Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The upshot: guess who's number one with these "meaurements that matter"?
Oh, that's right. One Texas A&M University, that's who.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
"Few unhappy with US follow through on threatened Canada move"
"Smoking still considered unhealthy"
"Researchers say teenagers, toddlers prone to misbehavior"
"Watching sports, drinking beer often correlated"
"Pope Catholic, study finds"
Monday, August 13, 2007
A while back, I posted a great picture that I had found on Facebook. Well, thanks to Nancy, I now know where it came from: Potterpuffs.
This girl is both very talented and super hardcore about Harry Potter. You can tell from her details and the cool things she choses to depict:
I really like this one with Scrimgeour and Fudge. Such good details!
But what's best is that she makes Powerpuff versions of my very favorite scenes in the whole series, to wit--
Snape's Worst Memory:
Hermione birding Ron:
And Neville being BEYOND AWESOME:
(And she even made Voldemort cute. How does that work?)
If you go to her site (linking again for emphasis), her commentary is also pretty funny, especially when she talks about her mom having found her work. (It also proves, again, that Alan Rickman groupies are by no means a rare breed.)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
First, a recording of Alan Rickman reading a Shakespearian sonnet set to an Alan Rickman photo montage, with subtitles in English and an Asian language I shall not venture to guess the identity of. (If you're wondering--no, I don't know why this exists.)
And, inevitably, a montage of Alan Rickman to "I'm Too Sexy." Now, I know what you're thinking, but it's actually better done and less salacious than many Alan Rickman tributes out there. (Go ahead, disbelieve me--if you dare.)
Friday, August 10, 2007
The nationally famous . . . Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.
The name John David Booty [tee hee] (especially in John David Booty's Louisiana accent [tee hee])
Jim Tressel's sweater vests!
And of course, li'l Stevie McGee.
Check out all his moxie:
Thursday, August 9, 2007
And you try to clear them all away by shooting like-colored Snoods at them, like so:
Charles II, regular/winking at some fine ladies
Charles I, not decapitated/decapitated
Henry VII, glaring/smiling with pound signs for eyes
Henry VIII, pious and grumpy/heathen and happy
Elizabeth I, benevolent/yelling
Richard III, regular Joe/crazy evil hunchback
James I, with/without kicky feather in his cap
and, in place of skulls in the original set, the ghosts of the Princes in the Tower.
Man, I'm a nerd.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
As most of you know, this is the latest in my string of failures to share the gift of life.* Had I not successfully emptied myself of a bag of blood that one time a couple years ago, I would be just about ready to give up by now.
The moral of the story: eat more steak.
(I love it when stories have delicious morals.)
*Once because I wasn't sure what I weighed, once because my heart rate was two beats per minute too fast, once because I wasn't absolutely sure that I weighed enough--without shoes, and now twice because of the dumb old iron thing. And this doesn't even count all the honorary failures when I didn't even bother to try because of the weight deal. Discrimination, I tell ya.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Does that look like me? I'm just too close to me to tell.
(Also, as a warning: if you want to get Simpsonized, prepare to be very very patient. It's a persnickety process.)
Pro: We would all be much more attractive
Con: but we would be totally incapable of forming and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
Pro: We would have exciting careers, at which we would all be the very best in the world
Con: but we would get shot at a lot. And possibly our cars would explode on a regular basis.
Pro: We would always be able to come up with immediate witty retorts
Con: but we would nearly always be in the midst of elaborate yet flimsy lies, in lieu of having adult conversations.
Pro: We would all live way beyond our possible means
Con: but our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, exes, long-lost high school pals, acquaintances, enemies, dogwalkers, and deliverymen would barge in (to our lavish apartments) at all times of day and night.
Pro: We would constantly have people to date, with whom we get a lot of action with no chance whatsoever of getting horrible diseases (and little chance of pregnancy, unless the child were due to be born during May [or, less frequently, November or February]. In an elevator).
Con: but we would in all likelihood, at some point in our lives, be left at the altar.
I'm sure there are more, but to tell you the truth, I know which one I'd choose. I mean, being able to come up with witty repartee in real time? TV-life, I'm sold!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
10. "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera (62 times). What? It's good! Shut up!
9. "Yours Yours Yours" from the 1776 soundtrack (65). So sad. John and Abigail can't be together because of the fight for freedom and duty and responsibility and stuff. But they're so in love!
8. "Only Want to Be with You" by Dusty Springfield (67). NOT to be confused with the similarly titled song by Hootie and the Blowfish. No sir.
7. "But, Mr. Adams" from the 1776 soundtrack (69). It's my favorite part of the show, because it's hilarious when the rest of the Declaration Committee marvels that John Adams, too, misses--ahem--his wife.
6. "Love Child" by the Supremes (70). Fantastic.
