Tuesday, March 31, 2009

People have too much time on their hands

So as an easy and always interesting post, I decided to see what keywords lead people to this wonderful little blog.

men education- Is this about educating men or men in education?
sexy boxer rebellion- Thats my dog alright, sexy.
how baboons look like- I am not sure what you are asking, are you wondering about the appearance of baboons or how they use their eyes to look at something.
very very sexy women- hmmmmmm, there are no sexy women here, just dogs.
slogan where men feel comfortable- what?!?
www.photos women with no shirts and with thongs.com- is this really a website? Cause it sure as hell not here.
were boxers made for masturbating- I don't know. I thought they were just underwear, but maybe I am wrong.
rachel dcup- is this a reference to Lisa's old blog or to my lesbian girlfriend, Rachel Maddow? i guess we will never know.
women sexy body photo- again, no sexy women here, just dogs

I'm back

I wondered if I would actually be able to stop blogging and the the answer is, NO. As soon as I stopped, I started to come up with ideas of what I should blog about. This blogging thing, it is addictive. I will be doing some renovations around here and so may not actually be blogging everyday this week if I ever do get back to everyday, which I would like to, but I will try to post at least 3-4 times a week if not more.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bye (for now?)

I have not been doing a good job of doing the blogging thing lately, so I am putting this blog into semi-retirement. Maybe I will come back in a day, a week or a year, but for now I will not be blogging. I guess this blog has served its purpose, it was meant as a way for me to speak my thoughts to the world when I was living alone. Now that I am living with someone else, most of what I would post here, I just talk to my better half about. I will see y'all around as I will continue to read you and try to comment when I have something to say.

Friday, March 13, 2009

YouTube Fridays

Since last week was an '80s dance party, tonight is a bit more '90s hip hop. It was going to be more of a dance party, but it became ol' skool hip hop.

No Dioggity- Black Street with Dr. Dre

Regulate- Nate Dogg and Warren G.

And finally, because we were talking about his song at school on Thursday.

The Bad touch- Bloodhound Gang

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to the Gourmet Goddess. It was a year, basically today, since we met in person and now we are living together, wow.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Censoring books is a bad thing

I am glad to see that a school board and an English teacher were finally able to stand up to those conservative parents who are always trying to get rid of books that are being taught in the classroom. In a small town in Indiana, parents were trying to get rid of three books: Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eyes",Bobbie Ann Mason’s “In Country,” and Chris Crutcher’s “Chinese Handcuffs” which they said were too sexual and had too much inappropriate language to be taught in school. Now, I have only read the Morrison book and it is still one of my favorite books I have ever read. It is a great look at the expected stereotypes of girls and how they are supposed to look. It also leads nicely, IMHO, into the unreasonable beauty expectations that many young women are currently exposed. I believe there is a rape scene in the book, if I remember correctly and I know that the main character is friends with three prostitutes , but by 11th grade young people should be able to handle a book with this material. When we expect our children to not be able to handle books that deal with tough issues, than they are not able to deal with the tough issues in real life. Young people are exposed to a lot of sex, violence and rough language on a daily basis in the media and in their environment, so why can't we also expose them to these same types of things in ways where an adult can discuss with the young adults the circumstances in the books. I firmly believe that if we tried to censor every book that had some questionable material according to one person's definition, than there would be nothing left to read.

I also guess that parents who want to censor books, are also probably not readers themselves. I am not sure exactly why I think this, maybe it is that my parents loved to read when my brother and I were growing up and still do and my brother and I were allowed to read whatever we wanted and I have heard similar stories from other people I know. I understand if you are worried about your child and what they are reading especially if you are not familiar with the book, but as one parent I know does, why not read the books that your children are assigned at the same time as your child so that you can interact with them and discuss the book if you are that worried about it. Banning books does not solve the problem, it only creates young adults who do not like to read which is not a good thing, IMHO.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Library Ninjas

