What a long strange trip it’s been

The Grateful Dead – Truckin’

Today’s Quote: “(S+C) x (B+F)/T = V where S is the overall shape or droopiness of the bottom, C represents how spherical the buttocks are, B measures muscular wobble or bounce, while F records the firmness. V is the hip to waist ratio, or symmetry of the bottom, and T measures the skin texture and presence of cellulite.” — Manchester Metropolitan University professor David Holmes, spending way too much time at the whiteboard, describes his formula for the perfect female derrière.

I submit that the “perfect” female derrière cannot be described mathematically or in any other manner. The greatest poets can only aspire to describe it and they always fall short. It’s purely aesthetic; everyone has their own concept of what it is or should be and, even then, it’s subject to change. The derrière must be taken in context with the rest of the woman. It’s the whole woman that we love and appreciate, not the individual parts. (Although I have been known to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of an exceptional derrière on occasion.)

So that’s why I can’t find a publisher for “Big-Box Bloodbath” …
Wal-Mart is the leading retailer in the U.S. economy in virtually all consumer goods categories. Little wonder then that it’s a commercial tastemaker as well. It’s easy to see the retailer in that role with popular entertainment like music. But video games? Isn’t that the purview of outfits like Fry’s and GameStop? Apparently not. According to The Escapist, Wal-Mart has shaped the video game market in much the same way it shaped the markets for CDs and DVDs. “The retail games you buy at GameStop or Best Buy or online are the games Wal-Mart has decided you can buy,” game designerAllen Varney writes in The Escapist. “Publisher sales reps inform Wal-Mart buyers of games in development; the games’ subjects, titles, artwork and packaging are vetted and sometimes vetoed by Wal-Mart. If Wal-Mart tells a top-end publisher it won’t carry a certain game, the publisher kills that game. In short, every triple-A game sold at retail in North America is managed start to finish, top to bottom, with the publisher’s gaze fixed squarely on Wal-Mart, and no other.”

I found The Escapist article very interesting. Further proof that Wal-Mart is, indeed, an evil empire.

Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What was C. W. McCall’s record that helped popularize the CB radio? A) King of the Road B) Truckin’ C) Convoy
2. In what year did The Beatles first tour the U.S.? A)1962 B) 1964 C) 1965
3. Who sang the hit song Harper Valley PTA? A) Dolly Parton B) Barbara Eden C) Jeannie C. Riley
4. With what instrument was Jascha Heifitz associated? A) Violin B) Piano B) Flute
5. Who recorded Red Rubber Ball? A) Spanky and Our Gang B) The Cyrkle C) The Electric Prunes

At 9:52 A. M. Eastern Daylight Time today, my 53rd year begins as the 52nd year closes. What will it bring me? As much as I want to feel hopeful, I can’t find a whole lot of optimism inside me. If there are to be any changes for the better, they will have to be through my initiative and effort.

I’ve decided to take my vacation day. I need some time off. I’ve got some stuff to do and I need to relax.

Music Trivia Answers:
1. C) Convoy [C.W. McCall is a character created by songwriter Bill Fries. The rest of the story can be found at Songfacts.com. King of the Road was a hit for Roger Miller and Truckin’ was by The Grateful Dead.]
2 B) 1964 .
3. C) Jeannie C. Riley [Barbara Eden played “Mrs. Johnson” in the made-for-TV movie based on the song.]
4. A) Violin
5. B) The Cyrkle [This was The Cyrkle’s first hit. It was recorded when the band was in danger of disbanding due to inner differences. Tom Dawes (the band’s bassist) was touring with Simon & Garfunkel, when Paul Simon offered his band this song. When Simon & Garfunkel finished their tour, The Cyrkle recorded it. (Songfacts.com)]

Today’s score: I knew 1, 2, 3, and 5. I didn’t know that Paul Simon had written Red Rubber Ball.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.