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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

HUMOR and POLITICS: Uh, How Do You 'Lose' 1,000,000 Emails?

Here's Moby's take on how The White House lost 1,000,000 emails from his journal on his website. I found it through, of course, NetVibes. - OlderMusicGeek

i was just reading an article wherein it was revealed that the white house 'lost' 1,000,000 emails over a 2 1/2 year period.

uh, how do you 'lose' 1,000,000 emails?

can you imagine the uproar if gmail lost even 1/10th as many emails? they'd shut down in an instant.

but the white house loses 1,000,000 emails and it's business as usual?

just shrugged shoulders, a lop-sided gop grin, and 'oops'?

i have a theory as to where the emails went:
see, in a debate with john kerry, gw bush referred to 'the internets'. we thought he was just being an ignorant drunk, but maybe he was referring to multiple internets that exist in parallell dimensions? perhaps they've got these huge quantum computers that actually send email into OTHER DIMENSIONS?

so somewhere in a different dimension someone has been getting random emails from the white house? 1,000,000 random emails?

like, 'the vp's getting cranky and needs some cheering up, do we have any homeless people for him to shoot?' or, 'beelzebub called, needs to reschedule his 11 a.m with gw, how's 2pm instead?'

imagine the confusion on the part of the poor guy in the other dimension whose server keeps crashing with the 1,000,000 white house emails he's been receiving.

'zorgot! it happened again! and what's a "cheney"? where does this garbage come from?'

oh, 'zorgot' being the name of the spouse of the person whose server keeps crashing.

i mean, i guess that was pretty obvious, but i thought i'd spell it out nonetheless, what with 'zorgot' being a pretty common name in our closest parallel dimension, like 'john', or 'ahmed' here.

and i wonder, have/has the white house been receiving emails, too? emails from ANOTHER
DIMENSION??

and what do they say?

'VIOXXXX! ONLY $4.00! WOWW!!!! GOT NOW!! ALL GO!' but in an alien language?

i'm guessing that erectile dysfunction is a problem in other dimensions, too, even if the inhabitants of the other dimensions have multiple penises. see, multiple penises: multiple opportunities for the pharmaceutical companies in the other dimension, right? one man's flaccid is another mans $$$.
-moby

A link to the original journal entry on moby.com
A link to the journal on moby.com
A link to just plain moby.com :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

SCIENCE and ENTERTAINMENT: Some Interesting Trilobites

Well, this happened over 10 years ago, but I just learned about it from Wikipedia. - OlderMusicGeek

Silurian (Wenlock) Calymenid Trilobites from the Cape Phillips Formation, Central Canadian Arctic
Jonathan M. Adrain, Gregory D. Edgecombe
Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 71, No. 4 (Jul., 1997), pp. 657-682
This article consists of 26 page(s).
(the boldness, italics and red added by me - OlderMusicGeek)
Abstract

Calymenid trilobites are common components of diverse Silurian silicified faunas recovered from the Cape Phillips Formation of the Cape Phillips Basin, central Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Calymenids are represented in the Wenlock of the northern Laurentian region by only two genera, Diacalymene Kegel, 1927, and Arcticalymene new genus (type species A. viciousi new species). Calymenid diversity in any given fauna is never higher than two species, although these species may be numerically abundant. Arcticalymene became extinct during the Homerian, at which point calymenids disappeared forever from the northern Laurentian record. Other new taxa are Arcticalymene cooki new species, A. jonesi new species, A. matlocki new species, and A. rotteni new species. Material representing at least two more species of the new genus is reported in open nomenclature. Diacalymene gabrielsi Siveter and Chatterton, 1996, is recorded from the Cape Phillips Basin.

These two men - Adrian and Edgecombe - also gave some trilobites are the names of Mackenziurus johnnyi, M. joeyi, M. deedeei, M. ceejayi!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

ENTERTAINMENT and POLITICS: Record Label Gives Iraq War Vets a Musical Voice

This is from Rolling Stone. I found it through my NetVibes page. I edited down for space. But here's a link to the complete article. - OlderMusicGeek

To The Fallen Records is a unique record label in that it puts out compilations of songs written and recorded by veterans of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – some even recorded in the field. On the occasion of the release of the new compilation To The Fallen Records Presents: Rock Vol. 1, Rolling Stone’s Evan Serpick took a look at the origins of the label. To read the full, in-depth exploration, click here.

