Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Song

This is the second consecutive week I've gone with a song from 1985. That's purely a coincidence, nothing more. I've been watching "80 Hours of the 80's" on VH1 Classic, all weekend long. "You're a Friend of Mine" the duet by Clarence Clemons and Jackson Browne came on. Clemons, taking full advantage of Springsteen's fame, released this happy, fun, up-tempo song... and I remember back in 1985 this song, even then, seemed a little bit cheesy - but when it came on VH1 Classic this weekend, 23 years later, it reminded me how much I love the 80's and how carefree and happy I was back then.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Coming soon...

Here are me and Brennen - on location - on Quinsippi Island, where we shot a little movie today - inspired by the short video I posted last week... An actual little spoof on the show Lost. It's pretty funny, and I would post it today, but since my computer is so f'ing slow, I might wait to throw this thing together on my laptop, whenever it comes back next week. So stay tuned! It should be entertaining! By the way, shitloads of awesome places to camp out and party on Q.I. (Probably illegal though.)

I wanted to post a little something on potential Vice President Sarah Palin, but once the words I had bottled up inside all day started to form themselves into black and white text, it turned into a very lengthy, profanity filled tirade. Sure she's hot with the sexy librarian look, and she's a interesting choice, but it's a bad, bad idea, and goddammit I want to keep typing about it, but I promised myself I wouldn't.

Maybe if I get 3 requests to go off on my first real political rant, I will, but since I never get 3 comments, it'll just burn inside my crazy Kool-Aid soaked innards.

Friday, August 29, 2008

No Labor Days

Marge: ...The plant called and said if you don't come in tomorrow, don't bother coming in Monday.

Homer: Woo hoo! A four-day weekend!


I'm going to take 4 days off and try to digest the Obama speech and the Cubs season so far. Both f'n awesome.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Decade of the Dude

Rolling Stone has a great article in the issue that hit stands a few days ago. "The Decade of the Dude... How The Big Lebowski — the Coen brothers' 1998 stoner caper starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker called the Dude — became the most worshipped comedy of its generation..."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back in the day...

I know it, but a lot of people have no idea, Larry the Cable Guy's real name is Dan Whitney. He was a really terrible comic even before pretending to be a redneck. I saw him on a talk show just yesterday and he looked embarrassed when he admitted he wasn't actually a cable guy. Precious moment.

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Speaking of Precious Moments, here is Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs. Little known fact: used to be a professional opera singer. You gotta love Mike Rowe, here he is, exact same guy, a man's man, but very much out of place here at his earlier job...


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Before Jason Lee was Earl Hickey, and before Scientologist got to him, he was regular in Kevin Smith's stable of actors, appearing in most of Smith's films, as well as some other excellent films. ...But before that, he was a prominent & groundbreaking professional skateboarder. Jason Lee and Tony Hawk were the first 2 skateboarders to receive a pro model shoe with Airwalk and pro contracts with Element Skateboards.

Album Covers 101

Can I Borrow A Feelin'?
Cody Matherson
One just about every list of "worst album covers ever" that you can find online, you're sure to run across this gem. Right away, I smelled a rat. Obvious Photoshop job, and the title (for me anyway) is a dead giveaway - somebody making their own funny version of this:

Yes, Kirk Van Houten's album from Simpsons Episode 4F04, "A Milhouse Divided." I set out to debunk this album cover as a fraud, and from what I could find, I believe it is just that. No reference on Wikipedia, noting on Amazon.com, no release date, and no actual music to be found. There is a page regarding this album on Snopes.com, and a group of people did some research and compared notes to determine it's a fake. So I speculate that there's somebody out there, much like me, a big Simpsons fan, dicking around on Photoshop, having a good laugh at everybody who thinks it's an actually album cover. Real or not, it's still pretty funny. Plus, I think that guy's from Quincy,

Monday, August 25, 2008

Party Time

NBC sent out a message to affiliates about the official NBC logos for the upcoming conventions. So I made a third party logo...Day one of the SNC will cover banana related issues, and an all-star tribute to throwing poo.

