Showing posts from November, 2007

Max Headroom is back!

He looks horrible!

Here's the story.

Word of the day


"People who enjoy watching activity on the canals in the United Kingdom. The term is also often used in a more general way to describe those who have an interest in canals and the canal life, but do not actively participate."

Here's where you join up.

Go Gongoozlering on Google Earth! (Googlogongoozlering?)

Vote Splashy Pants!

And he's back.

Right after I made a small deal about Lawrence Miles gaining in popularity, he pops up and posts to his secondary blog about Doctor Who. (Because everyone should have a secondary blog about Doctor Who.)
Of course, to us, the mad glut of Doctor Who merchandising available for Christmas 2007 is definitive proof that We Win. Let's be quite clear on this point: here in the latter '00s, Doctor Who is more popular than at any time in its prior history. Naturally, the viewing figures were higher in the late '70s. This is partly because there was nothing else to do in those days, when the TV set was the only leisure accessory that ran on electricity, and when "getting boozed up on a Saturday night" wasn't seen as a fit pastime for all ages, classes and genders. But it's also because viewers in the 1970s saw themselves as belonging to a wilfully captive audience. Saturday-night viewing was part of a complete entertainment experience, the stay-at-home descendant of…


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Great moments in tech support

From the Microsoft Help pages:

"During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an indication sent to the PC speaker from the computer's BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. This is a design feature of a detection circuit and system BIOSes developed by Award/Unicore from 1997 on."

Larry goes viral!

When Lawrence Miles posted that he would be taking his blog down, I decided to set up a Google search to alert me in case he popped up again someplace else. Recently, I've been picking up hits for posts such as this one.

It seems that the list of "Nine Things Which Appeared on The Muppet Show, But Wouldn’t Make It Onto Family Television These Days" is getting passed along. I hope this has a positive effect.

One of the bits most frequently quoted is:
But what we forget is that the issue of cross-species fertility is raised even in the original series, specifically in Miss Piggy’s performance of “Waiting at the Church”, a song about a bride being deserted by her bigamous husband on the day of her shotgun wedding. Piggy performs the song in a wedding dress that’s been bulked out to make her look eight months pregnant. This image is so distressing that it’s been erased from our collective childhood memory, yet there she is on the screen, reciting the opening lines ‘I’m in a ni…

Tired of the same old Ikea bookshelves?

Time to Pimp My Billy!

Well, I screwed that up

Yesterday I put up two posts about where to go to listen to music. Today I discover that yesterday was No Music Day.


Take the memes and make a theme

There's plenty of potato peeling being done this morning!

[embedded video removed - youtube is acting weird today. See it here.]

And then comes the shopping! (via Cool Blue Shed)

The Armchair Traveller

I am alerted to a recently published book that compiles a few works by a 19th century travel writer named Favell Lee Mortimer.
In the middle of the 1800s, Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer set out to write an ambitious guide to all the nations on Earth. There were just three problems. She had never set foot outside Shropshire. She was horribly misinformed about virtually every topic she turned her attention to. And she was prejudiced against foreigners. The result was an unintentionally hilarious masterpiece: 'People who are dainty must not come to Norway.' 'If the Siberians' taste in dress is laughable, their taste in food is horrible.' 'British America [Canada]'s Lake Superior is so immense, that Ireland might be bathed in it; that is, if islands could be bathed.' In "The Clumsiest People in Europe", Todd Pruzan has gathered together a selection of Mrs Mortimer's finest moments, celebrating the woman who turned ignorance into an art form.You can p…

And one more once.

In my post about places to go on the interwebs to hear some fine music, I forgot to add Crying all the Way to the Chip Shop, "The sentimental musings of an ageing British expat in words, music, and pictures." It's fast becoming one of my favorites.

Actually, Doctor Doom and I went to the same tennis camp

As part of my Thanksgiving travels, I find myself in the company of a six-year old boy whose blossoming interest in superheros has caused him to come into possession of a copy of the Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus (US, UK) (Pronounced AAAAAAAHM-nee-bus).

He's been waiting for me to show up, as he was told that I know all about superheros. I think that this might have been taken to mean that I am friends with them.

The young lad is particularly taken with Doctor Doom, particularly after I told him that Doom is not a robot. It is terribly unfair that other villains appear twice in the Omnibus, but Doom only appears once. We have just finished having a long discussion on how Doctor Doom's arms and legs can bend even though they are encased in metal.

I like this kid. He is going to go far.

Helpful Hint: "If you have to be in a fight with a robot, you gotta punch the robot in the throat, so that you make its head fall off and that's how you win."

This week off pod

I've left the little bugger home for the holidays, so I'll quick share some other sources of good sound I've been nibbling at lately.