In 2005, Army Sgt. First Class John Freeman III's platoon was drawn into a firefight with local insurgents in Iraq's Al-Anbar province, killing twenty-three Iraqis and suffering one casualty. Afterward, Freeman was approached by the platoon's chaplain, who encouraged him to attend church services. "I explained to him that it's kind of hard for me to go to church," says Freeman, 37. "It's hard to forgive myself when, tomorrow, I'm going to go out and do the exact same thing." Instead, Freeman sat down and wrote a song, "Don't Try and Save Me": "It's going to take more than time to wash away the pain," he sings over reverb-heavy electric guitars. "The bloodstains on my soul could never, ever come clean."

The messages range from patriotic anthems to Bush-bashing tirades. In "Sleeping Giant," metal band 10 Fold — fronted by Army Spc. Eric Conley, a Humvee gunner who patrolled the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad — lashes out at the terrorists who invoked American wrath: "Your God can't save you. . . . You'll be gone soon." Backed by the sounds of gunfire, Dirty Boi Vets — Marine Sgts. Tendaji Akil-Milele and Sugarray Henry — question their mission on "Combat Zone": "CO telling us we won't be that long/I still think we killing them for no reason."

A link to the complete article in Rolling Stone

Saturday, February 16, 2008

SCIENCE: Gorillas Lovers Lock Eyes

This is form Time. I found it through my NetVibes home page. - OlderMusicGeek

Gorillas in a Tryst
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008
By BRYAN WALSH

Leah was staring at George. A series of rapid, pulsating whimpers escaped her lips. She then drew near to George, who locked gazes with her, his face unreadable. His shoulders were relaxed, and when Leah was within his grasp he opened his right arm and embraced her. Leah lay on the ground and George looked into her eyes. He bent over to lie on her, while Leah wrapped her legs around George's waist...


Is this a missing letter from the Penthouse Forum? The steamy section of a well-thumbed romance novel? Try neither: The scene is actually taken from the April 2007 issue of the Gorilla Gazette, a primatology journal. Leah and George aren't star-crossed lovers caught in mid-tryst. They're western gorillas in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, observed by primatologists whose interest is far more scientific than it is prurient. There's reason to watch — Leah and George's moment in the Mbeli Bai forest clearing, captured on film by a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany and the Wildlife Conservation Society, is one of the only times gorillas have been seen mating face-to-face, rather than face-to-back. "It's an extremely rare behavior," says Thomas Breuer, the primatologist who photographed the pair through a telelens. "We haven't seen this in 13 years of observation. If you look at the photos it's a very nice piece of action."

I have, and it is. But what does the act mean? Is it a one-off, or the start of a gorilla sexual revolution? Breuer is hesitant to draw any conclusions, noting that scientists observe just a sliver of the life of wild gorillas, but he speculates that face-to-face mating (also known as "ventro-ventral copulation," for the Latinists out there) might engender a deeper relationship between the silverback male, George, and Leah, the female. After the mating was finished (roughly 2 mins., about par for the course for your average silverback), Breuer even observed George holding Leah's hand. Apparently, even the world's largest primates like the occasional cuddle. "Maybe there's a way the act forms a kind of bond between the silverback and the female," he says. "But we just don't know."

That might be unlikely — male gorillas, after all, are happily polygynous, mating with multiple females in their group. (It's good to be the silverback.) But there might just be something special about Leah. Breuer had earlier observed Leah (named inexactly after Princess Leia of Star Wars) using a crude tool — another first — testing out the depth of a pond with a long stick, rather than simply diving in. The very humanness of her experimentation struck him. "That observation was so interesting," says Breuer. "Very often they find solutions to problems in the same way as you or I would."

Perhaps that's why we find such stories so fascinating. More than just our neighbors on the evolutionary tree, primates are our doubles in the animal world. We look into their eyes and we see ourselves, and even experienced scientists who've spent years observing them struggle to avoid falling into the trap of anthropomorphism. It would be nice to believe, on a Valentine's Day, that when George and Leah lock eyes, they know a little bit of what we might feel when we look upon our loved one. And perhaps they do. But they don't need to. The life of a wild gorilla, caught only in glimpses from a distance, has richness and mystery that is wholly sufficient to itself, and which we'll never fully know.



A link to the original article

Friday, February 15, 2008

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Honey, I'm Home

This is a Valentine's Day post from the blog, The Sneeze. - OlderMusicGeek

Stevie's Home! (A Valentine's Love Tip)

A long time ago when my wife was my girlfriend and we were LIVING IN SIN, a tradition was born. I'd like to now share it with you all.