A Little Lost

Check this out. A little something I shot Sunday on Quinsippi Island. I want to go ahead an apologize in advance.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Song

One of the lesser known songs from the Back to the Future Soundtrack is "Heaven Is One Step Away" by Eric Clapton. You can hear it playing on Marty McFly's alarm clock radio the day after he returns from 1955. Of all Clapton songs, this one ranks very low. It's not a very good song at all, but it's still catchy and sticks in your head. It's an easy listening, reggae influenced, very much an 80's tune... The biggest problem with this song is heard right off the bat, the drum machine. Probably the worst thing to ever happen to rock and roll. Even a legend like Eric Clapton cannot manage to make the drum machine sound good or work for him. Who ever though the drum machine was a good idea anyway? It makes me sad that Clapton, and a bunch of musicians, and producers were sitting around in a studio one day back in the 80's mixing the tracks, ...and they were all in agreement that - yes - starting out with the drum machine really sounds great and kicks this song off right.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blogging from Obama

Went to see the debut of the Obama-Biden ticket in Springfield (huge Biden fan, by the way)... Took lots of pics, and lots of video. Due to technical constraints, I'll hold off on the video, but here is a picture-filled "i-report"...

Got a picture of Abe sporting an Obama button.

This is part of the line. On this street, it went down a block, back up, back down, and back up again. In all, a waiting line SIXTEEN city blocks long before reaching the Old State Capitol grounds. (I counted)... Surprisingly, it moved fairly fast, and it didn't take too terribly long to get in.

Spotters with their eyes on me.

Me and the Mrs. crowded into the crowd. The crowd of around 35,000. And it was about 175 degrees out.

Satellite trucks broadcasting the goings-on.

There are the people we manage to get ahead of.

The Old State Capitol.

Put yer damn signs down, kids.

Yeah... That's the ticket.

One profanity-laced argument with a mean, stupid, bitchy lady in the crowd ...and one heat-induced fainting spell later, Elizabeth is OK! ...And I am sunburned.

Obama. Biden. Abide.
A crazy amount of compliments on The Dude shirt from Obamamaniacs

Friday, August 22, 2008

Madden 09 Update

Madden 09 has a Superstar mode, where you create and control a specific player. From training, to try-outs, to dealing with agents, it's pretty cool. Game play goes fast because you're only playing your guy, and executing the calls the coach makes. Unfortunately I was drafted by the Ravens. Bleh... but I am 5-0 with a 150 QB rating.

As for my franchise, I am playing the Rams. 3-2. All wins (over Phi, Buf, Was) coming in the form of total domination. Huge passing game, best defense in the league. The two losses were a narrow defeat to the Seahawks (I was beating them and the game froze!) and a 7 interception debacle to the NY Giants (who are 5-0 so far). The graphics are great, game play is smooth, Collinsworth is a little annoying. So far, so good. Still learning though.

Olmypic women...






This picture of Misty May-Treanor scares the shit out of me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chinese Democracy Now

Guns N’ Roses long-delayed album, "Chinese Democracy" might finally see the light of day, and very soon. First, some seemingly finished tracks were leaked ...& now, negotiations are going on for the record to come out as exclusively at Wal-Mart or Best Buy. GNR's current manager is well known for issuing albums exclusively through retailers, most recently with the Eagles’ Long Road out of Eden. Not a good sign, especially since that album totally blew ass.

No one from either the record label or the stores could be reached for comment, it looks like after 14 years in the making, the light at the end of the tunnel is near for Chinese Democracy.

