Archive for September, 2008

Getting Closer

One of these days, I’ll actually get the Friday Random 10 posted on a Friday.

Answers for the last set have been posted. Now, here’s another ten.

  1. Sugarhill Gang, “8th Wonder” – “Gotta rap in the key of R-A-P”

  2. Mike Clem, “Doin’ Time Under the Lifeguard Stand” [guessed by Thud]“And now that I’m allowed, I wear my goggles proud”

  3. David Grisman & Jerry Garcia, “Russian Lullaby” – “Where the dreamy Volga flows, there’s a lovely Russian rose”

  4. Utada, “Let Me Give You My Love” – “Eastern, Western people get naughty – multilingual”

  5. Paul McCartney, “Bluebird” – “We’re living in the trees, and we’re flying in the breeze”

  6. Amy Winehouse – “Back to Black” – “We only said good-bye with words – I died a hundred times”

  7. Bob Marley, “Buffalo Soldier” – “Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival”

  8. The Hives, “Abra Cadaver” – “I was a target of a notion of submission”

  9. They Might Be Giants, “Experimental Film” – “It’s the part that makes your face implode”

  10. Flight of the Conchords, “It’s Business Time” [guessed by Thud]“When it’s with me you only need two minutes, ‘cause I’m so intense.”

You know the rules. If you know the artist and title, post it in the comments!

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

If I Haven’t Seen It, It’s New To Me

I don’t usually watch Craig Ferguson’s show, so this video was new to me. Unlike Sarah Silverman’s clip, this one is completely safe for work unless your workplace is hostile to statements of political opinion.

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Learn why we (copy)fight

Over at Glen’s Popcorn you can read about the hassle I’m having with this week’s episode. Truth be told, I’ve been working so hard on the clips that the reviews haven’t even been recorded yet. I’ll probably be up until at least 3 AM editing, which will be followed by dragging my sorry excuse for a booty out of bed at 9 to run it down to the station.

In fact, after my software mysteriously stopped working at all following an encounter with Sony’s DRM, my initial impulse was to shut down production entirely this week and not bother having an episode – but that would be giving up. I have to at least try, right? Otherwise the (copyright) terrorists have won.

Thursday, September 25th, 2008


Sarah Silverman wants you to visit your grandparents before election day. Particularly if they live in Florida.

(Video below, while freeeekin’ funny, contains some offensive language and humor, so it may not be suitable for uptight work environments. Exercise discretion.)

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Ten for Now

I want to start posting the weekly ten, but once you’re out of the habit you’re kind of… out of it.

So here’s the deal. The answers to last week have been posted. Congrats to Fred who got the only song that was guessed, and “boo” to another of my friends who guessed all except for one on another site, but used admitted to looking every single one of them up in Google.

And until Friday, here’s ten random lyrics. If you know ‘em, post ‘em. You have until I post the 10 on Friday to complete them.

  1. “Happiness is a Warm Gun” by Tori Amos (Beatles Cover) [Song and original artist answered by Fred]“Down to the bits that I left uptown”
  2. “D’yer Maker” by Led Zeppelin [Answered by Fred]“When I read the letter you wrote me it made me mad, mad, mad”
  3. “Hi-Definition” by Lupe Fiasco“My other hand throwing ‘We’ without the ‘e’ up”
  4. “Brian Wilson” by Barenaked Ladies [Answered by Fred]“Call it impulsive, call it compulsive, call it insane”
  5. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley [Answered by Carl]“Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree”
  6. “Fruited Plain” by Eddie From Ohio [answered by Thud]“Pleated shirt, pleated slacks, pleadin’ please don’t leave”
  7. “Can You Hear Me Now” by Public Enemy“As long as y’all don’t think freedom means free to be dumb”
  8. “Spring Again” by Biz Markie“But I like Easter time with a grin, ‘cause when I was little we used to go to Coney I-sland”
  9. “Fool Out of Me” by Idina Menzel“There are legends who die and I’ve never even heard their songs”
  10. “I’ll Be Lucky Some Day” by Glen Campbell[D’oh! Left one out!] “Let it rain – oh, let it pour ‘cause it just can’t get worse no way”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Someone brought a Whiffle Ball to a World Series Game

After weeks of telling us that Sarah Palin’s more experienced than, well, anybody, that she’s tough, that she’s a barracuda, that she’s a pit bull in lipstick, that she’s ready on day one, that she’s seasoned—the McCain campaign has demanded that the Vice Presidential debates be softened up for her.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Gee, I hope that if she gets any calls at 3 AM, they’re short and structured enough for her.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Wordle Music Meme

Once again, a meme. From Fred.

