Thursday, December 13, 2007 --- A Tribute to Misfit Toys...Fly Your Freak Flag High!

Saturday, November 17, 2007 --- The Infectious Music of Cansei de Ser Sexy...without the annoying commercial.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 --- Hiro Nakamura screen test.

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Monday, October 22, 2007 --- Amazing moments in Karaoke!

He needs to work on the physical aspects of his Axl impression, but the voice part is pretty great, considering the probable level of intoxication...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 --- Damn You, Michael Jackson, Damn You To Hell...

All You Need Is Luv's - video downloaded from Metacafe

Today, I had the misfortune to see this Godforsaken travesty of music. Truly a turd, which I suppose, is appropriate to the product in question...

All I can say to Michael Jackson regarding this disgusting misuse of The Beatles' music? To quote Joseph Welch's famous words, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007 --- Vinyasa Flow Yoga...squeezing them toxins.

I have been trying to get into doing my yoga on a regular basis. This does not happen, of course, but I am trying... Which kind of makes me crazy -- because it really does make me feel good when I am doing it -- and when I am done. You would think that it would be pretty easy to get into something like that. I have all of my fun colorful strap...and my really great instructional DVDs, courtesy of Seane Corn. But, alas, I do not do it enough. I think this has something to do with feeling like I have such a long way to terms of feeling like I did when I was my most fit. It is discouraging and annoying not to see results quickly. Yes, this is probably the crux of the matter! But no excuses, I just have to do it. Eventually, I will start to see something happening and not just feel achy all over.

Things I do feel differences in pretty quickly are: my lower back usually feels better, a truly deep breath actually feels relaxing while I am doing yoga, and I sweat like a maniac, which is great for my skin.

The thing that I have a hard time buying? The whole idea of the yoga poses and the twisting "squeezing toxins and waste materials" out of my organs. I have read that this is true -- because the contraction of muscles helps to move blood and fluids through the body, the faster they move through the body, the faster your body can process them and move them out. From a circulation system standpoint, this all sounds perfectly reasonable. But, it always irks me when the yoga DVDs mention this during an exercise...because it sounds so similar to the language that the "high colonic" nutjobs use...and, from what I understand, colonics are total bullshit. I think colonics appeal to people's psychological hangups about poop and disgust with their bodily functions -- that if they could just get the "dirty, dirty poop!" out of them faster, they would "feel cleaner" or "feel empty" -- all under the guise of "removing toxins" and losing 3lbs faster...

So, what am I saying, here? I am not sure. I guess, if someone would like to show me some real medical evidence that colonics are good for you, then great. I might even consider having one -- it's not bloody likely that I would pay for one, but if I could do it myself, I might. In the meantime, I will continue to push myself to do my yoga. And, I will grit my teeth and take a deeper Vinyasa breath when Seane mentions the squeezing of my toxins, trusting that she is not a total nutjob who is putting me on. Conscious intention of breath, whatever.

All I know is that, even with crunchy-granola Seane Corn having a chunk of one of her eyebrows missing, I still like her WAY BETTER than that condescending bitch, Suzanne Deason and her f'ing crooked, sideways-talking mouth! I can not abide that woman talking about squeezing my toxins. I would like to squeeze her toxins, with my hands on her neck...while I am in Downward-Facing Dog position, of course!

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 --- I was always struck by the enormity of his head...

With the most recent upgrades to our area's cable service, we now have VH1 Classic -- which is really great incidentally -- because we get to see all kinds of old music documentaries and vintage videos. Periodically, I will see a Smiths' video and it will make me laugh...I have never gotten over the enormity of Morrissey's head and that extreme-high hair of his. He was like a caricature...or a bobblehead! Whenever I think of The Smiths, I see him in my mind's eye with his big head, high-styled hair, a loose plaid shirt, and drooping Levi's with substantial footwear, dancing around the stage in that lazy-crazy "I don't give a shit" way. Reminds me so much of my NYU days and all of the serious brooding types (gay and straight) that I knew.

[Photo credit: Steven Wright ]

But, it also makes me think of how my mom, her friend Robert and I were all so tickled by the lyrics of one of our favorite Smith's songs:

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head

Oh ... sweetness, sweetness, I was only joking
When I said by rights you should be
Bludgeoned in your bed

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, oh
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt
Oh ...

Bigmouth, la ... Bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
In the Human race

Oh, Bigmouth, ha ha ... Bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
In the Human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, oh
As the flames rose to a Roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt
Eek !

Oh, Bigmouth, la ... Bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
Oh ...

Bigmouth, oh ... Bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
In the Human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, oh
As the flames rose to a Roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt
Oh !

Oh, Bigmouth, oh ... Bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
In the Human race
Oh ...

Bigmouth, oh ... Bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again
I've got no right to take my place
In the Human race
Oh ...


Goodbye, and thank you! Goodbye!

[Morrissey photo: The uncropped version can be found here.]

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Monday, May 28, 2007 --- Push 'em back, push 'em back....push 'em waaaaay back!

Push them posts off the page :)

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--- Heavy on video this month...ugh!

I have a lot of YouTube content on this main blog page this month. I'm putting in this post to push more longer-to-load items off the current post page and into the archives...This way, there won't be as much competition with the Twitter items for loading the page. Get all that?? No worries. I just have to resist putting soooo many videos on the blog. But it is hard to resist :)

I am tired, but excited that all my "features" are working nicely. Later days!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 --- Video from the CrazyCatPeople in Vermont :)

Check these crazy critters cute!

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Friday, May 4, 2007 --- In music news...people you should know about!

So we have all heard of The Sneeze, haven't we? Ya know, the guy who is "Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions..." Well, if you haven't, you should check out his blog. But, I have said all of this before. That's not why I am here today --- at least not directly.

The reason for today's entry? Steve has long extolled the virtues of his favorite band (and friends), Cloud Cult. And, I am ashamed to say that I never paid those particular posts of his much mind because they were usually regarding Cloud Cult performances in his native Los Angeles area. Being on the East Coast myself, I skimmed onto his more funny "haha" material. However, today, I listened to the YouTube video post on The Sneeze for Cloud Cult's song, Pretty Voice. Then, I clicked on another song...and another song...then, I went to the Cloud Cult website and launched the "Wimpy Player." All I can say is: Wow! I have been a fool.

If you are looking for some new musical goodness to add to your collection, you should check them out. They just might be the diamond you need in your daily rough. :)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007 --- Charles has a licking problem...and boy, is it funny!

This cute pug dog is named Charles...the rest is pretty self-explanatory! Enjoy.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 --- Black History Month...some cool links

Biography has a very cool Black History website this month --- it's chock full of videos, a historical timeline, and lots of great reading material resources. You can check it out here:

In honor of one of my favorite historical figures:

...and favorite gospel songs...

and if that was too spiritual for's a favorite sinner!

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