I am a big GNR fan. But the antics of the past 14 years have ruined GNR for me. Seriously, who gives a shit now? Are they gonna sound like the GNR of old, which is too old at this point, or will they be completely re-invented? From what I've heard, and for years I have been hearing various "leaked" tracks, every single one of the new songs have totally sucked. Not just bad, but terrible, crap. ...Boo GNR!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Springfield Bound

Obama's headed back to Springfield on Saturday, with his VP pick, apparently. I think I'll head there too. I was there when he launched his bid. Hopefully it'll a little warmer this time. By the time I get out of bed Wednesday, he may have announced who his running mate will be already. No idea who it'll be... But if you handicap it based on the info that's out there, it's up in the air between Biden, Bayh, and Kaine. Sebelius is on the outside, and Clinton's actually in there too. Basically nobody knows, but everybody likes to guess up until the seconds before. I'd acutally be OK with any one of them. As for McCain's pick, I'm not impressed by any of them, and all of the potentials have big drawbacks when paired with McCain. A new poll came out with Obama's lead in the polls cut in half. Remember Jon Lovitz as Dukakis vs. Bush in 1988?

"I can't believe I'm losing to this guy!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

House of Cosbys

If you've never seen or heard of "House of Cosbys" ...here you go! This was a web show on Channel 101 a few years ago, before the site received a cease and desist letter from Bill Cosby's attorney. There were 4 episodes, then one more unofficial episode, a blooper reel, and a dirty music video. If you like this first episode, you'll love the rest. You can find them all on YouTube. Enjoy!


Monday, August 18, 2008

Where there's smoke...

...there's my damn laptop! What the hell? Just got my computer back from being repaired, after having gone without it all summer, the hard drive and monitor go out again. I call HP, and when I'm on the phone with them, it catches fire!

So the top tier of folks at HP will be calling me within the next day to discuss "alternative options" ...like, hopefully, a new computer. This thing is an expensive, state-of-the-art, piece of technology. It shouldn't be doing this! It's not like I'm running NORAD from my living room - I'm just dicking around on Photoshop and making silly little movies. So ...fingers crossed.

Another year...

...another KC BBQ. Two nights of drinkin' ...two days of hangovers. -- I took Sunday night off. But I did go out there in the afternoon to eat and have a few beers, and make this little video...


I ate and drank after the video was shot ...also posted new videos about fighting goats and funny noises.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Song

Eighties American rock band Giuffria had one hit back in 1984, "Call to the Heart" ...You've more than likely heard it - but you probably thought it was Journey, or maybe even somebody else... because who they hell has ever heard of Giuffria? If you look at the video for Call to the Heart, you can see that Guiffria is the quintessential 80's hair metal band. How they didn't make it is a little hard to understand, because these guys had about a 5 year jump-start on Warrant and Winger. Thanks to Jake Miller for bringing this gem to my attention.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finally...

Got my computer back. For the 2nd time. And just a hair under 2 months.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Big Fat Friday Post


Did You Know?

You can subscribe to this blog now? I am expanding my free multimedia empire. I don't know a lot about RSS feeds, but knock yourself out. I like to entertain people. I'm like a clown. Whether it's a sad clown or a funny clown, ...that's for you to decide.

Crazy Cubbie Statistics!

The Cubs swept a season series against the Braves for the 1st time in the teams' 133-year rivalry, dating back to 1876. They won their 8th straight away from Wrigley, the first time they've had an 8 game road winning streak since 1945, the last time they played in a World Series. They won both games of Wednesday's double-header by at least 8 runs, ...the last time the Cubs did that was in 1908, when they won the World Series. During Thursday's game, the Cubs broadcasters were talking about Quincy, Len Kasper mentioned a friend of his here in town, and Bob Brenly talked about his days playing in the CICL and wondered if the big white house was still beyond center field.

Killer Story!

Serial killer Michael Swango is back in the news, in Thursday's paper. I read James Stewart's book about Swango, Blind Eye. (OK, audiobook) ...and I know people that went to school with him ...and personally, I don't think he's gonna confess to jack shit. He never has. But if he starts playing ball? Quincy can claim one of the most prolific serial killers in history (possibly 60 victims) ...in a very morbid kind of way, that's pretty neat-o.

It's the end of the summer as we know it...

