie scenes of the last quarter century. Also some really sharp webpage work.
It's funny. When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.
"Win or lose today, the most important thing is that you tried your be-"
"Shhhh! We can't let the others overhear that we tried out best!! What if we LOSE?"
What's the cost of the parade? Like net, overall... does it pull in tourism bucks or is it just a cost of doing business politicians get us to pay for 'cause people love them some winners in sports? Does the city get any of that sweet cash from sports jerseys and what not, or is it all just in "warm fuzzies"?
17 years ago - to the day - I titled my blog entry "the silence of the rams", but between being held to 3 points and the Pats having virtual homefield advantage crowd-noise wise, it fits even more this year.
February 4, 2019
Like I said, there was a weird-amount of robot themed ads. Wonder if it taps into our anxieties about automation?
Anyway, for me the most memorable ad was the Bud Light / Game of Thrones crossover - for people annoyed by the "beer for normal folks not the effete elite" of the original series, seeing it get wiped out by cleansing dragon fire was terrific - and the thing was so unapologetically violent and Thrones-y -- kind a surreal and nightmarish, but not in a bad way:
(FOLLOWUP: HBO said the Bud Knight had to die)
Slate in 2005 on The Lamest Dynasty in Sports.
Oh, also Burger King just straight up showing "Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger" was artsy and nuts.
When a bird is buried, the worms have their revenge.
Also, final(?) sportsball note... Boston "Beat LA" twice in half a year? Ha.
I'm not telegraphing anything. No, no, no. There's a difference. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq. In other words, we had Iraq. We never had Syria because President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand. So we never had Syria. I was the one that actually violated the red line when I hit Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles, if you remember. But President Obama chose not to do that. When he chose not to do that, he showed tremendous weakness. But we didn't have Syria whereas we had Iraq. So when he did what he did in Iraq, which was a mistake.
Maturity is realising how many things don't require your opinion.
And not only don't require an expression of an opinion, but don't even require the formulation of an opinion.
I remember when my youngest kid was asked by a guest, "And what is your favorite color?" He looked puzzled, and then answered, "But I like them all for different things. Do I have to pick a favorite?" No, son, you don't.
There is a weirdly large amount of super bowl ads w/ robots. And all the robots kinda look like the same design, (usually) white plastic surface with some geary bits visible.
Go Pats, and Red Sox...
Celtics and Bruins gotta quit slackin'.
Finally, kind of weird that it's the lowest scoring Super Bowl AND the Patriot's largest margin in a Super Bowl game. Uh, good on the defense, I guess...
It's groundhog day. Again.
February 2, 2019
Last month was ok for music. 4+5 star stuff in red...
One 5 star:
- Think (About It) (Lyn Collins) The song "it takes two" sampled from. Such a variety of multilayered funk going on in there....
- Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars) (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa) CarGurus got Snoop Dogg to do their holiday party (!)
- Twerk (feat. Cardi B) (City Girls) Cardi B is in the news!
- Bad Boy For Life (Black Rob, Mark Curry & P. Diddy) - Brady and Gronk, usually on offense, were kinda big D in this instagram but I got to
- We Ready (Archie Eversole) - this song is making the rounds in an NFL commercial
- Ti**ies (feat. Tech N9ne) (Krizz Kaliko) - the video I saw this on was NSFW, but I appreciate the exuberance.
- Scuse Me (Lizzo) I think I saw this on "Broad City" - it's so repetitive that I almost bumped it down, but now I kind of like it.
- Easy (The Brass Funkeys) - we're basically playing is arrangement straight up.
- Joy to the World (Little Richard) - change of pace from the Three Dog Night version - lotsa monologue to kick it off....
- Cool Water (Tim Blake Nelson) - If you haven't seen "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" (and you don't mind very dark humor) you should....
- Yub Nub (Star Wars cover) (Jordan D. White) Looked this up after watching RotJ (unfortunately the director's cut leaves it out.)
- Pins and Needles (Margaret Glaspy) - she opened for Neko Case
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Regina Spektor) - I didn't actually watch the movie this was made for, but Spektor doing an asian-tinged cover of such a good song is amazing.
- The Hero (from "One-Punch Man") (Tsuko G.) Really liked this anime.
- Remember Me (Lullaby) (from "Coco") Coco was a lovely Dia de Muertos animated movie... highly recommended
- Jálale (Instrumental) (Mexican Institute of Sound) I think the skeleton DJ was playing this at a party in Coco...
[For Trump] dominance does seem to rank at the top. "I love to crush the other side and take the benefits," he wrote in a book called Think Big. "Why? Because there is nothing greater. For me it is even better than sex, and I love sex." He went on to observe: "You hear lots of people say that a great deal is when both sides win. That is a bunch of crap. In a great deal you win--not the other side. You crush the opponent and come away with something better for yourself."LOL President Conan the Barbarian - "What is best in life?" "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."
This is why he ok as a reality tv star or WWE guest, and a shit politician. I pray to god he is bluffing with declaring a damn national emergency... declaring national emergencies - like to paraphrase Archer: “DO YOU WANT A BANANA REPUBLIC DICTATOR? BECAUSE THAT’S HOW YOU GET BANANA REPUBLIC DICTATORS.”
"Oof, it's 18 degrees out!"
"That's not enough degrees. We need more degrees."