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( Mar. 10th, 2009 07:51 am)
I've admired [ profile] gridlore's ability to mine his vast knowledge of heavy metal from ages gone by. If you look at his Heavy Metal Sunday tags you'll find all kinds of metal of historical and contemporary interest, from Britain to America to Germany to Spain.

I finally realized there's a small niche I can fill among my friends. Since usually when I get asked "Hey, have you heard this old novelty record? There's a video of it on YouTube!" my response is usually "Oh, yeah! Great song. I heard it on the Dr. Demento show back in nineteen-mummbly-mummble. I should have shared it with you over the years I've known you."

All that was left was finding a day to put it on. [ profile] brigideire suggested Freaky Friday, but I wasn't sure I wanted to wait that long. Manic Mondays is taken by Devo Spice for his funny music podcast. And then I remembered that [ profile] mtfierce (among others) hates Tuesdays, and could probably use a bit of cheering up.

So, as my first installment, I've picked The Pheromones, best known for their song about hole-in-the-wall computer stores "Where's The Service?" However, this song was their first played on Dr. Demento. So get out your 80s hair and prepare to go back in time to when Yuppies roamed the earth. (Yeah, I know. They're still there, but they're not as fun to make fun of these days.)


 Home after another great Jonathan Coulton concert. Paul and Storm opened for him, as usual, and a great time was had by all, including Adam Savage and presumably John Scalzi who were in attendance. Earlier in the day, I twittered at Jonathan that if he was still taking requests, I'd love to hear Famous Blue Raincoat. During the concert, he said he'd gotten a request "for a song that was a bit of a downer. ...from that guy right there" and pointed me out in the front row and named the song. There was a bigger audience reaction to the song than he (or I) expected (as he said after the concert). He did a great job of it, and I wish I could get a copy of the live version.
I'm tired, so I'm gonna jump straight to the setlist, and will probably edit the hell out of this entry tomorrow.
Paul & Storm
Opening Band ("and as of today 6 panties have been thrown", though I understand Denver was a 4 panty show)
Count To Ten
Nugget Man
Fresh Step Kittie Litter
Pilsbury Cookie Dough
Nun Fight
Ten-Fingered Johnny (dedicated to people who like to blow things up; now who could that be...?)
If James Taylor Were On Fire
If Bob Dylan Were Hiding At The Bottom Of A Well
Randy Newman's Theme to Lord Of The Rings
Randy Newman's Theme to The Crying Game
If Aaron Neville Were Looking For A Parking Space And Someone Stole It From Him
If They Might Be Giants Were The Ice Cream Man
The Captain's Wife's Lament
Jonathan Coulton
Big Bad World
Shop Vac
Skullcrusher Mountain
Still Alive
Millionaire Girlfriend (mention of Washington Mutual stopped him in his tracks)
Drinking With You
Famous Blue Raincoat
Tom Cruise Crazy
Code Monkey
My Monkey (with Paul & Storm)
Chiron Beta Prime (with Paul & Storm & Andy Bates)
Always The Moon (with Paul & Storm)
Birdhouse In Your Soul (with Paul & Storm)
Creepy Doll (with Paul & Storm)
Mr. Fancy Pants
Someone Is Crazy
The Presidents (updated to include Obama)
The Future Soon
Space Doggity ("This song is also a downer. See, this is what I do, I lift you up then I punch you in the face.")
Re: Your Brains
First Of May (with Paul & Storm)
Sweet Caroline (with Paul & Storm)
Ganked from [ profile] gridlore 

The top fifty SF books. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through. Asterisks for the ones you loved - more asterisks, more love. (addition from [personal profile] griffen + the ones you own)
  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy***, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land*+, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Leguin
  6. Neuromancer**+, William Gibson
  7. Childhood's End**, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?***+, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon+, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451**+, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz***, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel***+, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight*, James Blish
  16. The Colour of Magic****+, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions**+, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender's Game****+, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War+, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone+, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy***+, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend*+, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement 
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama+, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld*+, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5+, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. Snow Crash****+, Neal Stephenson
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer.
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( Aug. 22nd, 2008 08:56 am)
A friend sent me this link just in case you haven't gotten over Olympics fever yet.