5. "Is Anybody There?" sung by William Daniels, from the 1776 soundtrack (74). This one is great for when you feel like the world is against you, but are you going to give up? No! Just like John Adams.
4. "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" by Elton John (92). My favorite part is how the song title gets sung more emphatically each time it comes up.
3. "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder (108). Man, I love Stevie Wonder.
2. "We Can Work it Out" by Stevie Wonder (122). Yes, it's a Stevie Wonder cover of the Beatles song. It's not only good and fun in that lovely Stevie Wonder way, but it's also interesting to marvel at how different it is from the original.
1. "Colors" by Amos Lee (123). Has anybody else heard of this song? I only discovered it because it plays over the end of an episode of House. It's simple and sweet and sad and I apparently like it a whole lot.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
For your viewing pleasure, Al "interviewing":
and Ozzy Osbourne (if you're anything like me, you're going to notice HOW MUCH BETTER Weird Al has aged than Ozzy has. Wow. Testament to clean living, right there.)
And you've watched the "White and Nerdy" video, right? Well, watching it four or seven more times will be good for you.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Only, gentle readers, for one of the best reasons EVER!
Yes, that's right. My gentleman caller escorted me to the Oneida Casino in Green Bay so we could take in a concert of that excellent showman, "Weird Al" Yankovic.
(Side note: the casino gave us each a $5 gambling voucher. When we went up to the cash place [I'm not very casino-savvy], we discovered that this meant they just handed us a $5 bill. Neal and I each played $2 worth of slot machines, and I won $2, meaning that together we came out $8 ahead. That's a victory, baby!)
As usual, Weird Al put on a great show. Some of my personal favorite highlights were:
. . . the medley, which is always great. This time, there was only one song in there that was completely new to me (only because he hasn't released it at all, of course), but it was hilarious enough that I'm not complaining. You know that song "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)"? No? Well, there is one. (Don't worry, it's as unintentionally humorous as you're hoping.) For the appropriately curious, Al's version starts at the 3:20 mark in this 10-minute long clip (which is only one glorious half of the medley).
(In Green Bay, the version of "Headline News" he follows with was about Paris Hilton, not Britney Spears.)
. . . "You're Pitiful." Not only is the song really funny to begin with, he performed a many-layered version of it. (I'm pretty sure I made a really, really weak pun right there.) The video clip below doesn't have the whole song, but it does catch the part that most catered to those of us who knew the backstory on the song.
(I hope you could read that first shirt [bizarrely, pirated concert footage on YouTube doesn't have the best picture quality]; if not, it's "Atlantic Records Sucks." It got a big crowd reaction, I tell you what.)
. . . the encore. Now, I got pretty scared about an hour and fifteen minutes into the concert. Why? Because Al's keyboardist, Ruben Valtierra, came out in his Emperor Palpatine robes. "Oh no!" I thought, "is Al sick? Does his voice hurt, so he's wrapping up the show early? Does he hate Green Bay? Why is this happening? Why, God, why?" Or something to that effect.
You see, at my previous four Weird Al concerts, his two Star Wars songs ("The Saga Begins" and "Yoda") served as his encore. They always closed the show for good. But then I realized that Al hadn't even sung "White and Nerdy" yet, and clearly, even if he was going to shorten the show for some apocalyptic reason, he would have kept in his latest, most successful song.
So then, after the Star Wars songs had been done and the concert continued on its merry way, the question in the back of my mind was, what would the encore be?
Now to set up the joke. (Man, this is really involved.) So, during Al's numerous costume changes, he shows clips from all kinds of stuff--his cameo in The Naked Gun, "educational" film strips from The Weird Al Show, etc.
One of the bits he showed started at about the one minute mark (and ends at about the two) of his AlTV "interview" with Michael Stipe:
I was fairly delighted at this, because that was the AlTV I watched over and over and over and over, and I really liked that song. Not two weeks ago was I singing it to myself in the shower, in fact. (He also showed the "truck backing up" part, which is irrelevant. But still funny.)
So, after he had fake-closed the show with "Fat" (as usual) he comes back out and does this shtick:
I had heard of this joke before; in the example I had heard of, Al had pretended he was going to sing a particular song the crowd really wanted to hear, but then he launched into his all-time so-awful-it-comes-back-around-to-kind-of-awesome non-hit "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung," and I briefly thought (before he busted into "Cell Phones") that that's what he was going to play. I was excited at this prospect. However, I had only remembered the setup--buildup for a lame song--without remembering the payoff. You see, dear friends, the example I had read about of him doing this? Was at a concert he played in Albuquerque. So the song the crowd had wanted to hear? Was "Albuquerque."
Never had I truly believed I would ever be so lucky as to hear Weird Al play "Albuquerque" in concert. But I was! I totally was!
In conclusion, WEIRD AL RULES!