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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Now That's What I Call Cliché Album Titling! 

Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder (1976)

Songs in the Key of E, Fuel (1991)
Songs in the Key of Bree, Buck-O-Nine (1994)
Songs in the Key of Strife, Bossman & The Blakjak (1996)
Songs in the Key of X, various artists (1996)
Songs in the Key of Springfield, The Simpsons (1997)

Songs in the Key of Love, Patti O'Hara (1998)
Songs in the Key of E, Nick Kane (1999)
Songs in the Key of Lovejoy, Lovejoy (2000)
Songs in the Key of F U, Trash Brats (2000)
Songs in the Key of She, various artists (2000)

Songs in the Key of You, The Huntingtons (2001)
Songs in the Key of Resistance, The Lost Patrol (2001)
Songs in the Key of Beaver, Dave Coulier (2002)
Songs in the Key of Rock, Glenn Hughes (2003)
Songs in the Key of Wood, John McHugh (2003)

Songs in the Key of Orange Alert, Audio Fiction (2004)
Songs in the Key of W, The George W. Bush Singers (2004)
Songs in the Key of Eh, The Mad Caddies (2004)
Songs in the Key of Beotch, That 1 Guy (2004)
Songs in the Key of Tractor, J.C. Tubbs (2004)
Songs in the Key of "J", Willie Wilson (2004)
Songs in the Key of Love, various artists (2004)
Songs in the Key of AWESOME, ’Til Dawn (2004)
Songs in the Key of Zoloft, Hartley Goldstein (2005)
Songs in the Key of Death, Andy Votel (2005)
Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1-2, various artists (2005)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Vaguely Nightmarish 

Don't ask.

More here.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

TV Realism? 

TV Crime Shows Aiding Real Life Murderers:
Prosecutors have complained for years about "the CSI effect" on juries — an expectation in every trial for the type of high-tech forensic evidence the show's investigators uncover. It also appears the popular show and its two spinoffs could be affecting how some crimes are committed.

"They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."
But on the other hand:
The more sophisticated the television story lines get, the better equipped criminals will be, Peavy said, adding that he never watches "CSI" because it's too unrealistic.
So what's the storyline? The CSI shows are unrealistic yet they're so realistic they're aiding criminals?

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Fish Called Humuhumunukunukuapuaa 

This just in:
The humuhumunukunukuapuaa is no longer Hawaii's state fish.
Fun facts from the article:
  • It's pronounced HOO-moo- HOO-moo- NOO-koo- NOO-koo- AH-poo- AH-ah.
  • It's also known as the rectangular triggerfish or "humuhumu" for short.
  • The editor of Hawaii Fishing News says "It kind of looks like a pig and it squawks."

Friday, January 27, 2006

Space Shuttle Challenger 

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. MSNBC has a piece about seven myths surrounding the event, including this one:
Few people actually saw what happened live on television. The flight occurred during the early years of cable news, and although CNN was indeed carrying the launch when the shuttle was destroyed, all major broadcast stations had cut away — only to quickly return with taped relays. With Christa McAuliffe set to be the first teacher in space, NASA had arranged a satellite broadcast of the full mission into television sets in many schools, but the general public did not have access to this unless they were one of the then-few people with satellite dishes. What most people recall as a "live broadcast" was actually the taped replay broadcast soon after the event.
NASA photo of Challenger's final liftoff.That certainly was the case for me--to the extreme.

On that day, I was living in the West Tower dorm at Ithaca College, and I had just come back to the room after doing a morning (6-10am) shift on the college radio station, WICB. Getting up at 5am wasn't definitely not my normal routine, so after a morning shift I often got an orange juice and a bagel and then went back to my room and to bed for a nap before I had to get up for the afternoon and evening classes I much preferred.

On this morning, however, sometime after the 11:38am launch of the shuttle, I was awakened by commotion. The guy from the next room, knocked on the door shared by me and my roommate, and I remember groggily hearing him say something about the space shuttle blowing up. He had a TV in his room (we didn't), and my roommate Glenn went to go see what was going on. I merely went back to sleep, which was odd considering that I was a big space shuttle fan since watching coverage of the original Enterprise test flights on TV in 1977 as a starry-eyed 10 year old.

For about a decade afterwards, I never saw the footage of the disaster--I only heard and read descriptions of how the tragedy unfolded. Like what would happen after 9/11 later on, news outlets kept the videotape in the vault for years after the initial endless repetition of it.

(photo via NASA)


Thursday, January 26, 2006

Quote of the Day 

On radio....
The young people today are so FM-oriented, you'll never get 'em to go back. You could have it so that you turn an AM station on and a six-pack of beer pops out and they still won't listen.