Last Friday, [ profile] brigideire, [ profile] pixie0fd00m, and I met up at the San Mateo Fairground to see "Weird Al" Yankovic in concert. Had his Monterey show been cheaper, I might have seen him the next night as well. It was a good show, though the set list was abbreviated to fit into the two hour time slot mandated by (I assume) the Fair or the City.

I also ran into [ profile] gridlore and [ profile] kshandra, [ profile] dawnd and [ profile] akienm. [ profile] the_ogre was around as well, but I didn't get to say hi to him. I'm sure I'm forgetting at least a couple friendly faces, but hopefully they'll forgive me if they're reading this. Okay on to the set list. )
Traffic was scary on the way down to Santa Cruz, but we got down there timely enough. Then came the "trying to find a parking lot while getting scooped onto one way streets" portion of the evening. Fortunately, [ profile] brigideire's parking mojo kicked in and we got on street parking a block away from the Casino entrance and only had to put 30 minutes on the meter. And once we got there we managed to find a place where we could see the stage and brigideire was able to sit on a planter. I stood behind her and took some video.

Set list:
Red And Black
Before The Kiss, A Redcap
Burnin' For You
Harvester Of Eyes
Harvest Moon
Black Blade
Don't Fear The Reaper
Hot Rails To Hell

A short show, which was expected since it was free. In the middle of Godzilla, the bass player was introduced as Rudy Sarzo, originally of Quiet Riot (and he played the opening licks to "Bang Your Head"), who later joined Whitesnake ("Slide It In"), and then was invited to play with Ozzy ("Crazy Train" with the crowd shouting "AY! AY! Ay!").

Not only was the show short, but the solos were, too. It was a fun "greatest hits" Readers Digest version of BOC. And I had a great time.
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( Jul. 11th, 2008 02:48 pm)
From a conversation that [ profile] pixie0fd00m and I were having:

Me: "Do you need a certain kind of calculator?"
Her: "Yes for my geometry/..."
Me: "Geometry slash? What? Like an Escher and Euclid sex story?"
Her: "... geometry/algebra 3 class. You're horrible!" {laughs}


Me: "I wonder what meta slash fiction would be like?"
Her: "I don't know if it's scarier that I think that's funny or that I'm trying to figure it out."
So today, I think I've figured it out...

A story composed of an e-mail exchange between Shatner and Nimoy. Through innuendo and a clash of wills (perhaps about who is more successful (who comes out on top??)) you follow the storyline of a typical physical conflict turning into a D/s sex romp.

Substitute Daniel Radcliffe/Tom Felton where "appropriate".
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( May. 18th, 2008 11:03 am)
I wonder if helped that [ profile] brigideire took that medical terminology class...

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( Apr. 28th, 2008 10:16 pm)

Your LJ Slut Stats!
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Tom Smith + The Fump + Monsters = Epic Win Children's Song

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( Apr. 1st, 2008 07:10 am)
New Google Custom Time. I only hope that Microsoft adds a similar feature to Exchange so I can cover my ass at work...
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( Feb. 29th, 2008 07:33 am)
Yes, I'm posting something I got in my e-mail. But mostly because everyone I have on my friend's list would be amused one way or another.

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ... uphill BOTH ways -- yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that I'm over the ripe old age of 30, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a dang Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the dang library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!

There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter ... with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, a collections agent, you just didn't know! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked! Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot.

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

Regards, The Over 30 Crowd
And as a bonus:

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( Feb. 25th, 2008 10:42 pm)
Following up my post here, I am posting from JoCo's setlist I grabbed off the stage. I'm also trying to reconstruct Paul and Storm's from memory...