  1. 1. In iTunes, select View Options under the View menu.
  2. 2. Turn off everything but “Artist.”
  3. 3. Select all and copy.
  4. 4. Search and Replace the word “track” with nothing.
  5. 5. Paste the results into the Create page.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

What color is the sky in his world?

While everybody in the United States is looking at a rapidly declining economy today and wondering where it’s all going to end (the apple barrel, maybe?), you would think we should be looking at things like, say, the candidates’ grasps of basic economic information.

John McCain, for example, believes that many Americans don’t pay any taxes at all.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Examining Palin

I thought Tina Fey as Sarah Palin was brilliant – particularly paired with Poehler’s Clinton. But the real genius is this simple video examining a different Palin for President.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out this was blatantly stolen from Fred’s cool weblog.

Monday, September 15th, 2008

You Get the Justice You Pay For

It’s amazing to me just how much of the Republican platform has become “We’re really quite terrible. Really.” Who knew (well, aside from anybody who’d been paying attention to his voting record), for instance, that “maverick” John McCain who likes to begin every other sentence with “my friends” really wants his friends to pay for their justice, especially if they’re seeking justice for rape.

Biden’s legislation required that state, local, and Indian governments provide the rape exams to victims free of charge as a condition of receiving federal funds under the Violence Against Women Act. In 2000, Alaska finally passed state legislation in order to qualify for federal funding.

McCain not only opposed Biden’s legislation, but also has voted against funding it as recently as October 2007.

But that’s just maverick, cowboy up, “I’ll bring in the scum that did this to ya, Nadine, but only if ya can pay” McCain. He’s old-school. I’m certain that Governor Palin would never have condoned anything like that. Surely, the woman who believes that a woman should not be able to get a legal abortion even in the case of rape would see to it that a woman who had been the victim of a rape would get justice.

Oh. Right. Republican. Forgot.

The McCain campaign’s surrogates have sucked up a lot of air time this past week shouting “Palin is a victim of sexism!” every time her credentials for the second highest office in the land are questioned. Yet so far they’ve managed to avoid hard questioning about Palin’s role as mayor of Wasilla in overseeing policy that charged REAL victims, rape victims, for the expensive medical and forensic test necessary for prosecuting rapists.

A policy, mind you, that may have been illegal as well as heartless.

Heartless? Absolutely. Illegal? If it wasn’t at the time, then it should have been. A rape kit is not a medical procedure. Well, okay, it involves medical expertise – but its not like having an emergency appendectomy, and it’s certainly not like getting a nose job. A rape kit is a vital element in an investigation into sexual assault, and it’s almost impossible to get charges pressed without it. Telling someone they have to pay for a rape kit is not just like making someone pay for access to police protection and the justice system, it is making someone pay for access to police protection and the justice system.

And both McCain and Palin feel that it’s all right to make victims pay for their own justice to save the taxpayers money, even as Palin feels it’s all right to demand a per diem for staying in her own house.

I’ve asked people before when talking about the medical system – what if fire departments acted like health insurance companies? What about police? What if you suddenly got a phone call that due to droughts, the flammability of certain areas of the city was now a pre-existing condition and the fire department would not be expected to put out fires in those neighborhoods? Or that due to the rise in crime in your neighborhood, it was no longer cost-effective to offer you police protection and they would no longer be responding to 911 calls from your local area?

Little did I know that the McCain/Palin campaign would think that I was making a suggestion.

Friday, September 12th, 2008