~~Ed De La Hunt,
station owner in
Park Rapids, MN


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Nuke Anything Enhanced! 

I don't know if I blogged on this previously, but I have to say how much I love the Firefox browser add-on called "Nuke Anything Enhanced." I can zap about any image or object on a webpage so I don't have to see it, just by right-clicking and selecting a "remove this object" command.

Personally, I can't stand stuff flashing and blinking at me on a webpage. Items like those are purposefully intended to hijack my attention, so naturally, it's distracting when trying to read a news story or other text material.

But now--zap! Making those items invisible to my browser (at least for that visit) is a dream come true.

If you use Firefox, try it out! And if you don't use Firefox, why not? And if you make your living as a advertiser/marketer who blanch at the realization that intrusive ads can be removed by the user with a simple click and barely a glance at its content, well, ummm, sorry.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

No time to post right now, but... 

Go Steelers!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

To Baldly Win Where No Man Has Ever Won Before 

This bio for actor/director/Christian activist Stephen Baldwin sounds amusingly close to parody:
If you've channel surfed lately or taken a trip to the neighborhood movie rental store, chances are you've seen Stephen Baldwin. It's kind of hard to miss a guy who’s starred in over 40 movies and appeared in over 35 television series and specials.

For the past three years, Baldwin has been seen hosting the Sci-Fi Channel's "Scare Tactics" (2004-05) and competing in reality shows like "Celebrity Mole: Hawaii" (2003) and "Celebrity Mole: Yucatan" (2004). His disturbing yet comical mind games helped him win "Celebrity Fear Factor" (2002). Baldwin has also appeared on TV's top drama "CSI" (2005).

Baldwin's career started in the late '80s on television, but really took off with a string of big screen appearances including Posse (1993), 8 Seconds (1994) and Threesome (1994). His brightest moment came when he co-starred in the critically-acclaimed mindbender The Usual Suspects (1995).

In 2004, Baldwin partnered with Kevin Palau of PalauFest Productions to create the top-selling DVD Livin It featuring an impressive group of skaters and BMX riders.

Baldwin's passion for skating is trumped only by a dedication to his wife and two daughters and an even bigger purpose for his life. The native New Yorker has something important to say and he desperately wants the whole world to hear it.
Wow! Celebrity Mole: Hawaii AND Celebrity Mole: Yucatan? Where does he find the time?

This was Baldwin's bio for his Christian-themed skate/BMX movie Livin It.

Baldwin's C.V. has been a little bit, um, uneven since The Usual Suspects: Bio-Dome, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice.

For example: 2004's Six: The Mark Unleashed. Here's the official "background information" for this movie:
The story is set in a time before Christ's return. Three and a half years into a peace treaty, a dictator takes brutal control of the planet and those not "marked" are imprisoned. It is a time the Bible foretells as The Tribulation.

The story follows the main characters who are not Christian and who have refused to take the required mark. All the while refusing to make a choice until their time to choose is forcefully narrowed to just days. An ultimatum is made... defiance means death.

The film allows us to put ourselves in the character's shoes. What would you do given the choice?
Which also serves to flesh out some background information helping explain this news item--Movie Actor Baldwin Launches Anti-Porn Action, Promises Newspaper Ads:
A new sex-oriented business is opening not far from his home outside New York City, and actor Stephen Baldwin is hoping to stop it, possibly with the help of newspaper ads.


On Friday, Baldwin, 39, stood outside the "adult entertainment" shop and photographed workers and their vehicles as they got the store ready to open, according to an account in the Journal-News of White Plains, N.Y.

Baldwin told the paper he planned to stand outside the store every day and photograph the license plates of the store's patrons to aid in tracking down their identities. He vowed to take out a full-page newspaper advertisement once a month to publish those names.
The article also says,
His home just outside Nyack has a sign bearing scripture out front. "I'm personally not OK with pornography," he added. "I definitely think that it adds to the moral decay or our culture."
Okay. Good thing a movie like The Usual Suspects was such a paragon of moral virtue.

UPDATE: I just saw on IMdB, Baldwin's next project is writing and directing Robbin Hoodz, described as about "a group of skateboarders [who] fight to save their park from being closed by any means necessary." He's got crusading on the brain.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Abscess Hollywood 

I heard someone say recently that entertainment/celebrity news was their "crack." We are a nation of crackheads then.

I guess it's these crackheads who keep shows like Access Hollywood going. This is a show that appears to be so insecure about the bottom-feeder status in the entertainment business food chain that they have to keep reassuring themselves that, by god, they are Important!