PVAc to 44.1 kHz is a music blog that posts entire albums - almost all of which have never been released on CD ever. Consistently excellent stuff.

I've been dipping my toe into tapes of entire John Peel programs. I've had phases of looking at his playlists and descriptions of his tastes, but I'm finding that there is no better method of getting into his head than listening to a nice two hour broadcast. (I'm even starting to appreciate Kevin Ayers.) Here's a good place to start from.

Pandora has just expanded its "Music Genome" to include classical pieces. Naturally, I have been goofing around with it.

Finally NPR has been fiddling about with their music interface. This means that I'm not going to link to the things that I was going to. I can't find them anymore. When I can find them again, I will link…

Girls with blue whiskers tied up with noodles.

Thanksgiving week

Posting will either be lighter or heavier this week, depending on the whims of the Turkey Gods.

Late harvest


I was hoping to put off my annual look at the UK Christmas single woo ha until December started, but I am alerted to an underdog that I must champion.
Christmas chart battles are usually the territory of reality TV stars, novelty artists and Westlife, but this year a very unlikely pop star has thrown his hat into the yuletide ring.Malcolm Middleton, once of Scottish "miserabilists" Arab Strap and now a successful miserabilist in his own right, has announced he will release the single "We're All Going to Die" in a bid to make it the Xmas number one single."Dying is a bit like writing a letter to Santa," explains Middleton, by way of a press release, "unless you've been a good boy or girl, you're fucked."Go to his MySpace for a listen, it's quite nihilisticly jolly!

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In the news

Continuing with the genres

Continuing on with my glurbling on about Saturday Morning bubblegum pop, I offer this bit of fluff, a segment from the 1969-71 Hardy Boys cartoon. The conceit of the show being that in addition to solving crimes, the boys are in a band. The producers of the show were able to push out two soundtrack comps of the songs, which are now quite the collector's items.

So, enjoy the excellently catchy well-produced tune, while also goggling in amazement at the astonishingly rotoscoped psychedelic animation.

Meanwhile, here is a review that cought my eye - The Duke of Straw examines Corb Lund's new CD and proclaims it to be "the greatest horse warfare album ever." I think I will recant all the bad things I have ever said about genre compartmentalization if I can find my way to a store that has a labeled section for "music about horse warfare."

Have a taste.

This Week in Pod doesn't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard

Between my last post and this one, I have added a grand total of three CDs to my iPod. They are:

Various Artists - Mojo Magazine: Americana 2004
Various Artists - The Songs of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Various Artists - Scooby-Doo's Snack Tracks: The Ultimate Collection

I have a playlist programed to only play things that have been added in the past week, so currently I have a playlist that only contains the contents of those three discs.

It's an odd mix. The three of them are odd mixes to begin with, but mixing them together is particularly odd.

From what I've been able to tell, "Americana" is a term that started out in the early nineties as sort of an umbrella term for record stores that didn't want to have separate racks for "Blues" and "Country/Western." As it was presented as a holistic genre, contemporary artists began believing that it really was one, and we are left with things like Gomez. I am very strange about "Americana&quo…

The future of medicine

Let us suppose that you have been charged with the task of encouraging the youth of America to consider a future as a health care professional. What would be the obvious method to attract their attention?

That's right, an enormous rapping groundhog.

Here's the background.


Further breaking news! It seems that there are folks who are under the impression that when the background singers are chanting "Go G-Hog," they are in fact chanting "Go Jihad." While it seems likely that these folks are not serious, the idea that someone could think that this video is some sort of subliminal message makes it even more amusing.


There's a new Lucky Luke film coming out!

See the trailer.

This Week in Pod Has Lost Track of the Time

I think I shall have to abandon all hope of turning into a feature that I do regularly, and just keep on chugging it out when I can.

Luckily, I've slowed down the process of ripping CDs to match the slowdown in posting about it.

There are two reasons for this: First, I've been busy. Second, I've been noticing that my hard drive has been filling up. Because my hard drive has been filling up, I'm going to have to start making a lot more choices about what to remove then I have been.

First, I will probably have to get rid of the video that has filled up a few loose gigs. As my iPod is one of those video deelies, I've been taking the opportunities to download the free video content that iTunes has to offer. Most of these things I have yet too actually watch, but they are filling up about twelve gigabytes, so I suppose they ought to be jettisoned to make way for other things. For the curious these videos include:
The pilot episode of The Starter Wife. This is another…

Enjoy a truly strange ad from Thailand

Not only am I an architect!

and if all else fails...

The Simple Dollar has advice on "Dealing With Professional Burnout Without Quitting Your Job"

It has nine bullets.

Number eight summed up is "Get your resume together so you can quit."

Number nine summed up is "What the hell, Quit!"

I suppose this means I have to throw some sort of internet keg party