Paul and Storm
Opening Band
Count to Ten
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Olive Garden
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Kleenex
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Domino's Pizza
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Twister
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Cheetos
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Nugget Man
If James Taylor Were On Fire
If Bob Dylan Were Hiding At The Bottom Of A Well
If Leon Redbone Suffered A Major Head Injury
If Aaron Neville Were Waiting For A Parking Spot At The Mall, But Someone Else Snagged It
If They Might Be Giants Were The Ice Cream Man
Nun Fight
The Captain's Wife's Lament

Jonathan Coulton
The Future Soon
Shop Vac
I'm Your Moon
Baby Got Back
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Chiron Beta Prime
Tom Cruise Crazy
Code Monkey
Creepy Doll
Still Alive
Mr. Fancy Pants
I Crush Everything
Skullcrusher Mountain
Mandelbrot Set
You Ruined Everything
Re: Your Brains
A Talk With George
Still Alive - Rock Band with Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, and Veronica Belmont
I Feel Fantastic
First Of May

And with that, I'm off to bed.
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( Feb. 25th, 2008 12:16 pm)
Although other people have written about seeing Jonathan Coulton in concert on Friday night, I thought I'd add my two cents worth. Since I work in downtown San Francisco about a mile away from the Great American Music Hall, I walked over after I got out for the day. I suppose I could have found a way to kill time besides showing up 3 hours before they let in, but I've waited in longer lines. [ profile] arianrhodstorm had kindly lent me her MiniDV camera as Jonathan had been soliciting the fans to bring extra cameras. (Oh, yeah. Did I mention he was making a live concert video? Well, I am now...) I got some exterior shots including a 180 of the marque of the Adult Sex Entertainment place around to the marquee of the GAMH.

A nice lady whose name I don't remember even though I heard it several times showed up eventually and set up a Zombification Station. By eating your brains applying makeup she would make you look like a zombie for the show. I was tempted, but was concerned about getting makeup on the camera. Unfortunately, we were told at the door that tripods would not be admitted, in spite of the request for extra camera work. Well, crap. Even if the resolution on the MiniDV was okay, I didn't want my picture shaking all around.

Around 6:30 or 7:00 I was joined by [ profile] brigideire , [ profile] cerulean_me , and [ profile] zdashamber. I stowed the tripod and my heavy-ish backpack in the car and came back. Spiff and his wife arrived soon thereafter and I pulled him into line. I knew he had dinner tickets and that we'd get separated out together anyway, so I didn't feel too bad about it.

We interrupt this post for a public service message: It has come to my attention that some of my friends have not seen my video for Skullcrusher Mountain or any of Spiff's videos. If you haven't seen them, and/or are not familiar with Jonathan's music, I highly recommend them.

Read more about the concert )

[ profile] zdashamber commented after that it was one of the best times she'd had at a concert. I'd have to agree, though there were some times the cameras made him and the audience a little self-conscious. The performance last year was missing some of that, but both performances and audiences had a lot of energy to them.

There are more more photos on Flickr, some better than others.
aiyume: (Thoughtful)
( Jan. 3rd, 2008 09:41 am)
...that I heard in The Amber Spyglass audiobook:

“A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”

This may be my biggest problems with flamers who claim they can say what they want because it's true.
Just wishing all my friends a happy new year. I hope everyone had a safe and happy evening, and that the new year brings new chances for happiness to all.
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( Dec. 18th, 2007 08:45 am)
I am not crying.
It's the rain, and if they're tears
It's smoke from the fire.

Fire on a Rainy Day Haiku
Gamers will. People may have heard of Child's Play, a charity of over 100,000 gamers donating to help children's hospitals all over the world. One group, LoadingReadyRun, has decided to get donations by playing a game for hours (or days in this case) based on the donations they received. The game? Desert Bus.

For those of you who haven't heard of it, Desert Bus is a game created by Penn & Teller for an unreleased package of video games for the Sega CD system. The objective is to drive a bus from Tuscon, AZ to Las Vegas, NV at a maximum speed of 45 mph in real time. This takes about 8 hours and there is no way to pause the game. Upon arriving you get one point, and an option to make the return trip. If you crash, the bus is towed back to Tuscon, AZ, again in real time.

LoadingReadyRun's team of four drivers "driving" in four hour shifts are approaching day three of driving. There have been three crashes and they are trying to beat their previous high score of six. So far they have earned over $11,000 for Child's Play. Good luck to them!
Christopher Walken reads Edgar Alan Poe's The Raven.



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