Check out the first paragraph of their co-anchors' bios:
Nancy O'Dell
Named as one of Television Week's "10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication" and one of the "20 Hottest Stars Right Now" by Shape Magazine, Nancy O’Dell serves as the co-anchor of "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine entering its tenth season of providing the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television.
Oooo, I just melt when I'm around one of the Most Bankable Stars in Syndication! And you really haven't made it as a star unless you are labeled "hottest" for a limited duration by a fitness magazine.

And note how they feel they have to hype the show on its own website, as if people who go to the Access Hollywood site are too dumb to know what website they're on.
Billy Bush
Named as one of Esquire magazine's "10 Men," Billy Bush is the co-anchor of "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine now in its tenth season of providing the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television.
Sheesh, an even more pathetic list to tout: "one of Esquire magazine's '10 Men'." Does Billy Bush need to be reassured that he's a man, or simply that he's one of 10 men?

Let's see, what would my bio be like if I was talking head like these clowns?
Mike Sauter
Ombudsman for Hotness
Named as "Most Improved Haircut" by his High School Yearbook, Mike Sauter performs the job mentioned sixteen words ago for "Abscess Hollywood," the star-filled starf*ckerymagazine now in its tenth month of providing shallow starf*ckery of celebrities, stars, or any other personalities with a publicist who will buy me lunch at any restaurant named one of the "10 Hottest Spots for Starf*ckery" by Hot Lipo Magazine.
I like it.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


Hey, all-time most-accurate field-goal kicker Mike Vanderjagt!

Me and Jerome Bettis want to buy you a beer!

UPDATE: good roundup of the improbabilities of the game's outcome here.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

More Hypocrisy 

I did a Google search for a music album the other day, and one of the results was a link to a website with "pro life" something or other in the URL. I thought this was strange, since the CD I had Googled was not in the least connected to abortion, politics, or religion as far as I knew.

I clicked on the link and found a website that merely links to Amazon but promises to "donate part of our earnings to life-affirming charities."

Wondering if their offerings were indiscriminate or if they only linked to music that was, as they put it, "life-affirming," I tried to think of the most religiously incorrect albums possible.

Yup. It's indiscriminate. Finally, here's the long sought-after way to be pro-life and enjoy 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be:

Click on the image to see a more full screenshot. Click here to go to the site itself.

Ma Becomes 'Mbassador: 

Yo Yo Ma Named U.N. Peace Ambassador:
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma will take on a new role as a U.N. peace ambassador.

Annan met the 50-year-old musician on Thursday and told reporters afterward "he will be a peace envoy."
According to reports, Ma was supposed to become such an ambassador in the mid-90s, but it never came to pass. Ma's involvement was blocked by then-Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali who was famously uncomfortable with other twice-named people and worked tirelessly to crush them like bugs.

Although lauded for his campaigning against parole for Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, Boutros-Ghali's obsessive hatred of French comic book Tintin made even close aides scratch their heads.

Yo Yo

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Called out! 

Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs:
"Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years," Gerecke said. "Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years."
Really? Some of the fairly cheap CD-Rs I burned in 1998 still work fine, both data and audio discs.

That's, like, uh, one... two... umm, almost eight years.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Shirts vs. Skins 

Doesn't it seem vaguely hypocritical that the World Naked Bike Ride event raises money on their website by selling T-shirts?

Garden State Sloganeering! 

Today is the last day for NJ residents to put in their 2 cents on a new state tourism slogan.
  • New Jersey, Expect the Unexpected
  • New Jersey, Love at First Sight
  • New Jersey, Come See For Yourself
  • New Jersey, The Real Deal
  • New Jersey, The Best Kept Secret
Now, a few points. Is the "unexpected" something to really tout? I mean, a carjacking is generally unexpected, but it's rarely a tourism selling point. And the "Best Kept Secret"? Can anyone be unaware of New Jersey?

"Love at First Sight" could work, unless a visitor's first sight is the environs of Newark Airport. If anyone can feel love while viewing the exit 14 area of the Turnpike then more power to 'em.

I no longer have a horse in this race, but personally, I'm going off the board for "New Jersey, Einstein Slept Here."

Okay, I'm trying again... 

I'm going to mp3 blog. Previously tried it, and couldn't keep up the output. Let's see if I can this time.

Read my post about The Dads, whose bassist/singer was just viciously murdered.

Friday, January 06, 2006

A belated New Year's wish 

Thumbs up for 2006!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Just a note... 

WYEP has moved to our new building, which is wonderful. The efforts have drained any notions of free time, however. I'm practically living at the building--setting up our CD library, training DJs, devising and/or executing creative workarounds for unexpected problems when they arise.

Things will settle down in short oprder (hopefully) and then new posts will flow like wine during Bacchanalia.

To quote singer Nellie McKay, "All that matters to me is that I can continue to make irritating music which will baffle and enrage."

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