I came home from work one day and found her in front of the computer. I said "Hello," and she barely grunted back. I don't even think she looked up.

Half-jokingly I responded, "Okay, we're gonna try this again." I walked out the front door and came back in a few moments later...

"STEVIE'S HOME, STEVIE'S HOME!!! YAY!!!" was the new over-the-top cheer I was greeted with. It was accompanied by a hug and kisses. And I loved it.

What began as a joke quickly became an ongoing practice that continues to this day in our house: The person who is home first must make a small fuss when the other person gets there.

Does it sound silly? Yes. Do I promise that it will set the tone for a nicer evening just about every time you do it? Yes.

The world is full of douchebags, guys. Take 3 seconds out of your precious day to make a fuss over each other. Do it like you mean it. Do it as a goof. Just do it a lot. I promise you'll be glad you did.


A link to the original post
A link to a follow up post on The Sneeze

ENTERTAINMENT: Bender, A True Hero

This in from the In Character blog on NPR.org. - OlderMusicGeek

Your Turn: Bender Bending Rodriguez

From Futurama, created by Matt Groening
Nominated by Travis Larchuck

The short-lived and then revived animated program Futurama features a futuristic New York populated by aliens and mutants. So it's ironic that the most human character on the show is a robot by the name of Bender Bending Rodriguez.

Bender was designed only to bend steel rods, but he would much rather sit on the couch and watch TV all day. He fuels himself by drinking beer. He swears. He's addicted to gambling and pornography (which consists of computer circuitry diagrams). He dreams of becoming a master chef, taking over the world and killing all humans. Who among us can't identify with those urges?

Despite his flaws, Bender has a heart. He stays true to his best friend, Fry. And when he is accidentally launched into space and gets to meet God, the lesson he learns ("you can't count on God for jack") is something we can all use.

2:33 PM ET | 02-14-2008 | permalink

A link to the original post

A link to the In Character blog
video


Al Gore is cool to me because he appeared in Futurama not just once! But twice! And once when he was still vice-president!

Admittedly, his daughter was a writer on
Futurama, but still...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Videos to Help Your Romance

Here's some videos from Videojug.com help you out on Valetine's Day! - OlderMusicGeek

video video video

VideoJug - Life Explained. On Film.

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Some Expressions of Love

This is from me, not a reprinted article. - OlderMusicGeek

Way back before The Crazy Smart Alec Co-Worker quit and we went our separate ways, we came up some expressions of love that I thought I'd share with you all.

You are the best cheat on my favorite video game.
You are the offer of one month free on my AOL cancellation.
You are the full ink cartridge in my scanner.
You are the warm current that pulls me under.
You are the multi-color lint I find in my belly button.
You are the strongest drug I took on spring break.
You are the favorite prostitute at the nearest brothel.

Our love is as strong as the sentimentality of a Barry Manilow song.
Our love is as strong as a Vulcan pinch on the shoulder.
Our love is as strong as a LSD sample from Timothy Leary.

Feel free to use any of them!

A link to Valentine's Day blogs

CULTURE/SOCIETY and ENTERTAINMENT: Me, My Daughter, Our Taste in Music and the Corruption of Her Friends

This is from me, not reprinted from somewhere else. - OlderMusicGeek.

The more I discuss music with my daughter, the more I worry about her.

She was telling me other day,that her classmates were saying that her outfit almost looked emo.

To which I replied, “Oh no!”

“What’s wrong with emo?!” she asked offendedly.

“Well, I don’t really know about the emo look, “ I admitted. “I just know the music sucks.”

“I kind of like emo. What’s wrong with emo music?”

“Except for the fact that it sounds like washed out punk rock, nothing.”

My daughter once again had her problem with her eyes rolling into her head.


And I realized, my daughter’s friends had corrupted her even more into their ways!

When she was a young thing before starting school, punk rock, alternative and electronica were her favorite types of music. And she would tell people that too.

Now, she likes top 40 and rap. And that popular rap, not the edgy stuff! I could respect her, if not agree with her, if she liked the edgy stuff!

As one of my friends on the internet said when I told him about this, “Those fiends!”


But there is some hope. She did say the other week, “I don’t hate bluegrass. I actually like it. It’s just not some of my favorite music.”


And back in December when I was playing my Christmas music, she asked, “Cajun Christmas music?”

“That’s right.”

She nodded her head in approval.