As all Quincyans can tell you, the KC BBQ is (depressingly) the unofficial end of summer. The official end of summer is when Jerry Lewis sings that damn song at the end of his telethon. The one he sings to his kids about how they'll never walk again. Err... alone. Seems like Summer '08 went by really fast. So, see you at the BBQ, drinks in hand.

Last year I met TV's Tyler Tomlinson!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Hilarious, awesome, action-action, silly movie. Robert Downey Jr. as an Australian method actor playing a black guy was great. So there's my review. It's about a group of spoiled asshole actors, filming a Vietnam War who get into some real "shit" ...It's getting some heat for being perceived as insensitive to the mentally handicapped. Because they use the word retard a lot. There are a hundred other movies and shows I've seen that are way, way worse. I don't know why it's an issue now all the sudden, especially with this movie. The people protesting, have not even seen the movie. That happens a lot in this country, people bitching about something when they don't have the full story.
The scene in question, is hilarious by the way. My retarded Uncle Harold would even think so. I would go so far as to say it was actually in defense of "special people"... But now people want to ban "the R word", as they're calling it now... (like the N word was so successfully banned last year!) I'm not going to call somebody a retard if they're mentally handicapped, that's messed up. But I'm not going to stop calling my friend retards, cuz that's what they are, and there's a difference.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Photoshoppin'

It's amazing what you can do with Photoshop. They did a great job at EA Sports with the new Favre-Madden 09 cover. I'm not going to use it, I just think it's neat. I actually have to exchange my damn game because it keeps freezing up on me. Another chapter in the long story of me versus technology. (my laptop's been gone the entire summer!) The last straw was right when I was about to beat Cousin Danno's Eagles in Week 1. I opted to go with the Rams Franchise this season, a big departure from always playing the Dolphins.

Speaking of football and Photoshop, I planted another stadium into Quincy... This is my 2nd draft in 2 days. The first one was Soldier Field, down by Gardner-Denver, with a sprawling parkway from the dam up to the South Side Boat Club. This one was easier, it only took a few minutes to do. Click it to see a larger version.

Strangely enough, Qwest Field was a perfect fit in Quincy. The Seattle street grid perfectly aligned to ours, and the railroad tracks one one side matched up with the tracks on the riverfront. I just had to chop off part of the parking structure.

Album Covers 101

There are a ton of gay album covers out there... Not that there's anything wrong with that. These are 10 of the gayest covers I could find , just by doing a quick online search. Surely there are more gay-er album covers out there. I didn't even count Village People albums... Which, by the way, Village People album covers aren't nearly as gay as you'd think (if you ignore the leather guy) ...but I'm just highlighting these covers in particular. In no particular order.


Jim Post - I Love My Life (1978) ...my life of being gay. And hanging out at a gay resort. Interesting fact; This guy went on to be a successful Mark Twain impersonator. (Seriously).

Manowar - Anthology (1997) ...Sometimes trying to look totally metal can totally back-fire.

Orleans - Waking and Dreaming (1976) ...I don't know what the situation is here, but there are few scenarios that could lead to this situation ...without being gay.

Sin with Sebastian - Golden Boy (1996) ...Is that Knox Harrington, the videographer? (That's a Big Lebowski reference, might be hard to get for most)

Tino - Por Primera Vez (1983) ...If I were a rich man, and really really gay, this would be my pool boy.

Wham! - Fantastic (1983) ...Wham's debut album. Strangely enough, the album cover, ...one of the less gay aspects of Wham!

Clay Aiken - On My Way Here (2008) ...Because Clay Aiken is gay. If you dispute that, you are also gay.

Clay Aiken - A Thousand Different Ways (2006) ...You would think I included 2 Clay Aiken album covers because I think he's twice as gay? You'd be wrong. I thought this was a k.d. lang album.

Gay Men - I'm a Man (Who Needs a Man) (1983) ...Up until this point, I was really trying to be ironic. This cover, ...actually gay.

Johnny Dangerous - Dangerous Liaisons (2003) - Well, I think Chicago's very own Johnny Dangerous takes the cake. Unless that's a female bodybuilder on top of the gay gangster rapper.