Song: Jessie’s Girl
Artist: Rick Springfield
Album: Working Class Dog
Today’s Quote: “There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Cold Turkey, In these Times, May 10, 2004
My birthday is coming up and in case anyone is in a quandary over what I might like, here you go…
Today’s Song: Gimme Some Lovin’
Artist: The Spencer Davis Group
Album: The Best of the Spencer Davis Group
Notes:The Blues Brothers covered this song in the movie The Blues Brothers in 1980.
Today’s Quote: “I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope…and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.” ~ Theodor S. Geisel (aka Dr. Suess)
I just don’t care for nonsense in government or the current administration’s fantasies and distortions of reality. Forget the telescope!
I can’t believe it. I dozed off whilst watching something about a lost Egyptian queen who was really a king or maybe a king who was really a queen. But that’s not important. When I woke up I switched over to Comedy Central, only to catch South Park at almost the same point in the story where I caught it on Thursday. I still don’t know how it began. I’m sure it was interesting. Why did a judge order Kyle to suck Cartman’s balls? Is Cartman one of those self-loathing, homophobic, deny it all costs, homosexuals?
Drawn Together was a little weird. I take that back. It was very weird. I haven’t decided whether or not I liked it. Captain Hero is what I suspect Cartman might be.
This morning I learned that my countertop is not as level as I had thought when I installed it. I made coffee this morning and when I went back out to pour it, I found it pooled in the back corner. Apparently, I hadn’t set the pot into the coffee maker correctly. Scheiße! Shazbot! Crap! My Monday morning is off to a very ominous start. I think I should call in sick and go back to bed.
Today’s Song: Charlotte the Harlot
Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: Iron Maiden
Today’s Quote: “It’s a very, very dramatic and simultaneously joyous experience. To see so many people naked together takes you to a universal place. I’m not sure where, but it’s a place where we all belong.” ~ Carlos Betancourt, a Miami artist who took part in Spencer Tunick’s 8 Oct 07 installation at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, FL
This week’s South Park was just so wrong but I loved it for its wrongness. The truth about Bono revealed?
The jury is out on this week’s Drawn Together. I liked their treatment of Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s comment about inter-species sex was priceless. Captain Hero is still in gay denial. What a wuss. Ling-Ling’s story was quite touching but his usually are. The Pokemon reference was quite blatant, wasn’t it?
Today’s Song: White Rabbit
Artist: The Jefferson Airplane
Album: Surrealistic Pillow
Today’s Quote: “Getting naked with others should be mandatory as part of the human experience.” ~ Nudiarist, Diary of a Nudist, 7 October 2007
Bonus Quote: “Feed your head.” ~ Grace Slick, White Rabbit
Sunday night I watched two-thirds of Comedy Central’s catch of last week’s new episodes. South Park was pretty good, especially if you like to hear that sort of language. It also demonstrated the lengths some people will go to promote their ignorance and how stupid people are for letting them.
I muted the TV and went off to do some other mindless activity rather than subject myself to The Sarah Silverman Program. Why again did I ever think she was funny? Oh yeah, she sang Amazing Grace in three-part harmony with all of her orifices that will accept a cock.
Drawn Together this season is still an unknown quantity since the season premier was just a continuation of last season’s finale. Let’s see how this week’s episode goes. The first two seasons were great but the third season was way too much Captain Hero denying his flaming homosexuality. At least Xandir seems to be comfortable with his orientation.
I caught Discovery’s Last One Standing last week. I don’t normally go for all the macho posturing bullshit but it was okay. Like, I was so sad when Jason failed to bring glory to all the BMX racers of the world. I thought the show dealt with “indigenous nudity” as God intended, without censor bars or pixelation. When simple nudity is portrayed as a natural, normal, everyday, no big deal part of life (in ANY culture), it should not be censored. Censorship hides nothing; we all know what the parts behind the bars and pixels look like and most of us have the very same parts so what’s the big deal? We can learn from those people living in the South American jungle. When it’s 95 degrees with 85% humidity, what makes more sense, sweltering in sweat-soaked clothing, or letting the sweat naturally evaporate off your naked body? In which state are you going to feel cooler?
Today’s Song: Pictures of Lily
Artist: The Who
Album: Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy
Today’s Quote: “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.” — Mandy
I happened to see yesterday that Drawn Together will be returning to Comedy Central soon. I’m hoping that it will be as good as the previous seasons but I’ve seen Comedy Central screw up a great program before. I also see they are bringing back The Sarah Silverman Program. Haven’t we suffered enough? I think she has potential if she can wean herself from the Comedy Central teat. I’ve actually seen her be funny once. You’d think that a network calling themselves Comedy Central would know something about what’s funny.