Wow, I thought, how many tweens have even heard of Cajun music, much less know it when they hear it. And appreciate it!

And if she can know and appreciate Cajun music, there just might be some hope for her!

Posts about my daughter

Posts about music on OlderMusicGeek's Stupid Stuff
Posts about music on OlderMusicGeek's Stupid Entertainment Stuff

For those of you who don't know, here's a video explaining what emo is.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Some Great Valentine Cards

Here's some of the great valentines from BadCupid. - OlderMusicGeek






A link to BadCupid.com

A link to Valentine's Day blogs

CULTURE/SOCIETY and SPIRITUALITY/RELIGION: The Flying Spaghetti Monster's Pirate Fish Saves the Day

Usually I don't reprint too many blog post from The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, cus they can be even too anti-religion for an anti-religion type like me. But this one is pretty cute. - OlderMusicGeek

December 9, 2007 - a cold, wintery night in Cleveland, Ohio. I dropped my keys outside a Panini’s (sports bar franchise) in the Warehouse district. In a strapless dress, heels and no coat I walked all the way back to my car only to realize I had no way in. Frustrated and tired, I spent the night at a friends and waited for my sister to come in the morning with a spare key. As we approached the lot, my car was nowhere to be found. The towing company did not have it. The only other option… STOLEN. My poor Honda Civic was being violated by the hands of a complete stranger.

The cops made a report and then did nothing. The following Friday I received a voicemail from a man named Ray whom I’d never met and said he had information about my car. Apparently it was in the ghetto of Cleveland preferably known as “Crackland.” Evidently a homeless man had found the keys and used the remote to locate it. Very resourceful.

Since the police would not tow it, I called my insurance company. There was a field agent in the area. With a multitude of Civics in the general population hope of finding mine was slim. The only distinguishing marker of my vehicle was an FSM Pirate fish spray painted in white on the back window. If it had not been for my love of FSM and my sheer distaste for organized religion I would still not have my car back. The representative found the fish and my car and everything is back to normal. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Kristina K

A link to the original blog post

ENTERTAINMENT: An NPR Interview with One of My Favorite TV Stars

Well, I got this off the NPR blog, In Character, which I strongly recommend that you check out. And it showed up on my NetVibes home page. - OlderMusicGeek

On Air: Cookie Monster

» Hear the 'All Things Considered' radio commentary

Elizabeth Blair led off this blog with a post that confessed her fondness for Cookie Monster. Now her magnificent obsession has made it to the radio -- and to the video.

As part of our In Character explorations, we convinced Cookie Monster to come to NPR's New York studios, where Elizabeth talked to him about the boundaries of his appetites -- and got him to answer a version of the Proust Questionnaire. The video is below, as well as on the story page.

Oh, and you'll definitely want to watch through to the end. Check the expression on Blair's face when Cookie pulls that [spoiler deleted] off the desk to eat it. If you're wondering what she's so alarmed about, I'm guessing it's whether she's going to have to pay for the replacement: Those things run thousands of dollars apiece.

--Trey Graham

video

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

CULTURE/SOCIETY and HUMOR: Another Interesting Email Exchange at My Work

This is an just an email exchange I had with the same co-worker i discussed our boss telling us to have a good night with. :) - OlderMusicGeek

FRONT DOOR RECEPTIONIST: There was a Hy-Vee receipt found in our facility it can be claimed at the front desk. Thanks!

EX-MARINE CO-WORKER: Alright this lost and found is getting a little over zealous don't you think? I found a piece of lint and a peanut M&M under my desk. Any claimers?

ME: Yeah, I've lost my patience! Haven't they found it yet?

EX-MARINE CO-WORKER: If you give me a while, I'll let you know.

ME: And some claim I lost my sanity a long time ago! How about that?

ME: A scarecrow's brain, a tin man's heart and a lion's courage has been found. They can be claimed behind the curtain at the front desk. - The Wizard

ME: A new country had been founded on the eastern coast of The United States. It can be claimed at the front desk in Philadelphia.

ME: If someone find Jesus, are they going to take him to lost and found?

FRONT DOOR RECEPTIONIST: A key has been found outside in the parking lot. It can be claimed at the front desk. Thanks!

ME: Damn you (name deleted)! You got me laughing at reasonable lost and founds!

ENTERTAINMENT and HUMOR: The Ten Most Melanin-Free Songs of All Time

This is from the Spin magazine web site. And I found it using NetVibes. I did replace some profanity from the original piece. - OlderMusicGeek

Caucasian Invasion
February 8, 2008

Calling your sketch-comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U' Know seems like a good way to get yourselves stereotyped. Done. So we asked the funny fivesome to come up with the ten most melanin-free songs of all time.