I am really annoyed with people lately. I have been trying to get a copy of The Watchmen graphic novel and all of the copies are checked out of the local library. There are four copies of the novel in the libraries card catalog, one was due back in October, one was due back a week ago, and two are due back over the next two weeks. Now I have no problem with those who have the book out for the next few weeks, but those who have it out late annoy me. I have a hold on the book and it is only right that if someone has a hold you return the book. I am sorry if you didn't get to finish the book, but dammit I want to read it and I did the right thing and put a hold on the book. So, here is what I am proposing: a specially trained small cadre of library ninjas who would seek out and get back overdue books. They could go out when the library is closed and get back overdue books. I know they have a fine system in place, but obviously it is not work as well as it should as people do not care about returning a library book, they will just keep it instead as is demonstrated by the person who is now 4 months overdue. I think the library ninja idea is a much better one. I know there are breaking and entering laws and such, but really isn't an overdue library book is much more important? Ok so maybe breaking and entering is not a better way of handling things, but I am still annoyed that people are keeping this book and any book for more than a few days overdue. I know I get annoyed when I have a book and am not finished with it and there is a hold on the book so I cannot renew it, but that is the price for "renting" a book. You have to return it so that others may enjoy the same book. Damn people who keep the books overlate. BTW the whole library ninjas was not my idea, I saw it on a cartoon called Jacob Two-Two which is a cute, smart cartoon I could find sometimes in NC which was made in Canada and is based upon a series of books by Mordecai Richler. I found the episode online and so if you have like 25 minutes and want to see it, here goes otherwise don't.

Friday, March 6, 2009

YouTube Fridays

This is going to be a bit of a blast from the past. Tonight is an '80s dance party, so get down and have some fun.

Was (Not Was-) Walk that Dinosaur

Men without Hats- Safety Dance

Eurythmics- Sweet Dreams (Are made of this) I had issues finding this one as BMG music had co[yrighted almost all of the videos on YouTube, stupid music companies.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock- It takes two

Finally someone with a brain on The View

I mean no disrespect to Barbara Wawas or Whoppi Goldberg or Joy Behar and the other two, well... lets just leave it at the first three I named. So, Rachel Maddow appeared on The View and I, of course, loved this clip, but it was somewhat spastic. They would start talking politics and then it went to her love life and then how she came out and then back to politics, if there had been somewhat of a semblance of order, it might have been nice. But still...a great job by Maddow.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I don't know what to say about this

Nashville is voted the "manliest" city in the US. They won "thanks to its high number of NASCAR enthusiasts, popularity of hunting and fishing, and concentration of barbecue restaurants." Also,"cities lost ranking points for 'emasculating' characteristics like the abundance of home furnishing stores, high minivan sales and subscription rates to beauty magazines." I don't get this at all, how is a city manly? I actually had to take a few minutes to collect my thoughts as this is possibly one of the stupidest, most sexist and misogynistic surveys I have ever seen. I guess I will no longer buy Mars Snack food products anymore, as they are the ones who commissioned and published this survey. It is too bad because I like M&Ms, Milky Way Dark, Snickers, and 3 Musketeer bars. I still am not sure what else, I think I need to just walk away from the computer for a minute as this is really, really annoying to me that we have gotten to the point where there are surveys about the manliness of cities.

Jon Stewart is at it again

I was going to post this video in which Jon Stewart calls out all of the asshats over at CNBC especially Rick Santelli about their "business" reporting. As Stewart shows they are merely shills for the corporate world with no actual care for the non-millionaires in the world. And then I read my RSS feed and saw that Little Mary Sunshine and Betsy over at Mock, Paper, Scissors. But then I decided, ahh fuck it, I am posting it anyway. It is too good not to post and really what does it hurt for one more person to post it to their blog, maybe more people will see it then. Although I do have to say that I saw the clip initially in a Chicago Sun-Times article with the title, Jon Stewart attacks Rick Santelli in a Daily show rant. Stewart not really ranting, IMHO, more like pointing out the inadequacies of CNBC which he does and does well with most any network or person who makes themselves into a flaming idiot. So enjoy if you have not seen this already.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What has the world come to..

...attacking mascots is very, very wrong. This man attacked Chuck E. Cheese. Yes, he attacked a man who was dressed up as the mouse that is the symbol for Chuck E. Cheese. Trahan Pires said he attacked the mouse because he thought the mascot pinned his child against a video game. Hmmmmm lets see violence is not really the solution to this problem. What are you teaching your child about good ways in which to solve conflict? And furthermore what the hell where the other children thinking when they saw the mascot's head ripped off and someone attacking Chuck E. Cheese?

Then there is this man who thought it would be funny to hit the McGruff, the crime dog mascot. McGruff was on the streets of Washington, DC handing out fliers to kids, when Shawn Brim pulled his bus over and got out and hit McGruff in the head. He later said he thought it would be funny to hit the mascot. Ummmmmm...yeah...so violence is funny now. I think not. Plus idiot-boy, McGruff is a mascot that the police generally use, there was a policeman in that uniform. Not exactly your brightest moment attacking a police officer, in a costume, but still...