There was a time when they had lots of funny and humorous programming but now it’s mostly asinine, pre-masticated pap for the hoi polloi. But the hoi polloi prefers everything homogenized and pre-masticated for them — their entertainment, their fashion, their morality, their patriotism, their culture, their education, you name it, it’s packaged for them.
Is there a logical reason why only the first season of Drawn Together is available on DVD? Where can I get the other seasons? And I’ve got to get the complete Coupling DVD set. I love that show, more with every episode. There is so much wisdom in that show and so many other elements you never see or hear in lame American television productions.
Yes, there was plenty of mastication this evening, probably too much of it. I feel a bit guilty about it now.
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
Today’s Quote: “The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That’s where we come in; we’re computer professionals. We cause accidents.” — Nathaniel Borenstein
Princess Clara on Drawn Together is either religiously mixed up or she just represents the worst aspects in all of Christianity (or both). In tonight’s episode she went on about the Rapture, an idea that dates back to Scotland in 1830. (There’s no mention of it in Revelations or anywhere else in the Bible). But anyway, the cliffhanger ending left me wondering if I want to wait for the next season. Maybe next season they will call it the Captain
Queer-O Hero Show.
Tonight’s South Park was stupid and pointless. No further comment is necessary.
I submitted my request to take my last vacation day on Pearl Harbor Day. Why the hell not?
Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf The Second (1968)
The group wrote this based on the bass line their bass player, Rushton Moreve, came up with. The only words he had written for it were, “I like my job, I like my baby.” Lead singer John Kay wrote the lyrics. He got inspired when he put the demo tape in a home stereo system he bought with the royalties from their first album. That’s where he came up with the line, “I like to dream, right between my sound machine.” This was the second big hit for Steppenwolf. Born To Be Wild was released a few months earlier. They were on different albums, with Born To Be Wild on their first and this on their second, although this was released well before their second album came out. The band’s contract with ABC Dunhill required them to record two albums a year.
Well, you don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Billy Joel – Piano Man
Today’s Quote: “The idealists who conceived and pioneered the Web described a kind of enlightened utopia built on mutual understanding, a world in which knowledge is limited only by one’s curiosity. Instead, we have constructed a virtual Wild West, where the masses indulge their darkest vices, pirates of all kinds troll for victims, and the rest of us have come to accept that cyberspace isn’t the kind of place you’d want to raise your kids. The great multinational exchange of ideas and goodwill has devolved into a food fight. And the virtual marketplace is a great place to get robbed. The answers to the great questions of our world may be out there somewhere, but finding them will require you to first wade through an ocean of misinformation, trivia and sludge. We have been sold a bill of goods. We’re paying for it through automatic monthly withdrawals from our PayPal accounts.” — Maclean’s Steve Maich says the Internet sucks
The conclusion of the South Park two-parter brought it all together. The fighting between the atheist groups was a commentary on religion in general. That the wise sea otter was killed because he held a contrary belief (“Maybe God exists because we believe in Him.”) was significant, as was Stan’s statement about creationism being “the answer to how, not the answer to why.”
Drawn Together was better than most of the episodes this season although Captain Hero’s subplot nearly overshadowed Ling-Ling and Toot’s story. Carlos Mencia should be the King of Mexico. Next week is the season finale. I can only hope they’ll end the season with a good show since this season has been rather lame. So when the hell is season two coming out on DVD?
An old cowhand came riding into town on a hot, dry, dusty day. The local sheriff watched from his chair in front of the saloon as the cowboy wearily dismounted and tied his horse to the rail. The cowboy then moved slowly to the back of his horse, lifted its tail, and placed a big kiss where the sun don’t shine. He dropped the horse’s tail, stepped up on the walk and aimed toward the swinging doors of the saloon.
“Hold on there, Mister,” said the sheriff. “Did I just see what I think I saw?”
“Reckon you did, Sheriff. I got me some powerful chapped lips.”
“And that cures them?” the Sheriff asked.
“Nope, but it keeps me from lickin’ ’em.”
Piano Man by Billy Joel, Piano Man (1973)
The song was inspired by Joel’s experiences playing at The Executive Room, a piano bar in Los Angeles. He worked there for 6 months in 1972 after his first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, tanked. The characters in the song are based on real people Joel encountered while working at The Executive Room. Joel played under the name Bill Martin, which explains why the patrons in the song call him Bill. Martin is his middle name. The line “Paul is a real estate novelist” is about a real estate broker who was a regular at the bar who always claimed to be working on a book. Joel figured Paul would never finish because he was always in the bar.
Piano Man is my favorite song by Billy Joel. I just love his use of metaphor. I can probably relate to several of the characters in the song.