"Informer"
Snow
A Canadian rapper who tries to sound Rastafarian, but his Canadian accent keeps getting in the way.
Dear Snow (back in time): Please don't make any more albums.
Dear Snow (present day): Thank you.

"Fire and Rain"
James Taylor
If you listen to James Taylor all day, a John Denver record sounds like Public Enemy.

"Minuet in G"
Johann Sebastian Bach
OMG, Bach! Does every song have to be in 4/4 time? Jeez! Put some soul in there. We bet Johann never even met a black person.

"Gin and Juice"
Snoop Dogg
This is the one song white kids who don't listen to rap bring up when you tell them they don't listen to rap. Then they show you their Pharcyde CD.

"Tenderly Kissing a Crystal Horse in a Room Made of Clouds"
Moby
We don't know if this is the title of an actual Moby song [Editor's note: It's not], but all his stuff named like that. This guy needs to eat a burger and drink a beer. His music is so white you're not allowed to listen to it after Labor Day.

"I Want to Be a Hulkamaniac"
Hulk Hogan
Just kidding! This stuff is tight! Girls drop their panties when they hear the Hulkster!

"Baby's Got Sauce"
G. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love sucks. If you see a black guy at a G. Love concert, he's probably a spy sent to assassinate him. Godspeed black spies!

"Beverly Hills"
Weezer
This is what Jared the Subway guy listens to as he drinks Mike's Hard Lemonade and folds his laundry.

"Kiss From a Rose"
Seal
We're pretty sure that Seal is just being black ironically.

Their Entire Catalogs
Phish, Matchbox Twenty, and Creed
A three-way tie! Congrats, guys! Everyone who listens to this should be quarantined on a small island and nuked, and then no one should be allowed to record music on that spot for the next 75 years.

a link to the original piece at Spin.com

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Valentine's Day Quizzes

Here's just a whole poop load of Valentine's Day quizzes I took. - OlderMusicGeek

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"

You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.
You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive


Your Kiss is Red

You are intense about kissing but easily distracted.
You kiss for attention, power, and passion.
It doesn't take a lot for you to want to kiss someone.
If you see a kissing opportunity, you always go for it!

Kissing Type: Kissaholic (admit it!)

People See Your Kisses as: Seductive

You Kiss Best With: An Orange Kisser

Stay away from: A Blue Kisser


The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is comforting. You crave a relationship where you always feel warmth and love.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage pessimistically. You don't think happy marriages exist anymore.

In this moment, you think of love as something you can get or discard anytime. You're feeling self centered.


Your Love Song Is

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing by Jack Johnson

"Maybe you've been through this before
But it's my first time so please ignore
The next few lines cause they're directed at you
I can't always be waiting, waiting on you
I can't always be playing, playing your fool"

You've been waiting for love, and you're not going to wait any longer!


You Are A Romantic Realist

You tend to be grounded when it comes to romance.
Sure, you can fall hard... but only for someone you've gotten to know.
And once you're in love, you can be a total romantic goofball...
But you'd never admit it to your friends!



discover your inner candy heart @ quiz me

A link to Valentine's Day blogs

Thursday, February 07, 2008

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Candy Heartfelt Expressions

Well, I heard a report on NPR on about those little hearts with messages that are sold so often on Valentine's Day. But I can't find the NPR report, so instead you get this piece! - OlderMusicGeek

Thursday, February 12, 1998
THE POST
Athens, Ohio
An Independent Daily Newspaper
Ohio University

Candy Hearts Updated
by Caroline Broder

E-mail me. Be my Icon. Fax me. Even the little pastel candy conversation hearts that have long been a Valentine's Day tradition are keeping pace with the times.

This year, the New England Confectionary Company decided it was time to update the old sayings of love that the sugary confections used to bear and added eight new sayings. Among the new sentiments are "Sister Friend," "Web Site," "www.cupid," and "You Go Girl."

"We are trying to keep up with the times," said Walter Marshall, the man responsible for writing conversation heart sayings for NECCO.

Marshall, who will appear on the Rosie O'Donnell show Friday, added the high-tech line of sentiments two years ago for the Cambridge, Mass. based company.

The company, which started making conversation hearts in 1902, currently has 100 ways to say I love you. The conversation heart, invented by Daniel Chase, used to bear messages like "if you dress in white, you married right."