Monday, March 2, 2009


I was going to write about this article on ESPN about a female high school basketball player who is not going to the big McDonalds All-American Game because either the principal of her high school or her father have said that this would require too much time away from her academics. I was going to say how I applaud whoever made the decision that academics is more important that athletics and that I think it is stupid that a basketball game for high school students is being played while school is in session. Shouldn't we encourage these players to be in school and not take a whole week off of school just for a basketball game? I like basketball and all, but academics should come first. I was going to talk about that, but then I saw this clip that Betsy over at Mock, Paper, Scissors put up and I had to put it up here because apparently hearing Obama talk is like sex to some Republican analysts. And I think that we all should think on that for a minute, Obama=sex.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

TV is not reality

I have become a minor fan of the new Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse. The basic premise that there is a secret organization that is able to erase a person's mind and create a new personality They then take these "dolls" and rent them out to rich individuals to be whatever a client wants them to be from a hostage negotiator to a romantic fling. There have only been three episodes aired so far. It usually airs on Friday nights and since GG and I have been out the past two Friday nights when it is on, I was catching up on the episodes online today. It is not the greatest show ever and not my favorite Joss Whedon show, Firefly is my favorite, but it is a good show with an interesting concept, IMHO. After watching the first two episodes and then definitely after the third episode, I started to think that this would make a great one and off show, meaning one season and then the show is over. So it would be an extended miniseries, I am Ok with maybe a three year plan as long as the creator and writers know from the start the general arc of the characters and do not try to go all crazy and keep it on the air forever. I feel as though too many shows stay on for too long as American networks get too greedy and are not willing to let a show go off the air while it is still good. I have never seen Lost or Heroes, but both shows seem to be that they would have been great had they only lasted a season or two and then ended. Both shows just keep staying on and it seems to be dragging on even for fans of these shows, both seemed to have some issues with reviews and fans saying the show had lost their initial spark. (BBC seems to have figured this out and they regularly have shows that only last a season and are really good i.e. Jekyll.) So anyway, I am a fan of shows like Dollhouse having a specific story arc and not meandering all over the place, so I decided to look up the show and Joss Whedon specifically to see if this had been addressed. It appears as though Joss Whedon has in mind a five year story arc, which I think might be too long, but it might work out too. So that was the first complaint from many reviewers that I noticed, that this show would become repetitive after a few episodes. The comments commonly said there is no way you can keep a show like this on for an indefinite amount of time, there are only so many ways in which you can have a person becoming a lover, assassin or other such jobs for which they would be hired. I agree with this, but I had already thought of this and the fact that Joss Whedon does seem to have some kind of timeline in mind then meant I kind of ignored these complaints.

The second complaint and really the reason I am writing this post is that people complained that the show is not "real enough." There is no way that a person's mind can be erased and then have a whole new personality imprinted on them, well no shit. But what makes you think the show has to be based in reality. Lets review the previous Joss Whedon creations: Buffy the Vampire slayer, a group of young adults who slay vampires and other monsters; Angel, a vampire private investigator who fights monsters, demons, and other vampires; Firefly, a series about space cowboys. Do you notice anything about these three series? NONE OF THEM ARE BASED IN REALITY. Joss Whedon is not creating TV that is based in reality, he is creating TV that aims to be entertaining. And who said that TV has to be realistic. Even our "reality TV" is not realistic. Survivor, how many people do you know get stranded on an island with 19 other people to compete for a million dollars? Amazing Race, how many people do you know who are involved in a race around the world for a million dollars? Hell, how many people can afford to just fly all over the world who are not having their airline tickets and other expenses paid for by a TV network? Top Chef, chefs do not generally compete for a million dollars or by having to make all kinds of different types of food, most chefs cook based upon what restaurant they are working in serve. See, reality TV is not based entirely in reality, sure all of these shows have "regular" people and not actors and it can be argued that there are no scripts, but the shows are still manipulated in many other ways. So, since when do we judge TV based upon how based in reality it is? This annoys me when people say, "Oh that TV show is not real enough. or "the things that happen in that movie could not happen in real life." Unless it is a documentary, it is not supposed to be totally real, it is entertainment. If you do not like a show or movie, fine, but judging based upon if you believe that it either can or does happen in your everyday life is beyond moronic, IMHO.

I love cover songs

I have this thing for cover songs, ya know when a band covers a song from another band or individual. I have made whole CDs from just cover songs and so every once in a while I try to find new covers and Youtube has made this immensely easier. I especially love when the band doing the cover is in a whole different genre or really takes a song and by the virtue of how they play the song it gives it a whole new meaning.

This was the song that made me start to think about this post. I had a sample from the orignal version and thought how about how much I love this cover.

My Humps- covered by Alanis Morissette

And then there is this one, that I found at one pointa while ago and was able to put on a CD.

Baby, hit me one more time- covered by Travis

And this one I just found and opposed to the first two songs, I actually like the original song that this cover is based upon.

I kissed a girl- covered by Travis