April 2010 Archives

Friday [5] - All Over The Map

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  1. I'm already up to issue #3 in my Vehement Flame music podcast. It's been fun and I hope you've tried it out. Here's #3:
  2. I watched Moon the other night when it showed up on Netflix Instant. Really enjoyed it and hope to have a full review up soon.
  3. Finally finally finally finished Wolf Hall. It was tough going towards the end. I almost gave up a couple of times - there just isn't much going on. I suppose if Henry the VII or the English monarchy of the 16th century is your thing, you might really like it. I found it dull and the writing style tiresome. I'll try to have full review up soon.
  4. No new music CDs recently but tons of new music downloaded from Amie St., Amazon MP3 and Napster. Listening to a lot of Citay lately. Here's First Fantasy from their Little Kingdom CD:
  5. Gone pretty wild on the computer game front. It's so silly really, as I never finish the games. Hell, I often don't even start them! But I bought Spellforce Platinum for a paltry $5 on GOG.com and the Deus Ex Collection for another paltry $5, even though I already have the first one on CD and didn't really care for the second one! Turned a friend onto Deus Ex and you watch, he'll finish soon, leaving me in the dust. I should just concentrate on the first one and see if I can play it through. I got about a third the way through my first time playing it, many years ago.

Jon Stewart to Fox Noise: GFY


New Music Podcast

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I haven't been doing my weekly random 5 because I've been hard at work on my new music podcast, Vehement Flame. I'm trying to make it a weekly, one hour show that comes out Sunday or Monday evening, although with the beautiful weather, coaching both daughters on different soccer teams,  and a long list of "honey do's", it can be hard to find time during the weekend to work on it. But I did finally come out with Vehement Flame #2.  This podcast will showcase the music I like, which includes alternative, 80s New Wave and some classic rockers.

You can listen to it here:
You can follow updates to the Vehement Flame blog by following VehementFlame1. Vehement Flame's discography can be found here, with players & links to both episodes so far. Let me know what you think!

This Week In Music

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Can you tell I just got the new Gainsbourg CD? And she reminds me of Danielle Dax. Tough on Tobacco is an excellent free download.

Friday [5] - podcasting

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  • Just for giggles, and because I don't have enough things I should be doing, I have started a podcast called Vehement Flame and can be found here : http://www.vehementflame.com.

  • I enjoyed playing with Audacity while working on my podcast. I ran into an odd problem where trying to record using my USB headset would hang Audacity, but the workaround was to plug in the headphones after I booted the machine. *shrug* I also wish there was an easy way to select all the tracks and tell Audacity to just append them one after another. But it is pretty cool nonetheless.

  • My leading contender so far for CD of the year is the Broken Bells eponymous debut release. Damn solid from front to back.
    The High Road
    Broken Bells

  • Finally got around to waching Slumdog Millionaire. Good flick. Not an 8 Oscar flick though. And I kept thinking of the Cheers where Cliff Clavin went on Jeopardy and got all the categories he knew about, as Slumdog as a similar story arc, albeit without the mob kingpin. Next up is this year's Best Picture, The Hurt Locker.
    Cliff Clavin on Jeopardy
  • Still working on Wolf Hall. Christopher Hitchens has an excellent (and very positive) review of it in The Atlantic.

More Jokes

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Must be the time of year for Catholic jokes...

One day, a priest decides to take a walk to the pier near his church. He looks around and finally stops to watch a fisherman load his boat. The fisherman notices, and asks the priest if he would like to join him for a couple of hours. The priest agrees. The fisherman asks if the priest has ever fished before; the priest says no. He baits the hook for him and says, "Give it a shot, father."

After a few minutes, the priest hooks a big fish and struggles to get it in the boat. The fisherman says, "Whoa, what a big sonofabitch!"

The priest says, "Ah, please sir, can you mind your language?"

The fisherman responds (thinking quickly), "I'm sorry father, but that's what this fish is called---a sonofabitch!"

"Oh, I'm sorry," says the priest. "I didn't know."

After the trip, the priest brings the fish to the church and spots the bishop. "Eminence, look at this big sonofabitch!"

"Please father," says the bishop. "Mind your language, this is a house of God."

"No, you don't understand," says the priest. "That's what this fish is called, and I caught it. I caught this sonofabitch!"

"Hmmm," says the bishop. "You know, I could clean this sonofabitch and we could have it for dinner."

So the bishop takes the fish and cleans it, and brings it to Mother Superior at the convent. "Mother Superior, could you cook this sonofabitch for our dinner tonight with the Pope?"

"My lord, what language!" says the mother.

"No, sister," says the bishop. "That's what the fish is called---a sonofabitch! Father caught it, I cleaned it, and we'd like you to cook it"

"Hmmm," replies Mother Superior. "Yes, I'll cook that sonofabitch tonight."

While the Pope is over for dinner that evening he remarks that the fish is superb. He asks where they got it.
"I caught the sonofabitch!" says the priest.
"And I cleaned the sonofabitch!" says the bishop.
"And I cooked the sonofabitch!" says Mother Superior.
The Pope stares at them for a minute with a steely gaze, then takes off his hat, puts his feet up on the table, and says, "You know, you fuckers are all right.".


While walking down the street  one day a "Member of Parliament" is tragically  hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives  in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the   entrance.
'Welcome to heaven,' says  St. Peter. 'Before you settle in,  it seems  there is a problem. We seldom see a high  official around these parts, you see, so we're  not sure what to do with you.'
'No  problem, just let me in,' says the  man.
'Well, I'd like to, but I  have  orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you  spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then  you can choose where to spend  eternity.'
'Really, I've made up my mind.  I want to be in heaven,'  says the  MP.
'I'm sorry, but we have our  rules.'
And with  that, St. Peter   escorts him to the elevator and he goes  down, down, down  to hell. The doors open  and he finds himself in the middle of a green   golf course. In the distance is a  clubhouse and standing in front of it  are  all his friends and other politicians who had  worked with  him.Everyone is very  happy and in evening dress. They run to greet  him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the  good times they had  while getting rich at  the expense of the people.
They play a   friendly game of golf and then dine on  lobster, caviar and  champagne.
Also  present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty  farewell and waves while the elevator  rises....
The elevator goes up, up, up  and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter  is waiting for him.
'Now it's time to visit heaven.'
So, 24 hours pass  with the MP joining a group  of contented  souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the  harp and singing.  They have a good time  and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have  gone by  and St. Peter  returns.

'Well, then, you've spent a day  in hell and  another in heaven. Now choose  your eternity.'
The MP reflects for a  minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never  have said it before, I mean heaven has  been delightful, but I  think I would be better off  in  hell.'

So St. Peter escorts him to the  elevator and he goes down,  down, down to  hell.

Now the doors of  the elevator  open and he's in the middle of a barren land  covered with waste and garbage.He  sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking  up the trash and putting it in black bags as  more trash falls from above.
The devil  comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. 'I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
What  happened?'

The devil looks at him, smiles  and says, 'Yesterday we were campaigning... 

Today  you voted.'

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