During the 1960s, "Groove Me," "Dig Me," and "Hubbahubba," were popular. But some sayings like "Be Mine" and "Be True," have stayed through the ages, Marshall said.

Today, the hearts are the largest selling Valentine's Day candy. Marshall said the company turns out 8 billion pieces of the pastel hearts every year. If measured, he said the candy would stretch 32,000 miles.

Because the candy's popularity has increased in the last six to seven years, Marshall said he constantly gets suggestions for new sentiments. He said the most popular suggestions have been "Phat," "Hottie," "You're da Bomb," and "Safe Sex."

But Marshall insists "safe sex," will never make it onto the sugary treats.

"We won't do naughty hearts," he laughed.

In the next few weeks, Marshall, who is known as the "King of Hearts," will be picking a new line-up of sayings for next year's hearts.

"How many ways can you say I love you?" he asked. "We have to find new ways."

A link to the original article

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"

You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.

You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

Rejected heart sayings from BadCupid.com...

WARNING: Some naughty language is used.







A link to BadCupid.com

A link to Valentine's Day blogs

ENTERTAINMENT: My Favorite Song of the Day (That I Haven't Mentioned Already) - My Challenge to Myself

This from me, NOT some reprinted article. - OlderMusicGeek

I don't exactly where this idea came from - even though I just thought of it today - shows you what kind of memory I got. But I got all sorts of crazy ideas going through my head all the time - I can't keep track of them all - I'm like the Micheal Keaton character in the movie, Night Shift (IMDb link to Night Shift) - * starts singing Jumping Jack Flash*

But I remember that I kept reading and hearing about these different challenges for artists. In November, there's a challenge to writers to write a whole novel in that month. I had also heard ofa 48-hour challenge for film makers to write and film a short within 48 hours. And comic book creators have a once-a-year challenge to do a 24-page comic story in 24 hours. And in this month of February there is the RPM challenge, for musicians to write and record a cd of 10 songs or 35 minutes of music within this month.

And I wanted a challenge for myself.

I was trying to think of a way to show my love of music. I felt that I wasn't showing or explaining how much and what music means to me. After all, I am the OlderMUSICGeek. And by that, I meant that I am an older geek of MUSIC, all music, NOT a geek of just older music.

And somehow or another I remember hearing on NPR how one of the guys from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 saw one movie a day for a year and wrote a book about it.

I thought of listening to one album a day for a year and writing a blog post on it each day. It wouldn't be too difficult for me to do since I can listen to music at work. I have a 30 gig mp3 player I listen to at work with over 5000 songs on it - and I do a bit of rotating every two or three weeks. But then I thought of something that was more meaningful and would give a better reflection of me. I decided that I would write about my favorite song that I heard that day - and why I like it and why it holds meaning for me and touches me.

So I thought about it, mulled it over in my mind and even discussed it with my daughter, who told me if I wrote all 366 posts - it's a leap year - that she would give me $10. So, woo hoo, I've got to do it now!

I can't promise that I will write a piece everyday. But I will keep track of what what was my favorite song I heard that day and play catch up when I can. I won't fill up this blog with all these posts. Instead they will be my other blog dedicated to entertainment with the original title of OlderMusicGeek's Stupid Entertainment Stuff, which is at http://oldermusicgeekentertainment.blogspot.com/.

I should warn you though, most of the songs will probably be alternative rock or punk rock. And a lot will probably come from the 70's and 80's. But I listen to a wide range of music besides alternative, punk and electronica - I also enjoy big band and swing, oldies, classic rock, world music, folk, bluegrass, Irish, reggae, cajun/zydeco, African, Indian, movie scores among other types. So there should still be a good bit of variety. And I won't include any song twice. If my favorite song of some day was a favorite song before, I'll just go with #2 - or #3 or whatever!

So if you don't see as many posts at this site, I hope you'll understand why. I'm a man on a mission! - to educate, explain and spread my love of music.

Friday, February 01, 2008

HUMOR: Feeling Lucky?

I got this from Tudor Rose's blog, Tales of a Librarian. Found it funny enough to pass on! - OlderMusicGeek

1. Go to google.com

2. Type in "Find Chuck Norris" into the search bar.

3. Click the "I'm feeling lucky" button.

4. Laugh

5. Rinse.

6. Repeat if necessary.

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The Movies I Want To See The Most, But Haven't Yet

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My Favorite Movies

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